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Creating Insulated Glass: An Interview with Russ of Rite Glass, Inc.

By Russ

Tell us about your company and its foundation.

Rite Glass Inc. started in 1970 as Rite Glass Co. and was founded by my parents, Rolland and Alice Carpentier. I was ten years old at that time and worked after school and summers since the business was started. I purchased the business in 1986 when Rolland retired. My wife Annette joined the business and I incorporated Rite Glass Inc.

What are some of the services you offer?

We specialize in custom shower enclosures frameless or framed. We have designed and installed custom shower enclosures throughout New England and have been recognized for our quality installations in exclusive areas such as Block Island,Newport and Watch Hill, RI, and in Boston, Newburyport, and Dartmouth, MA, as well as Stonington, and Pomfret CT. We once installed an enclosure on a boat for Billy Joel and repaired an enclosure for Anthony Quinn.

We fabricate and install mirrors, insulated glass for windows, patio doors, and skylights, replace broken glass and screens, fabricate and install storefront and entrances as well as repair entrances, panic hardware, and door closers. We can fabricate and install glass table and desk tops.

After installing auto glass for over 40 years, we no longer provide that service due to low profit margins and oppressive State Government fees. We do however possess the expertise to fabricate and install custom flat auto glass for hot rods and heavy equipment.

What is insulated glass?

Insulated glass refers to the technique of using two or more lites of glass laminated to an air spacer in order to trap desiccated air in-between the glass lites. The thicker the air space the greater the insulating effect. Recently coatings such as Low E and argon gas are being used to increase the efficiency of the unit.

What are the benefits associated with it?

Single lite windows conduct heat and cold easily through the glass. Insulated units greatly reduce conduction.

Do you create your own insulated glass, or just install/repair it?

The fabrication of insulated glass is best done by a dedicated manufacturer on an automated assembly line to reduce any chance of contamination between the glass lites. We order our insulated glass from such a supplier and install at your home or business.

On average, how much energy can a home save if they used insulated glass windows?

As far as how much energy can be saved by using insulated glass, due to many variables in building construction, I'll leave that calculation to the engineers. Suffice to say that in any climate insulated glass is worth the extra cost during construction and will pay for itself in energy savings.

What is the best way to contact you and your business?

Rite Glass Inc. is located at 23 Elbow Street in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. Our website is www.riteglassinc.com and our phone number is 401-769-0400.

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