Options and Upgrades

Paint finishes, tints, glass composition and added decorations let you customize the look, function, strength and energy efficiency of your Windows and Doors.

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GLASS THICKNESS

 

Stock Glass for Horizontal Rollers and Singlehungs is 5/16 Laminated Glass written as :

1/8 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/8 CLEAR HS

That is, two eight inch panes of heat strengthened glass with a  one sixteenth inch thick Poly Vinyl Buteral Layer in between.

This glass can be easily upgraded to “7/16” glass, the cost is a roughly 15% increase on the particular window

                                                                                                          3/16 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 3/16 CLEAR HS

Sliding doors come stock with an industry leading 9/16 glass.

1/4 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/4 CLEAR HS

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“Turtle Glass” refers to a buiding code enforced in direct coastal areas. “Turtle Code” requires SGHZ to be brought below , it can usually be accomplished with the combination of Low-E and Grey Tint.

Utilities Savings

Even our stock window offerings will represent a great increase in your thermal barrier, upgrade to thicker glass, insulated glass and/or Low-E tint to increase your utilities savings exponentially.

SGHZ and U-Factor

These are metrics used to measure the thermal barrier provided by different windows. U-Factor measures a windows overall resistance to heat flow, lower numbers are better. SHGC(Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) has to do with the amount of Solar radiation that will be transfered through a window, lower numbers are better in this metric as well. In south florida U-Factor measures your windows ability to keep the cold air in while SHGC measures the windows ability to keep solar radiation out.

Low-E Tint

Low -E (Low-Emissivity) Tint is another heat reduction uv barrier option, the best grade being Solar Ban 70 denoted as SB70 on the window sticker.

SB70 (Solar Ban 70)

Glass Thickness

Stock Glass for Horizontal Rollers and Singlehungs is 5/16 Laminated Glass written as :

 1/8 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/8 CLEAR HS

 That is, two eight inch panes of heat strengthened glass with a  one sixteenth inch thick Poly Vinyl Buteral Layer in between.

 This glass can be easily upgraded to “7/16” glass, the cost is a roughly 15% increase on the particular window

3/16 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 3/16 CLEAR HS

 Sliding doors come stock with an industry leading 9/16 glass.

1/4 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/4 CLEAR HS

Insulated Glass

Insulated glass adds and an additional “sacrificial” pane to your standard laminated glass, the new pane is tempered glass which will encapsulate a 3/8 inch area of air space in front of your standard impact laminated glass. Labeled as “3/16 tempered-3/8 air space-3/16 HS  1/16 PVB 3/16 HS”

"Turtle Glass"

“Turtle Glass” refers to a buiding code enforced in direct coastal areas. “Turtle Code” requires SGHZ to be brought below in order to combat interior lightings effect on sea turtle nesting activities, it can usually be accomplished with the combination of Low-E and Grey Tint.

Visible Transmittance and Air Infiltration

Visible transmittance measures the amount of light that is still shining through after you have added your thermal barrier, generally the heavier the thermal barrier the less the visible transmittance, this variable is taken into consideration for interior lighting purposes. Air Infilltration deals with the amount of seepage the windows allow through imperfect seals.

Tint, Paint and Decoration Options.

Tint Options

The list of different tint options is extensive. The following tints are available:

Clear

Grey

Bronze

Solex Green

Azuria

Solar Blue

Solar Cool Gray

Solar Cool Bronze

Blue-Green

Solar Cool Azuria

Solar Cool Pacifica

Double Bronze

Frame Finishes

In addition to the three stock similarly priced stock paint options: White, Bronze and Anodized  (silver) and these three shades corresponding high quality Kynar and Duranar options. There are also woodlike finishes and custom finishes upon request. Listed finishes are as follows:

White Powdercoat

Bronze Powdercoat

Clear Anodized

White Kynar

Bronze Kynar

Duranar Arcadia Silver

Wood grain Dark Walnut

Wood Grain Java

Wood Grain Cinnamon Red

Wood Grain Black Wenge

Grid Patterns

Grid Patterns are available on the Horizontal rolling and Singlehung windows as well as the French doors. They come in Colonial or Brittany configurations and can be customized to include any number of rows and columns. The grid profile itself is available in pyramid, ogee, and flat.

Door Decos

Our French Doors offer a wide variety of applied door decorations. These are applied to the glass on the exterior and interior to create some really sharp looks. This option is design competitive with some much more expensive designer front door offerings of other companies.

