Posts by Lyle Hill


The Case of the Skylight Replacement

Question: Hi – 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 breakage […]

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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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The Case of “R Value” vs. “U Value” of Glass

Question:  Glass Detective, Can you tell me how to calculate the “R Value” for a piece 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 of occupancy […]

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The Case of the Glass Balustrade

Question: Hello, Would you please advice me whether to choose between laminated or tempered glass for a frameless glass balustrade on my balcony in the 4th floor of a building; and is 15mm (in case of tempered glass) or 16mm (in case of laminated 8*8mm) considered safe or should i ask for a thicker glass? […]

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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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