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What is commercial glazing and how is it different from residential glazing?

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Commercial glazing is any glazing system which is installed in a commercial building. It is usually larger in scale than residential glazing and therefore subject to different regulations and performance standards. One exception is multi-storey apartments, which, although residential in terms of occupancy, they are often commercial in terms of size and structure.

Commercial glazing is often part of a curtain walling system which envelops the building’s internal structure. Commercial glazing is a specialised product and should always be installed by an industry expert.

Essential requirements for commercial glazing

Commercial glazing is often custom designed to fit a specific building envelope. On-site glazing is common, and specialist equipment is required due to the size and complexity of the installation. Commercial buildings are subject to stringent health and safety regulations. A company has responsibility for all occupants of the building, thus it must be deemed safe for use before building completion. To comply with current regulations, commercial glazing must:

  • Regulate solar energy transmission – An office building, school, or hospital generate lots of internal heat. People, lighting, computers, and other equipment create far more heat than a residential building. Large-scale buildings often have an internal cooling system or air conditioning to help regulate internal temperature. Solar control glazing also helps to limit natural heating from the sun which inversely is a positive attribute for one family residential houses where natural solar heat is often deliberately absorbed.
  • Provide high performance weather resistance – When buildings are built upwards, the further they reach vertically, the more they are subject to stronger weather patterns. Commercial glazing in high-rise buildings must be able to withstand building sway, strong winds, fluctuations in temperature, and water penetration. To achieve the necessary protection, they undergo rigorous testing. They also feature strong aluminium frames which are lightweight, flexible, durable, and structurally stronger than uPVC or timber which are more common in residential installations.

JPF Systems for all your commercial glazing requirements

Commercial and residential glazing are used for completely different applications. A large-scale commercial project will usually encounter different problems to a residential installation. At JPF, we are experts in commercial glazing. We have worked on a wide variety of commercial installation projects for a broad client base. If you’re involved in a commercial building project, JPF can provide high quality glazing solutions. For more information on any of our products and services call 0800 111 6015 or send us a message online.

  • JPF have been Wirral Councils Schedule of Rates contractor for Curtain walling & automatic doors for over 10 years covering education buildings & schools, municipal buildings, leisure buildings, libraries etc. They are a well-organised and structured company. Professional relationships with management are very good and staff is both competent and helpful. Installations are to a high standard and if there are any defects these are dealt with quickly and efficiently.

    Wirral Borough Council (James Cookson)
  • We requested the works due to a reasonable adjustment for a member of staff, The works were required to be completed at very short notice and during the Christmas break JPF had no problems or concerns in arranging this work ready for the member of staff to return to work.

    Wirral Borough Council (Neil Corser, Premises Manager/ Building Surveying & Minor Works)

Areas we serve

JPF Systems install high quality aluminium windows, doors, and curtain walling across the North West of England and North Wales. From Merseyside to Manchester and Runcorn to Wrexham, our installation teams always work to the highest industry standards.

Working as main contractors or specialist sub-contractors, JPF Systems have developed excellent relationships with several local councils and other construction specialists. From the JPF Systems factory and head offices on the Wirral, the local motorway system connects products with development site quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.

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