Copy of A common design mistake to avoid

Glass is a beautiful and important part of creating a modern home.  It is used to create beautiful shower doors, mirrors, back splashes and tabletops.  The most common mistake I see designers make in the use of glass is not using thick enough glass for tabletops and counter tops.  Thick glass tabletops create a real statement and add beauty at a relatively small price premium to thin glass alternatives

Glass comes in various thicknesses --most commonly from 1/16 thick to 1 inch thick.  The most common thickness for home interiors is 3/8 glass, which is commonly used in shower doors and glass partitions.   Often, home owners will not know that there are alternatives.  Homeowner commonly select 3/8 glass for everything, including coffee tables, kitchen counter tops and dining tables.  I recommend thicker glass for these applications. 

The coffee or dining table is the center of the room and is where we gather with friends and family.  It warrants an investment in thicker glass. Make a statement.

Luminous Glass carries a range of thick glass for table tops.  We ship across the US and the Caribbean.  Call us today at 305-621-1670 or email our glass experts at contact@lgdglass.com today to place your order.

Thanks and remember to notice glass!  It's a miracle!

Kristin

Beautiful Pattern Glass in Stock

Dear Client,

Luminous Glass Solutions carries a full line of beautiful pattern glass.  Working with our team of designers, I personally select the glass from around the world that I believe will best deliver both  beauty and elegance to your home or commercial setting.

Please visit our website link below to review our pattern glass and let us know which is your favorite.  

www.luminousglass.com/patternglass

Thanks.  We look forward to hearing from you,

Kristin

 

How Is Patterned Glass Made?

Pattern glass is made using giant roller pins -- just like Grandma used in making cookies.  These giant rollers have patterns etched into them.  These rolls are pressed onto semi-cold glass during the final stage of the glass manufacturing process to give us the beautiful and diverse patterns of glass that add personality to your space. 

Visit our website or call us at 305-621-1670 to learn more about the patterns we carry at Luminous Glass Solutions. We ship throughout the country and the Caribbean.

#patternglass  # designideas

Luminous Glass is a family affair

Yanill, our warehouse manager, returned today from Columbia after successfully helping his son emigrate from Cuba to the US. It took three years and tons of paperwork and heartbreak to get his son into the US.

This picture shows what an immigrant looks like on his first day in our country!! Relieved and happy.

I am proud that my company can support people as they work to get out of Cuba and Venezuela and that we provide them with training and employment. This is an Important part of our mission. We currently employ two Venezuelan refugees and have been the first US employee for at least five Cuban refugees.

What is Insulated Glass?

Having lived in Chicago and Minnesota for most of my life, I am used to seeing insulated glass in homes and commercial buildings.  In Minnesota, where it is sometimes -10 degrees outside and 75 degrees inside, insulated glass is critically important.

Why does insulated glass help when there are big temperature differentials between outside and inside temperatures?  Because insulated glass consists of two panes of glass separated by a pocket of air  that slows the transference of heat or cold.  In the same way that a down jacket creates pockets of air between the feathers in the jacket to slow the transference of cold to the skin, insulated glass creates a pocket of air to slow the transference of heat or cold to the inside of the home or commercial space.   

Now insulated glass is coming to the South Florida markets because of new environmentally focused building codes.  While Florida doesn't have an 85 degree temperature differential between outside and inside temperatures, it does have 20-30 degree differentials in the height of summer.  I have noticed since I moved to Florida that on a hot summer morning, condensation builds up on the outside of  my Florida windows.  This is due to cold air from the air conditioned house "escaping" to the outside and becoming water when it hits the hot air.  Cold air takes hot air and turns it to liquid when there are big differences in the temperatures.  It is the same reason you can see your breathe when you breathe out on a cold Minnesota winter's day.

Now Luminous Glass Solutions makes insulated units.  Call Robin or Ana for pricing at 305-621-1670.

 

 

 

LOW E Glass in stock

Luminous Glass Solutions is excited to announce Low E glass is in stock.

Low E glass is designed to keep solar energy out and light rays in.  Our products are the highest quality in the world to ensure that you keep the heat out and allow light and visibility in. Our line of low e glass ensures that you will keep heat producing solar rays out and will be doing your part to keep the planet green.

