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Why Window Repair Is Important

Have you been noticing lately that your energy bill is high, but yet you haven’t changed anything in the house? Or are certain areas of a room colder than others? These are all signs that you have a damaged or broken window. From something hard to spot like the sealant coming loose and allowing wind to blow through, to more noticeable signs like cracks in the glass, damaged windows can do a lot of harm. That inconspicuous gap allowing the draft in also allows room for insects to crawl in, and makes your air conditioning unit work harder to regulate the entire home’s temperature, increasing your energy bill. Cracks in windows are dangerous and unsightly. If you need window repair in Fort Worth, TX, call Armstrong's Glass & Mirror today at 817-937-6267.

How Long Do Windows on a House Last?

If You Have a Damaged Window and Need Broken Window Repair, Call Us Today!

All window types will last a minimum of 20 years. If you opt for the more expensive ones that provide more protection, they will have double the lifespan. Vinyl and storm windows can last up to 40 years. Vinyl windows are the most common window types for American households because of their affordability, durability, and versatility in colors. They can hold up to storms pretty well, but will get more damaged by the sun’s UV rays and can get discolored. If you live in a particularly stormy area, consider getting storm protection for your windows. This window type is an extra window that is mounted inside or outside the existing window for an extra layer of protection. Roofs and windows often get badly damaged when severe storms roll through. If your windows have gotten damaged before in severe storms, storm windows won’t break when the next storm hits.

How Much Does Window Repair Cost?

Depending on the amount of damage, window repair can cost anywhere from $200 to $900. Factors that raise the price include the amount of damage, where it is, how many windows were damaged, and how many glass panes you have in each window. If you have custom windows that are a unique shape like diamond that get broken, prices will be very high as replacement panels will have to be custom made.

Call Us For Broken Window Repair Today

Keep your family safe by getting window repair as soon as you notice it. A broken window not only leaves your home vulnerable to burglary, but lowers your curb appeal and raises energy bills. If you need window repair in Fort Worth, TX, call Armstrong's Glass & Mirror at 817-937-6267 today.

Saving Energy: Two Premium Window Upgrades

Premium Windows

Both Low E Windows and Solar Screens Prevent Outside Heat From Heating Your Conditioned Air.

Does that monthly energy bill have you tearing your hair out? There are many ways for homeowners to cut down on their daily energy consumption, but few look to their windows. With the right set of windows, you could experience tremendous savings and a more comfortable environment inside your home. Consider these two amazing premium window upgrades when you need help with your energy bill!

Premium Window #1: Low E Windows

Low E windows provide a wonderful opportunity to block outside heat and ultraviolet radiation from sunlight from entering your home. Their design still allows plenty of natural light into your home, however. Apart from their environmentally friendly materials: Low E windows come with two especially handy benefits. First, the incredible insulating effect created by these windows reduces the strain on your HVAC system, is it doesn’t have to compensate for lost cooled air. Second: by minimizing the amount of UV rays entering your home, your furniture is safeguarded against fading.

Premium Window #2: Solar Screen

Sometimes however, you’d rather stick with the windows you already have. Solar screens are fastened directly in front of your existing windows and door glass. Once installed, these screens begin to absorb outside heat and prevent it from passing through your windows. Without this surplus warmth infiltrating your home, your HVAC system doesn’t have to work as hard to maintain that nice cool air we all know and love. That means lower energy consumption and lower monthly utility bills. Who doesn’t love that?

If you’re curious about these or other premium window upgrades, feel free to chat with one of our Armstrong's Glass & Mirror specialists at 817-937-6267.

Keeping The Glass in Your Home Clean

When you have an abundance of glass in your home, you want to make sure that it stays looking its best. Since the second anyone touches glass it becomes dirty, it is a great idea to make sure that you have all the right tools to keep it as clean as possible so that it stays looking great in your home for as long as it can. When your mirrors are covered in fingerprints, it can be hard to see and can make an already clean house, feels dirty. There are a few quick and easy ways to keep this from happening.

In The Bathroom – It all starts in the bathroom or wherever you choose to get ready in the morning. One of the best tips that we can offer for quick and easy glass cleanup is to keep a small bottle of glass cleaner on your counter or right under your sink to grab after brushing your teeth or touching the mirror on accident. This is a fast and simple way to keep your glass looking great no matter how big of a rush you are in.

Glass Shower – Glass shower doors look great but they can also be a pain. It is important that you take good care of them or they will start to look terrible and eventually you will have so much water and scum build up that you cannot see out of it. If you have something like rain-x, that will be able to be sprayed onto your doors and cleaned easily after every shower.

