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How Sneeze Guards Can COVID-Proof Your Business

This spring, our world changed almost overnight due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Because of how easily and quickly this illness spread, much of the nation, including North Carolina closed down, and daily activities like going to work, taking the kids to the playground, or going shopping all ground to a halt. In just a few months, 100,000 people lost their battle with this illness, but as the spread has slowed, we’re trying to get back to some semblance of normalcy. 

However, the risk is still there for contracting COVID-19 and will continue to be for the foreseeable future, and people who work in customer-facing jobs, like cashiers, receptionists, and pharmacy technicians, are still susceptible to not only getting sick, but to spreading it. Fortunately, there are simple ways to protect our frontline workers, and our glass installation company in Raleigh is breaking down how sneeze guards can COVID-proof your business. 

How COVID-19 Spreads

COVID-19 primarily spreads through person-to-person contact via respiratory droplets. This could be a cough, sneeze, or even a laugh as these droplets are often microscopic yet still contain the virus. The virus, once airborne, can travel up to six feet from an infected person, which is why the CDC recommended the “six feet apart” guideline.

COVID-19 can also live on surfaces, so if someone who has it touches a surface, like a door handle or ink pen, someone else who touches that surface may then become infected. It’s important to note that transmission is less likely through this method and that the majority of cases are through direct contact with someone who is carrying the virus, whether or not they are symptomatic. 

COVID-19 Incubation

While people who are showing symptoms of COVID-19, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, and/or digestive problems, are generally self-isolating, often, these symptoms do not appear for up to 14 days after exposure. This means that someone is contagious and not know it for up to two weeks before they show symptoms, and in some cases, people may not show symptoms at all, or they are so mild they go unnoticed. 

Creating Barriers Through Sneeze Guards to Block COVID-19 Transmission

While maintaining a social distance of six feet can help slow or stop the spread, it’s not always possible to keep that space. For example,  at grocery stores checkouts, salon stations, and library computer areas, people often sit or work in close quarters. 

Fortunately, it’s possible to reduce risk and minimize transmission by creating barriers in which people can still communicate and interact without spreading illness. Glass partitions and glass sneeze guards are highly effective at creating an impenetrable barrier to respiratory droplets – that’s why they are used in buffets and food tables to block contamination. In spaces where it’s not feasible to maintain six feet of distance, these partitions keep people safe because they do not allow germs to pass through while still allowing people to communicate freely. 

Why Choose Glass Partitions?

Businesses and public locations who are re-opening are choosing to install glass partitions because it has several benefits over acrylic, wood, and other materials. 

  • Easy to install – Glass walls and partitions can be hung and installed quickly, making them ideal for creating full, floor-to-ceiling partitions or small windows
  • Easy to clean – Glass is completely non-porous, making it easy to clean and sanitize in between customers, patients, or other people. 
  • Highly durable – Tempered glass used in sneeze guards doesn’t scratch or etch, and are resistant to damage.
  • Customizable – For partitions between work spaces, opaque or tinted glass can be used, while transparent partitions can be installed for client-facing spaces. 

Industries and Locations Relying on Glass Sneeze Guards

You may have already seen that sneeze guards have been installed around customer service areas, but in order to keep people safe in all types of settings, glass partitions, sneeze guards, and “wellness walls” are being installed. This includes:

  • Co-working spaces where people often sit and work at long tables or closely situated desk areas.
  • Reception desks 
  • Cash register areas
  • Library computer areas 
  • Patient waiting rooms – whole “wellness pods” are creating single person waiting areas
  • Locker rooms 

Contact Glass Solutions for Your Custom Sneeze Guard in Raleigh

If you’re a business owner or want to make your public space safer for people to use, we can help. At Glass Solutions, we can work with you to design and install custom glass partitions and sneeze guards to minimize risk and instill confidence in both your employees and customers. While we understand that COVID-19 has made things challenging and stressful, we are dedicated to helping restore normalcy through safety.

Give us a call to schedule an appointment, or request a FREE estimate on services by filling out our contact form.

