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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.

How do you put a mirror on the wall?

Bathroom mirror

Professional mirror hanging

Mirror, mirror on the wall, how do you hang there so strong and tall? Ahhh, that would be by professional mirror installation service!  Yes, there is such a thing as professional mirror installation for those mirrors that are framed, heavy, and/or large in size. 

Why would you hire a mirror installation company to hang your mirror? Because there are mirrors that are more than just a basic mirror, you can hang on a wall yourself. Some mirrors come from various shapes, sizes, and weights that the basic nail or picture hanger can hold. These professional mirror installation crews hang mirrors in businesses and homes that cover an entire wall. Or a heavy, special cut framed or unframed mirror.  

If you were to purchase a 5-foot square, frameless mirror for your bathroom renovation job, would know how much weight can drywall hold without a stud? Professional mirror installation services are done by crews that have been trained on knowing exactly how much weight drywall with or without studs can hold. Why is this important? So the 5-foot square mirror doesn’t fall and break!  

The amount of weight you can put on drywall depends on exactly how much the mirror, or any object, weighs. Even a lightweight mirror with a lightweight frame can fall off when nothing more than a basic nail is used. The untrained person takes a hit or miss chance at doing their own mirror installation. Getting it to hang straight and safely, especially a heavy mirror, isn’t an easy task.

When you hire a mirror installation service, the technician will know what hardware and technique will hold your mirror. Whether it is a 5 pound or 100 pounds framed mirror, they have the experience, knowledge, and skills.

How do you attach a frameless mirror to the wall?

To do a frameless mirror installation on a wall, whether it is a large wall mirror installation or a unique oval mirror,  takes a certain technique. If hiring a professional mirror installation service isn’t feasible, or you want to do it yourself, the following steps will guide you through the process so that your mirror installation is safe and secure. 

Step One: Identify the Spot and Mark It

Select the specific spot that your new mirror will look its best. Mark the bottom corners and top corners of the mirror while holding it up in that spot, using a pencil or marker. With a heavy mirror or large mirror, enlist some help to hold the mirror or mark the corners.  Choose a good sturdy type of clip, and if the mirror is large and heavy, use a Z-clip. 

Step Two:. Check the Spot to Be Flat

Ensure the area you want your mirror installation is flat so that the clip will be secure to the wall and the mirror. You can verify this by sliding something flat and straight over the area. If there are bumps, you can make sure your mirror installation is between the bumps or find another area.

Step Three: Get it Straight

To get the mirror installation straight, you need exact measurements, using a level, and mark the spots for the clips. 

Step Four: Find and Mark the Stud Edges

Most interior walls have wall studs that are evenly spaced. Using a stud finder or tap along the wall until you hear a solid sound to locate the studs. Then mark the two sides of each stud in the area of your mirror installation. Stand back and observe where these marks will place the mirror and make any adjustments if needed.

Step Five: Drill Pilot Holes

Using a power drill, make pilot holes for the plastic wall anchors and hammer them in flush with the wall. Then install the bottom clips.

Step Six: Mark the Top Clip Placement

Place the level vertically on the bottom clip and draw a line upward from each bottom clip so that is is aligned with the top edge of the mark you made for the mirror and mark the next set of pilot holes. 

Step Eight:  Drill the Top Pilot Holes

Now drill the top pilot holes you have marked, using the plastic wall anchors to level them if they are off a little. Hammer them in until wall flushed. Screw the top clips into the hole. 

Step Eight: The Last  Step

Carefully slide the mirror into the bottom clips and slowly tilt the mirror toward the wall until flush with the wall. Now, fit top clips into the top brackets and fasten them together with the screws provided so that mirror is firmly in place. 

Notes: By doing this mirror installation yourself, you’ve saved money, but if you break or crack the mirror in the process,  you have no recourse other than buying another mirror. By hiring a professional mirror installation service, they take all responsibilities. 

Are mirror clips necessary?

Mirror clips and channel tracks are two common techniques for mirror installation, both are valid, and both are used by glass and mirror installation professionals. There are some circumstances where one is better than the other, and having a clear understanding of these two will help you determine which technique is best for mirror installation in your business or home.

Mirror clips: 

  • Securely but temporary
  • For curved edges and no hanging brackets

L-bar:

  • Straight edges and not resting on a permanent facade
  • For a frameless look without obvious metal elements

Use J-channel:

  • Straight edges and will not resting on a permanent facade
  • A thin metal strip along the lower edge is desired

How much weight can mirror clips hold?

