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Philadelphia Glass Company

Posted on 21 July, 2015 at 0:20 Comments comments (0)
Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia has been very busy of late

Monday: We repaired a very large insulated glass unit (thermal window) at a restaurant on Chestnut Street in center city Philadelphia; We did a door glass repair for a bar in Northern Liberties; A home window repair on Jackson Street in South Philadelphia and a home window repair on Brown Street in West Philadelphia
Tuesday: A window glass repair for a tenant occupied property near Temple University in North Philadelphia; A new commercial door installation for a pizza place near Market Street in University City; A residential glass repair in the Holme Circle section of Northeast Philadelphia; A door glass repair on 52nd Street in West Philadelphia
Wednesday: A glass door repair for a church in the Mantua Section of West Philadelphia; a plate glass repair for a deli near Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia; a home window glass repair 10th street in Center city Philadelphia; A residentail glass repair in Port Richmond on Memphis Street.
Thursday: A door glass repair for an Italian restaurant on Route 73 in Cherry Hill, NJ; A plate glass repair for a Subway restaurant in the Bustleton Section of far Northeast Philadelphia; a door closer for a Taco Bell in center city Philadelphia; A home window repair in a condo building in Society Hill in downtown Philadelphia
Friday: We did a temporary plate glass removal for a store in Manayunk that needed a large refridgeration unit which was too big to fit through the front door; A home window repair in the Bella Vista Section of South Philadelphia; A new storefront installation at a Metro PCS Store in Port Richmond.  

Atlas Glass Repair Company is a family owned Philadelphia Glass Company serving the entire city of Philadelphia 2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia Pa 19130

Philadelphia Glass Company

Posted on 19 June, 2015 at 9:56 Comments comments (0)
Atlas Glass Repair Company in Philadelphia 215-432-8487 is a family owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company providing the entire city with residential and commercial glass repair (sorry... no auto glass repair). We are open seven days a week for emergency service.

Some recent complete jobs at Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia.

Monday: a house glass repair on West Stiles Street in West Philadelphia near the Philadelphia Zoo. Several large insulated glass windows (thermal pane) at a daycare center on Cottman Avenue in the Mayfair section of Northeast Philadelphia.
Tuesday: A particularly difficult home window repair of an older single pane picture window on Hoffnagle Street in the Rhawnhurst section of Northeast Philadelphia. A commercial door glass repair for a corner store in the Italian Market on 9th Street in South Philadelphia.
Wednesday: A storefront window repair on Allegheney Avenue in North Philadelphia. A single pane window repair at a Fraternity House on boathouse row along Kelly Drive.
A house window repair near the Barnes Foundation Art Museum in the Spring Garden Section of center city Philadelphia.
Thursday: A home window glass repair on South Hancock Street in South Philadelphia; A door glass repair on East Girard Avenue in Fishtown. A residential glass repair on a skylight window on North 16th Street near Temple University in North Philadelphia.
Friday: A transom glass repair at a Church on South 21st Street in Center City Philadelphia; a home glass repair on a multi-unity property on Fairmount Avenue in the Fairmount section of center city Philadelphia. A patio door glass repair at an apartment building on Welsh Road in Northeast Philadelphia.

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Why Does it Cost So Much To Have A Small Window Repaired? - Philadelphia Glass Company

Posted on 3 June, 2015 at 7:30 Comments comments (0)
Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia Pa 215-432-8487
A family-owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

We get a lot of calls in the Old City and Society Hill sections of Philadelphia for what is known in the glass repair business as "hackout" windows. These are simply the older style (60-100+ years) wood frame windows where the glass is held in (glazed) with glazing putty. This type of window is the scourge of all glass companies, as they are disproportionately time and labor intensive. The price to repair them is set accordingly, typically between two-hundred and four-hundred dollars per window depending on how much work has to be performed. 

Many times customers are shocked to find out that a six inch by eight inch window glass cost two hundred dollars to repair. Why so much? Well, because of that very fact that they are so very labor intensive and time consuming. That six inch by eight inch window can easily take any where from an hour and a half to two and half hours. 

The technology for repairing this type of window has not changed in two hundred years. And it ain't complicated. Basically you have to hammer and chisel out the existing putty (which can be as hard as cement), being extremely careful not to break the window next to it, an easy task by no means as it is usually less then a half inch away from where you are swinging the hammer. Added to this is the fact that the window is usually (preferably) done "in place," making for awkward angles for hammering and chiseling. Once the opening has been entirely chiseled out and thoroughly cleaned, you install the new glass and glazing points, then glaze the window in place with new glazing putty, which, depending on the temperature, can be very difficult to work with.

