Weathering the Storm

Storm Damage

Spring in Indiana is the time of year when the leaves grow, the birds return, and also when severe storms tend to strike. High winds can cause damage to homes. From falling trees on the property to even compromising the structure of your home.

Types of Damage

If your windows are shattered or damaged from a storm, it is important to replace them quickly so you can protect yourself and your home from outside elements. It is also important for your privacy. Here are some common types of damage to look for when the storm has passed and you can inspect safely.

Heavy Rain leaking into aged windows can cause structural damage over time.  It is important to regularly check your windows. Make sure your windows have a tight seal, and that it is not drafty. Even without stormy weather present, outside air can enter the home. This can increase your utility costs to heat or cool the home.

Physical damage from a fallen tree or flying debris from heavy winds can be quite obvious with shattered glass and shards present or with cracks at the very least.  Both can present issues with excess moisture and unwanted access from the elements into your home.

Hail damage can also be easily visible with cracks or dents.  The extent of damage can vary based on the severity of the storm and the size of hail.  If you are not sure if your home experienced damage from the storm, you might consider contacting an expert for inspection.

Emergency Service

Severe weather can strike at any time of day or night.  At Glass Express we’re always open for your emergency window repair. Because of natural disasters to human accidents, or from unwanted bugs to break-ins, we are always ready to come and provide quality service anytime night or day.

Insulated Glass Repair

In your home or at your place of business, using insulated glass windows work to your advantage. “Window Energy Ratings” well above the standard paned window make these units known for their excellent thermal performance.  If your windows are under-performing due to age or damage, it’s time to call in Glass Express for expert service and products!

Best Glass Repair in Indianapolis

When it comes to glass repair in Indianapolis, the experts at Glass Express come with a knowledge base consumers can’t find just anywhere. Having been in business for over 36 years, craftsmanship and quality are our job one. We are experts in insulated glass replacement. We offer unprecedented 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency service.  And we are able to help design, completely fabricate, and install a custom glass show piece for your perfect space.

  • Insulated Glass Repair

In your home or at your place of business, using insulated glass windows just makes sense. With “Window Energy Ratings” well above the standard paned window, these units known for their thermal performance are a no-brainer. If yours are under-performing due to age or damage its time to call in Glass Express expert service.

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  • Emergency Service 24/7

We all know accidents happen, and rarely do they happen at a convenient time; except at Glass Express. At Glass Express we’re always open for your emergency window repair. From natural disasters to human accidents, or from unwanted bugs to break-ins, we are always ready to come and provide quality service anytime night or day.

  • Custom Glass Projects

Perhaps one of our favorite ways to serve our customers,  the custom glass projects offer us a chance to really shine.  Getting involved in design, watching a custom window or glass piece come to life, and finally installing something unique brings both us and our customers great joy.

The restoration of the glass in your home or commercial space is what we’re here for, and working with windows day in and day out, our service people can’t help but be transparent and it shows. Recipient of the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award, Glass Express serves Indy’s window needs. Give us a call now and see what Glass Express can do for you.

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!

24/7 Emergency Glass Repair

Do you have a window at either home or work that has been broken and needs to be replaced as soon as possible? Tired of having to wait until the next morning or even maybe Monday to have that broken glass replaced or boarded up? If a window breaks at your home or office, any time; day or night our team at Glass Express, Inc., will come out and fix it for you with a smile on their face!  We offer 24/7 emergency glass repair service.

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A broken window can occur from several different factors both intentional and unintentional. A broken window at home or at your place of business can result in looting or weather damage depending on the area. Windows that are broken at businesses are usually broken intentionally and usually, it ends in theft and stolen items. No matter what your situation is, it is important that your emergency glass repair is taken care of as soon as possible.

Glass Express and our 24-hour glass repair team will respond as quickly as we can to any call, day or night, in regards to a broken window either at home or at work. Our experts will come out to the location of the broken window and repair it on the spot or they can simply board it up to have it fixed at a later time.

No home or business should suffer from a broken window for any extended period of time and that is why Glass Express is there for your family and company any time day or night. We understand just how important it is that broken windows are replaced quickly. Just pick up the phone and give us a call and we will send out our next available glass technicians to either fully replace the broken glass.

Do Replacement Windows Really Increase the Value of Your Home?

When it comes to your home, it never hurts to work towards increasing the overall value. There are endless ways to do so, but how do you know what options really pay off? Here at Glass Express Repair, we are certain of one thing, replacement windows will indeed increase the overall value of your home, and we’re here to tell you how.

Investing takes patience. You won’t see an immediate turn around when putting money towards replacement windows for your home, but we can assure you it will all pay off in the long run. One website states replacing your windows could add a whopping 20% in value to your home! Not only will your home’s value increase, but your ROI could be up to 85% according to ISoldMyHouse.com.

New windows won’t only improve the appearance of your home, but they will increase the energy efficiency of it as well. Aside from raising the appraisal of your home, this will help you save money now. By blocking air leaks, you will find yourself spending far less money on heating and cooling throughout your home. Also, when shopping for new homes, buyers actually look for a home specifically with energy efficient windows. Ensure your home isn’t crossed off of potential buyer’s lists by choosing from the variety of insulated glass window replacements we have to offer.

