Commercial Storefront Doors

Commercial Storefront Doors

Installing a glass front on your building brings in light and makes your commercial venture more inviting to your customers. Once you have a glass front in the form of storefront or curtain walls installed, you need to maintain it to protect the interior of your business from the elements.

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Storefront Vs. Curtain Wall

Commercial storefronts and curtain walls have distinct differences in the architecture of your building. Given the parameters of your project, you will know whether you need the former or the latter installed or repaired. Since neither storefronts nor curtain walls bear the building’s load, you can install and fix them with little worry about your structure’s integrity.

Curtain walls typically span several stories and have self-draining systems. The glass has attachments in front of the slab, which prevents floor heights from limiting how much glass the curtain wall uses.

Storefronts, on the other hand, have a maximum of 10 feet in height and can only have an installation on the bottom three floors of a building. Unlike curtain walls that self-drain because the glass sits outside the framing, storefronts require proper sealing to keep moisture and air out of the interior of the building. Interior moisture moves through the sill flashing and out of the building via weep holes in the glass. End dams prevent outside water from getting into the building.

Both curtain walls and storefronts have glass components and aluminum framing.

Find out more about our commercial glass offerings, including installation and repair of storefront doors and curtain walls.

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Glass Storefront Installation And Repair

The glass used for the storefront must have the strength to withstand wind and impacts while allowing those inside to see out clearly. Part of the appeal of the glass portions of storefronts is how much light they bring into a building, reducing energy needs for lighting. Since we use insulated glass, outside temperatures have less of an effect on indoor comfort compared to glass storefronts made without insulated glass.

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If you need a glass storefront with doors, let us take care of the installation. We can install the glass on-site by putting it in between the floor and the upper level. With glass only installed between floors, storefront glass has a 10-foot height limit.

Installation of glass storefront and doors requires fabricating the frames and installing the glass panels within them. Two methods prevail in the industry when constructing the mullions for these architectural features — shear block and screw spline.

Shear block storefront systems also go by the name of can systems. These have shear blocks installed on the vertical frame pieces. Horizontal portions fit into the blocks, and the installer screws them together.

Screw spline installation systems have two parts that interlock together. Tracks, called the splines, in the horizontal framing portions precisely hold the screws the installers use to connect the vertical mullions.

Sealing around the edges of the frames, installing water diverters and inserting end dams on the sill flashing all are critical components of preventing water from getting into the building. Our installers follow these rigorous procedures to keep your building protected from rain and air seeping into the interior and causing severe damage.

Installing the glass and sealing around it with vinyl completes the project.

As with the framing, the vinyl must provide a tight seal around the glass to protect against the elements.

The many steps required during the glass storefront installation ensure that you have a beautiful and functional storefront door that will last for years and improve your building’s aesthetics. To ensure its longevity, though, you will need occasional repairs as time and the elements cause natural wear to the system.

Commercial Storefront Doors

For storefront and glass door installation in them, you need a local team. Installation varies around the country for expansion allotments based on the local climate. That’s why you should rely on our experience at Garrety Glass if you’re anywhere in the Harrisburg, York or Lancaster, Penn., areas. We know the local requirements for commercial storefront doors and more.

In addition to installing glass storefront doors, we also repair them. One of our most frequent requests is fixing leaks in the system. Our team members will diligently find any sources of water or air leaks from the storefront. By re-caulking the seals, we effectively stop the leaks, saving you money in future water damage repairs.

We also can fix any damage to the glass on your storefront or the door.

Contact us for commercial glass repair if you notice cracks or other damage to the glass on your storefront doors.

Looking up at a tall building with a glass curtain wall.

Glass Curtain Wall Installation And Repair

Curtain walls differ from storefronts in their size. While storefronts have a limit of 10 feet, curtain walls can stretch multiple stories. Because these features are so much larger, installation differs in some ways from storefronts. While both can use a shear block or screw spline to connect the mullions, glass curtain walls have another pair of installation methods based on how much of the portions the installers construct on site.

