Cardinal sliding glass shower enclosure

           Shower Enclosures

 

This article helps answer all your questions on shower enclosures, one of the more popular home products that homeowners choose to buy for their house. Pioneer Glass is very experienced in helping homeowners choose the best option for shower enclosures and will install it for you!

When considering quotes for frameless, semi framed, and framed shower enclosures and doors, make sure that you are comparing apples to apples. The main difference in price may be the thickness of the glass and whether there will be a surface protectant added.

Frameless, Semi-Frameless, or Framed?

FRAMELESS SHOWER ENCLOSURES are all the rage and 90% of our requests are for frameless shower enclosures. I certainly agree as they can be truly spectacular!

Frameless shower enclosures can mean slightly different things to different people. A true-to-name frameless shower enclosure should have no frame whatsoever and just hinges and metal clips to hold the fixed panels in place. To do this, everything must be completely square. While we all like things perfect, sadly, life is not that way. It may make sense to use small amounts of U-channel which can help adapt to small imperfections in the level of your shower area. U channel can generally be matched to your shower hardware and is relatively unobtrusive. In addition, for longer spans, a header may need to be installed.

WHAT'S U-CHANNEL?
A metal rail fitting over shower glass panels that secures them to the floor, ceiling, wall or another glass panel. It reduces the cost of the frameless shower because the glass does not need to be drilled or notched.

Typically a frameless shower enclosure is top of the line, making it more expensive than a framed shower enclosure.

SEMI FRAMELESS SHOWER ENCLOSURES have metal around the frame but there is either no frame on most of the door, or the door is completely frameless. The advantage of semi-frameless shower enclosures is that using some frame helps with the support of the enclosure. This allows the thickness of the glass to be reduced, in addition to the cost when compared to frameless showers.

FRAMED SHOWER ENCLOSURES have framing on the whole surround and the doors. This is usually the least expensive option and is also very sturdy. Framed shower enclosures can be very attractive, but current designer trends all point to the sleeker appearance on frameless shower enclosures.

As for the glass, itself you can be sure it is safety glass as it is illegal to not to use safety glass on shower enclosures.

Frameless shower enclosure

A frameless enclosure. Notice how inconspicuous the U-channel on top of the half-wall is. This design requires support, which would typically entail a header. The customer did not like the amount of metal showing with the header and elected to have us install a support arm, which looks fantastic!

custom shower doors frameless

A semi-frameless shower enclosure, as evidenced by Cardinal's Uptown Grand series. By adding some frame but keeping the door and header frameless, this shower is as sleek as a truly frameless enclosure. Because it has some framing, it can use thinner glass and can readily adapt to walls that are not quite "square."

shower enclosures in Cape Cod Massachusetts

This is an example of a framed shower enclosure. This Cardinal Neo Angle framed enclosure provides maximum stability and makes the most use of the the available space in this bathroom.

Treated or Untreated Glass

Surface Treatment

It makes great sense to order your shower enclosure with a surface protectant. It will not need to be cleaned as frequently, and it will be much easier when you do have to clean your enclosure. A surface protectant that repels water, oil, and is resistant to UV exposure will pay you back for the extra cost. Most surface protectants come with a ten-year warranty. These protectants are applied prior to the shower being installed. You can view manufacturer information, recommendations, and a FAQ here.

Manufactured Glass Protection

For a lifetime of gorgeous glass, you may want to consider shower glass that has been precisely manufactured with a permanent protective layer. We like to think of water as being pure and clean. That may be, but water also contains many minerals which can very slowly pit and discolor glass. If you want the most maintenance-free shower glass that will hold up for as long as you are in your home, click here to learn more about the fabulous Guardian Showerguard®. Be sure to watch the video on this page – It is very cool if you are a person that likes to know “the how and why” on interesting things.

 

Traditional Hinged, Pivot Type Hinged, or Sliding (Bypass) Doors

Hinge and pivot doors, in many cases, can have stops removed to swing in and out like saloon-type doors. Most customers prefer to leave the stops in and just have the doors swing out. One advantage to a double swing is that you can open the door in the inward position to drip dry. Doors that only swing inward are not allowed by national building codes. Determining which type of hinge to choose for your shower door includes various factors.

SPACE

Swing doors must have clearance to toilets and sinks. Sliding doors will not open sufficiently to work in small shower stalls. Knowing the space you have to work with is key to your selection.

UPKEEP

The more track you have, the more cleaning you will have to do. That said, current tracking systems are more upkeep-friendly and are much easier to keep clean than older versions.

COST

Framed doors of any kind tend to be the least expensive, as you can use thinner glass. The frame, rather than the glass and supports, contributes to the structural strength of the door.

APPEARANCE

Many would argue appearance is the most important factor of all. You are spending a lot of effort and money on your shower enclosure. At the end of the day, make sure it is what you love.

Modern shower tracking for sliding doors

Sliding Doors

Sliding doors (called bypass doors in the industry) sit on tracks and slide on the track. You can buy models which have both sides sliding on the track, or one with one side as fixed glass. Years ago, tracks had two grooves for the glass to slide in. Modern tracks have one track with drip (weep) holes to drain water and are much easier to clean. Traditional sliding doors on new shower enclosures are not very common. Sliding doors still have a major role in the bath and shower industry where they are mounted over tubs. An exception to this are trackless sliding doors. Trackless sliding doors are on the upper-end of shower doors. These doors need to be made of thicker glass and need a very strong upper track to carry all the weight of the door.

