Towns

Webster, MA is less than a half-hour’s drive to Pioneer Glass. The town is home to Lake Chaubunagungamaug, also known as “Webster Lake”. Lake Chargoggagoggmanchauggagoggchaubunagungamaugg, a 45-letter alternative name for this body of water, is often cited as the longest place name in the United States and one of the longest in the world.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Webster of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Towns

Taunton, MA is within Pioneer’s service range as direct shot up Rt. 495 to Pioneer Glass. Due to its status as one of the earliest towns in America and its role in pivotal American wars, there are many notable people from Taunton. Isaac Babbitt made the first brass cannon in the US, while William Standish Knowles is a 2001 Nobel Prize laureate winner. Robert Treat Paine was a Supreme Court Judge of Massachusetts and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Taunton of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Towns

Natick, MA is about a half-hour’s drive to Pioneer Glass. Doug Flutie, the Boston College football star who won the 50th Heisman Trophy winner, is a member of Natick. Flutie played for many NFL teams, including the New England Patriots. The most famous person to come out of Natick, however, might be Harriet Beecher Stowe, an American abolitionist author who wrote Uncle Tom’s Cabin. She was living in Natick while penning Old Town Folks.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Natick of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Towns

Raynham, MA is a direct shot up Rt. 495 to Pioneer Glass. The town was was founded by Elizabeth Pole, the first woman to found a town in America. Raynham was also home to Frederick C. Anderson, who received the Medal of Honor in an 1964 Civil War battle. During America’s involvement in Afghanistan, Jared C. Monti also earned the Medal of Honor for his actions in 2006.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Natick of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Towns

Norwood, MA is within Pioneer Glass’ service area and can be accessed by Rt. 109, 495, and/or 95. Impressively, Norwood boasts ties to nine former MLB baseball players: Charlie Bowles, Marty Callaghan, Joe Dugan, Richie Hebner, Skip Lockwood, Ray Martin, Allen Ripley, Mike Smith, and Bill Travers.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Norwood of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Towns

Needham, MA is within Pioneer Glass’ service location and can be accessed easily through the Mass Pike, rt. 495, and/or Rt. 16. Needham was crucial to Boston filling in the Back Bay, with the fill coming from Needham. Needham’s soil is represented all over Boston, including Kenmore Square and the Fenway. John Slattery, a Hollywood actor famous for portraying Roger Sterling in Mad Men, went to high school in Needham.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Needham of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Towns

Hopkinton, MA is about a 20 minute drive to Pioneer Glass. Hopkinton is the starting line of the Boston Marathon. It’s also the birthplace of Dennis Eckersley, a baseball Hall of Famer, as well as the founding owner of the Boston celtics: Walter A. Brown.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations inHopkinton, MA of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Towns

Framingham, MA is about 18 miles away from Pioneer Glass. Framingham played a crucial role in the American Revolution. British spies passed through Framingham, while the town sent two militia companies to participate in the war. Most notably, however, Framingham resident Crispus Attucks was the first person to be killed in the fight for American independence during the Boston Massacre.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Natick of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Towns

Marlborough, MA is about a half-hour’s drive to Pioneer Glass. In the 18th century, Marlboro’s territory also included Northborough, Southborough, Westborough, and Hudson. The town quickly became a popular rest stop on the Boston Post Road, and President George Washington visited the Williams Tavern shortly after being inaugurated in 1789.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Marlboro, MA of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Towns

Bourne, MA is on Cape Cod and within Pioneer Glass’ service area. The Aptucxet Trading Post resides in Bourne as the nation’s oldest store. Bourne is also the “first” town on the Cape, given all three bridges providing access to Cape Cod deliver drivers to Bourne.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Bourne of shower enclosures and doors, mirrors (full wall and more), antiqued mirror glass, double pane insulated glass replacements, table top glass, true historic wavy glass, pattern cabinet glass, door glass, storefront glass, windows, and screens.

           Glass

Acrylic glass, sometimes known as the brand Plexiglas® and Polycarbonate, sometimes known as the brand as Lexan®, are sometimes considered as a replacement for tempered glass, especially in exterior applications. They are more of a plastic than glass and tabletops made of them have very distinct advantages as well as disadvantages. Acrylic glass is lighter and is easier to carry. For that reason, and their ability to be readily packed, they are cheaper to pack and ship. They also may hold up a little better in extreme conditions like a picnic area under white pines that shed their branches. They are not indestructible but may survive better than "normal" glass.

There are significant disadvantages as well. Acrylic glass can scratch very easily and even paper towels are not recommended to be used on them. Ammonia-based cleaners will attack them. One of the benefits of acrylic is its flexibility. However, in an open top application, they may not hold weight very well and can bow. Also, while great strides have been made in preventing acrylics from yellowing, they still tend to weather over time. Lastly and arguably, the most important disadvantage is that acrylic does not carry the beauty of glass.

Edge profile types: bevel, Ogee, Miter, Double Bevel, Dual Bevel, Bevel Ogee, Flat, Pencil.

           Glass

Seamed vs. Polished

A seamed edge is basically just a safety edge where the burrs are removed. Technically, a seamed edge can have some chipping and still be considered “sellable” quality.