As you can see, choosing to replace your old windows with new, energy efficient ones, will not only increase the overall value of your home, but also slash your energy costs. Call the experts at Glass Express Repair today for a FREE quote on your new windows!

Truth About Replacing Your Windows and Doors

The Truth About Upgrading to Energy Efficient Windows and Doors

We’ve all heard about the benefits of replacing your windows and doors with energy efficient ones. For some of you, hearing about the benefits and savings was enough to make you invest in purchasing energy efficient windows and doors. For others, you may need more to be convinced. Well we have you covered. Glass Express Inc. came across an article in Atlanta Home Improvement Magazine that debunks the myths of energy efficient products.

Myth #1 – Replacing your windows and doors won’t really save that much energy

The Truth – Replacing old windows with energy efficient ones can save a significant amount of energy. In reports published by the U.S. Department of Energy and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in 2006, it was stated that if half the homes using single-pane windows in the U.S. upgraded to energy-efficient ones, approximately 20 million BTUs would be saved per year.

Myth #2 – Changing your windows and doors will cost more money than it will save

The Truth – Replacing the windows and doors of your home is an investment. However, it’s a worthwhile investment. Recovery of this investment in home value and energy savings is dependent upon the length of time you stay in your home after the replacement. Energy-efficient windows and doors can reduce monthly heating and cooling bills by up to 20%.

Myth #3 – It’s better to repair windows and doors than replace them. Repairs are less expensive and can make the windows and doors energy-efficient.

The Truth – If the repair is not quick and easy, then replacing your windows and doors is a better option.When you replace a window or door, you have the ability to choose from different style and energy ratings. When repairing a broken door or window, it’s almost impossible to increase its energy efficiency.

To read the full article on the truths of upgrading to energy efficient windows and doors, click here.

Create Your Own At Home Spa Getaway

There’s nothing better than coming home and washing away the long day’s work. Why not create your own at home spa escape to make a comfortable getaway for you and your family. Here at Glass Express we offer custom shower enclosures to fit your every need.

Just like the luxury hotels, we provide extravagant European style shower enclosures. Each custom European shower includes durable thick glass with no frame around the edges. We’ve had plenty of experience installing these showers across Indianapolis and Carmel, so we can ensure a job well done in creating the bathroom of your dreams. The money spent on upgrading your bathroom will pay off in increased home value and an overall improved look of your home.

Aside from your new European style shower, we’ve curated 5 tips of how to make your bathroom at home feel like a true spa.

Re-paint with calming neutrals

Colors like white and beige will create an overall fresh and peaceful environment in your bathroom.

Add in refreshing indoor plants

Indoor plants can have a variety of benefits for your home and they’ll help add a touch color to your small space.

Invest in high quality towels

There’s nothing better than the large plush towels from the luxury hotels. You won’t regret investing in a new set of towels to make you truly feel like you’re at a spa escape.

Diffuse essential oils

Receive the many benefits of essential oils by diffusing scents like lavender and jasmine.

Remove the bathroom clutter

Organizing your toiletries can go a long way. Investing in some high quality storage bins will help add the final touch to your new at home spa.

With these 5 tips and your new European style shower and closure, you’ll never have to leave your home again to receive a spa like experience. Here at Glass Express we want to assist in making your dream bathroom a reality. Call us today for questions or to get a free quote!

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.

 

Common Cold Weather Window Catastrophes

We’ve been experiencing some down right COLD weather around here lately and it may affected the performance of your old windows, and nothing is worse than a window catastrophes in the winter. Remember a childhood science experiment used to demonstrate how glass expands and contracts due to changes in temperature? An ice frosted drinking glass is filled with boiling water and the result is a cracked and broken glass. When the thermal temperature of glass becomes uneven, it can create stress on the glass just as if someone were applying pressure with their fist and the result is broken glass.

Now we know you didn’t pour hot water down your homes interior window so you might be wondering how did that crack just appear? Chances are you had chip or the beginnings of a crack that you couldn’t make out with the naked eye that was aggravated by the change in temperature. Unfortunately, larger windows are more at risk with the greatest surface area. It’s possible that part of your window receives some sunlight while the other portion is shadowed, perhaps from an overhang. When the wind comes ripping though, the difference in the thermal temperature becomes too much, and the next thing you know you have a broken window.

Similarly, you may have a window that has a floor heat vent without a flow guard blowing heat directly up onto the window. The intense outdoor temperature combines with the furnace working overtime to keep the house warm, equals thermal stress and broken window.

Unlike a window that has had an impact crack, which has a central circular web pattern, a thermal stress crack will run in a diagonal line across your window. Beware of long lines that do not splinter however, that may be a result of not having a good quality tempered safety glass.

Whatever the case, if your home has a window with a new crack due to the extreme temperatures outside, it’s time to call in the professionals. Glass Express is ready to brave the severe outdoor temperatures to ensure you are safe and comfortable everyday in your homes indoors.