Top Considerations When Choosing Commercial Windows

Replacing commercial windows is no small undertaking. Whether you are replacing windows for a small mom and pop shop, a mid-rise office building, an apartment complex, or a skyscraper, it’s essential to get the job done right. If your business is looking to replace commercial windows in the near future, keep these key considerations in mind:

Frame Material
Common window frame materials for commercial buildings include vinyl, aluminum, wood, and fiberglass. Vinyl frames are very energy efficient and easy to maintain, while aluminum window frames are known for their durability. Wood frames require regular upkeep, but offer a unique look for a business. Fiberglass frames, on the other hand, offer the look of wood but require little maintenance. Windows can also be frameless, providing a sleek and elegant look.

Glass Type
When installing commercial windows it’s important to choose the right window to match your climate. Buildings in warm climates should look for windows with a low U-value, while those in cold climates should look for windows with a high R-value. In addition, buildings that see a lot of direct sun may want to choose windows with a Low-E coating or tinting to reduce glare and reflect heat away from the building.

Window Style
In addition to wanting your windows to be energy efficient, you also want them to be aesthetically pleasing. Choose windows that complement the architectural style of your building. A modern building may look best with fixed windows that don’t open, while a storefront on a main street could benefit from pivoting windows that can open on nice days. Don’t forget to match the window frame color to your building as well.

Specialized safety or security glass can be installed depending upon your business’ needs. Known as tempered or toughened glass, safety glass is treated chemically and thermally to increase its strength. Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than regular glass and if broken, tempered glass crumbles into small, rounded pieces as opposed to sharp, jagged shards. Security glass can withstand breaking for several minutes, a must for businesses concerned about break-ins.

Before hiring a window contractor, fully vet them. Ask for references, check up on their insurance, and go see their work in person. Get a comprehensive estimate in writing and make sure the timeline works for you. Once you are satisfied, move forward with the window installation.

From design and fabrication to installation and repair, the True View window technicians are extremely knowledgeable about the latest building requirements and regulations for all things glass. For more information on commercial windows or for a free estimate, contact True View today at


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