 Mirror installation clips are available in any big box home improvement stores. A typical package will have four pieces and will state on the package the weight limit. A package that states 20 lb. shouldn’t be used for a mirror or any wall hanging that exceeds that weight limit. 

long wide bathroom mirror

How do you hang a heavy mirror without a stud?

Of course, the preferred method for mirror installation is into wall studs. Unfortunately, studs are rarely in the places you would like to install your mirror. In that case, hollow-wall anchors, or more commonly referred to as molly bolts, are excellent.  Hollow-wall anchors or molly bolts come in different sizes and styles that can be used on any wall, including drywall or plaster, even a hollow concrete block. The different types of hollow-wall anchors are: 

  • Expandable Metal Anchors
  • Wall Claw Anchors
  • Toggle Bolts
  • Self-Drilling Drywall Anchors

A mirror installation in bathrooms may be one of the trickiest installations next to full wall mirrors. These are the mirror installations best left to the professionals as they are the most vulnerable to causing injury or more damage than just to the mirror. Call 817-937-6267 today for your mirror installation in Fort Worth, TX.

Is Energy Efficient Glass Worth the Investment?

energy efficient glass installation

Energy Efficiency Through Glass

We’ve discussed the energy efficiency that ample and professionally installed insulation can provide a home. Hot air rises, so during the winter, when that warm air your heater had dispersed through your home rises, attic insulation will keep it down, where you need it. Still not warm enough or costing too much to heat up your home? Have you looked into having energy efficient window installed? 

What is the difference between energy efficient windows vs regular windows? Just what makes a window energy efficient? There are three big differences between these two windows, and once you’ve read this and did some research on your own, energy efficient window installation will be on your to-do list. 

  • Structure: Regular windows are a single pane glass that allows heat to escape during the winter, increasing the heating bill by 25% or more.  During the  summer, the heat flow is reversed and warm UV rays beam through the windows, causing the air conditioning to work harder which raises the energy bill.  The frame around regular windows are highly conductive material, aluminum, or wood. An energy efficient window is made with multiple glass panes that minimize transfer of heat with the insulated air spaces placed between the panes. Energy efficiency is increased more by nontoxic gas like argon or krypton, along with low-conductivity spacers.
  • Coating: An additional way to control heat transferring is to apply a low-emissivity coating to the surface of window glass. At the factory, this coating is applied to the exterior side of the glass panes. Energy efficient windows have a coating is a metallic oxide or microscopically thin metal layers  applied that can keep your home cooler by reflecting the summer UV rays. This low-e coating on windows interior the winter maintain indoor temperatures prevents that expensive heat from escaping. 
  • Bonus: Energy Star: Why get energy efficient windows? Energy efficient windows with the Energy Star label means they are energy efficient by federal guidelines standards. The Energy Star program is one of many to promote environmentally friendly and energy saving practices. There are tax credits and rebates to entice a homeowner to purchase them, and the savings on utility bills give you a ROI. 

What is the most energy efficient window?

With energy efficient window installment, you’ll increase your home’s energy efficiency while reducing the energy bills, which will save money. You want to get the best possible for the money to get the most savings, and the best energy efficient window to do that are casement windows. The design of casement windows are seal on all the way around and when the window is closed, the sash pushes firmly against the frame, keeping air from passing through. 

When a window won’t seal securely, air leak around the frame and sash, letting cold air inside in the winter and cooled air out in the summer. This will have you adjusting the thermostat, making the air or furnace work harder, which affects the utility bills. 

Are vinyl windows energy efficient?

Vinyl windows today are energy efficient windows, because of features like Low-E coated glass, frames that are foam-enhanced, and warm edge spacers. All of these features will reduce energy transfer while limiting the impact of light penetration. 

These are things that will help your HVAC system regulate indoor temperatures easier all year long. This is a big bonus for homes where the climate fluctuates.

How can I tell if my windows are energy efficient?

Are a few easy and quick things you can do that will tell you if you have energy efficient windows or not.

  • The U-Factor: This is the measurement of heat transferred through the glass. On the frame of the windows, if you find an NFRC rating label, this will give you the U-Factor. from the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) on them, so you can check what U-factor the windows have been rated at.
  • The Framing: Another feature that will tell you that you have energy-efficient windows is the framing.  Most windows are aluminum or vinyl material, older homes that have never been updated will have wood frames, the least energy-efficient windows. Insulated vinyl windows are the best at being energy-efficient windows, reducing the heat loss, and minimizing air leaks.
  • Are They Single Pane or Double Pane: Double pane windows are more energy efficient windows compared to single-pane windows because of the layers and thicker glass.
energy efficient windows

Can you make old windows energy efficient?

