The benefits of fire rated glass in commercial buildings
Unless your commercial building uses fire rated glass as a legal requirement, you may not know the benefits of fire rated glass for your business. If that’s you, then don’t worry – you’ve come to the right place.
At The Glass Warehouse, we specialise in the manufacturing of high-quality glass, including toughened glass, fire glass, laminated glass and a range of other types ideal for a variety of household and commercial applications.
But, what about the benefits of fire rated glass? If you’re in the dark about this popular type of glass, then worry no more – as today we’re sharing three benefits of fire rated glass that might just make you reassess the functionality of your commercial building.
What is fire rated glass?
If this is the first you’re hearing about fire rated glass, then you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. So, where do we start? There are three main types of fire rated glass that you should know about before we get started, these are:
- Toughened fire glass
- Laminated fire glass
- Wired fire glass
Each offers its own set of unique benefits; however, all fire glass provides a level of protection against flames and smoke spreading throughout your building in the unlikely case of a fire.
Fire rated glass is highly durable and rigorously tested to ensure it can hold strong against intense temperatures. It also offers incredible flexibility for those looking to add style as well as safety to their buildings.
Where is fire rated glass used?
In theory, fire rated glass can be applied anywhere glass can be fitted. The chances are you will have seen fire glass many times before, whether you knew it or not. Below are some of the most common places where fire resistant glass is used:
- Fire escapes
- Internal glass doors in buildings above two storeys high
- Fire doors on exits to the building
- On fireplaces
What are the benefits of fire rated glass in commercial buildings?
- Acoustic performance
One huge benefit to using fire rated glass is the acoustic properties. Thanks to its multi-layered structure, fire rated glass can actually reduce sound by up to 47db – great for commercial workplaces where professionalism and minimal sound disruption is required.
- Flexibility and variety
One of the most surprising advantages of using fire rated glass is the flexibility and choice it offers. Fire safety glass doesn’t necessarily mean unsightly fixtures around your office – in fact it can come in a range of decorative patterns and applications, from frameless to coloured.
At The Glass Warehouse we pride ourselves on our ability offer bespoke solutions to our customers, meaning you can benefit from fire rated glass that fits the décor and style of your building, without compromising on efficacy.
Last but by no means least, are the safety benefits that fire rated glass can offer. This may be the most obvious, but often underestimated when picking fire safety glass for commercial buildings.
Installing fire glass can not only help prevent harmful smoke from passing from room to room, but it also reduces the risk of fire spreading. Keeping damage to a minimum and, most importantly, you and your staff safe.
The knock-on effect of having fire rated glass for improved safety is that you’re also less likely to have to pay out huge sums of money to repair or rebuild your entire building in the event of a fire.
Contact us to discuss your fire rated glass options
If you’re considering fire rated glass at your home or work, then why not get in touch? Call our team of experts today for more information on 020 8500 1188.