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Which Glass is Most Energy-Efficient?

workers installing a new window

Choosing Energy-Efficient Window Glass

Here in Texas, we’ve survived some pretty ferocious winter weather the past few years. When you couple that with our standard summer weather, it is understandable why more homeowners are looking for window glass replacement options that are energy efficient. This is important because it isn’t just the amount of heating coming through the glass in the summer that matters, but it is also how much heat goes out through the windows in the winter. 

What is an energy-efficient window?

Energy-efficient windows are designed to prevent the cooled or heated air from escaping through the windows, wasting the energy used to make your home comfortable. Research has determined that almost two-thirds of the winter heated air is lost through inefficient windows, with single-paned windows being the biggest culprit, with double-paned windows coming in second. New window glass replacements with energy-efficient windows can save you up to 40% on your monthly bills. 

Will new windows help with the heat? 

Yes, an upgrade in window glass replacement will keep the temperature cooler inside your home during the hot Texas summers and cooler in the winters. The cost of the new windows will give you monthly ROI with lower utility bills and is a value-add to your home. 

What is the most energy-efficient window?

If you decide to get window glass replacement, there are several factors to be decided that will give you the most energy efficiency possible. Those factors include: 

  • Frame 
  • Gas fills and spacers
  • Glazing 
  • Operation 

Let’s review how each of these factors plays a part in getting the best window glass replacement possible: 

Vinyl Frames: To get the most from the HVAC or air conditioning system for your home, vinyl window frames have chambers inside them with extra insulation. This keeps the cooled air from escaping through the window frame and the vinyl material reduces the heat transfer too. 

Gas Fillers: Double-pane windows are filled with Argon and Krypton Gases, colorless, dense, and odorless, that fill any space between the window panes. This is done during the engineering process, and they play an important part in keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. With these two gases and the Low-E glazing that window replacement glass offers today, the temperature of the windows is close to the temperature of the living space. 

Low-E Glaze: The Low-E coating of window glass replacements is beneficial in cold temperatures and hot temperatures. “Low-E” is abbreviated for “low emissivity” and reduces the heat transferred through the windows by blocking the amount of heat that through the windows. This allows the air conditioning and heating system to work less. 

Window Operation: How the window glass replacements operate is important too because some types will leak more air than others. The ones that will leak the least amount of air are awnings, hopper, and casement windows.

Which window material is best?

When you start your journey of getting window glass replacement installed, ask yourself, “What am I looking for in my new windows?”. With that answer, you want to consider these three things when choosing which material: 

  • The Climate – The climate will have a significant impact. For example, you don’t want to go with a wood frame when you live on the beach. Vinyl is a more durable choice.  
  • The Architectural Style – The architectural style of your home is another important role in the choice of window glass replacements. In a historic Victorian-era home, wood frame windows would be ideal for blending in with the intricate details and wood siding. 
  • Your Budget – This may be the biggest and most crucial factor to consider. While you may love the wood frame because it is traditional, it is also expensive. The vinyl option is a budget-friendly choice. 

Do window screens reduce heat?

When you can’t afford new window glass replacement, you get desperate in finding ways how to reduce window heat loss, and window screens have become a popular choice for many homeowners. 

Window sunscreens stop up to fifty percent of the radiant heat transfer those standard windows allow inside your home during the day. This keeps the interior temperature down which extends on after the sun goes down, keeping your home comfortable through the night.

Does a UV window film reduce heat?

A decorative window film will block up to 90% of the UV rays and provide some privacy. But when it comes to keeping the heat down, UV window film isn’t a solution. 

workers installing new window glass in a home

In Conclusion 

So, when you can’t afford new window glass replacements or widow sunscreens, and UV window film isn’t going to help, what can I put on my window to keep the heat out? The top 4 choices to fill in where the budget can’t go are: 

  • Bubble Wrap
  • Keep blinds and curtains closed
  • Cover the windows with aluminum foil
  • Install an awning, which will be another budget issue.

If you can combine two or more of these DIY tricks, you’ll get better results for keeping your home cooler.  

How do I make my shower stall handicap accessible?

grab bars in a bathtub

What is a handicap-accessible shower?

Whether it is a physical disability caused by an accident, a birth defect, or the natural aging process, a handicap shower can be a blessing for many Americans. In the past, these were only found in hospitals and rehabilitation centers, and were typically very medical-looking fixtures, though that has changed a lot in recent years. 

The Americans with Disabilities Act has established the guidelines for handicap showers accessible design standards. So, what are the guidelines for an accessible handicap shower? Accessible handicap showers must have the following: 

  • A shower spray set up a wall-mounted unit that must have a hose at a maximum of 48 inches from the floor and is 59 inches long. 
  • The shower spray setup must be useable as a showerhead or a handheld sprayer
  • An accessible handicap shower must have an opening 30 inches wide by 60 inches deep and 60” wide entry for wheelchair accessibility
  • The threshold is no higher than half an inch 
  • Handicap shower bar installation should be no lower than 33 inches and no higher than 36 inches above the floor for adult use
  • Grabs for children no lower than 18 inches and no higher than 27 inches from the floor

What does a handicap shower look like? 

ADA compliance is only applicable and required of facilities that are open to the public and people with disabilities need access. This can apply to buildings, elevators, and bathrooms with a handicap shower.  If a building isn’t open to the public, it does not have to follow ADA guidelines and standards.  This includes private residences whether it is a condominium or a single-family home. 

That doesn’t mean you can’t have a disability-accessible bathroom with a handicap shower though. You can still follow ADA compliance guidelines and today, an accessible handicap shower can be stylish, blending into your home’s décor. 

