If you own a small business, you need to ensure that your commercial building looks clean and professional. You can't do that if you have an outdated storefront. If your commercial building hasn't been updated in at least a decade, here are six reasons why you need to invest in a new glass storefront.
1. Provide Security for Merchandise Displays
If your business relies on the sale of merchandise, you need to make use of all your available space. If your storefront windows are outdated, you're losing out on prime display space. Also, as glass ages, it loses its strength and durability, which provides the perfect setting for theft. A new storefront, designed with tempered glass, will provide you with the security you need to keep your merchandise safely displayed — even in the front window.
2. Enhance Commercial Curb Appeal
If your glass storefront is old and outdated, your commercial building has lost some of the curb appeal you rely on. New glass will enhance curb appeal, which will encourage passing motorists to take notice of your commercial building. Not only that, but a new glass storefront will improve the facade and give you the space you need to enhance your advertising opportunities with digital signs and graphics.
3. Improve Energy Efficiency
If you have old glass on your storefront, your commercial building isn't as energy efficient as it should be. Outdated glass may be too thin to prevent energy absorption — and loss — which can lead to higher heating and cooling bills. A majority of commercial energy loss is related to windows, so a new tempered and tinted glass storefront will improve the energy efficiency of your commercial building.
4. Increase Availability of Natural Light
If your commercial building isn't as well-lit as you'd like it to be, a new glass storefront can help. The addition of new glass will increase the availability of natural light, without increasing your utility bills or needing to install additional lighting fixtures.
As an added benefit, more natural light will help reduce the effects of Seasonal Affective Disorder. SAD is a disorder that's most prevalent during the fall and winter when sunlight is at a minimum. The lack of sunlight causes the body to produce less serotonin, which can lead to fatigue and depression. A new glass storefront will increase the amount of sunlight that comes through to your office, which will reduce sick time and decreased employee productivity due to SAD.
5. Reduce Maintenance Time and Costs
If your glass is old and outdated, you'll spend more time on the maintenance. That's because old glass is harder to keep clean. Unfortunately, dirty glass can spell disaster for your small business. You can reduce your maintenance costs, and keep your windows clean longer, by investing in a new glass storefront. To maintain the beauty of your new storefront, hire a cleaning service for monthly maintenance.
6. Increase the Value of Your Commercial Building
If you have plans to sell your commercial property, or you're looking for new tenants, you need to do everything you can to make your property more desirable. Because your new glass storefront is a major improvement, you'll enjoy an increase in your property value and attract more potential buyers and tenants.
If you're not happy with the current state of your commercial building or storefront, and the curb appeal is less than desirable, put a new face on your storefront. Contact us at Blue Ridge Glass. We can discuss what options would be best for your needs and install a new glass storefront on your commercial building.