Why Cheap Glass Flooring Isn’t the Best Glass Flooring
When Glass Floors Go Wrong (with Pictures!)
When you get an estimate for your glass floor project, it’s easy to jump at the lowest bid. Here are some compelling reasons—and photographs—to show why this isn’t always a good idea.
What Low-Quality Glass Flooring Can Look Like Down the Line
Not all glass floors are created equal. A low-quality product made with low-quality processes can quickly show wear and tear. This comes in the form of:
- Visible scratches
- Gouges or chips
- Compromised anti-slip glass
The glass floor project below was made using an antislip frit treatment. After just seven years, you can see how entire sections of that antislip are completely worn away. This compromises the look of the flooring, but it also poses big safety concerns.
Beyond safety, low-quality glass flooring can also pose aesthetic issues. Check out the deep, unsightly scratches and chips on this commercial glass flooring project.
4 Problems Associated with Cheap, Low-Quality Glass Floors
From aesthetics to safety, there are numerous reasons you want to ensure you’re working with a high-quality glass manufacturer for all architectural glass products.
Maybe it’s the antislip treatment wearing over time. Maybe it’s the integrity of the glass panels themselves. When you choose a glass manufacturer based solely on price, the safety of that flooring becomes a question mark.
Remember, though, whatever price you pay, safety is not a guarantee. Your best bet is to carefully vet your potential glass manufacturer.
Make sure to ask these question to ensure your glass flooring is safe.
Liability is another significant concern around improperly designed, built, or installed glass floors. If your floors aren’t safe and they break, there’s potential for people to get injured.
Whether you’re a private residence or a commercial space, you can have personal liability if someone is injured on your property.
That liability extends to anyone involved in the project. That includes:
- The owner
- The general contractor
- All subcontractors
Glass floors are not an architectural feature where you want to be cutting corners or compromising on manufacturers.
Just check out what happened at the Willis Tower SkyDeck as the protective glass layer shattered 103 stories up!
From a purely aesthetic standpoint, low-quality glass floors don’t look as nice over the years. Even if the functionality of the flooring is still intact, you can get unsightly scratches, dings, gouges, or discoloration.
Yes, nothing lasts forever, and no architectural feature is indestructible. With the right anti-scratch treatment, though, a glass floor or glass countertop can look pristine, even decades after installation.
Return on Investment
When you’re comparing flooring bids, it’s hard to think past those initial numbers. Everyone wants to spend less in the moment.
It’s important, though, to think about the lifetime value of the product. When you go with an inferior floor, you’re potentially taking on the time and expense of:
- Additional maintenance
- Outright replacement
Saving a few bucks early on doesn’t mean much if you have to fully replace the feature less than ten years down the road.
This applies to the overall glass flooring, as well as features and treatments. For example, going with a higher quality anti-slip, such as the Jockimo GlassGrit™, is more expensive up-front but can save you over time—in aesthetics, safety, and repair or replacement cost.
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If you want to know more, don’t forget to check out our related blog: Why the Lowest Bid for Your Glass Flooring Isn’t Always the Best Bid.
Interested in adding a glass floor to your residence of business? Don’t hesitate to reach out. We’re happy to answer any questions or to provide a no-obligation quote for your project.