Tax Benefits: Saving Big with Architectural Glass

If your office layout is completely dictated by drab drywall, then you clearly haven’t heard of the benefits of architectural glass. Also referred to as architectural walls, demountable walls or moveable walls, these stylish, floor-to-ceiling alternatives make it easy to achieve an inspiring and versatile environment by striking the perfect balance between design and function. 

But one of the biggest benefits that’s motivating so many business owners and founders to make the switch to architectural glass is their tax benefits. That’s right, not only do they provide a more flexible and aesthetically friendly solution compared to standard drywall, but the return on investment just keeps coming the longer you have them. 

The tax advantages of architectural glass and walls make this business investment a no-brainer. Check it out.

The Advantages of Tax Code Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation

Section 179 of the IRS tax code with bonus depreciation is an incentive created by the U.S. government to encourage businesses to buy office equipment and invest in themselves. So unlike drywall, when you purchase architectural walls, you actually get money from that purchase back when tax time rolls around — around 30% back.

Under Section 179, companies who purchase architectural walls can expense 100% of the cost in the first year, up to $1,000,000. But don’t worry, if your investment exceeds $1,000,000, you also qualify for 100% bonus depreciation, which allows the remaining purchase price to be depreciated in the year they were purchased. What’s also cool is that you can take advantage of these benefits whether you paid cash or financed the purchase.

An Example Calculation of Savings 

Here’s an example of how those savings turn out. 

Cost of Wall Systems: $1,150,000

First Year Write Off: $1,000,000

(up to $1,000,000)

100% Bonus First Year Depreciation:  $150,000
(Normal First Year Depreciation: $0.00)

Total First Year Deduction: $1,150,000

Cash Savings: $402,400

Final Cost of Wall Systems after Tax:  $747,500
(assuming 35% tax bracket)


Now, let’s see what those savings look like over the first 5 years compared to Conventional Construction (assuming the initial cost was the same).

Conventional Construction
Demountable Walls
Year 1
Year 2
Year 3
Year 4
Year 5
Total 5-Year Savings 

Pretty great, right? If you want to see what these savings could look like for you, check out our handy calculator from NxtWall Demountable Walls.

Work Smarter with Architectural Walls

Ethosource partners with Nxtwall and Planet Partitioning to ensure that our customers can not only take advantage of all the benefits that architectural glass provides, but that they also receive the best quality and service when purchasing and installing it. To learn more about our products or discuss how we can help you elevate your office environment, contact Ethosource today.