Does Glass Flooring Scratch?
How to Use Your Glass Floors…Without Stressing about Scratches
Whether you’re adding an interior or exterior glass floor, people always wonder the same thing. Do glass floors scratch? Will I be able to enjoy my glass floors normally, or will I need to kick off my shoes every time I want to walk across them? If you’re thinking about adding glass floors but are concerned about scratches, scuffs, and other imperfections, here’s what you need to know.
Do Glass Floors Scratch?
Glass floors can scratch if the flooring panels have not been treated with an anti-scratch glass surface. Properly treated glass flooring, however, should not scratch—even when used in a high-traffic or commercial area.
Treated Glass Flooring versus Untreated Glass Flooring
Glass is a relatively hard substance already. It comes in around a 5.5 to 7 on the Mohs scale. That natural hardness in the material means even untreated glass won’t scratch at the slightest pressure.
Under the right circumstances, however, untreated glass can certainly scratch. If you want extra assurances that your glass flooring will be free of scratches, scuffs, and gouges, talk to your glass manufacturer about adding an anti-scratch coating.
Especially if your glass flooring uses fully transparent glass, scratches and other aesthetic imperfections become very obvious.
These scratches do not affect the functionality or safety of the floor, but they are unsightly.
Benefits of Using an Anti-Scratch Glass Treatment
If you’ve been shopping around, you know glass flooring is not the least expensive flooring option. If you do decide to invest in it, the last thing you’d want is to shoulder the cost of panel replacement just because of some avoidable scratches.
On the fence about investing in an anti-scratch glass treatment? Preventing scratches is actually only one of the benefits of anti-scratch glass.
You also get glass that’s:
- Water repellant
- Easier to maintain
- Easier to clean
- Less likely to develop mold or bacteria
- More resistant to stains, impact, and hard water etching
Who Needs Anti-Scratch Glass for Their Flooring?
Anyone investing in a glass floor would benefit from an anti-scratch coating. It will help the flooring look pristine for years after installation.
You also won’t have to worry about:
- Taking your shoes off before walking on it
- Moving furniture, grills, or other materials across it
- Protecting outdoor glass flooring from small flying debris
You can simply use the floor—without any concern that normal daily use will scratch it.
While this is beneficial for anyone, it’s particularly important to use an anti-scratch glass treatment in commercial or high-traffic areas. Even with a lot of consistent use, this will help ensure the floor doesn’t sustain any damage from everyday wear and tear.
JGlass™: Not All Anti-Scratch Glass Surfaces Are Created Equal
When choosing a scratch-resistant glass surface, talk to your specific glass manufacturer about their solution. Not every anti-scratch treatment is guaranteed to be as effective or beneficial.
If you work with us at Jockimo, you’ll receive JGlass™. It’s our proprietary scratch-resistant glass coating. It can be applied to any Jockimo glass product, including our flooring.
Still Have Questions about Glass Floors and Scratching?
Glass flooring is that rare design choice that offers both amazing functionality and incredible aesthetics. If you have any questions or concerns about scratching and your glass floor, reach out today.
We’re Jockimo, a manufacturer of custom architectural glass products, and we’re always happy to answer your glass-related questions!