If you need glass installation or more tips on how to keep your glass clean, call Armstrong's Glass & Mirror at 817-937-6267 and we can help you.

Mirrors

 

Have you ever wanted a mirror in your home and you just don’t know where to start. If you have been on the fence about installing a mirror to your home consider that there are a wide variety of things that mirrors can add to your home.

Size – If you live in a smaller home, adding a few mirrors around your home can actually make it appear bigger. The light will reflect off of the glass and create the illusion that a room is actually bigger than it is. That is why many people end up putting floor to ceiling windows in their home cause it opens it up and allows people to feel like they are in a bigger house when they actually are not.

Style – If you are going for that modern bachelor pad style, mirrors make the person accessory to a modern sleek leak that you may have been looking for.

Adding – Believe it or not, some homes actually do not come with mirrors inside of them. So you will need to add a mirror to every room that you would like to have one. Typically, those are the bathrooms and then a few bedrooms. Mirrors come in all shapes and sizes as well so they can fit your every need and want.

If you are looking for mirrors for your entire home, Armstrong's Glass & Mirror has you covered. We can provide mirrors for your whole home and even install them for you so there is not work for you. Give us a call anytime at 817-937-6267 and we will be more than happy to help.

Benefits of French Doors

If you have been thinking about making a change to your home, consider changing out your old sliding glass door and adding french doors. If you have a wall that doesn’t bring in any light and maybe even leads to the backyard, wouldn’t it be great to add something that will open up your home in a completely new way? There are so many benefits when you add french doors to your home and above all else, they look great!

Added Benefits

Light – You can almost never have too much light added into your home. What a way to make a house feel warm and inviting than a ton of natural light shining in. If you decide to replace a window with french doors, you can add major light to the room that it is in.

Enter – A great thing that many people decide to do is add french doors to their bedroom. This gives them a way to open up their room to the outside and also add another entrance to the home. If you want walk out back to do something or bring something into your room, your french doors will open right up with ease.

Savings – French doors are a great way to actually save money on your electricity bill as well. Most doors are energy efficient and will help seal in the heat of your home, actually causing your energy bill to go down. Unlike sliding glass doors, these will seal when they close.

If you think french doors will benefit your home, give Armstrong's Glass & Mirror a call at 817-937-6267 and we can make sure it is done the right way.

Why Choose Glass?

When you think of the word glass, you often think of windows or something very breakable, but glass can be a great feature in a home and durable. You can add glass to a variety of things. Yes, windows, but you can make the windows as big as you want, choose to add a skylight to your ceiling, or add glass shelving into your home. Glass isn’t always as breakable as it sounds either. It comes in different sizes and thickness to be used for better insulation, variety, and even safety. If you are wondering about your next project, consider using glass to open up your home or bring in extra light to a living space. Here are a variety of ways to utilize glass products.

Glass Shower Enclosures – Tired of your boring shower door or maybe you don’t like the look of a shower curtain. Consider getting a glass door installed into your home. If you have a smaller shower, this makes it look a lot more open and will also make your bathroom appear bigger as well. This brings a smooth clean look to a bathroom or shower.

Glass Table Top – Wood table tops can get scratched so easily. They also absorb water and can get ruined. If you choose a glass table top not only looks sleek and modern but easily wipes off quickly with a towel and contrary to what you see in the movies, these tables are incredibly sturdy.

Glass can be utilized in so many different ways. If you choose glass, your home will sparkle and shine when it is clean, bringing in more light and also making your home appear bigger than it is. Give us a call at 817-937-6267 for any questions you may have.

Things To Remember For Skylight Maintenance

 

Does your home have a skylight? If so, you probably enjoy the many benefits it provides you with, such as increased natural light, less energy usage, and if it opens, additional fresh air! However, for many people, since skylights are high up and out of sight, they can sometimes also be out of mind. Today we will go over a few ways you can maintain your skylights so that they remain in peak condition.

Clean

Skylight MaintenanceAt least once annually, make sure you clean your skylights. Using a mild soap and water mixture, be sure to scrub away any grime that could cloud up the glass, or compromise the seal. While up there, move on to step two.

Inspect

Next you should inspect your skylight for any signs of damage. This means you should check out all of the inner workings of your skylight, such as any gears or seals. You should also look carefully at the glass for signs of cracks or chips.

Replace

If your skylight is not opening properly, or if the glass has been damaged, you should call for replacement parts right away. A damaged skylight can allow water to leak into your home, or cause other worrisome problems.

If you need skylight repair in Fort Worth, TX, call Armstrong’s Glass & Mirror today at 817-937-6267!

