STOP Scratched Glass!


By Casey MacNiven



Due to an ever increasing demand for performance in the glass industry, manufacturers have many different types of glass to offer these days.  Whether its been coated to provide insulation, designed to be more energy efficient, heat treated for safety or laminated for strength, the increased performance capabilities and wide availability of options to the consumer has made it more important than ever to hire an educated contractor.

In short, cleaning windows improperly can lead to permanent noticeable blemishes on your windows.

Unfortunately, there are many contractors out there that do not know about this. Our own personal research has revealed that only 2/10 general contractors in Durango know about Fabrication Debris. With sub-contractors this number is even lower 2/20.

The reputation of the general contractor rides on the backs of every sub-contractor that steps onto their work site. However, it is the responsibility of all contractors to protect the integrity of your home. Only problem is they can’t protect when they don’t know how.

Here are some New Construction Tips for General Contractors:

  1. Inspect windows before installing. Remove all packaging. (Look for low-e coating showing, scratches, bowed glass, damages)
  2. Cover up and leave it this way until the very last day after everything else is finished including the final clean. Windows are last.

Here are some tips for home owners:

  1. When hiring contractors at your home ask them to cover your windows
  2. Discuss your concern for construction debris left on glass
  3. Hire a cleaning company that shares your concern for scratched glass
  4. Know which windows in your home are more suceptable to damage (Tempered, coated, tinted)


“Knowledge is power”

-Sir Francis Bacon