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


The Case of the Skylight Replacement

Question: Hi Glass Detective, I am replacing an old bubble type skylight with a curb mount Velux. I have a few tall fir trees around my house and in storms have huge pine cone and some branches come bouncing on the roof. Is it best to get a tempered or laminated glass skylight for best […]

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The Case of the Solvent vs. Carbon Based Urethane

Question: Hi Glass Detective, When choosing between a solvent based urethane and a carbon based urethane, what goes into your factoring? James N. Glendale, AZ Answer: James, Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your question regarding the use of urethane products. As you may know, there are a number of urethane products on […]

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Glass Railing Systems

The Case of the Reticent Railing Remodeler Dear Glass Detective, Would you please advise me whether to choose between laminated or tempered glass for a frameless glass railing system on my balcony in the 4th floor of a building? Will ½” glass be considered safe or should I ask for a thicker glass? I want […]

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OEM vs. Aftermarket Windshield Glass: What You Need to Know

When your windshield cracks and you need a replacement, there are two types of windshield glass available to you—OEM and aftermarket glass. Which of these options is best for you? This article is going to cause some controversy within the ranks of those who do auto glass manufacturing as well as those who do auto […]

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The Case of Replacement Glass for Antique Bookcase

Follow the Glass Detective as he takes on the case of the antique bookcase glass. Finding and using the correct glass on antiques can be a difficult process. But don’t worry, the Glass Detective has this one covered!

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The Case of the Glass Weight Scale – Another Use of Glass

Have you ever realized just how many products use glass? How about that weight scale in your bathroom? Follow the Glass Detective as he takes on the case of the weight-scale start-up and looks at the tech that goes into developing weight-scale glass.

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The Case of Security Door Glass

Can the Glass Detective solve the case of the extreme security door? Follow the Glass Detective as he seeks out the right type of glass for a concerned citizen’s security door in his latest job.

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The Case of Glass for Artistic Photography

An artist and photographer is interested in safely creating images while looking up through a glass floor. Follow the Glass Detective as he takes on the case of the custom photo shoot.

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The Case of Reducing Outside Noise

Follow the Glass Detective as he tracks down the truth about reducing outside noise in and around your home by making changes to the type of window glass you’re using. Find out more here!

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The Case of Fighting Fire with Fire Rated Doors

Fire-rated doors are integral to a building’s integrity and the lives of those inside when catastrophe occurs. In this blog, the Glass Detective explores the part glass plays in these pivotal pieces.

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