Aluminum or wood storefront doors?
Glass storefront doors are a given, but which frame type is best? Aluminum is, by far, the industry standard, for the reasons we outlined above. Storefront glass can also be installed in wood frames, however. Solid core wood is durable, but very heavy. They’re also better as an internal door, as they weather much faster than aluminum. In order to be ADA-compliant, a storefront door can’t be heavier than 8.5 pounds, and that’s near impossible to achieve with wood.
Steel doors can be durable, but have a small window lite and cannot take full storefront glass, making it non-ideal. While this can be worked around, aluminum remains the best choice for storefront glass doors. It can also be anodized into a variety of attractive colors for long-term visual appeal, where wood and steel storefronts have to be painted.
More than just storefront door repair
Do you feel like your image badly needs that refresh? We can help you source and install storefront doors to complement your business, or help you with a wide range of design techniques to display your name, logo, and any other information your customers need at their fingertips. From traditional sandblasting to ultra-modern graphic transfers, we’ll help you find the solution you need.
Of course, today we can’t merely install glass storefront doors and leave it at that. Every business needs watertight security to ensure your customers and staff stay safe, not to mention protect your business outside of working hours. We can assist with both fire-resistant and bulletproof commercial glass options, giving you greater peace of mind.
While hurricanes aren’t a typical concern in the San Francisco Bay Area, we can also provide hurricane-impact rated safety glass to help ward off adverse weather concerns and provide a measure of reassurance against protesters and even accidental chips and cracks.
Secure solutions that help you keep your commercial glass compliant and legal
We also offer full tempered safety glass installations. This unique glass, which breaks into safe, small, pieces if shattered, and will also mostly remain within the frame instead of spreading across the floor, helps prevent injuries and stock damage in the event of window damage. In many areas, safety glass can be compulsory for large or deep shop front windows, aluminum storefront doors in use by the public, or commercial glazing where pedestrian traffic is heavy, and it can be a key part of bringing your business up to code.
Laminated glass, which is built differently to safety glass but covers some of the same aspects, is a common feature of upper stories or in skylights. It is similar to the glass used in many vehicle windshields, and is designed to ‘hang together’ when broken instead of fragmenting into pieces, making it safer for people involved and an easier cleanup. While it can be an unnecessarily pricey addition to storefront glass where tempered glass will do, it has a range of commercial uses and should be on every business owner’s radar.