Laminated Pilkington Planar™ structural glass is ideally suited for horizontal applications. Glass panels are typically bonded together with “SentryGlas®” ionoplast interlayer from Kuraray* laminate, which allows the architect to have completely exposed edges without worrying about long-term edge stability concerns from exposure to moisture like with PVB interlayers. The glass panels can be silk-screened in any Pilkington standard or custom pattern before being laminated. Virtually any design can be accommodated with digital-printing technology now available for Pilkington Planar™ glass. For more information on “SentryGlas®” ionoplast interlayer from Kuraray* click here.
The inherent design flexibility of Planar makes it an excellent system for canopy and roof applications. Exterior framing, that can become a maintenance problem or possibly cause future leaks, is not required. The backup structure is required to carry self-weight, snow loads (where applicable), and to resist negative wind pressures through fixing locations. Large spans are possible if underlying purlins are reinforced with cable or tension rod rigging. Laminated glass beam purlins are also an options for ultimate transparency. In some cases, Pilkington Planar™ canopies can even be supported by laminated structural glass fin vertical walls. Pilkington Planar™ canopies require a minimum slope of 3 degrees to eliminate ponding on the glass.
All backup structures are available from W&W Glass as a completely engineered, sole source package for guaranteed performance of the complete Pilkington Planar™ canopy system.
*SentryGlas® is a registered trademark of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company and used under exclusive license by Kuraray
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