Childproof Your Home for Summer

School’s out for summer! In addition to driving more cautiously, homeowners are “child-proofing” areas frequented by active youngsters. Glass Doctor® of North Vancouver wants security for children and pets to be a priority year-round, and we have glass treatment tips to ensure your environment is safe.

Clear Choice™ Glass Treatment

Clear Choice is a glass treatment that can be applied to bathroom and kitchen counters, sinks, toilets, windows, and other surfaces that may harbor bacteria. Just one application of this oil- and water-repellent glass treatment makes cleaning easier and provides 5 years of protection from:

  • Airborne bacteria and dirt
  • Bathroom surface contamination
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Hard water stains
  • Mineral deposits
  • Mold and mildew
  • Soap scum
  • Stains and scratches
  • Weathering

Protective Film

Sometimes called “glass laminate,” you can have a clear, discreet film applied to windows, glass doors, outdoor and indoor glass furniture. If a color film would enhance your decor – bathroom showers are a good example – you have many tinting options. This film offers three levels of protection:

  • Blocks UV rays
  • Glass shards cling to film if breakage occurs
  • Provides eye protection for glare-free entertainment


Everyone enjoys the summer sun! Every room of your home or office is enhanced by beautiful sunlight, but children and fine furnishings need sunblock protection. Low-E (low-emissivity) windows are a type of reflective glass treatment that blocks harmful ultraviolet light. Low-E windows can:

  • Increase the value of your property
  • Lower heating and cooling costs
  • Protect skin exposure from sunlight’s cancer-causing UV radiation
  • Reduce carpet, draperies and upholstery sun-damage and fading

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass “…can really be the difference between life or death in extreme circumstances,” says glass professional Larry Patterson. This glass treatment is approved by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and ANSI (American National Standards Institute) for glass use in areas that may be subject to “human impact.”

Glass tabletops especially pose a safety hazard for children, and tempered glass treatments are an easy solution. The use of tempered glass can significantly reduce the more than 20,000 serious injuries incurred each year! Glass tabletops should be tempered mainly because of strength – no need to flinch when kids toss keys and heavy gaming devices on the table! It’s also more wind-resistant; perfect for patio doors, outdoor furniture and windows in areas of North America where forceful weather can occur. Benefits of tempered glass (sometimes called “safety glass”) include:

  • Easier to clean
  • Good visibility, clarity
  • More durable
  • No glass shards; breakage shatters into cubes

Being careful is cost-effective and being careless can be very expensive! Your children’s safety is priceless. An onsite walk-through to assess your home’s safety is free when you contact Glass Doctor of North Vancouver by calling 604-929-7292.