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

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

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

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