New Year’s Home Resolutions

I’m sure you all are aware of the annual New Year’s resolutions that is the topic of many conversations through the months of December and January. You may have even made some for yourself, whether it be to get to the gym more often or to add more green in your diet. Resolutions are for self improvement, so why not set resolutions for your home to improve the overall look, quality, and potential value. Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions to think about for your home!

Protect your home against the cold weather

Winter weather can take a toll on your home. Make sure your home is prepared for the chilly temperatures. You can do this by sealing up cracks, adding needed insulation, and making sure your windows are up to standard. If window repairs are needed, make sure to get them repaired before it’s too late. Call the experts at Glass Express for all your window repair needs.

Get rid of clutter

This is one we all often dread. We find ourselves always saying “but what if I need this one day.” Take the time to decide what you really need and what you could get rid of. Even take the time to donate unwanted goods to charity. Once your home is free of clutter and chaos, it will look better than ever before!

Redo your kitchen or bathrooms

Updating your kitchen and bathrooms can add an enormous amount of value to a home. At Glass Express, we offer custom countertops to turn a rather dull kitchen into a statement room. As well, we are experts in installing custom mirrors to greatly improve your bathroom.

Become more environmentally conscious

In today’s world, it’s becoming more and more important to be conscious of our environmental footprint. There are a variety of simple ways you can work towards going green. For example, start recycling more. Sign up for your local recycling pick-up, or set out a bin in the garage and take a weekly trip to the recycling center. Other ideas include: take shorter showers, fix dripping faucets, purchase energy efficient light bulbs, and turn down your home’s thermostat.

Ensure a safe home

If you don’t already, make sure to purchase a carbon monoxide detector. If you do, make sure to replace the batteries with new ones as well as those in your fire detectors. If you have a chimney, make sure to get it inspected and cleaned. If you have an older home, it would be a good idea to test for lead paint which can cause serious harm.

Don’t neglect your house when going into the new year. Along with your own, set reasonable resolutions for your home to improve safety and value. Call the experts at Glass Express today for a FREE quote on all your window improvement needs!

Don’t Fret, Follow These 5 Home Maintenance Tips To Get Ready for Halloween

Halloween is approaching, and you know what that means: cold weather! The fall temperatures can take a toll on your home, so follow these 5 home maintenance tips to ensure your home withstands the chilly weather.

1. Examine Your Doors and Windows for Drafts

new windowsThe air in your home can easily escape by drafts in your windows and doors. Avoid extra costs from lost air by adding extra drapery around these areas and investing in necessary glass repair. At Glass Express, we are experts at installing insulated glass that will save you a scary amount of money in electric bills in the long run.

 

 

 

2. Replace Your Air Filters

Changing your home’s air and/or furnace filter will create a more efficient filter that will heat your home faster. Another tip that will help keep the warm air flowing, is changing the direction of your ceiling fans to move clockwise. That pushes the heat down.

3. Check Your Pipes

As the air outside gets colder, the water inside your pipes could begin to freeze. This could eventually lead to burst pipes. Prevent broken pipes by draining your outdoor faucets and providing extra installation to those inside your home exposed to cold weather.

4. Take a look at Your Home’s Roof and Gutters

Remove any elements found in your gutters, such as leaves, rocks and dirt. This will help melted snow flow properly during the cold months and prevent leakage into your home.

5. Get Your Fireplace Ready

There’s nothing better than sitting by a nice warm fire in the cold months. Make sure your fireplace is prepared and cleaned out before your first fire to ensure air can flow through properly. If needed, hire a chimney sweeper.

 

Follow these 5 simple tips to guarantee a safe and warm fall season. For inquiries on glass repairs and insulated installations, call the experts at Glass Express Repair today!

The Importance of Window Repair

Your windows are a key element to maintaining a strong structure for your home. That’s why we here at Glass Express believe it is crucial to stay up to date on window repairs and replacements.

There’s a lot that can go wrong with your windows as harsh weather takes a toll on them over time. We offer a wide range of services to meet any needs you may have. The services we offer are:

Insulated Glass Replacement

Our insulated glass ensures your home will be cool in the summer and warm in the winter. If moisture is developing between the sheets of glass of your windows, that is a sign that you may need a replacement.

Safety Glass

Our safety glass has additional features that make the glass less likely to break or less harmful. Safety glass includes tempered glass, laminated glass, wire glass, fire rated glass, and safety mirrors.

Plexiglass/Lexan

Also known as Acrylic glass, plexiglass is a light, shatter resistant alternative to traditional glass.

Screen Replacement

In Indianapolis, screens are an important part of any home during the summer. For various reasons screens are often get holes in them. We can replace your old screen with a new one so you can fresh air blowing through your home once more.

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For business owners, you know your storefront windows are the first thing your customers see. Well designed and installed doors and windows show that your business cares about customers and their experience. Whether you run a small shop in town or have a large downtown storefront, we have the experience and skills to meet your needs.

