A brief tutorial from a Philadelphia glass company for business owners on what type of commercial door they have and options for getting it repaired.
It happens to every business at some point: a delivery man hits the glass with a hand truck; someone forcefully uses thier foot to open the door; a strong gust of window catches the door and forces it to slam in an open position; or worse, a break-in occurs and it's time to call a Philadelphia glass company to get your door glass repaired.
Atlas Glass Repair Company in Philadelphia has done this type of glass repair literally hundreds of times over the past fifteen years. It it second nature for us. The following are some tips to help you get the best and fastest service possible. After all, your front door is your window to the world and the customers first impression of you.
First of all, you'll want to determine which type of commercial door you have. Most businesses in Philadelphia have what is know as a standard aluminum commercial door. This is simply a full rectangular aluminum frame which surrounds a single-pane piece of safety glass which is known in the glass company business as a standard door-lite. The size of the frame is 36 x 84. A variation of this is a split door-lite. This is the same door but has a horizontal divison bar separating an upper and lower piece of glass. Sometimes the lower piece is a solid panel of material which often has a mail slot in it.
Then there is what is know as an ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) door which is usually about a foot wider than a typical door. This type of door allows for easy access for those in a wheelchair. It is typically found in buildings of newer construction and those which have had a recent storefront facelift or retro-fit.
There are also some commercial doors which have double-pane (thermal) glass. They are a high quality door that is usually only found in new or newer construction. These must be custom ordered and can take a week or more to get.
Next up is the type of safety glass you currently have and what type of safety glass you want. They are two types: laminated safety glass and tempered safety glass. Determining which type is currently in your door is very easy. Laminated safety glass is like the glass in the windshield of an automobile. When it breaks it either gets a "spider web" type break or has just a few cracks in it. Either way, it usually holds its shape and remains in place. Tempered safety glass breaks in literally thousands of little pieces and typically (but not always) falls out onto the sidewalk.
Which is better? Well, it depends on what you want. Laminated safety glass is can be cut that same day for odd size doors (about 40% of commercial doors are non-standard) and it has the benefit of staying securely in place when it suffers a break. However, tempered glass is much, much stronger and is less likely to break in the first place.
There is a third option - Lexan (polycarbonite), which is an unbreakable form of plexiglas. Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia does not usually recommend this option because the material, which truly is unbreakable, and looks just like glass when first installed, tends to scratch very easy. Glass cleaners which contain amonia (windex etc.) can not be used on it because the ammonia scorches the material over time. When first installed Lexan looks great, but after a year or so you can really notice the difference. After two or more years the stuff really starts to look bad. The only time a Philadelphia glass company should recommend this product is for entities such as bars and convienance stores that endure frequent breakage of thier door glass. Regular plexiglass should never be used as it not only scratches be breaks even easier than regular safety glass, especially in colder weather.
Atlas Glass Repair Company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19130
A family owned and operated Philadelphia glass company