Save on Heating with Better Windows in Winter

The temperatures are dropping steadily. If you have noticed a chill near the windows, you may have a draft. This means that not only are you losing heat, but your wasting money; drafty windows makes it hard for you to keep the house warm, and your heating system has to work extra hard. Save on heating with better windows this winter.

Thermometer Next to Window on Sunny Cold Day

Save on Heating with Better Windows in Winter.

Repair and Prevent Drafts to Save on Heating

Sometimes, you can repair the draft. When you find the source, you might be able to fill the spot with caulking. For large gaps, removing any of the old caulking before using the new. Self-adhesive weather strips may help, too. Remove old, cracked strips before applying the adhesive. You can make sure it worked by using a dollar; close it in the window, if you can’t pull it out, your weather strip is working. Other cost-effective solutions include a draft snake. This is just a stuffed tube of fabric that you put down in front of the window sill to block the draft. You can make your own with socks and rice.

Insulated Glass

These are options if you want to avoid professional glass repairs or replacements. However, sometimes new glass is simply the best option.Replacing your old windows with better-insulated upgrades could save you in the long run. You don’t always have to replace the entire window; you may be able to replace the pane, alone, depending upon your needs. Dual pane windows can be a great benefit in cold weather. They are known for helping people save energy in both winter and summer, as they offer better protection from extreme weather.

When it’s time to for better windows, call 817-937-6267. We install insulated windows and more Fort Worth, TX.

Keeping Your Windows Warmer

Window ProtectionWhile windows provide beautiful natural light and a sunny disposition for your home, they can also let in substantial amounts of cold air in cooler months. However, performing a few simple tasks before the weather turns cold can help you keep your home warmer and less drafty while keeping your energy bills low.

Layered Curtains

One of the easiest, most fashionable ways to keep the cold outside this Winter is to hang multiple layers of curtains. This will provide layers of protection from cold air while offering substantial style and fabric choices to accommodate your home. Remember the more layers, the better when trying to keep out cold.

Weather Seals

There are a plethora of choices available for weather sealing your windows. You can choose from a caulking formula that sets as it dries or a foam weather strip that sticks when applied. There are also weatherstripping options that seal any drafty areas for good. Each of these options can be applied by a professional or can be found at your local hardware store for a do-it-yourself project.

Reinforced Layering

Whether you opt for inexpensive plastic sheeting that insulates your windows, or you choose more costly storm window installation, layering the protection on your windows can drastically reduce the cold air that enters your home. Both selections can also help protect your glass from cracks and other damages.

The cold Winter air doesn’t have to mean a spike in your energy bills. Reinforcing your windows with a little extra protection can help you keep your home comfortable this season without breaking your bank. Call Armstrong’s Glass and Mirror at 817-937-6267 for more information.

Cleaning Glass Shower Doors

Glass Shower Doors

Keep Your Glass Shower Doors Clear Of Soap Scum And Hard Water!

Do you have glass shower doors in your bathroom? Beautiful glass doors or walls are a great way to give your bathroom a larger and more modern appeal, but many homeowners in DFW are consistently frustrated by their glass shower doors becoming foggy and clouded over time. This is caused by one of two things, soap scum or hard water. Soap scum is usually fairly easy to remove, but hard water buildup can really put up a fight.

Today we will discuss a few ways you can prevent hard water stains, as well as remove existing ones. However, it is important to act quickly. If you leave your shower doors with hard water build up for too long, such as several years, you may not be able to remove it at all. If that’s the case for your shower doors, give our team a call at 817-937-6267 for new and improved glass doors that are sure to impress!

Prevention

If you’d like to prevent buildup on your clean shower doors, you have a few different option. Simply wiping down the walls and doors with a squeegee or towel after using the shower will prevent the water from depositing any residue. some clients additionally keep a solution of one part water and one part vinegar next to the shower, and clean the doors with it after every use.

Removal

If your shower already has residue on it, here are 3 cleaning methods to try out:

White Vinegar: Spray whole or part vinegar onto the glass. make sure the door stays wet with your vinegar or vinegar solution for five minutes, and then scrub the glass in a circular motion. the residue should then come off with a bit of scrubbing.

BarKeeper’s Friend: You can buy this product as a liquid or a powder, but either way, you will want to coat your glass with it. Scrub thoroughly and rinse.

Baking Soda: Baking soda is another great way to clean your bathroom, and it has been known to tackle tough hard water deposits. Mix it with water to form a paste, and then apply it over the glass. Allow to sit for a few minutes and then scrub. Rinse and enjoy the results!