Need Tougher Windows? Consider These 3 Options

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Large display windows, office windows, and other prominent glass panels grace many commercial facilities, but they also face the ongoing risk of damage. Cracked windows reduce energy efficiency and disfigure your facility, while shattered glass offers an open door to burglary and vandalism of interior spaces.

If you worry about the vulnerabilities created by the various window panels in your facility, you’ll want to learn about options that resist damage better than standard glass. Consider the features and benefits of the following three alternatives in your quest to toughen your windows.

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  1. Polycarbonate: A Shatter-Resistant Option

If you have ever purchased a pair of eyeglasses for a child or athlete, you may have heard that polycarbonate lenses offer greater eye protection against shattering for these active individuals. The same benefit holds true for windows made of this durable, flexible resin.

Manufacturers classify polycarbonate as a thermoplastic because of its behavior in the face of high temperatures. Polycarbonate melts into liquid form at 155 degrees Celsius without degrading, which enables manufacturers to mold it into a variety of shapes and forms.

The pliability of polycarbonate gives it great impact resistance, allowing it to bend and absorb collisions instead of shattering into shards. This material boasts 200 times the strength of glass but only half the weight, making it ideal for large installations, such as sports arenas.

If you want a tough window material that also helps to prevent the effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays, consider polycarbonate. Polycarbonate naturally blocks up to 99 percent of UV energy, as opposed to the 50 percent offered by untreated glass.

One potential downside of polycarbonate involves its tendency to scratch. The same pliability that makes it so shatter resistant also permits impacts to leaves scratches. You may prefer to reserve it for high roofs and other areas where scratches will appear less obvious.

  1. Plexiglass: Cost-Effective Strength

Like polycarbonate, plexiglass belongs to the family of materials known as thermoplastics. You’ll also hear it referred to as polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). One of the perks is that plexiglass is stronger than glass. At the same time, it offers greater clarity, load resistance, and scratch resistance than polycarbonate.

Plexiglass usually costs less than either glass or polycarbonate. Once installed, it presents onlookers with an attractive shine while filtering incoming UV rays, thus protecting interior fabrics from fading and occupants from conditions such as skin cancer.

Before you choose plexiglass over polycarbonate, bear in mind that this material has a few cons to counterbalance its many pros. While it resists scratches better than polycarbonate, its greater brittleness makes it vulnerable to chipping. While it resists impacts better than glass, it can break more easily than polycarbonate.

Plexiglass makes a sensible choice when you want a tough, transparent, UV-resistant window or display panels that don’t necessarily have to withstand extremes such as hailstones or baseballs. Alternate it with polycarbonate in your facility to keep material costs down.

  1. Safety Film: The Power of Plastic

You may already have an array of glass windows that do a fine job of enhancing the beauty of your facility and its wares, resisting scratches from light impacts, and blocking at least some incoming UV radiation. If you want to strengthen these windows against stronger impacts without necessarily replacing them, consider installing safety film.

Safety film adheres to one side of a glass window. When properly applied, this plastic film does not affect the window’s good looks or transparency. However, it shows its true value whenever someone or something hurls an object into the window at high speed. The glass shatters, but the safety film remains intact.

You may already understand how safety film gets its name if you have ever seen a shattered car windshield. Automakers reinforce windshields by laminating a layer of safety film between two sheets of glass. The film contains the glass shards so that they can’t injure the vehicle’s occupants.

Safety glass also acts as a valuable deterrent to attempted burglars. The extra time that it would take for a would-be burglar to penetrate the layer of safety film increases their odds of getting caught, especially with an activated alarm alerting the authorities and calling public attention to the criminal act.

While safety film won’t prevent glass from shattering, it does allow you to keep using your handsome, naturally scratch-resistant glass windows. Safety films also greatly increase your windows’ UV resistance. Tinted safety films can even boost your building’s thermal efficiency, lowering your energy costs.

Don’t lose sleep over your commercial window’s safety, structural integrity, or cosmetic damage resistance. Ken Caryl Glass, Inc., can recommend and install window materials that have the right balance of toughness, affordability, and practicality for your specific needs. Contact us today to tell us about your situation, learn more about your options, and request a quote.

5 Grocery Store Window Myths and Facts

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If you own or operate a grocery store, then you may have an outdated grocery store design that includes no windows. You may have left windows out of your grocery store design due to the belief that windows hinder the ability to control customer experience or due to the theory that customers linger longer in windowless stores.

However, adding windows to your grocery store offers you, your customers, and your employees\ many benefits that you may not have considered when initially choosing or designing your store.

Read on to learn five myths and facts about grocery store windows, and you may be surprised at the many benefits of adding windows to an existing store.

Simple Master Bathroom Improvements That Can Help Your Home Sell

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Simple Master Bathroom Improvements That Can Help Your Home SellCertain areas of your home are the most appealing to buyers. An updated kitchen, for example, goes a long way toward making your house more sellable. Another area that can really help your interior appeal is your master bathroom. Too often, master bathrooms look too small, too outdated, or too dysfunctional to appeal to interested buyers.

With some simple aesthetic improvements, however, your master bedroom and connected bathroom can become one of the main selling points when you list your home. Here are some transformations to consider.

An Introduction to Commercial Mirrors

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Commercial MirrorsIn your efforts to create a new interior space for your commercial facility, you may find that mirrors play a vital role in the space’s ultimate functionality and aesthetics. Commercial environments use mirrors for a wide range of purposes, from increasing the sense of spaciousness to providing important services both for customers and for managers.

If you have never had to deal with the issue of choosing, installing, replacing, or maintaining commercial mirrors, you can profit by cultivating a basic understanding of these products. Use this introductory look at commercial mirror options and considerations.

4 Tips for Burglar-Resistant Commercial Window Design

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If you own or manage a business, then you need to take every step you can to prevent break-ins and robberies. In the year 2018 alone, over 21,000 homes and businesses in the state of Colorado were broken into. An additional 4,000 robberies occurred where innocent people were harmed or threatened by criminals, and almost 40 percent of these robberies took place in commercial locations.

4 Ways Window Upgrades Protect the Interior of Your Business

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Window and glass installations are a key part of many businesses. Glass lets natural light in and allows customers to see inside the business. Large window displays offer ideal ways to advertise and showcase business products. The windows and glass installations at your business should also offer a lot of protection.

Older window installations may not offer the same protection as newer windows. Upgraded features will help protect the interior of your business in a variety of ways. In the long run, you could save a lot of money and prevent all kinds of damage due to older and poor window installations.

Learn about the various ways modern window upgrades will help protect the interior of your business while providing new and durable products.

All About Window Films for Business Owners

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Many years ago, window glass was not very efficient. Today, window tinting has changed window performance in commercial buildings. Window tinting can increase efficiency, privacy, and comfort in commercial structures. The more you know about window tinting, the easier it will be to make smart choices about your window glass upgrade or replacement. Here is what you need to know.

5 Ways New Storefront Glass Installations Can Help Increase Profits

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When companies rely on brick and mortar business to stay in operation, one thing they want to do is to ensure customers walk through the door. One way to help improve the look of your business and invite more customers inside is with glass storefront installations.

Large glass storefronts come with many advantages, but for a business owner, one of the main advantages to consider is an increase in profits. After the installation of new storefront glass for your business, you could see profits increase in multiple ways that allow your business to thrive.

Reasons to Get New Windows After Buying a Home

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Buying a home is one of the biggest personal investments many people make. Not only is it a sizable financial investment, but it is also an investment in a way of life and the peace of mind that comes from owning one’s residence. Things such as old windows can really bring the look and feel of a home down. Consider why you need new windows for your new home.

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