Can Bulletproof Commercial Glass Protect Buildings From Tornado-Driven Debris?

Bulletproof glass offers the ultimate protection against intrusions. It is very hard, can prevent ordinary bullets from penetrating, and may prevent damage to your building. But can this type of commercial glass prevent tornado damage? Springfield Glass explains.

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What FEMA Says

FEMA doesn’t recommend any type of glass to use as a tornado shelter. If you install commercial glass, even the strongest type, you and your customers and employees should still take shelter from the storm as soon as you hear the tornado sirens. However, there are types of commercial glass that can minimize the damage of tornado-driven debris.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass surrounded by a heavy-duty frame must be secured to the window header. Then, the window is typically bolted to the frame with steel bolts to keep debris from breaching your commercial glass. 

How does this prevent debris from getting inside your commercial building? Laminated glass contains an inner membrane that keeps it from shattering. This membrane can lessen the impact of debris that hits it. While the glass may break, it won’t shatter into a million shards because of wind-driven debris.

Security Glass

Security glass is a special type of laminated glass that resists impacts. It’s designed to prevent intrusions from high-force impacts, such as hammers from someone trying to break in. This type of commercial glass is the best fit if you want the highest security.

Bottom Line

No glass is completely safe from a tornado. However, some shatter-resistant glass and withstand sustained wind speeds of up to 110 mph and gusts of up to 191 mph. It also depends on how much weight is hurled directly at the window. But for most tornado situations (EF3 or less), security glass will suffice to protect your business from tornado-drive debris.

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Commercial Glass by Springfield Glass Company 

The team at Springfield Glass Company has the expertise and knowledge to install high-quality commercial glass. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call 417.883.6555 for more information on what we can do for your business.

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) 883-6555 for more information.

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) 883-6555 for more details.

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) 883-6555 for more details on residential or commercial glass installation.

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) 883-6555 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) 883-6555 for more details on commercial glass installation.

Commercial Glass: Interior Options for Your Business

Interior commercial glass structures add beauty to offices, retail establishments, restaurants, bars, and many other businesses. Glass does more than just beautify a space. It can improve the well-being of your staff by having a more open and brighter interior. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we explain the interior options for commercial glass for your business.

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Glass walls are all the rage for commercial glass. Floor-to-ceiling walls allow people to see into a room while giving the occupants privacy to speak. The open space fosters collaborative efforts and teamwork. Interior walls also let natural light and light from other rooms into an office, making it brighter and more cheerful. Transparent or frosted glass walls even help you save energy due to effective lighting.

Partitions and Amenity Spaces

Temporary partitions and amenity spaces give your office a futuristic look. With the push of a button, the partition can retract or unfold to create a different look to an office. Sliding glass walls let people reach in and get items off of shelves, whether they need a bottled water, snack, pen, pad of paper, or piece of electronic equipment. Commercial glass is heavy-duty, and it lasts for decades when you take care of it properly.


Glass doors are a good fit when you want a little bit of open space without having a full glass wall. You can see who is knocking on the door, and it’s convenient when you leave the office because you can view who may be walking by to prevent an accidental collision. 


Commercial glass works great for cabinets. Glass allows you to see the entire contents of the cabinet from above or below, which reduces the time it takes to find a particular item. Tempered glass shelves in cabinets are sturdy, last a lifetime, and hold a lot of weight when constructed properly.

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Commercial Glass by Springfield Glass Company

The commercial glass experts at Springfield Glass Company can help you design the perfect interior glass for your business. No project is too big or too small, and we can provide installation for every glass piece we design. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on the commercial glass products and services we offer.

Why Professional Window Installation Is Worth It

Man does window installation

Installing replacement windows can enhance the appearance and energy efficiency of your business. In order for your windows to perform well, a quality product is important but so is the quality of the seal and proper window installation.    

From preserving your windows’ performance to protecting your business’ value, professional window installation has many benefits. The Springfield Glass Company explains why it’s worth the investment in today’s blog.  

You Preserve the Performance of Your Windows

Professional installations ensure that every opening for air and moisture is fully sealed with a performance-tested sealant. When you choose the Springfield Glass Company, your new office windows will be attractively installed and offer peak performance for years to come as they remain durable against the elements. Whether you’re replacing one window or every window at your business, our experts will work with you to decide on the best solution for your particular space, while considering your style and budget.

You Protect Your Business’ Value

Inferior installation work could make a bad impression on potential clients when they visit your office. Our certified installers can guarantee first-rate service and proper installation for each window, which will add value and protect your business in any weather conditions.

You Have Peace of Mind

Hiring an experienced company to install your replacement windows can bring peace of mind. If you’re not sure you have the time, skills, or resources to do the job correctly, our window glass replacement experts can take care of you. When we install your glass windows, you have the assurance that the job will be completed thoroughly and to your liking. Our professionals work hard to make sure your business looks its best with our window installation services.

