Aluminum windows have been widely used in commercial applications for more than 50 years, and in that time, they’ve come a long way. Today’s aluminum windows are more durable, stronger and more cost-effective than ever. That’s why aluminum windows are utilized in some commercial applications: From new construction projects to replacements and storefront renovations.
They also have numerous advantages in industrial applications. Aluminum storefronts are long lasting; with proper window installation, they commonly last two decades or more. They’re high-performing and provide quality insulation. Plus, they’re cost-effective, offering some of the most competitive prices on the market.
Aluminum windows are easy to customize and are available with numerous options for colors or finishes. Therefore, aluminum windows can be customized to match a particular project’s design needs. Wood and vinyl windows offer more limited customization options.
As with residential glass, the three most common types would be annealed, tempered, and laminated glass. Annealed glass is the most common and is fine to use in most applications. Tempered glass which is required when the window is near a door or close to the ground. Tempered glass is also four times stronger than annealed glass and when it breaks it shatters into many tiny pieces. Laminated glass is two pieces of annealed glass with a film sealing the pieces together.
Single Pane Storefront Glass have a thickness of 1/4″ and are the most common. Whether the glass is annealed, tempered or laminated safety glass depends on the application. Doors and windows that are close to the ground or near a doorway will have to be either tempered or laminated glass.
Dual Pane Storefront Glass are usually used in newer buildings. For the most part, when comparing commercial to residential dual panes you will find that the commercial units are usually thicker. One inch in thickness if the standard. Customers can get dual pane glass in annealed, tempered safety glass or laminated glass.
Curtain walls are a fairly common and prominent feature in modern buildings. Designed to protect the building from the outside elements (such as weather), curtain walls are panels that are placed at the exterior of the building often through mechanical bonding, chemical bonding, or adhesive.
They are able to keep out air and water, reduce building sway, slow the spread of fire, have good thermal efficiency, and have a great appearance and attractiveness. Curtain walls have the primary purpose of keeping air and water out of the building, essentially acting as both a buffer and an insulator
The safety of curtain walls also matches none other. Curtain walls are able to slow the spread of fire between floors, by acting as a barrier and preventing the fire from easily transferring across the surface of the building. This can be especially important in taller buildings, where the fire would otherwise quickly be able to spread upwards.
Window walls offer a variety of advantages such as saving building time. Since window walls are constructed off-site in a controlled environment, and then transported to the work site, inclement weather won’t cause as many delays.
In addition, they are good at reducing noise. Unlike glass curtain walls, window walls don’t easily carry sound between floors since there is a wider space between individual panels of glass.
Window walls also allow better access to natural daylight, connection to the outdoors and enhancing views, passive heating in winter months, gives the illusion of larger spaces, is customizable to your needs, and is integral to any modern home aesthetic!