Why Skylights Can Be a Great Idea for Natural Light

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

What is a skylight? 

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

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

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

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

 

5 Advantages of Security Glass Doors & Windows for Your Business

Maybe you’ve been thinking about modernizing your storefront with glass doors or windows. Or perhaps you need replacement glass due to damage. Either way, there are several benefits of using security glass for your business. In today’s blog, Springfield Glass Company discusses the top ones.

  1. It’s Cost-Effective.

Security glass is an excellent investment that will provide lots of benefits while also enhancing the visual appeal of your storefront. In addition to being a quick way to improve commercial security, you’ll also avoid hefty costs related to burglaries, loss, and extensive damage.

  1. It Increases Curb Appeal.

A glass door or windows will enhance the look of your storefront and improve its curb appeal for potential buyers down (if you ever decide to sell). It can also be more enticing for customers, as they can more easily see inside to preview your products and services.

  1. It Provides More Natural Light.

Windows and doors made of security glass will also improve the look of your space with more natural light. Customers may be more likely to stop in if the store looks bright, open, and welcoming, and they’ll be able to see your products and offerings more clearly through the storefront if they’re out on display.

  1. It’s Versatile.

No matter the architectural design of your commercial building, security glass doors and windows can be manufactured in various designs with your choice of hardware, frames, and other accessories. That way, you can easily match your business style and ensure that it’s cohesive and intentionally designed.

  1. It Offers More Protection.

Security glass is more substantial and impenetrable than traditional glass, so your business will be more secure and protected. Issues like break-ins and theft are much less likely, and if an accident occurs, people are also less likely to get injured.

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Need custom glass for your business? Contact Springfield Glass Company

If you’re interested in replacing or installing glass at your place of business, our glass experts are here to help you. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 to speak with a glass expert about our security glass options.

Springfield Glass Company Explains the Physical and Chemical Properties of Tempered Glass That Make It So Strong

At Springfield Glass Company, our glass experts offer a wide selection of glass for your commercial and residential project needs, including tempered glass. Many properties of tempered glass make it an excellent choice for a variety of projects. 

Below, we’ll go into more detail so you can determine whether it’s a good fit for your project or not. Our glass experts are also available to help you choose the best type of glass for your needs. 

How Is Glass Manufactured?

To help you understand the qualities of tempered glass, let’s first discuss how glass originates. 

Primarily, glass consists of sand, soda ash, and lime. These ingredients are blended and heated at very high temperatures, poured into a shape, and allowed to cool. The cooling process is called annealing, and it will enable the glass to cool slowly to relieve internal pressure and stress while it hardens.

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Why Is Tempered Glass Stronger Than Standard Glass?

Tempered glass is more robust than standard glass because it is processed differently. But what does that mean exactly? Here’s a quick explanation from the experts at Springfield Glass Company.

The annealing process (or cooling process) of standard glass is a rapid one. However, due to the fast cooling process, ordinary glass is also much more fragile, and it breaks apart into large irregular-shaped shards, which can be very dangerous. Additionally, standard glass can only withstand temperatures up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit.

On the other hand, tempered glass originates using special heated furnaces, heating it to about 1,292 degrees Fahrenheit after it is immediately cooled. Tempered glass is cooled more slowly than standard glass to produce a more potent finished product. 

Sometimes, it’s also chemically treated with potassium nitrate to strengthen it. The glass sits in a hot bath of potassium nitrate (at over 752 degrees Fahrenheit!) for up to 30 hours. The potassium nitrate reacts with the surface of the glass to produce an ion exchange, which results in the more robust, more durable glass. 

Overall, tempered glass is four times stronger than standard glass, and it’s also impact and scratch-resistant. When it breaks, it shatters into many small pieces with fewer sharp edges. That’s why it’s often called “safety glass.” It can withstand constant temperatures of up to 470 degrees Fahrenheit (standard glass can withstand up to 158 degrees Fahrenheit), creating slices from ⅛” thick to ¾” thick.

Need Custom Tempered Glass For Your Residential or Commercial Project? 

Tempered glass is safer than standard glass if it breaks, so it’s an excellent option for shower doors, coffee tables, bookshelves, jewelry cases, and much more. If you need custom glass for your residential or commercial property, contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 to speak with a glass expert about our custom glass options.

