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Interior decorative glass window: which typology to prefer

In order to choose the most suitable decorative glass for your environments, it is necessary to evaluate some elements. Most of the solutions consist of a frame that can be in aluminum, wood or plastic and a glass panel. The largest surface is represented by the panel and the glass that composes it must comply with current legislation in terms of resistance and safety for the user. In this regard, depending on the characteristics of the material, it is classified on a scale ranging from a minimum to a maximum value: the higher the value, the safer and more robust it will be. The two types of glass most used for the construction of doors and panels are represented by the laminated and tempered glass. The first consists of two layers of crystal interspersed with a transparent film of variable thickness, able to make the glass safe. In this case, if an accidental fracture of the glass occurs, the splinters will be retained by the film and will not pose a danger to the inhabitants of the house. As for the tempered glass, a specific processing makes them resistant to shocks and if there are breakages, the very small fragments do not compromise user safety.

These characteristics are an indispensable condition for the correct use of glass in the internal dividing elements, while it will be the customer's choice to establish colors, decorations and profiles. In fact, the glass production sector guarantees a constant offer of innovative solutions, which can also guarantee good thermal insulation. The stained glass windows can be made with transparent, opaque, glossy and satin decorated glass, depending on the way the light is diffused. In fact, for very bright environments, transparent and glossy glasses will be perfect for capturing and diffusing light, while for those who want to obtain more intimate atmospheres, jagged and colored solutions will be perfect. In this regard, starting from the 1920s, the Dalles stained glass windows, characterized by the set of thick colored glass tiles, which reproduced mosaic motifs and decorations but let in a smaller amount of light. This type of glass guaranteed the possibility of working on large surfaces and the glass tiles were bound by concrete and not by lead wire. These panels found their way into churches but also residences and are still used today to reproduce modern geometric and graphic patterns.

Example of Dalles decorative stained glass window - Oude Kerk, the Old Church, Amsterdam

Finally, to acquire more privacy, the ideal solution is represented by decorated sandblasted glass. The latter are subjected to a specific process that makes them translucent, so as to be able to filter the light beam, while maintaining a good level of confidentiality. Thanks to the different degree of transparency and the variegated texture of the glass, it will be possible to obtain very different effects for customize home environments. Furthermore, today the market offers numerous techniques capable of personalizing the internal windows and making them more original. An example of this are the partition walls equipped with a layer of fabric or metal, inserted between the two sheets of glass or even the recycled glass doors which, in addition to being an unusual solution, make sustainability their key value. Another aspect concerns the color of the panel and the chosen decoration; the glazes have a good duration over time and can reproduce designs, mosaics and textures, depending on personal taste. Once the type of decorated glass for interiors has been established, it is necessary to understand which solution is most suitable for one's residences. Modern decorated glass doors will be optimal for minimal environments, for neutral-colored lofts the winning idea may be to insert colored glass dividers, while for large spaces the interior decorative windows will give a touch of originality.
   Shielding elements in decorative glass with metal profiles
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Last element to consider, but not least, is represented by the type of opening: hinged, sliding and packet.
It is a choice that must be made according to the spatial conformation and the dimensions available.
The hinged model is the traditional and most popular one but requires plenty of space for easy use. If the environment is small, it is advisable to opt for sliding or package windows, considered the space-saving solutions par excellence.

The assembly of the decorative glass and the technical aspects to consider

The decorative windows are not only an aesthetic element for the interiors of your residence, but real functional components that must be chosen and installed carefully. First of all, it is necessary to contact professionals and technicians in the sector in order to obtain a high-performance and safe solution for the safety of the inhabitants of the house.
The technical aspect is of fundamental importance and only those who know in depth the properties and characteristics of internal glazing can guarantee their correct installation. One of the most important aspects concerns the design and assembly of the anchoring structures as they will have the task of supporting glass sheets of considerable weight and dimensions.
The first step is to check the dimensions of the area of ​​the house where you want to insert the wall or glass door.
In addition, it is necessary to examine whether there are out-of-square walls or irregularities on the floors, so as to intervene in an appropriate manner using custom-designed solutions. Assembly depends on the type of solution adopted. The structure of the artistic interior glass window is usually made up of a frame, the glass plate and the rails that allow it to be anchored and sometimes moved. Given the considerable weight of the glass, it is necessary to ensure that it does not overturn and withstands shocks and the action of time. To this end, anchoring systems designed to ensure safety and usability are provided. In most cases, these elements are welded to beams and floors of the house and if this is not possible, they are placed against intermediate structures designed ad hoc. An example of this are the half-height glass panels and the glass walls inserted in rooms with false ceilings.

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