While a seamed edge allows for more safe handling, you should still wear gloves when handling the glass. Generally, seamed edges are only used for glass that is inserted or covered by molding or a frame.

It is not considered a “beautiful” edge and it is very rare for us to have an order for a top with a seamed edge. They are slightly less expensive but the price difference is minimal.

Some examples of edge types are over to the right. We also provide less common edges such as bevel, double bevel, dual bevel, and various degrees of miter edges.

Pencil polished edge

The most popular tabletop edge is “flat polished”. It is traditional, showing the beauty of the glass. It's a straight cut edge that is polished with a slight 45˚ angle on the top and bottom.

Want something a little different? A pencil polished edge (featured above) is a rounded edge – think of a pencil cut through the middle. The half piece mimics the edge.

An edge gaining in popularity is OGEE. I have no idea what the word means unless it's short for “Oh Gee, that glass looks great!" This is a curved, step-down edge somewhat similar to a slanted “s”.

Edge profile types

Edge profile types: bevel, Ogee, Miter, Double Bevel, Dual Bevel, Bevel Ogee, Flat, Pencil.
Radius Glass guide

           Glass

Blunt Corners

Many times, square and rectangle furniture tops have sharp corners. One takes “the points” off so it's not a hard 90˚angle which can cause injury or chipping. This is called a blunt edge. “Tips off” or “points off” are other terms. You can hear “touched” edges – touching the edge to a grinding wheel.

Glass top coffee table blunt corners

Dime, Nickel, Quarter Corners

A little larger amount of radius on the corners is called a “dime corner.” The glass is prepared so that the corners match the curvature of a dime. For bigger radiuses you can have a “nickel corner” or a “quarter corner.”

Radius corners

Once you can no longer use coins it becomes an inch measurement. For a one inch radius edge, a glazier will measure down 1” and across 1” and from those points make a curve (radius) on the corner.

Quarter radius corner

Quarter radius corner

Radius corner guide

Radius Glass guide
Clear Glass vs. Low Iron Glass difference comparison photo

           Glass

Clear Glass vs. Low Iron Glass

Many customers are puzzled by this question. Clear glass is indeed mostly clear, but it has a minor green tint when looking at it head on. This green tint is caused by iron in the material used to make the glass. Looking out a window, this tint is hardly noticeable. In a tabletop, looking from the side, the tint is magnified. While one could argue that this may be attractive, if you do not like the green tint you should consider “low iron” glass which is ultra-clear. This difference is quite significant when viewing low iron side by side with traditional clear glass.

Below: Standard glass to the left, low iron to the right. Both have finished polished edges.

Clear Glass vs. Low Iron Glass difference comparison photo

Clear Glass

Clear glass is by far the most popular choice for interior tabletops.

Glass tabletop

To see examples of pattern, frosted, and tinted glass, click here.

Tinted Glass

There is no reason you cannot step out of the box and use a tinted or acid washed (frosted) glass as a glass top to create your own look.

Now available in many different tints, this glass adds uniqueness to cabinets and cupboards.Read more

Pattern Glass

Pattern glass is very rarely used on dining room tabletops but for certain applications like acid washed bronze on a desk top the glass can actually enhance the look of the desk. Exterior open top tables frequently use pattern glass. The Aquatex pattern is far and away the most popular.

           Glass

Annealed vs. Tempered Glass

An example of a tempered logo.

An example of a tempered logo.

Annealed glass is something everyone knows but has never heard of. It is basic everyday glass and you may think of it as standard glass. Tempered glass is toughened glass and is a safety glass. It is much stronger, has more thermal tolerance, and scratches less readily. I would not put a 350-degree roasting pan on it, but it is more forgiving.

Annealed glass is certainly capable of working on interior solid top applications. The cost difference may not be significant in thinner sizes of the glass and for that reason we may recommend that you upgrade to tempered glass.  Tempered glass can hold a significantly higher weight load and is generally a must for open top tables. Exterior glass tabletops must be tempered or have a different type of safety glass by code. In addition to being stronger, when tempered glass breaks, it ends up in less dangerous pebble-size pieces. Broken annealed glass ends up as large shards. An example of tempered glass you may be aware of are the door windows in your automobile.

Lastly, when ordering tempered glass, keep in mind that tempered glass comes etched with a tempering logo. When required by building codes, this logo must be visible, but most cases tabletop glass is not required to have the logo. Most customers do not like the etching and you can request to omit it by stating “no logo."

           Glass

A Guide to Purchasing Table Glass, Desktop Glass, Glass Shelves & Bureau Top Glass

This article will help you understand options and language for ordering table top glass or more correctly, tabletop glass.

Tabletop glass
Other Terms Used
People also use the terms glass tops or glass table covers. All this information applies to other uses of glass tops such as desks and bureaus. It also provides the same principles if you are looking for glass shelves.
Types of Glass
Some tabletop glass add style and beauty to your decor while offering valuable protection to the table itself. Other tabletop glass is actually the top of the table. This is especially true for outside tables. We will look at and discuss various options.

Solid Top vs. Open Top Tables

Examples of solid top tables include most dining room and kitchen tables. Coffee tables, desks, and bureaus generally are solid tops. This is very simple as they have a solid sheet of material, usually wood, underneath the glass which helps support the glass. The glass can be thinner as it is not structurally supporting the whole weight of the load.