Shower Enclosure Hinge Door

Hinge Doors

Hinged doors are the most popular choice of all. You can get a traditional hinge set up on the doors very similar to the interior and exterior doors of your home. The hinges mount on the side of the door. There are also continuous hinges that run the length of the door. This hinge also affixes to the side of the door. This type of hinge has a "self centering "mechanism" so that the door always returns to the closed position. There are also continuous hinges which are used when walls are "out of square."

Shower enclosure pivot hinge door

Pivot doors

Pivot-type doors swing on the top and the bottom. This allows a very clean and sleek look to the side of the shower door due to the lack of traditional hinges. Most pivot doors require less screw holes into the tile or fiberglass. As a general rule of thumb pivot doors are easier to open and close. To best understand how a pivot door functions, walk over to your refrigerator. Look at the operation of the door. There are no hinges on the side. The door swings open on pivots at the top and bottom. Most outdoor gas grills also have doors that pivot rather than open on hinges. Many types of shower doors that have top and bottom pivot-type hinges also have a continuous hinge that runs in a hidden rod in the trim for extra support.

Enclosure and Door Glass Options

THICKNESS

Shower glass comes in a variety of thicknesses generally ranging from 5/32” to 1/2”. The thicker the glass, the more expensive it is to fabricate and ship. As a rule of thumb, framed shower glass can be thinner due to the structural support of the metal frame. By and large, the thicker glass is considered better, but it is not so simple. 1/2” glass can be very heavy and may require extra support in the wall and hinges. The hinges may not last quite as long due to the greater stress placed on them by the weight of the glass. That being said 1/2” glass is very attractive. Our customers who prioritize high-quality framed glass tend to go with the 1/4” and for semi-framed and frameless, most times they choose the 3/8”.

LOW IRON, CLEAR, OBSCURE, PATTERNED GLASS

A comparison of low-iron (top) with clear glass (bottom).

Glass that we look at every day and think of as clear is in reality slightly green. This includes window glass, cabinet glass, mirror glass, and yes, shower glass.

If you order clear shower glass, you will get standard glass which has a very slight green tint due to the iron in the materials used to make the glass. If you are looking for super clarity in any glass product you can order low iron glass. This is truly clear glass.

The most popular style at this time is traditional clear glass. Traditional clear is the least expensive option. It also displays the beauty of the tile. There is a variety of obscure and patterned glass available including the popular rain, aquatex, and glue chip patterns. Another option is cast glass for a truly customized shower enclosure. For master baths, you should consider not only the look but how modest each of the spouses are and how modest any prospective buyers of your home might be. (VIEW EXAMPLES.)

Brands and Installers

MANUFACTURERS
It has become much easier with the internet to determine who makes a quality product – and more importantly – if the manufacturer stands behind their product. In my prior profession in the heating and cooling industry, I was always amazed that some poorly made products with slick advertising campaigns were viewed as superior. Internet reviews (taken with a grain of salt) are a great equalizer to great marketing campaigns. Many quality manufacturers do have problems. If you can’t find any problems in the search, or if the problems are limited and the manufacturer appears to respond to the problems in a fair manner, then you have found a quality company. This basic rule of thumb should apply to any product that you are interested in buying. One of the tools I use in my searches when I am looking to buy a product is the wording "warranty problems."

Rest assured that Pioneer Glass contracts with shower enclosure manufacturers that display excellent quality and strong integrity.

SELLERS AND INSTALLERS

At this point, you know pretty much what you want. Now you need to make sure you are dealing with a reputable company to buy the enclosure from and have it installed. The installation is arguably the most important component of the whole procedure. It is vitally important that you have confidence that the installer will return if there are issues. After having talked with the provider and feeling comfortable you should pretty much follow the procedure with manufacturers with one major addition. The Better Business Bureau remains one of, if not the best measure of how a company performs. You can research your company of choice by looking at the BBB's website. Pioneer Glass has an A+ rating with the BBB, and we're proud of earning that trust from homeowners.

For more information on our shower doors and enclosures, please click here.
 

What is a Shower Screen?

This is a question that may have more than one answer. In Europe, the word screen is used differently than in the U.S. The Brits do not say "windshield" – they use the word "windscreen." Originally, a shower screen was a fixed piece of glass protecting the front half to three-quarters of the shower. The back portion or entrance was left open for access without a door. This is still very popular in Europe and in areas such as the mid-east and South America where European design is popular. As time has passed, many people have started to use the term "shower enclosure" and "shower screens" interchangeably.

Distressed mirror glass, type 1

           Mirrors

Sometimes, when I wake up in the morning, I realize that my mirror view is indeed distressed... but my guess is you do not want to read about that!

Glass mirror shelf

Glass mirror shelf

You are interested in learning about distressed mirror frames and distressed mirror glass. Distressed mirrors are sometimes referred to as antiqued or even vintage mirrors. As a general term, distressed mirrors can have a distressed frame or distressed mirror glass. Many times they have both. Let’s have a look at distressed mirror frames and distressed mirror glass.