Architects and designers for private residences have no limit in making a home ADA compatible and still maintain a design of beauty. The required handicap shower requirements accessibility does not come into consideration when a personal home is being designed. If they meet the personal abilities, there isn’t any requirement to the shower size, yet the many different handicap shower options are still available as desired or needed. 

What are the handicap shower options?

There are three ways for a shower to be designed and installed: 

  • Over the bath 
  • Within a shower cubicle
  • A walk-in shower

The following factors should be considered when choosing a handicap shower setup for your home: 

  • The physical abilities of the person for whom the shower is designed. 
    • How long can they stand?
    • Can they lift their legs over the bathtub side?
    • Can they reach the controls? 
  • The bathroom size and space availability for the shower.
  • The budget for the handicap shower installation. 

When choosing a handicap shower, think long-term as well as for the present. If the person that the shower is to accommodate in a deteriorating health situation? Are they able to step over the bathtub now, will they be able to do so in a year, three years, or longer? 

What is a good size for a handicap shower? 

For a handicap shower where a transfer seat will be used, a 69” width is recommended. If the handicap shower will be used for a person in a wheelchair, a 60” width is recommended. This allows them to turn around inside the shower and for assistance. 

Another option to consider is a walk-in tub. They provide easier access so the user can walk into the tub, excluding the need to climb over the bathtub side, making a safer entry and exit.

shower chair in a handicap-accessible shower

 In Conclusion

Living with and supporting a handicapped individual can be costly. A handicap shower installation is not an inexpensive investment, and financial help would ease that expense, So, the first question is typical, will Medicare pay for a handicap shower? In most cases, not in most cases, however, not every situation can be compared to others. In general, handicap showers and walk-in bathtubs are not considered durable medical equipment by Medicare. Going through the process of getting a prescription by a medical professional and filing for reimbursement is always recommended.

How much should I pay for my roof repair?

close-up of a roofer repairing a shingle roof

Dealing With Roofing Damage

When hailstorms, hard rains, and high winds come through Houston, roof repairs and replacements are soon to follow. Roof replacements are needed more often after severe weather, but when possible, a homeowner hopes for just a roof repair, as roof repair costs are much less and there is less work to be done. But how does a roofing contractor know when is it better to repair or replace a roof?

You, your roofing contractor, and possibly an insurance adjuster if there is storm damage, should consider the following things in determining if roof replacement or roof repair cost is the most feasible.

How old is the roof? 

There are several variables to consider with a 3-tab asphalt shingle roof, as this roofing’s life expectancy maxes out at 20 years. A top-quality architectural asphalt shingle will give you up to 40 years of life expectancy. If any of the following are apparent, regardless of how much less roof repair costs are, you need a roof replacement: 

  • Blistered, buckling, or curling shingles
  • Bald shingles
  • Missing shingles
  • Sagging roofing
  • Moss covered roofing
  • Gutters filled with asphalt granules

How long do you plan on live in the house? 

If this the place you’re planning to call home for a while and it is suitable to get roof repair, cost being much less, go with that option. However, if you’re considering placing your home on the market soon, new roofing will get more attention from buyers and buyers will be willing to pay a higher dollar. Experts say that you’ll get up to 60% or more back on your investment with a new roof! However, this brings up another commonly asked question – can you repair part of a roof?

The big question is – what is your budget able to afford? 

For many of us, getting a roof replacement isn’t affordable, so if that is the issue, and repairs will suffice, the roof repair cost is much less and doable for those on a tight budget. 

Another final consideration usually brings up the question of “is roof repair covered by insurance?” Yes, most homeowners’ insurance policies will cover a roof repair. Cost is a factor for insurance companies, and if they feel the roof repair will suffice, they will pay for only roof repair. 

However, if they deem the roof a total write-off and you choose only to have it repaired, note they they will not pay for another new roof later. Another consideration to make – insurance companies may not pay for roof replacement later if you choose the less expensive option of a roof repair now. 

Okay, you know you need to decide whether to get roof repair, as the cost of replacement is an unexpected expense. So, will a roof repair suffice? Let’s review the pros and cons of the possible answers to this question: 

Patch Roof Repair 

A patch roof repair will be the cheapest option and it is a good option for a relatively new roof. If you and the roofing contractor are confident about the condition of the entire roof, and the repair will look as if it isn’t a repair, then by all means, go with the roof repair. The cost of a new roof can be avoided without any concern of backlash and problems, so that is the better option. 

However, if the roof is aged enough that the shingle colors have changed because of the sun exposure, a patch may be too obvious, and you likely will lose some curb appeal to your home. Taking the cheaper roof repair cost option may not be worthwhile. 

Partial Re-roof vs Complete Re-roof

Another possible option when the damage is on one side is partial re-roofing just that area. This type of roof repair cost will be less than an entire re-roofing, but a bit more than just a patch job. The roof repair won’t be as obvious and any color differences in the shingles aren’t going to be as noticeable. 

How much does it cost to repair roof shingles? 

The roof repair cost will vary on several factors, such as the size and type of repair needed, and rates vary between contractors and from city to city. On average, a roof repair cost will typically range from $400 and up to $1,600 for a 10-foot by 10-foot square area.

How much does it cost to repair an entire roof?

Okay, so what if the insurance company is only going to pay for roof repair? Cost could exceed what they pay, which can be pricey. The average cost nationally is between $370 and $1,600. For smaller roof repairs, cost is commonly as small as $150 though it can go up to $400, with the labor being $75 per hour plus materials on average.

Your next question is, can you do the repair yourself, or can a handyman repair my roof and save me some money? Yes, it is your home, we can’t tell you what you can’t do. However, safety should be your main concern as you’ll be climbing a ladder to heights you’re likely not accustomed to, as well as carrying materials and tools. Your next concern should be the insurance company and whether it is you or a handyman doing the work. The insurance company may require that regardless of the roof repair cost, the work be done by a professional contractor that is certified and licensed. You’ll want to verify this with your insurance policy and the company. 