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Why Are My Double Pane Windows Foggy?

Insulated double or triple-pane are a great investment toward your home’s energy efficiency, and most homes built after 1990 have them installed for that reason. Especially with the hot summers we get in Raleigh, having an extra layer of protection to keep cool air in and hot air out can make a major dent in your heating and cooling bills. But what if you’ve noticed fog and condensation forming on the inside of your window where you can’t wipe it away? If foggy windows are blocking your light and visibility, our custom glass company in Raleigh is breaking down why insulated glass forms condensation, what it means for your energy efficiency, and how to restore clarity to your windows. 

How Does Insulated Glass Work?

Insulated glass, or thermal windows, can be as simple as two panes of glass that have been sealed together within your frame and can’t be separated. More complicated styles will have argon gas sealed within the panes or specialized thermal coatings on the glass. This minimizes thermal energy transfer so you won’t experience hot August air radiating into your home through your windows (or cold January air, too). 

Why Does Insulated Glass Get Foggy

Over time, the sealed edges of the glass can wear out or fail and if there is inert gas between the panes, it will eventually filter out. Sunlight, water, water vapor, and even temperature and barometric pressure can cause these seals to break down. The average life expectancy of the insulated glass unit (IGU) is around 15 years, though the factors listed can speed or slow that time frame.

Once the seals fail, moisture leaches into the space between the glass and as temperature shifts, condensation will form. The more dramatic the temperature change, the worse the condensation will be. While the foggy windows may evaporate and clear up from day to day, if left untreated, calcium in condensation can etch the glass and leave a permanent hazy appearance on your windows.

It’s also important to note that foggy windows are more than an inconvenience. Because there is a build up of moisture between the panes of glass, it can lead to mold and water damage.

Solutions for Foggy Windows

For a long time, the only way to fix an IGU was to replace the whole window  – even the wooden or vinyl frame. Today, professional glass installers can put in new IGU panels and install them in your window frames. – a much less expensive process. 

Window Defogging

There are window defogging kits available for a DIY repair, and you can also have your windows professionally de-fogged. Basically, tiny holes are drilled in the glass to remove the moisture, then an anti-fog solution is applied between the panes of glass and a liquid sealant is applied to the bottom of the glass. Once complete, another seal is installed where any holes were drilled.

While this provides a great cosmetic solution to the issue, clearing up visibility and restoring clarity, you will lose the window’s insulation benefits.  

Contact Us for Foggy Window Repair in Raleigh

If you want your windows to let in light and block out heat and cold, let us help you with our foggy window repair services. Our experienced team of glass experts are able to quickly install new insulated window glass so you can keep your energy efficiency without having to replace an entire window. To get a free estimate or to schedule service, reach out to us today at 919-772-1007 or fill out our contact form below!

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Choosing a Framed or Frameless Glass Shower Door

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If you’re planning a bathroom remodel or building a new home, and you’re planning a walk-in shower, you may have picked out tile and fixtures, but what about the shower door? Often overlooked, your shower door is meant to be functional, preventing your bathroom from flooding when the water is on, but it’s also an important part of your decor. After all, a brass-framed shower enclosure is going to have a much different aesthetic than the minimalist look of frameless glass. To determine which glass shower door is right for your home, our custom glass company in Raleigh is defining the differences and weighing out the pros and cons. 

Considering Framed  Shower Enclosures

Framed shower doors are the traditional style, relying on an aluminum or composite metal frame to hold the enclosure in place. The glass can be a bit thinner because the framework wraps around the top, bottom and along any angles where glass can come together to provide support. Along the joints are rubber seals and sweeps and magnetic hardware around the door ensure water doesn’t leak out of the shower and onto the bathroom floor. 

Pros of Framed Shower Doors

Constructing a frame for a shower enclosure is fairly simple, making them easy to customize to all different types and styles of bathrooms. Because the metal can be coated in silver, nickel, brass, or other finishes, there’s a variety of design options. A large, double shower can be framed about as easily as a standard size, plus they work well for more complex showers, such as those with an existing shower tray in place and enclosures that are not a standard square design. 

