Lyle Hill

Lyle Hill

Lyle Hill

Author Bio

Lyle Hill has been in the glass and metal industry for more than 40 years. In this time he has managed glass retail, contract glazing, mirror, architectural window, window film, and automotive glass businesses throughout America. He obtained an MBA from IIT with a focus on Technology and Engineering Management.

Hill is also a columnist for glass industry trade magazines and often called the “face” of the glass industry. He has also authored books including “The Broken Tomato and Other Business Parables,” which is available through Amazon.

Posts by Lyle Hill


Are Argon Gas Filled Insulated Windows Worth The Cost?

One of the most frequently asked questions consumers have when purchasing a new window for their home is whether or not Argon gas filling is worth the cost in insulating glass units. Argon gas is added to the spacer within the glass unit and designed to increase insulation. Depending on the size and type of […]

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Vive La French Doors!

  What is it about the French that brings to mind sophistication, style, and just that “ooh-la-la” feeling?  French fashion, French cuisine—it’s all magnifique! A common potato can be transformed into the French fry. French cuffs make an ordinary shirt look expensive. A wrinkly old bulldog can be oh so chic when it’s called a […]

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What is the Difference Between “R Value” vs. “U Value” of Glass

Question: What is the “R-Value” of Glass? Glass Detective, Can you tell me how to calculate the “R-Value” of glass based on its “U-Value”? I have an issue with a building inspector in my town based on energy codes, and my wall area must achieve a certain overall “R-Value” for me to get a certificate […]

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A Day in the Life of a Glass Shop

A Day At The Glass Shop Have you ever wondered what it’s like at a glass shop, how they operate, or what it’s like to work in one? Here’s a first-hand account from someone with decades of industry experience:   Glass shops, like people, come in all shapes and sizes. As someone who will soon […]

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Window Condensation

The Condensation Conundrum Here at Glass.com, we regularly get questions about what some you might think are defective windows or perhaps failed insulating glass units (IGUs). These windows look like they’ve failed because moisture is forming on the interior side. We also regularly get questions concerning frost or ice on the inside surface of window […]

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What Window Should I Choose

At Glass.com, the consumers who reach out to us for advice often ask, “What type of window is best for me?” In handling these consumer interactions, we quickly came to understand that not everybody was asking the same question when they referred to the topic of windows. Some wanted to know what type of glass […]

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Should a Sliding Reception Window in a Doctor’s Office be Made of Tempered Glass?

The Case of the Sliding Glass Safety Window   Question: Dear Glass Detective, Should a sliding receptionist window in a doctor’s office be tempered glass? Sincerely, Spencer Answer: Dear Spencer, Let me begin by thanking you for contacting the Glass Detective with your very timely and important question. Many people have been asking questions about […]

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How to Clean Outdoor Tabletop Stains

Outdoor Tabletop Stain Removal The Case of the Ghostly Glass Gunk   Question: Dear Glass Detective, I have an outdoor circular glass table about 27″ in diameter. The glass on both sides is what I would call “wavy”, not just clear. It appears as if many coral atolls are side by side. (visualization). You can […]

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Recycling Glass Bottles

The Case of the Broken Bottle Build Question: Dear Glass Detective, I am tired of seeing glass bottles and jars not getting recycled. I am wondering two things—first, is there an R-value for broken glass, such as gabion glass or broken bottles? Secondly, I want to build a fence made of broken or whole glass […]

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What Causes a Mirror to Tarnish?

Mirrors can suffer from tarnishing, fogging, black spot formation, de-silvering and more. So what causes mirrors to tarnish? There can be a few culprits, but there’s one that’s almost guaranteed to ruin a mirror. The Glass Detective explains on our blog!

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