When you are left to choose between glass or solid partitions, it boils down to one key aspect, functionality. There are scenarios where glass would be best suited and others where a solid wall partition would complete the look. The intended purpose for space where you will be installing the partition should guide you in making the best choice to suit your office partitioning needs. Meeting rooms require less visibility as well as complete isolation from outside noise.

Members inside should be able to see and listen to each other while that outside should not see the goings-on of those inside these kinds of room. In a different manner staff cubicles could only be isolated from certain levels of noise. The materials making these cubicles could most likely allow colleagues to see each other from even across the rooms, these two scenarios call for a different choice of partitioning during installation. Your choice of partitioning material should be related to the following; more here 

  1. Solid partitions are generally preferred in spaces where inventory is to be stored. This is because the inventory is items that not everyone is supposed to see unless issued out. Solid partitions also provide better security than glass since the material is naturally heavier, while glass has to be reinforced to achieve the same objective, which may cost more to install since you would need to be tinted and reinforced glass. 
  2. Solid partitions can provide a variety of applications since the wall can be used as a screen while glass partitions have to be heavily tinted or covered in other materials to achieve the same objective.
  3. Glass partitions increase the style of a room, allowing in varying degrees of light, depending on the type of glass used and fresh air circulation in the room. Solid partitions cannot achieve the same output unless combined with glass during design.
  4. Solid partitions can hide underlying power and data cables running along the walls and are the most preferred choice when you have cables to run through the office partitions.
  5. Solid partitions are more functional in rooms that require complete privacy while those that require partial privacy can install a blend of glass in solid partitioning. Glass allows light through while the solid partition helps to keep what is not supposed to be seen private. The combination could involve a significantly lower part of the partition being solid while the upper part is remaining glass.
  6. Meeting rooms generally need a solid type of partitioning than work cubicles as the solid absorbs more sound and is opaque than glass partitions. Using solid partitions in open work areas is not advisable as it blocks the line of sight within the room.

Combining glass and solid partitions during design will eventually add flair to your office while saving you time and money in installation, as some of these partitions are very easy to install once assembled. Therefore, using the most appropriate material for partitioning will eventually win you big in the long run.