Are Glass Facades Viable For Indian Homes?
Glass facades have become popular in Indian architecture. While earlier it was confined to commercial structures, now newly constructed homes are also opting for glass facades. However, glass doesn’t always work well for Indian homes. Read why.
Glass over the years has picked up as a prominent material globally for a building’s façade along with India. While earlier it was confined to commercial structures, now newly constructed homes are also opting for glass facades.
However, does glass always work well for Indian homes given the weather conditions in the country witnesses every year? Is it better than the concrete walls and worth the maintenance?
Here are some pros and cons of using glass facades:
*A façade created using architectural glass can add drama to a home. How? It opens up the home to the outside world connecting the indoors with the outdoors.
*A good resistant to bad weather conditions including heavy winds and rains, glass façade also doesn’t easily gather dust.
*A well-glazed glass façade keeps the home bright and lit up with natural light. Thus, helping cut down on energy for artificial lighting.
*Want to make the façade colourful? Use films to coat the glass with various patterns for a bright facade and also, to add some privacy.
* If you order the right size, it is easier to install a glass façade when compared to constructing a concrete wall.
*When all the daylight seeps into the home, along with it comes a lot of heat which is later blocked inside the house. This means risen temperature level. In Indian cities this could mean greater usage of air-conditioners. Hence, higher electricity bills.
*In order to sustain a glass façade, there is a need for great safety and maintenance. The homeowner would be required to install enough shading, treatments among others to not allow too much heat to get blocked inside the house.
*Although glass can withstand heavy rains and winds, it is not viable in earthquake- or cyclone-prone zones.
*The installation of glass façade has to be perfect. A small error could be a cause of alterations and higher cost.
*Cleaning and maintenance of glass façade can be very expensive. A scheduled maintenance needs to be done by professional companies that could be heavy on the pocket. And, it is a lifetime expense.
Still want to install a glass façade? Note this:
Invest in glass that is energy efficient. According to the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), invest in high-performing glass that reduces heat along with capturing maximum daylight. High-performance glazing is another way to ensure lower heat flow, provides ample shading and also block ultra-violet rays to enter the house. Such glass could help you save 30-40 per cent of energy.