Distressed Mirror Frames

You may be able to find old frames very cheaply on places like Craigslist, at yard or estate sales, flea markets, or even at the 'take it or leave it' at your local recycling facility. If the color and size are good for you, you are all set. If you can’t find what you like and you are looking for a square or rectangle shape, old windows are usually available at the same locations. Unless you are sensationally lucky, it is unlikely that you will stumble on an octagonal or round old window. These are generally scooped up as soon as they are available or they are quite pricey.

The next step is to buy an old frame from someone like us or distress your own frame. There are many web pages online with tutorials explaining how to do this. Here are couple of links to help you get on your way to distressing frames: BlesserHouse.com and FlorenceFinds.com.

You also can just partially strip or sand old frames if you want a more unfinished look.

New Mirror Glass in an Rough Distressed Window Frame

New Mirror Glass in an Rough Distressed Window Frame

Be aware that there could be lead paint, shards of glass and other dangers in this work. Don’t start a project like this without following safety procedures.

Distressed Mirror Glass

New mirror glass in a distressed frame is fairly common and can be very attractive. A non-distressed frame or a non-antiqued frame with distressed mirror glass is not common and, in my opinion, is forced. Distressed mirror glass is very cool and is available through either store-bought or DIY methods. Here is a really good collection of do it yourself methods compiled into one site.

These are fantastic mirrors! But the precautions apply. We are talking acid, lead, bleach, mirror glass and who knows what else. Yikes, send the dog to the kennel and the kids to overnight camp before you start this. If you will not follow safety precautions for whatever products you are using, please do not attempt to make a distressed mirror... But if you do it correctly, you will have created a work of art.

You can also buy antique mirror glass from glass shops like us. Below is an example of some options of mirrored glass you can purchase from us:

When making or purchasing a distressed mirror, it is important to to make your decision based on your style and existing decor. Make sure the colors and designs are the perfect fit for you. A fantastic distressed mirror that does not fit into the correct space will not work.

As with any designing project, originality is important. We had a recent customer that wanted to reuse a shelf from her mother. She chose to add mirror glass. Here is the finished project which was very economical and met her goals, shown at the top of this blog on the right.

Good luck with your distressed mirror project.

Your Pioneer Glass representative,

Dave Brunell

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RESTOVER® plus from SCHOTT

           Restoration Glass

Restoration glass is glass produced to mirror the look of antique glass. Using traditional mouth-blown cylinder glass methods of the past, wavy glass is still manufactured in Europe today. This glass produces the beautiful waves of historic crown glass and cylinder glass of prior centuries. Pioneer Glass stocks three different types of mouth-blown window and cabinet pane glass with varying degrees of waviness to match the existing panes in your home.   

LEARN MORE
Baffled as to the different types of wavy glass window panes? Crown, cylinder, machined… we help explain the differences here.

Mouth-blown glass matching the less-distorted version of 1900 in the 20th century.

Cylinder glass is featured here, which is close to what was made in the 1850s, during the 19th century.

A replica of crown glass from the 1700s, which is typically found in homes dated from the 18th century.

Machined Glass by Schott

We have 4 different types of machined glass by Schott. Schott is one of the leading and most innovating glass companies in the world.

Schott Artista

With a fabulous amount of distortion, Artista is a beautiful piece of wavy type glass which will bring sparkle to your room. This glass emulates the very distorted glass of the 1600s thru the early part of the 1700s

Schott Goetheglas (pictured, below)

Manufactured using the traditional Fourcault Process, Goethglas creates the appearance of European glass from the 18th and 19th centuries. This is a fabulous glass that can also be laminated for safety or used in double pane windows.

Goetheglass, provided by Schott.comSchott Restover Plus Glass (pictured, top)

Designed to mimic mouth-blown glass from the from very late 1800s into the early 1900s, Schott Restover Plus window glass is manufactured in minimal thickness to match up when replacing antique glass panes. This glass can be laminated for safety.

Schott Restover Glass

Matching the historic architecture, the restoration glass RESTOVER® was used for the windows of the German Historical Museum in Berlin. - Schott.com

Matching the historic architecture, the restoration glass RESTOVER® was used for the windows of the German Historical Museum in Berlin. - Schott.com

A replacement glass for pre-950 glass, Schott Restover glass has slight distortion and a regular surface matching the glass in an enormous amount of windows, doors, cabinets, and display cases in America. This glass is manufactured using the Fourcault Process and can be laminated for safety.

To inquire about restoration glass, or learn more, please check out our restoration glass page.

Please feel free to give us a call or e-mail at Pioneer Glass if you have questions about replacing broken wavy glass window panes or any restoration glass projects.

MORE QUESTIONS?
Check out our FAQ on wavy glass, or learn more about wavy restoration glass. You can also visit our main page on wavy antique restoration glass.
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Old wavy glass doors

           Restoration Glass

Front of old townhouse in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia near Washington DC. Wavy glass is depicted.

Front of old townhouse in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia near Washington DC. Wavy glass is depicted. PHOTO: S E Brendel, Wikimedia

Wavy glass is the cool-looking glass commonly found in older window panes, doors, and furniture built prior to the early 1900s.

