5 Things to Consider When Choosing Commercial Windows
Boost curb appeal with custom commercial windows for your office or retail space. Set the tone for your business environment and provide a comfortable atmosphere for your staff and customers. Choosing commercial windows shouldn’t be an after-thought, though it might not be obvious, they are part of your brand image.
Think about it, how many times in the past, have you walked past a business, even though you need what they are selling – just because you don’t like how their windows look?
Fact is, we are all impressed by appearance – whether we accept it or not, the outward look of a business plays a significant role in our decision to do business with them or not. A clean, sturdy, classy looking windows are better positioned to draw in patrons than dirty, smug ridden, unhinged windows.
It makes sense both as branding and cost-saving strategy to install top-quality, energy-efficient commercial windows on your business building. But, before doing anything, here are five things to consider when choosing commercial windows.
Be sure you understand local safety and commercial building codes
Every state has its building codes which all building, whether commercial or residential, must follow. Usually, these codes include guidelines on what type of material to use, the size of doors and windows on commercial buildings. You may also want to check the approved window specifications for your type of business.
The building code should guide your decision to go for any of the available commercial window designs. Violations of the safety and commercial building codes could result in stiff penalties or for severe cases, shutting down of your business.
Type of window
You will find out pretty quickly that there are several varieties of materials to choose from for your commercial windows, including steel, vinyl, wood and aluminum. Each of these materials has its pros and cons.
Depending on the building and environmental code in your area and project needs, you may find out some of them are not unsuitable for your purpose.
Commercial Windows Aesthetics
The type of window you choose for your commercial property will have a significant influence on its curb appeal. If curb appeal and aesthetics is a significant concern for your business, you may want to spend more time swapping different materials until you find one that meets your needs.
For example, wooden windows look significantly different from steel or aluminum windows. And even when, the same material is used, the styling could make a major difference. An aluminum window looks and feels different depending on whether it is a sliding window or not.
While making your choice, be sure to consider the impact the window would have on your property’s overall look as well as the distinctive look of each window. Frame designs, size of windows (length and width of the window) plus any coloring used would affect the overall aesthetics of your building.
Most business owners and property managers consider energy efficiency as a significant factor in choosing commercial windows. The more energy-efficient your windows are, the more money you will save in energy bills each month.
You may want to check out the Department of Energy energy-efficiency rating, also known as the U-factor, for each material before buying. The U-factor rating is a method for calculating how much heat seeps through windows and doors in a second — the lower the U-factor rating, the better as it indicates a more energy-efficient window.
- Aluminum – Aluminum frames are high heat conductors which makes them unsuitable if energy efficiency is a major concern. However, you can improve their energy-efficiency by installing insulators.
- Glass – Just like aluminum, windows made of entire glass are low in energy-efficiency rating.
- Vinyl – Best material to use in windows for conserving energy. Vinyl is naturally resistant to the sun’s heat and hence, energy-efficient. You can fill up their empty core with insulators to significantly improve their efficiency.
- Woods – Are the second-best material for energy-efficiency behind vinyl windows. Though, woods often expand and contract in the heat and cold, which could make them unreliable.
How long the window will last
You don’t want a window that falls apart after a couple of years. While all the windows do basically the same thing, they are not all equal. Some can withstand harsh weather conditions better than others.
Take, for example, aluminums have a minimum life expectancy of 15 years; however, with proper care, it could last up to 20 years while woods can last for at least 30 years, which is twice the life expectancy of aluminum windows. And when maintained properly, can outlast every other part of the building.
While all commercial windows are not the same, your choice would be affected by the local safety code and your project needs.
However, as is often the case, you will find yourself focusing more on one factor over another.
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