Applications for Glass Floors
Whether your need is for extra light or a view into the room below, the FloorGlaze range of glass floors will satisfy you beyond the mere practical.
FloorGlaze is an invisible hero in every sense and is designed to carry a uniformly distributed load of 2.5 KN/m2. However greater loads can be accommodated by using thicker glass in the make up of the panel if needed. When larger load capabilities are required then these can be calculated on an individual basis.
The FloorGlaze range can be used in hotels, sports centres and arenas, offices, museums, laboratories, hospitals, private homes and anywhere else you can imagine.
To help you decide your requirements for a fire-rated glass floor (FloorGlaze F60 and F30) or non fire-rated floor (FloorGlaze DG and SG) we have included some general information below.
The spread of fire within a building is restricted by sub-dividing it into compartments separated by walls and floors of fire resistant construction. Whether the construction requires being fire-rated is summed up by the following two principals:
- To prevent the rapid spread of fire that could trap occupants of the building.
- To help reduce the opportunity for fires to become large and therefore more dangerous to occupants and the fire service personnel.
The actual degree of fire-rating to give the required fire control and spread depend on various factors including:
- The use of the building affects the quantity of people within, the potential for fires to start and spread, and the ease of evacuation.
- The height to the top and the depth to the bottom of the building again affect ease of evacuation and the effectiveness of the fire services to intervene.
- The availability of sprinkler systems will affect the spread of fire and may suppress it altogether.
FloorGlaze F60 and F30 are fire-rated and fully certified to BS EN 1365-2:2000 and BS 476: PART 21:1987 (see Testing for more info).