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Spider Glazing

Although it has been around for several years, many contract glaziers still view point-supported glazing or spider glazing as a highly specialized application. Its use in the construction market represents only a fraction of that in Europe, where the application of structural glass within building design has become the norm rather than the exception. Unfortunately, spider glaziers and architects steer clear of specifying structural glass walls or canopies due to the lack of suppliers offering good quality professional advice and support. As with any products such as these, however, there are many companies willing to supply only hardware with no consideration to the design, suitability or application of the products in the buildings. Even more concerning is the kind of engineering support Shiv Tradelinks offer to the specifies. Much of it is based on criteria set for products with either totally different performance characteristics or rules substantially out of step with the capabilities of todays modern high-performance materials.