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 to Insulate Your Residential Glass Windows

Despite your best efforts, your residential window glass will always feel cold to the touch in winter. It doesn’t matter how much you seal the edges with weather stripping or use spray foam insulation along the frame. You’ll always feel the chill of winter against the glass pane. 

 

Luckily, you can create some insulation barriers to keep the chill away. Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company explains how to insulate residential glass windows against the frigid air of winter. 

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Window Insulator Kits

Consider installing a window insulator kit for your residential glass windows. These easy-to-use kits come with a thin film that covers the entire window. Simply spread the film out across the window and use the special tape that comes in the package to hold it in place. When spring comes, you remove the tape and the film! One kit usually has enough to cover five windows at 3 feet by 5 feet.

Bubble Wrap

If you don’t plan on looking out your window for the scenic view, bubble wrap is a nice alternative to a window insulator kit. Bubble wrap allows sunlight in to warm your home while forming a layer of air that keeps more of the chill away. Use tape to keep the bubble wrap in place, and remove it when the warmth of spring returns!

Cellular Shades

Cellular shades form a zig-zag pattern along your windows. They also create a barrier against the cold. Leave the shades up on warm days or when you want more radiant heat to come through your residential glass windows. Even in winter, letting in sunlight can keep your home a bit warmer due to the greenhouse effect.

Thermal Drapes

Heavy-duty, lined drapes known as thermal drapes are among the best ways to keep out chilly air caused by windows. Drapes are a more expensive option, but they’re great for maintaining the right temperature in your home and saving on utility bills. Pro tip: Hang the drapes as close to your windows as possible for best results.

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Residential Glass Windows by Springfield Glass Company

Springfield Glass Company has experts on staff who can repair and install residential glass windows at your home. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 for more details.

How to Winterize Your Windows by Springfield Glass Company

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

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Inspect Your Windows First

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

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

Caulk Around Windows

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

Spray Foam Insulation

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

Weather Stripping

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

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Residential Glass Repair by Springfield Glass Company 

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

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!

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.

Residential Windows: The Advantages of Sunlight Windows

The winter months can seem to drag on forever. Sometimes we experience many days without seeing the sun at all. While you have no say over what mother nature brings, you can control the type of windows you have. There are many options to choose from, but sunlight windows are a great choice if you want to let more natural light into your home. In today’s blog, the Springfield Glass Company explains a few benefits of sunlight windows.

Improve Your Mood

Studies reveal that exposure to sunlight lifts your mood and helps you sleep better. Unfortunately, we don’t see the sun as much during the winter, and many people experience depressed winter moods. However, on the days when the sun is out, you can make sure your home isn’t dark and gloomy inside. Contact a professional glass company about installing sunlight windows. Then you can open the curtains and let the natural light pour in.

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Lower Utility Costs

Another advantage of having natural light in your home is reduced energy costs. With sunlight windows, you won’t have to flip on the light switches as much during the day. Due to shorter days, longer nights, and cold weather, utility bills are higher during the winter months. So, take advantage of this cost-effective solution.

Sunlight windows can fill many rooms of your home with natural light. Your bedroom, living room, and kitchen will be brighter, and you’ll use less electricity.

Bring in More Energy

Lastly, sunlight naturally boosts energy. When you’re exposed to natural light, it helps the brain to release a hormone called serotonin, which enables you to be focused and calm. If you’re someone who likes to work from home, you need energy throughout the day to focus and complete tasks. The Springfield Glass Company can provide your home with quality glass windows that bring in more energy. We’ll work within your budget and help you choose the best solution for your particular space.

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Call Us for a Glass Estimate Today

If you live in the Springfield area and you need window glass replacement, we can help. Our team has many years of training and experience, and we work hard to make sure your home looks its best. Call the Springfield Glass Company at (417) 883-6555 or contact us online for a free glass estimate.

Glass Shower Doors: The Secret to a Clean Shower

Housewife washing and polishing a glass shower door

A glass shower door can add style and luxury to your bathroom, but even modern fixtures need proper cleaning. While it’s essential to clean your shower door, don’t neglect the creases, edges, shower walls, and floor. As moisture exposure affects your shower, unpleasant grime and dirt can build up in these areas. Today, the Springfield Glass Company provides some cleaning tips and tricks to leave your shower spotless.   

Use the Right Tools

Cleaning the shower is an unpleasant chore, but it goes much quicker when you use the right tools. Here’s what you’ll need: a double-sided sponge, tub and tile cleaner, baking soda, vinegar, distilled water, a spray bottle, and microfiber cloths. If you don’t have a sponge, use a brush instead. A brush with a diamond-shaped head can reach corners more easily than a flat-headed brush.

Give Your Shower a Deep Clean

It’s surprisingly simple to deep clean your shower immediately after you use it. Your job will be easier when the warm water has already loosened up stuck-on dirt and stains. First, use your favorite shower cleaner to spray down the glass door, walls, and fixtures. Then, wipe down the surfaces with a brush or sponge. For tough stains, let the mixture sit before scrubbing and rinsing.

We recommend giving your shower a deep clean once a month. Scrub the whole shower thoroughly and be sure to hit the gaps, crevices, and metal tracks.  

Quick Tip: Don’t use vinegar if your shower consists of stone.    

Use a Squeegee 

Have a squeegee close by and use it to wipe away the water each day. Mold and mildew love damp environments, and this 30-second task will help prevent them from appearing. For convenience, you can find clip-on squeegees that will hang in your shower. Also, consider leaving the door open post-shower to let it dry out. With drywall and doors, less soap scum will build up.

Create Your Shower Spray

You can also create a DIY daily shower spray by mixing ½ cup vinegar, 1 cup water, a little dish soap, and some drops of oil for a pleasant scent. Keep a spray bottle of this in your shower to mist down the glass door after squeegeeing.  

Springfield Glass Company Quick Tip: All cleaners contain chemicals, and some combos can be extremely dangerous to your health. Don’t mix the following household cleaners: 
  • Vinegar and Bleach
  • Ammonia and Bleach
  • Bleach and Rubbing Alcohol
  • Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar
Certain shower surfaces require special care. Use cleaning solutions and scrubbers that won’t ruin your shower’s surface. 

Enhance Your Home with High-Quality Glass 

The Springfield Glass Company offers gorgeous residential glass for your bathroom, kitchen, bedroom, or family room. Whether you prefer a framed or frameless shower door, we can also handle your glass shower door installation. Trust the glass experts and contact us for a free estimate today.