luxury residential car showroom garage

Glazing for Luxury Residential Car Garages

A luxury residential garage is the latest ‘must have’ for luxury house design. If you have a love of cars and motors you want to house them somewhere, they can be appreciated, sheltered and – most importantly – seen.

The best way to achieve this residential car showroom design is with the use of specialist architectural glazing within the design. Minimally detailed glazing and glass clarity are key to showcase the vehicles. Using minimally framed glazing systems and the right glass specification is hugely important in the success of these residential garage designs.

Rare and expensive cars should be showcased so not just the owner but guests too can appreciate their beauty. Glazing can turn your garage from an overlooked area of the home into a design focal point, as a luxury garage is essential for any super prime property. Read on below for our guide to choosing the right glazing specification for your luxury garage design.

Where Will the Luxury Garage be Located?

The location of the luxury garage will determine what type of glazing will be most suitable.

Is your garage a stand-alone building? Is it in the basement? Is it attached to the house?

Basement garage spaces can utilise internal glazing and glass roofs above to great advantage. These elements of architectural glazing allow light to penetrate the basement garage area and ensure that the car collection is visible to other areas of the basement.

Luxury garages which are stand-alone or attached buildings will be more likely to use slim framed sliding doors with thresholds that can be driven over. These large format sliding doors are essentially frameless, providing uninterrupted views of the cars. Flat thresholds of these types of sliding doors can be driven over.

 luxury car showroom garage in a barn conversion home with large sliding glass door

Glazing Options

Choosing the right glazing for a residential showroom garage is vital for security, aesthetic and the wellbeing of the vehicles.

Anti-Reflective Glass

Anti-reflective glass is manufactured and treated to avoid reflections and glare from glass surfaces. In passing you would want people to have a clear view of what is inside the car exhibition garage without reflections that detract from the car’s appearance, offering a clear view of the automobiles.

Low Iron glass

By manufacturing glass using ingredients with naturally low iron contents, these glass panels achieve unprecedented clarity and transparency. This process removes the naturally occurring ‘green tint’ from the glass and is used in places where ‘invisible glazing’ is required. This will ensure the cars are viewed as clearly as they would from inside the garage.

Glazing Options

Heated Glass

The IQ Heated Glass System can be designed in large, minimally framed glass panels and heats the internal space with radiant heat to ensure that the area is kept comfortable. Specifying heated glass has the additional benefit of reducing condensation build up on glass, keeping the glass clear throughout any weather conditions.

Maintaining a steady warm temperature within a car garage ensures that the fluids and oil are kept in a stable condition. This is especially important if the car is not driven often.

Solar control glass

Applying a metal oxide coating to the inner side of the external glass pane in a unit blocks the suns infrared rays, preventing solar gain and ensuring that the internal space does not become too warm. This is known as solar control glass and these coatings are recommended for south facing glazing.

Low e and laminated glass

UV rays from the sun can damage a cars paintwork in extreme temperatures. Both laminated glass and low e glass block a significant amount of the suns UV rays, ensuring that the vehicles are not damaged.

barn renovation and extension including sliding glass doors and a luxury showroom garage
 luxury residential car garage with Aston Martin vantage v8 which was ‘Britain’s first super car’

Minimal Framing

Frameless detailing

For maximum transparency, minimal and frameless detailing is obviously required. IQ are experts in designing high-end minimal glazing solutions that provide a frameless finish.

Using minimal framing for the glazing on a luxury car garage means that it will blend seamlessly with any contemporary house exterior design.

Clever detailing at the head, base and junctions of the glass mean that the IQ design engineers can design the glass structure of the car showroom to ensure the glass panels are maximised and the joints are minimised.

The panoramah! ah!38 slim sliding door has an invisible frame system meaning the threshold is completely flush and the outer frames are completely concealed within the building finishes.

Having a flush base threshold allow cars to easily drive over it without any damage to wheels. Pictured right is a luxury car garage for cars including an Aston Martin vantage v8 which was ‘Britain’s first supercar’. It is vital with these cars everything is done to ensure their safety.

Unique Car Garages

Oversized, minimally framed glazing is not only suited to contemporary architecture home designs, but to any style including traditional and anything out of the ordinary. IQ recently designed and installed the glazing for a barn renovation and extension.

Alongside the glazing for around the home, this project features 8m long minimal sliding doors along one of the garage walls. This system has a completely flush finish so the cars can be driven easily and smoothly in and out of the garage.

The glazing was designed around the existing traditional brickwork, bringing a touch of elegance to this modern barn conversion house design.

The sleek, modern and minimal design of IQ products means that they bring out the beauty of the building around them rather than taking away from it. All types of styles, projects and desired aesthetics can be achieved.

Using innovative design and detailing when it comes to the glazing and framework elements can make a showroom stand out from the rest.

We encourage Motor dealers and their showroom designers to consult with IQ Glass UK and explore the possibilities of design to maximise the effect your cars in your showroom have.


luxury cars on display in a residential glazed garage with flush thresholds
luxury residential car garage with large sliding glass door
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