The majority of the heat lost in your home is through the windows from air drafts, typically wooden windows. Fortunately, this and other minor repairs can make your windows energy-efficient windows with a little elbow work.

Step One: Cold air leaks through cracked panes, disintegrating putty, cracked frames, and around windows that don’t shut properly. A few minor repairs to these things will give you some mileage until you’re ready to invest in energy-efficient windows. 

Step Two: For drafty windows, add weatherstripping or insulating materials in the gaps so that it helps your window close up when shut and make them energy-efficient windows. 

Step Three: Replacement windows are necessary to get those energy-efficient windows and the effect of double-pane windows. Purchase storm windows at a fraction of the cost and you’ll get an ROI in 4 to 5 years. 

Are energy efficient windows good?  Yes, all windows with the ENERGY STAR rating will provide the following benefits: 

  • Save Money – energy bills are lower with energy-efficient windows because you’ll use less energy. It also reduces your carbon footprint. 
  • Comfort – With energy-efficient windows, no ore cold drafts in the winter or overheated space in the winter. 
  • Protection – With the Low-e coating on energy-efficient windows, there are fewer UV rays coming through to damage your carpet, floors, and furniture.

Call 817-937-6267 today to get started with energy efficient glass in Fort Worth, TX.

How do I make my shower handicap accessible?

walk in glass shower

Are walk in showers a good idea?

If you watch enough television, you’ve seen the commercial for handicap showers installation recently. Maybe you’re watching those commercials and thinking to yourself, who would need that, and why? There could be any number of reasons why these are gaining popularity.

It could be from an accident or simply just getting older, but for many people, taking a bath or shower isn’t as easy and relaxing as it once was. It is the simple pleasures in life you miss when your mobility becomes restricted. Handicap showers and bathtubs give you that simple pleasure in life to end your day and relax.

In recent years, watching home remodeling and renovation shows, the kitchen and bathroom are the main focus. These are two areas that a family will spend most of their time.  In the kitchen, a prevalent remodeling trend is the farmers’ sink, and in the master bathroom, the trend is a walk-in or handicap showers or baths.

What are the benefits of these handicap showers? Are there benefits to reconfigure the current shower and bath setup for this conversion? Here are some pros that can help you get some insight into why handicap showers and baths are heading to be the norm instead of the exception:

Elegance Understated 

If you’re remodeling or renovating a bathroom, you want it to be modern and stylish, and handicap shower with no door and threshold offer that while they seamlessly blend in with the rest of the bathroom. These are the big and clunky things you’ve seen in the hospital rehab and therapy rooms. You can install a handicap shower and bathtub with an interconnected facade that will unify without creating a distraction.

Improved Accessibility

Baby boomers are the most significant part of the population right now. We are also the majority of homeowners, and we’re at a time in our lives where we can afford and have time for remodeling and renovating our homes. We are also getting older! And while we’re getting older, our mobility is becoming more limited. So, to make our home we love so dearly more accessible, these handicap showers and bathtubs are a must!  If we haven’t fallen and broken a hip yet, and we have the option to remove one of the dangers in our home, then why not?

Easy Cleaning

Again, baby boomers are looking at what makes life easier as we get older. Not only are handicap showers an elegant and safe addition to our remodeled bathrooms, but they are also easier to clean than you may think.  There nooks and crannies are fewer, the surface is smooth nonporous, making it easier and faster to clean. Albeit decorative, gone is the shower curtain that gets dingy and moldy.

What are ADA requirements?  

Today, thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), there are required guidelines on everyday things like bathtubs and handicap showers. In addition to the dimensions, which we will discuss next, the ADA sets requirements to be standard in every public goods and service in all commercial and public buildings. Those things are carrying over into homes today, like the handicap shower requirements.

What is the size of a handicap shower?

There are two styles of handicap showers that must meet specific interior dimensions:

ADA Transfer Shower

  • These handicap showers are designed for a person to safely transfer themselves from their wheelchair to the wall-mounted handicap shower seat and have easy access to the shower controls while seated. The ADA Guidelines specify for the inside shower dimension to be 36” x 36” with a threshold to be half an inch above the finished floor.

ADA Roll-in Shower

  • These handicap showers are designed for wheelchair accessibility into the shower. The ADA Guidelines specify the inside shower dimension to be 60” x 30” or larger so that there is enough room for the wheelchair-bound person to enter the shower in their wheelchair. The threshold must be half an inch high above the finished bathroom floor.

