Many considerations need to be taken when choosing commercial windows, such as budget, appearance and noise mitigation. Aeroseal created a comprehensive guide to the most common window frame materials and their considerations. Below is a high-level overview of the considerations to keep in mind when selecting commercial windows.
There are a wide variety of materials to choose from for commercial window projects, including: aluminum, steel, vinyl, and wood. What you choose depends on your project and needs. In general for commercial projects, aluminum is a recommended choice since it is highly impact-resistant and mitigates noise.
It’s very important to be aware of how the windows will look. When choosing the frame, consider the overall appearance of the building as well as the appearance of the individual windows. Overall aesthetics are impacted by: frame designs, length of the window, width of the window, and coloring of the aluminum.
Keep energy efficiency in mind. Energy-efficient windows and frames can save money in the long run. There are a few options you can choose from for your energy-efficient windows, and look for the Department of Energy’s U-factor rating on windows.
The average time a window is expected to lasts before needing replacing varies based on wear-and-tear, climate/weather changes, and frame choice. Windows with high resilience to natural damages and moisture have the highest life expectancy, as well as some materials, have a longer life expectancy. Of course, all windows are not made equally and can be made of varying qualities. A general rule of thumb, higher quality material will last longer than a poor, cheaper-quality material.
Keep these considerations in mind when choosing commercial windows. Still not sure what solution is best? We’re here to help. Contact us for a more in-depth discussion of your commercial window needs so we can find the best windows for your project.
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