The Importance of Glass
Returning to Life after COVID
It’s safe to say that this global pandemic has been a cumbersome learning lesson for us all in with regards to our understanding of cleanliness, bacteria, and how susceptible we all are too rapid contamination. And with so many uncertainties still on the horizon, we continue to seek solutions and safety in the areas we can control. Something born out of the crisis is special attention to the materials that we build with and the obvious need for partition equipment and spatial solutions. Because these circumstances are all so new and constantly changing, much of the information and understanding we have is not necessarily rooted in fact. To arrive at undisputed facts, it takes years of trial and error, scientific testing, and data analysis. Yet because we don’t have time to waste in this battle against Coronavirus, we are forced to make micro-adjustments day-to-day when attempting to understand what works and what doesn’t.
One of the serious debates during these unprecedented times has been the question of plastic versus glass. While many establishments are choosing to integrate plastic spatial solutions and Standing Wall Partitions or medical dividers, others are opting for higher quality glass products to facilitate the need for a spatial barrier. In this article, we will examine the properties of each and how the chemical properties of partition equipment directly affect our fight against the coronavirus.
Glass versus Plexi, which is better?
Without a doubt, both materials have their own individual value and beneficial qualities. After all, Plexiglass is often considered to be a more durable, harder to crack alternative to glass that still maintains a similar function. But while Plexi may be more durable in the heavily trafficked areas, glass will always be more sanitary, easier to clean, and less porous than acrylic plastics, making them the safer choice of the two for this specific need.
“Glass tends to cost less than Plexiglass and can be more scratch resistant and more easily recycled. Though the benefits of plexiglass are that it may be stronger, more shatter-resistant, and resistant to the elements and erosion than glass.” –Binswanger Glass
Where to Integrate Glass in Business
For any commercial establishment, whether a place of business, a restaurant, or educational institutions, it has become a necessity to provide a physical barrier between employees and customers or faculty and student at highly trafficked points of contact. This is where durable high-quality Sliding Glass Wall Partitions are a wonderful ally in flighting the spread of COVID 19. Glass medical screens are an extremely helpful tool in creating a physical barrier between people in group settings. A lot of restaurants are now installing large-scale glass wall dividers between tables in order to create more safety and security for their customers and employees alike. Within any business, you should be considering how and where you can install glass dividers at points of contact or within heavily trafficked areas.
The Reopening of Schools
Now that we are quickly nearing the end of summer vacation, one of the biggest concerns on the minds of most parents is whether or not schools will be reopening this fall. As many places are adapting to be more cognizant of the transmission of illnesses, schools are also heavily rethinking the interior design of their institutions too. Since children have less spatial awareness and cleanliness standards, it may be time for a modern design solution.
While many schools are opting for home-school with online classes this fall, there are a growing number of educational establishments that are indeed returning to a physical learning environment. With this, schools will be asked to come up with solutions to ensure that all students and faculty remain physically separated and socially distanced during the school day. Introducing modular glass dividers and Glass Office Partitions into the classroom could be the spatial solution many schools are looking for. These dividers are super easy to install, offer enhanced flexibility as compared with a standard wall, and are very easy to clean and disinfect. As faculty and janitors will be asked to continuously clean surfaces and disinfect, it only makes sense to use glass rather than acrylic as it is the easiest to wipe down and disinfect.
By utilizing transparent spatial barriers indoors, you can help protect your employees and customers from the person-to-person transmission of Coronavirus. Make your establishment as safe as possible for everyone by integrating Glass Room Dividers and standing glass partitions. Visit Space Plus, A Division of the Sliding Door Company online to view our online catalog, and Get a quote from one of our professionals today.