The Main Differences Between Residential And Commercial Glass Windows

If you are in need of new windows, you have probably been scouring the internet for all sorts of ways that you can save a buck or get the best value for your money. If you are a homeowner, then you may have found commercial glass windows that seem to be far better bang for your buck than residential windows. On the other hand, if you are a business owner maybe you only researched residential windows and are shocked when the contractor pulls out when they realise what the windows are for. There are several important differences that differentiate the two, and it is necessary that you understand why they are separate entities. 

Commercial Windows Come In Larger Sizes

Almost all businesses utilise windows that have a much bigger surface area because they have larger walls and want to encourage customers to look in and see their wares or services. These windows are larger but still just as strong (if not stronger) than the smaller options that you have to buy for residential windows. Commercial glass contractors also, importantly, have the facilities to be able to install these larger windows. Residential glass windows can come in big sizes, but, for the most part, they are manufactured to fit smaller spaces and so you are going to struggle to find consistent options from commercial glass retailers.

Base Models Are Far More Advanced

Commercial glass windows are generally made stronger, with more insulation (double glazing) and often with tinted options as part of the standard price. This is because that is what customers come to expect when buying from a commercial glass contractor, while on the other hand a residential glass contractor often offers more bare-bone window options for those who aren't interested in the more advanced specifications. All those add-ons might be a bit overkill for just a simple home, and you can find much cheaper deals from residential glass window contractors.


Commercial glass windows often have to be fitted specifically for a particular building and so are often custom made. They might even be a feature, with curves, intricate patterns and unique style choices. Residential glass windows are made for a more reserved market, and while they may have varieties as well, they are generally pre-made to save you money. This lack of choice is really more of a feature than a detriment, as it allows residential glass contractors to offer more for less. Each business offers its own advantages, which is why you should generally stick within your lane to avoid costly mistakes.