How much does it cost to repair a rusted roof?

While a metal roof is awesome in many ways, they do need some maintenance and upkeep from time to time. Depending on the type of metal roofing you have, with exposed fasteners, over time, they may corrode and rust. The roof repair cost for that can start around $500 and go up to $2,500 or more with the materials needed costing half of those amounts, the rest being labor. 

close-up of a roofer repairing a shingle roof

Let’s Top This Off With Temporary Roof Repair

The cost of roofing is expensive, and sometimes we need to make temporary roof repairs until the contractor and insurance company arrive and do their inspections. So, what is a temporary roof repair? How do you repair a leaky roof?

If the roof leak is because of a few shingles coming loose, you can put them back and use roofing cement under them. Then, nail them into place. If there is an actual hole, you’ll need to use a plastic tarp, some 2×4 lumber, and nails or screws to cover up the area.

Spread the tarp over the hole and nail or screw 2×4 lumber on all four sides of the hole to hold the tarp in place. And remember, this is only a temporary roof repair. The cost will be minimal but it will only suffice until you can get a proper roof repair. 

What do I do with a broken window?

close-up of a broken window

Handling a Broken Window

Windows are a wonderful addition to any home and not something we would expect NOT to have, right? However, accidents happen, and they do get broken from time to time, so knowing how to handle that situation is important. Broken glass can be dangerous too, which is a part of what makes getting a window glass repair service important. 

How do I temporarily fix a broken window in my house?

Broken windows are not something any homeowner wants. Besides the financial impact a broken window can cause, you need to worry about the elements and the safety factor. Unfortunately, there may be times you can’t get it fixed right away. So, until you can get permanent or professional window glass repair service, here are some temporary window glass repairs you can do yourself:

  • Fill in small chips or small crack with glue or nail polish.
  • Use duct tape or packing tape to cover larger cracks if the glass is still intact. 
  • If the glass is shattered, remove the shattered glass from the frame and use plastic to cover the opening. 

With this information, you can perform your own window glass repair service on a temporary basis, giving you time to find professional help. 

How do I cover a broken window in my house?

It may be due to a baseball, or storm, or simply a stress fracture, but a broken window isn’t anything to ignore. However, even when scheduling urgent window glass repair service with a professional, it may take time for them to arrive. Here are instructions for temporarily repairing any chipped, cracked, damaged windows. 

First, remember that you should never work with broken glass without wearing eye protection and gloves. Both are imperative in maintaining safety. Next, you need to gather either a plastic tarp, a plastic sheet, or even garbage bags and lay them on the flooring under the broken window. 

The extent of the window damage will determine the best emergency window repair. Some common types of window damage and the steps you can follow until you get professional window glass repair service are as follows: 

Chipped/Cracked Glass

It doesn’t matter how or why a window has been chipped or cracked; taking immediate steps to prevent further damage is always necessary. Duct tape or packing tape are excellent resources for immediate window repair. Try to apply the tape to both sides of the chipped or cracked window without applying too much pressure so it doesn’t break further.

Shattered Glass

Maybe a stray baseball came through the window, or a rock flew out from the lawnmower; either way, the shattered glass is dangerous. Spread your plastic tarp or a plastic sheet on the floor around the area. While wearing protective eyewear and gloves, remove all the broken glass from the window frame. 

  • A large window frame may need to be removed and placed on the plastic you’ve laid down. With smaller windows, you can remove the large glass shards one piece at a time. 
  • If there aren’t any large pieces of glass, place masking tape over all of the glass. Then, with a hammer, gently tap over the masked and taped glass so it finishes breaking. Finally, with gloved hands, remove the tape and shards of glass. 
  • With the glass completely removed, cover the window frame with your plastic tarp or a garbage bag and seal the edges off with duct or packing tape. 
  • Fully Broken Window

If the damage is too extensive for these basic repair steps, you’ll need to install plywood over the window opening until you can get help from a professional window glass repair service. To do that, follow these steps:

  • Get a sheet of plywood that will cover the entire window and then locate the studs under the window on both sides. 
  • Measure the distance between those two studs, add an inch to that, and cut a piece of plywood to fit that measurement. 
  • With two-inch screws spaced about 1-1/2 inches apart, secure the cut sheet of plywood to the window. 

What do you do with a broken house window?

Cracked or shattered window glass repair service is an urgent matter, but that doesn’t mean you’re going to get the repair you need right away. As you wait for the professionals to arrive, take the following steps: 

Step One: Clean Up 

Do not leave broken or shattered glass lying around. With protective gloves on, pick up the big pieces carefully and put them in a doubled up bag, either paper or plastic. After that, vacuum the tiny pieces up so nobody can get these smaller shards in their feet, hands, or other parts of the body. 

If there is still some glass in the window frame, you can remove it by placing a protective drop cloth or plastic sheet under the window. After that, tape it up with masking tape. If you need to, tap it with the butt end of the hammer to knock out the rest of the glass. 

Step 2: Secure the Area

If you need professional window glass repair service the same day, you need to make the opening secure and keep your cool or heated air inside as best as you can.  If there are cracks but the window is still in place, cover them with clear packing, duct, or masking tape. Tape both the interior and exterior sides.  

If the glass is shattered, follow the steps we provided above, remove the large shards, and vacuum up the rest. After that, fold up some heavy-duty plastic or trash bags and staple or tape them to the window frame. 

Step 3: Insurance

If your homeowner’s insurance has broken glass window coverage, call your agent and file a claim. Some policies have accidental breakage coverage, and most have break-in/theft coverage. 

Step 4: Professional Service 

If you haven’t already, call a professional window glass replacement service and schedule an appointment. Getting professional service will guarantee the job is done right and you’ll have a warranty if there are any issues. 

