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12 Interesting Window and Glass Factoids

While our business is built on cleaning windows in Melbourne Florida, how much does the average person know about those panes of glass that adorn their house or commercial building? Yes, they let light in and brighten our daily lives, but these interesting factoids below will help raise your awareness and peak your curiosity.

  1. The Romans are credited with using the first glass windows in 100 A.D. which used a glass blowing technique from ancient Egypt.

  2. Glass is made from a mixture of sand, lime, and soda ash heated at extremely high temperatures. When cooled, the end result is glass as we know it.

  1. The word “window” is derived from early Norse vindauga and literally translates as “winds eye”.

  1. Glass is one of the longest lasting man-made materials and can take one million years to decompose.

  1. Glass is 100% recyclable. In fact, the process can be repeated endlessly without losing any quality or purity.

  1. The average U.S. home has eight windows that account for 15% of the home’s wall space.

  1. The White House has 147 windows, Buckingham Palace 760, and the Empire State Building 7,600.

  1. The tallest building in the world, the 2,722 foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai contains an astounding 34,348 windows on it’s more than 160 stories. It takes a team of 30 window washers approximately three months to wash all the windows!

  1. Most window manufacturers stipulate a window’s lifespan is usually 20 years.

  1. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 25% of a household’s energy bill is due to faulty windows, sliders, or skylights. Quite the incentive to check and properly airtight seal all openings.

  1. Light colored shades can reduce a windows solar heat gain by as much as 43%!

  1. Skylights let in 30% more light than the same sized vertical wall windows.

To learn more about how 321 Window Cleaning can help with your commercial / business or residential / home window cleaning needs in Melbourne or Palm Bay Florida, contact us today. We are happy to help with any window washing related questions.