As a glass company, it should come as no surprise that we regularly receive questions from our clients about glass repair and maintenance. When talking to customers, we find most people are delightfully surprised when we tell them glass can often be repaired in lieu of a complete replacement. Whether you’re dealing with a broken window, damaged seals, or unsightly scratches, our expert staff can handle any repair.
When the glass in your home or business is compromised, you need it repaired quickly and professionally. At B & L Glass Company you’ll get fast friendly customer service, flexible scheduling, and high-quality craftsmanship.
Step 1: Determine Type of Glass in Window or Door
The first step in the glass repair process is to identify the type of glass requiring repair or replacement. The type of repair method used for a door or window will often differ depending on the specific glass used. Therefore, it is important to know which type of glass you are dealing with before any repair can be completed.
Here are some common types of glass used on commercial and residential properties:
- Tempered Glass
Tempered glass is a common option for where safety is a concern. While tempering increases strength, it allows the glass to be broken into small pebbles rather than sharp shards when compromised.
- Insulated Glass
Insulated glass is typically made of two or more panes of glass that are layered and sealed with airspace between the panes offering improved energy conservation and reduced heat transfer.
- Mirrored Glass
Mirrored glass is reflective glass produced by applying a metallic coating on one side of a glass panel that is sealed with a protective coating, creating the mirrored effect. Mirrored glass is commonly used for architectural and decorative purposes. It also allows large projects (such as a skyscraper) to use almost all glass on its exterior and keep the building energy efficient.
- Heat-Strengthened Glass
Heat-strengthened glass goes through a process similar to tempered glass but isn’t as strong. Typically, heat strengthened glass is used to create safety laminated glass (where a thin layer PVB (polyvinyl butyral) is applied between two panes of glass). The layer of PVB holds potentially dangerous glass shards in place in the event of a breakage.
Step 2: Can the Glass Be Repaired?
Next, before any repairs can be attempted, we must determine whether or not the glass in question is able to be repaired. If a window or door has experienced significant damage it may be best to replace rather than repair due to the complicated nature of modern window systems.
What to look for:
- Leaking Water
- Moisture or Fogging Between Panes
- Damaged Window Sash or Sill
- Cold Drafts / Heat Escaping
- Visible Cracking or Chipping
- Improper Opening/Closing
If your windows or doors are showing any of these signs, it is time to contact a glass repair specialist.
Understanding the type of damage is the key to making the right repair. Whether the problem is a simple chip, large crack, or a completely shattered pane, we’re here to help provide the most efficient and cost-effective solution.
Step 3: Contact Your Local Glass Repair Company
At B & L Glass Company, we’re proud to take the “pane” out of repairing and installing glass windows and doors. Is the glass in your window damaged? We can fix it. Are the seals within your dual pane windows compromised? We can replace them. We can even repair shower doors, mirrors, skylights, tabletops, and so much more.
Here are some common types of glass we work on:
- Glass Window Panes
Vulnerable to all kinds of damage from a stray baseball to an extreme weather event, windows are easily broken, chipped, and cracked. We can handle any kind of window panes.
- Insulated Glass
When insulated glass fails, it’s integrity, beauty, and functionality is compromised. Prevent heat exchange and unsightly condensation with repair or replacement.
- Glass Shower Doors & Enclosures
Another type of glass that is regularly damaged due to its frequent use are shower doors and enclosures. Regardless of glass type, we can keep your shower enclosure looking like new and fully functional.
- Custom Glass
We take a client-centered approach to every glass problem we take on. At B&L Glass Company we can provide a custom glass solution to almost every situation. If you have custom glass shelving, tabletops, or otherwise; we can help you repair and preserve before you have to consider replacement.
- Glass Handrails
Glass handrails are a popular option for maximizing views and aesthetics. Don’t let a chipped railing or cracked panel take away from your property’s beauty.
- Storefront Glass Repair/Sealing
Commercial storefronts typically utilize several large glass panels to allow in plenty of light and create an open and welcoming space for customers. When storefront glass becomes visibly damaged or when seals fail and allow the outside elements in, it’s time to call in a specialist.
Sonoma County’s Trusted Residential & Commercial Glass Services
Maintaining, repairing, and when needed—replacing—damaged glass in windows and doors is important for the beauty and efficiency of our homes and businesses. Don’t put off repairing broken glass, as a simple repair today could easily prevent a complete replacement tomorrow.
B & L Glass Company strives to offer the best value in residential and commercial glass repair and replacement. Call, contact online, or stop by our Santa Rosa location today to learn more about our residential and commercial glass repair services. Our expert staff will be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.