How to Winterize Your Windows by Springfield Glass Company

Winter is here, and it’s cold outside. Are your windows doing a good job of keeping the cold air from seeping into your home? Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company explains how to winterize your residential glass windows

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Inspect Your Windows First

Look around your windows. Do you see cracked or broken glass? Are there gaps between the panes and the frames holding them in place? Do you see any cracks in the home’s structure around the windows? 

It’s important to seal as many spots as possible to keep your home from getting cold. Springfield Glass Company can repair or replace any cracked or broken residential glass windows.

Caulk Around Windows

Caulk is an efficient and inexpensive way to seal cracks and gaps in the frames of the windows. Purchase the right kind of caulk at your local hardware store and follow the directions on the package. Caulk around the edges of the glass on the outside of your windows for best results. You might have to wait until a warmer day because some caulks don’t cure properly when it is frigidly cold outside. 

Spray Foam Insulation

Can you access any areas behind the trim of the window frames? Spray foam insulation might be a solution for these areas. Spray foam insulation expands and hardens to cover oddly shaped nooks and crannies that caulking can’t reach. It takes more time and effort, but spray foam insulation can keep cold air away from your home’s interior. 

Weather Stripping

Weather stripping adds another layer of protection to your windows along the edges. It goes up against where the residential glass window meets the frame, and it’s made of soft foam with an adhesive backing. It’s easy enough to put on and take off. Make sure you measure the right length and have a sharp pair of scissors or a utility knife to cut the weather stripping properly. 

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Residential Glass Repair by Springfield Glass Company 

The team at Springfield Glass Company can repair or replace the glass in your residential windows. While we’re there, we can give you tips for winterizing your windows. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 815-7190 for more information on our services.

How Tinted Commercial or Residential Glass Saves You Money

You’ve probably seen some beautiful glass facades in the Springfield area. The most notable is Hammons Tower, AKA “Darth Vader,” and its darkly tinted glass edifice. Tinted commercial and residential glass not only looks great, but it also saves you money over the long run. Springfield Glass Company explains in today’s blog.

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Heat Regulation

Tinting for residential or commercial glass helps regulate temperatures in winter and summer. Window tinting actually helps keep heat inside your building during the winter months because it’s an additional layer in your window. As much as 30 percent of residential heating costs literally go out the window due to poor windows in homes. Window tinting can help with those costs.

During the summer, window tinting can keep out as much as 80 percent of the sun’s heat, thereby reducing your building’s cooling costs. It usually costs more money to cool a building compared to heating it.

Protects Interior Spaces

The sun’s ultraviolet rays cause degradation over time. Think flooring, carpeting, furniture, works of art, textiles, photographs, and just about anything the sunlight touches. The damaging effects of UV rays are permanent and cumulative. Over time, you’ll have to replace the damaged items. Tinting for residential and commercial glass can prevent UV damage, so your interior space truly lasts a lifetime.

Improved Health of Residents and Employees

Just as the sun’s rays can harm your skin outside, the same is true inside. Reducing the glare from sunlight can improve dry skin, keep skin conditions at bay, and help people’s eyesight due to less glare from the sun. Better health means lower healthcare costs for your family and employees, which saves you money over time.

Long-Term Savings

The longer you own your home or business, the more money you can potentially save with tinted residential or commercial glass. 

Other factors also come into play with how much money you save, including:

  • Efficiency of your HVAC system
  • Building insulation
  • Age of the building
  • Temperature settings
  • Value of interior items (carpeting, furniture, art)
  • How many windows are in the structure

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Tinted Residential & Commercial Glass @ Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company can install all types of tinted residential and commercial glass. Talk to our staff today to find out how much you could save (your individual results will vary). Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more information.

Differences Between Decorative (Ornamental) and Structural Glass by Springfield Glass Company

Glass creates a beautiful addition to your residential or commercial building. It can also provide structural elements to open up spaces while providing an acoustic barrier. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we examine the differences between decorative (ornamental) glass and structural glass.

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What Is Structural Glass?

Structural glass is used when the glass is taking on some of the weight load of the building around it. It’s a strong kind of glass made to support additional weight. It can be frameless or come with a frame. Structural glass undergoes special manufacturing processes to make it more durable and stable compared to decorative glass. Springfield Glass Company can install all kinds of structural glass for residences and commercial buildings throughout Southwest Missouri.

Where Do You See Structural Glass? 

You’ll find structural glass everywhere. A shower glass door enclosure, conference room glass curtain, and heavy-duty storefront window are all types of structural glass. You might see structural glass as a floor that people walk on or a roof that keeps out the elements. You could also see structural glass as part of a vast array of tinted windows that helps with solar control. Aquariums might have structural glass that holds in the water. The type and strength of structural glass depend on its purpose.

What Is Decorative Glass?

Decorative glass, also known as ornamental glass, is used purely for aesthetic purposes. Decorative glass can be tinted, frosted, shaped, or colored. You’ll find decorative glass in doors, bathrooms, shower stalls, coffee tables, and shelves.

What Are the Differences Between Structural and Decorative Glass?

The key difference between structural and decorative glass comes from the framing. Do you see a frame around the glass? If not, it’s most likely structural glass. Frameless shower doors, building facades, conference room facades, and doors made entirely of glass are structural in nature. They’re sturdy and made to last. 

Structural glass is heavier than decorative glass. As such, the amount of glass you can put on your building depends on the thickness and weight of the glass and how it’s held in place. Laminated or tinted glass may change the dynamics of how much glass a building can hold.

