- Do not spoil the interior with glass
- An alternative to glass in office partitions
- Joints and structural elements of office partitions
The popularity of office partitions is easily explained by their convenience and profitability. High installation speed, lack of operating costs, aesthetics – all this attracts the attention of the consumer, persuading him to make a choice in favor of such structures, and not walls made of traditional concrete or brick..
Relatively recently, internal fences were supplemented with structures of a new type, which do not have a frame-frame, to which the filler is attached.
Do not spoil the interior with glass
Frameless office partitions made of glass, in which the number of opaque elements is reduced to a minimum, look most impressive and advantageous. Such solutions are practically universal, since the glass will perfectly fit into the interior of any office. Currently, the concept of open space office, which implies the use of transparent internal partitions, is very popular. Concerns associated with the use of transparent structures are unfounded: despite the apparent fragility, glass office partitions are strong, reliable, safe.
The fabric of transparent structures is made of safety glass. Depending on the vertical area, glass of various thicknesses is used, the most common option is 8-12 mm. As a rule, office partitions are made of tempered glass, when broken, the smallest fragments are formed, which do not pose a danger. To enhance the impact resistance of the glass and eliminate the risk of injury, a reinforcing film is glued to the canvas.
An alternative to glass in office partitions
The use of glass imposes certain restrictions on the height and width of the surface of the partitions. An alternative to glass material – polycarbonate – helps to get rid of such restrictions. Yielding to glass in terms of density and weight, polycarbonate significantly surpasses it in impact resistance by 200 times. In addition, polycarbonate is flexible and resistant to axial and horizontal loads.
Another alternative material is the so-called “acrylic” or “organic” glass. The strength of acrylic glass is beyond doubt: this is confirmed by the fact that plexiglass is used in aircraft construction, where very high requirements are imposed on the materials used.
Both acrylic glass and polycarbonate are widely used for the manufacture of office partitions. However, over time, the transparency of these materials deteriorates, which negatively affects the appearance of the structure as a whole. Most often this happens due to improper care of the panels: cleaning with abrasive agents and chemically aggressive media. Subject to certain rules, transparent acrylic and polycarbonate will last for decades without showing any external flaws.
Joints and structural elements of office partitions
Frameless stationary structures are held in an upright position by so-called connectors, which are attached to floors, ceilings or walls. It is easy to integrate doors of any configuration into office partitions: hinged, sliding or pendulum.
If self-supporting office partitions are formed by several vertical parts, these parts are not fastened to each other: external connectors are enough to give the entire structure proper strength.
Frameless internal fences only at first glance seem unreliable. Upon closer acquaintance, it becomes clear: fragility in this case is deceiving.