Common Cold Weather Window Catastrophes

We’ve been experiencing some down right COLD weather around here lately and it may affected the performance of your old windows, and nothing is worse than a window catastrophes in the winter. Remember a childhood science experiment used to demonstrate how glass expands and contracts due to changes in temperature? An ice frosted drinking glass is filled with boiling water and the result is a cracked and broken glass. When the thermal temperature of glass becomes uneven, it can create stress on the glass just as if someone were applying pressure with their fist and the result is broken glass.

Now we know you didn’t pour hot water down your homes interior window so you might be wondering how did that crack just appear? Chances are you had chip or the beginnings of a crack that you couldn’t make out with the naked eye that was aggravated by the change in temperature. Unfortunately, larger windows are more at risk with the greatest surface area. It’s possible that part of your window receives some sunlight while the other portion is shadowed, perhaps from an overhang. When the wind comes ripping though, the difference in the thermal temperature becomes too much, and the next thing you know you have a broken window.

Similarly, you may have a window that has a floor heat vent without a flow guard blowing heat directly up onto the window. The intense outdoor temperature combines with the furnace working overtime to keep the house warm, equals thermal stress and broken window.

Unlike a window that has had an impact crack, which has a central circular web pattern, a thermal stress crack will run in a diagonal line across your window. Beware of long lines that do not splinter however, that may be a result of not having a good quality tempered safety glass.

Whatever the case, if your home has a window with a new crack due to the extreme temperatures outside, it’s time to call in the professionals. Glass Express is ready to brave the severe outdoor temperatures to ensure you are safe and comfortable everyday in your homes indoors.

 

Why You Should Consider Investing In Safety Glass

We all know mistakes happen and things break. Take the precaution of insuring your glass fixtures are less likely to break and are less harmful if broken. We offer a wide range of safety glass including; tempered glass, laminated glass, wire glass, fire rated glass and safety mirrors. 

Tempered glass most often requires replacing broken glass with a new piece of glass with more strength to meet specifications as well as ensure that the glass is less likely to be broken in the future. Laminated glass has sheets of plastic or other texture on either side of the glass to avoid shattering when impacted. Repair with laminated glass involves taking out the broken glass and replacing it with a laminated pane.

Wire glass repair is more difficult due to the strands of wire within the glass panes. Its often thought that the wire makes the glass stronger, however that’s not the case. The wire is there to increase fire resistance. We also offer safety mirrors. Safety mirrors are commonly installed in places like dance studios, stores, gyms, and other places where mirrors are more likely to be broken.

There are many situations where considering purchasing safety glass may be your best option. Safety glass is a smart investment and insures a greater life span of all your glass fixtures.

Be Prepared with Safety Glass

Safety glass prevent injury

Although your goal may be to never break your windows or mirrors, it is always better to be prepared with safety glass. Safety glass is designed to prevent glass from breaking or make it safer if it does break. Check out the different ways you can incorporate safety glass into your home.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass refers to special panes that are tempered or “toughened” in order to withstand additional forces the environment, or your kids, may cause. The process of replacing your glass with tempered glass involves repairing the broken glass with a new piece of glass with equal or greater strength to ensure your it lasts!

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is what it sounds like, laminated panes that replace the broken glass. Plastic sheets or other textures are placed on each side of the pane to help avoid shattering. Laminated glass is a great option for areas that people may often be in close contact with glass.

Wire Glass

Installing wire glass is a complicated process that helps make the glass more fire resistant, not necessarily stronger. These windows are generally used for fire resistant properties, and our windows meet the fire rating required by code.

Fire Rated

Wire glass is not the only fire resistant glass offered, Fire rated glass repair is also an option. Fire rated glass is often installed for commercial use to meet code requirements.

Dance studio safety back mirrorsSafety Backed Mirrors

Safety backed mirrors are designed to not shatter when impacted. These are often installed in gyms, retail stores and dance studios.

You never think something bad is going to happen, but is always good to be prepared. Whether a big storm comes through or you have a clumsy accident, installing safety windows will decrease your chances of major injury. Talk to your experts today at Glass Express and see how you can make your place safer for everyone!

IndyCars and Glass Safety

What a race! IndyCar racing is full of excitement. Race Day this year was beautiful and the race went smoothly with a close competition to the checkered flag! I love this time of year in Indy.

You may or may not be surprised to find out that there is no glass used in the anatomy of a IndyCar. So you might be asking yourself, “What do GlassExpress and IndyCars have in common?” The answer is safety. While IndyCars are made to be fast, their number one concern is that they are durable and can withstand the conditions relative to their use. Similarly, the glass replacement project or custom glass piece we provide for your home has glass safety as our top priority.

glass safety

That’s why we use a product focused on glass safety called tempered glass. Also called strengthened glass, this durable surface is created through a chemical or heat treatment whereby it is modified internally to withstand pressures standard glass can’t. When broken, tempered glass fragments into small pieces sometimes called pebbles. Unlike regular glass which is known to shatter into jagged shards on impact, tempered glass breaks in a fragment pattern of blunt pebbles that are made to cling together. This anti-shatter quality is why tempered glass has safety listed as a major advantage.

Unlike IndyCars, this glass is regularly used for side and rear windows of regular cars. Tempered glass has many other commercial and residential uses. Any public setting where there is the risk of accidental impact or vandalism would benefit from tempered glass. From bus stops, to bank teller stations, to shopping malls, tempered glass is everywhere. Applications for a home include; shower doors, table tops, large hanging mirrors, architectural glass doors, and custom shelving units. This versatile and beautiful glass is only limited by the designer’s creativity.

In addition to its unique break pattern, tempered glass is also thermally stable. This means tempered glass is less sensitive to changes in temperature and can withstand high heat, making tempered glass a good choice for places where the sun beats in for several hours a day or as a custom fireplace or cooktop!

So don’t forget to race into Glass Express if window or glass replacement is what your project calls for. Stronger, safer, and thermally stable tempered glass will leave you finishing strong.

 

 

The Tempered Glass Advantage

Superior to regular glass by four to five times, tempered glass is the proverbial superman of glass. Also called strengthened glass, this durable surface is created through a chemical or heat treatment process whereby it is modified internally to withstand pressures that standard glass cannot handle.

Beautiful Tempered Glass Stairs

When broken, tempered glass fragments into small pieces sometimes called pebbles. Unlike regular glass which is known to shatter into jagged shards on impact, tempered glass breaks in a fragment pattern of blunt pebbles that are made to cling together. This anti-shatter quality is why tempered glass has safety listed as a major advantage.

Normally used in rear and side car windows, tempered glass has many commercial and residential uses as well. Any public setting where there is the risk of accidental impact or vandalism would benefit from tempered glass. From bus stops, to bank teller stations, to shopping malls, tempered glass is everywhere. Applications for a home include, but are not limited to, shower doors, table tops, large hanging mirrors, architectural glass doors, and custom shelving units. This versatile and beautiful glass is only limited by the designer’s creativity.

In addition to its unique break pattern, tempered glass is also thermally stable. This means tempered glass is less sensitive to changes in temperature and can withstand high heat. This makes tempered glass a good choice for places where the sun beats in for several hours a day, custom fireplaces, or cook-tops!

When stronger, safer, and thermally stable glass is what your project calls for; look no further than tempered glass from Glass Express Repair.