How to Prevent Birds From Hitting Glass Windows

Reports indicate that millions of birds die every year from colliding with glass. If it’s a big enough bird, the collision can break the window and may require immediate replacement. When you need the window glass replaced in your home, Springfield Glass Company is just a phone call away. We want to help save birds and your windows, so we’ve put together some tips in today’s blog. In most cases, the solutions are inexpensive and easy to implement.   

Why Do Birds Fly into Windows?

While transparent glass is invisible to both birds and humans, birds cannot use door frames and other visual hints to dodge a potential glass collision. Birds identify reflected images as real objects, so glass reflections that display food, shelter, or an alternate getaway can cause crashes. They may also see through the glass to plants on the other side and it looks like an extension of their space.         

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What You Can Do

There are many fixes that can help you prevent birds from hitting your windows, but the key is to clearly identify the glass surface. Here are some things you can do to save birds and save your windows.

Window Film and Decals

A window film is similar to installing wallpaper, except it goes on the surface of your window. Most window films are created to allow light inside while still looking opaque to birds. Choose a window film that covers the whole glass surface on the outside. You can also place decals or stickers close together on the outside of the window glass to help deter birds. Visit the local pet or bird-feeding store to find these items.        

Glass Treatments

If you’re looking for a more durable option than film, consider manufactured glass to help prevent birds from striking windows. Acid-etched glass is a technique that uses chemicals to carve patterns in the glass and darken it enough so that birds will avoid it. UV patterned glass is another treatment that adds a UV pattern that birds can see, which increases the visibility of the glass. This UV spectrum maintains the transparency of the windows for you and also assists with energy efficiency.     

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Springfield Glass Company Quick Tip: You can also use netting and screens to serve as a physical obstacle and keep birds from flying into your windows. Plus, try moving your indoor plants away from the windows.   

Contact the Experts in Glass Repair and Installation

At Springfield Glass Company, we are experts in glass repair and installation. Whether you need a single window replaced in your home or new windows installed for your business, we deliver outstanding results. To learn more, contact Springfield Glass today for a free estimate, or call (417) 883-6555.

Glass Window Glossary: Identifying the Parts of Windows

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We use windows in our everyday lives, but rarely do we think about all of the parts that make up a window. You may have heard of the window pane and window sill, but many other components are a part of the finished product. All the lingo and the terms can get confusing, so Springfield Glass Company is here to help. 

In today’s glass window glossary, we outline some key terms and identify the major parts of windows. The next time you’re out shopping for windows, this glossary can serve as your guide.

The Parts of a Window

Windows come in many shapes and sizes, but most of them are made of the same parts. Read on to learn the details.

Window Frame

The window frame consists of the sill, head, and jamb. It’s usually made of wood or vinyl. The sill is the lowest part of the frame, while the head is the highest. The jambs are the vertical sides of the frame. 

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Casing and Trim 

The casing and trim describe the decorative wood that surrounds the perimeter of the window. It covers the space between the wall and the frame.  

Window Glass 

Window glass is that clear material within the window frame. Did you know that window glass is made from silica, the same stuff as sand on the beach? Read on to learn more details about window glass and its components.

Window Glass Components

A variety of components hold the window glass together. These components may vary depending on the type of glass and window. Once you understand the basics, you can find the exact window part you need.  

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  • Pane – A pane is a single sheet of glass.
  • Sash – The sash is the movable part of the window that holds the glass panes together. The sash fits inside your window frame.   
  • Mullion – The terms mullions and muntins often get confused. A mullion is a vertical post or bar that separates window units. Mullions are mostly a structural element, but they can be decorative features in some styles.  
  • Muntins – A muntin is the framing used to separate and hold glass pieces within a window. Muntins are typically made of metal or wood.  
  • Check Rail – Also known as the middle of the window; the check rail is where the sashes of each window meet on double-hung windows.   

Expert Window Installation Services at SGC

Springfield Glass Company offers window replacement and installation services for your home or business. We’ve provided first-rate glass products and professional service for over 30 years. If you live or work in Springfield or the surrounding areas, give us a call. Call 417.883.6555 today, and we’ll give you a free estimate on our window glass installation services.