Additionally, handicap showers and baths must have handicap shower bars to help with getting up and down, in and out of the shower or bath.

shower with a handicap handle

Does a walk in shower add value?

Walk-in showers today are designed to meet the various needs of every household. For a household with children or elderly occupants, safety is a crucial factor that handicap showers provide. Low step-in height, built-in, contoured seating, and anti-slip flooring are vital features, and overall ADA-compliant design can make your home stand out on the market.

When you factor in upgrades like heated floors and luxury tile or beautiful laminate flooring that mocks the appearance of luxury tile, walk-in handicap showers are that value-add item that can make the difference that sells your house at the full asking price.

The most common question for seniors that are considering the benefits of handicap showers and baths is, “Will Medicare pay for a handicap shower?”. The simple, straight answer is no. Medicare does not pay for handicap showers and bathtubs. The longer answer, they may reimburse part of the cost after it has been installed. Maybe.

There isn’t any guarantee that you’ll get a partial reimbursement, but there is a guarantee you won’t get fully refunded.  Sorry, that isn’t what you want to hear, but it is the truth. It doesn’t cost anything more to ask for reimbursement, so make sure you do this the right way after the installation is complete. 

First, get your doctor to prescribe handicap showers for you. If you want Medicare to reimburse you for anything, you need a doctor’s prescription, and handicap showers are no different than wheelchairs. Next, you need to shop around for quotes and choose the best one for your needs that you can afford without Medicare’s assistance. The cost should include the remodeling needed because handicap showers and tubs have different requirements in space and plumbing fixtures. Once you make the purchase and the install is complete, you need to make multiple copies of your doctor’s prescription and detailed invoice. Mail it all to the address on your Medicare card and wait. If they do send you a check for partial reimbursement, you can use that money to add-on and upgrade some of the accessories and handicap shower ideas you’ve been checking. Call 817-937-6267 today for expert glass installation.

What is the Most Energy Efficient Window?

energy efficient windows

What is the Most Energy Efficient Window?

One of the most important investments a homeowner can make is in their Low – E energy-efficient windows. This is for a bevy of reasons. Simply put, highly insulated windows create more insulation in the home. With multiple layers of glass, the spaces between the panes are turned into a vacuum or filled with a gas of lower thermal conductivity and heat capacity than air. Argon and krypton are gases that can be used for this process. In turn, it’s important to mention “double glazing”. Double glazing refers to the use of two panes of glass with an evacuated space between or a high-performance fill-gas.

How Can Windows Be More Energy Efficient?

Are you wondering how you can make your windows more energy efficient? Please review the following bullet-pointed list to discover more about how to maximize the energy efficiency in your home. 

  • If there are any gaps in your windows, seal them. Particularly in older homes, gaps can be a very pervasive and serious problem. If you detect a draft when you pass by a window, then it is important to contact a repairman as convenience allows it.
  • Double glazed windows will assist with energy efficiency. Energy efficiency is a must in both older and new homes. Double glazed windows not only increase the amount of insulation in a home, but they also decrease the amount of noise that comes in from the street.
  • Upgrade the window frames. When you are replacing your windows you have the opportunity to also upgrade to energy-efficient window frames. Homeowners would be wise to select windows that have the Window Energy Rating Scheme, which is represented by the acronym, WERS. If the frames are rated a five, then you will have the most efficient window frames on the market.

Do New Windows Help with Energy Efficiency?

If you are considering heightening your home’s energy efficiency, but are hesitant about installing new windows, you will be delighted to find that new studies recommend new window installation. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, homeowners can save anywhere from $126 to $465 a year by replacing single-pane windows. If homeowners decide to opt with replacing double-paned windows with energy-efficient windows, then they will still save money in the long term, but with less of an impact. According to the study, homeowners can plan on saving twenty-seven to one-hundred and eleven dollars a year.

Is it Worth Getting New Windows?

New windows have the benefit of upgrading the home in a unique and effective way, but the question remains as to whether it will pay for itself in the long run. According to leading research on the topic, the overall cost to replace windows is ultimately worth the money that you will spend. Homeowners can expect to recoup approximately seventy to eighty percent of the window replacement costs through the home’s market value. For example, if you spent four hundred dollars on new windows, then you will increase your home’s value by $280 to $320.

What is ROI On New Windows?

