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    Window Glass Repair & Replacement

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Window Glass Repairs & Replacement

New windows offer so many benefits for you and your home, such as:

  • Smooth operation
  • Lower energy bills
  • Less maintenance
  • Fewer drafts
  • Easy cleaning

But – purchasing and installing new windows can be a major financial investment.

Is it time for new windows? Here are some questions that might help.

  1. Do your old windows require a lot of maintenance? Are they difficult to lift or slide? If they’re painted windows, you already know they require maintenance to prevent rotting. New windows can eliminate this chore.
  2. Does condensation regularly collect on the glass, clouding your view and causing moisture to collect on the window trim? New windows with high-efficiency glass will prevent this from happening.
  3. Do you spend time regularly cleaning, maintaining and putting up and taking down storm windows? Is it about time to replace your storm windows?
  4. Do you avoid cleaning your windows because it’s so difficult to do? The majority of new windows are designed to make cleaning a cinch.
  5. Do your windows contribute to your home feeling cold and dry in the winter and overheated in the summer? New windows with double-pane glass can allow the light to come through without the heat, they’ll reduce the chill of cold glass and drafts, and will reduce condensation so the indoor humidity level will be more comfortable. Plus, new windows will contribute to lower fuel bills.
  6. Are your old windows worth repairing? If you have the time and money, this is doable, but due to common issues like rot, sagging casement, fogged double-pane glass and difficult-to-find hardware, it's not always worth the effort and expense. New windows are often the most cost-effective option.

Windows Glass Types

The art and science of making glass has been around for over 5000 years. This first glass was made by the ancient Egyptians and the city states of Mesopotamia. Glass is made from sand mixed with soda ash and limestone that is melted to over 3000 degrees. Technically, glass is a liquid or an amorphous solid with a molecular structure that is transparent. The addition of chemicals, colorants and different heating and cooling manufacturing processes are used to create the different glass types listed below.

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Float Sheet Glass

Sheet glass is manufactured using the Pilkington process where melted glass is floated on a bed of molten tin. This produces a glass that is perfectly smooth on both sides and of even thickness. The glass is pulled off the tin bath by rollers. The variation in speed in which the glass is pulled off the tin bath varies glass thickness.

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Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is safer than regular glass because it crumbles when broken instead of breaking into sharp shards, which makes it less likely to injure people or pets when broken. Tempered Glass can be used in any window, but it is required by code in specific situations.  When replacing windows, the following is a simple description of the most common conditions which require tempering.

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Insulated Glass

Insulated glass is made by cutting two or three pieces of glass the same size, cleaning them, and placing airspace between the pieces. The space of dry air between each glass layer is what gives double and triple pane glass windows and doors their insulating capability. Sometimes the dry airspace is filled with argon or other inert gases for a better R value. The R-value is the measurement of a material's capacity to resist heat flow from one side to the other. R-values measure the effectiveness of insulation, and so a higher number represents better insulation.

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Obscure Glass

Obscure glass has a pattern embedded into its surface. Patterns create a form of decoration plus they distort the ability to see through the glass. Architects, interior designers and homeowners use obscure glass in windows for its decorative effects but also to provide privacy and security. Painted and stained glass are other types of obscure glass.

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Reflective Glass

Reflective glass is like obscure glass since it distorts viewing inside a window, but it increases energy savings by reducing solar heat gain while allowing some of the visible light to pass through.

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Tinted Glass

One of the most popular uses of tinted glass is for the purpose of decreasing the amount of ultraviolet (UV) light transmission through windows. UV light fades your furniture and your carpet. Tinted glass can be used to help your home retain heat in the winter and can lower your cooling costs in the summer. Tinted glass also helps to reduce heat buildup and cut glare so every room in your house is comfortable. A Low Emissivity (Low-E) coating is applied to the glass that reduces the ultraviolet light transmission, and also protects your family from harmful UV rays.

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Laminated Glass

Bulletproof glass is a laminate glass and is made from multiple layers of glass and plastic bonded together. Laminated glass is defined as a specific type of safety glass because it is made of two plates of a specific shatter-proof material that are placed between two sheets of glass. This type of construction helps prevent shattering because the inter-layer holds together in the event of breakage. Some benefits of laminated glass are safety, security, solar energy and UV control, sound reduction, durability and design versatility.

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Clear Seed Glass

Small, elongated bubbled pattern. This glass dates from colonial times. Air is injected into the molten glass before it formed into a sheet. The glass is textured and is transparent, which makes it a good choice for shower enclosures and kitchen cabinets. This type of glass cannot be tempered.

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Clear Delta Frosted Textured Glass

Clear Delta textured glass adds sparkle and texture to your stained or architecture glass projects. Clear textured glass is ideal for applications where you want light to enter but still want privacy.

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Single Glue Chip Glass

Single Glue Chip is a decorative glass that has a “frost texture”. The pattern is created by applying hot glue to the sandblasted surface of clear float glass. The glass cools under controlled temperature and humidity conditions to form the pattern.

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Small Hammered Glass

This cathedral glass is heavily textured clear glass with small round impressions that look like hammered copper or brass. This glass offers distortion but has enough transparency to see through. These characteristics make it perfect for kitchen and bathroom applications.

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Water Glass

Clear , transparent glass with dramatic standing water effect highlighted by finite ridge definitions.