You Get Free Estimates and an Installation Warranty

Sometimes, even the highest quality windows can underperform. That’s why all of our glass comes with a one-year warranty. We also provide free estimates on replacement glass, so you can be well-informed and confident about our quality products before you buy. If you install the windows yourself, however, you sacrifice the guarantee of an installation warranty.

Springfield Glass Company: Trusted Since 1985

With years of experience, education and training, our glass installation team is not satisfied until you are. Contact the Springfield Glass Company today to learn more about our window installation services. For more tips from the professionals, check out our blog archive.

How Storefront Glass Benefits Restaurants

Have you ever walked down the sidewalk and been enticed by the allure of a restaurant? Glass is a wonderful material that has many different uses, especially the storefront glass in restaurants. After all, the storefront is the first thing customers see when they walk up to your business. Not only does the storefront glass show the restaurant’s exterior quality, but also the hidden treasures waiting inside. Today, Springfield Glass Company explains how storefront glass benefits restaurants.

Benefits of Storefront Glass in Restaurants

Storefront glass can be found at all sorts of restaurants, from fast food to fancy establishments. Here’s how storefront glass can help any kind of restaurant.

Natural Daylight

Glass transmits up to 80% of the natural daylight without bringing in yellow rays. It can cover up clouds even on an overcast, rainy day.

Easily Cleaned

Glass has a smooth surface that is easily cleaned, so it will look great every day.

Lower Energy Bill

Glass permits natural light in restaurants that saves energy and lowers electricity bills, while also boosting the mood of customers.

Attract Guests With Details

Whether you’re going for an elegant view or a sophisticated scene, your glass windows will lead the way into your restaurant. In larger cities, restaurants with glass storefronts decorate their windows throughout the holiday season. Entice your guests by doing something similar and create a window display tradition.

A smart way to promote your restaurant is to add stickers that advertise any awards or certifications your restaurant may have. You can also include the types of payment methods you accept. Your restaurant’s reputation and appearance are key factors that help customers decide whether they want to dine with you or eat elsewhere.

Call Springfield Glass for Your Storefront Glass Installation

You want your storefront glass to exemplify the business within. Visualize your front door from the perspective of your customers. If you’re looking to better your restaurant, or even replace your current glass, Springfield Glass Company is here to help. Our storefront experts will work with you to create a design that meets your restaurant goals. For jobs big or small, you can trust us to handle your glass installation needs! Call us today at (417) 883-6555 for a free estimate.

Commercial Glass: Why Glass Tabletops Are Good for Businesses

Eventually, the surfaces of office furniture become chipped and scratched. Stains and water rings can leave a permanent mark on your desks and tables. If customers visit your business frequently, you want to make a good impression. You can protect your furniture and give your workplace a classy, distinguished look with custom glass table tops. In today’s blog, the experts at Springfield Glass Company explain the advantages of using glass tabletops for your business.

Benefits of Using Glass Tabletops

Glass is an attractive and protective material that is also easy to maintain. Here are a few reasons why you should use glass for your office’s tabletops:

They Protect Your Furniture

If you’re a business owner, you probably invested a lot in your office furniture. By extending the life of your furniture, you can spend money on other items instead of replacing damaged desks or tables. Over time, desks and conference room tables acquire small scratches, but you can use glass as a protective covering on top of a wooden table or desk. The glass tabletop protects the wood from wear-and-tear and also protects against moisture stains from water bottles and coffee mugs.

Furthermore, natural sunlight can fade the color of the wood, but a glass table top may filter out sunlight and prevent the wood from fading.

They Improve the Appearance

Glass tabletops help you make the right first impression. If customers or potential clients are visiting your office, it’s important to have a modern, professional appearance. When you put glass on top of your desks and tables, you’re showing others that you care about protecting your resources. The overall appearance of your office can play a key role in the customer’s decision-making process. Enhance the appearance of your office with smooth custom glass tabletops from Springfield Glass Company.

They Make the Room Look Bigger

When guests are in your office, they can see through glass tabletops to the carpet underneath. This expanded line of vision makes a room look bigger. You can use glass tabletops for your waiting room coffee table or for your first-class conference room table. Glass tabletops not only appeal to guests, they also help create a desirable space for your employees to work.

Glass also has a reflective quality that acts as a mirror. Like glass, mirrors help make a room feel larger. Even installing glass on top of a wooden surface could supply enough reflection to expand the perceived size of a room.  

Get Your Glass Tabletops from Springfield Glass Company

If you’re considering glass tabletops for your office furniture, contact Springfield Glass Company today. One of our commercial glass specialists will help you choose long-lasting glass to meet your business’ needs. Call (417) 883-6555 now.