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


Window Security Solutions

The Case of the Bedroom Burglary Question: Dear Glass Detective, If security is my main goal, how does a security film (such as 3M brand) compare to tempered or laminated glass? After a recent burglary, we want to secure our child’s bedroom window which faces the porch. Laura C. Berkeley, CA Answer: Dear Laura, Thank […]

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Building a Glass Display Case

The Case of the Biblical Box Question: Dear Glass Detective, A friend and I are planning to build a secure, yet (hopefully) beautiful museum display for a small non-profit organization Bible display. We have a very small budget and are trying to economize as much as possible. To that end, I was thinking of purchasing […]

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Choosing a Glass Railing System

The Case of the Reliable Railing Recommendations   Question: Dear Glass Detective, I want to install a glass railing in front of an opening that measures 120-inches by 44-inches by 120-inches. The railing is meant to protect the opening. Do you have any advice that might be helpful in getting me pointed in the right […]

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Are Glass Bottles a Sustainable Alternative to Plastic?

The Case of the Recycled Receptacle   Question: Dear Glass Detective, Can half-gallon or one-gallon milk bottles be made with toughened (tempered) glass so the container will not easily break? In the event it does crack, or shatter, can it be easily collected and repurposed-melted back to a glass bottle and reused or recycled? I […]

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What is the Best Type of Glass for a Solarium?

The Case of the Solarium Selection Question: Dear Glass Detective, I live in upstate New York and want to add a south-facing solarium addition to my home. Because it is south facing, it will not have any shade. It will be small—approximately 6-feet wide by 11-feet long. The solarium will feature glass sides and a […]

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What are the Standards for Frameless Glass Door Thicknesses?

The Case of the Partition Performance   Question: Dear Glass Detective, What are the industry standard thicknesses for interior frameless tempered glass doors and partitions? We are using continuous head and sill channels for the partitions and patch fittings for the doors. The doors and walls vary in height; typically 8-feet, 9-feet and 10-feet. The […]

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How Do I Clean a Dirty Etched Shower Door?

The Case of the Scummy Etched Glass Shower Door Question: Dear Glass Detective: I have an etched glass shower door. It always looks dirty and covered with soap scum. I am a thorough cleaner, but it never gets clean. I also accidentally sprayed shower cleaner on the etched glass and can’t get rid of that […]

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The Relative Strength of Tempered Glass Versus Laminated Glass

The Case of the Relative Railing Question: Dear Glass Detective, I am trying to determine the relative strength of half-inch tempered glass versus a composition of two quarter-inch tempered glass pieces with a .060-inch interlayer between. The application is for a glass guardrail. Can you advise me? Thank you, Brad J. Answer: Dear Brad, Thank […]

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Can Polycarbonate Panels Protect Against Sports Damage?

The Case of the Polycarbonate Paneling Question: Dear Glass Detective, I’m contacting you on behalf of our neighborhood.  We would like a hockey wall or something similar that can protect us from golf balls. We’ve seen something on your website about polycarbonate and want to know if we can install a couple of panels in […]

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Using Tempered Glass in Large Picture Windows

The Case of the Distortion Distress   Question: Dear Glass Detective, I want a picture window roughly 8-feet by 8-feet that has to use safety glass for code requirements. Will a tempered glass pane this size have any obvious visual clarity or distortion looking through it? Thank you, Kirk M. Manson, WA Answer: Dear Kirk, […]

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