ROI stands for ‘Return on Investment.’ For windows, the aspect of energy efficiency is a great consideration. Window replacements can also be considered a safety feature as well. The independent variable to bring into mind when thinking about cost is the number of windows that will be replaced. Property owners and developers can expect a return on investment at about seventy percent.

How Energy Efficient Windows Work

Are you wondering how energy efficient windows work? The process is fairly straightforward. Low-E glass is used to help block the rays of the sun as they penetrate the glass. As a matter of fact, Low-E glass can block up to ninety percent of the sun’s rays. This means that when it is cold outside that you will remain warmer inside and vice versa. Furthermore, there are many glazing options which include tints, gas fills, and reflective coatings.

How Are Energy Efficient Windows Made

Insulated windows are made of multiple pieces of glass which are then separated by spacers made of either metal or structural foam. Between the panes of glass, as previously mentioned, you may find a noble gas like argon or krypton.

What are Energy Efficient Windows

Energy-saving windows, also known as energy-efficient windows, are designed to prevent the hot or cold air from escaping your home. The insulation provided by windows reduces your overall home’s energy usage and your bills. 

Single Hung Windows, Single Hung Window Replacement

Do Energy Efficient Windows Pay for Themselves

Energy-efficient windows are a wonderful investment in a property. However, it is important to conduct a thorough cost-benefit analysis that includes how long you plan to own the property and how much money you will want to save in the long term.

When you would like an experienced professional to speak with you about energy-efficient windows in Fort Worth, TX, you can rely on our team to help. Please reach out to us at 817-937-6267 to discover more about how we can increase your home’s energy efficiency today.

Are Solar Screens Worth the Investment?

solar blinds on skylight

What is a solar screen?

The Texas summers can be brutal, and homeowners are always looking for ways to cool their home, preferably with less or no electricity. Solar panels have popped up on rooftops all across the country, with Texas being fifth in having the most solar panels installed. Texas is in the top ten states with solar screen installation.   

They make solar screens to go over the outside of the windows to block the bright and hot glare of the sun.  They are made from a tightly weaved mesh in a dark color screen. Solar screen installation can be fastened to the exterior side of the window or installed on the interior. Manufacturers claim they can block up to ninety percent of the heat so that it doesn’t enter the home.

What are the different types of solar screens?

Solar screens come in various densities for different solar screen installation.  Depending on the manufacturer, solar screen installation can block as much as sixty-five to ninety-nine percent of the sun’s heat and UV rays and heat, yet, you still have visibility out.

Depending on the color of the screen mesh you choose for your solar screen installation, not only will the block the sun’s heat and UV rays, a solar screen installation provides a level of privacy during the day. The darker the color, the more transparent, like black or brown, allowing higher visibility out. The lighter color of solar screens material is typically thicker and seeing through them in or out is harder, giving you more privacy.

How are solar screens installed?

Installing solar screens is best done by the company where you purchase them. They will have a guarantee and warranty, giving you support for your solar screen installation. However, a homeowner with a little DIY skill can do it the job yourself.

For your DIY solar screen installation, can fasten to the window frame directly, experts recommend installing the so that they cover the whole window to get the most cooling benefit. The following are basic steps, you should refer to the solar screen installation instructions the manufacturers include. You can also find videos on the internet that can provide detailed instructions.

  • Step One: Check where screws can be installed without hitting glass.
  • Step Two: Measure the window width left to right
  • Step Three: Measure the window height from top to bottom
  • Step Four: Using a quarter inch drill, using screws that match in color, complete your solar screen installation

 How long do solar screens last?

The quality can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer, most realistic lifespan for your solar screen installation final job is twenty to thirty years. However, the manufacturer’s representative will state they last as long as you live in your home. 

Are solar screens worth the money?

Definitely!  Anything you can do to block or reduce the amount of the sun’s heat and UV rays coming into your home, the less your air conditioner has to work. When the air conditioner doesn’t have to work as hard, it uses less electricity.

As we have mentioned already, solar screen installation can reduce anywhere from sixty-five percent to ninety-nine percent of the heat and UV rays that heat your home. It can vary from the quality of the screens used for your solar screen installation. 

