When we're contracted for new commercial construction, hotel window installation in Florida, or glass for multi-family complexes like apartments and condos, we put great care into making sure our windows are built to last. Florida's weather can be brutal on windows and window frames, but we have the experience and glass selection needed to make sure that relentless heat, rain, and wind don't destroy your commercial real estate investment.
Premanufactured vinyl or aluminum frames are common in residential construction but need to be avoided in commercial buildings. This style of frame is typically a poor quality that can fail at many points. When manufactured, the 90-degree corners are melted together to create a frame joint, but Florida’s heat breaks this joint down over time, causing damage to the frame and a place for water to seep in. Our storefront windows are custom fabricated with multiple fail-safes, like multiple caulk joints that will withstand the Florida heat, brake metal/flashing, and seal pans to keep water out of the building.
Beyond the Florida heat, our powerful rainstorms and hurricanes can push even the highest quality windows to the limit. Premanufactured windows don’t last in these conditions. Oftentimes during the install, building imperfections cause premanufactured windows to not fit, so installers must buck out a frame with a 2x4 to make it work. Inevitably this wood will rot over time as it gets pelted with rain, leading to water intrusion and mold. We custom fabricate our windows and frames in a way that accommodates building imperfections without risky band-aid approaches like bucking out a frame.
Wind can also be a huge problem, especially along the coastline. Did you know that premanufactured windows are only designed for positive barometric pressure, but not negative pressure? Severe rainstorms, tropical storms, and hurricanes are low-pressure systems that will cause negative pressure to your building, which premanufactured windows are not built to withstand. Our storefront windows are built for both positive and negative pressure, resisting whatever Florida’s weather sends their way.
High-speed winds send more than just rain toward windows. Hurricanes, tornadoes, and severe storms can lift and propel dangerous debris into your windows. We have impact-rated windows, sometimes known as small missile impact rated windows, which will guard against shattering into dangerous shards or allowing a hole for water to pour into.
We understand the wind speed zones in Florida, which vary throughout the state, and have an engineer available to assist in determining the correct types of windows for your location.
Contact us today to ensure your new commercial construction or hotel window installation is built to last in Florida.