What are glass manifestations and why do you need them?
Glass manifestation is the term used for the stickers and laminates designed to be applied to glass partitions, doors and windows. They can be a really effective way to add interest to your glass partition and can also help with privacy. But there’s another more important reason that you need to be aware of.
Glass manifestations and health and safety
Adding manifestations to your glass walls and doors plays a really important role in helping to stop people walking into them. It might sound like something from a comedy sketch, but walking into a glass panel can cause serious injury.
There are building regulations which govern the use of glass manifestations. If you have any full height glass in windows, partitions or doors, you must ensure they’re marked correctly. The manifestations must contrast visually with the background seen through the glass, and must appear at two levels (between 860mm and 1000mm and between 1400mm and 1600mm above the floor).
They should be a logo or motif at least 150mm high (repeated if necessary) or they could be continuous bands of design at least 50mm high.
Failing to comply with the appropriate legislation can result in hefty fines.
Now the fun bit!
Manifestation is typically created from a frosted film applied to the glass. Lines of dots or squares are quite common. But the regulations don’t dictate what the manifestation looks like, so the choice is yours (as long as it remains compliant).
Why not draw on your brand to add a splash of colour to your glass? Go bright, go bold and be very deliberate rather than aiming for the minimum requirement for compliance.
Your manifestations don’t have to be film. Just take a look at these fantastic etched doors we created for a local school.
How to avoid costly mistakes
As with many things in life, it pays to get some expert advice. Speaking to the right people will ensure your manifestations satisfy the necessary regulations. It’s also important to be aware that not all films are compatible with all glass types. Applying them neatly isn’t always as easy as you might think either!