A window is one of the essential assets in a home or business that must be adequately maintained and repaired. It protects us from the outside elements, like cold weather and bugs, but it also allows radiant heat inside when there’s too much sun shining on our walls. There are many different types of windows, with varying shapes and sizes; however, they’re all made out of glass panes which have to be replaced periodically. Replacing your commercial windows will not only protect you from the unprotected outside world but also help save money on heating bills by allowing more sunlight into your office space. This blog post will go over some tips for choosing new commercial window replacements for your building so let’s get started!
The benefits of commercial window replacement
The benefits of commercial window replacement are a cost-effective way to improve appearance and energy efficiency. Commercial buildings are often large enough that it makes sense to invest in new windows instead of paying for repairs on their existing units. New windows can also increase the value and appeal of your property.
Old windows are not energy-efficient. Because they are filled with air pockets and don’t seal properly, heat can escape through the glass, increasing heating costs. In addition, when the glass gets dirty or cracked, an even more significant amount of heat is lost. New windows address all these issues by sealing well, increasing insulation value, and offering superior glazing to help control sunlight and heat.
New windows can reduce the cost of heating and cooling your building by as much as 30 percent, lowering overall annual operating costs. Additionally, they will last for decades with little or no maintenance, saving you time and money! Tinted glazing helps fight glare from harsh sun rays during the summer months, making the interior more comfortable for building occupants.
Window replacement options – vinyl or aluminum
Aluminum and vinyl replacement windows both come with pros and cons. Here is a breakdown of the material qualities that affect their performance, aesthetics, and installation to help you choose which might be best for your project.
When making window replacement decisions consider the following:
Both types of replacements can be expensive depending on company price ranges, type of window desired (single pane or double-paned), and style (Simonton vs. masonite). Be sure to get at least three quotes for any large project to get a range in prices. Read this guide before getting replacement quotes
Aluminum frames are used in commercial settings more often than vinyl frames, so availability of sizes and styles will be more likely to find locally.
Aluminum replacements are inherently more energy-efficient than their vinyl counterparts because the metal conducts heat better.
Wood vs. synthetic material
Both materials work for residential homes; however, if you’re shopping for commercial usage or want a large part of your home that is made out of one material (e.g., entire back deck), it’s essential to determine which material will be the most cost-effective in the long run.
Both types require relatively little maintenance, which is excellent since these features will probably not be seen frequently once installed! Masonite and Simonton window replacement options are available in both vinyl and aluminum.
Aluminum has a more modern look; however, vinyl can be painted to mimic the look of metal. These materials come in different colors and styles (e.g., grids and grills).
Both materials are durable, but aluminum is more robust than vinyl, which can better resist pressure from storms.
Cleaning an aluminum frame is more accessible than cleaning a vinyl frame because it doesn’t require any sanding or power tools that could damage the material. In addition, aluminum won’t crack while cleaning, while vinyl frames could warp if not cleaned correctly.
Aluminum frames have a shorter warranty than vinyl frames; however, the material has a longer life expectancy. The average aluminum frame lasts 40 years, while vinyl-only lasts 20 to 25 years on average.