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Glass curtain walls that incorporate glass doors can be stick-built or unitized. Installers piece together the former on-site, while for the latter, they create and glaze large panels in the factory for later installation. Typically, unitized curtain walls come in prepared panels one floor tall and one glass lite wide.

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For systems glazed on-site, where the installers put in the glass makes the system interior or exterior glazed. Access often determines which of these glass installation methods the team uses. For upper levels of high-rise buildings, exterior glazing reduces the impact of the work inside. However, exterior glazing requires scaffolding, a man lift or swing stage to reach the appropriate level for installing the glass and framing. For lower levels or those where barriers prevent access to the outside, installers use an interior glazing method.

When installing curtain walls, the method used to prevent moisture entry into the building can vary.

  • The most reliable way, pressure-equalized rainscreen, uses pressure between the glass and air barrier to force water outside the building.
  • The next most effective means of keeping water out is water-managed systems. These systems include weep holes and drain systems, but don’t have air barriers to use pressure to keep water out. Often, curtain walls that use screw splines to create the frames use water managed systems for moisture control.
  • A third means of keeping moisture out is face-sealed. This method requires regular upkeep of perfect seals around the glass and at junctures of the mullion parts.

All three ways will occasionally need maintenance and repairs, but this last method likely needs more because it relies solely on the integrity of the seals to keep out moisture without backup measures.

Installing the curtain wall and glass doors in it will give your building an open, airy look from the front while letting in more light. Talk to us about what your building needs for glass doors or curtain walls.

If you have curtain walls and glass doors in them, you will eventually need to schedule repairs.

Leaks account for one of the most common reasons business owners require repairs.

If you have exterior glazed curtain walls, the repair team members will use scaffolding or a swing stage to reach the glass to make repairs or replacements. Interior glazed curtain walls that need either repairing or replacing only need ready access to the glass from inside the building.

For water getting inside, as with storefronts, our team will find the leaks and re-caulk the area. Precise seals are so integral to keeping moisture out that resealing the area around curtain walls will dramatically curtail leaks. We can fix leaks and do other repairs to the glass on your business’ curtain wall or around the glass entryway.

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Aluminum Storefront Installation And Repair

Aluminum entrances include doors installed in storefronts or curtain walls. If you need an aluminum-framed door for your business, let us know. We have experience with the installation and repair of these entrances for commercial and retail applications.

A new aluminum framed door offers you higher corrosion resistance in many environments. Sealing during installation plays a significant role in how well the frame resists wear from the elements. If your storefront door has exposure to deicing agents or sidewalk salt, you may need repairs to keep it looking great, as these extreme conditions can wear the coating on the aluminum. Plan for repairs of the seals and surface if your doors will have likely experience such damage.

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Let us know whether you need an aluminum door installed in your storefront. We can install the door at the same time we put the glass into the system.

You need a quality, experienced team to install the storefront door, because sealing properly around the door makes a difference in how well the entry keeps moisture out. Additionally, if you want to further control your interior climate, you want insulated glass panels inside the door to help reduce thermal transfer through the closed door.

Typically, sealants around the edges of your doors will last 10 to 15 years. However, physical damage can reduce this lifespan at any time. If you have a gap in the door frame, you may feel a draft near the door or notice water seeping into the building.

Gaps around the door from the natural wear of the sealant can occur at any time. Unless you have these recaulked, you can use more energy to heat or air condition your building. Moisture getting into the building can cause expensive damage inside from mold or mildew growth. Getting leaks repaired quickly should be a priority for your business. The same should hold if you have aluminum entries in curtain walls.

Aluminum Curtain Wall Installation And Repair

Aluminum entryways in curtain walls need specialized installation and repair to prevent water seeping into your building. The addition or integration of a door into your curtain wall requires knowledge about the system the wall uses to prevent water entry. Our professionals have experience with all types of commercial glass installation and repair, including in the aluminum entryways installed in your curtain walls.