Early manufacture of glass involved single sheets of glass manufactured by a craftsman by blowing through a tube. Generally the further back in history you go, the wavier the glass is. Early glass also has tiny bubbles called seeds. As craftsmen improved their methods over time, the wave and distortion became less apparent. As a result, glass produced in the 1700s tends to have more distortion than glass produced in the 1800s. In the early 1900s, increasing industrial advances led to machine-produced glass. This glass, while less wavy, still had imperfections and was widely used in the United States cities in the early 1900s.

CHANGING PANES
For great information on restoring windows and other historic restoration skills, check out Scott Sidler’s The Craftmans Blog.

Crown Glass

Spinning crown glass. Image copyright Pioneer Glass.

Spinning crown glass. Image copyright Pioneer Glass.

Crown Glass was used in Europe starting in the mid-1300s. A glass-smith, using a hollow tube, would blow liquid glass which made a hollow globe called a "crown". This was attached to a rod which was then spun to make thin sheets of glass which were cut into window panes. Because the glass was spun in a circular motion, the "waves" were more rounded. The center piece had an end-knob imperfection (commonly called a crown or bullion) which was sold as part of the window or more frequently as a small piece of decorative glass over or alongside windows and doors. Today this is referred to as a bulls-eye. In the mid 1600s cylinder glass started to gain market share from crown glass. Many people viewed crown glass as a superior product to cylinder glass due to its brilliance. Despite the higher cost, crown glass continued to be manufactured into the 1800s.

Cylinder Glass

Making cylinder glass. Image copyright Pioneer Glass.

Making cylinder glass. Image copyright Pioneer Glass.

Cylinder-blown glass was also started by a glass-smith blowing through a hollow tube. The glass was then swung in a trench rather than spun. It then cooled before it was put onto sheets and reheated. This allowed much longer sections (panes) of glass to be manufactured and lowered production cost. Due to the swinging of the glass during manufacture, the waves in cylinder-blown glass were less curved and more parallel. The advantages of cylinder blown glass were price, uniformity of thickness, larger sheets, and less manufacturing waste. Cylinder glass became the standard window glass panes in the 1800s. The glass still had many waves and bubble pockets. An early version of cylinder blown glass called broad sheet was generally not used for window glass.

Machined Cylinder and Drawn Glass Era

Fourcault Process glass

Looking through glass that underwent the Fourcault process in Santiago, Chile.

In the early 1900s, a mechanized method of producing cylinder glass was invented. This glass still had some distortions but could be made into even larger panes and produced in much larger amounts with less manpower. This was a time of major building, so this kind of production was much needed. This type of glass is still very widespread today in American cities. It is very similar to cylinder-blown glass with a somewhat less distortion and is known for its vertical lines.

The Fourcault process and Colburn processes for making vertical drawn glass in the second decade of the 1900s further mechanized glassmaking. This glass could be produced in wider sheets at cheaper costs. These advances led to even less distortion but by no means perfect glass.

MORE QUESTIONS?
Check out our FAQ on wavy glass, or read our guide to purchasing. You can also visit our main page on wavy antique restoration glass.

 

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Call us today at (508) 234-7063 or send us an e-mail. Our showroom is located at 240 Church St. #1, Whitinsville, MA 01588 – minutes from Rts. 90, 122, 146, and 290.

           Restoration Glass

RESTOVER® plus from SCHOTT
When you look through restoration glasses such as RESTOVER® plus from SCHOTT, the even edges behind them look wavy.

Can you still buy wavy glass like I see in homes from the 1800s?

There are a few different ways to purchase wavy glass: from old windows and furniture available through glass, antique, and salvage dealers. You may also be able to find some on sites like Craigslist. Generally on these sites you would buy the whole old window and remove the glass.

There are also manufacturers in Europe that make new wavy glass using the exact same methods used to make mouth-blown cylinder glass in the pre-industrial era. These are available with different amounts of waves and distortion.

Pioneer Glass stocks three different versions of mouth blown wavy glass from these manufacturers. Lastly, glass with the same distortion of window glass used in the early mechanized process before modern float glass was invented are also manufactured today. We carry four types of Schott restoration glasses for these time periods.

What is the largest size pane of restoration glass I can buy?

We sell both mouth-blown and Fourcault Process glass.

The mouth-blown glass goes up to 37 inches. The largest type of Fourcault Process glass we sell is 83 inches long.

MORE INFORMATION
Don't know what the heck the Fourcault Process is? Learn more here.

My house was built in the mid-1800s and I seem to have many different types of glass. All of the glass has distortion but there are clear differences. Is this common?

It is common. Your house may have been built using crown glass which was a very popular choice at that time.

Through the years, homeowners had many of the same problems we have today. Glass panes were broken by children, stripping old paint, and storms. This is no different than the trials homeowners go through today.

When replacing broken glass, the local shop may have had only cylinder glass, or later in the time period, machined drawn glass. A large amount of old homes have a variety of glass in the windows.

The illumination of sunlight through restoration glass can create a beautiful atmosphere.

The illumination of sunlight through restoration glass can create a beautiful atmosphere.

My glass is distorted but I don’t see actual waves which I have seen in other homes.

Most likely you have machined glass from the early 1900s .

This glass was drawn upward by a machine into sheets which was then cut into panes. This allowed larger panes to be cut and sold. It also allowed for much larger production. There was great demand for glass with an enormous amount of building going in the country.

This glass is still quite common in American cities.

We are buying replacement windows for our 1887 home and want to preserve the look of the period as much as possible. Can I buy replacement double pane glass with antique glass?

