Glass Replacement Just in Time for the New Year

 

The season of New Year’s resolutions is upon us. Make it a goal to improve the value of your home by replacing your worn or broken glass fixtures. Let the experts at Glass Express let you in on a few tips to tell if you are due for a glass replacement.

Rotting Frame

Not only do rotting frames look like they belong in a haunted house, they are also costing you more money. Chances are your rotting frames are worse than they appear. If they go unfixed, rotting frames can cause water and air to leak into your home.

Cracked or Broken Panes

If you have a broken pane, you’ll probably immediately realize your window needs replaced; but don’t go too long with a crack in your window. A small crack can lead to a big problem when it suddenly breaks in a bad storm or a slamming of a door. Be prepared and replace the glass before it is too late!

Broken Seals

Is your glass suddenly fogging up? If so, you might have a broken seal. There are other ways to fix a broken seal, but to ensure it is fixed, replacing the window is the best option.

Drafty Windows

If you feel a cool breeze anytime you pass your window, then chances are you have drafty windows. With winter just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure and get them replaced before it’s too cold! You’ll end up saving more on your energy bills, and not to mention it will be more comfortable in your home.

Don’t let your glass be the center of focus at your holiday party, call your experts at Glass Express for your next glass replacement!

Spice up your Fall with Decorative Glass

 

Fall leafs

Summer’s out and Fall’s in. Now that a new season has arrived, it is time to spice up your home with decorative glass. There are so many fun ways to incorporate glass into your home, from a simple glass separator to glass floors.

Glass tabletop

Glass Tabletops 

Add a glass table to any room to instantly brighten it up. Glass tables can be easy to clean and they add a modern touch to your room. There are many ways you can get creative with glass table tops, from textures, size and colors.

Glass Floors

If you are ready to take your decorative glass to the next level, add glass floors to your home. This feature will leave any house guest in awe. This is especially neat when the glass floors opens up to a wine cellar.

sky-light

Sky light

One of the best ways to allow natural light into a room is with a sky light. The natural light can warm a room, and instantly make a room feel larger. Sky lights are especially effective in a bedroom or nook. There is nothing like sleeping under the stars!

Glass Separator

A glass separator allows rooms to be separate while remaining connected. Rooms can still flow nicely together, but the room can have its own design. Glass separators are great for dividing family rooms from other busy living spaces in your home.

Mirrors

Does your rooms feel small and stuffy? For a quick fix, add a large mirror. Mirrors can create an illusion that makes smaller rooms appear larger. They also reflect light and can showcase artwork that is hanging in your home.

There are so many ways to bring glass into your home, how are you going to spice up this Fall? Contact your experts at Glass Express to start this season off right!

Be Prepared with Safety Glass

Safety glass prevent injury

Although your goal may be to never break your windows or mirrors, it is always better to be prepared with safety glass. Safety glass is designed to prevent glass from breaking or make it safer if it does break. Check out the different ways you can incorporate safety glass into your home.

Tempered Glass

Tempered glass refers to special panes that are tempered or “toughened” in order to withstand additional forces the environment, or your kids, may cause. The process of replacing your glass with tempered glass involves repairing the broken glass with a new piece of glass with equal or greater strength to ensure your it lasts!

Laminated Glass

Laminated glass is what it sounds like, laminated panes that replace the broken glass. Plastic sheets or other textures are placed on each side of the pane to help avoid shattering. Laminated glass is a great option for areas that people may often be in close contact with glass.

Wire Glass

Installing wire glass is a complicated process that helps make the glass more fire resistant, not necessarily stronger. These windows are generally used for fire resistant properties, and our windows meet the fire rating required by code.

Fire Rated

Wire glass is not the only fire resistant glass offered, Fire rated glass repair is also an option. Fire rated glass is often installed for commercial use to meet code requirements.

Dance studio safety back mirrorsSafety Backed Mirrors

Safety backed mirrors are designed to not shatter when impacted. These are often installed in gyms, retail stores and dance studios.

You never think something bad is going to happen, but is always good to be prepared. Whether a big storm comes through or you have a clumsy accident, installing safety windows will decrease your chances of major injury. Talk to your experts today at Glass Express and see how you can make your place safer for everyone!

Keep Out the Noise this Summer with Double Paned Windows

Maybe you’ve heard the buzz about the double paned window. But are they really worth all the hype and investment? Let’s look at the pros and cons of double paned windows.

For starters, what is a double paned window anyway? It is where two window panes are separated by a vacuumed space. This allows for noise reduction, saved money and energy.