An open top table does not have solid support underneath it – the glass is supported by slats, tracking, or shelf-type supports. This is a crucial difference when purchasing tabletop glass. This glass must do a big share of the heavy lifting. Most open top tables require tempered glass to provide the structural strength to support the weight loads that may be placed on the them.

Thick vs. Not So Thick

There are two reasons to discuss thickness. The first one, which we have touched upon, is the weight that it can hold. That is a simple mathematical formula. The second is how it looks. That is always a trickier question and perhaps a matter of opinion. Highly regarded designers tend to feel that thicker glass is richer and better. Are they right? I will leave it up to you to decide. The most common thicknesses are ¼”, ⅜”, and ½”.

Glass thickness comparison

1/4" glass (left) | 1/2" glass (right)

Annealed vs. Tempered Glass

Annealed glass is something everyone knows but has never heard of. It is basic everyday glass and you may think of it as standard glass. Tempered glass is toughened glass and is a safety glass. It is much stronger, has more thermal tolerance, and scratches less readily. I would not put a 350-degree roasting pan on it, but it is more forgiving. Check out more details on the differences.

Clear Glass vs. Low Iron Glass

Many customers are puzzled by this question. Clear glass is indeed mostly clear, but it has a minor green tint when looking at it head on. "Low iron” glass is ultra-clear. This difference is quite significant. Learn more, including differences between clear glass and tinted, or pattern glass.

Types of corners

There are different types of corners that you can get with tabletop glass. Blunt, dime, nickel, quarter, and radius corners are all options. To be blunt, you should not nickel and dime the importance of corners, so click here to learn more once you finish groaning over that pun.

Seamed vs. Polished

A seamed edge is basically just a safety edge where the burrs are removed. Technically, a seamed edge can have some chipping and still be considered “sellable” quality.

Glass vs. Acrylic (Polycarbonate)

Acrylic glass, sometimes known as the brand Plexiglas® and Polycarbonate, sometimes known as the brand as Lexan®, are sometimes considered as a replacement for tempered glass, especially in exterior applications.

Ovals vs. Ellipses vs. Odd Shape Templates

Pattern glass top – cut from a template

Pattern glass top – cut from a template

Tables, bureaus, desks, and cabinets come in many shapes. Squares, rectangles, and circles are easily defined. Ovals are a little different as there are different types. Most ovals we run into are elliptical or what we call race track. I did some research and found a very handy guide for picking the oval you have. Keep in mind this was allegedly made for school children. You will be tested!

So what to do if your table does not fit a specific shape? At that point a simple template can be used for the shape. A simple trace of the edge with a pencil and some cardboard can be enough for us to manufacture the perfect tabletop glass for you.

Custom antique mirror glass for hall

           Mirrors

Big kitchen custom antique mirror

This photo, plus the ones above it, are examples of how you can customize antique mirror glass to meet your specifications!

Pioneer Glass offers custom antique mirror glass that can be made of any size, shape, and virtually any thickness to meet your needs!

MIRRORS
Check out Pioneer’s mirror offerings – custom mirrors, beveled mirrors, framed and frameless mirrors, mirrors of different types, and more!

The features we can provide are:

  • Cut to size
  • Custom cuts for outlets
  • Rapid delivery of 1/4" thick glass
  • Any thickness of glass up to 3/4" for countertops
  • 1/8" thickness of glass for lightweight cabinet doors
  • Etching and sandblasting
  • Custom polished edges
  • Other types of decorative glass
MORE READING
What are antique mirrors and how are they made? What types of antique mirrors are there? Get your answers here.

Samples of Mirrors

Pioneer Glass can facilitate mirrors in the following styles (thumbnail pictures about 10x10" and 48x48"). Click on them to see a larger size. Want a sample? Just ask!

All mirrors can also have gold veining applied to them. Please see two examples at the bottom.

Gold veining examples are below (Pina on left, Savina on right). All mirrors can also have gold veining applied to them.

Antique Mirror

           Mirrors

Antique MirrorPioneer Glass offers standard and custom antiqued mirror glass. To learn more about Pioneer’s antique custom mirror glass offerings, click here. This blog is an introduction to the concept of antique mirrors.

Antique mirrors are those dating from a previous era that are considered collectable or valuable. There is no specific time period that defines what is antique, but generally the cutoff is 100 years old. These mirrors can also be referred to as vintage mirrors or collectable mirrors… but those terms are not quite the same as antique mirrors. Vintage mirrors are newer than antiques and date to the 20th century, while collectables are valued by collectors – and these type of mirrors don’t necessarily have to be old.

HISTORY LESSON!
Glass mirrors first began to be used in England in the mid-1600s. They were quite small, as glass was expensive. Over time, mirrors expanded in scope and range to reach the point we are at today.

What makes a mirror antique besides the age? They tend to have beautifully ornate frames and a distinctive character to them. They also tend to have silver backing while modern mirrors are aluminum backed.

MIRRORS
Check out Pioneer’s mirror offerings – custom mirrors, beveled mirrors, framed and frameless mirrors, mirrors of different types, and more!

