What is fire rated glass, and does it really work? Just as the name implies, fire rated glass offers some level of protection in the event of a fire. It may seem like an unusual requirement for glass, but by slowing down the migration of smoke and flames, fire rated glass can improve the level of safety in commercial buildings and apartment complexes. When strategically incorporated into the architectural design, it can actually save lives in the event of a fire. Read more
I have often dreamed about self cleaning glass, especially after spending an entire weekend cleaning each and every window in our home. My dream has turned into a reality; self cleaning glass actually exists. Pinch me, apparently, I wasn’t dreaming after all. I just had to dig a little deeper to learn how it works, and if it works at all. Read more
While watching the Super Bowl today I couldn’t help myself from thinking about the use of Stadium Glass and how fenestration is applied to the design of today’s NFL stadiums. Glass is strategically placed in new stadium designs to enhance the views from interior spaces overlooking the playing surface. A large bank of windows can highlight outdoor scenery while at the same time providing ample visibility into the facility. When used appropriately, stadium glass provides a sense of elegance despite the overwhelming size of the arena. Read more
There are three main factors that cause window condensation; cold outdoor temperatures, excessive indoor humidity, and window surface temperatures that are lower than the dew point of the air inside your home. The dew point is the temperature at which moisture in the air begins to form into visible water drops. In the case of windows, if the glass surface falls below the dew point of the air, water droplets will begin to form on the glass. Read more
The short explanation or definition of insulated glass is simply 2 or more panes of glass assembled in such a way to create an air gap between the glass. Of course, the term “air gap” is a bit of a misnomer in that the gap is filled with an inert gas such as argon. An air-tight seal is added to the perimeter of the assembly to keep the moisture out and the gas inside. In essence, the space creates an insulation barrier between the cold air outdoors and the interior temperature of your home. By comparison, a single layer of glass has virtually zero insulation value. Read more
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Welcome to the One Source Glass informational blog. The primary purpose of our blog is to provide useful information about the glass industry. We will bring to you the latest and greatest products available on the market today. You will learn about what works and what doesn’t work for various glass applications. Of course, we will throw in some interesting and fun facts along the way. Be sure to come back and visit us often so you can stay up-to-date on the latest industry news. Read more