Can you repair a crack in a house window?

As long as the crack isn’t deep and long, then yes, you can repair a window with the following steps: 

  1. Clean the window glass with dish soap.
  2. Create a mixture of epoxy resin and hardener on a paper plate.
  3. Using a putty knife, apply the epoxy mixture to the crack, going back and forth to get a good coverage
  4. Wait five minutes, and then scrape the excess epoxy off and clean around the area. .

How do you repair a skylight window?

If you are able to get on the rooftop, you can make a temporary repair to a broken skylight. For a permanent repair, call a professional widow glass replacement service.  The temporary repair can be done by applying a clear acrylic caulk over the crack. 

Can you repair scratched window glass?

Scratched window glass can often be fixed using things you have on hand: 

  • Method One: Toothpaste or Pumice Soap 

A clean and soft rag with regular white toothpaste or a mild abrasive liquid soap will polish any fine scratches out. A white toothpaste with baking soda is the best. Clean the glass first and allow it to dry. After that, apply the toothpaste or pumice soap lightly in a circular motion with the rag for 30 seconds. Then, with another clean, soft rag, wipe off any excess toothpaste or soap. Repeat if necessary. 

  • Method Two: Nail Polish 

After a thin layer of nail polish has been spread over the scratch, allow it to dry for one hour, and then take a clean, soft rag that’s been slightly moistened with nail polish remover and gently wipe over the surface to remove any excess nail polish.

  • Method Three: Glass Buffing 

If the glass has deeper scratches, you can use a glass or metal polish paste with a clean, soft rag and follow the directions on the package. After you’ve completed those steps, wipe away any excess polish with a soft and clean, damp cloth.

  • Method Four: Steel Wool

Using a fine steel wool, #0000, make gentle circular motions for a few minutes over the scratch. Then, rinse it off with clear water. 

How do you repair a double pane window?

A broken double-pane window will require the window to be removed from the sash and taken to a window glass replacement service because this is not a DIY project you can do at home.  The better option is to call a professional window glass replacement service and have them come to your home. They will ensure the window is properly repaired and that there are no leaks around the window or within the double pane. 

close-up of a broken window

So You Can See Clearly Again

Who do you call for a broken window? There are many professional window glass replacement service companies out there – likely as many as there are McDonald’s.  Doing a Google search is the best way to find one. You’ll need to tell them the type of window you need fixed (double pane, single pane, bay window, etc.) and the size of the window. 

So, how much does it cost to repair a broken house window? This will depend on the type and size of the broken window. These prices are averages: 

  • Single Pane: $200.00 for one window
  • Double Pane: $200 to $400 for one window
  • Bay Window: $600 to $1,100 for three panes
  • Bow Windows: $1200 to $3,300 for five or more panes

And if you’ve found yourself in need of a local professional window glass replacement service in Fort Worth, TX, you can always reach out to us to get the help you need.

Which mirror is the most accurate?

bathroom mirror

Is there a specific type of mirror for bathrooms?  

Do you have that one wall that needs something, but you’re not sure what? That may be the wall to consider having a beautiful framed professional mirror installation. A mirror can give any room added depth, increase the lighting, and provide an object of beauty. Maybe it’s the formal dining room or formal living room, or even an attic or basement dance room in your home. 

For any of those areas, how to do know what kind of mirror, where to put the mirror, and how to hang it for a safe mirror installation? Whether you’re looking or a specific shape and style of mirror or you already have one. Perhaps you’re looking for a mirror with shelf, bathrooms can always use plenty of both, along with extra lighting.

A mirror is a mirror is a mirror, right?  Nope, that is incorrect!  We’re going to share with you a little lesson on the difference between a basic mirror and a bathroom mirror. Installation of the mirror is just one part of the mirror selection in your bathroom. 

Federal law states that everything in the bathroom must meet specific safety guidelines. From the fittings to the furnishing, including the bathtub, shower, and shower door, sink, toilet seat, exterior window and yes, the mirror.  

A mirror is transparent or translucent glass that is coated on the back with a reflective metallic material. A bathroom mirror must be made tempered glass, or aka, toughened glass. Which brings us to the question, “Can mirror be toughened and how? A mirror cannot be toughened once it becomes a mirror. The process must take place while it is still a piece of glass. 

The glass where mirror made goes through a tempering process before it becomes a mirror. There are two steps done to temper or toughen the glass that will become a mirror: 

  • The process includes going through an oven at 600 degrees Celsius or higher. 
  • Next, it goes through a ‘quenching’ procedure for a few seconds. There, the surface is hit with blasts of high-pressure air from an several nozzles in from varying angles. The outer surface is cooled faster than the center and that is where ethe tempered process happens. 

Another methods of tempering or toughening glass is chemically. An assortment of chemicals are exchange for ions on the glass surface, creating a compression. This is a more expensive process and not used as often. 

What could have happened when mirror breaks by itself?

It could have come off what was holding it in place If you have it installed by a professional mirror installation company, that would be on them to replace the mirror. Otherwise, it would have been from an internal stress fracture that occurred right after it completed the manufacturing process and the mirror glass had cooled. That stress could be from the impact of the air blasting, or the framed could have been warped. 

Can mirror be repaired?

A mirror is typically made with a thin aluminum or silver coating layered on one side of a smooth glass. Any small cracks or scratches can be repaired with a glass repair kit. For a mirror that is losing its silver backing, there is a re-silvering spray available. 

To have a mirror professionally re-silvered, pricing can start around $100 and go as high as $330 or more. The condition and size of the mirror will determine the final cost. Why so much? Re-silvering a mirror is complex that requires repairing the damaged layer of aluminum or silver on the back. Just like a professional mirror installation, the team will take extra care and time to do the job right as not to break the mirror. 

mirror above two sinks

Do you know why mirror reflects? 

