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By Post Glass and Mirror, May 29 2018 04:05PM

The eyes are a window into your soul, but your windows to your house are probably thermopanes. Depending on when you bought your house and how recently it has been updated, you might question when you need to replace your thermopanes. Do they need to be replaced unless they are broken, or can you just keep them in your house forever? Has the industry progressed significantly so that windows now are significantly more efficient and you are losing on thousands of dollars of cost-savings by not replacing your windows?


Depending on when your windows were made, the answers to those questions are no, your window won’t last forever and no, the industry hasn’t evolved quickly enough to justify replacing all thermopanes in your home. But it is important to know when you need to replace your thermopane, because having a baseball go through it isn’t the only time that your window needs to be replaced.


Obviously, if there is a crack or chip in your thermopane, you should look into getting it replaced. Not only will the chip and crack ruin the structural integrity of the window, it can allow the important gases that are between the window panes to leak out. Most commonly argon gas or krypton gas is put between the glass layers of the thermopane. These gases are nonreactive an abundant in our air naturally, so they do no harm. However, they are the main insulating powerhouses of the thermopane, so if that gas is gone, so is the insulation of the window.


Thermopane manufacturers recommend replacing your window once 25% of the gas has naturally come out of the window. It will come out, no matter how much we try to stop it, due to the windows expanding and contracting with temperature changes. How do you know when 25% has leaked out? Most window manufacturers should have an estimate of how long this takes to happen. Anywhere from 10-15 years seems to be the norm for thermopanes. Does this mean that you immediately need to get your windows replaced? No, but you will start to notice that you are turning the heat up more in the winter or cranking the air conditioning higher in the summer.


The gas can also leak out if the window start leaking more than normal. Leakage will occur when the house settles and the window frame shifts slightly. This causes the panes to shift and can allow small pin-hole sized holes to appear around the seams of the thermopane. This is also what causes drafts to appear around windows. Depending on how big the holes are, resealing the window can be enough to stop the leaking. But, if the holes are much bigger than a pin-hole, gas will leak out faster and lower the efficiency of the window.


Along with leaking, fogging can occur. These two go hand in hand, because fogging happens when condensation gets in between the panes of glass of the thermopanes. The bigger the holes are in the glass, the more likely that your windows will fog. The windows in your house that are the most susceptible to fogging are those that get direct sunlight frequently. They will have a greater amount of expanding and contracting happen because of the direct sunlight. Therefore, these might be the first windows on your house to go bad. This has tried to be resolved through solar coating windows, helping them reflect heat to help decrease the movement of the window, but it still will occur.


If you notice any of these things are happening to your thermopanes, it might be a good idea to look into getting them replaced. First, though, do some digging and see if the warranty on your windows is still good! Most warranties last for 10 years, but some can go up to 20. Use that warranty rather than paying out of pocket for new windows.


By Post Glass and Mirror, May 22 2018 04:05PM

In the March edition of Glass Magazine, an article was featured highlighting the increasing integration of glass into medical care facilities. Studies have shown time and time again that natural light is good for people, especially those that are recovering from an illness or injury. Newer medical facilities are taking this in stride when planning and designing care facilities, incorporating more glass into the facade of the building to help keep patients—and others—as healthy as possible while in the facility.


Natural light is important in promoting patient comfort. Artificial light can be a stressor on different parts of the human body, like your eyes. It can also affect mental states and make bleak a bright situation. Natural light is less harmful to patients and provides numerous benefits on top of that. It has been shown that natural light increases uplifting attitudes in people. This provides a more positive environment, which aids in healing. Patients tend to heal quicker when they are exposed to more natural light than artificial light.


Natural light is also conducive to keeping patients on a more regular sleep schedule. Though they might be woken up at all hours of the night for check-ups and testing, sleep is still a priority in helping patients recover. Ditching lights and providing more windows for sunlight helps people keep their natural circadian rhythm, even when they are faced with staying in a hospital. Along with patients, the hospital staff benefits from increased natural light. It helps them adjust for when they are working the night shifts. The artificial light can be harsh and enforce drowsiness, but natural light helps keep the internal clock going, even when you have to stay up all night.