Window Glass Repair: How to Eliminate Condensation Inside Windows

Condensation on the window glass

Window condensation can be troubling, especially if your home has older windows. In some cases, it could rot wood molding, and the excess moisture can damage your whole house. However, the problem of interior condensation is not too complicated to solve. Today, the Springfield Glass Company explains what causes window condensation and how you can reduce the moisture for a more unobstructed view.  

What Causes Window Condensation?

The leading cause of window condensation is excessive humidity and moisture in your house. Condensation forms on the glass when warm indoor air meets the cooler surface of the window.

DIY Quick Fixes for Window Condensation

Open the Windows

The first approach you can try is to open the windows a little. Opening your windows is an easy way to release some of the moist, warm air that’s trapped inside. 

Purchase a Dehumidifier

Dehumidifiers extract moisture from the air and keep it off of your windows. When you buy one, place it near the windows that tend to accumulate the most condensation. If a full-size appliance is not in your budget, consider purchasing a mini dehumidifier.    

Try a Moisture Eliminator

A cheap alternative is to try a moisture eliminator, which absorbs excess moisture from the air. You can use the eliminator in your kitchen, bathrooms, or any other area with a surplus of moisture. This product may also give your home a fresh smell and help protect your clothes from moisture damage. 

Move Your Plants 

Plants release moisture. If you have many houseplants, you’ll find more moisture in the air. Simply move your plants outside or away from the windows to help reduce window condensation. 

Use Bathroom and Kitchen Fans

Cooking and showering releases moisture and can make your house very humid. Each time you cook or shower, turn on the exhaust fan in the kitchen and bathroom. Using these fans will help eliminate moisture from the air. Let the fans run for several minutes after you complete these tasks. 

The Springfield Glass Company Can Help

Sometimes condensation is a consequence of a broken windowpane seal, which requires window glass repair or replacement. It’s best to address this before the cold winter months. If you’ve taken our advice and you still notice condensation collecting between window panes, contact the Springfield Glass Company. We’re experts in window glass replacement, and we’d be happy to fix the problem.

Window Glass Replacement: Fogged Window with a Broken Seal

Master with a screwdriver sets fittings on the window

When a window seal fails or breaks, you’ll likely experience cloudy windows and unclear views of your yard. Foggy windows won’t go away on their own, and, eventually, the problem will become too aggravating to ignore. In today’s blog, our window replacement experts explain the causes of fogged window glass and what you can do to fix the issue. 

Why Are Your Windows Foggy?

Insulated windows keep homes and buildings warm during the winter and cool in the summer. However, the seal on insulated windows is not flawless. Wind, water, temperature changes, and other elements impact a window seal’s duration, and all seals will fail over time. A failed seal allows moist air to permeate and condense between the window panes. The fog may not be visible right away, but after an abrupt temperature change, you’ll start to see proof of failure: window glass that looks hazy or dirty.

What Is the Best Way to Repair Your Foggy Window?

If you’re getting tired of having a foggy window with a broken seal, there is an easy and cost-effective way to solve the problem. Simply replace the foggy glass panes! 

If your windows have gotten foggy, you should replace the double-pane glass units instead of replacing the whole window. This is a simple and cost-effective solution that the Springfield Glass Company can provide for your residence.

Whether you are just replacing a single glass pane or you are replacing every glass pane in your home, this can be an affordable and efficient option. You don’t have to replace the entire window, and you don’t even have to replace the window sash. Springfield Glass will remove the existing panes carefully, clean the frame, and put new glass in the opening. No staining or painting is required.

Contact the Pros for Window Glass Replacement

If you live in the Springfield area and you need the window glass replaced in your home, contact us today. The Springfield Glass Company provides high-quality windows that come with a one-year warranty. For a free glass estimate, call (417) 883-6555 or send an email to info@spfdglassmo.com.  

