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Glass flooring can make a dramatic difference to your home’s overall look and feel. Operable glass flooring panels can make that dramatic feature even more functional, versatile, customized, and useful. So, exactly what is an operable glass panel?

 Operable Glass Panel: Definition


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An operable glass panel is distinct from a fixed glass floor or walkable skylight. It includes a hinge system that allows that panel to be opened and closed.

Where Can You Install Operable Glass Flooring Panels?

An operable glass flooring panel can be used in either commercial or residential settings. Because it’s not a waterproof system, they are most often incorporated into interior spaces.

The most common glass trap door installations include the following:

  • Visually appealing basement access
  • Storage display units for the art or other collectibles
  • Wine cellar access

Wine cellar glass doors are particularly popular today and speak to a growing movement toward wine cellars and modern design. According to Sandy Horwitz of Innovative Wine Cellar Designs, “about 80 percent of the cellars we do now have glass enclosures.”

The trend makes sense. A wine cellar glass trap door gives you the advantage of enjoying the aesthetic of the wine collection; displaying that collection to guests; and also having seamless, easy access to the space.

Features of a Hinged Glass Floor


Whether you’re opting for a wine cellar glass door or an operable glass trapdoor that leads to your basement, make sure any installation you choose has these features:

• Antislip Glass

Without the proper treatment, glass can be slippery. This can pose safety concerns. Make sure your operable glass flooring panels have an antislip treatment.

• Walkable Glass

Yes, the idea behind these doors is that they can open and shut, but first and foremost, they need to be designed to safely support the weight. Think through all these factors when designing a custom walkable skylight.

• Failure Redundancy

This is a pretty standard safety feature for any walkable glass, but make sure your structural glass floor panels are designed to hold intact even in the unlikely event the glass shatters or fails.

• Customization Options

From the size and color of the glass to the internal texture or pattern, choose a glass manufacturer who can create a wholly custom product. This will ensure it complements your home’s design scheme and constitutes exactly what you want in your home. This should extend to the frame’s specifications of material and color as well.

When designing your hinged glass trapdoor, ask whether it can be made lockable. These doors often provide access to valuables. A lock can offer extra peace of mind.

Where Can I Find Glass Floor Panels for Sale?

Interested in adding operable glass flooring panels to your home or business? Want a quote for what this project would entail? Simply have questions about how they work, materials used, or available options?

Reach out today! We’re a custom glass manufacturer with decades in the business, and we’re happy to answer any questions you have!