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How to choose a glass canopy for your building

Thursday 11th May, 2017


When it comes to making a memorable first impression on your visitors, few architectural features are as striking as a glass canopy.

A glass canopy on a commercial property can present an impressive focal point and turns what would otherwise be a run-of-the-mill doorway into a dramatic design feature.

But there are so many different architectural styles, how do you choose what kind of glass canopy would be best for your commercial building?

Why choose a glass canopy?

First and foremost, when it comes to designing an impressive entrance, glass has so much more to offer than door canopies in materials such as brick, concrete, timber or steel.

Not only do you get all of the standard benefits of a canopy – like shelter from the elements, a focal point for your entrance – a glass canopy also has the added advantage that it allows light to continue flowing into your building rather than casting a dark and uninviting shadow.

A canopy constructed in toughened glass, as those from reputable commercial glass suppliers like Peterlee Glass are, will also be tough, durable and safe, and should stay looking as good as new for many years to come.

And they are super easy to maintain, requiring no more cleaning than a regular window cleaner will carry out.

Which style of glass canopy should you choose?

There is so much choice when it comes to glass canopies, but a good place to start when deciding which style to go for is to look at the architectural style of your building and decide whether you want to reflect or contrast with that, depending on the nature of your business and the image you want to portray.

For example, a classic 19th Century building can look beautiful with an elegant and ornate canopy of glass and ironwork, or can look equally striking with a more modern interpretation of the Victorian architecture.

glass_canopy_designsThis glass canopy, manufactured and supplied by Peterlee Glass for Jalou bar, by the Station Hotel in Newcastle, is a perfect example of how a contemporary design can reflect the classic contours of a Victorian building.

For more modern buildings, it is generally better aesthetically to complement the design with a contemporary glass canopy.

This installation by Peterlee Glass for Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield is a perfect illustration of how a building’s core structure can continue seamlessly into its glass canopy. The steel beams of the glazed façade are echoed in the canopy, resulting in an impressive and substantial design feature.


Alongside our manufacturing and installation services, commercial glass suppliers Peterlee Glass also provide comprehensive design and project management services. If you would like to talk through your plans and ideas for your next architectural glass project, get in touch with our experts at the Trade Centre today.

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