Still not convinced that solar screen installation isn’t right for your home? Keep reading as we give you a few facts to consider: 

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Benefits of solar screens

In states where the climate is warmer, even hot like summers in Texas, the sun’s bright light creates an uncomfortable glare and the warmth makes a home hotter inside. A solar screen installation job reduces that glare and heat that comes in through the windows. This makes it more comfortable in the house while reducing your cooling expenses. Other benefits of a solar screen installation:

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • Durable
  • Economical
  • Insulating
  • Reduces sun’s glare and heat
  • Reduces energy costs
  • Provides Privacy
  • Can be removed during cooler weather
  • Solar screen disadvantages

While there are many benefits to having solar screen installation job, there are a few disadvantages that you should consider before making the investment:

  • Outside view partially obstructed
  • Less outside light coming in makes home darker
  • Damage easily if misfit or mis-installed
  • Price range can be affordable to expensive quality varying with pricing 

You should consider the windows that will benefit the most from solar screen installation job so that you get the most ROI possible. A room that has a lot of sunlight is the ideal room, the need not be installed all the way around your home.

Because a solar screen installation will provide privacy, they are ideal on bathroom and bedroom windows. Any room that the outside view is one to be enjoyed, unless there is bright sunlight that you want to minimize, these are windows you may consider not including in your solar screen installation. Want to get started on solar blind installation in Fort Worth, TX? Call 817-937-6267 today.

How Do You Attach a Frameless Mirror to the Wall?

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How Do You Attach a Frameless Mirror to the Wall?

Mirror installation can be a very intricate process. This is especially the case with a frameless mirror installation. You will need a pencil and measuring tape and you will need to mark on the wall where the mirror installation will go. Next, you will need to get your brackets and your number two pencil. You will circle where your screws are going to go. Check to see if you have a wood stud on the drywall, or if there is just air. The anchor bolts can then be hammered in. Make sure the bolt is flush against the wall. Then you can screw in the mirror brackets. It will be important for you to review several tutorials and to speak with an expert if possible in order to ensure that your mirror installation goes off without a hitch.

How Do You Put a Mirror on the Wall?

Are you wondering how to put a mirror on the wall? You can certainly move forward with this DIY project. Please review the following bullet points to learn more.

  • If you need to hang a heavy mirror or picture, it will be urgent for you to make sure that you are hammering into a stud so that your mirror has adequate support.
  • Mark the center of the stud.
  • Hold the mirror up to where you would like to hang it. 
  • Mark where you would like to hang the mirror with a pencil.
  • Look at the back of the mirror and note where the d-rings or wire are.
  • You can hang the mirror from two hooks on the wall. To get the right amount of space between the hooks, use a level, and mark the amount of space between the d-rings with a piece of tape.
  • Lock the brackets onto the ring, measure the hole to the top of the mirror, and transfer this distance to the wall using the line as a guide. Center the level on the wall and mark the holes with a pencil.
  • Install the hardware with a drill or necessary tools.
  • Gently install the mirror on the hooks.

How Do You Mirror a Cheap Wall?

Would you like to mirror your wall? There are a lot of DIY projects that are fairly easy to complete. If you have square mirrors (12 x 12), a level, a bare expanse of wall, and indoor mounting square tape, you can easily mirror the wall. The first thing to do is to measure the space. Even though this is an inexpensive process, it will be important to get it right the first time. Make sure that you orient the mirrors where you want them and try testing out the tape with one mirrored segment beforehand. It is always important to do a lot of research to ensure that you have the right materials, the right processes, and the right approach.

Is it Good to Put Mirror in the Living Room?

Personal preferences are important. If you are living in a space that needs some decor, it may be a good idea to contemplate putting a mirror in your living room. If you are living alone, you can make the decision based upon your tastes and any possible benefits. If you have a partner, it will be important to discuss the advantages of putting a mirror in the living room together. Mirrors have lots of advantages, but it is important to weigh any possible disadvantages as well. Mirrors can bring light and warmth into a room, and serve an important function. They can also make small spaces appear larger and more appealing. Whatever the choice, please make sure your mirror is installed properly and is pleasing to your sense of style.

How Do I Mirror a Wall at Home?

While it is true that small DIY projects can be a fun undertaking, it’s also important to make sure you’re not taking on a project that is too large for you to handle alone. Calling a professional company to install a mirrored wall would probably be the best course of action if the wall is large, or the mirrors are large. Avoiding a big accident is always an important precaution. There are a couple of considerations that are important to ponder. For instance, will the mirrors be reflecting the light in a way that you desire? Will the mirrors look in the space?

What is Mirror Installation

There are different methods for mirror installation. Adhesive installation is a process whereby an adhesive or glue is put on the mirror and it is attached directly to the wall. Another form is through measuring and applying brackets to the wall, and then inserting the mirror in the brackets. Since these two forms of mirror installation can be divisive, it is important to consider which method would be best for your home or apartment.

