How Glass Partition Walls Measure Up Against Solid Partitions?
Demountable wall systems continue to be popular with companies across the USA, principally because of the fact they make it so easy to change the layout of corporate offices at a moment’s notice. The trend for firms to tackle new projects by asking their employees to form temporary task forces, which are disbanded after each project has been successfully completed, is just one of the reasons that easily reconfigurable office layouts remain desirable; fluctuating staff levels and changes in seasonal demand are among others often cited by corporate managers. In this article, we are going to take a look at the key differences between the two main types of demountable panels available: solid partitions and those that are made primarily of glass. The most suitable type for your needs will depend on the environment you are trying to create for your employees and the type of work they are required to perform on a daily basis.
Are Glass Partition Walls or Solid Partition Walls the Right Choice for Your Offices?
When you are deciding whether to install glass or solid partitions, consider the following factors carefully:
- Privacy – If any of your workers, such as departmental managers, are more comfortable working in a space that provides them with a degree of privacy, a physical separation from the rest of the team, solid partitions are obviously going to be a better choice in the areas where they are located. On the other hand, in areas where privacy is of no concern, glass panels have a number of advantages to offer that may make them a better option, as you will see in the points that follow.
- Communication – While people can always walk around solid partitions or even peer over the top of them, most corporate managers find that clear glass partition walls are more conducive to open communication between members of staff in the same departments. If this is an important factor, which it is for many companies today, you may wish to install glass panels rather than solid ones, or at least have a mix of the two to ensure that no employees feel as if they are cut off from the rest of the department in which they work.
- Natural Light – Many studies into the effects of natural and artificial light on employees have been completed over the last few years and they have overwhelmingly concluded that workers whose desks are in areas with plenty of natural light are usually more alert, more productive and less likely to make mistakes during the course of the average working day. With this in mind, it is well worth considering using glass panels in as many areas as possible, to ensure that as much sunlight as possible is able to penetrate deep into your corporate workspace. Another benefit of introducing more natural light into the workplace is the money your company can save on utility bills as less artificial light will be required.\
- ICT Infrastructure – If you wish to conceal the cables that connect your employees to the outside world (Cat 5 cabling to connect computers to the corporate intranet and RJ45 cabling for linking telephone extensions to the company PBX system), glass partition walls will not be the best choice. Solid panels normally come with raceways, in which such cabling can be hidden, whereas glass panels do not. While you could conceivably affix ICT cabling to glass partitions, the results are unlikely to be aesthetically pleasing. With this in mind, you should probably plan to have a certain number of solid panels in your office, even if you have decided that the majority of your partitions should be clear glass panels.
- Storage Areas – If you wish to use partitions to create storage space in your offices, glass panels are not the ideal solution. To keep old files and office equipment hidden from view, solid partitions will be your best choice. The only exception to this rule is when you are creating a storage space for items you are happy to have on display, such as old models of a product your company used to manufacture. In this instance, glass partition walls would be a very good option. If you would like to be able to see what is in your storage space but not have it in plain view, a combination of solid and glass partitions would be the best solution.
- Maintenance – Both glass and solid panels require very little in the way of regular maintenance to keep them looking good but fingermarks and other dirt will show up more easily on glass partitions. If you would like to minimize your cleaners’ workload, solid partitions could be your best option. If, however, you would really like to include some glass panels in your new office layout while still minimizing your cleaners’ workload, you could perhaps position them in low-traffic areas where they are not likely to be touched on a regular basis.
- Aesthetic Appeal – Whether solid or glass partition walls look better in your offices will depend on the existing interior décor and what you plan to do with it in the future. Workspaces with a modern, minimalistic feel are ideally suited to glass panels whereas more traditional workspaces may be better candidates for solid partition walls with a realistic wood veneer. The great thing about demountable panels is that if you should decide to change your interior décor in the future, you can swap out your partitions very easily.
If you are still not sure whether solid or glass partition walls are the best choice for your offices, please do not hesitate to call us for help and advice. We have supplied and installed high-quality partition systems in offices across the USA and would be more than happy to share our knowledge and expertise with you. If you already know exactly what you want and you are currently looking for a reliable supplier, we invite you get in touch with us at your convenience to request a competitive quotation.