Over the last few centuries, mirrors have become one of the most important parts of a home. They are essential furnishings and often create focal points. And people get plenty of use out of mirrors – a British study in 2015 showed men checking their appearance in a mirror an average of 23 times a day and women 16 times. Perhaps some of us will be surprised that men look in mirrors more often than women, but we at Pioneer Glass realize that men often have to look themselves in the mirror and say “what have I done” when they get in trouble with their spouse!

What else makes an antique mirror?

  • Modern sheet glass is free of bubbling and is smooth. Manufacturing techniques in present day are able to pull this off in a way previous techniques could not.
  • The reflective coating used on the back of the glass is what turns a piece of glass into a mirror. The materials used here have changed over the years. In the 16th century, mercury was spread over a layer of tin with glass placed atop it. As time went on, old mercury mirrors aged to create a sparkly effect.
  • The mirror coating on the back of an antique mirror tends to oxidize or tarnish over time, whether made with tin and mercury or a thin sheet of silver. Dark or blotchy spots become visible through the glass, defining it as an antique.
  • The frame can also indicate the status of an antique mirror. Are there signs of wear? Is a carved frame chipped? Is the back of the imrror attached with something other than modern Phillips-head screws? What does the maker’s tag or mark on the back, if any, say?

There are many different types of antique mirrors. Thanks to LoveAntiques.com, here is a breakdown:

Gothic Mirrors

Gothic Mirrors relate to the 12th – 16th Century and are sometimes known as Medieval Gothic, revival in 19th century is also known as Victorian Gothic.  Common stylistic characteristics include pointed arches at the top, typically dark wood frames and ornate carving.

Baroque

Baroque Mirrors are from the 17th century and common characteristics include an oval shaped style, frames typically made from Oak or Walnut, frames often gilded with gold and silver and less ornate carvings than the Gothic style.

Antique MirrorRococo

The Rococo styled mirror arrived in the early to mid 18thC.  The style was a rectangular or oval shape with a flat base, gilded gold and carvings at the top of the frames, which were often walnut or mahogany with the carvings often of flowers.

Georgian (1714 – 1837)

Georgian styled mirrors are often rectangular shaped with emphasised symmetry and a paler style colour compared to earlier models of mirrors.

Regency (1811 – 1820)

The Regency period led to mirrors designed with oval shapes and narrow frames.  Mahogany food frames were preferred, as were gold gilded.  Elaborate carvings with typically floral design or leaf motifs were often applied.

Victorian (1837 – 1901)

Victorian Mirrors consisted of contrasting designs, mirrors were either dark wood or white with ornate and heavy designs with inspiration often taken from Gothic inspired forms.

Edwardian (1901- 1910)

The Edwardian style mirrors from the early 20thC were characterised by a delicate style and similarly delicate colours.  The style drew upon different elements and characteristics of earlier styles from past eras.

Art Nouveau (1890 – 1910)

The characteristics of Mirrors from the Art Nouveau period include sinuous lines, swirling designs and nature inspired motifs.  Pewter frames were common, as were black lacquered frames.  Stained glass was often used to add a delicate finish to the Art Nouveau variety of mirrors.

           Thermal Windows

Quicker & More Affordable Than Changing The Whole Window

Casement windows (sometimes called crank-out windows) can add a great breeze and view to any room in your home. They also can have broken or fogged glass in them just like any other window in your home. You are then facing a decision: replace the window or replace the glass. Replacing the whole window can be a very expensive ordeal. In addition it is much more involved fitting and installing a whole window. Make it easy and save some money by having Pioneer Glass install perfect fit replacement glass.

We can make replacement double pane insulated glass units to fit almost all casement windows and install the glass for you quickly without disruption or mess. These window glass units can be with or without grids and with insulating features such as low-e glass and argon gas. For more details on double pane glass, click here.

What is a shower screen

           Shower Enclosures

What is a shower screenA more affordable option for your elegant bathroom.

Shower screens (also called shower panels or stationary panels) are enormously popular in Europe, the Mideast, and South America. Shower screens are generally fixed single panels on the showerhead side of the opening portion of a shower stall. Rather than a complete enclosure or surround, they require less glass and are a much quicker installation. The result is significantly lower cost to you and the end result is a sleek pleasing bathroom.

So why is there so much puzzlement at what exactly is a shower screen? Google these terms and you come up with a wide range of opinions and photos. A lot of people lump everything including shower enclosures and doors into this term.. To me an enclosure certainly means you are enclosed. And a door is well, a door. Perhaps the problem is that Americans tend to think of a “screen” as something with a mesh-type porous surface even though we readily recognize the wording “television screen”. The Brits, on the other hand tend to use the word “screen” to describe a partition. Nobody in London would recognize the word “windshield” as their vehicles all have “windscreens.”

A shower screen can offer just as much elegance as a complete enclosure and can display your tiled shower walls to their fullest for up to a 60% reduction in cost. Because the rear of the shower is open, it is especially important that the floor has a slight pitch to the drain and the glass screen is of sufficient length to capture all the water spray including water rebounding off of the bather. It is also a good idea to tile in a curb to collect any extra water.

Consider a shower screen when designing your bathroom remodel. The savings and beautiful appearance make it an excellent option.

custom shower doors frameless

           Shower Enclosures

Great opportunity for a low iron shower glass free upgrade!

