5 Creative Ideas for Using Custom Glass in Your Home

Are you looking to add a few unique accents to your home renovation? Custom glass is an excellent option. 

Glass brings a sleek, modern feel to any room and makes your home look more spacious while letting in plenty of light. 

But how should you use it? Luckily, glass is incredibly versatile and matches virtually any style of home decor. Springfield Glass Company shares five creative ideas for using custom glass in your home in this blog post. 

Custom Glass Shelving

Install glass shelving to add a light and airy feel to your bathroom or kitchen. Towels and washcloths or kitchenware will look like it’s floating in mid-air, and the glass shelves will make your walls look less cluttered. 

Display Cases

Do you have unique collectibles or antiques you’d like to display? Why not build a glass display case? Display cases add a classy vibe to any home while keeping your cherished items safe and visible to your guests.  

Glass Tabletops

Glass tabletops are a beautiful, elegant addition to any home. Glass coffee tables or dining room tables make your home look clean, spacious, and uncluttered. 

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Glass Cabinets

Glass cabinets add a touch of elegance to your kitchen or living room. You can use clear glass to give guests a view of what’s inside your cabinets, or choose a textured glass such as rain or frosted glass to add style but maintain privacy. 

Shower Glass

Custom shower glass has increased in popularity in the past few years, with frameless shower doors becoming a highly sought-after option. Frameless shower doors are made entirely from glass and are not placed in a frame. They add a clean, modern look to any bathroom. 

Custom Glass at Springfield Glass Company

The experts at Springfield Glass Company have over 30 years of experience providing our customers with beautiful glass. We offer versatile glass edges and textures options and would love to help you plan your next glass project. For more information, or to receive a free quote, call us at 417-883-6555 or contact us online today!

Springfield Glass Explains: What is One-Way Glass and How is it Used?

Have you ever walked past a commercial building and seen your reflection staring back at you? If you’ve tried to fix your hair while gazing into one of these reflective windows, you’ve witnessed the magic of one-way glass.

This type of glass is growing in popularity and can be seen in both commercial and residential architecture. But how is it crafted, and why is it used?

In today’s blog, Springfield Glass Company explains the components of one-way glass and its many uses. 

What is One-Way-Glass? 

One-way glass, also referred to as half-silvered mirror glass, is transparent on one side and reflective on the other. A metallic coating is applied to one side of the glass, making it reflective to light. 

To be effective, the reflective coating side must face brighter light than the non-reflective side. When conditions are correct, people on the coated side will see a more reflective, mirror-like surface, and those on the non-reflective side will see the glass as a standard transparent window.

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Enhanced Privacy

The most apparent benefit to this type of glass is privacy. Workers inside a commercial business or doctor’s office do not want to be stared at by passers-by, which is why one-way glass is often seen on commercial office buildings. 

One-way glass is also a stylish way for residential homeowners to enjoy privacy while allowing maximum natural light in the home. It can be used on windows, sliding doors, and glass partitions. 

One-Way Glass Considerations

If you’re considering installing this type of glass on your commercial or residential building, It’s important to remember that lighting conditions determine its reflective effect.

If the reflective side of the glass is facing the exterior of your building, you’ll achieve maximum privacy during daylight hours. But because the reflective nature of glass will diminish at night, you’ll need to consider adding curtains or shades for night-time privacy. 

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Custom Glass at Springfield Glass Company 

Springfield Glass Company offers custom glass repair and installation with over 30 years of experience. Our experts are ready to speak with you about your special commercial or residential project. Call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online.

3 Stylish Custom Glass Types for Enhanced Privacy

 

Having a home with plenty of windows is fantastic–windows let in light and air and make your home look more spacious. However, in the evening hours when your home is brightly lit, having many windows can make your home feel too exposed. While most people opt for curtains and blinds, several custom glass options can enhance privacy by design. 

In this blog post, Springfield Glass Company looks at three glass types that enhance privacy without sacrificing style. 

Frosted Glass

Frosted glass is glass treated to produce a rougher surface, creating a more rugged and pitted texture. Frosted glass creates a warm, elegant look and can be used in windows, doors, or bathroom glass. The rough surface of frosted glass blurs objects behind it, enhancing privacy while still letting in plenty of light. Frosted glass has the added benefit of obscuring fingerprints and streaks and is easy to clean.

Rain Glass

Rain glass is treated to produce a vertical line pattern similar to rain streaking down a window. It has a beautiful, dreamy appearance and can add modern style to any room. Rain glass can be used on windows, doors, and bathrooms and provides the same blurring, privacy-enhancing effect as frosted glass. Rain glass can vary in pattern and style and is a versatile option for both privacy and style. 

Tinted Glass

Tinted glass has been darkened by adding small amounts of metal oxide to it. The tinted glass comes in different colors and tones, including bronze, grey, or black. Most people think of cars when they think of tinted glass, but tinted glass is also used on commercial and residential windows to add privacy and create a modern, stylish look.  

