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 Does Glass Change Color Over Time? Springfield Glass Answers

Have you seen some old glass windows up close? You might see black streaks, brown spots, or even rainbow-colored wavy streaks within the glass. What causes this discoloration? Springfield Glass Company explains in today’s blog.

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Moisture

Moisture is the most common cause of window discoloration, particularly for double-pane windows. Lingering moisture can become trapped within the panes (usually due to shoddy workmanship before installation). Moisture then allows mold and mildew to thrive. The usual colors are black or brown, but you might see orange, green, or white streaks depending on the type of mold. We’ve seen all kinds of discoloration with repair or installation projects completed by Springfield Glass Company.

Old Age

Some glass windows are simply old. Due to antiquated manufacturing techniques, you might see wavy streaks of rainbow colors that start from the top of the window and work their way down.

Another interesting aspect of this phenomenon is that some types of antique glass are very slightly liquid. They feel solid. But the internal structure of some antique glass maintains a slightly liquid form, which is why the rainbow streaks look wavy and gravitate downward. Of course, this very slight liquidity is hardly noticeable as it takes several decades for these rainbow streaks to form.

Solutions

There are three ways to solve discoloration on windows. 

Cleaning. Some discoloration may go away when you clean the window, but that’s only discoloration on the outside of the pane. Internal discoloration requires a different remedy.

Tinted film. Tinted film turns your window a different color, and it’s good for improved thermal control of your building. However, tinted film only masks the true problem of moisture or old age.

Window replacement. The only way to truly solve internal discoloration of windows is through replacement. Springfield Glass Company can replace your old windows with new ones that are modern and will last a lifetime.

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New Glass Installation by Springfield Glass Company 

The team at Springfield Glass Company can install new residential and commercial glass for any situation. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 for more details.

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.

How Round Shower Glass Doors Enhance Your Bathroom

Round shower glass doors can do wonders for your bathroom’s design. These types of enclosures work best for corner showers or small bathrooms. Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company in Springfield, Missouri, dives into how round shower glass doors enhance your bathroom.

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Easy to Clean

Round shower glass doors are easy to clean. You won’t find any overlapping parts or tight spaces that make it hard to remove mold, mildew, or soap residue. You don’t have to cram a rag or your fingers into a crevice or corner several times just to clean one spot. A round shower door means you just spray, wipe, dry, and you’re done with your weekly cleaning.

More Light

Sometimes, one overhead light just isn’t enough. Round shower glass doors let in the light from the rest of your bathroom (and maybe a window). Consider how important this is for safety in case the overhead bulb burns out and you need another light source to see by. A mirror over your vanity further increases the light in the room, making it easier to see when you shower.

Softening Angles

Bathrooms, especially small ones, have a lot of hard angles. There are four corners of the room. Then you have the vanity jutting out at right angles. The back of the toilet also has hard angles. Soften the appearance of your bathroom with round shower glass doors. Consider complementing your round shower glass door with a round vanity mirror or round-shaped floor tiles.

Making Your Small Bathroom Seem Bigger

Opaque or translucent shower doors make your bathroom appear smaller (at least visually). Shower glass doors for a round shower can make your bathroom appear as if it has more space. 

Versatility

Round shower glass doors are versatile. They can have one big door that opens outward, or they can have two smaller doors that meet in the middle. Two smaller doors don’t take up as much interior space compared to a single door when they open into your bathroom. 

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Springfield Glass Company for Shower Glass

The team at Springfield Glass Company installs all types of shower glass for your home. Interested in a neo angle shower glass door for your remodel? Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 883-6555 for more details.

What Is a Neo Angle Shower Door? Our Shower Glass Expert Answers.

Shower glass comes in many shapes and sizes. You may choose sliding glass doors for convenience or doors that open into the bathroom if you have enough space. Some glass shower enclosures come out to an angle, much like a corner of a room. In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, our shower glass expert answers, “What is a neo angle shower door?”

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Corner Shower

Neo angle showers sit in the corner of your bathroom. They’re great for small bathrooms where space is limited. The innermost corner of your shower often sits on the opposite side of the room from the door. Shower glass for neo angle enclosures looks like it fills the entire corner in a square shape, except the corner that is closest to you has a rounded edge or a flat edge.

Diamond Shape

Neo angle shower glass doors can create a diamond-like shape. In a diamond gem, you see a pointed end with angles going upward and then a flat edge. When you have a neo angle shower, the top of the diamond is the edge you see closest to you, and that’s the edge that forms the door. 

How the Angles Work

Where the shower glass door meets the front of the shower, the glass sits at a 135-degree angle. Every other angle measures 90 degrees, meaning the glass is at a perpendicular point against the wall. The two pieces of glass coming out from the wall meet the third piece at different angles so they can open properly and into the space of your bathroom. All neo angle shower doors have three pieces.

Opening Outward

One thing all neo angle shower glass doors have in common is how they open. Every door on a neo angle shower opens outward. They can’t slide because of the way the angles work. Even in a small bathroom, these shower glass doors offer a stylish addition to your home when you want to refresh your bathroom decor.

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Springfield Glass Company for Shower Glass

Springfield Glass Company can install all types of shower glass for your residence. Interested in a neo angle shower glass door for your remodel? Contact Springfield Glass Company or call (417) 883-6555 for more details.

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!