This is the most exciting offer we have presented. Buy a Cardinal shower enclosure, shower door, or shower screen with ShowerGuard glass. Guardian® ShowerGuard has permanent glass protection built right into the shower glass. During September 2016, when you order ⅜” shower glass you receive a free low iron glass upgrade.

What is Guardian® ShowerGuard Glass?

Here is what the manufacturer says:

ShowerGuard glass is the first shower glass that provides permanent protection against corrosion and staining. Manufactured and sealed with Guardian’s patented ion-beam process, ShowerGuard glass provides permanent, proven protection.

Our two cents: When purchasing shower glass, consumers have three choices. Unprotected glass, coated glass, and protection built into the glass. Water stains and soap scum are no fun cleaning and unprotected glass makes the cleaning more frequent and harder. Coated glass can certainly help with this and some of the products are actually pretty good. The problem is that coatings tend to wear down and they generally come with a 10 year warranty. With Guardian® ShowerGuard the protection is built into the glass and has a lifetime warranty. You will own your shower glass a long time. The easier the glass is to clean, the easier your life will be. And we all like easy.

What is Low Iron Glass?

Here is what Wikipedia says:

Low-iron glass is a type of high-clarity glass that is made from silica with very low amounts of iron. This low level of iron removes the greenish-blue tint that can be seen especially on larger and thicker sizes of glass. Low-iron glass is used for aquariums, display cases, some windows, and other applications where clarity is desired. Low-iron glass is made from low-iron silica sand. In the United States, the primary sources for such sand are in Wisconsin.

Our two cents: Pretty much all everyday glass, while called clear, comes with a green tint caused by iron. Low iron, which we call truly clear, provides a sleeker, cleaner look that accentuates your gorgeous tile.

Is Cardinal Shower Enclosures A Leading Manufacturer Of Shower Glass Products?

Here is how Cardinal Shower Enclosures defines itself:

Cardinal Shower Enclosures is a full service domestic manufacturer of shower enclosures, offering an extremely wide selection of models, finishes and glass options, from patterned to cast glass. Our enclosures are engineered to the highest possible standards for maximum reliability, and carry a lifetime guarantee against defects in craftsmanship and materials on extruded aluminum parts. We also produce all of our stunning cast glass in-house, ensuring the best quality for your enclosures and architectural glass applications.

Our two cents: Cardinal is an exceptional provider for us. They are prompt, responsive, and reliable. Our customer’s satisfaction with their products is an A+. We have complete confidence in recommending and using their products.

For much more info on shower enclosure options, click here.

Low-Iron ShowerGuard glass protection

           Shower Enclosures

If you are interested in a home renovation that can help you save space while improving your bathroom, you should consider a neo-angle shower enclosure for your home. Unlocking extra bathroom space for fixtures like a double sink, soaker tub or other elements requires a space-saving shower. Neo Angle shower enclosures are also perfect for smaller bathrooms that you would like to introduce a shower into.

The Neo angle shower enclosure has always been designed as a space saver. That’s why a frameless shower enclosure is perfect because it doesn't detract from the extra light in a bathroom and it can slot into nearly any corner of a small bathroom. Neo Angle shower glass can come in a variety of different formats and the frameless shower enclosure can also be finished with many different colors to suit the needs of your décor style.

As well as offering an advantage for space-saving and décor, Neo angle shower enclosures are designed for minimal maintenance requirements. They can beautify your bathroom and last for many years after the professional installation process. With hardware available in brushed nickel, chrome, and many other custom colors it's possible to get a Neo angle shower door that suits your preferences. A frameless shower enclosure design also minimizes the look of bright metal while encouraging a more open feel in the bathroom.

With Neo Angle shower enclosures you have all the same choices available in standard shower enclosures. These range from semi frameless to frameless enclosures and from gorgeous pattern and frosted glass to clear. Put your unique creative hat on and pick the design that is perfect for you and your home. For more on options, click here.

Pre-measured by our meticulous team, the glass panels and hardware are installed quickly in your home. We know you want the least amount of disruption to your day and our installers will be efficient, courteous, and professional.

To learn more about our sizable inventory of eo angle shower enclosures as well as our process for installation, contact our staff today.

Arched Window Pane

           Uncategorized

Quality Replacement Radius Glass

Palladian and arched windows add a great deal of beauty to your home and greatly raise the value of your home but what do you do when the glass cracks or, more commonly, fogs up when the seals fail?

Double Pane Glass

Fogged palladian windowModern arched windows have two panes of glass separated by a spacer and then sealed. This glass unit is called double pane or insulated glass. Should the seal wear out, moist air will enter between the two pane of glass and your beautiful window will become foggy and lose its energy efficiency. A fogged window looks dirty, ruins the view, and is a major headache if you are trying to sell your house. For more on double-paned glass click here.

What are your options?

The first option is to replace the whole window. This is generally the most expensive option. It will probably be the most intrusive and time consuming option as well.

Your second option is double pane glass replacement made to fit into your existing window. This is less expensive, quicker, and cleaner. If you door glass broke and the door was sound you would not replace the door, you would change the glass panel. The same principle applies here.

