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What is the Best Glass for a Front Door?

The Case of the Front Door Fenestration Question: Dear Glass Detective, What is the best glass for a front door? Beth R.   Answer: Dear Beth, Thank you for reaching out to the Glass Detective at Glass.com with your question regarding the best choice for glass to be installed in your front door. While you […]

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Sand Pitted Window Replacement

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 […]

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Taking Photos Through Glass Windows

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 […]

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Best Glass for a Bar Window

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, […]

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What is the Most Beautiful Kind of Glass?

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 […]

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Are Argon Gas Filled Insulated Windows Worth The Cost?

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 […]

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

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 […]

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Should a Sliding Reception Window in a Doctor’s Office be Made of Tempered Glass?

The Case of the Sliding Glass Safety Window   Question: Dear Glass Detective, Should a sliding receptionist window in a doctor’s office be tempered glass? Sincerely, Spencer Answer: Dear Spencer, Let me begin by thanking you for contacting the Glass Detective with your very timely and important question. Many people have been asking questions about […]

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How to Clean Outdoor Tabletop Stains

Outdoor Tabletop Stain Removal The Case of the Ghostly Glass Gunk   Question: Dear Glass Detective, I have an outdoor circular glass table about 27″ in diameter. The glass on both sides is what I would call “wavy”, not just clear. It appears as if many coral atolls are side by side. (visualization). You can […]

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Can I Use Steel Wool to Clean Auto Glass?

The Case of the Cleaning Compounds Question: Dear Glass Detective, When cleaning the interior of an automobile windshield that is fogging, is it recommended to use an abrasive step in the cleaning process? Most of the car care “how-to” videos and postings online all seem to include an initial “abrasive” step which uses a nylon […]

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