What Is Glass Made Of? Springfield Glass Company Explains

In ancient times, glass came from sand that was superheated. The first glass discovered by humans probably came from volcanoes, where you can find the glass-like obsidian. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we answer the question, “What is glass made of?”

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Sand (Silicon Dioxide)

The main ingredient of glass is silicon dioxide, which combines the two most abundant elements found in the Earth’s crust. Oxygen and silicon form more than ¾ of the Earth’s hard outer layer. You’ve probably seen something that’s mostly pure silicon dioxide: sand on the beach or sand in a sandbox. 

Limestone (Calcium Carbonate)

Limestone is another common material found in the Earth’s crust. If you put enough pressure on limestone, it eventually turns into oil. The main mineral found in limestone is calcium carbonate.

Soda Ash (Sodium Carbonate)

Sodium carbonate is a white, powdery substance that looks a lot like baking soda. This mineral is the third major ingredient that goes into glass. It also goes into soaps, detergents, and paper.

Conditioners

Manufacturers might also add conditioners to glass, depending on what they’re trying to do with it. Conditioners might add color, change the texture, or increase the temperature at which glass is formed. Springfield Glass Company might order specialty glass that’s textured a certain way to make beautiful effects.

Lots of Heat

Glass is made at a very high temperature — over 3,000 degrees Fahrenheit! The soda ash reduces the melting point of the silicon dioxide found in sand, making it easier to manufacture. But there’s a problem. Soda ash creates a type of glass that dissolves in water! Limestone prevents that dissolving from happening. The end product is technically called soda-lime-silica glass. It’s the kind of glass you see all around you, and the main type we install at Springfield Glass Company.

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Springfield Glass Company: Your Glass Installer

Springfield Glass Company can install all types of glass for your residence or business. Interested in having custom glass at your place? Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more information.

5 Modern Kinds of Glass & How We Use Them at Springfield Glass Company

Glass has come a long way, even in the last 100 years. Glassmakers began creating glass in ancient times, thousands of years ago, and now the building material is everywhere from skyscrapers and commercial buildings to homes and showers. Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company discusses the five modern kinds of glass and how we use them. 

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1. Safety Glass

Safety glass, also called toughened glass, undergoes a special cooling technique to create a certain effect. When safety glass breaks, it shatters rather than breaking into shards or cracks. The shattered pieces may stay together and form a spiderweb-like object rather than exposing sharp edges that people can be severely cut on. Springfield Glass Company works with safety glass regularly.

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2. Float Glass

The manufacturing process behind float glass creates a uniform appearance and level finish that’s strong and durable. Float glass is ideal for large window panes and double glazing. Springfield Glass Company may use float glass in multi-story office buildings to give them a modern appearance.

3. Solar Control Glass

Solar control glass contains tinting that maintains heat at various times of year. In the summer, solar control glass keeps buildings cool while the glass keeps heat inside during winter. Solar control glass may have tinting on it to control what kind of ultraviolet radiation comes through. Springfield Glass Company may install solar control glass in commercial buildings.

4. Laminated Glass

Laminated glass remains intact during and after an impact, such as heavy weight suddenly landing next to it, a rock smashing into it, or even a projectile fired towards it. Bulletproof glass contains multiple layers to reinforce the internal structure to prevent any cracks or disjointed pieces.

5. Patterned Glass

You might see patterned glass as part of a glass shower door that distorts the image on the other side of the glass. Manufacturers use several special processes such as sandblasting, irregular heating, or rolling. Patterned glass serves a decorative purpose, especially if you want to have an effect like water waves, stripes, or textures. You can create traditional shapes, like those from historical eras, or modern patterns that create a contemporary appeal. Patterned glass also creates privacy for bathrooms and conference rooms while allowing light into the room. 

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Springfield Glass Company & Modern Glass

Springfield Glass Company works with all types of modern glass. Have an idea in mind? Reach out to us. Not sure what you want, but you know you want glass Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details on what we can do for you.

