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In addition to our industry leading emergency service, we can repair almost any piece of glass in almost any non-automotive application. We offer standard service glass replacement for those times when it is not a matter of utmost importance or security, custom mirrors, shower enclosures, dual pane and single pane glass replacements, as well as custom tabletops & countertops.

When calling for a glass replacement there are a few things you should keep in mind, depending on what the glass is to be used for. The first scenario we will look at is for a window glass replacement. When calling for a window replacement most glass companies are going to want to know some information about the window.

Below are the questions you should be prepared to answer and explanations of the questions.
  1. Approximate size of the glass to be replaced ( needed to accurately calculate price of the glass )
  2. Is the window a single or dual pane? ( the pricing for single and dual pane glass varies significantly)
  3. Is the glass more than 24" from a door? ( By current Federal Building code all glass that is less than 24" from a door must be replaced with safety glass)
  4. Is the glass more than 18" from the top of the nearest walking surface(ground)? ( By current Federal Building code glass that is less than 18" from a walking surface must be replaced with safety glass)
  5. Is the glass clear or tinted?( Pricing varies from clear glass and tinted )
  6. Are there decorative grids in/on the glass? (Sometimes window companies install metal strips on single panes or in dual panes to make the glass look as if it is a "French style")

Armed with the above information you should be able to call Marc's Glass and get an accurate price for replacement of your window glass (in most cases).

The next item we are going to look at is the types of glass available, and the applications that they are best suited for.

Best - Laminated Safety Glass
Laminated Safety Glass
Laminated glass consists of a of polyvinyl butyral (PVB) layer bonded together between two panes of glass under heat and pressure.  Once sealed together, the glass is a single unit and looks like normal glass.

Similar to the glass in car windshields, laminated glass may crack upon impact, however the glass fragments typically stick to the protective inter-layer rather than falling free and potentially causing injury.

Laminated safety glass is the best barrier against break and enters as well as smash and grab style crimes. Laminated glass when impacted breaks exactly like the windshield of your car, cracks but is held in place by the vinyl laminate layer. Anyone attempting to gain unauthorized access to your home or business would have to break through two pieces of glass and the flexible vinyl layer, which will dramatically increase the time it will take to gain entry to your property. In conjunction with an alarm system, laminated glass can reduce the number of successful break-ins.

The ultraviolet filtering performance of the protective inter-layer helps protect valuable furnishings, displays or merchandise from the fading effects of the sun's UV light.

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Better - Tempered Safety Glass
Tempered glass is, under equal pressure approximately four times as strong as annealed glass. It resists breakage by small objects traveling approximately twice as fast as objects which break annealed glass. Tempered glass is also able to resist higher temperatures (200 ° F - 300 ° F) which would cause annealed glass to crack.

Tempered Safety Glass
Our tempered glass is a safety glazing material that is manufactured to meet the requirements of the ANSI Z97.1 Standard and Federal Standard CPSC 16 CFR 1201. Federal Standard CPSC 16 CFR 1201, as well as state and local codes, require safety glazing material where the glazing might reasonably be exposed to human impact. This includes doors, tub and shower areas, side lite areas, and certain windows.When installed to older doors that currently do not contain safety glass we must replace all non-safety glass in the door opening (all glass within main frame of door) order to bring the door to current code or we can not replace any of the glass.

Tempered glass possesses the basic visual qualities of annealed glass. The induced stress condition sometimes produces a slight bow in tempered glass lites. Tempered glass that has been manufactured in a vertical tempering oven contains small surface depressions resembling dimples along one edge. These marks are caused by the pointed metal tongs which support the glass during its passage through the oven. Glass which is passed horizontally through an oven may contain a very slight surface wave caused by contact with the rollers. The waviness can sometimes be detected when viewing reflected images from a distance.

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Good - Annealed (Plate) Glass
Annealed Plate Glass
In the production of annealed (ordinary) glass a silica-based mix is melted and cooled slowly under carefully controlled conditions. This annealing procedure removes  stresses from the glass.

Annealed glass is probably the most common glass around, however, it also has the potential of being one of the most dangerous glass types if used incorrectly. Many of the older homes in town still have annealed glass in their doors, this is a dangerous situation. Annealed glass in doors can break just by closing the door, or if someone were to walk into the door the glass would break into large jagged shards that could potentially cause severe cuts.When replacing annealed glass in doors it is required that the "door opening" be brought up to code, thus requiring all glass within the main door frame be replaced with safety glass.We recommend all the glass in your home be inspected and brought up to current code.

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Dual Pane Glass
Dual pane windows are made up of two pieces of glass separated by an airspace that are physically sealed together, and cannot be separated. Dual panes can be made up of countless combinations of glass and spacers to make the overall thickness anywhere from 7/16" all the way up to 1 and 1/4". Dual panes may also have tinted glass on the outer pane please note the tint when calling for an estimate. We can also upgrade your glass to tinted at an additional charge.  In general the more airspace that there is in the unit the better the insulation the window provides. There are other factors that can improve the efficiency of of your windows. Among the the best options you can have on your windows is a low-E coating. This will allow your windows to reflect much of the heat and UV radiation away from the inside of your home.Keep in mind, while shopping for a dual pane replacement that there are different qualities of dual panes, ranging from no warranty to a ten year warranty. Make sure you ask about warranty while while shopping, some companies may offer no or less warranty order to quote you a lower price.

It is important to note that application of any film tint does immediately void the original glass manufacturer's warranty. However, if installed by a reputable, professional film application company. Marc's Glass recommends Advanced Window Films for all of you filming needs.

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Single Pane Glass
Single pane windows are the most common type of windows. They are made up of a single piece of glass in residential applications the glass is typically no thicker than 1/8", in commercial applications the glass is most commonly 1/4" thick. Single pane windows for the most part are an obsolete product, other than the glass itself, many parts are no longer available for these windows.With that in mind, we recommend that you upgrade your windows  with a high quality dual pane window.

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