Guarantee your home’s structure is solid by replacing your old windows. Let the experts at Glass Express handle your repairs to assure the job is done right.

 

Improve the Value of Your Kitchen in These 5 Simple Steps

Styles for kitchens come and go just like any other aspect of a home. What once was considered chic and on trend may no longer hold the same level of worth as before. Follow these 5 simple steps to achieve a kitchen that’s in style while increasing the value of your home.

Step 1 – Consider a replacement tabletop:

Throughout the years, kitchen and dining room tables take a beating. Scratches, dents and spills are bound to happen. So, consider getting a replacement tabletop installed to make your old tabletops look brand new again. Here at Glass Express we specialize in installing replacement tabletops that will withstand everyday wear and tear.

Step 2 – Stainless Steel Appliances:

Stainless steel appliances are easy to clean and can improve the overall look in any kitchen. It can give your kitchen the WOW factor you’ve been looking for and is impressive to buyers.

Step 3 – Decorative Glass Fixtures:

Brighten up your kitchen with colorful glass fixtures! Your decorative glass can either take center stage or serve as an added subtle piece of beauty. Glass express experts can work with you to create a fixture that is unique and reflects the style of your home.

Step 4 – Heated Floors:

One improvement that is often overlooked is the addition of heated floors. Installing heated floors in your kitchen can make your home stand out over others. Having heated floors installed may be considered a luxury to most but it attracts buyers like non other!

Step 5 – Fresh Paint:

The most simple step to improving your kitchen’s value is adding a fresh coat of paint. Opt for a light neutral color to appeal to the majority of buyers. Although it is simple, a new coat of paint can really make a difference in a room!

If you are looking to sell your home or simply increase the value, following these 5 steps will ensure you get what your home’s truly worth! Here at Glass Express it is our goal to assist homeowners in everyday home improvements that are unique to each individual. Call us today for a free quote on your next home project!  

Why You Should Consider Investing In Safety Glass

We all know mistakes happen and things break. Take the precaution of insuring your glass fixtures are less likely to break and are less harmful if broken. We offer a wide range of safety glass including; tempered glass, laminated glass, wire glass, fire rated glass and safety mirrors. 

Tempered glass most often requires replacing broken glass with a new piece of glass with more strength to meet specifications as well as ensure that the glass is less likely to be broken in the future. Laminated glass has sheets of plastic or other texture on either side of the glass to avoid shattering when impacted. Repair with laminated glass involves taking out the broken glass and replacing it with a laminated pane.

Wire glass repair is more difficult due to the strands of wire within the glass panes. Its often thought that the wire makes the glass stronger, however that’s not the case. The wire is there to increase fire resistance. We also offer safety mirrors. Safety mirrors are commonly installed in places like dance studios, stores, gyms, and other places where mirrors are more likely to be broken.

There are many situations where considering purchasing safety glass may be your best option. Safety glass is a smart investment and insures a greater life span of all your glass fixtures.

How New Windows Increase your Home’s Value

Looking to sell your home, or maybe you are just preparing to sell your home in the near future. Either way, investing in new windows can pay off in the long run. They will increase your home’s value and attract buyers.

Do you find yourself asking: “Is new windows worth it before I sell?” The answer is YES! If you have old, run down or damaged windows, replacing them will pay off.

Don’t underestimate the value of new windows when you are getting your home ready to sell.

Increase Your Asking Price

There is no better reason for replacing your windows then increasing the asking price! You can make a reasonably high return on your investment. New windows will increase the home’s value which will allow you to increase the asking price.

Spend Less Time on the Market

Old damage windows do not go unnoticed, and they can turn potential homebuyers away. New windows is one less excuse a homebuyer will have to not purchase your home! If your windows are noticeably damaged, a potential buyer will see it as work and money that they will have put into their new home. Don’t give them a reason not to purchase your home.

Decrease Your Energy Bill

How about a great selling point and a decreased energy bill until you sell? New windows will drop your energy bill letting you save on your energy bill while your house is on the market. Plus, this is a great selling point!

Increase Home’s Appearance

Upgraded windows can give the interior AND exterior a major facelift. When it comes to purchasing a home, looks do matter. New windows will give your home a new, modernized appearance.

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Looking to get your home ready to sell? Talk to your experts at Glass Express today to update your windows!

How To Take Care Of Your Glass: And 6 Other Home Cleaning Tips & Tricks

There’s nothing worse than cleaning a whole house only to look over to see streaks still covering all the glass windows, doors and mirrors. Here are ways to ensure streak free clean glass along with 6 other tips & tricks for a truly clean home.