Mirror Installation for Dance Studio

If you need a professional mirror installation for your dance studio, it will be important for you to consult a professional mirror installation company. This is because, for such an endeavor, it will take skill and precision. Your installation should have longevity and durability.

Mirror for Installation

Mirrors are beautiful accompaniments to a living space. In order to make sure that you have the right mirror for your space, please be sure to get the right materials and the right mirror for your installation.

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Mirror Installation Art

Due to its ability to reflect the light and surroundings, mirror art installations are a classic part of the art scene. There are many different mirror art installations to be seen across the globe. Please be sure to look over them to see if you can incorporate any such elements in your mirror installation.

If you need a professional mirror installation in Fort Worth, TX you deserve the best. Please reach out to us at 817-937-6267 to reach a member of our team.

How can you make windows more energy efficient?

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What is the most energy efficient window?

Having energy efficient windows in your home helps you all year round save money as less heat or cold escapes through your windows. While there are specific windows that actually are made and designed to stop the loss of energy from inside the home, there are also alternative ways to help save energy through your windows. While they may appear minor, the suggestions actually help in a variety of ways:

  • Cover your windows: Covers like drapes and blinds keep in heat and cool air while preventing the outside temperature from seeping in. 
  • Window film: Filming your window not only blocks much of the sunlight that enters through your window like covers, but also reduces glare and helps prevent the fade that happens on furniture on furniture.
  • Up to date window frames: On occasion, the insulation or framing that holds your window into place degrades. Repairs and replacement will solve the problem. 

All of these suggestions can help you save money and put less strain on your heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems. When you add energy efficient windows however, each measure goes further than it would with a regular window. With the build up of methods, you can not only reap the energy saving benefits that can be found in your windows, but also have less of a chance for diseases like melanoma. 

We recommend low-E energy efficient windows due to being designed to save you energy for through your windows. When needing window services in Fort Worth, TX, contact {nw_data field=company} through our number 817-937-6267 to set up an appointment today.

How can you make windows more energy efficient?

On top of the suggestions already provided, there are several more ways that can save you energy specifically through your windows. When using double paned windows, a person can save a relatively large percentage of energy/money on their electric bill by applying this or a low-E energy efficient window to their home. Along with relative climate control inside of the home with practices such as closing the drapes, curtains, or blinds, the homeowner will see a boon in how much money they save each month. While it may seem like a larger effort, an awning and storm panels can also help in negating the heat that enters the home through your windows. 

When it comes to the colder months, everyone likes to stay warm inside of their own home and can help with that by taking a quick check to their windows’ sealing. Particularly found in older windows, sealing will degrade over time and will need slight repairs to be fully functional in keeping the heat inside. Re-caulking when necessary can be highly effective in keeping cold air out while helping to insulate the inside of the home.

Should I replace all windows at once?

For a homeowner, window replacement is an expected event in their home living. It is recommended that a person commits to window replacement when there is damage indicating the service is necessary. It is not thereby recommended to do it on any windows that do not need the service due to that they are built to last when installed. Unless it is for an aesthetic reason, replacing every window in your home may likely not have the same effect as only replacing those that need the action. 

It is difficult to entirely say if a new window will save a houshold money due to a few factors. One is whether the home is modern or older, older homes are generally outfitted with single pane windows that are inferior to double pane windows that are much more prevalent today. Furthermore, if the measures previously mentioned are not taken, a person will still see a considerable amount of energy wasted. The answer to the problem thereby depends on if the home simply has single pane windows, of which waste more energy than energy efficient windows as well as double paned.

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What are the benefits of low E glass?

There are several benefits that low-E coating and windows will grant on a home that will save the homeowner get the advantage of an energy efficient home. Low-E or low emissivity windows which by definition mean that when absorbing the energy from sunlight the surface does not get as hot as others do. In this case, low-E windows can mean a coating or the material of glass used. In relative terms, the addition of low-E windows would prevent as much heat coming in while less heat escapes thanks to the properties that come with the window. The properties that benefit the homeowner in low-E windows last around ten to fifteen years depending on the natural weather of the area. These windows also strongly prevent fading on inside decorations and furniture which will help keep the color in various present fabrics. With the amount of money you will save in energy bills, energy efficient windows are definitely worth consideration. Call Armstrong's Glass & Mirror at 817-937-6267 today to set up an appointment for installation or repair in Fort Worth, TX.

How Much Does Frameless Shower Glass Cost?

