Use the following questions for help when buying and installing glass:
Does window glass affect heating and cooling costs? Yes. You can test this yourself on particularly cold days by holding your hands close to the glass panel. If they feel cold, then your windows are letting frosty air come in, making your heating costs higher. Ideally, you want to thick glass panels on your windows. Many older homes, and some homes with inferior windows use exceedingly thin glass panels. Ask your window installation specialist about what size glass you need for your climate area.
Can broken glass be repaired? Yes, glass can be repaired. If you've ever cracked your windshield, then you've used an auto glass repairman, who probably bonded the glass back together. For pieces of artistic glass, like antique lamps or dinnerware, there are glass restoration specialists who can restore them to their former glory. They can re-temper the glass and meld the pieces back together so that it looks as good as new. While this is great news if your toddler just knocked over your great-grandmother's stained glass lamp, you should know that restoring artistic glass doesn't come cheap.
Can I install glass panels by myself? It depends on your expertise. If you've just bought a frosted glass panel that you want to put on your shower door, but you've never installed glass before, then you need to be careful. Glass is incredibly fragile, and it can break very easily. It is highly recommended that large glass pieces be installed by a professional. Yes, it is more expensive that doing it yourself, but at least you be sure that the glass is installed properly.
Glass has many different applications and uses in our daily lives. Therefore, glass products and services is a thriving industry. One main portion of the glass products and services industry comes in the form of replacing or fixing broken glass fixtures, mirrors and windows. However, on the other end of the spectrum, you have artists that create stunning sculptures by heating and melting down raw material, like sheets of glass, and then transforming them into artwork. These artists also throw in other materials to supply to color the glass, like sand or minerals. Their artwork serves as decorative pieces in many homes. There are many profitable businesses that work closely with contractors to install new glass doors in showers, large pane windows, or skylights in bathrooms. One very popular product is tempered glass, which, when it breaks, shatters into small oval pieces instead of shards that will cut people. This product is often used in car windshields, table tops, bathroom mirrors and more. For automotive dealers that specialize in the replacement, installation, and repair of car windows, they can usually contact a wholesale manufacturer, where the company will be willing to sell sheets of glass for discounted prices if purchased in bulk. If you are searching for a company to replace or fix your mirror, or for a decorative piece of art, try accessing the internet to find your local glass dealer. You should be able to find an extensive list of dealers and manufacturers where you can find the products that you need. Check out the website for each company to be sure that they are reputable, to view their products, to discover their services, and find customer testimonials. Be sure to get a price quote from each company that you are interested in before committing.