Traditionally, the materials used to design and decorate homes have been wood, metal or cloth furnishings. Few people realize that delightfully beautiful effects can be achieved with glass. Available in a stupendous variety of styles, colors, designs and textures, glass has the potential to create stunning ambiences that have the power to transform living and elevate lifestyle.

It is a smart, adaptable and versatile material, offering itself to endless possibilities both in terms of design and functionality, across exterior and interior applications. All in all, glass stands in a league of its own. The inherent beauty of glass as a material, when combined with contemporary design sensibilities, makes for an irresistible combination, one that mesmerises and enthrals in equal measure. Delightfully beautiful effects can be achieved with glass.

Glass flooring and stair trends continue to be a popular design choice. Glass flooring can become an artistic showpiece. With recent innovation in glass and glass fittings, any design can be executed for glass stairways and floors. Glass floors enhance the visual appeal of living spaces, and add a touch of modernity. Glass floors and staircases help create illusion of space. A simple glass floor adds life to a room. It also brightens up the space.

Various applications include glass stair tread, ramps and footbridges. Glass flooring adds a design element. The visual appeal of glass tiles can be enhanced further with LED lighting. This is common feature in clubs, restaurants and hotels.

Safety is very important when glass is used for floorings. A commonly perceived notion is that glass compromises safety and security. However, continuous research and technology advances have made glass safer and more secure that it ever was. The range of specialized laminated glass from Asahi India Glass Ltd. ( AIS) includes – Value glass (heat-strengthened laminated glass with 1.14mm PVB interlayer), Security glass (Intrusion-resistant laminated glass with 1.52 mm PVB interlayer), Securityplus (Dupont Sentry Glass interlayer makes it 5 times stronger and 100 times stiffer than conventional laminating materials).

The first step while designing the glass floors is calculating the glass size and thickness depending on the loading or foot traffic on the application. Also, the support systems for the glass should be adequate to prevent distortion under load.

Designing surfaces to be walked on is different as issue related to impact resistance and slip and scratch resistance come into the picture. Many architects are concerned with maintenance and the potential of glass flooring scratching due to normal foot traffic and wear and tear. Anti-slip glass flooring and glass stair trend products are available in the market. Etched or printed surfaces help in improving grip. Imbedded textures provide an anti-skid surface that is scratch- proof and easily hides any smudges or streaks. Anti-scratch glass floorings reduce the opportunity and need for cleaning.

To maintain the aesthetic beauty of your glass flooring, it is important to keep the glass panel clean. A soft, clean, non-abrasive cloth and a mild detergent, or non-abrasive glass cleaning solution is suitable for cleaning. After cleaning, the water should be rinsed immediately. Abrasive cleaners, bleach, scouring powder or pads should not be used as they can scratch and damage glass flooring.

Source: Asahi India