Curtain walling is used in a wide variety of commercial buildings around the world. If you live in a large sized town or city, you probably see curtain walling every day of your life. Outside the construction industry however, the term curtain walling may not be widely recognised. Many people have probably never even heard of curtain walling let alone understand what it is and how it’s used.
At JPF Systems, manufacturing and installing curtain walling is an essential part of most installation projects. It is an integral part of multi-storey buildings across the UK. So, what exactly is curtain walling? Let’s find out.
What is curtain walling?
Curtain walling is an external non-structural building envelope. Often fabricated using aluminium systems, it is light weight and easy to transport and install. Curtain walling usually features large expanses of glass. This allows natural light to penetrate deep into a building to create a better working environment. Curtain walling does not support the structural elements of the building but does provide weather protection and solar transmission reduction.
Curtain walls are designed to be used on high rise buildings spanning multiple levels. Because of its exposed position, curtain walling must meet strict regulatory requirements for a range of protective criteria. Curtain walls must be flexible – capable of withstanding building sway and thermal expansion and contraction. They must be water and wind resistant. And they must meet rigorous requirements for heating, lighting, and cooling.
Creating a visually attractive façade
As we have seen, curtain walling provides a wealth of performance benefits. It also creates an attractive exterior aesthetic to any large-scale building. Aluminium is a highly versatile and malleable material. These characteristics allow curtain walling systems to be fabricated in a wide variety of innovative shapes and sizes.
Aluminium curtain walling systems have been used in some of the most distinctive and impressive buildings in the world. From the skyscrapers of New York City to the 5-star hotels of the Middle East; curtain walling has enabled architects to give full reign to their imaginations. Curved façades, geometrically shaped windows, and multi-coloured powder coat finishes make aluminium curtain walling an emblem of modern society.
If you’re involved in a large-scale commercial installation, it’s likely that curtain walling will be an integral part of your project plans. If you’d like expert advice on the best curtain walling systems to suit your specific requirements contact JPF today. For more information on our range of curtain walling call 0800 111 6015 or send us a message online.