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Twin Glass Co. Showcases Frameless Shower Doors

Plans to Add Showroom on LBI
By Rick Mellerup | Sep 13, 2019
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Egg Harbor Township — Twin Glass Co., located at 6442 East Black Horse Pike in Egg Harbor Township, was founded way back in 1946 by Bob and Dick Feldman. “They were twins,” said current owner Scott Summers, explaining where the company’s name originated.

It is a third-generation family business.

“Actually, it’s third generation going on fourth generation,” said Summers, explaining his son is part of the Twin Glass team.

So the folks at Twin Glass know their business. Besides, there probably haven’t been that many changes in glass over the years, right? Wrong.

True, glass-making has been around for about 3,500 years, beginning in Phoenicia, Mesopotamia and Egypt. That glass was pretty much limited to baubles and beads and was very expensive, but by the time of the Roman Empire, glass windows were appearing on the scene, even if they were small and not transparent. Stained glass, of course, became the rave in the cathedrals of Europe in the Middle Ages.

Window glass began being manufactured in the early 17th century in Britain, and English settlers brought glass-making to America in 1608 when they opened a glass factory in Jamestown. There was a great demand for window glass in the U.S. in the early 1800s, although it remained relatively expensive. The huge Crystal Palace (three times the size of St. Paul’s Cathedral), built in 1851 for London’s Great Exhibition, the first World’s Fair, proved glass could be an important element of architecture. Improved manufacturing techniques in the 1890s and the beginning of the 20th century made glass windows ubiquitous. Sir Alastair Pilkington’s development of “float glass” production in the late 1950s was huge – 90 percent of flat glass is manufactured using that process today.

So what can possibly be new about glass? Well, the Twin Glass Co. is very big on frameless shower doors.

One of the biggest selling points for homes these days, said Summers, is bathrooms. And one of the biggest selling points for bathrooms is frameless shower doors. They look great. Plus, framed shower doors are a recipe for mold and mildew because water build-up can occur underneath the door’s seals. Frameless shower doors don’t have those risky areas. Also, advancements in glass types mean shower doors don’t scratch nearly as often as in the past.

Frameless shower doors, though, because they have no seals, must be custom made for a perfect fit that doesn’t allow water to escape. Don’t worry, the Twin Glass Co. has plenty of experience in designing enclosures.

How dedicated is the company to frameless shower doors? It has South Jersey’s largest frameless shower door showroom! Twin Glass is also planning on opening a showroom on Long Beach Island, although, Summers admitted, it will be smaller than the one in Egg Harbor Township because “space is expensive” on LBI.

Another hot new item in the world of glass is glass railings, which provide both safety and increased visibility and a touch of elegance as well. They are especially popular for beach homes, where a great view is a selling point.

Twin Glass Co. also can help assist with all your glass needs including mirrors, all-glass entrances and specialty glass. The company has also provided high-quality glass storefront services in South Jersey for over 70 years.

Twin Glass Co. is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and on Saturdays through appointment only. Its phone number is 609-645-8834.

Rick Mellerup

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