Curtain walls were originally an important and essential feature of a building – but now they are mostly decorative features with little or no structural significance. It might appear obvious on the outset where a curtain wall may be appropriate or might look aesthetically pleasing – but in fact, they are suitable additions for many types of building – with more able to benefit from their installation than you might think. Cost-effective and pleasing to the eye, take a look at our previous curtain walling work to get some inspiration.
Decorative cladding with sophisticated style
Curtain walls tend to come in similar styles, constructed using aluminium and glass. They are slick, contemporary and inoffensive – which makes them a versatile addition to a whole host of different buildings with varying purposes and appearances. At SRL, we are able to offer a huge variety of finishes, including powder coating (available in any colour), polished aluminium and anodised metallic finishes in bronze, silver and black.
A change of outlook without the outlay
If you were to dramatically change the outer appearance of a building with structural implications (especially a multi-storey structure), costs can quickly rise from the thousands into the millions even for the seemingly smallest of changes. A curtain wall offers a relatively lower-priced alternative to costly structural work, which can often involve many people and a lot of time because of the safety implications and planning involved.
A cost-effective yet expensive-looking finish
As above, a curtain wall will often be a less expensive option when faced with the prospect of invasive structural work in order to modernise or change the face of an existing building. Yet there is another side to the saving power of a curtain wall – as whilst non-structural, curtain walls do offer a degree of essential architectural responsibility, keeping the outside ‘out’ and the inside ‘in’. This means there are also environmental implications – a curtain wall needs to be economic. We offer single and double-glazed units at varying thicknesses – meaning a curtain wall could actually help a business to save money on utilities whilst reducing their carbon footprint.
Size doesn’t matter
It’s true that you’ll often see curtain walls on large buildings with many floors, such as high-rise offices and apartment blocks. But in actual fact, size doesn’t matter when it comes to incorporating a curtain wall into your building design – and it can be used on smaller buildings within reason. Modern stand-alone retail units are a prime example of this – using curtain walling to create a bright, airy and contemporary space within despite their smaller surface area.