CURTAIN WALL

TYPES OF CURTAIN WALLS

There are two main types of curtain wall systems: unitized curtain walls and stick curtain walls. Although the glass walls look similar, the way they’re made makes them suitable for different applications.

UNITIZED CURTAIN WALL SYSTEMS

are assembled and glazed at a manufacturing facility and then shipped to the worksite for quick installation. These units are uniform and structurally engineered to withstand environmental stresses. Because of this, they’re most often used on high-rise buildings.

STICK CURTAIN WALL SYSTEMS

are shipped directly to the worksite in pieces, where they’re then assembled, glazed and installed. This type of curtain wall allows for more customization and can be made to meet the specific dimensions for any given project. However, because of the increased complexity, they usually take longer to install and are more suitable for low to mid-rise buildings.

If you need help deciding which type of construction is best for your building, the experts at All-West Glass would be happy to point you in the right direction.

CUSTOMIZATION OPTIONS

If you’re looking to make an impact with your curtain wall, here are a few customization options you may want to consider:

TINTS AND COATINGS.

Low-E tints can be used on curtain walls to limit UV penetration and help maintain a constant and comfortable indoor temperature year-round. In addition, condensation-resistant and reflective coatings can be applied to help enhance the performance of the curtain wall.

DECORATIVE GLAZING.

Unique design elements can be incorporated into curtain walls to add visual interest. For example, the glass panels can be lightly etched or sandblasted with a specific design. In addition, spandrel glass is designed to be opaque and is an attractive way to hide structural elements like columns or vents between the floors of a building.

MUNTINS.

These thin horizontal and vertical bars can be incorporated into curtain walls to create a more traditional look. This style of curtain wall is often used for solariums, sunrooms and pool houses.

ALTERNATE MATERIALS.

Natural stone, metal and terracotta can be used in place of glass to make a state mentor increase a building’s fire-rating.

To learn about further customization options, speak with one of the knowledgeable staff members at All-West Glass.