Fire Rated Glass

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

Cutting Laminated Glass

Cutting laminated glass can be a little bit tricky compared to a single layer of glass. The video below demonstrates the safe method for cutting laminated glass. Laminated safety glass is similar to the glass used for automotive windshields. It is essentially two layers of standard glass with a layer of plastic film sandwiched in between. The film acts like an adhesive to hold the pieces of glass together if the window breaks. Common uses of laminated safety glass in architecture include: glass doors, home furniture, bathroom shelving, storefront windows, and bar shelving. Read more

Interior Design Etched Glass

Incorporating glass into your interior design projects opens the door to limitless possibilities. This is true for both commercial office space and home interior design projects. Architects and interior designers consider glass to be the ideal material to use for decorating internal spaces. Glass can be utilized to transform an otherwise isolated space, to open up the area. The use of glass will allow natural light to flow through the area, which can actually make smaller spaces look and feel much larger. Read more

Self Cleaning Glass

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

Glass Deck Railings

Installing glass deck railings on your lake home or mountain cabin is a great way to enjoy an unobstructed scenic view. After all, you paid a healthy sum for that lake view or mountain retreat. You might as well enjoy it to the fullest extent. But before you trade in your wooden spokes for new glass deck railings, make sure you understand the advantages and disadvantages. Read more

Triple Pane Windows

Are you having trouble deciding between triple pane windows and double pane windows for your home renovation project? Are you wondering if the additional expense of triple pane windows is worth it? Will there be a payback, and if so how long will it take to recover the additional cost of installing triple pane windows? If you are asking yourself these questions you are not alone. I wish there was a hard and fast, simple answer, but unfortunately the best choice for you depends on your personal situation and a variety of other factors. Read more

Third Story Window Access

On many construction projects, third story window access can be a bit of a challenge. This is particularly true on new construction sites where the grade adjacent to the building might still be covered in building materials. This was just the case on a recent apartment project. The site was covered in debris, other contractors were setup in the general area, and what about the mud and deep ruts. I suppose one solution is to rent an all-terrain Lull for the week, but talk about expensive! If the area was clear you could erect scaffolding around the perimeter of the building but that would also be super expensive not to mention time consuming. Read more

Egress Windows

Properly sized egress windows are an important design consideration for any home renovation project or the construction of a new home. If your home is relatively new, the egress windows more than likely already meet the design criteria. However, if you are remodeling an older home, chances are the original windows are smaller than the current code requirements. You should take this opportunity to install new, larger windows that meet the new standards. In this article, we will look at the dimensional requirements. Read more

Residential Energy Tax Credit

If you have installed new energy efficient windows in your home in 2016, you may be eligible for the Residential Energy Tax Credit. If you are like myself and most Americans, you have more than likely procrastinated on completing your 2016 return. The good news is you can now use the information found in this article to learn how to claim your residential energy tax credit. Read more

Safely Handle Glass

As an experienced window repair contractor, you more than likely already understand how to safely handle glass. The concern I have is how do you share your knowledge and experience with new employees. The tips below can help members of your team get a better understanding of how to safely handle glass, and perhaps they can avoid an injury or two along the way. These same principles apply to homeowners as well, so if you are a do-it-yourselfer you may find these tips useful when handling glass at home. Read more