Facades made from uprights and crossbars, with cell or pillar patterns, give structures a complete and unique look that serves as a good finish for corporate buildings, public buildings and offices. They can also be used for restoration.

Facades made from uprights and crossbars

Serramenti Metallici Piave srl is able to provide, design and develop various different solutions for commercial systems employing facades composed of uprights and crossbars. Facades composed of uprights and crossbars are installed on building sites only after all the elements that comprise them have been prepared in-house. Preparation of the elements consists of cutting and carrying out all processes that facilitate assembly of the facade on site. The definition derives from the fact that the vertical elements (uprights) are generally secured to the masonry work first. After having secured the uprights, the horizontal elements (crossbars) are added, and then lastly the insulated windows (or blind panels).
The horizontal and vertical elements that make up the frame are comprised of extruded aluminium profiles. The expansion of the elements is absorbed and compensated for by the individual elements themselves. The glazing and panels are inserted into the grid of uprights and crossbars and held in place by pressure plates complete with seals or structural sealant, which ensures wind and water-proofing.

  • Economical
  • Versatile
  • Easy to design

Continuous facade with cell-pattern and structurally-bonded glass

The continuous facade system is defined as a system with cell-pattern construction, comprised of units that are pre-assembled in-house. This system involves the creation of independent structures composed of frames made from extruded aluminium alloy profiles and glass panels. Generally, the main cells reach from one floor to the next and are inserted into a load-bearing structure comprised of uprights and crossbars, which is in turn anchored to the building by different systems of brackets. The main feature of this system is that the insulated glass panels are secured to the aluminium structure by a structural sealant. The overall system offers several advantages:

  • quality control of manufacturing work carried out in the workshop
  • reduced installation time
  • more complete control of the production schedule

Point fixed facades

We offer various different point fixed facade systems based on the requirements of the design.
This type of facade arises from an architectural and/or functional need to create a facade that is as transparent as possible. In order to eliminate any kind of opaque element there are no structural elements such as uprights and crossbars, the glazed surface is installed using systems that are as slender as possible. With this type of facade, each sheet of glass is attached to the load-bearing structure by four or more points (based on the size and weight of the glass and the loads created by the design). The weight of the glass is distributed across two lower or upper holes. All the other anchorage points serve only to absorb horizontal forces (wind). The glass is connected to the load-bearing structure using joining mechanisms made from stainless steel. In this way, each single panel of glass is independent from the others.


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