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Shelving plays a subtle but important role in a room’s storage capabilities and visual appeal. Glass shelves offer a sleek, modern look and are often more versatile and durable than traditional models made from wood or metal. Here’s how the right glass shelves can liven up any room in a home.
Glass shelves can be used beautifully in virtually any piece of furniture or cabinetry, or completely on their own on the wall. And with so many varieties and styles available—including frosted and tinted glass—glass shelves easily match established looks or create interesting new looks on their own. Additionally, glass shelves are elegant enough to display expensive decorative pieces, but they’re also sturdy enough to store everyday items like books, picture frames, and electronics.
Shelves made from wood may warp, sag, or degrade over time, and there’s always the risk of rust with metal shelves. Glass remains pristine and generally won’t need replacement for a very long time, even when it’s used in damp environments like kitchens and bathrooms. Glass shelving is also easier to clean—just a few drops of glass cleaner and a cloth are enough to keep glass sparkling and free of dust and debris.
Because glass shelves are see-through, they won’t overshadow or distract from valuable, decorative pieces or other furniture elements. They also let guests see more of each item, and from interesting angles. Additionally, even frosted and tinted glass styles allow both natural and artificial light to flow through, creating unique visual effects and keeping displays bright and open.
If you need to replace glass shelves, the experienced technicians at Santa Fe Glass can provide expert service. For more than 60 years, Santa Fe Glass has been a family-owned staple for residential and commercial glass services in the Kansas City metro area. To schedule glass replacement services, contact us today.
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For as long as human beings have used fire, they have gathered around it for warmth, comfort, and the transfixing draw of a lit flame. From caves to castles all the way to modern homes, the fireplace has never gone out of style. Robax Glass offers the perfect combination of transparency and resistance to heat, making it the ideal choice of glass for any home’s fireplace.
Robax Glass is unlike other glass. While most glass is made from silica, Robax Glass is actually transparent ceramic. Regular tempered glass is usually not suitable for use in any temperature exceeding 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Robax Glass, by contrast, can withstand temperatures of nearly 1400 degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to be used as original manufacturer glass in furnaces and fireplaces. That’s because ceramic has a substantially lower rate of thermal expansion, meaning it will not expand and crack when exposed to heat for prolonged periods.
Robax Glass is strong enough to be used in a variety of high-temperature applications. After Robax Glass is fired and allowed to cool, it is briefly reheated to partially crystallize the glass. This gives it the transparency of glass but the strength of ceramic.
If you need replacement glass for a high-heat area, Robax Glass is an unsurpassed option. Santa Fe Glass can help you select and install the perfect glass for your needs. Whether you are looking for glass for a commercial or residential project, our family-owned business has the experience and expertise to help you make the right choice. Call our Independence, MO location at 816-254-5515, or contact us online today.
From countertop materials to wood stains, appliances to metallic accents, there are plenty of elements to consider when designing a kitchen with personality. One important but sometimes overlooked idea is using patterned glass to brighten up cabinets. The right patterned glass can project a homeowner’s unique style onto the kitchen, allowing light to shine in and dishes and collectibles to sparkle.
Unlike window glass, which usually needs to be transparent and properly insulated for maximum visibility and energy efficiency, patterned glass for cabinets is much more versatile. It comes in a variety of color stains, textures, patterns, and transparency levels, allowing for endless customization.
Cabinets containing ornamental items such as decorative dinnerware or collectibles are perfect for more transparent glass and possibly even interior lighting. For cabinets used for general storage, frosted or more heavily patterned glass types work best, opening up the space without completely revealing its contents.
Using patterned glass in peninsula-style cabinets or in buffets, islands, bars, or hutches is a great idea, but it can come with some headaches. Areas like these attract a lot of traffic, making glass more susceptible to damage, especially if there are children or large pets in the house. It’s also important to note that glass used in cabinets near cooking equipment (especially ranges) may get soiled more easily and require cleaning often.
IGU stands for insulated glass unit, which consists of two or more panes of glass separated by a sealed, dry air space. They are incredibly useful for conserving energy, managing sunlight, decreasing outdoor sound, and improving security. IGUs can be customized in a number of ways, including tinting, laminating, etching patterns, installing reflective qualities, and implementing low emissivity.
In addition to two or more panes of glass, IGUs consist of air space, watertight sealants, spacers, and desiccants. Sealants not only keep out moisture but also create a barrier against gas and chemical fog. They enhance the structural integrity of the unit, as well. Spacers physically create a space between the two panes of glass, and desiccants absorb any moisture that may get through the seal.
Insulated glass units help to decrease the amount of solar radiation that enters homes or businesses because IGUs traditionally have a low Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). This reduces the energy cost needed to keep rooms cooler, especially during the summer months. IGUs also promote energy efficiency during the winter by decreasing the amount of heat that exits the building through the windows.
IGUs can be customized to fit any preference. For example, hydrophilic-coated glass is designed to be easy-to-clean, while spandrel glass makes windows more opaque to increase privacy. Some varieties are even fire rated for added protection. Each IGU component is also available in a variety of styles and materials. For example, spacers are available in aluminum, butyl, stainless steel, foam, and roll formed types.
Insulated glass units are a worthwhile investment for increasing energy savings, safety, and comfort. To learn more about installing IGUs in a home or business, call 816-254-5515 or fill out our contact form today!
Of the many rapidly developing interior and exterior design trends, patterned glass has become an excellent option for adding playfulness, flair, or sophistication to a home. Here are some creative ways to remodel a home using patterned glass.
Navigating garden design can often be overwhelming in large spaces. Patterned glass can be used to divide up patio spaces, and it adds an architectural and industrial elegance to any outdoor living space. Patterned glass also works great for outdoor tabletops to complement patio furniture.
Independence and the surrounding area boasts some truly unique native wildflowers, from the Missouri Coneflower to the Prairie Beardtongue, so why not put them on display? Many glass blocks are hollow and have a removable insert, which leads to a host of possibilities. Try removing the insert, filling the block with water, and displaying a colorful floral arrangement to bring a room together.
Decorative glass is often used as a simple accent in kitchen spaces to create an upscale backsplash. Depending on the chosen texture and styling, kitchens can be easily modernized or even given a retro look with the right glass backsplash. Furthermore, patterned glass is often a functional addition to kitchens, as it can be easily cleaned without taking on damage like other wall surfaces might in a “splatter zone.”
There’s nothing like a grand entrance overflowing with natural light, and patterned glass can easily make that possible. The decorative glass can be embedded around the sides of a door or screen to create dimensional windows that add privacy while still allowing a home to brighten with the sunrise.
Patterned glass is an affordable and stylish way to add a personal touch to your home. For estimates and help getting started, contact Santa Fe Glass today by calling 816-254-5515. We can help you find the right type of patterned glass to give your home a unique update.