Putty set windows on upper floors are even more expensive because they typically can not be done "in place" and have to be completely removed. This involves removing the interior wood trim which holds the window sash in place, then disconnecting and securing the counter weights, and finally removing then entire window sash. Then the window can be placed on a work table and repaired. The entire process is then repeated to re-install the window sash.

Because this type of job is so labor intensive, many glass companies in Philadelphia won't even do them.  But Atlas Glass company does them and we are here to serve all your residential and commercial glass repair needs.


Atlas Glass Repair Company in Philadelphia
A family owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19130

Philadelphia Glass Company

Posted on 30 May, 2015 at 10:08 Comments comments (0)
What type of broken window do you have?

Here at Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia, we get anywhere from ten to thirty customer phone calls each day. Usually, the first question is "How much will it cost to fix my broken window?" 

Years ago, before the advent of smart phones and Google Earth, trying to give someone a realistic estimate over the phone was essentially an exercise in futility, or worse yet, a flat out fool's errand. There were simple too many variables that came into play. However, using today's technolodgy, it is now possible to give someone over the phone a realistic estimate for the cost to repair a specific window.

First of all, and most importantly, take a cell phone picture of the broken glass in question. In fact, take several of them. Be sure to give us a nice wide view, which can give us some perspective of size and design of the window. Too often a customer will send us pictures that are extreme close ups of the broken glass. This, we assure you, is a waste of time and resources, for we are well aware what broken glass looks like. As a point of reference, stand at least ten feet away from the glass. If it is a commercial window, than take a picture of the whole storefront. For residential windows try to get the whole wall in the photograph.

Once you have taken your pictures, you can send them directly to our main phone line - 215-432-8487. You can also email them to us at [email protected] It is typically faster and easier if you send them to our phone number.

When we receive the photographs of your broken window(s), we will then ask you some specific question about it. Questions along the line of "It is a single or double pane window? Is it an operating (movable) window or non-operating (fixed)? Is it on the first floor or second? Is the glass clear or tinted?"

Our representatives  are professionals and know the right questions to ask. Through this information exchange we can usually give our customers a very realistic estimate to the age old question in the glass company business, "How much will it cost to fix my broken window?"

Philadelphia Glass Company - Atlas Glass Repair Company 215-432-8487 A family owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company 2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia Pa 19130

Philadelphia Glass Company

Posted on 28 May, 2015 at 10:18 Comments comments (0)
Philadelphia Glass Company - Atlas Glass Repair Company (215) 432-8487 A family owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company 2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa


Anatomy Of Specialty Door Glass Repair.

This particular door glass repair was located on Jackson Street in South Philadelphia. As you can see it is an older door from the sixties or early seventies and not only has a special type of glass, but a unique pattern to it as it has four inverted (reverse radius) corners.
Philadelphia Glass Company
Over the years we have done several of these exact type of door glass repairs and they are particularly difficult to do. Most Philadelphia glass companies will not do this type of repair as they are so intensely time consuming (three to four hours is the norm).

First, the frame must be removed and the old glass, which is almost always glued in, has to be extracted. This is actually the hardest and most time consuming part of the job. Care must be taken when backing out the frame so as not to damage it. All of the old broken glass and remaining glue must be scraped or pried off. I've done this personally, and I can tell you it isn't much fun.

Once the frame has been removed, it is used to pattern the new glass. This type of glass cut (inverted curves) is among the hardest to make in the glass repair busines. It is not uncommon to have to cut a new piece of glass three or four times to get it right. Fortunately, for me, I was able to get it right the first time. 

The glass is then laid in a thin bead of one hundred percent clear silicone and the frame is re-installed. Piece of cake, right? Lol


Philadelphia Glass Company - Atlas Glass Repair Company (215) 432-8487 A family owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company 2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa

Philadelphia Glass Company

Posted on 26 May, 2015 at 13:25 Comments comments (0)
Atlas Glass Repair Company in Philadelphia Pa 215-432-8487
A family-owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company
Simply the best glass company in Philadelphia
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19130

Recent comings and goings at the glass company:

Monday: a glass door repair at an apartment building on Hoffnagle street in Rhawnhurst in Northeast Philadelphia. A plate glass window repair on Route 73 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. A home window repair on 2nd street in Pennsport.
Tuesday: An emergency board up in west Philadelphia; A mirror job at a gym in South Philadelphia; A plate glass repair on Midvale Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia.
Wednesday: Several insulated glass units at a daycare center in a daycare center on Frankford Avenue. A house glass repair in Center City Philadelphia;
Thursday: A transom window repair on Spring Garden Street in the Fairmount section of downtown Philadelphia; a home window repair on Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia. A residential glass repair on a double-pane window on 48th Street in West Philadelphia
Friday: A storefront window repair on Porter Street near Broad in South Philadelphia; a small plate glass window repair on South Broad Street in center city philadelphia. A home window repair on the 2000 block of Walnut Street in Center City Philadelphia.