Because the window glass is usually large and hard to get to, it is vitally important that the glass company is skilled in measuring and installing these units. A quality and accurate measuring of your glass should include removing the trim if possible and two independent technicians measuring the glass and the arched radius to make sure the replacement glass panel is sized perfectly.

Historic Restoration Glass

We specialize in mouth-blown and machine-drawn wavy replacement glass. Should you have a vintage arched window and need replacement glass, we have six types of hard-to-find replacement restoration glass to choose from. Let us help you find the correct wavy glass for you. For more on restoration glass click here.

arched historic reproduction glass
Museum glass

           Museum Glass

Museum glass protects precious originals from ultraviolet light for HUNDREDS of years.

It's good for new or archival items that you may want to protect. The quality of our museum glass is high -- the anti-glare multicoating can make it look like there is no glass in some lighting conditions!

NATIONWIDE!
Our museum glass service is available nationwide! No matter where you are based, Pioneer Glass can help meet your needs for museum glass, so don’t hesitate to give us a call or e-mail us today!

Pioneer Glass' glass is of much higher quality than conservation glass, which protects from UV light just like museum glass... but where museum glass wins is the incredible clarity that comes with anti-glare protection.

Archival museum glass blocks 99 percent of all harmful outdoor and indoor UV light and has optical coating which provides clarity for true color transmission and the greatest color neutrality. Museum glass offers less than 1 percent light reflection -- the lowest possible reflection rating available with UV protection. Lastly, over 96 percent light transmission provides the highest brightness and contrast levels available. It also protects and brightens colors.

Original artwork, autographed pieces, family heirlooms, personal mementos, and more can all be protected by glass to ensure that there is no fading and that temperature variations do not adversely affect the work being framed. Museum glass will protect your objects for hundreds of years.

Our pricing is extremely competitive and in many cases, is cheaper than what you can get elsewhere! We can cut all glass to order, or you can order preset sizes as follows.

  • 4″x5″
  • 5″x7″
  • 8″x10″
  • 9″x12″
  • 10″x12″
  • 11″x14″

  • 11″x17″
  • 12″x16″
  • 16″x20″
  • 20″x24″

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM
Visit our showroom and view our four-sided shower enclosure on display, plus many other great glass products such as mirrors, patterned glass, and more! Our showroom is staffed by patient and knowledgable advisers should you seek advice.
SAMPLES, MEASUREMENTS, ESTIMATES
We can give you as many options as you can handle in samples. We're happy to provide free estimates of all work, and will take precise measurements of the product and your space to ensure the perfect fit.
CONTACT US
Call us today at (508) 234-7063 or send us an e-mail. Our showroom is located at 240 Church St., Whitinsville, MA 01588 – minutes from Rts. 90, 122, 146, and 290.

Fireplace stove glass

           Fireplace/Stove Glass

Fireplace stove glass

Fireplace and Stove Glass offers various benefits.

No matter what you're using it for, we've got the stuff to make your fireplace or stove glass shine bright and look great.

Whether it's used to heat your home, to give your home a warm and inviting feel on a cold winter night, or simply for decoration, a beautiful fireplace or a stove is often the centerpiece of an entire room.

Over time, soot and other byproducts can leave your fireplace and stove glass foggy and lacking it's original luster. If your glass has chipped or cracked, it's not only unsightly, but can be a safety hazard. If your glass needs replacing, we carry many varieties in stock.

Have a custom fireplace or stove? We'll cut glass to your exact specifications.

VISIT OUR SHOWROOM
Visit our showroom and view our four-sided shower enclosure on display, plus many other great glass products such as mirrors, patterned glass, and more! Our showroom is staffed by patient and knowledgable advisers should you seek advice.
SAMPLES, MEASUREMENTS, ESTIMATES
We can give you as many options as you can handle in samples. We're happy to provide free estimates of all work, and will take precise measurements of the product and your space to ensure the perfect fit.
CONTACT US
Call us today at (508) 234-7063 or send us an e-mail. Our showroom is located at 240 Church St., Whitinsville, MA 01588 – minutes from Rts. 90, 122, 146, and 290.

fogged skylight glass

           Thermal Windows

Skylights, like any other window glass in your home or business, can wear out over time. If you have a fogged or cracked flat glass skylight, it is important to seek replacement from a professional company that can improve the look of your home and ensure that the job is done right the first time.

If you are tired of a cracked or fogging skylight making your home look dull or detracting from the look of your interiors, you should remember that many times, skylight replacement glass can be quite simple to replace with the correct experts to help you.

skylight glass in kitchenOur skylight glass replacement services can be done quickly for a reasonable cost that suits your budget without having to remove the entire skylight frame. Our double-pane replacement glass is specifically manufactured to fit your skylight and the glass unit is warranteed for 10 years. Replacing the glass unit with double pane glass can be useful for improving the look of your home and finally having a beautiful skylight again.

The outer layer of our replacement glass is a strong tempered glass that can stand up to the most excruciating weather conditions, heavy snow and more. It is made to custom fit your existing skylight frame and to seal well, maximizing the efficiency in your home without the risk of fogging. The inner layer is made of a laminated glass, which is designed to hold broken glass in place should the outer layer be damaged by falling objects. This double layer of safety glass is now standard in skylights.

Skylights and glass have come a long way and with our replacement services you can update an older window or finally give your home the clear natural light upgrade that it needs to look its best.

