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STOREFRONT Storefronts are non-load-bearing glazed systems that occur on the ground floor, which typically include commercial

aluminum entrances. They are installed between floor slabs, or between a floor slab and building structure above. Typically field-fabricated and glazed, storefronts employ exterior glazing stops at one side only. Provision for anchorage is made at perimeter conditions. While sometimes used as a low-cost alternative to curtain wall systems for low rise buildings, performance requirements for storefront are generally less stringent, and materials may require more frequent maintenance. Typical Performance: Air less than 0.06 cfm per sqft at 1.57 psf 6 to 8 psf Water Test Pressure Glazed systems that occur on the ground floor, and typically include aluminum entrances. Installed between floor slabs, or between a floor slab and building structure above
Choosing between storefront construction and curtain wall construction was much easier for architects years ago. Curtain wall glazing systems were for large buildings with many stories, and storefront systems were for small buildings, generally with one or two stories, involved in retailing, as the name implies. Now there are more choices in both systems, and many buildings are designed for mixed use, with retail below and high-rise offices above.

Storefront Systems
A storefront system is the correct term to be used when one needs an aluminum storefront entrance door and also needs the sidelites, or plates of glass, that fill the front of a commercial storefront. Example: If you have a 20' x 10' opening to your new commercial store and you would like to fill this vertical area with aluminum framing, to hold the glazing, the glass, and an aluminum storefront door for your front entrance, then this is considered as a complete aluminum storefront system.

Storefront System Componets


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Verticals "Including Jambs" Horizontals "Including Headers & Sills" Glass Stops "Small Pieces Of Aluminum Strips That Hold Or "Stop" The Glass From Falling Out Of The Aluminum Framing"

Glass

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Single Pane Glass Double Pane Glass Bullet Proof Glass

Storefront Entrance Doors

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Aluminum Storefront Doors Solid Glass Storefront Doors "Has No Aluminum Framing To Hold The Glass"

Sliding Storefront Doors

Typical spacing of the verticals is 3' - 4' and these portions of the storefront are referred to as bays. When all these pieces, "the verticals, horizontals, glass, and doors" are fabricated, "constructed" together as one then this is considered a complete aluminum storefront glass system.

FRAMING

TYPICAL JAMB

I-BEAM WALL Once very popular, I-Beam walls have seen market penetration decrease. I or H shaped, structural, vertical back members are set into openings in the field, with horizontals then clipped to verticals. After glazing, extruded aluminum interior trim is cut and snapped into place at vision areas. Since unexposed spandrel areas receive no interior trim, savings in material and finish (painting or anodizing) can result, partially offset by added field labor. Of course, maintaining vapor retardant continuity at interior trim joints can be challenging if any positive building pressure is present. Typical Performance: Air less than 0.06 cfm per sqft at 6.24 psf 8 to 10 psf Water Test Pressure Field assembled. Structurally efficient I-Beam vertical members. Interior trim at vision areas. No finish required at spandrel areas. PRESSURE WALLS Many stick curtainwalls are called pressure walls, because exterior extruded aluminum plates are screwapplied to compress glass between interior and exterior bedding gaskets. A snap-on cover or beauty cap is then used to conceal pressure plate fasteners. Performance of any field-assembled or field-glazed curtainwall is only as good as field workmanship allows, limited by variables such as weather, access, and job site dirt and dust. Many critical seals are necessary, even in systems that are designed to drain or weep rain penetration from the system back to the exterior.

Compartmentalization of each lite is strongly recommended to isolate glazing pockets. Typical Performance: Air less than 0.06 cfm per sqft at 6.24 psf 10 to 15 psf Water Test Pressure

WINDOW WALL Window wall systems span from the top of one floor slab to the underside of the slab above. Window wall employs large, sidestacking window units, contained in head and sill receptors, also called starters, which accommodate movement and drainage, but require field-applied perimeter sealants. Slab covers can be fabricated from aluminum extrusions, sheet, panels, or even glass. Window walls easily accept operable windows, and unlike curtain wall, can easily be installed non-sequentially. Hybrid systems combine characteristics of multiple wall types. For example, some fourside silicone wall systems use stick wall grid frames, with factory glazed carrier frames. Window Walls are windows installed BETWEEN floor slabs; the sill of the window sits in the floor slab, and the head of the window is under the slab above. Although most windows are installed in this manner, the term Window Wall is usually used to describe a multi-storey application of windows. In such a Window Wall, the windows are usually installed in continuous horizontal runs, many times including the buildings corners and features. With a window wall, the protruding floor slab needs to be covered and sealed against the weather. Typically, window walls are made from heavy-duty window framing as light-duty framing does not have the required windload and performance capabilities. Usually, a sill track is installed onto the floor slab and a deflection head channel is installed to the underside of the slab above.
A window wall is primarily glass and support framing. A curtain wall is covered with curtains to give the illusion of a window wall, or it can describe a type of glass window wall system found primarily on commercial buildings. Window walls are designed to bring light into the space and to open interior rooms to the landscape. Often a window wall will be positioned to capture the views of the landscape or the intimate garden. Curtain walls are designed to soften the interior's appearance

PERFORATED WALL pierced wall, perforated wall, screen wall


A nonbearing masonry wall in which an ornamental pierced effect is achieved by alternating rectangular or shaped blocks with open spaces.

Bare and boring walls can be made more interesting with the addition of perforated wall panels. Such panels are made of wood or metal such as steel, aluminum or brass, and treated with special coating that include bright or dull polishing, color finishing, galvanizing, wet paint and dry powder coating. A wide variety of designs are available on the market to add stunning good looks to your home, office interior or workplace. Perforated metal wall panels can be an advantage in many circumstances. They are one of the best choices for saving weight, air control, sound reduction, filtering, decorating a surface or just for nonskid effect. Simple perforated wall Perforated screen wall

Perforated decorative wall panel perforated concrete wall decorative panel

questions: 1. Wall Systems were for small buildings, generally with one or two stories, involved in retailing, as the name implies? 2. These are walls have seen market penetration decrease. I or H shaped, structural, vertical back members are set into openings in the field, with horizontals then clipped to verticals? 3. What type of wall employs large, sidestacking window units, contained in head and sill receptors, also called starters, which accommodate movement and drainage, but require field-applied perimeter sealants? 4. These systems combine characteristics of multiple wall types. 5. In such a Window Wall, the windows are usually installed in? 6. A nonbearing masonry wall in which an ornamental pierced effect is achieved by alternating rectangular or shaped blocks with open spaces. 7. It is strongly recommended to isolate glazing pockets. 8. It is used to conceal pressure plate fasteners. 9. Many stick curtainwalls are called _____________because exterior extruded aluminum plates are screwapplied to compress glass between interior and exterior bedding gaskets. 10. They are installed between floor slabs, or between a floor slab and building structure above.