Updated: Dec 20, 2019
How often do you think about your windows? Chances are, unless the glass shatters or the wood rots, you might take the windows in your home or workplace for granted.
A great window bathes the room in natural light; and whether it’s a beautiful Saturday morning or a long, boring day at work, exposure to sunlight boosts our health and mood.
If you’ve begun to consider window replacement as a viable solution to brightening your home, you may have come across the terms “residential” and “commercial”. Residential and commercial windows function in different ways and understanding each window type will help you make an informed decision.
Choosing the right window type has a variety of benefits. A good window will make your home more comfortable, attractive, and energy efficient. The benefits of an energy efficient window are especially noticeable in commercial buildings, which overwork their HVAC systems to combat the electricity usage from large amounts of people. Better windows mean the building does not need to use as much internal heat, because the insulated windows prevent air leakage.
When it comes to the structure of windows, commercial windows and residential windows are very different. The North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) assigns windows four separate grades: Residential (R), Light Commercial (LC