Glass Detective


The Case of Glass Thermal Ratings

Question: What is the thermal rating for laminated glass compared with double glazing? Is double glazing safety glass the same as laminated glass.? Thank you. -Dave H. Papakura, New Zealand Answer: Dave, Thank you for contacting the Glass Detective with your question regarding what you refer to as “glass thermal ratings”. The quick response is […]

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The Case of Laminated Versus Double Glazed Glass Units

Question: Dear Glass Detective, I am building a retirement home for my husband and I, and have had two quotes – one for laminated glass and the other for double glazed glass, the second one being more expensive. I do not understand the supplier’s explanation of the differences between the two. Could you help me […]

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The Case of the Glass Staircase Railing

Question: Dear Glass Detective, We would like glass to go clear down to our stair landing. We know it needs to be safety glass. If one were to fall down the stairs, into the glass, and break through it, they would fall another 5ft. down to a deck. We assume a guard rail might be […]

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The Case of the Tractor Windshield

Question: Dear Glass Detective, Kubota offers a tempered glass windshield for 2 of their models that have a maximum speed of 25 mph. The model I have is supposed to go 29 mph and Kubota says that’s too fast for the tempered windshield. Their tempered model is $750 and the laminated model is $1200. Does […]

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The Case of the Re-purposed Shower Door

Question: Dear Glass Detective, I would like to re-purpose a 1/4″ (6mm) tempered glass shower door as a sloped awning over an entry. The dimensions of the glass are 30″x60″. My question is whether there is a chart available that can tell you what thickness of glass is needed for what loads? There would be […]

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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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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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