In most cases you can replace the standard units in double-or triple-pane windows. We do make custom double-pane insulated glass units using some types of our restoration glass.

I am having a custom door manufactured for our turn of the century home. My doormaker says that by law he must use safety glass. Is there such a thing as historic safety glass?

Door safety glass requirements are usually met by using tempered or laminated glass. Tempered is much more popular. Unfortunately, mouth-blown glass cannot be tempered. We do provide tempered glass in two types of our historic glass.

An example of P1 restoration glass through curtains.

An example of P1 restoration glass through curtains.

Sometimes when I walk by my windows I see quite a distortion, but when I look straight out they are mostly clear. Why is this?

To truly appreciate all of the distortions in historic glass, we recommend that you look from a 30 degree to 45 degree angle. The distortions are much more vivid from this angle. As you pass by your windows, you would tend to be at this angle.

I have wavy glass in my house which was built in the 1850s. I have done some research but cannot determine if the window glass is Crown Glass or Cylinder Glass. Is there a way a homeowner can figure this out?

P2 mouth blown crown glass

Crown glass was spun on the end of a rod in a circular motion similar to a spinning top. Because of this the waves tend to be curved. Cylinder glass was swung in a back and forth motion and the waves tend to be straight and more parallel.

I have been looking at historic reproduction glass on the internet and all of it seems much more distorted that the glass in my bookcase which has a broken pane. Do you sell slightly wavy glass to match my other glass?

Photos showing the actual distortion of glass are very difficult to take. Generally, they show an exaggerated distortion or none at all.

A customer, Ben, called us looking for some glass to match his vintage display case. Ben sent along a video which represents the closest approximation of early machined glass I have seen.

Along with our input, Ben elected to go with Restover (Light) which has the most subtle hint of older glass.

Check out the video he made of the finished product for a good look at Restover glass below.

SAMPLES OF WAVY GLASS
In Pioneer Glass’ showroom, we have a window with examples of wavy restoration glass. Come visit us to see it in person! If you’re interested in the differences between wavy glass panes, we’ve got you covered too.

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whenshopsmallDo business with Pioneer Glass on Saturday, Nov. 28 and get 5% off your order! You must mention this discount to have it applied.

Visit us in person on that day, e-mail us or make a phone call and you will get the discount, even if the order goes past Nov. 28 – just tell us you are shopping small!

Want to #ShopSmall but can’t wait for Nov. 28? Just let us know; a deposit or full payment must be made by Nov. 28 to qualify for the discount.


Why should you #shopsmall?

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Hands-on customer service

At a small business, chances are you’ll be waited on by the owner, a member of their family, or someone who reports directly to the owner. This proximity to the boss makes for better customer service – something that can be hard to find at larger stores.

We offer customized quotes and information, convenient in-house visits and professional installation services instead of having to go to a big-box retailer, try to figure out what works for you, flag down a worker to get the bare minimum of information, and blanch at the outrageous installation costs that bigger chain outlets demand.

Your local economy will benefit
Shopping  small creates and supports local jobs. Each time you purchase a product or a service on Main Street, you are helping to pay the salary of a friend or neighbor.

Further, spending locally ensures sales taxes are re-invested in the community and helps build a stronger local economy.

The national economy will benefit
Historically, two-thirds of net new jobs in this country are created by small business. Small firms are also responsible for over half of national GDP. There’s nothing small about that.

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Let’s be honest – sometimes you’d rather have to choose between a handful of television sets or warm boots instead of a warehouse full of them. Your local retailers have done some of the legwork for you – offering a select inventory aimed at matching what you’re looking for in terms of quality and value.

A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Small business gives back
Research shows that over 90 percent of small-business owners contribute each year to their communities through volunteering, in-kind contributions, and/or direct cash donations. That means your purchase of a good or service at a small business is a great way to “pay it forward.” Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

It’s good to be part of the dream
Small-business owners are the embodiment of the American Dream; supporting  them makes you part of the dream, and that’s a good thing.

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whenshopsmall Do business with Pioneer Glass on Saturday, Nov. 29 and get 5% off your order! You must mention this discount to have it applied. You may combine this with other existing discounts at Pioneer Glass, such as our exclusive web offer of 10% off shower enclosures.

Visit us in person on that day, e-mail us or make a phone call and you will get the discount, even if the order goes past Nov. 29 – just tell us you are shopping small!

Want to #ShopSmall but can’t wait for Nov. 29? Just let us know, but a deposit or full payment must be made by Nov. 29 to qualify for the discount.


Why should you #shopsmall?

InvitedtoShop

Hands-on customer service

At a small business, chances are you’ll be waited on by the owner, a member of their family, or someone who reports directly to the owner. This proximity to the boss makes for better customer service – something that can be hard to find at larger stores.

We offer customized quotes and information, convenient in-house visits and professional installation services instead of having to go to a big-box retailer, try to figure out what works for you, flag down a worker to get the bare minimum of information, and blanch at the outrageous installation costs that bigger chain outlets demand.

Your local economy will benefit
Shopping  small creates and supports local jobs. Each time you purchase a product or a service on Main Street, you are helping to pay the salary of a friend or neighbor.

Further, spending locally ensures sales taxes are re-invested in the community and helps build a stronger local economy.

