One of the biggest differences between residential and commercial windows is that most home windows can open, whereas many commercial ones do not. If you are wondering why that would be the case, here are a few reasons why many buildings have commercial windows that do not open.
- Code regulations- Some building codes dictate that commercial windows must be solid, especially for multi-story buildings. This is mostly to prevent accidental falls, as well as items being dropped on people below.
- HVAC concerns- It is really taxing on a commercial HVAC system if windows are left open, so to avoid the problem, many buildings are designed with solid commercial windows. Energy efficiency is also improved.
- Cost efficiency- Fixed windows cost less than ones that open and close. In addition, the framing and bracing needed for a functioning window adds cost to the project.
- Maintenance- Commercial windows that open have more maintenance and repair issues than fixed ones.
- Aesthetics- Many architects and commercial property investors prefer the look of solid windows over those that open and close.
- Natural light- Solid commercial windows let in more natural light, which is preferable to some commercial property owners.
- Security- You’ll find that storefront glass, in particular, is solid for security purposes. Preventing easy access can be a benefit for non-retail buildings, as well.
If you have questions about commercial windows, reach out to us at Statesville Glass & Shower Door. We offer a variety of commercial glass services, including commercial replacement windows and commercial door glass. We have been in business since 1951, so it is safe to say we are a great choice for all your commercial and residential glass needs.