Looking for new windows for your store, restaurant, or commercial building? Windows can be one of the most important features on any commercial property, as they impact the building’s appearance, security, and energy efficiency. Whether you’re building a new property or simply updating an existing one, windows are a component that you’ll want to consider carefully.
Not sure what to look for? No problem. Here are a few questions that commercial window buyers often have. For more detailed answers and assistance, schedule an appointment with one of our commercial glass specialists. We can review your facility and your goals to help you decide which types of windows are right for your building.
Which material is best?
This might seem like an easy question. You obviously want glass windows, right? It’s not quite so simple. Yes, glass is a common window solution, but there are other options. You may choose a plexiglass option that is shatterproof. Or you may want a tinted option that maximizes energy efficiency.
Then there are the frames, which are usually made of aluminum, wood, vinyl, or some composite material. Some frame materials, like aluminum, are durable and can withstand the elements. Some materials, like wood, offer aesthetic qualities that the others lack.
With both the windows and the frames, choosing the right material depends on your needs and priorities. There’s no material that is necessarily “the best.” What is more important is that you work with a company that carries a wide range of materials and can help you find the perfect solution.
What are the best options for maximizing energy efficiency?
Energy efficiency is a major factor you should consider when buying windows. Generally, windows with higher energy efficiency will come at a higher cost. However, more efficient windows will reduce your energy costs thereby saving you money in the long run. It's important to strike a balance between efficiency and budget.
Fortunately, it’s very easy to judge the efficiency of commercial windows. Look for something called the U-value. This is a numerical representation of the window’s efficiency. The lower the U-value, the more efficient the windows are.
Another important metric is solar heat gain, or SHG. This represents how much heat comes in through the windows via sunlight. Windows with low SHGs are better at keeping heat out, and they’ll likely keep your energy bill low during the summer.
Again, the key is to find the windows that best balance your needs for efficiency with your budget. Learn more about energy efficiency in windows by reading Through the (Energy Efficient) Looking Glass: What You Should Know. For more assistance, contact an experienced commercial window company, like Jack's Glass. We can help you analyze options and show you how certain windows will impact your energy costs.
What security features should you choose?
Worried about break-ins? Or perhaps glass shattering due to severe weather? You have a few options available that can prevent your glass from shattering. One is a plexiglass option that won’t break under any condition. However, plexiglass can sometimes scratch and may not have the same appealing aesthetics of actual glass.
Another option is to get a sealant over your windows that will hold the pieces of glass together upon impact. The glass may crack, but the security sealant will hold the glass in place, keeping intruders or even nasty weather out of your building.
Finally, if security is a big priority, you may want to consider bullet-proof glass. This specially made glass will stay in place under nearly any condition. A skilled window company can analyze your security needs and help you find the perfect solution.
As you can see, there is no one "right" answer. The best windows for your building may be completely different than the best commercial window solution for another building. It all depends on your budget, goals, and unique needs. Contact Jack's Glass today to schedule your consultation. We can help you find the right solution for your project, and we can get the job done quickly.