The national economy will benefit
Historically, two-thirds of net new jobs in this country are created by small business. Small firms are also responsible for over half of national GDP. There’s nothing small about that.

white_wk_logoSometimes less is more
Let’s be honest – sometimes you’d rather have to choose between a handful of television sets or warm boots instead of a warehouse full of them. Your local retailers have done some of the legwork for you – offering a select inventory aimed at matching what you’re looking for in terms of quality and value.

A multitude of small businesses, each selecting products based, not on a national sales plan, but on their own interests and the needs of their local customers, guarantees a much broader range of product choices.

Small business gives back
Research shows that over 90 percent of small-business owners contribute each year to their communities through volunteering, in-kind contributions, and/or direct cash donations. That means your purchase of a good or service at a small business is a great way to “pay it forward.” Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.

It’s good to be part of the dream
Small-business owners are the embodiment of the American Dream; supporting  them makes you part of the dream, and that’s a good thing.

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Our sister company, Pioneer Window Fashions, is Blackstone Valley’s premier retailer for Hunter Douglas window treatments, shades, and shutters, as well as premium home furnishings, including Tableaux wrought iron, Thibault wallpaper, and Carole Fabrics.

You’ll find more than great window coverings. Whether you’re shopping for a single window treatment, redecorating your house or seeking the solution to a complex design challenge, you’ll find great people who have knowledge and expertise to help you put it all together. Visit their showroom or call for an appointment.

The Pioneer Window Fashions design center provides in-home consulting on Hunter Douglas window treatments, custom and ready-made window curtains and draperies, wallpaper, lighting, custom bedding, shower curtains and much more. Pioneer Window Fashions will travel to you so they can create a custom, unique solution that will transform your space and integrate with your overall décor.

Areas Served

Located at 240 Church St., #1, Whitinsville, MA, in the heart of the Blackstone Valley, we serve a wide range of regions both in Massachusetts and Rhode Island and the surrounding areas. We’ll even go to Cape Cod! Our surrounding towns include: Whitinsville, Northbridge, Blackstone, Douglas, Grafton, Hopedale, Manchaug, Mendon, Millbury, Millville, Oxford, Sutton, Upton, Uxbridge, Worcester. Don’t live in one of those towns? Don’t worry. We’ll come to you.

Hunter Douglas Products

Pioneer Window Fashions’ window treatments are from world renowned Hunter Douglas, a global provider of premium shades, shutters, and blinds. Some of the Hunter Douglas products Pioneer Window Fashions carries are:

  • Hunter Douglas Blinds
  • Hunter Douglas Honeycombs
  • Hunter Douglas Shades
  • Hunter Douglas Sheers
  • Hunter Douglas Shutters
  • The Alustra Collection by Hunter Douglas

Check out the Pioneer Window Fashions products page for a longer list of products offered!

Special Savings

Hunter Douglas’ Fashion in Motion savings event could save you up to $100 through September 15th, 2014. Visit the Pioneer Window Fashions specials page to learn how you can get a rebate on your favorite Sheers, Shades, Honeycombs, and Panels.

Call Today

Call Pioneer Window Fashions today at (508) 234-7063. Nancy Brunell, owner of Pioneer Window Fashions can work with you to make your interior design dreams a reality! You can also contact Pioneer Window Fashions’ through their website, or visit their showroom at 240 Church St. #1, Whitinsville, MA 01588.

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These directions walk you through how to leave a Google review for Pioneer Glass on your computer.

NOTE: The directions require that you have, or sign up for, a Google/Google+/GMail account.

1. Visit in https://www.google.com/ your favorite web browser.

2. In the search bar at the top, type “Pioneer Glass” in the search bar and select “Google Search”. Google may start searching for you as you type. If this is the case, finish typing Pioneer Glass and press “enter” on your keyboard.

3. The first item that appears in search should be the Pioneer Glass website. On the right hand side of the page, you should see our Google Page, complete with pictures, a map, and our contact information.

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4. Click on Write a review” inside our Google Page to get started.

5. If you aren’t signed in to your Google account, you will be prompted to log in. If you don’t have a google account, you’ll have to create one here.

6. After signing in, you’ll be brought to our Google Page, and the rating screen should pop up (if you were already signed in, the rating screen will come right up). Note: If the rating screen doesn’t pop up, there is another “Write a Review” button under the heading “Review Summary” on the right hand side of the page.

Touch the stars according to what rating you want to give Pioneer Glass, moving from left to right.  For example, if you wanted to give a 5 star review, you would touch the 5th star from the left.  For a four star review, you would touch the 4th star from the left.

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7. You can then add some context to your review by writing some comments in the “Describe your Experience” box.

8. Click “Publish”, and you’re all set!

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How to Leave a Google Review on iPad/iPhone

These directions walk you through how to leave a Google Review for Pioneer Glass on iOS devices.  All screenshots are from an iPad.  iPhone directions are extremely similar, but any differences are explicitly pointed out in the directions. NOTE: The directions require that you have, or sign up for, a Google/Google+/GMail account.

  1. Make sure you have the Google Maps App for iOS.  You can find it by searching “Google Maps” in the app store.

  2. Open Google Maps. You should see your location on the map, with a search bar.

  3. Hit the icon in the upper left corner that looks like 3 horizontal lines.  NOTE:  If you are on iPhone, you will see a similar icon in the lower left hand corner.