Benefits of Window Glass Replacement

Male industrial worker at window installation construction siteHas it been a while since you replaced your current windows? Whether you’re a building manager, a homeowner, or both, window glass replacement can provide many benefits. In today’s blog post, the Springfield Glass Company explains these benefits in further detail.

It Costs Money to Maintain Old Windows

If your windows are old, you could encounter some issues. Sometimes older windows have single-pane glass only, which brings summer heat into the building and allows indoor heat to escape’ during the winter. The heat gain or loss will increase your company’s (or home’s) heating and cooling costs.

In addition to the extra work, there are regular maintenance costs involved with painting window frames, sealing gaps, repairing cracks, etc. Older windows require constant upkeep, and modern replacement windows can help you save big on maintenance costs.

Enhance Exterior Appearance

Curb appeal often refers to improvement with your landscape or roofing. But window glass replacement can provide curb appeal as well. Consider replacement windows to enhance the exterior appearance of your home or building. Whether the outside is composed of brick, stone, or traditional siding, you can improve the style with new double-pane or triple-pane windows, depending on your preference.

Reduced Sound Transmission

If your home or office building is on a busy street, you want windows that will block as much sound as possible. Replacement windows with a high sound transmission class (STC) number will do just that. A quieter home or building can increase productivity and create a more comfortable, relaxed environment for everyone.   

Reduced Heating and Cooling Costs

Building managers value cost-efficiency and look to improve daily operations. Homeowners, likewise, want to save money on heating and cooling costs whenever they can. When a glass company replaces old windows and installs them correctly, you can save money on utility bills. If you have more questions about the benefits of window glass replacement, reach out to the experts at Springfield Glass Company.

Contact the Experts in Window Glass Replacement

Whether you need to replace one or all of the windows in your facility, the Springfield Glass Company can handle your window glass replacement. We’ve been serving businesses in the Springfield area for over 30 years. Contact our team today or call (417) 833-6555 for a free glass estimate.

Why Window Glass Replacement Is Not a DIY Project

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If you’re a Springfield homeowner and you are considering having your windows replaced, you’ve probably thought about doing the job yourself. Whether you’re an experienced handyman or you’re just getting started, installing multiple windows on multiple floors yourself can be a challenging, lengthy project. Additionally, when done incorrectly, your windows are prone to drafts and leaks.

Due to these risks and challenges, the Springfield Glass Company explains why it’s best to let the pros handle your window replacement and installation. Read today’s blog to find out more.

Window Glass Replacement Is Time Consuming

A single window could take four to six hours to replace, but first, you need the tools and hardware to do the job. Replacement windows are often difficult to find online or in home improvement stores. If you have a multi-story home and want to replace the upper floor windows, you’ll need a sturdy ladder and a helping hand. There’s also a learning curve that comes with installing exterior cladding.

Our trained experts know how to stay safe and maintain professionalism while on the job. When you let Springfield Glass handle your window replacement, you can free up time for other household chores and prioritize important family matters.  

Window Glass Replacement Is Risky

It can be risky to install windows yourself. Not only is it dangerous to work on a ladder, but many problems can occur if the windows are not installed properly. First, moisture is a big threat to both your indoor air quality and the longevity of the window itself. When the window opening isn’t fully sealed, water can leak inside and cause undetected damage to your walls. Next, mildew and mold may develop around your window over time. These growths can discolor interior surfaces and they can be harmful to you and your family’s health. Additionally, improper window installation allows heat to escape your home, reducing energy efficiency and increasing utility costs.   

By choosing window glass replacement with the Springfield Glass Company, you get high-quality glass that will better seal in your home, reducing energy costs in every season.

Trust the Experts at the Springfield Glass Company

If you live in the Springfield area and you’re in need of window glass replacement, save yourself the trouble of DIY window installation. All of our glass comes with a one-year warranty and we provide free estimates. Call our office at (417) 883-6555 or contact us online today.

Springfield Glass Company: How to Properly Clean Your Glass Windows

Spring is just around the corner, and it’s likely that you’ll be doing some extra cleaning around your home soon. Cleaning windows is a common task in springtime, but getting it done efficiently without any streaks can be a major challenge.

