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Clerestory Windows for Commercial Properties

Using stylish doors, such as French doors, is a great way to enhance the elegance of any commercial building interior. Offices or shops don’t need to stick with the usually ordinary, functional look anymore. The same spaces can be made to feel more relaxed and beautiful to look at, too. If you’ve just changed your doors out, look to your windows next, and consider getting clerestory windows installed throughout your property.

Clerestory Windows for Commercial Properties

Where It All Began

Clerestories are windows that are situated high up on a structure’s walls, primarily to allow more natural light into the space. The use of clerestory windows can be traced back to ancient Egyptian halls as well as earlier Byzantine and Roman designs. These days, you can see clerestories in many churches and popular architectural gems like Frank Lloyd Wright’s Ennis House and the Grand Central Terminal in New York.

What They’re Good For

In some homes, you may see a row of clerestory windows installed above entry or patio doors. This combination works well in allowing more natural light into a home while keeping a homeowner’s privacy in check at the same time.

A similar effect can also be achieved in an office building, for instance. Most office interiors look rather bland and are designed more for function than visual appeal. Clerestory windows can both turn an office into a brighter space and serve as a design highlight.

Explore varying ways of enhancing your commercial property’s visual appeal with our team at Renewal by Andersen® of Des Moines. We are experts in replacing exterior doors and various types of windows for both homes and commercial buildings alike. Let us tell you more about how clerestories can work for you. Reach out to us at (515) 274-9700. If you have commercial property in Des Moines, we can also assist you in determining which financing options will suit you best.


"We had two triple large sliders replaced in our home the second week of December. Ben, Nate and Eli did a great job! Quick, Professional and the doors look great! Much warmer in the rooms with the new Andersen Renewal doors! Will use them again if need windows in the future!"

Donna T. - West Des Moines, IA
December 2013

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