  4. This will pop open the control panel on the left side.

  5. Click on the settings button on the lower half of the control panel.

  6. Click the “Sign In” button on the settings page.

  7. Enter your Google Account login information and login. NOTE:  If you have previously logged in, you’ll see your account in this screen.  Make sure you choose the account you want to use to leave a review.  If you don’t have a Google account, you can sign up for one by clicking the “sign up” button in the upper right hand corner.

  8. Close out of the settings page.

  9. Enter Pioneer Glass in the upper left hand corner search Bar.  You can either search for our location, or click on our name (Pioneer Glass and Window Fashions) when it pops up as you type.

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  10. You will see a preview of our Google Page under the search bar, as seen below.  Click on our company name in that box.  NOTE:  If you are on iPhone, you will see this same information appear as a bar on the bottom of the screen.01e4208a20bfcfc10dab902caa6669f204eddeaa47

  11. You will see a “Rate & Review” section in the page.  Touch the stars according to what rating you want to give Pioneer Glass, moving from left to right.  For example, if you wanted to give a 5 star review, you would touch the 5th star from the left.  For a four star review, you would touch the 4th star from the left.01e8a645c4641b383e139eb4081bb55c276b738381

  1. A screen will pop up with the rating you selected and the option to leave a text review.  Here you can change your rating if you made a mistake, and add some context to your rating by describing why you rated Pioneer Glass what you did.

  2. Click “Publish”, and you’re done!

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PRIVACY NOTICE

This privacy notice discloses the privacy practices for pioneer.glass, otherwise known as Pioneer Glass and Window Treatments, LLC. based in Whitinsville, Massachusetts. This privacy notice applies solely to information collected by this web site. It will notify you of the following:

  • What personally identifiable information is collected from you through the web site, how it is used and with whom it may be shared.
  • What choices are available to you regarding the use of your data.
  • The security procedures in place to protect the misuse of your information.
  • How you can correct any inaccuracies in the information.
  • Information Collection, Use, and Sharing

We are the sole owners of the information collected on this site. We only have access to/collect information that you voluntarily give us via email or other direct contact from you. We will not sell or rent this information to anyone. We will use your information to respond to you, regarding the reason you contacted us.

We may share this information, including e-mail addresses, with third parties in order to improve the quality of service to the customer.

Unless you ask us not to, we may contact you via email in the future to tell you about specials, new products or services, or changes to this privacy policy.

Your Access to and Control Over Information

You may opt out of any future contacts from us at any time. You can do the following at any time by contacting us via the email address or phone number given on our website:

  • See what data we have about you, if any.
  • Change/correct any data we have about you.
  • Have us delete any data we have about you.
  • Express any concern you have about our use of your data.
  • Security

We take precautions to protect your information. When you submit sensitive information via the website, your information is protected both online and offline.

Wherever we collect sensitive information (such as credit card data), that information is encrypted and transmitted to us in a secure way. You can verify this by looking for a closed lock icon at the bottom of your web browser, or looking for “https” at the beginning of the address of the web page.

While we use encryption to protect sensitive information transmitted online, we also protect your information offline. Only employees who need the information to perform a specific job (for example, billing or customer service) are granted access to personally identifiable information. The computers/servers in which we store personally identifiable information are kept in a secure environment.

Cookies

The website uses cookies specifically for Google Analytics, and may choose to do so for Google Adwords or other clients that leverage cookies. Cookies allow us to see information on user website activities including, but not limited to, page views, source and time spent on website. It may also include information to log when users view specific pages or which pages led to conversions. The information is de-personalized and is displayed as numbers, meaning it cannot be tracked back to individuals. This helps protect your privacy. In essence, we reserve the right to use third-party tracing and utilize cookies to track anonymous data. In no way do we use a service, or any services, to track or collect personally identifiable information of Internet users, nor do we allow any party to associate any data gathered from this website with any personally identifying information from any source as part of your use of the service.

If you feel that we are not abiding by this privacy policy, you should contact us immediately.

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Oxford, MA is a short 20 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 13 miles away. Oxford is the home of Clara Barton, the first president and founder of the Red Cross. Oxford, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Oxford 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.

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Millville, MA is a short 14 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 8 miles away. Millville split from Blackstone in 1916, which had originally split from Mendon. Baseball Hall of Famer Gabby Hartnett grew up in Millville and was known as the NL’s best catcher until Johnny Bench. Millville, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Millville 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.

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Millbury, MA is a short 15 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 10 miles away. Millbury was originally part of Sutton and is home to one of the oldest operating mills in the country. This particular mill, the S & D Spinning mill, makes the red stitching for Major League Baseball’s official baseballs. President William Howard Taft spent many summers in Millbury as a young child. Millbury, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Millbury 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.

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Mendon, MA is a short 13 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 7 miles away. Pioneers from Braintree settled Mendon in 1662, which went on to be the initial battleground of King Phillip’s War. Descendants of one of Mendon’s settlers went on to create the Federal Reserve Bank, and Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller served as Vice President under Gerald Ford. Mendon, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Mendon 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.

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Hopedale, MA is a short 16 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 9 miles away. Hopedale was originally part of Milford until separating in 1886 and was first settled in 1660. Hopedale, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Hopedale 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.

