Glass hardware plays an important part in the overall aesthetics of a building, when featured externally and internally. With so much at sake it is important to keep up to speed with the latest trends and solutions. Simon Boocock, Managing Director at CRL Europe, explains Glass News what we need to know.

Few will have failed to notice the huge lean towards minimalist design in contemporary architecture, particularly in terms of doors, windows and balconies. While you may be forgiven for thinking this means that this element of a building’s design is less important, in fact the reverse is true and systems and solutions that enable a ‘barely there’ look to be achieved are now all-important.

Ace1Frameless glass is on demand and is being seen on balconies, entrance doors and staircases to name a few. While the result has unarguable aesthetic appeal, the installation of such glass features can be challenging, unless appropriate systems and solutions are specified. The ideal solution will simplify the fitting and maintenance process, cut installation times and of course provide the necessary safety and security for both the installer and the end user. Providing a fast and safe way to install glass balustrades, CRL’s TAPER-LOC® system offers flexibility and control for accurate fitting, while making replacing scratched or broken panels a relatively simple task. The dry-glazed system has a unique taper design and a specially developed tool that ensures the exact same tension is applied each time to secure the glass in the aluminium base shoe. Unlike many other balustrade systems TAPER-LOC® can be completely installed from the ‘safe side’ of the balcony, avoiding the need for expensive and time-consuming scaffolding and providing safety to the installer and the user.

Similarly, CRL Langle standoff fittings make glass rail and “all-glass” walls installation easier, as they feature a steel back point that has been specially developed to be installed on rough, self-supporting substructures. With their AISI 304 grade stainless steel construction, the standoffs are suitable for a wide range of indoor and outdoor applications and can be fastened directly to steel, concrete or wood.

KIA Standoffs 3816 jpegAside from the minimalist trend, there is also a move away from ‘standard’ finishes, such as chrome and stainless steel, towards finishes that have slightly more in the way of visual impact, including Matte Black which makes a sophisticated and elegant statement that is bold yet timeless.

Matte black is a very versatile option that is equally at home in the classic and contemporary setting and complements the vast majority of other materials and finishes. On a practical level, a matte finish offers a fingerprint and smudge-resistant alternative to polished surfaces for a hygienic look that makes cleaning easy.

For offices and similar interior spaces, door hardware from hinges to hydraulic patch fittings can be chosen in this trending finish, creating a sophisticated look, particularly when teamed with frameless glass for an elegant, minimal look. The minimalist approach to design that is prevalent in commercial and residential projects currently lends itself particularly well to the addition of Matte black as a hardware finish.

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