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Choosing the Right Window Glass for Your High-Rise Building

Posted by Jimmy Hawley on Oct 25, 2017 2:00:00 PM

Ever drive down the beautiful Ft. Myers or Naples beach and notice the glass on some of the high-rise condo buildings? Gorgeous tinted glass in blues, greens, and… wait, that whole floor doesn’t match the rest!?

Are you a building manager or owner for a high-rise in the Ft. Myers/Naples area? Be sure to set these guidelines when building or performing a full replacement so your building isn’t “that” building with the mismatched windows. Here are some factors to consider when you choose your high-rise window glass.

COLOR OF GLASS

This seems like an obvious thing to note, but it’s definitely the top priority to match when replacing (or noting as a specification for future replacements) the glass color/tint. Today’s window glass is available in a variety of tints and coatings, from smoky grey to blue and even bronzed tones. Regardless of the color, when installing windows on a beach, certain visual light transmits are required per the Turtle Code. To learn more about Turtle Code click here. While certain architectural designs may allow for a mix and match patchwork of varied shades, getting this detail consistent from pane to pane is a major detail.

Storm Solutions offers a plethora of glass colors including: blue, bronze, and gray glass. Learn more here.

GLASS TYPES

While the color of the window glass may be the main visual distinction, different coatings and lamination options also add features including heat reduction and UV/infrared protection. These options include heat reducing tints, laminated insulation, and high performance, low-E coatings that allow visible light through, but reflect ultraviolet and infrared energy, blocking both heat and protecting furniture and art from fading.

DURABILITY OF GLASS


When researching impact windows, look for the Florida Building Code Approval or the NOA (Notice of Acceptance by Miami-Dade County) as these products hold up to the strictest of standards. At Storm Solutions, we are an authorized PGT dealer, the company with the most NOAs of any impact-resistant window manufacturer.

Preparing these main specifications for future installations can help you avoid the “checkerboard affect” the disruptive look of a very obviously out of place window.

Have your specifications set and ready to replace your building’s windows? Need help figuring out where to start? We are here to help! Contact us today for your free commercial glass estimate!

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Topics: Impact Windows, Windows, High-Rise