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Why Are Commercial Buildings Made of Glass?

July 27, 2021

Architects and designers are increasingly using glass in buildings, such as skyscrapers, because of its adaptability and versatility. Glass improves a building’s appearance and ambiance by allowing light in, providing a sense of space, and adding simple modernity and flair. However, the qualities and applications of glass are far from solitary or straightforward. When choosing […]

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 […]

How to Insulate Old Windows: Three Budget Approaches

May 12, 2020

When it comes to insulating old windows against cold winter air or scorching summer heat, there are few options that serve as much more than “band-aids.” That said, if replacement windows aren’t in the budget, here are three ways you can better insulate windows. Many of the same methods can be used to insulate glass […]

Entry Door Trends 2020: Larger in Size and Wider in Options

February 4, 2020

If you’re shopping entry doors in 2020, you might find yourself confused by the latest trends—many of which represent polar opposites. Some manufacturers have worked to develop age-old aesthetics, while others have gone modern. Some are offering pivot doors, while others are sticking with standard hinges. We break down the 2020 style changes, both old and new.

A Guide to Mirror Styles

January 23, 2020

A mirror, whether framed or simple wall glass, is one of the most dynamic pieces of artwork you can place in a room. Mirrors come in a variety of styles - frames, glass, shapes, sizes and placement, so how do you choose what mirror style is best for you? Learn how with our mirror styles guide.

What is the Best Type of Glass for a Solarium?

October 7, 2019

Join the Glass Detective as he takes on The Case of the Solarium Selection. Learn all about sunroom glass and the importance of striking the right balance between clarity and insulation.

Tips for Matching Your Windows and Doors

August 14, 2018

Windows and doors are not only practical solutions for protecting your home, allowing easy entry and letting useful and practical natural lighting flood your space, but they’re also crucial elements of your home’s design aesthetic and help to establish individuality. Find out more here.

What Type of Glass is Most Resistant to Sports-Related Damage?

July 5, 2017

We already covered the impact that sporting events can have on auto glass in a previous blog. From baseballs to golf balls, these can wreak havoc on windshields, side windows, and rear windshields. But cars aren’t the only objects affected. All too often windows on homes are broken from sports-related incidents too. In this article, […]

What is Building Code Law on Entry Doors?

December 22, 2016

Follow the Glass Detective as he takes on the case of the Commercial Entry Doors. In this case, the Glass Detective digs up the dirt on building code law surrounding commercial entry doors and the types of glass that can be used in them. Find out more here!

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