Jack Smith Glass

Craftsmanship, Service & Competitive Prices since 1962.

Frequently Asked Questions

Serving homeowners and businesses in Sonoma County

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS LOW-E OR SUNCOAT?
HOW DO I MANAGE CONDENSATION?
WHY CHOOSE VINYL?
WHAT IS TEMPERED GLASS?
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WINDOWS AND DOORS?


WHAT IS LOW-E OR SUNCOAT?

SunCoat™ Low-E window glass comes on Fiberglass, Vinyl, and Aluminum windows and doors. The benefits of SunCoat™ Low-E window glass are clear:

  • Reduces solar heat gain for lower summer cooling costs
  • Helps block heat loss for lower winter heating costs
  • Reduces harmful UV rays that fade carpet and furniture by up to 78%
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HOW DO I MANAGE CONDENSATION?

Condensation on the inside of a window indicates the humidity levels inside that room are higher than outside. Excess moisture on the inside of your window may cause deterioration and possibly mold growth leading to possible health concerns. Follow these easy steps to reduce the risk of excessive condensation and mold growth.

  1. Check all window and patio doors for smooth operation and sealed air tight.
  2. Use exhaust fans regularly in rooms with high humidity (bathrooms, pool rooms, etc.)
  3. Use a ceiling fan to continually circulate air.
  4. Dehumidifiers can drastically reduce the amount of moisture inside your home.
  5. When practical, open all windows and doors when experiencing excessive moisture inside your home.
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WHY CHOOSE VINYL?

  • Vinyl doesn’t crack, peel corrode or rot like other materials
  • Vinyl greatly reduces condensation on the frame
  • Will never need painting
  • Energy efficient
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WHAT IS TEMPERED GLASS?

Tempered glass is extremely strong and often used for its safety characteristics. Not only is it extra strong, but when it breaks, it breaks into little pebble-like pieces without sharp edges. Tempered glass is ideal for reducing the likelihood of injury in the event of breakage in applications like patio doors, side lights, and bathroom enclosures for showers and tubs.

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WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF WINDOWS AND DOORS?

SINGLE-HUNG WINDOW
Traditional in appearance. Single-hung windows slide vertically and are reminiscent of old-style sash windows. Combine them with a picture window for more impact.

SINGLE-HUNG TILT WINDOW
Bottom sash slides vertically for venting, plus tilts for easy cleaning of outside panes. Combine with a picture window for lots of fresh air and impact.

DOUBLE-HUNG WINDOW
Enjoy all the elegance of years gone by with up-to-the-minute functionality in our double-hung windows.

DOUBLE-HUNG TILT WINDOW
Enjoy all the elegance of years gone by with up-to-the-minute functionality in our double-hung windows. Top and bottom sash tilt for easy cleaning.

HORIZONTAL SLIDER WINDOW
A popular style for contemporary homes. Horizontal sliders are typically used for bedrooms requiring egress.

HORIZONTAL DOUBLE SLIDER WINDOW
A convenient style for your home. Both sashes operate for easy cleaning and maintenance. Typically found in bedrooms requiring egress.

PICTURE WINDOW
A perfect selection for view homes. Picture windows capture maximum visibility. Combine a picture window with other windows to allow for ventilation.

RADIUS WINDOW
Radius windows enhance the character of both contemporary and traditional homes. Arched windows are perfect for door transoms, too.

CASEMENT WINDOW
Graceful styling and high-tech engineering make casement windows a popular choice. Jamb hinges allow the window to completely open outward for maximum ventilation and to achieve egress.

AWNING WINDOW
Hinged on the top of the window, awnings tilt out to allow for ventilation, even during bad weather. An ideal accent above or below a picture window.

GARDEN WINDOW
Turn kitchen windows into mini-greenhouses. Garden windows extend out from wall to make the most of light from above and all sides.
BAY WINDOW
Create a focal point in a living or dining room. Bay windows extend out, incorporating three separate windows jointed at 450 angles. Choose ventilating windows as flankers to let in fresh breezes.

BOW WINDOW
Bow windows are similar to bays, but often incorporate more than three windows. Windows are joined at a less dramatic angle. Choose ventilating windows as flankers to let in fresh breezes.

SLIDING PATIO DOOR
The industry leader for strength, function and beauty. Our traditional sliding patio doors in vinyl and aluminum are tough enough to earn a higher structural rating while still maximizing the glazing area. Tough, attractive hardware provides smooth operation. Optional grid styles and patterns complement your windows perfectly.

FRENCH-STYLE SLIDING PATIO DOOR
An elegant French-style sliding patio door. This favorite of architects, builders and homeowners combines the look of a French door with the space-saving ease of a sliding patio door. Made of sturdy low-maintenance vinyl or fiberglass, the frames won’t rot, peel or require paint. You get reliable performance and beauty for years to come.

IN-SWING FRENCH DOORS
This is the traditional in-swing French door with one important difference: the strength and durability of fiberglass construction. In-swing doors open into your home, providing the ideal passageway when you have limited outdoor space. Durable, low-maintenance fiberglass means these French doors will not crack, peel, warp, split, pit, or corrode.

OUT-SWING FRENCH DOORS
This is the traditional out-swing French door with one important difference: the strength and durability of fiberglass construction. Outswing doors are the perfect solution when you have limited indoor space. Durable, low-maintenance fiberglass means these French doors will not crack, peel, warp, split, pit, or corrode.

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We are so happy with the beautiful new windows that you installed for us. We are sure the installation was not the easiest to do, but Chad, Mark, Joey and Russell did the job with courtesy, efficiency and skill. We will certainly recommend Jack Smith Glass to anyone who needs glass installation…

— Elizabeth T.
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