How Residential and Commercial Glass Differ in Style And Cost?


The main difference between the residential and commercial glass is its thickness. Commercial businesses use single-pane glass with ¼” thickness that is tempered, laminated or annealed. Aluminum is the common framing material used. Insulated glass is usually ¼” glass sealed with ½” spacer making the unit 1” thick than home units, which range from 7/16 – 15/16.

Residential window frames depend on the era they were installed and the kind of framing material used. Common framing material includes wood, aluminum, fiberglass, and vinyl.

  • Single pane

Old homes feature single-pane windows. Repairing single-pane is cheaper. It can be repaired on-site within a day. Tempered glass installed in shower areas or around pools takes 2 to 3 days for installation.

  • Dual-pane

Dual pane is also called IGU [Insulated Glass Pane]. Two single panes are sealed together but there is a gap between both. If a single pane gets damaged, it can be easily repaired. There is no need to replace both. The dual-pane can either be a tinted glass, clear glass, tempered glass, or energy-efficient glass. Tempered dual-pane glass installation takes a maximum of one week.

Oklahoma Central Glassworks with architects, home builders, interior designers, and remodelers. The team offers residential glass repair or replacement of single or double-pane doors and windows. You can contact them on and get a free quote for your project.

Home sliding doors vs. storefront gliding doors

The common size tempered glass sliding doors with single or dual-pane are not seen in business settings. Sliding doors used in shops or malls have thick tempered glass size ½” or 3/8”. This thickness accompanies high cost than the thin glass sized 1/8” or 3/16” used in patio doors.

Residential vs. Commercial glass replacement cost

From the above factors, it is clear that commercial glasses are thick and expensive, so its replacement cost will be high than residential glass. Besides business glass replacements are larger than home windows [except high-end customized house].

When a glass of the door gets replaced, as it got damaged or broken, there are some things to keep in mind. The glass used will be tempered for extra safety. Factors that can impact the cost will be the unit size and glass tint.

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