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Lyle Hill

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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

How Flat is Glass?

July 12, 2021

The Case of Glass Tolerances Question: Dear Glass Detective, What are the tolerances for ¼” glass as far as flatness or being level is concerned? Thank you, Brent R. Answer: Dear Brent, Thank you for contacting the Glass.com Glass Detective with your questions concerning the tolerances or “flatness” for what you are referring to as […]

Sand Pitted Window Replacement

March 8, 2021

The Case of the Wind Blasted Glass Question: Dear Glass Detective, High winds caused by a wildfire blew sand against my windows and pitted the glass. I don’t want the same thing to happen when I replace my windows. Will installing wi ndows with “impact glass” mitigate this issue? Thank you, Phil T. Coleville, CA […]

Taking Photos Through Glass Windows

March 8, 2021

The Case of the “Picture” Window Taking high-quality pictures through a window is an achievement only skilled photographers have seemed to master. Why is it so difficult to take pictures through windows? The Glass Detective explores characteristics of the regular residential window. Question: Dear Glass Detective, I would like to sit in my den and […]

Best Glass for a Bar Window

March 2, 2021

The Case of the Bar Room Brawl Getting thrown out of a window is not just an event that happens in modern action movies to raise the tension. In fact, getting thrown out a window was a common enough occurrence that the English language created a word for it in the early 1600s. By definition, […]

Why Am I Seeing Tiny Specks in My Windshield and Glass Window?

January 11, 2021

Question: Dear Glass Detective, What are the tiny specks I see in tinted glass? I see them in my car glass and I see them in my home’s windows. When the sun hits my car’s windshield at about 10 o’clock in the morning you can really see them.   No one has had an answer […]

What is the Most Beautiful Kind of Glass?

December 16, 2020

Question: Dear Glass Detective, In your opinion, what is the most beautiful kind of glass? Thank you, Anna W. Cohoes, NY Answer: Dear Anna, Let me begin by thanking you for making contact with Glass.com® with your request for me, the Glass.com Glass Detective, to give you my opinion of what the most beautiful glass […]

Are Argon Gas Filled Insulated Windows Worth The Cost?

December 3, 2020

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 […]

Vive La French Doors!

November 18, 2020

  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 […]

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

November 18, 2020

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 […]

Window Condensation

September 10, 2020

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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