The impact of curtain wall glazing

Increase your home’s kerb appeal

Do you admire the sleek glass facades of some of London’s most iconic buildings such as The Gherkin, The Shard or The Walkie Talkie? It may interest you to know that a curtain wall is also a cost-effective option for residential homes.

You, too, can effectively replace one side of your home with glass, whether it’s a new build, an extension or even a refurbishment. Similarly, a ground-to-roof curtain wall section can be designed as an element of the wall, for example as a high-impact entrance, such as this refurbishment in Essex.

Modern and traditional

Self-supporting, these glass walls look stunning in modern homes, which is what many of us might visualise when imagining curtain walling. However, such structures also make a striking contrast to traditional homes. Barn conversions often incorporate glass sections into an entire gable end, for example. In Oxfordshire, we built a curtain wall incorporating folding doors onto a cottage makeover.

Oxfordshire Cottage - sl60 bi-folding patio & external folding doors
You can choose from capped glazing where a slim 50mm frame profile is visible from the outside or capless glazing where the glass gives the impression of being a single sheet. The glass can be coloured or frosted in places, depending on requirements. Also, individual panes of up to 5m x 5m can add to the dramatic effect. We’ve installed an interesting curtain wall at a period property in Roehampton.

Windows installed in a residential home in Roehampton

Security and openings

Not only do curtain walls look impressive, but the flat surfaces of curtain walling are also very secure. Furthermore, opening windows and doors can be fitted into any of the sections. The size and shape of the sections are bespoke to the building, complementing or contrasting with the existing architectural features in any RAL colour.

The entrance of this newbuild property near Richmond Park has an impressive double-height entrance showing off a statement chandelier.

Glass curtain walling is also very thermally efficient. The popularity of this architectural approach became available in homes when building regulations changed around a decade ago requiring thermal efficiency for commercial buildings to match that of residential ones.

Technical details

Architects designing a curtain wall will take into account factors such as wind loads and where in the country your home stands. The strength of the façade comes from the steel frame depth to which the glass is secured with hidden fixings. Frame depths can vary from 50 to 250 mm.

Another way of using curtain walling is at the back of a house. Employing this tactic can create a double-height space which floods the rear of a property with light on two levels – especially popular on homes not overlooked.

Manufacture and installation

Curtain walls are made in our Poole factory and transported in sections to be assembled on site. Our installation teams are all trained in assembly, co-ordinating with your builder to ensure a smooth process. As they are more technical to design and install, our technical department is always on hand to assist architects and builders in the fine details.

Please contact us to find out more about this versatile architectural glazing option.