Glass shower doors are well supported by the frame, so a lightweight glass can be used, which lowers the cost of materials. Installation is less complicated, which makes labor cheaper, too. 

Cons of Framed Shower Doors

While cost and customization are important factors, there are downsides to having a framed shower. They are much more difficult to clean, especially in the grooves around the seals and if there are any gaps where the glass meets the metal. 

Considering them from a durability perspective, the metal itself can rust or deteriorate if not cared for. As we mentioned in the “pros,” glass in a framed shower is often lightweight, which can be good for reducing costs, but it is prone to cracking or shattering. 

While it’s a matter of opinion, framed shower enclosures are considered a more traditional or dated look, so if you are remodeling with a minimal or modern design, a framed shower door may not match your aesthetic. 

Considering Frameless Shower Doors

Frameless shower doors are, as their name suggests, without a frame. They are made from heavy, tempered or textured glass and only have pivots for support. Their weight and the design of the shower itself prevents water from leaking, typically. 

Pros of Frameless Showers

Frameless glass shower doors are highly durable and strong because there’s external support. Hitting the glass with a mop or broom handle accidentally isn’t likely to cause any damage, and there’s no framework that can get rusty or dingy. This also makes them incredibly easy to clean and maintain since there are no seals that can gather grime or mildew and no edges for anything to collect. 

When you consider the look of your bathroom, a frameless enclosure is clean and crisp, working well with a modern design, making them popular in new homes.

Cons of Frameless Shower Doors

There are two main cons that frameless enclosures have that might give a homeowner pause: 1) the cost is significantly higher because the glass is thicker and of higher quality, and installation is more difficult; and 2) there is minimal margin of error in installation to avoid leaks. 

Contact Us for Glass Shower Door Installation in Raleigh

At Glass Solutions, we offer experienced glass installation, so you can feel confident that no matter which option you choose, you’ll have a secure, attractive shower that suits the decor you’re looking for. To schedule an appointment or get a free estimate, call us at 919-772-1007 or fill out our form below. 

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How to Clean a Glass Shower Enclosure

Glass shower enclosure Raleigh residential glass Glass shower enclosures are a popular option in Raleigh homes because they’re modern, attractive, and require minimal upkeep. However, soap scum and hard water can turn your glass shower door cloudy instead of clear while mildew can collect around the framing. To restore the look of your shower, we’re sharing some effective tips to remove buildup and mildew while also providing some ways to keep it clean moving forward!

Removing Hard Water Stains from a Glass Shower Enclosure

If you have hard water, or water that is high in minerals like calcium and magnesium, you may have a chalky or white residue built up on your shower glass. To remove the stains, try one of these options:

Naturally Remove Hard Water Stains

Hard water is alkaline, so you need an acid to cut through them. Try spraying your glass shower enclosure with lemon juice or vinegar, letting it sit for five minutes, then wiping down the glass with paper towels.  This works best on widespread hard water that’s not too thick, such as in a frameless shower enclosure.

You may find that gently wiping down the glass with salt water before spraying with vinegar or lemon juice is more effective, and while it requires a bit more elbow grease, it’s a safe, natural option. 

Removing Thick Hard Water Buildup

A damp melamine sponge (commonly known as a “Magic Eraser”) can safely scrub away hard water without scratching the glass. For thick hard water buildup, moisten the sponge, dip it in a bit of baking soda, then use it to gently scrub or buff away the hard water without etching the glass. This method works best on hard water deposits that you may see in a framed shower enclosure. 

For the most difficult hard water stains, you may need to head to the hardware or home improvement store for a commercial paste cleaner that’s specifically designed to cut through hard water. Just make sure you use a soft cloth and follow the instructions to avoid leaving unattractive streaks or a hazy residue. 

