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Making Glass Balconies possible - the evolution of Modern Glass-making

Tuesday 28th May, 2019

At Peterlee Glass, we manufacture an abundance of glass products for a variety of glass projects, but have you ever considered where this glass came from? Today, glass is so present in our daily lives that, very often, little thought is given to its history, and the amount of work, experimentation and technologies that have gone into making modern-day glass products possible.

The first evidence of man-made glass dates back over 5000 years ago, when obsidian (naturally occurring black volcanic glass) was discovered in Mesopotamia. Upon its discovery, obsidian was used for a variety of products, from weaponry to jewellery.

However it wasn’t until the late 18th century that England became the universal hub for glass production. The Industrial Revolution brought a new wave of machinery and equipment to aid in the development of glass manufacturing and, as a result, glass became a prominent material in modern architecture. In 1829, the first glass roof in history was built in Paris, and in 1851 the Crystal Palace (a building made entirely from iron and glass) was built in London.

Since then, glass has continued to dominate architectural designs. One such way has been through the implementation of glass balconies. Glass balconies are a great way to create interesting, creative links between different rooms in commercial spaces, as well as bringing a number of aesthetic and ergonomic benefits.


Primarily, incorporating a glass balcony into your commercial space removes the need to have dark flooring, which often contributes to spaces looking small and claustrophobic. Instead, a glass balcony will maximise light in your office and give it a more spacious, airy feel. In addition, glass is an incredibly durable and strong material, which ensures that every glass balcony will be safe and secure, and has the added benefit of being easy to clean and maintain.

The glass industry continues to boom, and developments in glass manufacturing techniques are always happening. Here at Peterlee Glass, we stay up-to-date with all of these improvements to guarantee the best quality products for our customers. To find out more about what we can offer you, get in touch on 0191 586 4626 or send an enquiry via our website here.

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