How Do Glass Installation Companies Cut Glass?

To provide high-quality custom glass for clients, glass installation companies must use various tools and methods to cut glass. If you’re unfamiliar with the process, that’s okay! In today’s blog, Springfield Glass Company will provide a brief explanation of the glass cutting process and the kinds of instruments involved.

What Is the Glass Cutting Process at Glass Installation Companies?

Sometimes, a glazier may use a diamond to cut glass, but glass installation companies use a cutting wheel more commonly. Cutting wheels consist of hardened steel or tungsten carbide that is four to six millimeters in diameter with a V-shaped hone angle. (Larger hone angles can cut thicker pieces of glass.) The diameter of a cutting wheel can vary quite a bit depending on the thickness and type of glass it’s intended to cut. Cutting glass also requires lubrication which requires a small amount of oil. This method keeps the wheel from getting too hot. 

To cut the glass, glass experts at glass installation companies roll the cutter firmly over the glass, which produces a weakened line called a score line or a fissure. Depending on the thickness of the glass, the cutter may only need a few pounds of pressure, or it may need more than 20 pounds of force to make the fissure effectively. A glazier can tap along the cut to weaken it further until it’s ready to be split. Then, the glass expert will use a set of running pliers to open the split.

A computer-assisted CNC semi-automatic glass cutting table makes large sheets of glass. Then, the sheets can be broken apart by hand into individual pieces (also called lites).

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Want To Learn More About The Process at Springfield Glass Company? Contact us today.

If you’re searching for glass installation companies or interested in learning more about our glass cutting process, we are happy to explain further. Whether you need custom glass cuts or replacement glass to repair something broken, we can meet all your residential and commercial glass needs. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 to speak with a glass expert about our products and services.

Springfield Glass Company Explains How Glass Is Recycled

Did you know that glass is 100% recyclable? Glass manufacturers can recycle glass an infinite amount of times without a loss in quality or purity. Today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company explains how glass is recycled and how you can be involved. 

How Is Glass Recycled?

  1. It all starts with you. You can place glass into curbside bins, business recycling containers, or local recycling drop-off locations.
  2. Companies collect the recyclable glass, then it’s  delivered to a glass processing company.
  3. The processing company then separates the glass from trash and contaminants before sorting by color.
  4. Recycled glass is sold to glass container manufacturers where they make new bottles and jars.
  5. Consumers purchase food and beverages in glass packaging.
  6. The recycling process starts over again.

What Does This Look Like Within My Local Community?

As a local community, we’re responsible for making sure we put our glass recyclables where they need to go. We must support our local recycling centers by picking up a recycling bin and separating our trash from our leftover glass containers and glass waste. 

Then we look for local opportunities to recycle glass, either through our trash collection company or by dropping glass off at local centers. Talk to your trash collection company, or stop by one of Springfield’s four recycling centers to drop off the glass.

The ones most commonly known for accepting recycled glass are The Lone Pine Recycling Center and  The Service Recycling Plant. They have various hours for collecting recycled glass. Once the glass arrives here, then it goes to a glass processing company. 

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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 and commercial glass. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on what we can do for your home or business.

Broken Glass Safety Tips From Springfield Glass Company

What do you do whenever the glass on the window completely breaks and creates a mess? Whether a window cracks from thermal fracturing or a thrown baseball shatters it, broken glass represents a real problem for you in the short and long term. In today’s blog, Springfield Glass Company discusses how to safely handle broken glass. 

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Protect The Public

If your window has broken in a commercial area where customers, residents, or the general public could come into contact with it, then you must keep their safety in mind. A sign notifying them of the broken window, and to be aware of glass particulates, is sufficient notification until you clean up the mess.

If the window has broken in a residential area, such as your home, closing off the space where it has broken to isolate the possibility of someone stepping on glass is the appropriate step to take while cleaning the area. Make sure you keep your pets and children away from any broken glass until you clean it up.

Wear Gloves and Long Sleeves

Wearing gloves and long sleeves protects your skin from shards of glass. Consider wearing long pants, too, and closed-toed shoes in case you drop any pieces.

Large Pieces First

Pick up large pieces of glass first. This is why you need gloves. Don’t put them in a trash bag because the bag will break. If you have a plastic trash can, put the large pieces in it before taking it out to your trash dumpster or trash can. 