Springfield Glass Discusses the History of Glass

Springfield Glass Company prides itself on installing and repairing top-quality glass, whether you want new residential windows, custom glass shower doors, storefront glass, or security glass at your office space. Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company takes a step back to discuss the history of glass from ancient times to the present day. 

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How Glass Is Made

First, let’s take a look at how glass is made. The basic manufacturing process hasn’t changed much since humans first made glass thousands of years ago. The raw materials come from sand, which consists of silica, soda ash, and lime. Sand is then heated to extremely high temperatures before it cools. While it cools, glass can be formed into almost any shape or thickness, much as it is today with the manufacturers who work with Springfield Glass Company.

Origins of Glass

Mother Nature was the first creator of glass. Obsidian, a shiny black rock, comes from the extreme heat and rapid cooling of lava after it erupts from volcanoes. Humans began making glass as early at 3600 BC in Mesopotamia, or the modern-day Middle East. The earliest known glass objects were beads, and they dated back to 2000 BC. Beads may have been a byproduct of metalworking. Back then, glass was a luxury item.

Going Mainstream in Ancient Rome

By 1500 BC, glass containers were making headway in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia. Glassmaking spread throughout the Mediterranean Sea region. When the Romans rose to power around the time of Christ, glassmaking technology advanced to where glass objects went mainstream. In 100 AD, glass was common enough that it became available to ordinary citizens.

Colored Glass

Ancient Egyptians and Romans made small colored glass objects. Stained glass started going into churches around 400 AD, and it became the major art form for glassmaking for the next 1,000 years. One of the oldest known examples of stained glass is from St. Paul’s Monastery in Jarrow, England. A small circular window there contains hues of yellow, orange, green and blue. Artisans made colored glass by adding minerals, such as copper, cobalt, and even gold (to produce red). 

Artisans took colored glass even further by inlaying jewels, pearls, and stones into decorative glass objects. These highly coveted pieces transformed everyday glass items into symbols of wealth and prestige.

Telescopes & Field Glasses

In the 1500s, glassmakers turned to more scientific pursuits. Military leaders coveted telescope glass due to its ability to create lenses that magnified far-away images. Telescopes and binoculars were sought-after objects because they gave armies and navies an advantage in battle.

Modern Manufacturing Techniques

Crown glass, or clear glass made without lead or iron, gained prominence in the late 1600s as a building material. In 1800, steam-driven polishing machines made crown glass accessible to the masses, and window sizes grew. By the mid-1850s, sheets of glass in Europe were large enough to create windows of almost any size. As modern mass production took hold, glass was seen in more and more homes. Many of today’s manufacturers borrow from those earlier processes.

Safety Glass

Perhaps the most important innovation for glass over the past 150 years was the invention of safety glass in 1903. Frenchman Edouard Benedictus dropped a glass flask that contained cellulose nitrate, or a liquid plastic. When the plastic combined with the glass, he noticed the glass didn’t shatter or break like it normally should have. Today, you can find safety glass everywhere in cars and buildings.

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Springfield Glass Company & Modern Glass

Springfield Glass Company has been in business since 1985 — more than 35 years! Thank you for making us your commercial or residential glass installer of choice in Southwest Missouri! Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details on what we can do for you.

Springfield Glass Company Presents Broken Glass Cleanup Tips

Springfield Glass Company Broken Glass Cleanup

Springfield Glass Company specializes in residential glass, commercial glass, custom glass, and glass repair. When your home features beautiful glass items, sometimes something simply breaks. Perhaps a pet knocks something over, or a baseball crash-lands into the middle of your living room. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we present broken glass cleanup tips.

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1. Protect Yourself

Put on rubber gloves and wear shoes (not open-toed shoes or flip-flops) to protect you from the sharp edges. If anyone in your house got close to the broken glass, like children or pets, check them for any injuries.

