Let’s roll back a few years where the trend was to knock out partitions and walls to create the open plan office; now we see the trend reversing with more and more popularity heading back to office partitioning.
There are many reasons why this is happening and privacy, less distraction or a new professional look is just a few of the choices that organisations are steering towards glass screens and glass partitions. It makes sense too as they look great, provide an opportunity to add your branding and creates a modern feel to the office.
What should you look out for when planning a glass screen or glass partitioning office?
If you are considering having one of the glass partitions fitted, you need to ensure that you first survey the area that you plan to locate the glass partitioning. This is extremely important as you do not want any obstructions or if there are any identified, you need to put measures in place to ensure they will be removed or relocated if possible, prior to ordering any systems. Obstructions can be items such as light fittings, ventilation, trunking, windows & sills, fire detection equipment or smoke alarms, sensors and underfloor heating are to name a few.
If you take this action first, this will give you a much clearer plan, avoiding time and disappointment for your new installation.
Sound proof is an item on my list for my glass partitioning
As experienced installers of all types of commercial and industrial partitioning, SPF will always ensure that our clients fully understand that 100% soundproofing is not possible. We are open and honest to say that sound minimisation can be achieved but sound travels; through voids in ceilings, flooring, ventilation etc. so you must take this into consideration.
If you opt for a single glazed system, you would expect to get 33db which will allow a slight sound of muffled talking. You may think this is ok but you then need to consider the types of personnel using the office and individuals speak at different voice levels. Bear this in mind when considering your design.
Another option is the double glazed system which would offer 50db sound reduction. It will not guarantee full sound proof but it will certainly offer you a lot more privacy and control of sound.
Do I go for a frameless or framed door?
If you can imagine your glass screen office and then the door. So you want the door to blend totally in with the office? A frameless style will provide you with a pivoting glass door without the need of a frame. On the other hand, if you are looking for more sound insulation, the slim aluminium door frame would be more suited.
What about perimeter track colour choice?
You can have any choice of RAL colour but the standard and most popular choices are RAL 9006 Silver and RAL 9010 White. Other RALS are more likely to add additional cost to your final quote and it is entirely on your budget, brand and choice.
An advantage of going with the standard colour track, it usually offers a quicker lead time, should you be looking for a faster turnaround for installation.
Do I have to have manifestation of my glass screen partition?
Yes, and legal requirements for Building Regulations state that all glass partitions and doors, must have a minimum of 2 rows of identifying demarcations. This is a safety reason and to stop people from walking into the glass.
Many customers choose the manifestation of frosted dots or stripes, with their logo. It creates a super finish for a professional look.
Final note: no glass screen partition system is manufactured to the client’s measurements. There will always be a professional site survey and a check for obstructions by one of our experienced team members. Systems are ordered and manufactured using our survey measurements and NOT the clients. This is to ensure the system is installed and fits properly.