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.

Why Do Sudden Temperature Changes Crack Glass? Springfield Glass Explains

Perhaps you’ve experienced this scenario before. One of your drinking glasses cracked suddenly after heating up a cold beverage in the microwave. Or perhaps you see a crack in one of your windows that starts at the edge and works its way towards the middle, and it wasn’t there the day before.

We call this thermal fracturing. Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company explains why sudden temperature changes cause cracks in glass.

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Underlying Cause of Thermal Fracturing

A temperature differential represents the main cause of thermal fracturing. Warmed areas expand or cold areas contract in the glass structure. Stresses develop because one area of the glass vibrates (at the molecular level) at a different rate compared to adjacent sections due to differences in temperature.

Situations That Lead to Thermal Fracturing

Springfield Glass Company has seen all kinds of cracked glass over the years. Some typical situations that lead to thermal fracturing include:

  • Hot and cold liquids in a glass cup
  • Solar heating on windows when the middle of the window gets hot but the edges are cool
  • Space heaters near windows or glass objects
  • Fire, either from fireplaces or uncontrolled fires

Where You Might See Cracked Glass

For solar heating on windows, you’ll probably see cracked glass on the edge of the window near the frame. The crack may expand inward towards the middle. Springfield Glass Company can help with a cracked window in your home!

Glassware and porcelain objects, such as a mug or plate, may crack suddenly due to stress caused by the microwave or boiling liquids suddenly poured into a cold glass or on a cold plate.

Placing a cold glass object on or near a space heater or fireplace might lead to cracking.

Preventing Cracked Glass

Cracked glass usually happens when there is a defect on the edge of the glass. Perhaps the edge of a window wasn’t finished properly. Maybe a well-used glass mug had a slight nick or ding in it.

You can prevent cracked glass in a number of ways:

  1. Install tempered or specialty glass for structural glass objects in your building.
  2. Use safety glass or glass film on windows.
  3. Purchase high-quality glassware for your kitchen.

Tempered or specialty glass is especially important for residential or commercial windows. This type of glass helps reduce radiant heat loss while limiting damage due to thermal fracturing. If your home has traditional glass panes, they may suffer from thermal fracturing during the summer. Our team can help alleviate those concerns.

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Residential Glass by Springfield Glass Company 

The team at Springfield Glass Company has the expertise and knowledge to install high-quality residential glass for all kinds of situations, including cracked glass in your windows. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 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) 883-6555 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) 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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Walls

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.

Doors

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. 

Cabinets

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.

Custom Glass Projects for Your Business

Are you looking for commercial custom glass?

Springfield Glass Company completes many different types of glass projects for businesses. Today, our blog lists some of the unique things we can do with commercial custom glass.

What We Can Do

In addition to exterior doors and windows, we can do many different things with glass, including:

  • Back-painted markerboards
  • Back-painted backsplashes in break rooms or clean areas
  • Shelves
  • Desktops
  • Railings
  • Screen-walls
  • Reception windows
  • Bullet resistant barriers
  • Teller line windows
  • Mirror walls and individual mirrors
  • Cabinet doors
  • Clock doors
  • Sandblast cabinet windows
  • Gauge Faces
  • One-way vision windows
  • Sound-reducing windows
  • Showers and wash-down areas
  • All-glass office partitions and doors
  • Museum displays
  • Service counters and displays
  • Showroom doors
  • Vestibules

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Get in Touch With Us Today

This is just a small list of things we’re called for every year. Contact Springfield Glass online or call us at (417) 883-6555 if you have a need and we can help you design the right solution for your business.