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Glass cladding makes architecture of all ages look as good as new

Take a look at London’s skyline and you will see an extraordinary amount of glass on show. That is because not only is this a material that is easy on the eye, but it is also a highly practical solution for the external cladding of all types of architecture.

Of course, Canary Wharf and the Gherkin are modern-day examples, but the same can also be said for older buildings, where glass cladding can be used as a highly durable material to protect and preserve the original work from the elements. Thanks to advancements in technology and the facade engineering landscape, glass facades are now straightforward to fit retrospectively to a building, as well as on new projects.

Glass offers the architect the best of both worlds in terms of preservation of original features and the long-term practical benefits of using glass. It can be argued to be an energy efficient and sustainable solution too; allowing sunlight to enter into a building and using natural light rather than an abundance of artificial light saves on electricity, with technological advances in glass helping the material to regulate heating and cooling in buildings.

The secret to success when specifying glass cladding though is in finding a solution that is simple and safe to install. Creating a protective envelope around new and old buildings with a modern twist, the CRL Langle AI-Wall® system is ideal for fitting retrospectively to existing architecture. The system creates a modern impression with a highly durable and long-lasting finish. This structural glass facade is strong enough to withstand some of the harshest weather elements, whether the building is situated in an area with constant sun, wind or rain, the glass will retain its integrity and appearance much longer than many traditional building materials. In fact, the innovative rainscreen system guards against the elements, with a premium coated aluminium that is completely weather-proof. The system has also been salt spray and statically tested, ensuring that it is able to withstand the harshest of conditions, and since glass does not rust or weather, environmental effects will not have an impact on the facade.

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In addition to the many functional benefits of a glass facade, one of the biggest advantages is its appearance. Glass can be used creatively to make a style statement on buildings of all ages and styles, such as its flexibility.

Helping to preserve the appearance of building exteriors, the AI-Wall® system is available as plain and imbricated glass facade options, making this a viable option for architects working on all manner of projects.


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