Glass inclusive designs in hospitals are patient-centric. However, clear glass isn’t the only kind that benefits hospitals. Decorative glass is being used more and more to help comfort all those within the walls of the hospitals, not just the patients. This includes visitors and staff members. The designs and decorations can elevate some of the stresses that result from hospitalization, reducing the stress for all peoples involved. Letting in more light provides a calming, healing aesthetic to patients and visitors.


Not only does this impact hospitals, but you can bring this idea and technique into your own home to bring in more tranquility and peace. We have a few ideas to help brighten up your home and increase your happiness.


Move, if possible, to a more open-concept style in your home. If you’ve dreamed of tearing down walls and opening up your home, do it. Let the light from one side of your house pass through the house without hitting any walls or other barriers. If you can’t tear down walls because they are load-bearing or because of cost, see if you have any doorways or room breakthroughs that can be expanded to be wider. This can simulate the effect that a more open-concept would have, without having the expenses of open-concept.


On top of this, installing larger windows will obviously let in more light. But, don’t be deterred if you don’t want floor to ceiling windows in your home. Adding more width to the window is just as successful as increasing the height of the window. Bay windows are great for letting in light into the whole home. Don’t forget your basement either! Most basement windows are small because only so much of the basement wall is above ground. If you have the time and money to do so, look into putting egress style windows into your basement to increase the light. It’ll be incredible to increase lighting in the basement, as they are so dark naturally. This can infinitely improve the space and make it more of a place for being together, rather than avoiding.


The article can be found here https://glassmagazine.com/article/commercial/glass-healing-1817532


By Post Glass and Mirror, May 15 2018 04:05PM

There’s one thing about getting a car that is consistent no matter the make, model, expensiveness, or quality of the car: wear and tear. No matter how hard we try to keep our vehicles in pristine condition to maybe help with the inevitable depreciation of the car, there are things that get broken and things that must be changed.


When it comes to some of the most common things that need to be replaced on your vehicle, like your windshield and wipers, many of us delay replacing them as long as possible because they are just an annoyance, but aren’t that crucial to keeping the car running. But, doing this and avoiding the warning signs that they give you can cause some more expensive repairs in the long run. There are several things that you can keep an eye on so that you can change some of these most needed parts when they need to be changed, not earlier and not later.


Windshield wipers are the most common thing on cars that need to be replaced, but we all ignore. Don’t feel bad, we all do it whether we realize it or not. Your windshield wipers should actually be replaced every 6-8 months according to manufactures, even if you buy the really nice expensive ones. More happens to your wipers in those months than you realize. Though you may not be constantly running your wipers over ice on your windshield, which is a terrible thing to do to them, the weather is affecting them. As the temperature rises and falls, the rubber of the wipers will expand and contract, not enough to be completely obvious, but it does have repercussions on the blades themselves.


After time, this repeated heating and cooling can deform your wipers as they rest on your windshield, so they will no longer have a good grip on the glass. This is what leads to streaking, skipping, and the noises that accompany this. Thus, the wipers are no good at the one job that they need to do—cleaning things off the windshield. Once you notice these things happening, it is a good idea to start getting in the market for some new blades. There are several different kinds and varieties, some that may be cheaper than other but could be more beneficial, so make sure to do your research before you want to buy to make sure that you aren’t losing money on your blades.


Along with wipers, windshield also seem to always get delayed when they need to be replaced or repaired. We’ve all had that moment when we realize there’s a chip in the windshield and we start the internal debate of getting it fixed or letting it grow. If the chip is smaller than a quarter, then it can be fixed. And it should be! Chip repairs are much cheaper than replacing the windshield and exist to stop the chip from growing into a crack. Depending on the car, a new windshield can run you $250-600, whereas a chip repair is less than $100, depending on where you go. It’s worth your while to get that repaired, rather than letting it grow out.


However, if you notice a crack in your windshield rather than a chip, it’s too far gone to get repaired. It is best to get your windshield replaced right away, because leaving it will only allow the crack to grow further. This can lead to some major damage, including the crack splintering off into several cracks which could end up shattering the windshield if hit the wrong way. Even though it’s tempting to leave the crack for as long as possible to get your “money’s” worth out of the windshield, it should be taken care of as soon as possible to avoid all possible disasters.


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