2. Start With the Big Shards

Springfield Glass Company wants you to remove as much broken glass as possible. Start with the big shards. Pick up the biggest pieces and place them in either a paper bag or double-layered paper bag. Look for pieces as far away as 15 feet away from the point of breakage. Glass can travel a long way when it breaks, even if you just drop a small glass from a couple of feet above the floor. Check underneath furniture, on the edge of rugs, in dark corners, and on any carpets or rugs. 

3. Vacuum Smaller Fragments

Suck up any remaining glass fragments with the hose attachment of your vacuum. Do not use the main portion of your vacuum, as that can cause pieces to fly out from the agitator or can become caught in the fibers of the agitator. Never use a broom, because glass shards can get stuck in the bristles. These shards can come loose later, which can cause more problems. If you must use a broom, throw it away after you’re done.

4. Pick Up Tiny Pieces

All that’s left now is to get the smaller pieces and any glass dust on your floor. This is when you need to use something that causes glass to stick to it. Springfield Glass Company recommends using half of a potato, a slice of bread, masking tape, or a damp and folded paper towel. These items work particularly well for hard-to-reach areas or a confined space.

Double-check everything as you clean up the glass. Look closely, but never kneel down on the floor where broken glass is located because you can cut your knees. Consider vacuuming a second time after you clean up the glass dust with your sticky substance.

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Springfield Glass Company & Custom Glass Shelves

We hope you take these tips to heart in case you ever have to clean up broken glass at your place. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details on what we offer, including residential and commercial glass installation and repair.

Tempered Glass vs. Standard Glass: Which Is Better?

Glass creates some beautiful effects for residential and commercial buildings both inside and out. One of the most common questions we get at Springfield Glass Company is, “Which is better? Tempered glass or standard glass?” In today’s blog, the tempered glass experts answer that question.

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Manufacturing Process

Standard glass and tempered glass look similar at first glance. However, intrinsic qualities from each type are very different. Standard glass cools much quicker during the manufacturing process (called annealing), allowing companies to make more glass in a smaller amount of time. It’s also easier to rework, shape, and color standard glass. 

Tempered glass cools much more slowly when it’s formed. Unfortunately, it cannot be reworked once it’s made because reworking tempered glass creates breaks and cracks. However, the advantages of tempered glass over standard glass outweigh the fact that it cannot be reworked.

Strength

The main advantage of tempered glass versus standard glass is the strength. Tempered glass is four to five times stronger than standard glass. Just ¼ inch of tempered glass has the same strength as standard glass at 1 inch thick. The annealing process achieves this increase in strength. Stronger glass is why so many commercial buildings use tempered glass in various design elements.

Safety

Tempered glass is much safer than standard glass because tempered glass breaks into smaller, safer pieces. Thousands of smaller pieces don’t sound like a blessing in disguise. However, smaller pieces of glass may prevent major bleeding or the cutting of an artery.

Imagine this scenario: Your coffee table breaks when something heavy accidentally falls on it. Tempered glass shatters it into hundreds or thousands of small pieces, which create only small cuts and nicks on your hand if you touch them. If the glass breaks into larger pieces, you have a harder time handling the pieces and they could slip as you handle them. The razor-sharp edge can easily cut through your skin. Rather than smaller cuts that aren’t deep into your skin, the sharp edge of standard glass leaves a gash in your hand that requires stitches and a trip to the emergency room.

Design Versus Function

Standard glass and tempered glass are about form versus function. Tempered glass, also called safety glass, works well for architectural glass, large interior and exterior elements, shower doors, car windshields, and even cell phone screens. Standard glass is more decorative and attractive. You might find standard glass in stained glass windows, cups, drinking glasses, and decorative mirrors.

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Ask About Tempered Glass at Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company specializes in residential and commercial glass for a wide range of applications. Talk to us about tempered glass for shower doors, unique coffee tables, storefront windows, security kiosks, bay windows, or architectural elements. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 815-7190 for more details.

What Makes Glass a Tourist Attraction

Whether you’re going somewhere new on vacation or exploring your hometown, you can find many attractions that incorporate glass. The next time you go sightseeing, pay attention to all the glass around you and how that contributes to your experience. Today, Springfield Glass Company explains what makes glass a tourist attraction locally, nationally, and globally.   

