Many folks are unfamiliar with the meaning of the term “glazing.” However, simply put, glazing is the action of installing windows. And, when it comes to glass installation, residential and commercial applications are quite different.

Glazing for most residential work is largely limited to glass for windows and doors. For commercial buildings, on the other hand, glass can often be a large portion of the walls, storefront, and inside partitions.

A Look at Commercial Glazing

Commercial glaziers have special training, materials, tools, and safety equipment. Often their work requires scaffolding and other measures for commercial installation jobs such as structural glass curtain walls.

Unless your workspace is an underground bunker, your commercial property has some windows and other glass architectural features.

And, regardless of whether it’s a multi-story office building or just a small storefront, what’s required is commercial glazing. And the glass installations do more than simply “look good” and keep out the elements. Commercial glazing is a crucial component of the health and safety regulations of a commercial property.

While commercial glazing can have some similarities to residential glazing, commercial windows and glass fixtures usually require different types of glazing.

For example, commercial work typically requires double and triple glazing due to the high-quality thermal performance and enhanced acoustics of these materials. Other materials are also used for commercial glazing such as plastic sheeting products like plexiglass.


Common Commercial Glazing Applications

Commercial glazing is used for far more than exterior windows and storefront glass. In fact, there several different applications that can be found on both the exterior of commercial buildings as well as the interiors. And these can be installed purely for aesthetics or functionality, while the best glass installations combine both.

Among the large range of interior applications for commercial glass, common examples include:

  • Partitions
  • Doors
  • Flooring
  • Shelving
  • Skylights
  • Mirrors
  • Railings


Probably the most common use for exterior commercial glazing is windows, however, there are many other applications that are used for exteriors and these can be quite complex structures. Typical examples include:

  • Entrance doors
  • Storefront glass
  • Security glass
  • Glass curtain walls


Advantages of Commercial Glazing

Installing commercial glazing provides several benefits for a property. Windows, for example, allows for increased natural light for those working in office environments. A well-lit room using natural light requires less artificial lighting with the added benefit of exterior views.

This is equally true for commercial properties that have large storefront glass enjoys. In addition to the aesthetics and the warm atmosphere that natural light provides, quality commercial glass provides superior thermal insulation. This is true for any structure including retail stores, office complexes, and schools.

Buildings are inherently susceptible to internal heat loss and the proper commercial glazing offers increased heat insulation and absorbs sunlight. This means more efficient heating and reduced energy costs, in addition to helping to cool interior spaces during warmer conditions.


Common Types of Commercial Glazing

Wet Glazing installation is designed to keep all air and water out of the glazing pocket. These glazing materials require clean substrates.

Dry Glazing utilizes pre-formed rubber gaskets on both sides of the glass to seal glass and panels which rely on their compression to provide a seal. The total cost of these gasket systems is usually lower than “Wet” or “Wet/Dry” systems.

Wet/Dry Glazing use gunnable sealants or mastic tapes as the primary seal on one surface of the glass and an extruded gasket on the opposing surface. Their performance is not based upon the compression developed by the components, but by the seal provided by the sealant and/or tape.

Structural Silicone Glazing is a system of bonding glass to structural framing members of glass curtain walls. It utilizes a high strength, high-performance silicone sealant specifically for structural glazing applications.

Sloped Glazing is an application used in conditions of 15 degrees or more off-vertical. Sloped glazing applications are treated differently than typical vertical glazing applications. It requires specific glass or panel weight and the gaskets must properly support this weight.


Commercial Glazing Solutions for Your Requirements

What kind of commercial glass is right for your application? Finding the answer to that question is simple when you can tap into one of Santa Rosa’s best glass companies.

With a team composed of many highly skilled Glaziers with a passion for glazing and the satisfaction of a job well done, B&L Glass delivers robust solutions for all kinds of clients.

Whether you require commercial glass to flood a storefront with light or residential glass to create luxury windows for a master bedroom, we have the skills and professionals necessary to execute your ideas to the highest level.

With the attention to detail necessary to craft bespoke luxury doors with glass and the capabilities to work even at the largest scales, we offer the most reliable path to outcomes you’ll love.

Contact us today to learn more about these differences, or to discuss your project with our team.