We’re going to take a quick science lesson. As we stand in front of a mirror, we are seeing  conservation of energy doing magic on light. Remember, light is energy that travels at speeds of 186,000 miles per second. When that light hits something, any object, the energy does one of three things: 

  • It pass through if it hit a transparent object
  • It sinks in and disappears if hit an opaque or dark color object
  • It reflect back if hit a light-colored, shiny, or reflective object

So, as we look into a mirror during day, light is reflecting in all directions off our body, which is why you can see you and anyone around you and the mirror can see you.  Our clothes and skin reflect a diffused light with the light rays randomly bouncing off om a haphazard, no particular direction way. 

If you know you want to place a mirror in a particular place of any room, seeking help from professionals that are trained is recommended.  Yes, the small mirrors you can purchase online or in retail stores can be hung by you, but when it comes to antique, large, special, and unique mirrors, you want it hung right. Call 817-937-6267 today for your mirror installation in Fort Worth, TX.

How Insulated Glass Is Made

insulated glass

A glass marvel

Recently I had a salesperson come to my home and talk to me about having new windows installed. My home is 100 years old and the last time the windows were updated was in the 1960s. So, when he said they windows that could save me money on my monthly energy bills, I was intrigued. Not just for the money saving part, but I would have clean windows and good screens! Then he pulled out samples of windows, with and without insulated glass

As he went through his demo, he referred to them as IG windows and when I asked what IG stood for, he explained that is the acronym for ‘insulated glass’. Learn something new every day, but what does insulated glass mean? 

Insulated glass, IG to some of you, is glass that has been manufactured and treated so that it keeps the heat inside in the winter and out in the summer. Apparently, one of the biggest areas of energy wasted is through the windows. Again, learn something new every day! 

Insulated glass has numerous pieces of glass with either aluminum or other metal, or structural foam spacers between them. Then a gas is inserted into the space between the different pieces of glass, usually argon or krypton. All of these pieces create a single unit that is sealed and the entire glass system with the gas holds it all together, creating what is known as double-pane glass. When utilized for insulated glass for windows, it is often referred to as double-glazed glass or double-pane glass, and there is even  triple-pane and quadruple-pane glass today. 

Is insulated glass tempered?

Tempered  glass is a safety glass that is made tempered using a chemical treatment or controlled thermal process that increases the strength. The tempering process sets the outer surfaces into compressed state of being with the interior part of the glass, creating tension.

Insulated glass is made with two to four panes of glass that are spaced apart with either metal or foam and then sealed up to create a single assembly after air or a gas has filled the area between the panes and glass. A heat tempered glass may be used in this process. 

What are insulated glass benefits? 

The purpose of insulated glass for windows is to minimize the amount of heat going into a home in the summer and minimize the amount of heat escaping from the home in winter. Yet, the benefits do not top there. 

  1. Create a comfy and snug home

Windows made of insulated glass are an effective thermal barrier. As we just stated above, insulated glass retains the heat inside your home in the winter while keeping it out in the summer. During extreme temperatures in either direction, this is a great benefit. 

  1. Carbon footprint reduces, Energy costs saved  

While insulated glass windows are minimizing heat loss in the winter and cool air in the summer, the thermostat isn’t adjusted, thus saving power. Stay comfortable year round while saving money  is a definite win-win. 

Yes, right out of the gate, insulated glass windows are more expensive than other windows. When you consider the money you’ll save from cooling and heating your home though, you get your money back over time. 

  1. Wide range of options

The choices that insulated glass windows have are versatile and wide. Most come in a double-pane, but you can upgrade to triple, quadruple, or more, giving you even more insulation. Depending on the manufacturer, there are a number of gases used in constructing insulated glass windows which can be paired with a variety of materials like fiberglass, vinyl, or wood windows. 

  1. Noise reduction

With the extra number of glass panes used in manufacturing insulated glass windows, not only will keep heat where you want it with the season change, but you’ll have noise reduction too. Comfortable and quieter! .

  1. Less moisture accumulated

When you turn that heat up, insulated glass windows will keep the humidity high for better air quality control. They do this my blocking the moisture that cold can create, thus eliminating condensation.

  1. Safe and secure

Because insulated glass windows have multiple panes, it is harder to break them, making your home safer and more secure than single pane windows.  The multi pane windows also are stronger against acts of nature like hurricanes and the strong UV rays of the sun. 

What is the difference between insulated glass vs low e? 

The “E” is in reference to ‘emissivity’, a measurement of thermal energy being absorbed or reflected, like indoor heat and sunlight. A low-E coating can be applied to the exterior and interior of a glass surface like doors or windows. It allows the delivery of comfort while saving money on energy use. 

An exterior Low-E coating reflects the sun’s UV rays and the heat that creates. In the winter, it reflect the cold air away. An interior Low-E coating reflects the warm temperature back inside the house during the winter. 

When it comes to comparing Low-E glass and insulated glass, they actually are used to work together in creating a more energy-efficient door or window. While multi pane insulated glass is energy saving, with the addition of a Low-E coatings, the performance improves. 

insulated windows

Can insulated glass be resealed?       

A single pain of glass can be resealed, but insulated glass is multiple layers of glass. Once the seal is broken, the integrity of it is compromised. The only option is to have the entire window replaced. Calling the company that installed the insulated glass windows is recommended. They may take the broken window back to their plant or shop where they have the tools and the knowledge on how to repair insulated glass window.

You most likely can get insulated glass from a glass company, but most will suggest you let them make any replacements, and we have to agree.  There is safety in experience, knowledge, and having the right equipment and tools for installing insulation glass properly. Call 817-937-6267 today for your insulated glass installation in Fort Worth, TX.

