March-April 2010 | WINDOWS ON THE SOUL




Charles Brown Glass Co. has produced crystal clear results for over 50 years

Written By: | Photographer: Stephen Cherry

The venerable Charles Brown Glass Co. has been getting the job done right and on time for over fifty years, which is why it is likely the most trusted business of its kind in the region.
The company was launched on April Fool’s Day of 1959 by Charles Brown, Sr. in a tiny office with only one employee. Since then, the business has grown continually – culminating with the radical expansion of their Hobbs Rd. location in 2004 – due to a well-earned reputation of uncommon reliability and industry-leading craftsmanship.
Today, the company is as vibrant as ever – probably because it remains in the hands of the family that founded it. Charles, Jr. is the company’s president and chief estimator, while his sister Cathy is the vice-president and oversees internal operations and the paperwork for their commercial projects division. The company has condominium/residential, bath and custom divisions as well.
“There is no job too big or too small for us,” said Jenni Perunko, office manager, assistant to, and daughter of, the vice-president. “We’ve done jobs for which the bill was under $100 up to multi-million-dollar projects for some of the region’s most high-profile institutions.”
That’s no exaggeration. Charles Brown Glass Co. has been the glazier of choice for clients like PRMC, Salisbury University, Wor-Wic, The Fountains, The Ward Museum, Salisbury Fire Department and Chesapeake College. Just imagine, then, mobilizing all that experience, integrity and talent for the improvement of a private residence.
One such job was completed recently for the Hansen family in Cambridge. The one-day, $2,000 project involved installing an oversized shower with four panels of custom, 3/8” clear tempered heavy glass with back-to-back handles and gold-finish hardware. The unit includes a deluxe header, top and bottom pivots, and a double-door entry for ease of access.
But there are lots of things Charles Brown Glass Co. can do to enhance the aesthetics, value and functionality of your home.
“There’s a glass out there by Guardian, called ShowerGuard, that’s becoming really popular,” offered Perunko. “It has a special coating baked into the glass during the tempering process that repels soap scum, water build-up and other residue. The result is a glass that not only looks and ages better, but also requires significantly less maintenance than more traditional shower glass.”
Charles Brown Glass Co. also understands the wisdom and necessity of going green in these times, so they have some energy-saving strategies they’d like to discuss with you, including insulated glazing, thermally broken aluminum, low-E glazing and argon infusion for insulated glass.
Charles Brown Glass Co.


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