Privacy Glass

Our Windows and Doors accomplish Privacy glass by turning the interlayer white, this glass is not frosted and both sides remain completely smooth. The glass still allows some light transferance but is impossible to see through. Often used in bathroom windows or on front doors. Pictured, White Interlayer privacy glass door with clear sidelites. Rain Glass and Linen interlayer are other privacy glass options.

Kynar and Duranar

These frame finish options are chemically engineered for superior durability and come with a 10 year warranty. Especially suggested when located in a coastal area where high levels of salinity in the air may cause aggravated paint corrosion. Often suggested to compete with the durability of finish on Vinyl products.

Fortifications: Security and Storm Protection

Security

Our impact windows are composed of heat strengthened impact glass, creating and impassable barrier for flying debris and other unwanted intrusion. Our swing doors come with 3 points of stabilization, two vertical and one horizontal locking throwbolts. The revolutionary design of our sliding door creates another solid strong point in your fortifications.

3-Point lock

All Swing doors come standard with throw bolts in three directions: up, down and sideways. There also exists a integral handset that is keyed and will operate the two vertical and one horizontal deadbolts with a single motion. This feature costs around $250 per panel and is highly recommended, it allows you to operate the 3-points of security from the exterior as well as the interior. If you have multiple swing doors all of your three point lock sets will be keyed alike.

Heat Strengthened Glass

All Mr. Glass laminate glass is comprised of 2 layers of heat strengthened glass, "HS". Most competitors start with weaker, untreated, "annealed glass", then charge to upgrade to "HS".

Glass Thickness

Stock Glass for Horizontal Rollers and Singlehungs is 5/16 Laminated Glass written as :

1/8 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/8 CLEAR HS

That is, two eight inch panes of heat strengthened glass with a  one sixteenth inch thick Poly Vinyl Buteral Layer in between.

This glass can be easily upgraded to "7/16" glass, the cost is a roughly 15% increase on the particular window

3/16 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 3/16 CLEAR HS

Sliding doors come stock with an industry leading 9/16 glass.

1/4 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/4 CLEAR HS

Interlayers

Part of what makes a window "Impact rated" is the layer of material between the 2 pieces of laminated glass, This Layer is  .090 inches thick which translates roughly to 1/16 of an inch, This is why the standard glass written as

1/8 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/8 CLEAR HS

Is Considered  5/16 Glass. The Clear denotes the tint for that pane while the HS stands for heat strengthened. PVB stands for Poly Vinyl Buteral, this is a very strong interlayer. For larger windows or to increase pressure ratings for other reasons an even higher quality interlayer is available, this is known as SGP, Sentry Glas Plus. 

Impenetrable Sliders

Having personally dismantled and installed hundreds of sliding glass doors, new and old, I am of the opinion that they are the single weakest link in your homes theft barrier, information not lost on professional burglars, most fixed panels and locking catches being fastened with incredibly inadequate self tapping metal screws, or sometimes even screwless alligator clips. Mr Glass has solved the age old problem of insecure sliding doors by placing the active panel, fully interlocked and latched in a concrete screw secured catch as the outside panel, while placing solid aluminum bracing at the header and base of the fixed panel inaccessible from outside. Which is to say, you can’t break in to these doors!!”

Insurance Savings

Upgrading to Impact windows represents a decreased risk value for your Home Owners Insurance. Contact your carrier to discuss how much your new windows and doors will decrease your insurance premium.

Pressure Rating

Pressure ratings describe the windows capacity to withstand applied force, it is measured in terms of PSF(Pounds per Square Foot) and listed as positive "Push" pressure and negative "Pull" pressure. The number indicates the amount of pressure, reduced by 33%, that a product can withstand. For example a window with +80/-80 PSF could withstand Push or Pull pressure of up to 120 Lbs per square Ft. Our windows come standard with industry leading pressure ratings and can be upgraded to incredible levels of strength, that being said all impact windows, by definition, offer "category 5" hurricane protection.

HVHZ

HVHZ: High Velocity Hurricane Zone. All of Broward county is considered to be in a HVHZ.  All windows and doors must be rated for HVHZ in order to pass inspections in this region by law. All of the products we provide exceed HVHZ standards considerably.

Tint Styles

The list of different tint options is extensive. The following tints are available:

Clear

Grey

Bronze

Solex Green

Azuria

Solar Blue

Solar Cool Gray

Solar Cool Bronze

Blue-Green

Solar Cool Azuria

Solar Cool Pacifica

Double Bronze

 

Frame finish options

In addition to the three stock similarly priced stock paint options: White, Bronze and Anodized  (silver) and these three shades corresponding high quality Kynar and Duranar options. There are also woodlike finishes and custom finishes upon request. Listed finishes are as follows:

White Powdercoat

Bronze Powdercoat

Clear Anodized

White Kynar

Bronze Kynar

Duranar Arcadia Silver

Wood grain Dark Walnut

Wood Grain Java

Wood Grain Cinnamon Red

Wood Grain Black Wenge

 

Kynar and Duranar

These frame finish options are chemically engineered for superior durability and come with a 10 year warranty. Especially suggested when located in a coastal area where high levels of salinity in the air may cause aggravated paint corrosion. Often suggested to compete with the durability of finish on Vinyl products.

