Trends in Storefront Glass

Trends in Storefront Glass

Storefront glass is where code compliance, building safety, and a pleasing appearance all come together. Since 1979, Dan’s Glass has been serving the Concord and San Francisco Bay Area’s commercial and residential glass demands. We have seen a lot of changes over the years, and today’s trends in storefront glass are the indicators of where the industry is going.

Storefront Systems

The glass used in a storefront is only a portion of the storefront system. Other parts of the system include the frame, sealants and weatherstripping, fasteners, and more. Storefront systems have evolved dramatically over the last decade, making it important to work with a glass contractor who is up-to-date on current industry trends and standards. Whether you are dealing with permanent storefronts or sliding doors and windows, the individual parts of the system work together to form a complete solution.

Tinted Glass

Double glazed glass improves energy efficiency, but the effects are higher when double glazing is combined with tinting. Window tinting offers your business a greater degree of privacy, which is essential for some companies, including medical facilities and commercial operations centers. On the other hand, tinting is beneficial to a production center because it will reduce the amount of visual distraction experienced by your employees. Lighter tinting is available for situations where visibility is important, such as retail outlets.

Energy Efficiency

Meeting energy efficiency guidelines is a growing concern for storefront glass design and installation. This includes the use of tinted and tempered glass as well as the frame design. For example, the use of aluminum storefront frames provides greater insulation for the building interior, with the added advantage of reducing heat conduction between panes. Aluminum frames are also cost-efficient, which allows building owners to reduce costs while increasing conservation requirements. When combined with innovative seals and sealants, the advantages include greater structural support and increased safety.

Glazing Options

Glazing is important in areas where earthquakes may occur. While different types of glazing include a fired finish, architectural glass glazed with a thin film lamination has been shown to minimize damage and potential injury in the event of seismic activity. The film, which can be applied to both the interior and exterior of the storefront glass panes, reduces breakage and prevents shards from falling randomly. FEMA-compliant building codes require both tempered and laminated glass in or adjacent to exits or near a pedestrian a walkway.


The simple definition of fenestration is the arrangement of glass on different elevations within a building or storefront. This arrangement is scientifically designed to maintain structural integrity and promote the aesthetic appeal of the building. Incorporating fenestration into the building design is a cost effective construction option, allowing you to use more glass without sacrificing stability and support.

At Dan’s Glass, we offer commercial glass service, repair, and replacement for all your business needs, including storefronts.  If you’re looking to try one of these trends or are interested in what options are available to you, contact our glass experts today.

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