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Pros of the Double Paned Window

Energy Efficient

The summer is here, and so is the heat! With temperatures reaching 90 degrees here in Indianapolis, you probably want to keep your air conditioner running…but at the same time you don’t want to waste your money. Double paned windows can trap reduce the amount of airflow and save you money during the summer and winter months.

Melting ice cream

Noise Reduction

The kids are home for the summer, and they are not quite! Are you trying to sleep at night, when you suddenly hear a group of teenagers rumbling around outside? Or even worse, you hear your own kids causing ruckus? If this occurs all to often this summer, consider double paned windows.

Go Green

Not only can double paned windows save you money, they can also help the environment. It’s a win-win for you and planet earth. By reducing energy, you are also creating less greenhouse gas emissions.

Go Green house made of leafs

Cons of the Double Paned Window

When it comes to double paned windows, there are not too many downsides. Just be prepared to make in investment, but you will see positive results.

Cost

Although installing new windows can save you money in the long run, it can be a big upfront investment. Not to mention, in order to see the positive effects of double paned windows, you will need to replace all your windows, not just one.

If you are thinking of replacing your windows, talk to your experts at Glass Express today and they can tell you why double paned windows might be the best option for you!

All You Need to Know About Basement Windows

Basement Windows

Generally, basement windows are not known to be aesthetically pleasing, but that does not mean they need to scare your guests away! Windows can turn your basement from a storage room to an additional living space. Learn all you need to know before letting the light shine in your once dark, unlivable basement.

Basement Window Considerations

Improper installation can cause serious issues for your home. Make sure you discuss these three elements with a professional before choosing your basement windows.  

Water Level

It is all too common for basements to flood. This can cause a lot of hassle, money, and even lead to mold. Therefore, it becomes imperative that your windows are installed with a tight seal and do not let in water.

Safety

Burglar

When you install windows in the basement, you do not want to worry about a burglar breaking in! There are different approaches to avoid a break in such as glass bricks, a window lock, or installing a cross brace. The extra precautions can give you and your family peace at mind.

Cold Air

The same thing you learned in elementary still applies…heat rises. So it makes sense that the basement is the coldest room in the house, and improper window installation can increase the cold air that circulates in your basement.

Different Basement Windows 

There are four major window styles specific to basement windows. Talk to your professional to choose the right option for your home.

Hopper Window

A hopper window is a simple window unit that has a hinge that can be tilted inward or outward. The design is complete with a strong frame and screen on the outside of the window. Generally, the window is wide and short.

Slider Window

Slider basement windows

Like a typical sliding door, a slider window opens by sliding one side over. Sliding windows are usually expensive and larger.

Casement Window

Casement windows typically are in basements that show more of the basement above ground. They are taller than wide, and open outwards.

Awning Window  

Awning windows swing open from the bottom, and the screens are placed inside the window frame. This is generally the most expensive option and they are used for larger basements.

Now that you know what style and considerations to look out for, talk to your experts at Glass Express about your basement window options.

Time for Glass Repair Indianapolis?

Windows boarded up Glass Repair Indianapolis

If window replacement was not in the budget this year, don’t give up on your windows just yet. Go for glass repair Indianapolis! Simple fixes can become a Sunday DIY project, but bigger fixes should be left to the professionals. Learn when it is better to tackle a window repair alone and when you should call the experts at Glass Express.

Reseal and Cracks

Windows that have cracks or need resealed can be costing you money if not taken care of. Although it may seem like a simple fix to do on your own, it can actually save you money to have it done correctly.

When a window is not airtight, you will notice your energy bills increasing. A professional will insure your windows are properly handled. Not to mentioned, your home will be much more comfortable without drafts sneaking through!

Safety

Though most windows are designed to shatter into small pieces, dealing with windows can still raise safety concerns. A professional will know how to properly handle to window fixes, decreasing the chances of a window breaking.

Broken residential window

Time Efficient

Sometimes what seems to be a simple fix can take up an entire afternoon. Your experts at Glass Express handle glass repairs daily, and will quickly be able to repair your windows. Plus, it’s never too late to call Glass Express because the provide 24/7 emergency glass repair Indianapolis service.

Sometimes it pays to know your limits. Although there can be simple fixes, window repair can sometimes be better left off to the experts. Make sure to analyze your glass repair Indianapolis before tackling your next DIY project. Call your experts at Glass Express today!

Bring on the Sunshine! — Window Glass Replacement

Beautiful orange and yellow sunrise

With the cold [extended] winter coming to an end, we have sunshine to look forward to! In Indianapolis you have to soak up as much sun as possible while it is still here. When you cannot be outside to enjoy the warm weather, let the sun shine into your home! Check out these simple changes that can brighten any room.