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Springfield Glass Company & Structural Glass

Springfield Glass Company can install all types of structural glass for your residence or commercial building. There are many different kinds of structural glass for you to choose from! Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more information.

How Round Shower Glass Doors Enhance Your Bathroom

Round shower glass doors can do wonders for your bathroom’s design. These types of enclosures work best for corner showers or small bathrooms. Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company in Springfield, Missouri, dives into how round shower glass doors enhance your bathroom.

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Easy to Clean

Round shower glass doors are easy to clean. You won’t find any overlapping parts or tight spaces that make it hard to remove mold, mildew, or soap residue. You don’t have to cram a rag or your fingers into a crevice or corner several times just to clean one spot. A round shower door means you just spray, wipe, dry, and you’re done with your weekly cleaning.

More Light

Sometimes, one overhead light just isn’t enough. Round shower glass doors let in the light from the rest of your bathroom (and maybe a window). Consider how important this is for safety in case the overhead bulb burns out and you need another light source to see by. A mirror over your vanity further increases the light in the room, making it easier to see when you shower.

Softening Angles

Bathrooms, especially small ones, have a lot of hard angles. There are four corners of the room. Then you have the vanity jutting out at right angles. The back of the toilet also has hard angles. Soften the appearance of your bathroom with round shower glass doors. Consider complementing your round shower glass door with a round vanity mirror or round-shaped floor tiles.

Making Your Small Bathroom Seem Bigger

Opaque or translucent shower doors make your bathroom appear smaller (at least visually). Shower glass doors for a round shower can make your bathroom appear as if it has more space. 

Versatility

Round shower glass doors are versatile. They can have one big door that opens outward, or they can have two smaller doors that meet in the middle. Two smaller doors don’t take up as much interior space compared to a single door when they open into your bathroom. 

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Springfield Glass Company for Shower Glass

The team at Springfield Glass Company installs all types of shower glass for your home. Interested in a neo angle shower glass door for your remodel? Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details.

What Is a Neo Angle Shower Door? Our Shower Glass Expert Answers.

Shower glass comes in many shapes and sizes. You may choose sliding glass doors for convenience or doors that open into the bathroom if you have enough space. Some glass shower enclosures come out to an angle, much like a corner of a room. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, our shower glass expert answers, “What is a neo angle shower door?”

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Corner Shower

Neo angle showers sit in the corner of your bathroom. They’re great for small bathrooms where space is limited. The innermost corner of your shower often sits on the opposite side of the room from the door. Shower glass for neo angle enclosures looks like it fills the entire corner in a square shape, except the corner that is closest to you has a rounded edge or a flat edge.

Diamond Shape

Neo angle shower glass doors can create a diamond-like shape. In a diamond gem, you see a pointed end with angles going upward and then a flat edge. When you have a neo angle shower, the top of the diamond is the edge you see closest to you, and that’s the edge that forms the door. 

How the Angles Work

Where the shower glass door meets the front of the shower, the glass sits at a 135-degree angle. Every other angle measures 90 degrees, meaning the glass is at a perpendicular point against the wall. The two pieces of glass coming out from the wall meet the third piece at different angles so they can open properly and into the space of your bathroom. All neo angle shower doors have three pieces.

Opening Outward

One thing all neo angle shower glass doors have in common is how they open. Every door on a neo angle shower opens outward. They can’t slide because of the way the angles work. Even in a small bathroom, these shower glass doors offer a stylish addition to your home when you want to refresh your bathroom decor.

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Springfield Glass Company for Shower Glass

Springfield Glass Company can install all types of shower glass for your residence. Interested in a neo angle shower glass door for your remodel? Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details.

Our Residential Glass Installer Talks About the World’s Most Famous Glassmakers

Chances are good you’ve seen glass products made by some of the world’s most famous glassmakers. Colorful glass lampshades are the hallmark of Tiffany. Italian glass from Venice is a luxurious addition to any home. Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company’s residential glass installer showcases the world’s most famous glassmakers in the world. 

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Murano

Original Murano glass is breathtakingly beautiful. Handmade pieces are world-renowned, and the tradition of blowing glass dates back to the Republic of Venice (modern-day Italy) that existed back in the Middle Ages. The glassworks on the island of Murano were such a well-guarded secret that no one could leave the island without permission.

Tiffany

Tiffany is America’s most famous glassmaker, and this company is also known for its colorful, artisan glass. If you’ve seen a glass lampshade, chances are it’s a Tiffany product. Original Tiffany glass pieces, the items most sought after by collectors, were made from 1878 to 1933 at the Tiffany Studios in New York by Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Corning

Corning is known for cookware. But it also has a high-tech glass division that creates fiber optics, glass for smartphones, and display glass for high-resolution and heads-up displays. Corning is always on the cusp of innovation when it comes to specialty glass manufacturing.

PPG Glass

PPG is now known as Vitro Architectural Glass. As the name implies, the company focuses on architectural glass that helps control a building’s temperature (low-E and tinted glass) and reflective glass that gives windows a mirror-like appearance. Springfield Glass Company may install architectural glass for storefronts, industrial facilities, and multi-story buildings.

Saint-Gobain Glass

Saint-Gobain Glass is a premier European glass manufacturer specializing in green buildings and making buildings more eco-friendly. Building solar-control glass, reducing carbon emissions, and producing green buildings are built into Saint-Gobain’s culture as they see the long-term benefits of their sustainability goals.

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Springfield Glass Company: Residential Glass Installer

Springfield Glass Company prides itself on installing top-quality residential glass, whether you need new windows, replacement windows, window repair, or glass shower doors.  Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 815-7190 for more details on how we can beautify your home!

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.

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.