Provides Stunning Views

It’s amazing how glass can elevate the tourist experience. There are many glass-bottomed attractions found world-wide that are hundreds – even thousands – of feet above the ground. Three of the most spectacular viewpoints are the Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona, the Willis Tower Skydeck in Chicago, and the ‘Step into the Void’ Glass Cube at the top of the French Alps. Whether you’re afraid of heights or you’re a natural thrill seeker, the transparent custom glass offers unparalleled views of cities, peaks, and landscapes. If you make it to any of these see-through sensations (without fainting from dizziness), you’ll have some great stories to tell your kids and grandkids one day.

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Connects You to the Great Outdoors

You don’t have to travel the world to experience the beauty of nature. You can find a number of memorable attractions right here in Springfield, MO, from state parks to zoos and museums. No excursion is more prominent than Bass Pro Shops’ Wonders of Wildlife Museum and Aquarium, which showcases over 35,000 animals and over 800 species. Whether you’re a Springfield native or a tourist, you can explore wildlife galleries, special exhibits, and the immersive aquarium. But the impressive panoramas couldn’t exist without glass. 

If you’ve been to Wonders of Wildlife, you were probably not focused on the glass all around you. But the glass helps connect humans to nature through close-up views of fish and ecosystems. The glass also enables everyone to celebrate wildlife conservation.

Gives Tourists a Different Perspective

The Springfield Art Museum is another popular tourist attraction in southwest Missouri. From sculptures and vases to chandeliers and beads, there are many glass objects on display for tourists and families. You can find many of these items in custom glass display cases, which you examine can from the front, back, and sides. These multiple angles give you different perspectives of what’s on display.

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Glass Products Beyond Compare

If you’re interested in exceptional glass products for your home or business, contact Springfield Glass Company. We’ve helped hundreds of customers transform their space with glass shower doors, window replacements, door repairs, custom mirrors, and much more. For more information, browse our website or call us directly at (417) 883-6555.

What to Look for In a Glass Services Company

Service man installing window with measuring tape

It’s risky and challenging to attempt DIY glass projects. Since most homeowners are aware of this, there’s a rising demand for skilled expertise. The internet allows you to find a business to meet your project needs; however, not all glass providers are the same. If a contractor is installing glass in your home, you want to be sure of their credibility. The Springfield Glass Company is the service you can trust. Today’s blog post features some qualities to look for when choosing a glass services company.

Positive Reviews

In today’s digital world, it’s easy to find online reviews of the company you want. Check google for positive comments to make sure the company is one that you can trust. You can learn many things from a well-written review, especially what sets a particular glass company apart from the rest. But word-of-mouth is still a powerful asset, too. People believe recommendations from their friends and family, so ask about their experiences with local glass providers to see who offers competitive prices and delivers outstanding results.                       

Useful Experience

Attempting a DIY glass project takes a certain amount of skill, and sometimes it’s best to let qualified professionals do the job. Research information regarding the providers’ experience and specific skills to make sure they’re a reliable business. If they can show you examples of prior work, you know they perform quality service. The Springfield Glass Company has over 30 years of experience in commercial and residential glass. Whether your project is big or small, we can help transform your dreams into reality.

Wide Variety of Services

Sometimes you think you’ve discovered the right fit. But later, you realize the company specializes in window glass installation when you want custom glass products. The Springfield Glass Company offers a wide range of services for your home or business, from installing glass shower doors to providing excellent options for custom-designed glass. Our staff has the required skills to handle storefront door repairs, commercial window replacement, and much more. Consider any long-term needs you may encounter with your glass, and select a company that offers an extensive list of services.

Trust the Springfield Glass Company

If you’re searching for a local glass company that meets the above criteria, you’ve come to the right place. Since 1985, we have built a strong reputation for trust and exceptional service. Contact the Springfield Glass Company today to learn more about how we can help, and get a free glass estimate!

