A glass feature in any roof is a great way to enhance the style of any space with natural lighting and a sleek, modern design. As building materials like glass become more sophisticated and versatile, the options for how homeowners can incorporate glass into their roofs and sunrooms are becoming more and more extensive. Before you get started on dreaming up ways you can add a glass roof to your home, there are some vital considerations that need to be made. At Coast Mountain Roof, we are always pleased to offer any advice or information our clients require, but to give you an initial idea of the capabilities and limitations of glass roofs, we have prepared the information found below.
Glass Roofing Budget
One of the most expensive building materials you’ll ever come across in any home is glass. Due to this fact, homeowners looking to add glass to their roof or sunroom should expect to see a higher cost for materials and labour alone. In many cases however, there are ways to save on the cost of glass without compromising your design scheme or material quality. Finding glass panes for your project in sizes that require no cutting can save you a great deal of time and money. You can also consult your contractor about using glazing materials like aluminum that come at a lower cost.
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it is vital that you have a building expert confirm whether or not the walls and structure of your home can support the heavy glass panes that will go on your roof. Sometimes walls will require extra steel supports in order to safely hold the weight of a large glass pane and glazing. Only a certified building engineer or roofing expert familiar with glass roof structures will be able to sign off on the structural plans before you go forward with the project, so be sure to work with someone with a great deal of experience whom you trust.
Keeping it Clean
Glass roofs are usually a very attractive feature in any home, so long as you can keep them clean. During the planning process, be sure to consult with your contractor about how you will go about cleaning your glass roof. For the most part, it may be difficult to reach certain areas of a roof to clean dust and debris, so you may want to consider using self-cleaning glass. This type of glass comes with an added coating that causes debris and dust to slide off its surface. Self-cleaning glass comes at an extra cost, but can be well worth it for the convenience and clarity it is able to maintain.
Single Glass Pane
There are a lot of advantages to working with a single pane of glass when you can. Not only will it save you in terms of overall cost (as mentioned above), a single pane of glass can be the perfect accent to any space, regardless of size. If you are looking to add a single glass feature and won’t require it to be moved or opened, a single glass pane should be your first choice when selecting materials.
With Coast Mountain Roof, homeowners looking for glass roofing to enhance their space with a glass accent, or an entire roof made out of glass, can expect top quality workmanship and expert advice. We offer free estimates on all our work, so if you are considering adding glass to your home, be sure to contact us directly to get started.