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.


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.

A Car Crashed Into Your Commercial Glass Storefront. Now What?

You’ve seen the headlines. Every once in a while, even in Southwest Missouri, you see on the news about how someone crashed their car into a storefront. The person was probably absent-minded or distracted. Yet the tumult caused by such an accident could lead to stress, worry, and anxiety at the moment the crash occurs and for some time afterward. 

Surely this wouldn’t happen to your storefront, right? You never know! That’s why today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company explains what to do if a car crashes through your commercial glass storefront.

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Make Sure Everyone Is Okay

Everyone’s safety comes first in a freak accident like this. After trying to take cover as best you can, the first thing you should do is make sure everyone is okay. Call out to anyone within shouting distance. Check on the occupants of the car, too. If you smell gasoline, get everyone out of the storefront as quickly as possible. Watch out for broken objects, especially the commercial glass storefront that’s now in ruins.

Call 9-1-1

Once you determine everyone is safe, call 9-1-1 to get emergency crews to your store. Police will take witness statements and fill out a report outlining the cause of the accident. Fire crews or even a fire marshal may take a look at the structural damage to the building. First responders’ first concern is everyone’s health and well-being.

Contact Your Insurance Agent 

Your next call is to your insurance agent. Your commercial property should have insurance that covers this type of damage, because a car crashing through your commercial glass storefront gets expensive quickly. Not only do you have inventory loss, but also lost productivity, possible structural damage, floor repairs, and replacing the shattered glass. 

Your insurance agent arrives on the scene, takes photos, and helps you fill out a claim. Drivers in most states are required to have property damage liability coverage. Your insurance will have to cover any losses that the insurance of the vehicle driver doesn’t cover.

Replace the Commercial Glass as Soon as Possible

Thankfully, everyone is okay. The only thing injured is your pride because you take great care to make sure your business is an inviting space for your customers. Need commercial glass in a pinch? Call Springfield Glass Company. We can send someone to your location, assess the damage, and give you an estimate on the work to be done and a timeframe for completion. We value you as a customer, and we’ll listen to your concerns during a stressful time such as this.

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Springfield Glass Company & Commercial Glass Storefronts

We hope you never have to deal with an accident that breaks or shatters your commercial storefront glass. However, if this happens, our staff will work with you to find the best solution. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details.

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.

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

Springfield Glass Company Window Glass Installation

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.

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.

6 Astounding World Records for Commercial Glass

Springfield Glass Company is your go-to source for residential and commercial glass. We pride ourselves on top-notch customer service, custom glass installation, and a multitude of products to meet your needs. Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company explains six astounding world records for commercial glass

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1. Largest Glass Roof

MGM Cotai, a Chinese resort in Macau, contains the spectacle of an enormous glass roof above a sprawling interior complex of shops, theatres, and restaurants. The roof spreads out over nearly 87,000 square feet, or the size of 30 tennis courts. Each glass pane on the roof is in the shape of a triangle, and the roof is supported by a steel grid shell along its perimeter, meaning there are no support columns in the building to support the roof.

2. Largest Curved Window

Apple’s headquarters in Cupertino, California, boasts the world’s largest curved glass panels used on any building in the world. More than 3,000 sheets of glass wrap the facade of the building to form a crystalline curtain that encircles the entire outer edge. The short, cylindrical building in Apple Park rises out of a meadow to create one of the world’s most unique glass structures.

3. Longest Glass Bridge

Zhangjiajie National Forest in China boasts beautiful views, deep canyons, and lush vegetation. Connecting two sides of a 1,200-foot canyon is the world’s longest glass bridge. It spans 1,300 feet, and it’s glass panels are around 5 centimeters (2 inches) thick. The glass panels are interspersed with reinforced concrete for sturdiness. Steel cables and structures hold the bridge above the lush canyon, while the commercial glass gives tourists unprecedented views below them. 

4. Oldest Stained Glass Window

The Prophet Windows of Augsburg Cathedral are the oldest stained glass windows still in use today. This stunning commercial glass is in Bavaria, Germany, and it dates back to 1065. The five Prophet Windows include a series of depictions of several important figures of the Bible, including David, Jonah, Daniel, Moses, and Hosea.

5. Biggest Stained Glass Window

France’s Cathedral at Notre Dame houses the world’s biggest singular window. The south rose window is nearly 13 meters (43 feet) in diameter. That’s tall enough for a four-story building. It contains 84 panes of stained glass in stunning shades of blue, purple, and red. The west rose window is slightly smaller at 10 meters in diameter, and it dates back to 1220. 

6. Biggest Aquarium Window

Aquarium windows are structurally-reinforced commercial glass because they need to hold back the weight of the water inside. Hengqin Ocean Kingdom in China boasts the world record for the largest aquarium window in the world. At 39.6 meters long and 8.3 meters tall (130 by 27 feet), this panel is made of acrylic. This aquarium is also the world’s largest, and it boasts the world’s largest underwater viewing dome. This aquarium is so impressive you can see up to five whale sharks swimming leisurely past the vast windows.

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Springfield Glass Company & Custom Glass Shelves

Springfield Glass Company creates custom residential and commercial glass for any purpose. We work with you to design and install windows, doors, partitions, shelves, and decorative glass. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more information.

5 Major Benefits of a Commercial Glass Conference Room

Springfield Glass Company wants your office and commercial space to be as efficient and inviting as possible. Commercial glass helps make that happen thanks to top-quality windows, glass storefronts, decorative glass walls, and conference room glass. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we discuss five major benefits of a commercial glass conference room for your business.

