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Here at Crystal Glassbuild we are proud to be one of Australia’s leading experts on Channel Glass, a modern material that has found itself being used in a wide range of applications due to its unique combination of properties.
Channel glass is a robust, modern material defined by its characteristic U-shape, or channel, and self-supporting structure.
Original developed and used in commercial buildings, designers and architects are finding applications for the material beyond its origin, increasingly seen in and around residential developments.
Coming in a variety of widths and thicknesses, with a range of coatings and textures, channel glass can be adapted to suit a wide range of applications.
Unlike most glass, up to 60% of the material is recycled.
Unlike regular pane glass windows and more contemporary than glass blocks, channel glass brings an unusual combination of properties, not the least of which is translucency without transparency, offering a soft diffusion of light while maintaining privacy.
The self-supporting nature of the material brings unique design opportunities in the absence of structural supports.
A range of specialised coatings can be selected for the desired properties including heat and UV management as well as light diffusion.
With many applications, channel glass is often used when the competing designs elements of privacy and natural, glare-free light find themselves intersecting.
For example, channel glass is used in bathrooms, work areas, and offices as well as art display areas and galleries, where a specialised coating can be used to prevent UV damage to the works of art, all welcome features that can be brought into the home.
As a robust, resilient material, channel glass can be used in interior as well as exterior applications.