How to install glass shelving

glass shelving system with towels

Glass shelving installation

What could make your custom built-in oak display case or China hutch look more elegant than custom glass shelving. Glass shelving is better than wood shelving because it keeps the display looking open, keeping your display of artifacts, books, creations, or that heirloom set of China the center piece of a room. These things are br brought to attention even more with glass shelving with lights. 

 Before you decide to go with glass shelving, you most likely have several questions about this set up. You needed answers to those questions so you can care for and maintain your custom glass shelving to get the most you can from the. Questions like should glass shelves be tempered? 

It depends on how and where they’re being used.  Glass shelves for standard residential use, glass shelving doesn’t need the glass to  tempered. In a commercial setting like a beauty salon, retail store, restaurant, then yes, tempered glass shelving is recommended.  Is glass shelving tempered that much different? Let’s discuss how glass shelving is manufactured and what tempering that glass shelving does for the glass.

The majority of architectural glass is produced by melting ash, dolomite, limestone, silica sand, soda, and sodium sulfate at 1480 degrees Celsius, then place it in a tin of molten to float. It then goes down a conveyor through a furnace called an annealing lehr, where the cooling process is controlled. The results are a  cooled, flat,  solidified material that is then cut into sheets. It is then shipped to factories where processes, like drilling, laminating, polishing, and tempering are performed.

If the glass is to be tempered, the additional process includes cutting it to size as it passes on rollers through a tempering oven set at 620 degrees Celsius. It will go through this tempering process one time and immediately a high pressure of air is ejected by several nozzles to “quench” the hot glass. 

The outer surfaced will cool faster than the center, and as the center cools, it pulls from the already cool, outer rigid surfaces. This results in the center remaining in tension as the outer surfaces are compression, creating the tempered strength.  

How much weight can glass shelving hold?

Simply placing all the artifacts, books, and nick-knacks on glass shelving isn’t recommended. You should know how to use glass shelving so that you don’t place to much and cause the glass shelving to brake loose from the fixture or wall where it is placed. This includes using the proper glass shelving hardware in addition to concern of the weight. 

To have glass shelving for a cabinet where books, fine China or decorative items will be displayed, the proper thickness is the first concern followed by the support system to be used.  That is where the weight load factor comes into consideration. 

The allowable load for glass shelving requires consideration of multiple factors  including: 

  1. Glass thickness of glass shelving
  2. Square footage of the glass shelving
  3. Distance between shelf glass shelving and brackets
  • Shelf Bracket Distance and the Weight Load

The shorter the distance between shelf brackets, the more weight  your glass shelving can support, even thinner glass. So, the long you choose your glass shelving to be, the more support brackets you should include. 

  • Glass Thickness and the Weight Load

The longer your glass shelving, the thicker glass you should choose, with recommendations between 3/8” inch thick and 5/8” inch thick to support heavier loads versus a quarter-inch thickness. Any glass shelving that is quarter-inch thick should have supporting brackets no more than 4” apart. 

  • Tempered Glass and the Weight Load

There are certain glass types that are stronger, such as tempered glass. When glass has been tempered, it is four times stronger than standard non-tempered glass. Reason tells us that the thicker glass shelving is, it will be stronger than thin glass shelving and able to support a heavier weight.

newly installed glass shelves

When is glass shelving with wire cables needed? 

Over time, retailers will change their store décor, and glass shelving with wire cabling has become a trend that many are using. This attractive and simplistic look gives a retailer a modern and stylish way to display their products, keeping them visible to the consumer. 

Suspension cabling can be utilized in other ways too when glass shelving is no longer the trend to follow, making it an economical and convenient accessory for retail decorating and displaying. Other ways that glass shelving with cabling is used other than retail is in bars and clubs, exhibitions and financial institutions, reception areas, showrooms and more. 

In addition to knowing how and where glass shelving can be used, keeping it looking good is just as important. This means that you should how to clean glass shelving the correct way to keep it clear and glistening.  The big secret to cleaning glass shelving is coffee filters!   
Yes, if you don’t have a clean microfiber cloth, the best way to clean glass shelving, tabletops, or windows is with a  coffee filter. This will give you a  streak-free shine just as good, if not better, than a squeegee. Need help with installing glass shelving in Fort Worth, TX? Call 817-937-6267 today.

What Is Window Glass Repair?

broken glass window

Can a window pane be replaced?

Every homeowner with window repair needs can’t always afford new windows. No matter how much money new window installation could save over time with utilities, that isn’t always an affordable option. This why having the knowledge and skill or knowing a person that does makes window repair for homes an option. 

It depends, are you looking for a quick and short-term solution or would you rather have a long-term solution?  The answer that question and considering the budget will determine if a window pane replacement is the way to go for you. 

Definitely the easier and less expensive thing is to replace the glass pane that is broken. It won’t make any aesthetic changes to the house like a completely new window. There are different window repair options when taking this route when you have a broken or cracked window pane. 

You can do the window repair yourself by simply removing the broken window pane of glass and replace with a new window pane. Doing a your own window repair, cost is the least expensive way, but there is always that slight bit of anger when working with broken glass. This is why most homeowners choose to have a professional company or contractor do the work, especially when the window repair requires a low-e coating glass. 

Who can fix my broken window?

The tradesman that removes broken glass then cuts and install new glass for window repair is called a glazier. They are typically employed or contract through a glass and mirror company. 

How do you temporarily fix a broken window?

