Glass partitioning is one of the most valuable features in the modern office, allowing you to quickly convert open-plan areas into an enclosed space, and back again. But there are a number of different varieties of glass on the market, so which one should you choose?
Thames Contracts offer clear, toughened, acoustic and frosted glass partitions for office refurbishment projects in St Albans, Watford, Welwyn Garden City and many other locations near London. Here is our guide to the key factors to consider when choosing between different types of glass partitioning.
Frosted partitions will offer a greater degree of privacy than clear glass. This is important if you need to use the area behind the partitioning for a private or commercially sensitive meeting. However, clear glass can act as an incentive for staff to work harder, as everyone can see what they are doing.
If you want to introduce an element of corporate identity into the partitioning, then you can incorporate your company logo into the frosting or manifestation. This is particularly cost-effective if you are renting office space in the London area rather than buying, and you want to add a personal touch – the partitions can be removed at the end of the tenancy. Reception areas with corporate branding can also impress visitors.
The manifestation doesn’t need to be in the form of a logo. You can have a mix of borders, blocks and stripes, all of which will add some visual stimulation into the office.
Thames can apply any type of manifestation to your frosted glass, ranging from simple stripes to much more complex designs.
Light and Space
Both clear and frosted glass allow much more light into an office than solid walls, although the former gives a greater feeling of space. This is particularly important in small offices, to avoid any feeling of claustrophobia, and make clients and visitors believe that the workspace is larger than it actually is.
Studies have shown that staff perform better when under natural rather than artificial light. The sun brings with it high levels of Vitamin D, which is good for your overall health and particularly your bones. It also improves people’s moods.
All types of partitioning bring long-term cost savings. They are much more low-maintenance than solid partitions, only requiring the occasional wipe-down to keep them in good condition. Because they make more use of natural light, it cuts your company’s electricity bills. All types are extremely durable and long-lasting – and if you ever move office, you may be able to take them with you.
Installing glass office partitioning offers businesses much greater flexibility in how they can organise their workspace. Demountable panes can be installed or removed to make the office open-plan or enclosed, depending on your requirements. However, Thames Contracts also offers switchable glass, which can turn the clear panes opaque, at the flick of a switch. This may come at a premium price but will also allow you to instantly control the levels of heat and light.
Soundproofing and Security
Solid acoustic or double-glazed partitioning solves the problem of unwanted noise travelling through the glass. And if security is an issue, opt for one of our toughened glass walls, which look sophisticated and stylish while also meeting high safety standards.
High-Quality Glass Partitions from Thames Contracts
If you want either toughened, solid acoustic, clear or frosted glass partitions for offices in St Albans, Watford, Potters Bar and other locations in the London area, then Thames Contracts are the right people to call.
Our partitions can be installed as a one-off commission, or as part of a much wider office redesign. We offer partial refits and complete refurbishments and, have built up a reputation for high-quality work over more than two decades. To find out more about our services, follow this link and fill in the online form, or alternatively you can call us on 020 8368 0045, for a free, no-obligation consultation.