Serving Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island.

           Thermal Windows

Have fogged or cracked bay or bow window glass?

One day you are walking by your beautiful window when you notice some cloudiness on the glass. You walk over to try to clean the glass. It does not help. At that point the sad truth sinks in: your window has the dreaded “foggy glass” syndrome. You immediately try to calculate what a whole new window will cost, and how messy it will be with contractors working in your home. Looks like that trip to Barbados will have to wait another year. You think there must be a better way. You are right! Just like you always are.

Replace the glass! Leave the window alone. Save the money. Save the mess. All good stuff.

To the left, clouded old glass. To the right, clear vivid double pane replacement glass

To the left, clouded old glass. To the right, clear vivid double pane replacement glass

Almost all bay and bow windows now have double or triple pane insulated glass units. These thermal pane glass units have seals that eventually will fail and the glass will become cloudy. In addition, window glass units are always at risk to cracking to due storms or errant baseballs and BBs, and so on. Most windows have removable glass units that can be replaced. For details on how double pane insulated glass units are made and available options, click here.

Be it a small basement window, a patio door, a glass skylight, or in this case, your beautiful bay window, we have perfect replacement options and skilled technicians to install new pristine glass.

Do yourself a favor and call Pioneer Glass today for your bay and bow window repair and replacement glass today.

We hear the water is very nice in Barbados now.

 

Dirty, cloudy sliding patio door being prepared for replacement by Jake and Tom!

           Thermal Windows

Has your beautiful door and view been ruined by ugly fogged or cracked glass? Don’t go to the expense and mess of changing the whole door. In most cases, you can simply change the glass panels quickly and restore your sliding patio doors with pristine glass.

Causes of Sliding Patio Door Glass Failure

Fogging / Condensation

Pretty much all modern sliding door glass is double pane insulating glass. Two pieces of glass are made into a unit with with a primary seal to keep moisture out. It is not uncommon for the seal to fail and the glass to become fogged up. Instead of a beautiful view outside, you end up with an dirty, clouded view. Seal failure leading to cloudy fogged glass is by far the leading failure in sliding patio door glass. For more information on options you have with replacement insulated glass replacement panels, click here.

Dirty, cloudy sliding patio door being prepared for replacement by Jake and Tom!

Dirty, cloudy sliding patio door being prepared for replacement by Jake and Tom!

Gorgeous view through replacement double pane insulated glass.

Gorgeous view through replacement double pane insulated glass.

Broken / Cracked Glass

All modern sliding patio doors are, by code, made with safety glass. In this application safety glass usually means tempered glass. Tempered glass is tougher than regular annealed glass but can still crack and break. This usually occurs when something is thrown or hit. (Hello, golfers!) Bullets and BBs are also not very friendly to sliding patio door glass as well. Flying tree limbs and large hail in significant storms have been known to damage tempered glass. In extremely rare circumstances, tempered glass can spontaneously explode! I would not worry about spontaneous explosions. The number one cause of cracked sliding patio door glass we see is from a lawn mower propelling a rock into to the sliding door.

Scratched Glass

All glass can pick up scratches if a pet is persistent enough. Glass can also be scratched by stubborn people like me who insist on forcing items into too tight areas, all the while assuring you it will definitely fit in. These may be scratches you can accept. When you go to sell your home, the prospective new buyers may not be so forgiving. It is very important that any buyers do not get a lousy impression looking out through a badly scratched patio door.

Glass Unit Structural Failure

Skylight with secondary seal failure. Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Skylight with secondary seal failure. Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

We mentioned up above about primary seals in doors being the leading cause of failures in sliding patio door glass. There is also a secondary seal involved in the fabrication of the glass unit. The purpose of this seal is to hold the two glass panes and the spacers together. This seal can also fail, while less common than primary seal failure, it will also mean that your sliding patio door insulated glass unit must be changed.

The photo to the right shows a leaking skylight in Falmouth, MA. The secondary seal broke down and lost its ability to hold the panes together. The same situation can occur with sliding patio door glass.

Regardless of the cause of failure, Pioneer Glass can return your sliding patio door glass to its pristine view and appearance for significantly less expense and bother. Average installation time of a new door glass pane is one hour.

Serving Massachusetts and Northern Rhode Island.

cracked foggy window repair

           Thermal Windows

Foggy and Broken Window Glass Replacement Options

cracked foggy window repairWith double-pane and triple-pane now the standard in window glass, just going to a local glass shop and picking up a piece of glass and installing it yourself is no longer a viable option in most cases. Insulated glass units need to be fabricated so that the seals between the multiple panes do not pick up moisture.

During this process, desiccant is added between the panes to keep the interior space of the window dry.

We will go through the types of glass to let you know what you need to know about your choices and how to be sure what you are choosing correctly.

Traditional Window Glass

Annealed Glass

Annealed glass is an everyday product that everyone knows but has never heard of. Glass manufacturers heat the glass, then slowly cool the glass to be more durable. Glass that has been annealed does not crack under reasonable temperature fluctuations. Most window glass is annealed and works very well in the correct application. For more info on the annealing process, visit this website.

