Window Glass Installation: The Top 4 Situations That Require Glazed Safety Glass

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Springfield Glass Company prides itself on quality installation and repair for residential and commercial glass windows as well as custom glass items. We’ve got you covered for windows, shelves, tables, conference rooms, and storefronts. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we talk about the top four situations that require glazed safety glass for window glass installation.

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1. Bottom of the Glass Less Than 18 Inches Above the Floor

If the window glass installation is less than 18 inches above the floor, safety glass is needed due to a couple of reasons. First, the window pane may become structurally unsound if there is more glass than the actual building materials. Second, people’s feet can kick the window and possibly break it. Glazed safety glass is much harder to break compared to ordinary glass.

2. Top of the Glass More Than 36 Inches Above the Floor

Structural soundness is the concern here. If too much glass takes up a larger volume of a wall, the structure may not hold up. Springfield Glass Company promises that all of our window glass installations are up to all modern building standards and codes.

3. Within 36 inches of Where People Walk

No one wants to encounter broken glass in a commercial building. Window glass installation at a business or facility must be safe for human contact. This code is more than just for hallways, entryways, or foyers. An individual’s office window also requires glazed safety glass because the person can walk right up next to the window, albeit the space could be narrow or directly behind someone’s chair. 

4. Size Exceeds 9 Square Feet

This window size may not seem very big once you think about it. 9 square feet entails a square window that is 3 feet wide and 3 feet tall. Just look at a yardstick to see this size. For a circular window, it measures a little less than 3 feet in diameter to equal 9 square feet in area. Again, this code is all about safety for the building’s occupants.

All four of these criteria must be met for fixed or movable windows in a residential or commercial structure. Of course, most windows are made of glazed safety glass or specialty materials for safety in modern building codes due to modern manufacturing processes.

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Springfield Glass Company & Window Glass Installation

Springfield Glass Company is your choice for all types of glass installations that meet modern building codes. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details on residential or commercial glass installation.

Different Types of Window Glass

Different Types of Window Glass

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At Springfield Glass Company, we repair, replace and install new windows in homes and businesses. When beginning a project for a customer, one of the first things we need to know is what type of glass is needed or wanted. There is a huge variety of choices to pick from to satisfy any need or match any design vision. In today’s blog, Springfield Glass Company discusses some basic information we need to work through to get started.

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Window Pane Options

Single-pane or double-pane glass? Many windows and doors are glazed with a single piece of glass while many newer installations are glazed with double-pane, insulating glass. In some cases, the glass is even triple-pane. This number is not how many separate panes of glass are in a window that has divided lites; instead, this number refers to how many pieces of glass separate the interior from the exterior within the particular lite opening. The most common insulating glass is double-pane, where an inner and outer pane is separated by a sealed space that is filled with air or argon.

Low-E Coating

Does the glass have a low-E coating (short for low emissivity)? Many double-pane glass units contain a coating on the glass between the two panes that are called low-e. This is a microscopically thin layer of metals that help reflect heat, keeping the warmth inside or outside depending on the design. The coating is nearly invisible, though it can have some impact on glass color.

Glass Tint

Is the glass tinted? Both single and double-pane glass can have tinting. Glass for homes and buildings can be tinted much the same as the glass tint on our cars. Glass panes can have an applied film tint, or they can have an integral tint where the tinting is actually part of the glass—like an old green soda bottle. Tinting is available in just about every imaginable color and in many different degrees of reflectivity. The purposes of color tinting are to change the appearance of the glass and to reduce the amount of sunlight and heat entering the living space.

Safety Glass

Is safety glass required? This consideration comes into play mainly when the glass is in or close to a doorway and when it’s close to the ground. Building codes require glass in these areas to be a safety type that won’t turn into large deadly shards if it gets broken. There are various types of safety glass that we can help you select from.

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Contact Springfield Glass Company for Your Glass Needs

These are the basic design criteria that must be determined for any window or door glass installation. It is important for any building that the correct selections are made so the appearance is right and the building is in compliance with safety codes. Call the Springfield Glass Company at (417) 883-6555 or contact us online. We’re happy to help you determine which selections match your installation to avoid unnecessary expense due to appearance mismatches or building code violations.