A glass floor is most effective when it’s located near another major light source, to take best advantage of the natural light that is streaming through. Therefore, you’ll generally see internal glass panels positioned close to runs of bi-fold doors, fixed floor-to-ceiling windows or beneath roof lights. In some instances, such as if you have a basement that extends out into the back garden, you might be able to place them directly outdoors to maximise your use of top-down sunlight.
Structural glass floors are specialist products, designed to balance load bearing capacity and translucency. They’re usually fabricated as frameless or structural panels to offer the maximum clear area for light to filter through. Whether used internally or externally, the top pane must be of capable of supporting foot traffic as well as point loads, such as the legs of heavy furniture.
This often means using thermally toughened, laminated glass – with the thickness dependent on the size of the floor (the bigger the panel, the deeper it will need to be). If you want a large section of glass, this will usually be supplied as multiple panels rather than a single unit to help keep the weight down and minimise peripheral works to strengthen the main floor structure.
A glass floor by Cheadle Glass will be custom made to your requirements – allowing your architect, builder or designer to not only choose the ideal shape to draw in light, but also to allow for easy integration into your floor structure.