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1. Natural Light

Windows let in more natural light to your building, which helps decrease your heating bills in the winter. Tinted windows let your customers or employees enjoy exterior views without increasing your summer cooling bills. Commercial glass conference rooms allow more natural light into the rest of your building for better temperature control.

2. Illusion of More Space

Small businesses often have smaller spaces. Commercial glass conference rooms give the illusion of a larger interior space without physically adding a new room or wing to your building. Glass walls create a brighter interior and reduce the feeling of working in small, cramped rooms. 

3. Balanced Transparency

Commercial glass conference rooms allow for visual communication by people on both sides of the glass partition. It also provides physical and acoustical separation for privacy. Glass allows everyone to see each other while giving them the same acoustical privacy as if they’re working in their own room.

4. Sound Control

Laminated and insulated glass products for commercial glass conference rooms make speech privacy a reality in a glass conference room. Add in laminated or frosted glass, and you can balance sound privacy with better lighting and visual transparency.

5. Increased Productivity

Conference rooms may also double as workspaces. Commercial glass for conference rooms can impact employee behavior. It’s easy to fall into distracting conversations when several people work together in the same room. Yet glass offers transparency as if the boss is watching. Just the illusion that employees are visually accountable makes them act more appropriately at the office, according to a study from Newcastle University. If employees think the owner or CEO can walk past at any moment, productivity increases and people work more efficiently.

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Springfield Glass Company & Custom Glass Shelves

Springfield Glass Company specializes in commercial glass for any purpose, including glass conference room walls. Our products and installation can balance the need for privacy with an open feeling in the office. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details on commercial glass installation.

Top 4 Reasons Your Building Needs Window Glass Replacement

Deciding to replace windows in your home or business is no easy task. Perhaps it’s something that’s been in the back of your mind for years. Maybe you feel it’s time to upgrade your home or business. If you’re considering a remodeling project, think about your windows and how they affect your building. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we explain the top four reasons why your commercial or residential building needs window glass replacement.

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1. Updated Look

Perhaps your current windows are of an older style, are too thin, and aren’t made of tempered glass. Older, thinner panes of glass are more susceptible to damage, but they’re also more prone to accumulating dust and dirt. Window glass replacement can transform the look of your building without a major renovation. 

2. Energy Efficiency

Window glass replacement can return your investment over time thanks to savings on utility bills. Modern glass has the proper seals on it. When you invest in tinted glass, it can reduce the amount of radiant heat that comes into your building due to the sun’s rays. Over time, your lower utility bills pay for the installation and then some. 

3. Interior Comfort

Does your building get hot in the summer and cold in the winter? Does your heating or air conditioning stay on more than it should? Window glass replacement may be part of the solution, particularly if you have outdated windows. Double- and triple-pane windows insulate your building against the heat and cold. Low-E coatings minimize heat transfer year-round. 

4. Broken Seals or Glass

Broken seals and broken glass create all kinds of problems. First, there’s the safety of your family or employees when it comes to glass shards. Second, air leaks can cause your utility bills to skyrocket. Third, water leaks from rain or snow could lead to structural degradation and damage. Fourth, you might have trouble opening and closing the windows. Broken seals and broken glass are the most immediate concern when you need window glass replacement.

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Residential Window Glass Replacement

Springfield Glass Company specializes in all kinds of glass, including custom glass, glass repair, and window glass replacement. If it’s time for a refresher for your building, consider new window glass to upgrade the look and feel of your place. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details.

Design Considerations for Custom Glass Shelves in Your Bathroom

Springfield Glass Company specializes in glass repair and installation projects of any size, including custom glass shelves for your bathroom. These shelves give your bathroom a sleek, open look and create the illusion of more space. They’re also sturdy and go with any color. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we discuss design considerations to think about when you want custom glass shelves in your bathroom.

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Size of Your Bathroom

The size of your bathroom is the most important consideration for custom glass shelves. Narrow spaces call for narrow shelving or shelving in corners to maximize space. A wide-open bathroom gives us more custom glass options and spaces to fill if you need more storage. No matter how big or small your bathroom is, our staff can design glass shelving to meet your needs.

How Much Storage You Need

Perhaps your cabinets and drawers in your vanity just don’t have enough space, or they’re overcrowded. You may also want custom glass shelves within easy reach of the vanity that don’t get in the way of your daily routine. Another plus is that clear glass goes with any color, and we can make them into any shape. We’ll also craft custom glass shelves that are safe for kids, including ones that are secure and have rounded corners and edges.

Location of the Glass Shelves

You’d be surprised where you can put glass shelves in a bathroom. There are lots of options to consider.

Small shelves next to the sink. Think everyday items such as toothbrushes, a box of tissues, soap, lotion, and a set of rolled up or folded bath towels.

Above the toilet. We can install wider shelving for towels, wipes, and toilet paper.

Over the bathtub or in the shower. Here goes your shampoo, conditioner, shaving items, a waterproof radio, and anything else you might use in the shower.

Open-cabinet shelving. An open cabinet utilizes sides and a back to secure the shelving, but it doesn’t have a front. You can put towels, miscellaneous items, lotions, perfume, and makeup here as you go through your morning or evening routine.

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Springfield Glass Company & Custom Glass Shelves

Springfield Glass Company can install custom glass shelves in your bathroom no matter how much space you have. Our experts can help you design the shelves, and then we create them and install them. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more information.