Our team is ready to help your business through the COVID-19 outbreak

There’s no other way to put it: our entire community has been turned upside down by the COVID-19 outbreak. As Pittsburgh’s people and businesses adjust to a new reality of social distancing, our team is also taking precautions to protect the homes and businesses we do work for. In this article, we’ll review some of the specialized services we’re offering businesses at this time, as well as what you should know about COVID-19 and how you can help support local businesses more generally.

We’re ready to help your business adapt to a changing world

First, we want to note that our team is taking all recommended precautions needed to protect your home or business during this outbreak. Second, you should know that we’re offering two services essential to local businesses at this moment in time:

  • Glass Sneeze Guard Installation: Our team can install glass sneeze guards in your place of business to protect your employees and customers from COVID-19 transmission. A long-time staple in food service, many other companies—such as grocery stores, banks, and retailers—are now installing sneeze guards at their checkout counters.
  • Board Up Services: If your business has had to temporarily close during this outbreak, have our team out to board up your storefront and protect it from both the elements and from potential threats. Give us a call to learn more about our board up services here in the Pittsburgh area.

What you need to know about COVID-19

Perhaps more commonly known as “coronavirus,” COVID-19 is a novel virus that has spread around the world in just a matter of months. There are a few factors that make COVID-19 so virulent. First, because it just recently jumped from animals to infecting humans, we have no pre-existing immunity against it in the way we do against other diseases. There is not yet a vaccine to protect people against the virus. Second, accidental transmission is incredibly likely. An infected individual can be contagious and spread the virus to others for several days before they have symptoms. In fact, some people who catch COVID-19 never show symptoms at all.

In total, experts now believe that about 80% of people infected with COVID-19 have mild-to-moderate flu-like symptoms. However, some people—including the elderly, those with pre-existing conditions, and people with compromised immune systems—are more at risk of developing severe symptoms that require hospitalization. It should be noted that otherwise healthy, young people can also become seriously ill. Current social distancing and “stay at home” directives are currently aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 so that our local hospitals and medical professionals are not flooded with severe COVID-19 cases. This helps to save lives and, eventually, slow the spread of the disease to a crawl.

You can do your part to prevent and slow the spread of COVID-19. Here’s where to start:

  • Avoid Public Places: Stay at home when possible, and only go out to go to work or to get essential supplies. When you do go out, keep six feet from the nearest person, do not touch your face, and wear a protective mask over your mouth and nose.
  • Take Precautions: When you get back home, thoroughly wash your hands in warm, soapy water. Sanitize anything you might have touched—especially your phone. If you are feeling ill, stay home and do not go out.
  • Stay Informed: Check the website for the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention for the latest up-to-date information and recommendations for how to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. Local and state health officials may also have recommendations.

Here’s how you can support local businesses

The COVID-19 pandemic is a global problem with a pronounced local impact. Throughout the Pittsburgh area, small and local businesses are being negatively affected by the virus and its fallout. If you are able, we encourage everyone to support local businesses in any way that you can. Here are just a few ideas:

  • Buy local, shop local: Many storefronts have seen a drastic drop in foot traffic and sales. Whether you’re shopping for essentials or looking to get someone a gift, please consider shopping local and supporting these businesses and their employees.
  • Order out: While some restaurants have temporarily closed, many others still remain open and are preparing to-go and delivery orders. If you’re able, take a break from cooking and order out from a local restaurant. Not comfortable ordering food at this time? Call them and ask if you can purchase a gift certificate. This allows you to support them now and you can use the gift card once the outbreak is over.
  • Be patient and kind: From restaurants and grocery stores to essential services, many businesses are feeling the stress of doing business a whole new way. Their employees are in the same position. A simple “thank you” can go a long way. Remember: we’re all in this together. Together, we’re #PittsburghStrong.

At Residential Glass, we want to give special mention and thanks to our local first responders, medical professionals, and everyone else putting themselves in harm’s way to help our community through this outbreak. You’re amazing, and we greatly appreciate everything you’re doing.

Finally, a big thank you goes out to our customers. We appreciate your continued business and support. Our team will continue to meet your glass repair and replacement needs throughout this crisis and beyond.

What are the benefits of replacing single-pane windows with dual-pane windows?

If you have air leaks throughout your home and an uncomfortable energy bill every month, your windows may be to blame. In the past, single-pane windows were the standard. Learn how replacing single-pane windows with dual-pane windows can make your home more energy-efficient and convenient.

At Residential Glass, our team specializes in residential glass installation. To request a free quote from our team, contact us today.

If you want to improve your homes comfort and energy-efficiency, replacing single-pane windows with dual-pane windows is a great decision. Get a free estimate from our team at Residential Glass.

If you want to improve your homes comfort and energy-efficiency, replacing single-pane windows with dual-pane windows is a great decision. Get a free estimate from our team at Residential Glass.

Reduce the noise pollution in your home

Barking dogs, honking cars and loud leaf blowers can be irritating sounds, particularly if they are an everyday occurrence in your neighborhood. Single-pane windows allow much of this noise to filter into your home and affect your sleep, relaxation and concentration.