Atlas Glass Repair Company in Philadelphia provides residential and commercial glass repair throughout the city of Philadelphia. Call anytime for a free, no obligation estimate. 

Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia, Pa
A family-owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19130

Broken Window 101 - Philadelphia Glass Company

Posted on 20 May, 2015 at 6:29 Comments comments (0)
Atlas Glass Repair Company 215-432-8487
A family owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19130


At Atlas Glass Company we love our customers! The following will help us serve you better.


Broken Window 101

This is a brief tutorial in determining what type of broken window you have. Knowing the answer to this will help the glass company representative you speak with better assess your situation and be able to give you a good idea of the price you'll need to pay and the time it  will take to get your window fixed.

What type of window do you have? First of all, is it an older wooden frame window with a single pane of glass? Older homes (fifty plus years) often have their original wood frame windows in them. These can be fixed on the spot.

Does it open up and down (double hung)? If so, is it the top or the bottom? Does it slide from side to side? Or is it a fixed window which doesn't move at all (non-operating). Is it located in a door (door glass) or above a door (transom window).

Most importantly, is it a a single pane or double pane (thermal) window. This one often confounds people, but it needn't. Simply look at the glass where it meets the sash (frame). There should be a silver spacer between the two panes of glass which will be somewhere between a half inch and three quarters of an inch.

Knowing what type of window, and the giving us a rough size (and possibly texting us a cell phone picture of the broken glass often gives us the necessary information to make an educated guess as to the cost of getting your broken glass fixed. Note: Any "rough estimate" we give a customer is contingent on an actual physical inspection of the talked upon broken window. 

Atlas Glass Repair Company 215-432-8487
A family owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19130

Philadelphia Glass Company

Posted on 18 May, 2015 at 6:37 Comments comments (0)
Atlas Glass Repair Company 215-432-8487 Commercial and residential glass repair company in Philadelphia Pa.

Atlas Glass Repair Company comings and goings, odds and ends:
- Monday: A home window repair in the Fairmount section of downtown Philadelphia; a commercial glass door repair in Northern Liberties; A residential glass repair near Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia
- Tuesday: A storefront plate glass window repair on Pine Street in Center city Philadelphia; A glass door repair on Spruce Street in University City; a large-scale mirror job for a new health club in Northeast Philadelphia
- Wednesday: A large plate glass window on Montgomery Street near Temple University in North Philadelphia; A residential glass repair on S. Lawrence Street in Society Hill in Center City Philadelphia
- Thursday: A sliding glass patio door repair in the Graduate Hospital area; a commercial glass door repair on Germantown Avenue in the Germantown Section; A home window repair on 17th Street in the Girard Estates section of South Philadelphia.
- Friday: a glass door repair on Academy Road in Northeast Philadelphia; a home window repair on Holme Avenue in the Crispen Gardens section of Northeast Philadelphia. A storefront window repair on Oregon Avenue in South Philadelphia

Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia is the city's premier glass company. We can fix any broken window be it residential or commercial. 215-432-8487

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A family-owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, PA 19130

A Philadelphia Glass Company - Door Glass Repair

Posted on 20 April, 2015 at 11:54 Comments comments (0)
A brief tutorial from a Philadelphia glass company for business owners on what type of commercial door they have and options for getting it repaired.  

It happens to every business at some point: a delivery man hits the glass with a hand truck; someone forcefully uses thier foot to open the door; a strong gust of window catches the door and forces it to slam in an open position; or worse, a break-in occurs and it's time to call a Philadelphia glass company to get your door glass repaired. 

Atlas Glass Repair Company in Philadelphia has done this type of glass repair literally hundreds of times over the past fifteen years. It it second nature for us. The following are some tips to help you get the best and fastest service possible. After all, your front door is your window to the world and the customers first impression of you.

First of all, you'll want to determine which type of commercial door you have. Most businesses in Philadelphia have what is know as a standard aluminum commercial door. This is simply a full rectangular aluminum frame which surrounds a single-pane piece of safety glass which is known in the glass company business as a standard door-lite. The size of the frame is 36 x 84. A variation of this is a split door-lite. This is the same door but has a horizontal divison bar separating an upper and lower piece of glass. Sometimes the lower piece is a solid panel of material which often has  a mail slot in it.

Then there is what is know as an ADA (Americans With Disabilities Act) door which is usually about a foot wider than a typical door. This type of door allows for easy access for those in a wheelchair. It is typically found in buildings of newer construction and those which have had a recent storefront facelift or retro-fit.

There are also some commercial doors which have double-pane (thermal) glass. They are a high quality door that is usually only found in new or newer construction. These must be custom ordered and can take a week or more to get.