If you need an aluminum entry installed in your curtain wall, let us know. We can also add an entryway when putting in the glass curtain wall for your building. Just as we do for installing aluminum doors into storefronts, we properly seal the door to keep moisture out and warmth inside.

Protecting your building’s energy efficiency means having aluminum entries with thermal protections such as insulating glass and thermally broken frames. Discuss with us your expectations for entry doors installed in your curtain walls.

Doors get regular use and may need repairs, especially around the seals. For example, a standard-duty door may last for 250,000 cycles, whereas one rated for extra-heavy-duty will last four times longer. This lifespan does not include the seals around the doors or the surface of the aluminum frame, which may wear out sooner.

The seals will also need recaulking to stop leaks. With our extensive experience working with commercial glass, our team at Garrety Glass knows how to find and repair leaks around the doors and glass in your aluminum entryways in curtain walls.

Due to weathering, you will eventually need cosmetic touchups of your aluminum frames around the door and curtain walls. Corrosion may occur due to road salts used in winter or from extreme weather conditions. More often, however, damage occurs during the building’s construction. The raw edges of other architectural features can wear the finish from aluminum framing used for entryways, curtain walls and storefronts. Painting the aluminum can restore its appearance.

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We’re so grateful for your kind words and are thrilled to hear that Anatoli and Scott provided fast and efficient window installation. Your windows looking amazing means the world to us! Arlene DudaArlene Duda ★★★★★ Salesman Dan was very responsive to my needs and helpful in planning my screened patio enclosure. Kevin did a great job with the install and took care to address all my questions.Response from the ownerThank you, Arlene! We appreciate your kind words and are glad Dan and Kevin were able to provide you with excellent service. We look forward to exceeding your expectations with our people and our products. ellie pilatellie pilat ★★★★★ Everyone at Garrety Glass was so helpful and knowledgeable It was a pleasure working with them and the installersResponse from the ownerThank you, Ellie! We appreciate your kind words and are grateful for the opportunity to assist you. VICKI SAPPVICKI SAPP ★★★★★ Garrety Glass has installed a 4 season Sunroom for us, and we since added an awning. The products are of excellent quality. The installation of both products was efficient and professional. Our salesman, Jordan Merrifield is knowledgeable, personable and easy to work with. Garrett Glass is a first class operation.Response from the ownerThank you, Vicki! We appreciate your kind words about our products and installation. Jordan is a valuable member of our team, and we’re glad he provided you with a great experience. We strive to be a first-class operation, and we’re grateful for your support. Darren SnyderDarren Snyder ★★★★★ I purchased a retractable awning. The installer had to move the brackets after installing them in the wrong location leaving extra holes in the face cover, and calling the job done. I asked about replacing the face cover and the repairs were done without issue.Response from the ownerThank you for your feedback, Darren! We appreciate your understanding during the installation process and are glad we were able to address the issue promptly. Jim ViarsJim Viars ★★★★★ Mike and Paul were on time. Very professional and did a fantastic jobResponse from the ownerThank you, Jim! We appreciate your kind words and are glad to hear that Mike and Paul provided you with fantastic service. William RunkleWilliam Runkle ★★★★☆ Response from the ownerThank you William! We look forward to continuing to exceed with our people and our products. Glenn EstridgeGlenn Estridge ★★★★★ Installed motorized awning. All aspects very good.Response from the ownerThank you, Glenn! We appreciate your feedback on the installation of your motorized awning. We look forward to continuing to exceed with our people and our products. Sheri KaranSheri Karan ★★★★★ Blake & Dre were on time, professional and did a great job installing my new patio doorTimothy MegonnellTimothy Megonnell ★★★★★ Frank Stough, Design Consultant and Mike Furhman, shower installer had a fantastic team approach towards customer satisfaction! They both exhibited attention to detail, craftsmanship and creating