Understanding Commercial Glazing

Understanding commercial glazing—or the process of installing glass windows, doors, and walls in a commercial building—is key to achieving a polished, professional design.

Jack’s Glass has more than seven decades of experience managing commercial glazing—from industrial to interior design and from business entrances to glass displays. Today, our experts are explaining the ins and outs of commercial glazing: what it is, what options you might consider, and the benefits.

Learn more about commercial glazing, below.

What Is Commercial Glazing?

To “glaze” simply means to install glass into a window, wall, or door. Glazing commercial properties differs from residential properties in a few key ways.

First, commercial property glazing is more complex. For example, glazing multi-story commercial properties must take into account factors like high winds and increased loads. Safety and structural integrity are paramount, to avoid serious liability in the future.

Second, commercial properties often require much more glass, since the material is used not only in windows but also often doors, storefronts, shelving, tabletops, mirrors, and more.

Finally, commercial projects are often much more involved, requiring specialized equipment (sometimes even cranes) to install the glass.

For these reasons, professional installers should have a keen understanding of commercial properties and extensive experience working with them. It’s truly a specialized field within the glass industry.

What Are Your Options for Commercial Glazing?

Like residential projects, commercial glazing typically involves glass as the primary material. However, the materials used are often stronger, in order to hold up to commercial use.

Commercial glass, for example, is often thicker and the tempered or laminated kind. Laminated glass, made of layers of glass and resin, is designed never to shatter and is ideal for preventing forced entry. Tempered glass, made in a process involving heat, pressure, and chemical treatment, will still shatter—but does so in smaller, blunter pieces. Tempered glass is often ideal for interior safety applications. In addition, framing is often aluminum, rather than the vinyl often used in residential projects.

Commercial projects typically involve double and triple glazing. These options, which involve using multiple layers of glass, result in superior insulation. Increased insulation offers less heat transfer—increasing energy efficiency and lowering energy bills—as well as improved acoustics due to decreased sound transfer.

While glass remains the traditional—and most popular—material, there are other materials available for commercial application. Acrylic and polycarbonate sheets are sometimes used in certain circumstances. For example, polycarbonate (also known as “bulletproof glass”) is often used in banks, pharmacies, gas stations, and other businesses.

The Benefits of Commercial Glazing

The benefits of commercial glazing are numerous.

A glass entrance or storefront can significantly improve the curb appeal of a business—beautifying the building and enticing potential customers inside. Glass evokes a polished, professional appearance that inspires confidence in consumers. It also increases natural light, which improves the ambience inside the business and reduces the need for harsh, energy-wasting artificial light.

Moreover, commercial glazing can provide increased safety and security, particularly if you choose laminated or tempered glass. (Glass as a material is also easier to clean and maintain, saving on cleaning costs.)

Finally, double or triple glazing can reduce the overall energy costs of the business. It can increase the property value and make the building more attractive to buyers or renters in the future.

Considering Commercial Glazing?

If you’re an architect, builder or contractor, a project manager or business owner, you can trust Jack’s to be your partner in glass. We have extensive experience in commercial applications ranging from storefront glass to glass shelving—always on schedule and correctly.

Whether you need help with new construction, remodeling, or replacement, call Jack’s.