Springfield Glass Explains: Window Glass Installation Methods

When your business or commercial project needs a new glass window or door installed, call a local professional, like Springfield Glass.

We install any and all types of glass, including commercial storefront windows, automated glass doors, custom glass and even full-frame glass showers. 

In today’s post, Springfield Glass explains just a few of the common glass installation methods

The Best Reasons for Installing New Glass

Glass windows, doors, mirrors, shower doors, and other residential applications for a home or business might require new installations for several reasons:

  • New residential or commercial constructions 
  • Home renovations
  • Improving energy efficiency 
  • If sashes, frames, or panes are destroyed or damaged

There Are Two Types of Residential Window Installations

Full-frame installation: Stud to stud is the total replacement of the window. A complete unit replacement or installation can be done on a brand new construction of a home, if a home is old and the window sills and frames are irreparably rotten or damaged, or if the windows are no longer in style. 

Pocket installation: Otherwise known as “retrofitting,” it’s when a part of the windowpane is removed and replaced. 

The choice to do a pocket installation depends on many factors, including the age of the building, the budget you have, the material of the window, the extent of the damage, and the general time allotment for the installation. 

Sash Replacement 

Window sashes are what hold and move the glass panes together; they fit into a window frame. 

Let’s say that your window is in good condition and it has minor wear and tear. Naturally, you won’t need to install new glass. But you might just need to take out the old sashes and parting stops and then add new jab liners to make an air-tight compression seal.

Both Sash & Frame Replacement 

If your window is in fairly decent shape but has some signs of moisture damage or has air leaking past the frame, you can choose to replace both the sash and the frame that’s encasing the window. 

Framing Options for a New Window Installation:

  • Vinyl. This choice is inexpensive and nearly maintenance-free. However, it only comes in light color shades, since dark colors absorb too much heat. 
  • Aluminum clad. These frames come in almost any color but aren’t a good option for coastal homes exposed to saltwater. 
  • Fiberglass/composite. This is an expensive option, but very versatile and can be painted in almost any color. 
  • Wood. It’s aesthetically pleasing but more expensive than other options. And it requires quite a bit of maintenance and upkeep to avoid complications.

What’s Involved in Installing a Full Frame Glass Window?

The entire window and frame are removed, down to the rough opening. Sealants are used to make sure the glass stays in place and the frame has no openings for water or air to seep through. Additional insulation is added to optimize any potential energy loss. 

Installing a Storefront Glass Door or Commercial Window

Installing storefront glass doors or windows involves maneuvering through a series of tasks with a few other people. Windows are often 2-4 inches deep, tempered and double-panned for added durability. These are often put in a rectangular aluminum frame. 

A man inside attaches the anchors to the frame and then two others anchor the window to the opening from the outside. The vertical alignment is checked as each unit is balanced before installation.

Storefront glass panels are ordered from a third-party manufacturer and come with separate side rails, top and bottom header pieces and other brackets that need to be connected together to hold the large window panels in place. 

Book Professional Glass Window and Door Installations at Springfield Glass

Our glass installation experts can repair, refurbish and install commercial and residential glass with ease. We specialize in repairing and installing large-scale commercial glass apparatuses. Call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online

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