Volume 39, Issue 3, March  2004


Resources for the Industry
    The Care and Cleaning of Architectural Glass 
by Al Lutz

The intent of this article is to raise awareness among members of the glass industry and their customers of a series of Glass Association of North America (GANA) publications that discuss after-production care and cleaning of glass.
Compared with glass products of a few decades ago, the glass products used in today’s homes and buildings are increasingly complex and mark steady technological advances in a number of areas related to glass manufacture and fabrication. Products commonly provided by the industry include spectrally selective tinted glass, reflective and low-E tinted glass, laminated glass, heat- treated glass and insulating glass.

Building on, and consolidating a variety of industry-member publications and recommendations, GANA’s tempering division has published a series of three Glass Informational Bulletins, which the glass industry and its customers should be aware of and share with downstream customers and ultimate glass users.

Construction Site Protection 
of Architectural Glass 

This bulletin covers the critical early life of a glass product on a construction site, which (as many in our industry have learned the hard way) can be a hostile environment. Construction sites are subject inherently to some degree of exposure to the elements. They also feature the perils of temporary storage of all materials and are complex arenas of work by multiple crafts. The bulletin addresses the risks of site handling and storage, and provides specific guidance on organizing, protecting and communicating relative to glass products.

Heat-Treated Glass 
Surfaces are Different

Because of the increasing use of heat-treated glass products, this document describes how these products are processed, and emphasizes that their surfaces may have microscopic surface debris and/or roughness that is undetectable to the naked eye. These surface effects are not visible and do not affect the functionality of the glass. This document cautions that, however well intentioned, any attempt to rub or scrape the glass surface (i.e., window cleaners using scrapers) would likely result in considerable scratching and damage to the surface. 

Proper Procedures for 
Cleaning Architectural Glass

This document provides a summary of good practices for cleaning in-place glass, including a detailed “Do’s and Don’t’s” checklist of glass cleaning. The bulletin is intended to be a resource for building owners, contractors and professional window cleaners to ensure that today’s glass products are treated properly during construction and building maintenance cleaning.

These resources are available free of charge, and the industry is encouraged to further share them with others involved in construction, including architects, general contractors, building and homeowners, related trades and building cleaning and maintenance firms.

Consider some of the following:
• Reprints for inclusion in company literature;
• Linking to the GANA website where the documents can be found;
• Direct customer mailings of the documents or including them with other mailings, such as invoices;
• Coverage of the topic and reprints distributed at employee and sales meetings;
• Including with job submittals; and
• Including with end-of job submittals, warranties.

Glass Information Bulletins can be downloaded from GANA’s website at www.glasswebsite.com or contact the GANA headquarters at: 785/271-0208 if you have questions or comments concerning the documents.


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