Door Decorations

Mr. Glass often a wide variety of applied door decorations. These are applied to the glass on the exterior and interior to create some really sharp looks. This option is design competitive with some much more expensive designer front door offerings of other companies.

Grid Pattern

Grid Patterns are available on the Horizontal rolling and Singlehung windows as well as the French doors. They come in Colonial or Brittany configurations and can be customized to include any number of rows and columns. The grid profile itself is available in pyramid, ogee, and flat.

Insulated Glass

Insulated glass adds and an additional “sacrificial” pane to your standard laminated glass, the new pane is tempered glass which will encapsulate a 3/8 inch area of air space in front of your standard impact laminated glass. Labeled as “3/16 tempered-3/8 air space-3/16 HS  1/16 PVB 3/16 HS”

 

Privacy Glass

Mr. Glass accomplishes Privacy glass by turning the interlayer white, this glass is not frosted and both sides remain completely smooth. The glass still allows some light transferance but is impossible to see through. Often used in bathroom windows or on front doors. Pictured, White Interlayer privacy glass door with clear sidelites.

Heat Strengthened

All Mr. Glass laminate glass is comprised of 2 layers of heat strengthened glass, “HS”. Most competitors start with weaker, untreated, “annealed glass”, then large to upgrade to “HS”.

Glass Thickness

Stock Glass for Horizontal Rollers and Singlehungs is 5/16 Laminated Glass written as :

 

5/16 Glass

 

 1/8 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/8 CLEAR HS

 

 That is, two eight inch panes of heat strengthened glass with a  one sixteenth inch thick Poly Vinyl Buteral Layer in between.

 

This glass can be easily upgraded to “7/16” glass, the cost is a roughly 15% increase on the particular window.

 

7/16 Glass

 

3/16 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 3/16 CLEAR HS

 

The Picture windows come stock with 7/16 glass.

 

 

 

Sliding doors come stock with an industry leading 9/16 glass.

 

9/16 Glass

1/4 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/4 CLEAR HS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Low-E

Low -E (Low-Emissivity) Tint is another heat reduction uv barrier option, the best grade being Solar Ban 70 denoted as SB70 on the window sticker.

SB70 (Solar Ban 70)

Interlayers

Part of what makes a window “Impact rated” is the layer of material between the 2 pieces of laminated glass, This Layer is  .090 inches thick which translates roughly to 1/16 of an inch, This is why the standard glass written as

1/8 CLEAR HS + 0.090 PVB + 1/8 CLEAR HS

Is Considered  5/16 Glass. The Clear denotes the tint for that pane while the HS stands for heat strengthened. PVB stands for Poly Vinyl Buteral, this is a very strong interlayer. For larger windows or to increase pressure ratings for other reasons an even higher quality interlayer is available, this is known as SGP, Sentry Glas Plus. 

U factor and SHGC

These are metrics used to measure the thermal barrier provided by different windows. U-Factor measures a windows overall resistance to heat flow, lower numbers are better. SHGC(Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) has to do with the amount of Solar radiation that will be transfered through a window, lower numbers are better in this metric as well.

Security

Our impact windows are composed of heat strengthened impact glass, creating and impassable barrier for flying debris and other unwanted intrusion. Our swing doors come with 3 points of stabilization, two vertical and one horizontal locking throwbolts. The revolutionary design of our sliding door creates another solid strong point in your fortifications.

Utility Savings

Even our stock window offerings will represent a great increase in your thermal barrier, upgrade to thicker glass, insulated glass and/or Low-E tint to increase your utilities savings exponentially. 

INSURANCE SAVINGS

Upgrading to Impact windows represents a decreased risk value for your Home Owners Insurance. Contact your carrier to discuss how much your new windows and doors will decrease your insurance premium.

3- Point lock

All Swing doors come standard with throw bolts in three directions: up, down and sideways. There also exists a integral handset that is keyed and will operate the two vertical and one horizontal deadbolts with a single motion. This feature costs around $250 per panel and is highly recommended, it allows you to operate the 3-points of security from the exterior as well as the interior. If you have multiple swing doors all of your three point lock sets will be keyed alike.

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