There are two basic types of design fixings that are used to attach cladding and other panels to walls or ceilings. There are visible fixings as well as invisible fixings and each will offer their own advantages as well as challenges when using them for your wall fixtures.

Glass cladding fixings are most ideal when you use the invisible fixings, for some obvious reasons. When you have other designs, such as metal cladding, wood panel cladding, and other wall fixtures that can transform a room from ordinary to extraordinary, then you can use either style of fixings.

How to Use Design Fixings?

In order to understand how to properly use design fixings, glass cladding fixings, or hook on wall panels, it will depend on what type of panel or design you plan to add to the interior or your home or office. If you are relying on a more straightforward approach, such as you would find with visible design fixings, then it will depend on where the wall studs and other support structures are and where in the actual panel the support fixtures (such as bolts, rivets, or screws) will be affixed.

Depending on the design itself, you could find that these visible fixings can either complement or interfere with the overall appearance that you are aiming to achieve with the panels.

For invisible fixings, which are ideal and recommended for glass cladding, the fixings will rely on a track and connect to the panel at four symmetrical locations to ensure that there is a proper weight distribution for the panels. When installing these design fixings, you are going to have more freedom to determine where to secure them to the wall. In other words, the load bearing of the fixings will be dispersed along a metal harness.

Another advantage to these invisible fixings is that they can be used for any substrate that you wish to use for your panels, such as concrete, block, or steel.

There are certainly going to be designs that rely on the appearance of visible fixings, which tend to be more common among commercial endeavors. Whichever type of fixings you choose to use with the cladding or other panels you are incorporating into the design of interior or exterior projects, they should be considered from the outset of the design process. Learn more about design fixings here at

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