Springfield Glass Company Handles Building Leak Repairs

Springfield Glass Company helps many businesses fix building leak issues that appear around their windows and doors. Our professionals are diligent to find the true source of the leak and will recommend the best course of action to stop it. Often, leaks are difficult to trace down because the visible water area on the inside of the building may only be the exit point rather than the point of entry. Today, the team at Springfield Glass covers all things related to building leaks and repairs.

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Building Features are Complex

Windows and doors are designed to keep the outside out and the inside in with respect to rain, wind, hot, and cold. However, if the outside gets inside through another building system and finds its way to a window or door opening, these items are usually unable to contain the leak that is actually occurring elsewhere. Due to the complexity of the architectural features on buildings today, it can be a real challenge to make a building weathertight during the original construction and it can be even more challenging to find the true source of leaks after the fact.

Finding the Root Cause of Leaks

At Springfield Glass Company, we pride ourselves on making the effort to get to the root cause of leak issues before we take a customer’s money for fixing it. We believe that the leak becomes our responsibility once we’ve accepted the challenge to solve it — if it has been ongoing for years before we’re called to help.

Common Leaks and Damages

The most common leaks we see are with water dripping from the top of windows, water seeping in at the bottom of windows and doors, and cold air blowing in around windows. The problems resulting from leaks include the obvious housekeeping, comfort, and water damage issues. Problems also include more subtle and ongoing damages from prolonged exposure to lower levels of moisture. This moisture comes from condensation caused by air leakage or water infiltration that does not appear on the inside of the building as a leak.

These damages can take the form of fogged dual-pane glass units; damp, mildewed wall surfaces; or deterioration of the exterior façade. All of these obvious and subtle problems can be caused by the window itself or by problems with the wall around the window.

Do You Have an Air or Water Leak?

If you know or suspect that you have air or water leaks in the exterior of your building, give us a call to see if we can help. While we pride ourselves on getting to the true cause of problems, we also pride ourselves on coming up with realistic and feasible solutions to potentially complex or expensive problems. We are also good at keeping simple things simple, and many of the leak repairs we complete are just that if handled correctly the first time.

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Contact Springfield Glass Company Today

Whether your leak issue just appeared or you’ve been putting up with it for years, Springfield Glass Company is your solution. Call 417.883.6555 today or contact us online to see how we can help. Our initial site visits and cost estimates are free of charge.

A Little About Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company – Who Are We and What Do We Do?

Glass Door Glass Curtain Entryway

At Springfield Glass Company, we’re a bunch of regular folks who live, work, and raise our families in southwest Missouri, just like our customers. We live in Springfield, Marshfield, Ash Grove, Hurley, Reeds Spring, and points in between. Most of our team was born and raised right in the area where we make our living and serve our customers. When we’re not doing that, almost all of us are outdoorsmen of some type. Being cattlemen, farmers, hunters, cyclists, and runners, all here in the Ozarks, allows us to enjoy this great area and the folks of this land we call home.

What Can You Call Us For?

Glass services we provide include broken or fogged glass replacement in doors and windows, mirrors, tabletops, frameless showers, repairs for glass storefronts and curtain walls, glass backsplashes, glass shelves, and picture frame glass. If it’s glass or has glass in it, we probably sell or service it.

We do all kinds of things relating to commercial doors, including storefront door repairs of all types, automatic door repairs, hinge replacements, closer replacements, handle replacements, burglary repairs, adjustments, and tune-ups, lock repairs, and complete door and frame replacements. These services are just for starters. If your door has glass, we can fix it. Even if it’s not glass, we can probably get the job done. We also sell, install and service new doors and frames, including handicap doors and automatic sliding doors.

You’ll see Springfield Glass Company all around the Ozarks helping bring new commercial buildings to reality. We install glass storefronts and curtain walls in many of the buildings you visit and do business every day.

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Contact Springfield Glass Company Today

We would love to help you with your door or glass needs. Call Springfield Glass Company today so we can bring our services to you. Contact us online, call 417.883.6555, or send us an email at info@spfdglassmo.com.