an outstanding product.Response from the ownerThank you, Timothy! We appreciate your kind words about Frank and Mike’s teamwork, attention to detail, and craftsmanship. We look forward to continuing to exceed customers’ expectations with our people and products. Hannah AndrewsHannah Andrews ★★★★★ Mike and Paul installed beautiful new glass doors on our shower. They were very friendly and did great work!Michelle AlmoneyMichelle Almoney ★★★★★ Nick and Alika were the two installers. We had a large deck with several levels that we wanted to convert into a screened porch with an outside section. They sat down and went over all the options with us in an understandable and detailed way. The install happened sooner than we expected and they were on time, respectful of our property and kept us informed on the timeline and the progress they were making. I would definitely recommend them.Response from the ownerThank you, Michelle! Nick and Alika did a fantastic job with your deck conversion. We appreciate your recommendation and are glad that they were able to exceed your expectations. Cece MaroneyCece Maroney ★★★★★ Garretty Glass was great from sales to installation. We had a glass shower door installed in our bathroom. Dan was extremely helpful with selecting the type of door and the variety of options available. Mike and Paul installed our shower door. They arrived on time and were extremely nice. I highly recommend Garretty Glass for the quality of the product and their customer service.Cece MaroneyCece Maroney ★★★★★ Garretty Glass was great from sales to installation. We had a glass shower door installed in our bathroom. Dan was extremely helpful with selecting the type of door and the variety of options available. Mike and Paul installed our shower door. They arrived on time and were extremely nice. I highly recommend for the quality of the product and their customer service.Response from the ownerThank you, Cece! We’re grateful for your kind words about our team’s assistance with your glass shower door. From helping you choose the perfect door to the installation by Mike and Paul, we’re glad to hear that you had a great experience. We appreciate your recommendation for our quality products and customer service. Peter SchenkPeter Schenk ★★★★★ Everyone was very professional, from sales to construction. We highly recommend Garrety GlassResponse from the ownerThank you, Peter! We appreciate your review and are grateful for your kind words about our team’s professionalism. We look forward to continuing to exceed expectations with our people and our products. Mary Anne TillotsonMary Anne Tillotson ★★★★★ Garrety Glass is great! They are professional and courteous. Their work is good quality, and they are very helpful. I will definitely be back!Response from the ownerThank you, Mary Anne! We appreciate your kind words and are grateful for your support. See you soon! Larry BeanLarry Bean ★★★★★ We had a roof put unto our patio on 8/17/23. excellent work done by Colt and Mason. Great workmanship. Would call Garrety Glass again in the future.Response from the ownerThank you, Larry! We appreciate your kind words and are grateful for your trust in Garrety Glass. We’ll be here for you whenever you need us. Robert JohnstonRobert Johnston ★★★★★ The installers Kevin & JoJo were absolutely professional & courtesy at all times. I highly recommend this company for any projects.Response from the ownerThank you, Robert! We truly appreciate your recommendation. Kevin and JoJo are great assets to the team. I am going to personally let them know they did a great job on your project. Diane M.Diane M. ★★★★★ Not only did we get an excellent quality screened patio, but we were dealing with the BEST group of individuals. Gary, Wes, Kyle, Scott and Ryan were all a joy to work with. We couldn’t have chosen a better company for this project. Thanks for a great job and for the pleasure of dealing with individuals who still embrace professional values!Response from the ownerThank you, Diane! We appreciate your kind words and are grateful for the opportunity to work with you. Our team takes great pride in delivering excellent quality and maintaining professional values. It was truly a pleasure working with you on your screened patio project. We look forward to continuing to exceed expectations with our people and our products. Robert MummertRobert Mummert ★★★★★ Response from the ownerThank you, Robert, for the 5-star rating! We appreciate your support. 