The windows in your home are important and can be a financial investment. When one gets broken, window repair is essential in order to keep your home safe from the elements. If you don’t wait until a professional glazier is available to handle your window  repair, there are some temporary tricks you can use: 

  1. For chips and small cracks, using glue or nail varnish for filler will work for a temporary window repair. Clean the area with a toothbrush then apply the glue or varnish, allow to dry and then scrap any excess around the chip or crack and reapply again. Repeat till the chip or crack is filled with the glue or varnish. 
  2. For larger window cracks, should you tape a cracked window? Yes, if the glass is still intact within the window frame, clean around the window with a toothbrush to remove any loose glass splinters.  Then gently but firmly, place duct tape or masking tape over and 1” to 2” longer on each end of the crack. If pressing on the glass appears to cause it to loosen, a temporary window repair isn’t going to be sufficient, you’ll need to use the next tip. 
  3. For shattered window glass, knock out and remove the remaining glass while wearing gloves and protective eyewear.  Use a broom to sweep out any loose glass shards or splinters then vacuum the glass up. Next, using a thick plastic sheet or tarp, stretch it over the broken window securing with nails, screws or tape until a professional glazier is able to do a proper window repair. 
webbed crack in window glass

How do I repair windows?

Don’t let a cracked or shattered small window be a huge panic for you!  With the following steps, you can do your own window repair for little expense. A larger window, a high performance glass window, or windows with dual glazing though, you should hire the service of a professional glass dealer or glazier.  (or other high-performance glass), it’s usually smarter to call a glass dealer. They have the knowledge for window repair or parts are available with them. 

To do your own window repair, follow these instructions after you have put on gloves and protective eyewear: 

  1. Remove the broken glass and crisscross tape over the cracked pane with duct tape to keep glass pieces and shards from falling out.  
  2. Buy the same type of glass as what bork if possible so that it matches your house. Taking a large piece of the broken glass with you will help the associate match the new glass. If the broken glass is from a wooden window, chisel the old putty out of the slots or use a pair of glazier’s points with a long nose. Clean with a wire brush and then sand the wood. Next apply a wood sealer.
  3. Next, for wood window repair, apply a strand of glazing compound putty around the window opening and make a smooth bed with a putty knife or your fingers.
  4. Put the window pane in place and with damp rag, remove excess putty after pushing the glazier’s points in the frame with your putty knife.
  5. Apply more window putty around the pane, creating a tidy seal with a putty knife. Once the putty has dried, it can be painted. 

If the window repair is in a metal or vinyl sash, you can remove the parts that are retaining the glass by pulling the old glass out and have it reglazed then replace it in the sash while replacing the parts that keep it in place. 

Depending on how old the windows in your room are, window repair vs replacement with newer windows is something to consider if you can afford the expense.  There may be tax credits available to you for install energy efficient windows, and with the lower utility bills, this can help pay for them. Need help with window repair in Fort Worth, TX? Call 817-937-6267 today.

Should you put glass top on wood?

glass table top

How do you secure glass to a table top?

With the purchase of beautiful furniture for your home, you want to protect it so that the beauty lasts forever. Next to forbidding anyone using that beautiful furniture, what better way to protect the tables than with glass table tops.  Or adding a touch of elegance to a room with glass table tops and bases, specifically designed for a room. 

Today, we have the ability of getting glass table tops to order in the shape, size, and thicknesses we desire.  Glass table tops give a piece of furniture a touch of elegance while protecting it from accidents. For anyone that has never owned glass table tops, there are concerns and questions to assure they are getting the glass table tops that are right for their needs and purposes. 

Manufacturers of furniture with glass table tops usually do not secure the glass table tops to the furniture. This leaves the homeowner to secure any glass table tops, especially glass kitchen table tops, so that it isn’t a hazard for children or anyone else. The following are a few options for securing glass table tops: 

  • Clear Bonding Adhesive Gels: A clear bonding adhesive gel is strong and provides a permanent fix of glass table tops to the surface or base.  Putty is another option of securing glass table tops that is less toxic and removable and reusable. While the adhesive gel is clear, putty is colored, making it visible through glass table tops.  
  • Small Hardware: For glass table tops that require being secured for an extended time, one option would be a combination of glass brackets and clamps. While they hold glass table tops in place for that extended time, they are easily removed so that the table and the glass top can be moved easier. These brackets and clamps are commonly used for affixing a mirror to a wall or a glass frame to a storm door.  They do not create a seamless, smooth finish, but they are in expensive and provide a secure fastening. 
  • Velcro: A piece of NASA will provide a viable option to securing glass table tops to a base or frame that also allows it to be easily removed, a bonus for the cleaning aspect. Velcro mounting tape does is only available in black or white, requiring tablecloths if that doesn’t go with the décor in mind. 

How do you attach glass to a wood table top?

Glass table tops can give any table base a look of elegance, even one made of recycled shipping pallets. Create a unique coffee table, dining table, or an occasional table for the foyer or hall by attaching glass table tops to a wooden base to wooden tabletop. 

Because wood will contact and expand with the humidity and moisture, you need to use a strong, long lasting bonding method that is flexible. A silicone sealant will provide a good adhesion to the glass table tops and a moderate adhesion to the wood surface. For a good adhesion on both glass table tops and wood surface, use a polyurethane adhesive.

Should a glass table top be tempered?

A basic rule for glass table tops, if there are children or a concern of others with slipping and sliding of glass tables, tempered glass is recommended. Why? Tempered glass table tops are stronger, up to seven times strong regular annealed glass table tops. Tempered glass is considered a safety glass so should it fall, it doesn’t just break, it shatters, creating small pebbles that aren’t as dangerous as large pieces of broken glass. Any glass table tops that are between ¼: thick and 3/8″ thick are usually tempered.

What do you put under a glass table top?

Glass tabletops are an appealing and attractive style for coffee tables, dining tables, and others that allow the beauty of the base and table top to show through while protected.  There are table designs however where glass table tops ten to slide and slip, an annoying and dangerous situation. 

