This category is comprised of establishments primarily engaged in cutting, coating, tinting, and installing glass. Companies that install automotive glass are described in SIC 7536: Automotive Glass Replacement Shops.
Glass and Glazing Contractors
This industry consists of thousands of contractors employing less than 10 workers and a few companies offering a range of services. Common industry activities include installing plate glass in storefronts and other commercial buildings, cutting and installing windowpanes for homes, and tinting windows. Other niche markets exist for firms that install revolving glass doors; cut and install mirrors and safety glass; create custom glass doors, signs, shelves, and glass tabletops; or cut and install architectural and ornamental custom glass work.
The U.S. glass and glazing work industry includes roughly 4,700 establishments, with most firms employing less than 10 workers. Almost two-thirds of glaziers worked for contractors on new construction, alteration, and repair projects. About 10 percent of glaziers worked in retail glass shops that install or replace glass and for wholesale distributors of products containing glass.
Glaziers held 49,000 jobs in 2004, and employment opportunities are expected to increase with projected growth of residential and nonresidential construction, as well as continued demand for modernizing and repairing existing structures, which often involves installing new windows. Installations of specialized safety glass and glass coated with protective laminates also are increasing on commercial and government buildings, for security and to withstand inclement weather.
Residential projects include installing and replacing glass in home windows and home interiors. Commercial projects can involve installing or replacing room dividers, security windows, storefront windows, and major construction of commercial buildings where glaziers build metal frameworks and install glass panels or curtain walls.
Although glass was invented in about 4000 B.C., it was not until the early twentieth century that advancements in manufacturing technology made it inexpensive and widely available. In 1900 the use of glass was primarily limited to windows, mirrors, optical lenses, and containers. During the early and mid-1900s, however, glass applications proliferated. As the U.S. economy boomed after World War II, the demand for...