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They exceeded expectations on product, Delivery, and cost!Bernie KnauerBernie Knauer ★★★★★ Mike and Paul arrived on time. They were pleasant and professional. Did a great job installing my new glass shower door. I was tired of having the old shower curtain blowing in on me.George WasilkoGeorge Wasilko ★★★★★ Mike F and Paul did an outstanding job with the installation. Highly recommended.Molly StagerMolly Stager ★★★★★ We love our new glass shower encloser installed by Garrety Glass! Mike F. and Paul were very professional and our glass enclosure is beautiful!!Ed HallEd Hall ★★★★★ Mike F and Paul were on time and installation went smoothly. Great crew.James BurleyJames Burley ★★★★★ From start to finish everything was handled very professionally. Mike F and Paul did an awesome job on the install.Pati SharpPati Sharp ★★★★★ Andy was wonderful keeping me informed and was very clean and tidy. The room is amazing 👏John YergerJohn Yerger ★★★★★ We had Garrety Glass install a new frameless shower enclosure in our master bathroom. Mike F. and his helper (I forget his name) were fantastic. They performed quality work and were very efficient. Mike told me he was a perfectionist and it shows! I highly recommend this company.OliviasHouseOliviasHouse ★★★★★ Maintaining our historic properties at Olivia’s House: A Grief and Loss Center for Children can sometimes feel like a full-time job…which is why we keep Garrety Glass on speed dial!!! Rest assured, when working with Ted, Jordan and their dedicated team, you are with trustworthy professionals, who CARE about their clients.Recently, Blake and Mike installed new windows in our Hanover Middle School room. 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The quality of the workmanship was excellent as well as the quality of the windows. The men who worked on this job, Blake, Danny and Gary, were very respectful to me and to my home. They were really a pleasure to work with. I couldn’t be happier with the final product and would highly recommend Garrety to my family and friends.Tim DossTim Doss ★★★★★ Great experience with Mike F, Anitolli and the Garrety Team! We finally have our 8 ft his and her dream shower with barn style sliding doors. Great quality and workmanship! Highly recommend! ThanksAmy HouckAmy Houck ★★★★★ Frank really helped make this process painless on our part. Then Blake and his team did a great job installing our new bow window. They were quick, efficient, and very professional. We are very pleased with our new home update!L. W.L. W. ★★★★★ Mike F. installed our new shower door. He was very knowledgeable and polite. He did an excellent jobJerome HerbertJerome Herbert ★★★★★ We had our master bath glass shower surround replaced. Mike F. and Scott arrived promptly were extremely courteous and well prepared. They were clearly experienced, knowledgeable and efficient. The end result was outstanding. Highly recommend! Thank you!Libby MillerLibby Miller ★★★★★ Mike F. Installed glass doors on our new Master bathroom shower. He did a excellent job, was friendly and professional. Thank you Mike.Jennifer DrasherJennifer Drasher ★★★★★ Garretty Glass recently installed new glass shower walls and door for our brand new shower. Mike F and Andy were very professional. We are very happy with the end result!PL HenryPL Henry ★★★★★ The Garrety Harvey Window is a good quality and value. The Window installation team of Scott and Alika were very professional and did an excellent job. 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Complete Commercial Glass Solutions

At Garrety Glass, we install and maintain all types of commercial glass and we have a team of experts dedicated to division 8 construction. Among our services are installing and repairing both curtain walls and storefront doors. For more than 15 years, we have helped business owners get the glass they need for the inside and outside of their building and entries.

We started with residential glass, but more than half our history has included commercial projects. When doing commercial projects, we have experience working with a variety of interested parties. We have discussed our products with general contractors, property managers, building owners and others who want high-quality glass storefronts or doors for their buildings.

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Glass is in our name, and it’s what we have built our business on. You can trust our factory-trained employees to install and service glass in your business to our highest standards. For more information about our commercial glass services or to schedule a consultation, contact us online at Garrety Glass.

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