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Custom Glass at Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company offers frosted, rain, and tinted glass and many more custom glass options. With over 30 years of experience, our glass experts are ready to help you design the custom project of your dreams. For more information about our glass services, call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online.

4 Important Reasons Your Frameless Shower Door Must Fit Correctly

What’s not to love about a frameless shower door? They offer a modern, minimalist look with a light and airy feel while providing an unobstructed view of your beautiful tile and shower design. Plus, there’s no pesky metal track to try and keep clean! 

While frameless shower doors may sound like the perfect fit, it’s vitally important that they be installed correctly, or your beautiful new shower could become a costly mess! 

In this blog, Springfield Glass shares four essential reasons why your frameless shower door must fit correctly. 

Risk of Shattering

Frameless shower doors use thicker, heavier glass and do not have a metal frame for support, so even minor measurement errors could lead to shattered glass. Shattered glass is a safety hazard for your family as well as a financial strain, but you can eliminate that risk by choosing to hire a trusted professional like our experts at Springfield Glass.

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Dragging or Sticking Doors

If your frameless shower door is dragging or won’t open or close, it could be due to a measurement error. Trying to pull or force a glass door open risks shattering, scratching, or chipping your glass, which is costly to repair and virtually impossible to do yourself. Ensuring proper glass fitting will prevent this issue.

Leaks and Water Damage

Frameless shower doors don’t have an edge of rubber or metal at the bottom, so a gap between the door and the floor of your shower exists. If the gap is too large due to imperfect measurement, this could cause water to leak or gush out of your shower, causing costly water damage and a giant headache. An expert at Springfield Glass will ensure that your glass is measured and installed flawlessly, easily avoiding potential leaks. 

Cost of Repair

While frameless shower doors are aesthetically beautiful, they are significantly more costly than conventional shower doors. If you decide to invest your hard-earned money in a beautiful frameless door, you’ll want it to last a long time and require little maintenance. Choosing a trusted company like Springfield glass will ensure your door is fitted correctly, reducing the need for replacement and repair and providing you with a product that will stand the test of time. 

Springfield Glass: Work You Can Trust

Springfield Glass has over 30 years of experience in glass installation, repair, and design. You can trust our experts to take the time and care to properly install your frameless shower door, eliminating the risk of shattering leaks and costly repairs or replacements. Call us today at 417-883-6555 for a free estimate, or contact us online.

7 Benefits of Bay Windows in Your Home

We all want to be proud of our home. The sources of light, in particular, can be part of what makes or breaks a house and its appearance. They create the room’s focal point, which is why windows and doors are crucial for the overall appearance of a home.

One great way to boost your home’s look is to install bay windows. Modern, energy-efficient, and gorgeous, they add a fun and bright appeal to the overall design of your home while offering superior functionality for years.

The Benefits of Bay Windows

Bay windows can offer a dramatic appeal to your home – they extend outward of the home in a combination of three units. Bay windows consist of a central fixed window and two side windows that protrude from the house at 25, 35, 45, or 90-degree angles. The result is a beautiful window that offers a panoramic view, lets more natural light enter the room, and adds a certain charm to both the house’s interior and exterior.

If you’re planning to install bay windows in your home, congratulations – you’re on the way to an incredible face-lift. If you still have your doubts about this type of window, here are seven unexpected benefits of bay windows:

  1. More Natural Light

Not only do they offer a breathtaking panoramic view of the outside world, but this window practically invites the sun to your home.

  1. Bay Windows Add Style and Volume to Any Space

Bay windows are a popular choice for their panoramic views, elegance, and energy efficiency perks.

  1. Good Ventilation

Because they are a cluster of two or more windows, you can enjoy a nice breeze from two or multiple directions instead of just one.

  1. Increased Home Value

A living room with bay windows is often seen as extra living space, which can only add to the value of your home.

  1. Create a Cozy Reading Retreat

Bay windows offer a nice view, and they can add to the charm of any room. But, some people prefer them for their functionality, not just their aesthetics.

  1. Versatility

You can install them in your living room or the kitchen, although the master bedroom is a great option, as well.

  1. More Storage Space

You can use the seating area around a bay window as storage space. For instance, you can put a sofa with hidden compartments underneath where you can store clothes, books, shoes, and so on.

Bay Windows from Springfield Glass Company

When you consider the benefits of bay windows together with the elegant appeal that they can bring to your home, it’s easy to see why they are such an excellent investment. If you’re ready to make the upgrade, call Springfield Glass Company for a quote today.

Why Skylights Can Be a Great Idea for Natural Light

Have you ever walked into a room and found it both welcoming and modern? You can’t put your finger on it, but the room draws you. Your mood improves when you spend time in it. Odds are, this has something to do with the amount of light in the room. One of the most popular ways to bring light into a home is by using skylights. 

What is a skylight? 

