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By Post Glass and Mirror, Jun 19 2018 04:50PM

Every year, Glass Magazine polls their readers about the changes that have happened in the glazing market. In the June 2018 edition, they released the answers about the 2017 glazing market. Some highlights include sales increases and increased profit margins, but there were downsides to 2017 as well, as the continual labor struggle pushed forward. We have prepared a look into the 2017 glazing market, with eyes focused on the future of the market in 2018. If you want to read the article from Glass Magazine, there is a link to it below.

A majority of business owners reported having higher sales than the previous year. A total of 67.4% of readers said that they saw an increase in their sales numbers. This means that there was growth in the market for 2017, leaving more capital for glass businesses to be able to use to expand their production and further move in the industry. Along with sales growth, profit margins also saw some increase. 42% of people reported growth in profit margins. Though the majority of people (49%) saw no change in their profits, they were followed so closely by those that did see an increase. Seeing a rise in sales and a good amount of people seeing an increase in their profit margins means that the glazing market is set to continue going up this year, hopefully with some improvements and advancements in the industry.

Moving into jobs and projects, 57% of people reported that they saw more bids coming into their businesses. This correlates with more sales, as there has to be jobs getting done in order for a business to make money. To make this even sweeter, 65% saw no change in the amount of competition for these jobs, so people were able to get the same, if not more, amount of projects. 84% of jobs were in new construction, while the remaining 16% were in renovation. More bids, more projects, more profit, and more successes seem to be the trend for 2017 in the glazing industry.

Growth should be the trend in 2018, as it seems to be the trend for 2017 in the glazing market. The Midwest region of America ranked in the middle third of the US regions for potential for growth in 2017. The Northeast topped this ranking with over half (52%) voting that it would have the most growth for 2017.

While things seemed to be going good in 2017, with money, projects, and profits to go around, a crucial factor in growth keeps the glazing market from growing too much. Finding workers to help with growth of the glazing industry has hindered the market for many years and continues to this day as a plague on the industry. Readers reported having an increased difficulty in finding new hands to help out in the glazing industry, as it has been with previous years. The number one job that is hard to fill? Glaziers and field laborers.

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By Post Glass and Mirror, Jun 12 2018 04:05PM

A hot Wisconsin summer is only made better by high humidity, causing increasingly sporadic rains and general hotness everywhere. Once the summer comes around, the temperature goes up, which means that humidity can increase too. Even though the hot, humid air is outside, it can affect the ambiance inside of your home. The need to decrease humidity is prevalent now and will be that way until the snow is on the ground.

Humidity can make water collect on your windows, have running drips of water on your walls and ceilings, and can make mold grow. Along with the mold comes a musty odor and the potential health hazards of mold. On top of this, high humidity in the home can cause rot and other structural damage and draw pests and bugs into the places where they shouldn’t be. If humidity can be combated, it should be to help save more than just your comfort.

When high humidity is combined with high temperatures, it leads to a deadly new combination. Human bodies will no longer be able to cool off efficiently, which can lead to heat stroke. Those with heart problems or asthma can suffer worse, so they must be careful in the high heat and humidity. Having drier air combats this issue.

If you are comfortable with the windows open, you can leave the windows open to help decrease the humidity in the house IF the humidity outside is less than that of the inside. There are several monitors that you can get that will look at humidity levels in and outside the house so that you know what your humidity levels are and can adjust accordingly. However, once it stops being comfortable and the humidity is increasing, it’s time to close those windows and turn the A/C on. Having a dehumidifier would help, if A/C costs are running high and there is a concern about money. The dehumidifier will help decrease the humidity with the windows open, so the A/C wouldn’t need to be turned on for longer.

Interior humidity is best regulated with a dehumidifier, and keeping the windows closed will help the dehumidifier do its work. This is also the humidity that needs to be regulated in order to keep rot and critters out of your home. Putting carpet in the home can actually help decrease the moisture in the air on the home, as it will settle into the carpet. If you have don’t have or don’t want carpet, there must be good ventilation under the suspended timber floors. Opening up the windows will help decrease the humidity in the air and increase the air flow. It is one of the most effective ways of passive ventilation to just have the windows open. Preferably, keeping windows open on opposing sides of rooms or houses will keep a cross breeze flowing moving the air.

Fighting off the humidity is something that comes with living in this area. But hopefully this summer you can find a way to keep it off so that you are enjoying the summer, not stuck inside where only the A/C can help.

By Post Glass and Mirror, Jun 5 2018 04:05PM

US Glass Magazine’s April 2018 edition featured several articles in regards to building safety using glazing. The article titled “Invisible Forces” dove into discussions about the design evolution of glazing and other building features due to recent events in the past few years.

Armed aggressor scenarios and severe storms are two areas that have seen an increase in glazing development in recent years. From hurricanes stronger than have been recorded thus far to mass shootings never before experienced, the past few years have ripped into our country’s infrastructure, literally. Because of this, state codes are being updated in response to these events to keep up with what can be thrown at a building.

For instance, have you ever been at a shopping mall or chain store and noticed an abundance of concrete blocks, flower pots, or pillars outside of the store? These obviously aren’t there for looks, because there are many more appealing things than a block of concrete. The main purpose for this concrete is to absorb the shock that could come from a ballistic blast or prevent a vehicle from driving into buildings. These are called “standoffs” and provide a standoff distance for the building.

Putting standoffs in front of a building can influence the amount of glass that is on the facade. More standoffs decreases the likelihood that someone will be able to get at the building, which means that more glass can be used on the face of the building. Less standoffs, or none at all, could provide easier access to the inside of the building. To keep the occupants of the building safer, it is more likely that less glass will be used in this situation.

However, it’s not about restricting glass. It’s about refining the structure and technology of the glass and its supports that will create a safer space. Current technology and increasing advancements in glass and other glazing techniques offer solutions to keeping building occupants safe, secure, and happy. For example, architects have started placing an emphasis on building the entryways and lobbies of building for maximum security. This can mean having more doors to go through, literally, as one or more of them can be automatically locked during an emergency and can trap a possible assailant away from the building occupants.

Vestibules are also being more prominent in the security ring as they allow for potential hazards, human or weather-related, to have more obstacles of getting insides. If extreme flooding were to start occurring, the vestibule can become a place for water to pool, while still keeping the flood waters outside of the actual building, allowing more time for the occupants to get to safety. They also aid in reducing direct lines of sight from the outside to the inside of the building. This is becoming more important as blocking sight can reduce the likelihood of attackers approaching a building. If they cannot see what is going on in a building, they don’t know if they are headed straight to walls or people, and this can deter many potential assaults.

On top of all of this, bullet resistant glass and other materials are expected to be on the rise for sales. Right now, mostly federal buildings and high-security government buildings are the biggest customers of bullet resistant materials. However, it could be more common to see it in other establishments, like schools and large businesses. But, this will come at a price. Bullet resistant material is significantly more expensive, in general, than its less protective counterparts. But, when lives are on the line, it is important to consider going bullet resistant.

If you are looking into materials like this, we recently had an inquiry come to us about security films that can be applied to window and door glass. It’s essentially a sticker large enough to cover the whole window, but it is much stronger than that. The whole purpose of it is to delay the entry time of a possible assailant. This means that there is more time for the authorities to come and dismantle a situation before it becomes threatening. This film, however, could void the warranty on windows if applied. So, if you are considering this as an option, weighing the advantages of the film to the distadvantages of losing a window warranty will be in your future. If you have a window that has an expired warranty, there should be no problem in using the film on the windows.

The referenced article can be found here:{%22issue_id%22:489851,%22page%22:62}

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