Fortunately, there are simple bumpers that can be installed between the gap of the glass and the table tops that supports the glass while holding it in place. These bumpers are typically not as obvious and visible, keeping the beauty of the clear glass intact. 

glass and wicker

What is the best thickness for a glass table top?            

Tempered glass tabletops are a perfect addition to any dining room. Glass table tops can make a simple table an elegant, formal table. They are long-lasting, heat resistant, and almost scratch resistant. 

The thickness of glass table tops is dependent upon the size of the table. A pedestal style table should have glass top no less than half an inch thick while a basic dining table, glass table tops of 3/16” is sufficient. 

You should also consider the use of the table when choosing glass table tops cut to size. If you plan to have a large number of guests frequently and the table is a 24” diameter, the glass table tops should be no less than ¼”. The larger the table, the thicker the glass is recommended. 

Glass table tops were once considered something only the rich would have in their homes. As glass has become more common place and less expensive to obtain, dining table have been adorned with glass around the globe. Choosing the right thickness of tempered glass will add beauty with safety. Call 817-937-6267 today for your glass table top in Fort Worth, TX.

How do you clean dirty glass?

woman cleaning a window

Keeping your glass and windows clear

The windows of your home are an integral part of its appearance, beauty, security, and value, even glass tabletops are an important part. So, when that glass is broken, cracked, or dirty, it is important to have them repaired or replaced immediately and properly. Whether is for the professional glass cleaning so the views are clear, and the energy-efficiency is working, or it is a decorative and safety matter, the proper approach is always best. 

Most of us attempt glass cleaning with the spray bottle of glass cleaner with paper towels, but few of us have found the ability to have glass cleaning without streaks. No matter how careful you approach the task, there seems to always be a smudge or a streak. So, what causes streaks on glass?  Well, it could be because you’re energetically cleaning windows on a warm, sunshine day. 

Yeah, so much for spring cleaning, right? Evaporation is a big and common problem with window glass cleaning. The window glass cleaning liquid solution you’re using is evaporating quickly and leaving a residue that we see as streaks. However, if that liquid window glass cleaning solution isn’t removed, you get streaks. 

Another problem that causes window glass cleaning streaks are the cleaning solution you choose. No, they are not all the same, even the ones that claim they are streak-free.  The next common problem that causes window glass cleaning streaks is the cloth or towel you’re using. A towels that isn’t absorbent will only spread the dirt and moisture, not  remove them, leaving behind streaks. 

Or you may be using a towel that sheds, which will leave debris, dust, and lint streaks. Or using a used towel will leave streaks. Now that we have uncovered the secret problem that causes those window glass cleaning streaks, so, how do you remove streaks from glass? 

  • Step One: With a dust-free microfiber cloth, go over the recently completed window glass cleaning with a tad of elbow grease.
  • Step Two:  If step one doesn’t work, using a bottle of Dawn dish soap (yes it has to be Dawn), and a window squeegee, apply some Dawn along the bottom in a small, then work your way up. No dripping, working fast and thoroughly with a little bit of elbow grease. area starting at the bottom of the window working upward, to avoid dripping. 
  • Step Three: Now dry the edges from the top working down sing a clean dust-free cloth.

How do you remove oxidation from glass?

If you have aluminum screens, that is your culprit for causing that window oxidation. With a little bit of  vinegar and the right tools, your window glass cleaning project will be easy and fast. The tools you’ll need are: 

  • Bucket of warm water
  • Soft window brush with a long broom handle
  • A water hose with a nozzle
  • Create a window glass cleaning home brew of one gallon water, two tablespoons heavy-duty soap with Trisodium Phosphate, half a cup vinegar, and a drop of liquid dish soap. 
  • Attach the soft brush to the broom handle using the water hose with a nozzle, pre-wet the windows then apply the window glass cleaning brew with the brush. Work one window at a time so they don’t dry faster than you can complete them. 
  • Repeat the job once you made one round, washing the trim surrounding the windows this time. 
  • Now, using the water hose and nozzle, rinse the windows and allow to dry like they would after a summer rainstorm and clean the screens while the windows are drying. Use the same procedure you did with the windows, leaving the screens in the driveway. 

How do you remove cloudiness from glass windows?

When the usual soap and water isn’t doing the job,  cleaning glass that is cloudy may take something a little stronger. You probably have them around your home already: rubbing alcohol and white vinegar. Believe it or not glass cleaning with alcohol or white vinegar isn’t anything new, they’ve been used for year.  Now follow these simple steps:

1). With a microfiber cloth, dust the window frame and windowsills.

2). Fill a spray bottle halfway with cool tap water then finish filling with the rubbing alcohol or white vinegar. Screw the lid on good and shake gentle to mix the ingredients. 

3). Adjust the spray bottle to a mist and spray a small amount on the window. 

4). Using a paper towel, coffee filter, or newspaper, wipe the window. 

5). If the cloudy window glass cleaning is needed for a large window, you’ll need to use a squeegee and work from the top to the bottom horizontally. 

squeegee on window

How do you stop windows from smearing?

Oh what we can do with everyday household products!  Fabric softener and warm water is the best way mirror and window glass cleaning product! Mix even amounts of fabric softener and warm water then dip a clean cotton cloth in the mixture and wipe over mirrors and windows.  Not only are you going to have smear-free windows, but your home will smell fresh too! 

Can glass cleaning cloths be washed?

With these three methods, yes: 

  1. Clean your window glass cleaning cloths without water by simply shaking them to remove dirt and dust. 
  2. Wash your window glass cleaning cloths by hand using cold water and a few drops of bleach free, softener free mild soap.  
  3. Wash your window glass cleaning cloths in a washing machine with a bleach free and softener free detergent, then allow to air dry.

Get started with quality glass and windows in your home in Fort Worth, TX. Call 817-937-6267 today.