Safety Glass

Safety glass is required in many areas of your home or business where chances of breakage are higher. Because codes may vary from area to area, we recommend that you discuss possible safety glass requirements with your local building inspector.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass is toughened glass manufactured in a tempering oven, and is stronger than annealed glass. More importantly, when it breaks, it basically crumbles into pebble-sized pieces rather than much more dangerous shards. Car windows and shower glass are common examples of tempered glass.

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is two or more pieces of glass held together by a vinyl interlayer to hold the glass in place. Laminated glass serves two important purposes: strength and containment. Laminated glass is less likely to puncture and when it does break, the interlayer holds it in place. Windshields are laminated glass, and that is why when windshields crack, the glass generally remains in place.

Additional Energy Efficiency Options

An old argon-gas unit with insert screw.

An old argon-gas unit with insert screw.

Low E Glass

Low emissivity glass is coated glass. The coatings serve to reflect heated or cooled air back into the conditioned rooms rather than let it pass outside. A manufacturer may offer different types of coatings dependent on the climate you live in. In very warm climates, solar-reducing coatings make great sense. In Massachusetts, window glass manufacturers usually use pyrolytic process coatings which keeps the heat in.

Argon Gas

You can elect to have argon gas between the panes of your insulated glass window unit. Argon gas slows the transfer of thermal energy in the space between the panes. It is invisible and does not affect your view. Older windows with argon gas had an insertion opening sealed off with a screw. Newer manufacturing methods do not show any sign that the window has argon gas. Argon is not considered a greenhouse gas.

Color Tinted Options

By far the most popular option for thermal windows is called “clear”. I use this wording as traditional everyday glass has a slight green tint by its nature due to the iron content. We will discuss clearer low iron glass further down this post but for now we should mention that it is “truly clear”. However, you do not just have to settle on clear glass. We can make double and triple insulated windows with gray, bronze, gray, or a true green tint.

Spacers

Spacers are the bars that go around the two or three glass panes. The primary function of spacers is to maintain equal spacing between the glass panes. They also serve some thermal function as it is another layer for cold air to pass through. The spacer is visible and presents a finished appearance to the insulated glass unit. Some manufacturers offer spacers with greater insulating value. Spacers are a good location for the manufacturer to add desiccant to absorb moisture and inhibit the foggy look. Spacers are available in various sizes and finishes.

Grids

Sunburst arch window

An example of a sunburst arch window.

Grids are something everyone knows and understands. They play a major role in the final appearance of the window. We offer variety of grids in a traditional rectangle pattern as well as a diamond pattern. We also have a sunburst pattern available for arched windows. In most cases, your existing grid can be salvaged and reused if it is a type we cannot match. We can also install a custom grid made a by a cabinet shop, however there is a risk that the paint or finish that they use may have agents that can cause the window to prematurely fog. Internal tape grids are also available.

Seals

Seals are often overlooked when purchasing replacement double- and triple- paned panels. While not visible, they are responsible for holding the panes and hardware together. Poor seals are the number one cause of failure in insulated glass units. The seal is continually under stress due to factors such as thermal differences, wind, and minor house movements and settling. Should the seal fail, any gas inside will leak out and, more importantly, moist air will leak in. The moisture in the air entering the window between the glass panes will condense and the window will become fogged.

Generally multi-paned glass units have a primary seal made of a type of synthetic rubber polysobutylene (PIB). The purpose of this seal is to keep the gas or dead air inside the window. A secondary seal is then added to provide adhesion of the glass panes and spacer bar. This seal provides the structural strength of the unit.

A step up from traditional seals are “Warm Edge” seals. These seals use materials that have have better insulating values resulting in a warmer edge. This warmer edge creates less heat loss and resulting condensation inside the glass.

Patio Door Units, Sliding Doors, French Doors, Skylights

Glass replacement panels are available for all exterior doors. You can replace the insulated glass panels in any exterior door in your home or business for a dramatically cheaper price than replacing the whole door. All doors and skylights are all available with generally the same options. Doors must use safety glass under current building codes. For skylights, we use “tempered-over laminated glass”. With the stronger tempered glass, breakage is less likely and if it does occur, you get the benefit of both safety aspects. The tempered glass will break into small pieces and the laminate interlayer should hold it in place.

Specialty and Custom Orders

A comparison of low-iron glass (L) and traditional clear glass (R)... notice the green tint?Shapes

In addition to standard rectangle and square double-pane window glas,s we can also make octagon, trapezoid, and arch shapes to replace the more unusual window glass in your home or business.

Low-Iron Glass

Everyone calls standard glass clear, but there is even clearer glass available today. For a truly pristine view, you can purchase low-iron glass without the slight green tint of regular window glass. Low-iron glass lets in more visible light than regular window glass and there is a school of thought that having an outside pane of low iron glass in cold climates is more energy efficient.

Patterned Glass

A double-pane insulated unit with one pane of obscure glass for privacy.

A double-pane insulated unit with one pane of obscure glass for privacy.

Want to add some extra beauty to your windows? Consider patterned glass and obscure glass. Patterned glass is available in a wide range of patterns and can offer privacy. Check Look here for examples of our specialty cabinet, door, and window glass.

In a later post, we will discuss options in double- and triple- pane insulated glass units using historic reproduction glassgorgeous faux iron grilles, and stained glass.