The Easy Way to Wash and Clean Your Windows

By Nick St. Denis

There are many ways to clean your windows, and if you’ve found a great method that works perfectly to your standards, then by all means, keep doing what you’re doing. But if you’re finding that the technique you’ve grown accustomed to just isn’t getting the job done, then take note of some of these tips […]

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Decorative Glass for Windows and Doors: The Basics and Beyond

By Nick St. Denis

Decorative glass is relatively self-explanatory. After all, it is just that: glass that has decorative elements. We’ve included photos of some examples here. The product can serve a variety of functions. First and foremost, it is used to enhance the aesthetics of a space, whether it’s a design in the glass on your door or […]

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The Case of the Re-purposed Shower Door

By Lyle Hill

Question: 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 a 40″ span, […]

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The Case of the Skylight Replacement

By Lyle Hill

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

By Lyle Hill

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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Make a Grand Entrance with a Refreshed Front Door

By Jordan Scott

A home isn’t just a shelter; it’s a place that holds memories and reflects personality. As people walk toward your house, they tend to notice the landscaping and general appearance of the home, but as they wait for you to greet them and let them inside, they’re probably looking at your front door. An outdated […]

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Window Pane Options: Single, Double or Triple

By Ellen Rogers

Selecting and buying new windows for your home isn’t as easy as it may seem. There are hundreds of options to consider, from the glass to the frame to the style and finish. It’s important to choose windows that will not only be right for your home’s aesthetic, but also the climate where you live. […]

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What Are Glass Options for Windows?

By Trey Barrineau

There are many glass options for windows for your home. Most residential windows today come with two panes, or lites, of glass in the frame. Some super-energy-efficient windows have three or even four pieces of glass, though the latter is fairly rare (and expensive). If you’re shopping for windows for your home on Glass.com, our […]

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Vinyl Window Colors: How the Game Has Changed

By Nick St. Denis

  From a color standpoint, picking out doors and windows may have been a little boring back in the day—heck, even just a few years ago. But thanks to recent advancements in laminates and coatings, they are now available in a wide range of colors. Let’s take a look at how and why the color […]

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

By Lyle Hill

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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