“I’m very excited to turn this space into my very first store,” Lillian said. The Weymouth entrepreneur secured a retail space for a reasonable price because it needs some significant renovations before it’s ready for business. “That being said, I have to be wise about how I spend my money. That means determining what needs to be replaced now, and what can wait for the time being. So my question for the commercial glass company is “What’s the expected life of storefront windows? How long can I count on these windows hanging in there?”
As a Weymouth MA commercial glass company, we can say the expected life of storefront windows ends once something unexpected happens. Many of the times we’re doing storefront window replacement, it’s because of an accident or weather event that damages the glass.
That being said, high quality storefront windows have to potential to last for decades. Assuming the windows were properly installed in the first place, they should serve you well as you get your new business up and running. But there are some circumstances where storefront windows stop performing well and replacement should be considered. These include:
Situations where the building has settled on its foundations in a way that the window is no longer seated properly.
Situations where the storefront windows receive full sun exposure all day, every day, for many years – especially in a seaside location.
Situations where the windows haven’t been kept up properly, including damage to the glass, seals, and frames.
Situations where the use of fire suppression systems have caused lasting damage to the glass.
Situations where wear and tear, including damage from customers and passers by, has started to impact the appearance of your business.
There are other reasons business owners choose to replace their storefront windows. The most common reason is branding. Changing the storefront’s aluminum framing to reflect your brand colors is an easy way to help your business stand out.