How To Choose The Right Commercial Glass

Commercial glass installation involves more than taking some measurements and putting in the glass. A customer will need to make several key choices before asking about commercial exterior glass doors or windows. When you're making these decisions, keep the following four issues in mind.


Some businesses are more private than others. Customers at a relaxing spa, for example, will probably not want a bunch of onlookers so it's wise to install tinted or glazed glass that affords more privacy. A fun business, conversely, might want clear glass to let passersby see how excited everyone is inside. It is a good idea to think about what your median customer will want in terms of privacy before selecting any glass.

Insulation and UV Protection

Especially if your location has large windows or exterior commercial glass doors, you may want to think about insulation value. If it has been a while since you've had contractors install new glass, you might be surprised by the advances in materials in recent years. Ask about the R-value to learn how much the windows may help you limit your heating and cooling expenses throughout the year.

It is also a good idea to consider the UV protection afforded by the glass. Modern glasses can block out significant amounts of damaging UV rays. This can protect products, displays, and even surfaces that are located near the exteriors of your business. Particularly in sunny regions or highly exposed locations, avoiding UV damage to the business can save you lots of money over time.

Security and Safety

Especially when it comes to storefront glass installation, the glass can pose both security and safety concerns. You should talk with the contractors about how well a piece of glass is likely to hold up to attempted break-ins. Also, if people are ever going to walk anywhere near the glass, you should be worried about the possibility someone could fall into it and get hurt.

Fortunately, there are many products on the market today that will spider rather than shatter. This will make it harder for would-be criminals to break through the glass. Also, it will reduce your potential liability if folks often move around the vicinity of the glass.


Particularly when you're dealing with commercial exterior glass business doors, durability matters. Sliding, pulling, or pushing a door will lead to collective wear over thousands or even millions of uses. You want to know the glass will be durable, and it's a good idea to also make sure the glaze securing it will be durable, too.

To find out more, contact a company like AAA METAL AND GLASS