Call us to learn more about our extensive line of low e glass products. #loweglass

What is tempered glass?

I love showing the Luminous Glass factory to clients and friends.  I am so proud of our state of the art tempering furnace, which is one of a handful in Florida.  We at Luminous love this furnace.  we believe that with our care and expertise, the Luminous Glass furnace produces the highest quality tempered glass in the country.  Our loyal customers agree that our product truly is beautiful and strong.

During the tour yesterday, a brave tour participant asked a very good question, " What is tempered glass?" 

That is a GREAT QUESTION!!  The reality is that most of the world does not understand this miracle of tempered glass. 

Tempered glass is glass that has been reheated to a temperature between 500-600 degrees.  This extreme heat reconstitutes the glass at a molecular level.  As a result of being tempered, glass does not break into shards but it breaks into small pebbles.  This makes it safe to be in your home or in your office. 

Our furnace tempers the glass in a three stage process along an assembly line that is 200 feet long.  The first stage is to wash the glass to make sure any particles are removed.  Secondly, we heat the glass to 500-600 degrees in a giant oven that is on a series of rollers so that the glass is constantly in motion while it is being heated.  Finally, the glass is rolled to a giant cooling chamber that cools the red hot glass evenly with a huge fan. 

My favorite stage is the cooling stage.  At this stage,  the gentle, rhythmic sound of the heated furnace and rollers turns off and the blast of the giant cooling fan turns on with a sound of power that reminds me of the climax of a Beethoven symphony.  We at Luminous Glass all hear this symphony and believe it truly rivals Beethoven's 9th.  

Come by and hear for yourself.  Call us at 305-621-1670 to learn more.

Take care and don't forget to notice the miracles and the miraculous glass around you today!

Kristin

A common design mistake to avoid

Glass is a beautiful and important part of creating a modern home.  It is used to create beautiful shower doors, mirrors, back splashes and tabletops.  The most common mistake I see designers make in the use of glass is not using thick enough glass for tabletops and counter tops.  Thick glass tabletops create a real statement and add beauty at a relatively small price premium to thin glass alternatives

Glass comes in various thicknesses --most commonly from 1/16 thick to 1 inch thick.  The most common thickness for home interiors is 3/8 glass, which is commonly used in shower doors and glass partitions.   Often, home owners will not know that there are alternatives.  Homeowner commonly select 3/8 glass for everything, including coffee tables, kitchen counter tops and dining tables.  I recommend thicker glass for these applications. 

The coffee or dining table is the center of the room and is where we gather with friends and family.  It warrants an investment in thicker glass. Make a statement.

Luminous Glass carries a range of thick glass for table tops.  We ship across the US and the Caribbean.  Call us today at 305-621-1670 or email me at khayes@lgdglass.com today to place your order.

Thanks and remember to notice glass!  It's a miracle!

Kristin

The invention of the float glass production process--it started in a bathtub

There are hundreds of float glass production plants throughout the world--35 here in the US alone, each costing over $50 million to build.  A lot of investment to say the least. From this process, we produce glass that is perfectly flat and clear, with none of the imperfections that our ancestors had to deal with.  Yet, do you know who invented this process?  It all started in a bath tub.

Prior to the mid 1900's, glass was made from heated sand and then pulled like taffy to make it straight and clear.  Yet, it was never perfect.  It had variances in thickness and clarity.  This problem really bothered a gentleman by the name of Mr. Pilkington.  He wanted something better.  One evening, he was pondering this problem in his bath.  This was in the early 1900's, so he had a candle by his tub to light the room.  The candle dripped wax into the tub.  Yet, this wax didn't dissipate in the tub,  It floated.  In fact, it created a perfectly smooth service when it floated in the tub.  Eureka! An idea was born.

Mr. Pilkington ran to his factory the next day.  What material would molten glass float in like the wax in his bath tub?  His scientists told him that molten tin heated to 4,000 degrees would separate from molten glass.  Mr. Pilkington created a molten tin/molten glass bath in his factory.  The glass separated from the tin and was perfectly smooth, just like the window glass that we all see on a daily basis and take for granted.  The first float glass factory was born!!!