Modern, dual-pane windows increase the insulation and noise barrier of your home. Replacing your current windows with dual-pane upgrades reduces the noise in your home and allows you to sleep easily and relax on a sleepy Saturday morning.

A single-pane window prevents you from enjoying the privacy in your home that you need. At the end of a long day or in the middle of a sleepless night, restore the sense of peace and quiet that you deserve.

Lower your monthly energy bills

Part of the innovation of a dual-pane window is the increased energy efficiency. Glass isn’t a particularly effective barrier, so your climate-controlled air can easily escape. Dual-pane windows dramatically increase the energy-efficiency of your home through the use of argon.

Argon is a clear, slow-moving gas. Two panes of glass trap a layer of argon in between them to prevent heat from transferring quickly between the outdoors and your home.

This improves the efficiency of your home in summer and winter. At Residential Glass, we’ve seen up to 30% energy savings by replacing single-pane windows.

A related factor with old windows is cracked glazing. Glazing around your window can crack and become compromised over time. If you have single-pane windows, they may be old enough to have glazing issues.

Old glazing not only decreases the energy efficiency of your windows but also allows moisture to enter and rot the wood frame. It’s time to restore your home’s exterior with quality, double-pane windows.

Take down your inconvenient storm windows

A storm window is a precursor to double-pane windows. Similar to a double-pane, a storm window uses a second pane of glass to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Unfortunately, a storm window only traps air in between the two panes. Unlike argon, air transfers heat quickly. While it’s an improvement to a single-pane window, it won’t offer the same savings as a double-pane upgrade.

For a better setup, replacing single-pane windows with dual-pane windows just makes sense. Storm windows require you to open up both the exterior and interior window to enjoy fresh air, making them more inconvenient than a standard, modern window.

Enjoy beautiful, affordable windows with Residential Glass

Modern windows come in virtually any size, shape and design. Opening, closing and screening windows has never been easier. Choose a beautiful double-pane replacement that enhances your home’s curb appeal while improving its energy efficiency.

If you’re ready for the energy-efficiency of dual-pane windows in your home in the Pittsburgh area, contact our team at Residential Glass. Find out how you can easily swap out outdated windows and start saving money on your energy bill.

Here are the latest commercial glass trends for the 21st-century workplace

Gone are the days of windowless cubicles, gray carpet, and beige walls. Modern interior designers frequently suggest sliding glass doors, frosted partitions, exterior plate glass, and interior glass panels to create a more welcoming environment for daily employees and their visiting clients. A growing number of Americans now work from home due to the convenience of the internet. Still, others make the commute to work but are looking for a way to get business done in an appealing atmosphere. Here are some of the latest in commercial glass trends to consider for your office property.

The latest commercial glass trends for the workplace

More Light

Modern offices use glass strategically for skylights, atriums, terrariums, and art installations. Workers are more productive and happier to come to work when they get regular sunlight and have clear sightlines as they move around the office. For example, instead of installing drywall along the long back side of a meeting room, a glass partition provides significantly more light, both in the meeting room and deeper into the office core. Managers desire this because they see greater returns on investment.

Glass-enclosed offices are just one of the latest commercial glass trends to keep an eye on.

Glass-enclosed offices are just one of the latest commercial glass trends to keep an eye on.

More Collaboration

Workgroups are also moving toward high-functioning professional teams instead of expecting purely solo work. This calls for round tables, face-to-face seat arrangement, open-concept floor plans, and wifi-enabled vestibules. Well-chosen glass placement can facilitate important conversations, meetings, and interviews without artificial, prefab walls and barriers.

Privacy Features

Office building glass doesn’t have to be crystal clear or transparent. While modern offices trend toward open collaboration, privacy is still a significant need, especially at the C-Suite level. Frosted glass and mosaic installments make it possible to have confidential conversations and productive solitude while still refracting needed sunlight and creating harmonious morale in the workplace.

Acoustic Comfort

Cubicles from the ’80s and ’90s were certainly ugly, but their carpet and vinyl did provide echo-dampening and noise control. Office building interior glass installations also meet this need by neatly sealing joints with soundproofing brackets and braces. When coupled with a glass thickness of at least half an inch, conversations happen in comfort and confidentiality. Those with their own offices can have discussions on speaker, video, or conference calls without disturbing other professionals, but the light still gets in.

Durability

Glass can break, of course, but tempered, high-quality glass is significantly more durable than drywall which is prone to crumbling, wall torque, exterior humidity, and interior water damage. Glass is a much more sustainable solution, requiring only basic spot-cleaning and dusting. Repairs are much cleaner and faster, with no asbestos, sawdust or loud machinery creating havoc.

What we offer

Residential Glass serves the wider Pittsburgh area and provides superior professional advice, repair, and glass expertise for your workplace. Learn more about our services, including:

  • Cost-Saving Expertise to Help You Repair Before Replace
  • Experience With All Glass Sizes, Shapes, and Types
  • 5-Year Glass Warranty and Lifetime Labor Warranty
  • Same-Day Installation Service (when possible)
  • Free Quotes for Window Replacement
  • Business Consultation on Security Upgrades and Curb Appeal
  • Troubleshooting Climate Control and Weather Resistance

Contact us today to receive a free quote from our professional glass technicians.