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Douglas, MA is a short 13 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 10 miles away. Douglas was formerly known as New Sherburn, up until 1746. French hero of the American and French Revolution, General Lafayette, stopped in Douglas to change horses during the Revolutionary War on his way to join forces with General Washington. Douglas, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Douglas 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.

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Blackstone, MA is a short 17 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 11 miles away. Blackstone was formerly part of Mendon until becoming its own municipality. The local high school’s marching band has traveled all around America and performed in the Rose Bowl Parade and Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, amongst others. Blackstone, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Blackstone 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.

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Northbridge, MA the home of Pioneer Glass inside Whitinsville. Northbridge was the first industrialized region in the United States as part of the Blackstone Valley, and was at its peak the largest manufacturer of textile machines in the world. Northbridge, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Northbridge 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.

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Manchaug, MA is a short 13 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 10 miles away. Manchaug is the home of one of the oldest schoolhouses in America. Manchaug, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Sutton 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.

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Sutton, MA is a short 13 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 10 miles away. Sutton was home to the famous “Sutton Beauty” apple, which was in great demand in all of Europe in the 1800s. Sutton, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Sutton 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.

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Upton, MA is a short 11 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 6 miles away. Upton was home to most of the Taft family, popularized by the 27th president of the United States, William H. Taft. President George Washington stayed in the home of Revolutionary War hero Samuel Taft on Washington’s inaugural tour of New England. Upton, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Upton 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.

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Uxbridge, MA is a short 7 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 5 miles away. Uxbridge was home to America’s first woman voter, the first hospital for mental illness and its’ “Uxbridge Blue” was the first US Air Force dress uniform. Uxbridge, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Uxbridge 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.

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Worcester, MA is a short 20 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is 15 miles away. Worcester has a rich history, with the father of modern rocketry graduating from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. In addition, the smiley face was invented in Worcester, not by Forrest Gump! Worcester, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Worcester 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.

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Grafton, MA is a short 15 minute drive to Pioneer Glass, and is less than 10 miles away. Grafton is the home of the Tufts School of Veterinary Medicine and Hassanamisco Reservation. Grafton, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Grafton 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.

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Whitinsville, MA is the home of Pioneer Glass. Whitinsville’s earlier known name was South Northbridge before the Whitin family came along with the Whitin Mill, eventually taking over the municipality’s namesake. Much of the original village is still intact. Whitinsville, MA is within our glass service area.

We are pleased to provide sales and installations in Whitinsville 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.

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These directions walk you through how to leave a Yelp review for Pioneer Glass using the Yelp app for iPhone. iPad and Android apps have similar directions, but are not specifically covered in this review.

1. Open the Yelp App on your iPhone.

2. In the main screen, hit the “search” button tab on the bottom of the screen.

3. Click the search bar at the top of the screen.

4. In the “search” field – enter Pioneer Glass. In the “location” field, enter Whitinsville, MA. Alternatively, if you’re in Worcester country and have location services on your device on, you can search your current location (app defaults to this).

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5. Pioneer Glass should appear on the map. Click on the black pop up that contains the Pioneer Glass details and reviews.

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6. You’re now in the Pioneer Glass business page.  To leave a review, click the “add review” button on the left of the screen.
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7. From here, you’ll need to enter in your email address and password to log in. If you don’t have an account, click the sign up button to be brought to the sign up form. Signing up is simple and takes a minute.

8. You’re now in the rating screen.  Click on the star that you want to rate Pioneer Glass.  Stars work from left to right, so if you want to rate 5 stars, you would click the rightmost star. 4 stars would be second from right, and so on. In the “Your Review” field, you can add context to your review by providing a description of services provided, quality of work, etc.

9.  Once you’re done writing your review, click “post”.

10. That’s it! You’re all set!  Yelp provides editing and removal of reviews if necessary, which you can see if you view your review on our business page, or view your profile.

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These directions walk you through how to leave a Yelp review for Pioneer Glass on your computer.

 

Note: If you’re on the Pioneer Glass website, you can click on the Yelp icon in the upper right hand corner of the home page and skip to step 5.

 

1. Visit http://www.yelp.com in your favorite web browser.

 

2. In the search bar at the top, put “Pioneer Glass” in the Find box, and “Whitinsville, MA” in the Near box.

 

Yelp search

 

 

3. The first item that appears in search should be the Pioneer Glass and Window Fashions business page.  Look for our address (240 Church St. #1) as seen in this screenshot:

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4. Click on “Pioneer Glass and Window Fashions” to enter our business page.

5. Once you’re in our page, click on the area outlined in yellow in the screenshot below to write a review

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6. You’re now in the rating screen.  Click on the star that you want to rate Pioneer Glass.  Stars work from left to right, so if you want to rate 5 stars, you would click the rightmost star. 4 stars would be second from right, and so on. In the Your Review field, you can add context to your review by providing a description of services provided, quality of work, etc.

Writing the review

 

7.  Click on the “Sign Up and Post” button.  If you already have an account and are signed in, you’ll just be able to post from here. If you need to sign up, you can either click on the Facebook banner to use your Facebook credentials to login, or use your email to register.  If you already have an account, you can also log in from this screen.

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That’s it! You’re all set!  Yelp provides editing and removal of reviews if necessary, which you can see if you view your review on our business page.