Next up is the type of safety glass you currently have and what type of safety glass you want. They are two types: laminated safety glass and tempered safety glass. Determining which type is currently in your door is very easy. Laminated safety glass is like the glass in the windshield of an automobile. When it breaks it either gets a  "spider web" type break or has just a few cracks in it. Either way, it usually holds its shape and remains in place. Tempered safety glass breaks in literally thousands of little pieces and typically (but not always) falls out onto the sidewalk.

Which is better? Well, it depends on what you want. Laminated safety glass is can be cut that same day for odd size doors (about 40% of commercial doors are non-standard) and it has the benefit of staying securely in place when it suffers a break. However, tempered glass is much, much stronger and is less likely to break in the first place.

There is a third option - Lexan (polycarbonite), which is an unbreakable form of plexiglas. Atlas Glass Company in Philadelphia does not usually recommend this option because the material, which truly is unbreakable, and looks just like glass when first installed, tends to scratch very easy. Glass cleaners which contain amonia (windex etc.) can not be used on it because the ammonia scorches the material over time. When first installed Lexan looks great, but after a year or so you can really notice the difference. After two or more years the stuff really starts to look bad. The only time a Philadelphia glass company should recommend this product is for entities such as bars and convienance stores that endure frequent breakage of thier door glass. Regular plexiglass should never be used as it not only scratches be breaks even easier than regular safety glass, especially in colder weather.

Atlas Glass Repair Company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19130
A family owned and operated Philadelphia glass company

Philadelphia Glass Company

Posted on 19 April, 2015 at 21:13 Comments comments (0)
Many older homes (50+ years) have a type of single pane window glazed (held in place) with wood trim. Of the many types of window glass these are the simplest and most straight forward to fix. One only needs a few basic tools, a local hardware store to purchase the glass cut to size, and only the slightest amount of know-how.

No doubt you are wondering why a glass company would tell you how to fix a window. It's simple - Because we love our customers, that's why! And the fact is it is somewhat expensive to have a Philadelphia glass company come out and fix  a small eight inch by ten inch window. You see, all glass companies have a minimum price to send a truck out to fix a window. Factor in travel time plus the time to do the glass work and you can easily tie up a glazier and a truck for two to three hours for even the smallest job. For literally a few bucks and an hour or two of your time, you can save yourself some real money.

First up, identifying the window to make sure that it is indeed a wood trim glazed window. Small wood frame windows are typically one of two types - wood trimmed windows that are easy to fix, and putty set (or "hack out") windows which are significantely more difficult to repair and require a certain touch and amount of know how and are better left to glass company professionals or at the very least, very handy novices. 

Take a close look at the window on both sides. Windows are glazed (installed) from one side only. Determine which side this is. Most putty set windows are easy to spot because of the forty-five degree or concave angle at which the putty has been applied. Once you are sure that you are dealing with a wood trim window, double check to make sure you are working from the right  side. This can be difficult when there are multiple layers of paint, which will usually be the case. When in doubt, make a slight razor knife cut where the wood trim meets the frame. After you get through the layers of paint the separation should be fairly easy and the blade should slide right in.  If you are not able to determine which side the glass is glazed from (sometimes it is even difficult for us) it is better to call a glass company rather than risk permanent damage to the wrong side of the frame.

The tools you will need are as follows: 
- Razor knife
- hammer
- A 5-in-1 painters tool or a quality putty knife
- gloves
- protective eyewear

What you'll want to do first is call around to a few local hardware shops to to find one that still cuts glass to size. The big guys like Home Depot and Lowe's no longer do so.

Now let's fix that window, shall we?

With your gloves and protective eyewear on, take the razor knife and cut though the paint where the frame meets the trim. Take your time and cut as straight as possible, following the frame as close as you can and pay extra attention to the corners. The better the job you do here will pay off big-time when removing the trim.

Once the paint line is cut you can begin backing out the four pieces of trim which will still be held in place with small headed nails known as brads. A certain amount of finess has to be used to get in backing out the trim without breaking it. It is, in fact, very typical for the first piece to break when being removed. Fear not, though. They fit back together like pieces of a puzzle and are not noticable after some touch-up paint. 

After the trim has been backed out you can remove the remaining broken glass and thoroughly clean the opening. You can now measure for the new glass. Don't try to be too perfect with your sizing. Leave a good eighth of an inch of clearance. Consider buying a second piece of glass while at the hardware store. It'll only cost a few bucks more and will save you the aggravation of having to make a second trip back if you somehow break the first piece (it happens to the best of us sometimes).

Atlas Glass Repair Company
2000 Hamilton Street, Philadelphia, Pa 19130
A family owned and operated Philadelphia Glass Company




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