Steel Structural Support

As the most cost-effective way to achieve increased transparency on a glass wall, Steel Structure Support Glass Walls are a budget friendly option. These walls offer more transparency than a curtain wall as the support structure only runs vertically or horizontally at the glass panels (curtain wall glass is framed both horizontally and vertically).  You will see this system used primarily on elevator enclosures, signage panels, transport systems and curtain walls.

As the most cost-effective way to achieve increased transparency on a glass wall, Steel Structure Support Glass Walls are a budget friendly option. These walls offer more transparency than a curtain wall as the support structure only runs vertically or horizontally at the glass panels (curtain wall glass is framed both horizontally and vertically).  You will see this system used primarily on elevator enclosures, signage panels, transport systems and curtain walls.

SIMPLE STRUCTURE = SIMPLE STRONG SYSTEM SUPPORT 
It’s our simplest system really and can support both double and single sealed glazing. The glass is supported by our point supported glass bolts, which are connected through the holes in the glass. These glass bolts are either mounted directly to the steel support structure OR onto our support connector hardware (spiders or doc and pins), which are then mounted to the steel support structure.

Generally, our engineers recommend that you use our articulatingThis term refers to the ability of a glass bolt to rotate in such a way that the glass can flex under load, relieving the stresses around the holes in the glass. glass bolts if working with spiders as they offer more flexibility for the glass to reduce the stresses that might cause glass breakage. 

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS TO THINK ABOUT
When designing your steel structure, please consider the loading of this system – the dead and wind loads will run from the glass through the bolts, then into the spider/doc and pin and then to structure. The steel structure should be designed to be able to carry the wind and dead loads.

As you’ll find is typical with all point-supported glass systems, the maximum fabrication sizes and engineering design loads are the only limitations of the size of glass panels used.

A neat feature of this system is that it can be made into a face-mount system if the installer’s access to the back of the wall is limited. Please ask us which bolts we recommend to make this work – we have a variety of front-fixing glass bolts.

CONSIDER THE PERIMETER
This structural wall support system, like all others, requires a perimeter channel connecting the outer edge of the glass to the building. This channel will keep the weather out of the interior, resist wind loads and allow for lateral building movement (the movement of the building in an earthquake).

THE CHOICE OF STEEL STRUCTURE IS VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED 
You have many choices with the steel support structure; common steels are square, rectangular or round HSS profiles but you could also use hot-rolled sections such as I-beams, T-beams, angles, or channels. 

STEEL IS BUDGET FRIENDLY 
You can save money with our Steel Structural Support Systems, as the structural support for the glass can serve double-duty. It can support the roof structure above as well as the glass wall making it extremely cost-effective.

As the most cost-effective way to achieve increased transparency on a glass wall, Steel Structure Support Glass Walls are a budget friendly option. These walls offer more transparency than a curtain wall as the support structure only runs vertically or horizontally at the glass panels (curtain wall glass is framed both horizontally and vertically).  You will see this system used primarily on elevator enclosures, signage panels, transport systems and curtain walls.

SIMPLE STRUCTURE = SIMPLE STRONG SYSTEM SUPPORT 
It’s our simplest system really and can support both double and single sealed glazing. The glass is supported by our point supported glass bolts, which are connected through the holes in the glass. These glass bolts are either mounted directly to the steel support structure OR onto our support connector hardware (spiders or doc and pins), which are then mounted to the steel support structure.

Generally, our engineers recommend that you use our articulatingThis term refers to the ability of a glass bolt to rotate in such a way that the glass can flex under load, relieving the stresses around the holes in the glass. glass bolts if working with spiders as they offer more flexibility for the glass to reduce the stresses that might cause glass breakage. 

DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS TO THINK ABOUT
When designing your steel structure, please consider the loading of this system – the dead and wind loads will run from the glass through the bolts, then into the spider/doc and pin and then to structure. The steel structure should be designed to be able to carry the wind and dead loads.

As you’ll find is typical with all point-supported glass systems, the maximum fabrication sizes and engineering design loads are the only limitations of the size of glass panels used.

A neat feature of this system is that it can be made into a face-mount system if the installer’s access to the back of the wall is limited. Please ask us which bolts we recommend to make this work – we have a variety of front-fixing glass bolts.

CONSIDER THE PERIMETER
This structural wall support system, like all others, requires a perimeter channel connecting the outer edge of the glass to the building. This channel will keep the weather out of the interior, resist wind loads and allow for lateral building movement (the movement of the building in an earthquake).

THE CHOICE OF STEEL STRUCTURE IS VIRTUALLY UNLIMITED 
You have many choices with the steel support structure; common steels are square, rectangular or round HSS profiles but you could also use hot-rolled sections such as I-beams, T-beams, angles, or channels. 

STEEL IS BUDGET FRIENDLY 
You can save money with our Steel Structural Support Systems, as the structural support for the glass can serve double-duty. It can support the roof structure above as well as the glass wall making it extremely cost-effective.