Window Glass Replacement

When cleaning is not going to do the job, window glass replacement might be your best option. Replacing your old windows can give you an opportunity to choose a design that allows more light into a room. The experts at Glass Express can help you find the perfect windows that bring in the most light for your room.

Glass Doors

Replace your current doors with glass panel doors. Not only can interior glass doors allow more sun in, they can also make a room appear larger. Glass doors make great back doors and room dividers for any home.

Backdoor Glass Doors

Stain Glass

If you really want to take advantage of the sun, add some stain glass windows. The stain glass will capture the sun rays and create beautiful reflections in your room. 

Reading Nook

Is there anything better than curling up on the couch with a good book and letting the sun shine in? If this sounds like a small piece of heaven to you, consider adding a reading nook near a panel of windows. Have fun with the design and let your reading nook reflect your personality.

Reading nook

Clean Current Windows

Sometimes all your windows need is a good scrub. Don’t go the whole summer with dirty windows, instead use these window cleaning tips to let the sun shine into your room.  
If you’re ready to let the sun shine in, talk to your experts at Glass Express today!

Why You Should Choose Glass Table Tops

If you’re out shopping for your next table then you already know, there are so many different table options making it a challenge to choose the right one. If you’re considering glass table tops check out why they can be the right choice for you.

Glass dining room table

Viristial 

If your change your style frequently consider a glass table. They easily match any upgrade you may give to your home. Not to mention, if you have great lighting it will create a beautiful display and highlight any room.

Illusion of More Space

Glass tables create an illusion of more space and make a room appear larger. Glass table tops are especially useful in small spaces to open up the room.

Glass table in apartment

DIY Table

If you have an old barrel, door, pallet, or table you can make your own table by adding a glass top. This can give any old furniture an immediate upgrade that is sure to wow your guest. Check out these different ways you can add a glass table top to make your own DIY table.

Easy Maintenance

With just a spritz of Windex and a rag your glass table is clean. You won’t need to nag your guest to use a coaster because your glass table won’t leave watermarks or stains.

Glass table tops in living room

Still not convinced a glass table top is for you, call your experts at Glass Express Repair today to see how a glass table top will fit into your home.

New Year New Windows

2016 written on a chalkboard

It’s that time of year again…time to embrace your New Year’s resolutions to be a better you. While you typically think of resolutions as improving your health, finances or getting organized, try out something new for 2016, update your home and decrease your energy bill (which can also help your financial resolution).

New windows can kickstart your 2016 and leave you with lower energy bills, more light, and updated design. Check out why new windows should be on your 2016 resolution list.

Lower Energy Cost

If saving more and spending less is one of your resolutions, then getting new windows can help you reach your goal. Insulated windows keep extreme temperatures outside which reduces adjustments to your heating and cooling system.

Light

Natural light can drastically change any room in your home. Newer windows have larger glass to allow more light into your home and can make your home appear brighter, more welcoming, and comfortable.

Modern window creating natural light

Updated Design

Not only can new windows bring in more natural light to change a room, they can also update your home to fit your particular style. Windows can be a great, simple way to add a facelift to your home.

Noise Reduction

Do you have loud neighbors, or live next to a busy street? If the noise outside is keeping you up at night consider replacement windows to reduce outside noise.

Although new windows is not what you typically think of when you make your New Year’s resolutions, they can be a great way to start your year and help meet your other resolutions along the way. Call your experts at Glass Express to get started today!

Window Restoration or Window Replacement?

After the holiday season you may want to save money wherever possible, or maybe you just have beautiful windows that you are not ready to part from. Either way, window restoration can be a viable option when updating your home. Before you dive into your next project, ask yourself these questions to know if it is the best option to restore or replace.

Are your windows rotting or sashed?

Rotting or sashed windows can be a challenge to repair, and may take a professional. If you want to proceed with repairing your old windows, be prepared for extra costs. If the wooden frame is falling apart or rotting, you may want to consider replacing your windows. Check for sticking sashes, condensation, and rotting frames and talk to a professional to determine if restoration or replacement is your best option.

Rotting-window-frame

Are you windows energy efficient?

It is a common misconception that replacement windows will be more energy efficient. Where this may be true, you can also restore your windows to be more energy efficient. According to Window Restoration and Repair, the difference between upgrading and restoring your windows is so small that your decision should not be solely based on energy considerations.

Are they Historic Windows?

Windows can be an instrumental part of your home’s design. Also, if you live in a historic preservation district, make sure to check if you are able to replace your windows before you proceed with a project. You might have no other option but repair your windows.

Historic-windows

How old are your windows?

Are your windows 30+ years old? If so, you might want to consider replacing your windows. The maintenance required for older windows may take more energy than they are worth.

If you are still not sure if you want to replace or restore your windows call your experts at Glass Express!