Operable Windows in Aluminum Storefront Systems and Curtain Wall Systems

A few weeks ago I toured a project with Brion Doyle from Spectrum General Contractors and we talked about options for putting operable windows into storefront and curtain wall systems. As it turns out, many manufacturers have not anticipated or provided for the architect’s push for using these systems in residential applications. There is however a great work around where you need an operable window.

You can go ahead and order your aluminum storefront or curtain wall from a manufacturer like US Aluminum, Kawneer or EFCO and leave out the glass in on of the panels. The you can order an aluminum casement window without fins from a company like Milgard and do an installation much like you would a retrofit window. The aluminum in both products is very similar in color and style and looks factory made. To further that look you have the option of using aluminum break metal in adjacent locations to blend with the frame.


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5 thoughts on “Operable Windows in Aluminum Storefront Systems and Curtain Wall Systems”

  1. wondering where you landed on this project…
    i too am interested in the look of storefront windows, but turned off by the fact that most do not operate.
    your article gave me a spark of hope!

  2. Brian, I looked and some of the manufacturers like Kawneer do make operable casement windows. They’ll be more expensive than Milgard most likely. If not, I would pick the manufacturer of storefront that I liked and ask them to do the legwork if they’re going to make the sale.

  3. Milgard website informs that they do not sell in texas. Can you recommend someone that does serve here with aluminum windows in storefront.

  4. Brian, I’d say that all of the manufacturers that I’ve mentioned are the name brands for storefront. I know there is a Milgard window that works and I’m sure there are several other workable options.

    If it is an egress casement make sure that you’re using proper egress hardware to get the 20″ clear opening.

    If you need any help with the project we have an office and quite a number of projects in Texas. Please let us know if we can help. This sounds like a great project.

  5. we are interested in building a 3 story hi -teck residence. want to use approx. 2′ 4″ wide by 6′ high casement windows in Dallas. What manufacturers would you recommend for windows and curtain wall?

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