Tour of a Glass Fabrication Factory

Have you ever wondered how glass is cut to make a shower door?  How do you polish the edges of a sharp piece of glass to create a smooth tabletop?  Take a tour of the Luminous Glass Solutions factory in Miami Florida to learn about the people and machines that make products like shower doors, table tops, window glass and patio doors.  Click this link to get the tour.

   

Glass Building Envelop and Florida Building Codes

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New Florida Building Code standards becomes effective on June 30, 2015!  How will these changes impact you?

The first major change is to the wind speed map.  Earlier high wind speed maps  once applied primarily to Miami-Dade county.  Now parts of Orlando, Tampa and even Flagler County are included in the 140 mph wind zone for essential buildings like hospitals and government buildings.  These standards will keep more Floridians safe in case of a hurricane.

As a Kawneer distributor, Luminous Glass is proud to say that Kawneer is the only major storefront and curtain wall company with current Miami-Dade NOA’s met for their full product line.  This gives installers and purchasers the insurance that their project will meet the highest standards of inspection and pass final inspection requirements.  Kawneer meets the tough Miami-Dad NOA standards through 2019.  No other metal producer can make this claim.

Secondly,  the Florida Building Code adopts 2012 International Energy Conservation Code to Florida.  The IECC 2012 codes set requirements for heat transmissions, air infiltration and condensation resistance through out the entire building envelop.  Florida is rich in natural beauty and these requirements will help our beautiful state remain beautiful for generations to come. Now essential buildings in our State must improve the level of heat transmission.  Have you ever seen condensation outside your home windows or favorite local store on a particularly hot Florida morning?  The condensation reflects that the interior coolness from the air conditioning is being transmitted to the outside of the house or store at a less than optimal rate.  Cooling costs rise and air conditioners get unnecessary wear and tear.

One way of addressing this loss of air conditioning to the outside is to purchase insulated windows.  Kawneer has a line of thermally optimized storefront and curtain walls.  Luminous Glass sells insulated glass to create windows that will be better for our environment.  Please call us today to learn more at 305-621-1670.

To your safety and our beautiful environment,

Kristin       CEO ,  Luminous Glass

Luminous Glass Introduces New Line of Designer Pattern Glass

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Want something totally unique for your bathroom?  Why not try a unique custom shower door made with one of our exclusive patterns from our LGD Designer Glass Collection? My personal favorite is our pattern “Dots to You Polka ” Glass.  It is thick clear glass with small dots throughout.  Polka dots are fun, playful and uplifting.  What better way to start your day then taking a shower behind our lovely Polka Dot Glass door! It is a classic. mid-century style that is very current but totally unique.


Dots to you, Baby,

Yours Truly,  Kristin

Mirror and black spots on mirror

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Black spots on mirror are the most costly quality problem in wholesale glass and mirror distribution.  But what causes these annoying imperfections?  Dust that gets on the glass during the silvering process and unevenly applied silver are all issues.  But the quality of the glass itself can cause problems.  “Mirror-grade glass” is the highest standard of float glass and ensures optimal adherence of silver to the glass.  Unfortunately, as energy, silver and other raw materials costs rise, some mirror manufacturers are using “glazing quality glass” rather than “mirror grade glass” during the silvering process.

Luminous Glass is diligent in ensuring its mirror manufacturers use mirror grade glass so that our mirror is the highest quality.  Our mirror suppliers include Guardian,  Gardner and Binswangermirror…among the highest quality mirror manufacturers in the world.

In April,  I am excited to introduce an exclusive line of mirror products.  Please stay tuned for the new “LGD Elite” line of mirrors.  The LGD team is combing the globe in search of the highest quality products to sell under the LGD Elite label.  I will be in Italy and China in the coming weeks meeting with manufacturers and reviewing their production processes.  It will be exhausting but I can hardly wait.

Stay tuned to learn more about LGD Elite and other high quality, cost effective products from Luminous Glass!!!

Yours Truly,

Kristin Hayes, CEO, Luminous Glass Distributors