Removing Soap Scum from a Glass Shower Enclosure

Soap scum is another by-product of hard water – soap combines with the minerals in water and creates a filmy, unattractive “scum.” on your glass shower doors. Like hard water, it’s not difficult to remove with these options: 

Remove Thin Amounts of Soap Scum

Like hard water, you need something that will cut through the substance. Spraying distilled white vinegar in your shower and letting it sit for five to ten minutes before wiping it off can remove mild buildup.

Removing Heavy Soap Scum Build Up 

For heavier soap scum, mix a cup of baking soda with a quarter-cup of white distilled vinegar to create a thick paste. After it stops fizzing and bubbling, use a microfiber towel, melamine sponge, or kitchen sponge to apply it to the glass shower enclosure. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then wipe it down with a microfiber towel and rinse with water. Take special care to where it may be thicker around framed or semi-frameless shower enclosures.

Cleaning Mold and Mildew from a Framed Shower Enclosure

Unlike frameless shower enclosures that have minimal structural framing, framed enclosures can collect unsightly mildew and mold. To effectively remove it and any staining from your shower, spray it with hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for a few minutes before wiping it off.

If peroxide doesn’t work, spray the area with bleach and let it sit before wiping it off. However, if you’re using bleach, make sure you aren’t using any other products in the bathroom. Vinegar, ammonia, and peroxide can all react with bleach and create toxic, dangerous fumes. 

Keeping Your Glass Shower Enclosure Clean

Once you’ve got your shower looking brand new, you want to keep it that way! Avoid stains and build up with these methods: 

  • Running an exhaust fan will keep mold and mildew from growing in your shower.
  • Keep a squeegee in the bathroom and run it across your glass shower doors after every shower to prevent soap scum and water stains. You can also use a microfiber towel to dry the shower after each use. 
  • Apply a wax-based protective coating on your glass shower enclosure to prevent water and soap scum from actually connecting with the glass.
  • Clean your shower regularly with vinegar to avoid build up.

Contact Us for a New Glass Shower Enclosure in Your Raleigh Home!

If your shower is looking dated and dingy, and no amount of scrubbing is making it look clean, it may be time to refresh your bathroom! Our glass shower enclosures are pre-treated to ensure it’s resistant to mineral build up for easy maintenance and will look lovely for years! Reach out to us today at (919)772-1007 or fill out our contact form for a quote! 

 

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35 Years of Experience in Windshield Repair and Windshield Replacement

With more than three decades of experience, Glass Solutions continues to lead the way in professional windshield repair and windshield replacement in Raleigh, NC.

Raleigh’s Trusted Experts for Windshield Repair

Your windshield is one of the most important parts of your vehicle. It protects you from road debris, and it can also protect you in an accident. At Glass Solutions, we offer professional, fast windshield repair services for Raleigh residents and businesses.

We know that accidents can happen, and when you have a fleet of vehicles for a business or a personal vehicle that needs to be fixed quickly and professionally, we are here for you. From weather-related incidents to the neighbor next door hitting a baseball into your car – we’ve got you covered. Contact us today for a free quote on windshield repair.

Knowing When to Replace Your Windshield

There are times where you are putting yourself and others at risk by driving with a damaged windshield. How do you know when it’s time to get your windshield replaced instead of repaired? Look for the following:

  • You have a spiderweb crack across your windshield, especially in front of the driver’s side.
  • It is difficult to see through the crack in your windshield.
  • You are getting ready to go on a long road trip.

As an integral part of your overall safety while driving, your windshield actually has multiple roles. It is part of the structural integrity of your vehicle and can prevent your roof from crushing you in the event of a vehicle rollover. Your windshield also allows your airbags to properly deploy, and it can protect you and your passengers from being ejected during a serious vehicle collision.

Taking all of this into consideration, it is more important than ever to have your windshield looked at by a professional. Give us a call today, and we’ll be able to tell you whether or not you need to replace your windshield.

Contact Glass Solutions

For additional information about windshield repair or windshield replacement in Raleigh, NC, contact Glass Solutions today at 919.772.1007!

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