A skylight is a window placed on the roof at the same angle as the ceiling. The purpose of this window is not to offer a view but to let natural sunlight into the room. There are many advantages to being surrounded by natural light. Installing a skylight in your home or business will change the aesthetics of the room and the atmosphere. Let’s take a look at some of the advantages of skylights: 

  • They increase the amount of natural light in a room, making even the tiniest room appear larger. 
  •  You will use less electricity for lighting, and your electricity bill will be lower. 
  •  They are a huge selling point for potential buyers; Natural light is a must. 
  •  They illuminate dark spaces that cannot access natural light, such as a dark hallway or a bathroom in the middle of a house without windows. 
  •  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 

When installing skylights in work and school environments, you’ll find happier, healthier, and more productive employees and students. Even shoppers in malls with skylights tend to hang around longer and, as a result, shop more. Do you want the rooms in your home to be modern and trendy yet welcoming? Do you want to lighten dark areas in your home naturally? Do you want to reduce your carbon footprint? A skylight is a universally helpful answer. 

Consult with Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company, a trusted name, has decades of experience in the glass industry. Contact us for a consultation, and let us transform your home today.

 

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) 883-6555 for more details on how we can beautify your home!

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) 883-6555 for more information.

Top Uses for Custom Glass Shelves

Custom glass shelves add beauty to your home. Glass is both traditional and modern, meaning glass is a contemporary art form that goes back thousands of years. Thanks to modern manufacturing techniques, tempered glass is available in many shapes, sizes, and colors. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we explain the top uses for custom glass shelves in your home.

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Floating Glass

Floating glass goes directly against the wall. Sturdy brackets hold individual pieces in place, making it appear as though this type of custom glass shelf simply floats on the wall. Springfield Glass Company can design floating glass shelves that fit snugly into a corner. Our professional team can also create pieces that curve around into an “S” shape for multiple levels. The possibilities are endless with floating glass!

Display Cases

Enclosed display cases put your valued collection in the spotlight, whether you have collector plates, rare coins, porcelain figures, or family mementos you want to display proudly. Custom glass shelves allow light to pass through the entire case. This illuminates every piece as thoroughly as possible. Our team may suggest various lighting effects to bring out the best view of your collection.

Bathroom

Glass withstands a humid environment very well. That’s why custom glass shelves are perfect for bathrooms when you need extra storage space. Consider glass shelves for items you need to keep on hand for your morning routine, such as perfume or cologne, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, or lightweight appliances.

Kitchen

Custom glass shelves are ideal for kitchen cabinets or hutches. These shelves store plates, cups, and other essential items. Glass works very well with elegant dinnerware for special occasions, such as a high-end china set or your grandmother’s antique set of dishes. 

Home Office

Don’t neglect your home office space! Custom glass shelves conveniently and stylishly store books, manuals, and tools. Shelves also increase your storage space when the computer desk isn’t enough. When shelves are next to your desk, items are in easy reach when you have a busy day.

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Custom Glass Shelves by Springfield Glass Company

The experts at Springfield Glass Company can design custom glass shelves for any room in your home. We strive for complete customer satisfaction. Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on the custom glass products we offer.

Security Benefits of Custom Glass

Custom glass does more than just beautify your residential or commercial building. Many types of glass structures, made of tempered glass, offer security benefits for your property. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we discuss the wide range of security benefits you get from custom glass structures.

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Buildings That Use Custom Glass

Many common buildings, both commercial and residential, require security with regards to their custom glass elements. Airports have large windows for passengers to see incoming flights, but there may also be security checkpoints. Government buildings and large medical facilities have security checkpoints as well as service windows for employees to see their customers. Movie theaters have large glass structures for employees to take money, while banks use custom glass at drive-throughs. 

Improved Visibility for Customers and Employees

Glass walls and doors made of custom glass not only look great, but they also offer security benefits for the building’s owners. These interior design elements improve visibility for customers and employees, thereby enhancing customer interactions while keeping employees safe. For example, a bank drive-through needs secure custom glass structures so employees can see incoming vehicles, but they also need protection because of the cash transactions they work with on a daily basis.

Enhanced Visibility for Security Personnel

No one wants to have a tense security issue on their property. Custom glass improves visibility for security personnel to observe what’s going on and take action when a safety issue presents itself. Safety glass and tempered glass create easy sightlines, a 360-degree view if necessary, and a barrier between security personnel and any perpetrators who may present a danger to staff behind the glass.

Better Sightlines for Security Cameras

Custom glass design elements improve sightlines for security cameras. Better visuals on cameras may only work for glass that isn’t tinted unless security cameras have special filters to see infrared light. Tempered glass on windows, doors, and security kiosks lets in just as much light and infrared as standard glass, making it an excellent choice for custom glass when it comes to added security for your property.

Harder to Break

Custom glass features are difficult to break without using an extraordinary amount of force. Tempered glass is extremely durable, up to four times stronger than standard glass. Plus, tempered glass shatters into small pieces, thereby reducing the risks of anyone getting a major injury if someone breaks the custom glass. If the tempered glass is thick enough, it may prevent burglaries and intrusions.

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Custom Glass by Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company specializes in custom glass, whether you need a single window, an entire wall, or security doors installed in your residential or commercial property. We’re the premier glass installation and repair company in southwest Missouri! Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on the custom glass products and services we offer.