Commercial Window Replacement
Builders, owners or lessees of commercial properties have to bear in mind that humans will likely be spending many daylight hours in these buildings, working hard on whatever it is that the company does. Proper ventilation and light are therefore very important, and these will come from well-placed, functional, optimally insulated and safe windows. Heat and noise insulation will impact hugely on what can be achieved inside the building – and the former will have an effect on the company’s utility bills.
Commercial buildings have to adhere to the building code of the area that they are situated in. These codes deal with the climate, energy-efficiency, safety of employees and building safety with regards to natural disasters.
The aesthetics of a business premises is also important, making it essential to choose windows that will have good curb appeal. Customers, potential lessees and other companies will judge your business on its outward appearance.
When it comes to glass for commercial windows, building codes often stipulate that tempered or laminated glass be used. Tempered glass is 4-8 times stronger than residential glass. Laminated glass would be a good option for windows on ground level because of its resistance to banging and smashing from harm doers. Laminated glass is also recommended for commercial properties in areas with severe weather conditions.
Commercial window glazing options stretch from single to triple and more panes per window. This is called window glazing. The more panes contained per window, the better the heat and noise insulation will be. Expense can also be brought down by using multiple panes that feature both glass and acrylic ones.
Coated and/or tinted glass is a fairly common phenomenon in commercial property windows and a number of options are available. Tinted glass reduces heat, adds privacy and also eradicates normal window glare in sunny areas.
- Low E-coated glass delivers the best performance as it allows plenty of light to filter through while blocking the heat of the sun effectively.
- Reflective coating is often used for large commercial window glass because it reduces heat but increases privacy in hot, sunny areas.
- Spectrally selective glazing tint allows for better light than standard gray/bronze tints, but blocks more of the sun’s heat than the latter tints.
Commercial window frames are usually chosen from materials such as fiberglass, metal, wood or plastic. These windows should have thermal breaks for extra insulation. Also bear in mind that metal frames are not conducive to effective insulation.