Curtain Wall Systems
The term curtain wall is used to classify the façade or outer shell of a building. They are non-structural and lightweight supporting their own loads freeing them from the dead load restrictions on buildings. Glass curtain wall systems get their name from the method they are placed on to the structure. They are usually connected to the building’s floor slabs and “hung.” Functionally curtain wall systems are expected to be able to create a thermal barrier that is wind and water resistant keeping the elements out and comfort in. They are designed to allow thermal variances and the movement a building is susceptible to due to factors such as seismic loads. Curtain wall also will shift horizontal wind loads off the building. Curtain wall is extremely lightweight usually consisting of metal sheets, glazing, and aluminum framing. The systems can be adjusted and customized to meet a customer’s needs. Different types of glass are available allowing you to choose variances that affect your building. Glass that allow different amounts of light penetration can help with the glare of a sunny facing building without having to block the view with unattractive shades. Insulated glazing is available for climate factors or to keep an air cooled building’s temperature regulated. If your structure is within a busy, loud neighborhood, acoustic varieties can help keep your building quiet within. There are also blast-resistant glass choices that cater to buildings with a need for higher security. Since each building requirements, shapes, and sizes are different, systems are almost always custom created per project. When completed, a curtain wall system gives your building a modern, sleek look against the skyline. Due to the nature of a glass curtain wall system, they are lightweight and easily transported, making them budget friendly by reducing construction costs with on-site assembly.
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