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5 Benefits of Using Glass Partitions in the Workplace

For much of 2020, the spread of COVID-19 means that businesses have either had to close, shift to remote work, or attempt social distancing in a setting that makes it nearly impossible. As we attempt to move back to normal, businesses are seeking out ways to keep people safe but also still provide an environment that facilitates productivity and communication. Glass partitions in the workplace are making this possible, and our custom glass company in Raleigh wanted to share the five benefits you can take advantage of by installing them around the office or workplace.

Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 in the Workplace

The number one benefit right now to having glass partitions (often called “sneeze guards“) installed is that it minimizes the spread of COVID-19. In open-layout offices, reception areas, and other open workspaces where social distancing recommendations can’t be maintained, there’s nothing to stop respiratory droplets known to contain the novel coronavirus. A sneeze, cough, or even a yawn can lead to several people testing positive, which can cause an entire office to have to shut down for a period of 14 days. By providing barriers around work spaces in open-layout offices or installing them in customer-facing areas like reception desks, the germs hit a physical barrier and stop the spread of illness, keeping your team healthy and your business open. 

Glass Partitions Minimize Seasonal Illnesses (and Sick Days) 

While COVID-19 is at the forefront of public health, consider other seasonal illnesses, like colds, stomach bugs, and the flu, and how they can sweep through an office. One round of flu can lead to a majority of your team being out sick for several days, grinding productivity to a near-halt and putting added stress on the people still able to work. Just like how glass partitions in the workplace can reduce the spread of coronavirus, they can also stop the spread of common seasonal illnesses, keeping your team healthy and reducing the amount of sick days people have to take. 

Physical Barriers Reduce Noise Pollution

Open office layouts, call centers, and similar work spaces are a constant jumble of voices talking, fingers typing, chairs squeaking, and countless other sounds and noises. This can be distracting to both your team and also to clients who are visiting the office or who are on the phone and can hear the background noise.

Adding physical barriers around individual work areas can minimize the din around the office as sound doesn’t transfer through glass well. Even just a few strategically placed partitions can make a significant dent in the decibel level around the office, improving concentration, reducing distraction, and making the workplace more conducive to productivity and better customer service. 

Extend Existing Cubicles with Minimal Cost

If your current office set up has cubicles and partitions, but they aren’t high enough to minimize or reduce the spread of illness, you can have glass partitions installed on top of them. This is a much more efficient, economical option compared to having to switch out the existing set up, and because they are glass, it doesn’t reduce visibility around the office. 

Glass Partitions Are Easy to Maintain

Compared to fabric covered cubicle walls, clear acrylic, and other options for physical barriers, a glass partition is one of the easiest to maintain. Tempered glass is heavy-duty, so scratches, cracks, and breakage is unlikely, and is much more durable than thin sheets of plexiglass, and it’s much easier to clean, especially when disinfecting and sanitization is a concern. 

Glass also has the added benefit of being attractive. Unlike acrylic or plexi that can have a hazy look to it or have a “fun-house mirror” effect, high-quality custom glass is beautifully transparent, or can be customized to have a pattern, frost, or other aesthetic preference added to it. 


Contact Us for Your Custom Glass Partitions in Raleigh

If you want to provide a safer, healthier environment for your employees, we can help. At Glass Solutions, we can work with you to design and install custom glass partitions and physical barriers to reduce risk of spreading illness while maintaining a proper work environment. 

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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?

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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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