Do you spend hours wiping and spraying your windows only to be disappointed when they look the same as before? Using the proper cleaning tools and techniques can help you achieve that streak-free window you’ve been searching for all along. In today’s blog, the team at Springfield Glass Company explains how to properly clean your glass windows.

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Steps to Make Your Window Sparkle

Before wiping down your windows, try these steps to make your windows clean and bright while saving time and money.

Clean from Top to Bottom

Cleaning from top to bottom ensures that the cleaning solution won’t drip down while you work. This will help to avoid streaks and drip marks on your windows.

Wash Your Windows on a Cloudy Day

You may be thinking, “How will I see the dirt if it’s a cloudy day?” However, the sun can dry your cleaning solution before you’ve had time to properly wipe your windows down, leaving streaks and smudges.

Use a Squeegee

The squeegee can be an important tool for removing streaks. If you’ve noticed that your wipe isn’t removing all of the cleaning solutions, simply use the squeegee for an effortless, unstreaked finish.

Clean Corners with Cotton Swabs

If you thought cotton swabs were only meant for cleaning ears, you may be surprised to learn that they make it easy to clean those hard to reach areas on your windows. You will find that these cotton swabs are the perfect size for those tiny corners that have been collecting dust all along!

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DIY Cleaning Spray

Store-bought cleaners will often leave residue or streaks behind. One way to avoid this problem — and save money — is to create your own cleaning spray. You may even find some of these ingredients lying around the house! Mixing distilled white vinegar with an equal amount of water is the easiest way to leave your window streak-free. Two tablespoons of dishwasher soap and two quarts of water can also be used as an easy homemade window cleaner.

By following these tips and tricks for window cleaning, you can have streak-free windows that sparkle. With a little bit of hard work, your windows will be clean and ready for spring!

Contact Springfield Glass Company Today

If you’re looking to upgrade your home or business, Springfield Glass Company is your solution for all commercial and residential glass needs. We’ve been serving Southwest Missouri since 1985. Contact us today for a free glass estimate.

Residential Window Glass Repair

Man repairing window using vacuum lifte

Springfield Glass Company can help you with your window glass repair needs. Whether your glass is broken, fogged, or just needs replacing, our experts can recommend the right solution.

Residential Glass Service

We do not sell or install complete residential windows, as these are typically done by a carpenter or building contractor, but we do service the actual glass within the window if it becomes broken, fogged or damaged.

Broken Window Glass

The most common residential repairs we compete are for broken window glass. In those cases, it is not necessary to remove and replace the entire window, which would usually require removal and damage to the exterior or interior wall finishes. We can almost always save you that difficulty, expense, and time by removing and replacing the glass with the actual window still in the wall.

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Double-Pane Fog

The next most common repair we are called for is the replacement of fogged up double-pane glass units. When double-pane windows get older the seal between the two panes can fail and allow moisture to collect inside the glass unit which causes a fogged appearance that gets worse over time. As with broken glass, we can usually replace fogged glass with the window in place.

Glass Tint

We also change out glass in windows and doors to meet a variety of other needs. Often, glass tinting is needed in a sunny area. This may require replacement with heat-strengthened glass to avoid glass breakage caused by thermal stress when film tints are added to the non-strengthened glass. Sometimes it is desired to change clear glass to an obscure glass for bath areas where natural light is desired along with privacy from an exterior view.

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Contact Springfield Glass Company

Today We can provide free estimates while you wait if you can provide the approximate size and basic information for your window. See our blog post for Window Glass Types and the basic info we need for an estimate. If the pricing is within your budget, we will come to your home to take exact measurements and confirm the exact glass type prior to ordering to make sure your repair will exactly meet your needs.

Call 417.883.6555 today or contact us online to help you get your glass project completed.

Different Types of Window Glass

Glass panels and window glass stacked in warehouse

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

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Window Pane Options

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

Low-E Coating

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

Glass Tint

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

Safety Glass

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

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Contact Springfield Glass Company for Your Glass Needs

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