Small Pieces Next

Use a shop vac or broom and dustpan combination to clean up the small pieces. Be careful of any small pieces that become lodged in the broom. Consider hitting the broom head against the side of your trash dumpster outdoors to remove any small pieces, or use a vacuum to suck up any pieces you can’t see.

Vacuum the Entire Room or Area

Vacuum the entire room or area to get any pieces you can’t see. That way, your kids, pets, customers, or employees don’t accidentally step on any broken glass you didn’t catch during the initial sweep.

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Residential & Commercial Glass by Springfield Glass Company 

The team at Springfield Glass Company has the expertise and knowledge to install high-quality residential glass showers or commercial glass elements. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on what we can do for your home or business. We can fix or replace broken glass.

Four More Factors to Consider Before Choosing the Best Glass Shower Door for You

Installing a new glass shower door for a bathroom remodel or new construction is part of what we do here at Springfield Glass Company. In today’s blog, we take a look at four more factors to consider when deciding on a design for your glass shower door or glass shower enclosure. 

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1. Configuration

The configuration of your glass shower door or enclosure is the most important factor to consider. That’s because the space you have available determines how much glass can fit into the room. Can your door swing open? Can you fit a sliding glass door? Where are other fixtures in the room? Our team can help you design a glass shower door that’s right for you.

2. Shower Head

You want a shower head that saves water, conforms to the style of your bathroom, rotates and gives you spray options, and doesn’t spray water beyond the perimeter of your shower wall. Springfield Glass Company will help you choose the right glass shower door that meets your needs for how far you want the spray to go based on available space.

3. Measurements

Measuring the available space is crucial to determining how much glass you can install in your shower. Our team will come out, take the appropriate measurements, and then design and install a beautiful glass shower door that works for your exact specifications.

4. Ventilation

No one wants mold and mildew to build up in their bathroom due to the moisture. We’ll consider the ventilation already in your bathroom when designing and installing the right kind of glass shower door or enclosure. You might find you need a glass steam room kit to improve the room’s ventilation.

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Glass Shower Doors by Springfield Glass Company 

The team at Springfield Glass Company has the expertise and knowledge to install high-quality residential glass shower doors and enclosures for your new home or remodel. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on what we can do for you.

Styles of Glass Shower Doors

Springfield Glass Company can help you choose the best style of shower glass door and enclosure that’s right for your bathroom. We’ll consult with you on the thickness of the glass, the shape of the enclosure, how the door opens, and how the new shower glass fits into your existing or remodeled bathroom.

In today’s blog from Springfield Glass Company, we highlight the styles of glass shower doors available to you.

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Framed Shower Doors

Framed shower doors have frames that support the doors because they’re made of thinner glass. The metal frame, constructed of aluminum, may swing open or slide on a track. The glass is sealed into the frame to prevent leaks.

Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless shower doors have thicker glass, which creates a sleeker look. Frameless glass shower doors also make your bathroom appear bigger because the sightlines are unimpeded with opaque metal accents. Frameless shower doors open more easily, and you have more freedom for design choices because of the lack of a frame. This style of glass shower door has a rubber stop on the bottom to prevent water leaks.

Bi-Fold Glass Shower Door

This style of glass shower door is great for a smaller bathroom with limited space. Bi-fold glass shower doors are perfect for corner bathrooms because panels fold inside the shower off to one side. This happens thanks to a pivot point off to one side of the shower. The other panel of the glass shower door runs along a track inside a metal frame.

Curved Glass Shower Door

Curved glass shower doors represent the epitome of class. They also open up your shower while giving your bathroom a larger space to work with. Curved doors usually have a frame at the top and bottom to support the curvature of the glass.

Neo Angle Glass Shower Door

A neo angle glass shower door has a diamond shape, and it works well for corner bathrooms. One angle is at the opposite end of the far corner of your shower, and it forms a flat panel presented to the rest of the bathroom. This flat panel is usually where the door sits. The door swings outward into the rest of the room.

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Glass Shower Doors by Springfield Glass Company 

The team at Springfield Glass Company has the expertise and knowledge to install high-quality residential glass shower doors for new construction or remodels. Contact Springfield Glass Company online or call (417) 883-6555 for more information on what we can do for your bathroom.

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.