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Beautiful glass for your shower

When remodeling a bathroom, it is usually intended to make it bigger, or at least feel bigger, to update it, or both, bigger and updated. Nothing can do both better than to install a frameless shower glass door. If you’re old school kind of person though, you may ask “Will a frameless shower door leak?”, and that is a legitimate concern and valid question. 

There are tiny gaps at the hinges and along the sides of frameless shower doors, but when installed properly, the chances of leakage are unlikely.  Besides having a metal track along the bottom that minimizes any water build-up at the base of the shower, there are guidelines and tips that will ensure your frameless shower glass door doesn’t leak:

  1. Slope the shower pan inward during installation to encourage the water to go with the natural flow toward the drain inside the shower.
  2. Even with vinyl molding along the frameless shower glass door, make sure the showerhead is aimed away from the door and seams.
  3. Check the molding along the seams frequently and replace them as needed. You can find videos online to learn how to caulk frameless shower glass so you don’t have to pay a contractor for this simple home maintenance routine.
  4. Hire a reputable company and contractor that knows how to install frameless shower glass to be sure it is installed properly and that you have a guarantee and warranty.

Are frameless glass shower doors safe?

The look that a frameless shower glass door gives a bathroom has made this a popular feature among homeowners. However, it is understandable that there is a concern about their safety, especially with children in the house.  

Both framed and frameless shower glass doors have had reports of shattering, even in the middle of the night when not in use or anyone near them. These reports have been on doors made by various companies and are rare. The glass used in this popular design for a frameless shower glass door is a specially hardened glass that minimizes any shatter risk.  They design this type of glass to break in small, uniform-shaped pieces with rounded edges. Because of this, there is a reduced risk of anyone being hurt. On the rare occasions this happens, it is one of the following reasons:

  • Small cracks where clips and frame meet
  • Improper transport
  • Improper installation
  • Prolonged use

What is better frameless or framed shower doors?

They usually make both framed and a frameless shower glass door with tempered glass that is treated for easy cleaning. Thinner glass is used for framed doors because it is supported by the frame which is typically aluminum and sometimes finished in a smooth or textured powder-coating in various colors. The glass is then sealed as they install it into the frame so it doesn’t leak.

Frameless shower glass doors are made of a thicker version of the tempered glass and the clips, hinges, and door are set into that thicker glass. Clear silicone is used to caulk the corners and edges to seal them to the glass. Most of them will have a rubber “sweep” installed along the bottom to keep any water from leaking out.

What is the best thickness for shower glass?

Frameless shower glass doors design is not a one-size-fits-all. They can customize them in a wide selection of glass sizes, tints, and types, but your focus should be the thickness of the glass. As a universal rule, a stationary Frameless shower glass panel is half-inch glass. However, a frameless shower glass door will be opened and closed, 3/8-inch glass is recommended.

A frameless shower glass door can break or shatter in just a minute, so it is important that if you’re going with a custom frameless shower glass door, it is built right to make it safe. The thinner the glass may save you money, but it is putting your family at risk. It is best to have your frameless shower glass door installed by a professional, if for no other reason than to give you peace of mind.

How much does frameless shower glass cost?

Is it the ease of maintenance, less grime and mold build-up, or the open and pristine appearance frameless shower glass doors offer that is attracting homeowners? Whatever the reason, they aren’t a passing phase, even though they are the more expensive way to go.

The cost of having a frameless shower glass door averages around $1,000. Yes, you can save a few hundred dollars if you do it yourself, but as we have stated already, having a professional install the door for you comes with a higher price tag but a peace of mind too. 

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Do frameless shower screens leak?

There are rubber gaskets and silicone caulking around frameless shower glass edges that should keep water out. However, over time, they both crack can leak started. By checking them periodically and resealing with a clear silicone caulking or have the gasket replaced by a professional, you can stop the leaks before they start. The same is recommended if your frameless glass shower door not closing properly. Having a professional repair these issues is the safest way to take care of your frameless shower glass door.

There are advantages and disadvantages to anything, and that includes frameless shower glass doors.  Here we offer you the following advantages: 

  • Sleek Stylish Appearance
  • Easier to clean and keep clean
  • Resistant to mold and mildew

And the following disadvantages:

  • No seal to keep water in
  • Precise and proper installation a must
  • Rare chance of glass shattering

With all the information we’ve provided here and answered questions, if you choose to go with a frameless shower glass door, you’ll be informed and ready! Dial 817-937-6267 today for your frameless glass installation in Fort Worth, TX from Armstrong's Glass & Mirror.