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Streak Free Glass

  • Say no to paper towel and cotton rags. The best option when cleaning glass is to use either newspaper or microfiber cloths.
  • Make sure to work from the top to the bottom.
  • Use cotton swabs for hard to reach corners.
  • Try making your own glass cleaner formula by mixing 1 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1 cup of water, and 1 tablespoon of vinegar.
  • Lastly, don’t forget to work quickly! The longer the cleaner sits the more streaks you will find.

6 Other Cleaning Tips & Tricks

  1. Keep you baseboards clean by taking a dryer sheet to them.
  2. Clean the stove top like never before by using a mixture of Dawn dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide.
  3. Pour vinegar into a plastic bag and secure it over the shower head to unclog it and make it shine like new.
  4. Use a squeegee to get pet hair and lint out of couches and carpets.
  5. Clean window screens by rubbing a lint roller over them.
  6. Use a lemon to remove any hard water stains on faucets and shower fixtures.

With these tips & tricks your home will be cleaner than ever before.

Make a Statement with Glass

When thinking about glass installments, people don’t usually focus on decoration. However, mix things up and bring in custom glass fixtures to take center stage in a room. From redecorating to looking to add value to your home, decorative glass is here to help.

Add curb appeal by switching out your current entry way door with a door with glass windows that allows light to shine through

In the Entry Way

Add curb appeal to your home while lightening up your space by switching out your current solid front door with a door with a window.  

In the Kitchen

Wow your guests by allowing an expert to make your beaten down tabletops new again. Glass table tops allow your table to stand out and stand up to the wear and tear of everyday usage.

In the Bathroom

Renovate your now mundane bathroom by adding custom mirrors, a frameless shower, or even a beautiful skylight to open up the space. Once updated, you’ll never want to leave.

Remodel your living room space by adding custom glass and translucent shades to let in light and keep your privacy

In the Living Room

Tired of dark drapes being the only solution to obtain some privacy within your living space? Switch to translucent shades which allow you to keep your privacy while allowing the sun to shine through simultaneously.

These small improvements can make a big difference in your home and will make a statement that guests will never forget. Call the experts at Glass Express Inc. today to get a free quote!

 

Improve Your Bathroom with Custom Glass

Looking for your next weekend project this Spring? How about treating yourself to an updated master bathroom! Even the smallest upgrades can make a big difference. Give yourself the bathroom you have always wanted with custom glass. Check out these ways you can use custom glass to upgrade your master bathroom.

Custom Mirrors

Do you currently have a simple mirror hanging over your vanity? If so, try getting creative and updating space with custom glass mirrors. There are so many fun options, you can truly bring out your personality with your design. Opt for a framed mirror, frameless, or quirky designs hanging over both sinks. Check out some of HGTV’s favorite bathroom mirrors.

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Has your shower seen better days? Treat yourself to an upgraded shower. It is something you, hopefully, will get a lot of use out of! Go for a bold look and upgrade to a frameless shower. Not only are they less maintenance, but they look amazing!

 

Skylight

Is your bathroom lacking good lighting? Anyone trying to put on makeup in poor lighting knows the importance of good lighting! Bring in the natural light with a bathroom skylight if your room allows. It will lighten your mood and your room!

Simple upgrades can make your master bathroom look and feel like a million bucks! Plus it will increase your resale value on your home. Talk to your experts at Glass Express to see how they can bring your dream master bathroom to life.

6 Tips to Lighten Your Living Space

When the snow finally melts you know what comes next…rain, and lots of it. You have spent the past season with sunny days far and few in between. So you want to be prepared to take advantage of every sunny day there is, even if you are stuck in doors.
Don’t let the gloomy days bring you down, instead check out these tips to let the sun in!

Add Mirrors

Adding mirrors to your living space is a simple yet effective way to increase the light of any room. Plus they can make your room appear larger. Place a mirror opposite of where natural light will reflect to get the most out of your living space. Try custom mirrors to really make a statement in your living space.

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Though this may be one of the pricier options, a skylight can really increase your mood! Talk to your experts at Glass Express on which ways a skylight can increase the value of your home. Plus a skylight is a great way to allow natural light in without affecting the privacy of your home.

Translucent Shades

Not ready to completely give up on your privacy? Instead of having heavy drapes blocking the sun, opt for translucent shades to still have your privacy while allowing the sun to peak in.

Bring in Reflective Surfaces

Not only are mirrors a great way to lighten up a room, any reflective surface can have the same effect. Try adding a glass table top or shiny decor to your living space.

Choose Light Paint Colors

Are you more drawn to darker colors? If so, try to lighten things up when choosing paint colors. The lighter colors will soften your living space and make a room appear like there is more natural light. Another tip, keep your ceiling lighter than your walls to make a room appear larger and brighter.

Change up your Doors

If your doors are currently solid, consider changing them out for a door with a window. This is a simple way to add more natural light without adding new windows to your home.

Don’t let the gloomy days bring you down. Call your experts today at Glass Express to lighten up your living space and your mood!