Common Misconceptions – Curtain Walls

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Curtain walling is an innovation that first came about in principle in the middle ages – and it’s now seeing inclusion in a wide range of contemporary buildings. Instead of stone they’re now made from steel and aluminium – and these protective outer layers allow the natural light to pour into a building, keep out destructive elements like wind and rain and have numerous environmental benefits.

Yet often when businesses plan a complete refit of their exterior they don’t feel that curtain walling is an option for them. In this article, we explain why curtain walls are appropriate for a much wider range of applications than you may previously have thought.

Curtain walls are only suitable for high-rises and skyscrapers

Although it’s true that curtain walling is only appropriate for certain types of buildings with enough surface area, they can be used in many different types of premises – from those just 50-100ft high to the towering giants of Canary Wharf, Dubai and Hong Kong.

Curtain walls only come in one design

It’s easy to think of curtain walls as sheets of unremarkable, grey metal and glass – but in fact a curtain wall can be anything you want it to be. By design they’re malleable and adaptable – and in recent years this has seen them adopted by many architects who want to push the boundaries of structural design. It’s best to come and speak to us and share whatever you have in mind for your project – and we’ll see if we can make it happen.

Curtain walls are not structurally strong – therefore they are flimsy and brittle

Although it’s true that curtain walls have no structural role to play in the integrity of a building, they are incredibly strong – and do offer benefits and value architecturally. For example, their ability to bolster internal structures from the elements significantly extends the longevity and strength of a building as a whole.

Curtain walls are only suitable for commercial buildings

Although this is often the case, curtain walls shouldn’t be reserved solely for use in commercial applications. They are incredibly versatile and therefore suit a wide range of projects and briefs – from office blocks and headquarters to retail premises and public buildings.

If you are considering the installation of a curtain wall or need some advice regarding the exterior of your business premises, give us a call today. We can make suggestions and offer guidance and expertise as needed.

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