Types of Windows for Commercial Buildings

Window City has been doing commercial window replacement for over 30 years.  Over the course of those 30 years, Window City has learned a great amount of knowledge within the industry and has invented successful procedures in the productivity of installing windows for commercial buildings.  Starting out from a small van in Clifton, New Jersey 30 years ago to now a nationwide company installing over 2 million windows a year, we are devoted to getting the job done with quality and integrity.

There are different types of windows for commercial buildings in comparison to residential homes.  If you are a developer, contractor, property manager, architect or designer in the commercial construction industry, this article is for you.  One of the most important decisions you’ll make during the building or renovation process is the windows you choose.

The first step to choosing the correct window is to understand the different types of windows that are available.  We’ve listed out some of the most common commercial windows we install throughout buildings across the country.

  • Vinyl Windows
  • Fiberglass Windows
  • Aluminum Windows
  • Aluminum-Clad Windows
  • Single-Hung/Double-Hung Windows
  • Sliding Windows
  • Casement Windows
  • Awning Windows

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are probably the most popular window used in the commercial market.  They are not only cost-friendly, but they’re energy-efficient and insanely durable. These windows are especially appealing to maintenance managers because they require little to no upkeep.  They come in a select few amount of colors which makes it easier for designers to choose a color.  If the color you desire isn’t available, vinyl windows can be painted.

Fiberglass Windows

Another different type of window material commonly used is fiberglass windows.  This material window ranks highly for developers and architects.  These windows are extremely durable and secure.  This material is special because they do not expand or contract no matter what the weather elements are.  For this reason alone, fiberglass windows are an excellent choice for those looking for weatherproof options within their commercial buildings.  The cost of fiberglass is a little more expensive than vinyl but its durability and security outweighs the extra cost.

Aluminum Windows

Aluminum windows are another common window we tend to use throughout many commercial buildings and apartment complex communities.  They are low maintenance and have enhanced strength and durability which is great for large openings.  We often use aluminum windows for buildings with large openings because of their strength.

Single-Hung/Double-Hung Windows

These windows are the most common type of window used.

Sliding Windows

These windows provide more of a view compared to single or double-hung windows.  They are great for shops or observatories.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are hinged and open from the top or bottom.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are hinged at the top and open from the top.  They are used in closets, bathrooms or other areas that would prefer privacy.

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