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.

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!

 

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!

Increase Your Home’s Value with Custom Glass

New year, new you. We’ve all said it, but what about new year, new home? This year set aside some projects to increase your home’s value. Whether you are looking to sell your home, or are just looking to give your home a face-lift, try adding custom glass. Check out how custom glass can be incorporated to increase your home’s value:

Custom glass shower door

Glass Shower Doors

There are numerous ways you can upgrade your old shower with custom glass. Increase the rooms functionality and personality with frameless shower doors. Adding a new shower door can give your bathroom the upgrade you didn’t know it needed.  

Custom Mirrors

Use your personal style and creativity when upgrading your current mirrors. Mirrors are a fun way to be both versatile and functional. If you are already happy with your current mirrors, consider adding a mirror to a room to make it appear larger. It is a simple way to give the illusion of a larger space.

French Doors

Nothing gives off a whimsical romantic touch like custom french doors. If you have always dreamed of replacing your current slider with beautiful french doors, make the change this year!

Insulated Glass

Replacing your current windows with insulated glass may not offer a dramatic facelift, but it will increase your home’s value and your current energy bill. Not only are insulated windows better for your energy bill, but they will also make it easier to sell your home. It is the higher quality that buyers look for!

Custom skylight

Skylight

Did you know natural light increases happiness? Bring that happiness into your favorite room with a skylight. The skylight will make your room appear larger while allowing natural light and warmth in.

Don’t let another year go by without making the upgrades that can either increase your home’s value or your happiness. Call your experts at Glass Express Repair 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!

Time to Update Your Glass Indianapolis!

With Spring cleaning just around the corner, it’s in with the new and out with the old. That means it is time to update your glass Indianapolis! You can do simple fixes to give your window treatments a facelift. Check out these 4 tips to make your windows better than new.

Update your curtains

Have you had your curtains as long as you lived in your home? If so it’s probably time for an update. Curtains can be a fun way to express your style and creativity in a room. This is one of the simplest ways to update your windows on a budget. Check out these simple curtain tips before you start. 

Purple Curtains in living room

Add some paint

If the paint is chipping around the exterior of your windows, a new coat of paint will add new life. Make sure to properly prep the area and choose a color that will complement your landscape and exterior house color. One way to ensure you are choosing a complementary color is to match your window frame to your front door.  

Replace the frame

Is the frame in the interior or exterior looking like it could use some help? Replacing the window frame can have dramatic effects to the overall look of a room. Make sure you are consulting an expert before replacing your window frames.

Rotting window frame

New windows

Sometimes new paint or curtains just cannot help your windows. In this case it might be time for window replacements. Replacing your windows can reduce cost through energy efficiency, add curb appeal, allow more light to enter a room and more. Talk to your experts at Glass Express if you think new windows is the right move for you.

Let’s add more curb appeal to the streets by updating our glass Indianapolis! Simple fixes can go a long way, so make sure updating windows is on your Spring cleaning list this year. Call your experts at Glass Express for your next glass replacement!

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

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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!

Update Your Kitchen with Glass

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For those of us who can’t afford a full kitchen remodel but desire a change, consider these three simple summer updates for your kitchen with glass. Glass is one of the most versatile decorating and design mediums.  No matter whether your style is contemporary, traditional, or somewhere in between, adding glass elements to a kitchen is a budget smart upgrade that will leave any homeowner visually lifted.

Transform your cabinet doors with glass inserts

If you find yourself reaching into a basic grade brown cabinet every day but can’t yet afford new ones, consider adding glass inserts to one or all of your cabinet door fronts. This DIY project will add light and life as well as a more customized look to your kitchen.  After removing the door and carefully measuring the space for the insert, cut the opening to size.  Leave the replacement glass to us. We can custom cut any size glass and help bring your kitchen cabinets from ordinary to a designer’s look.   But what type of glass?

Here’s the flare.  If you’re traditional and just want to add a change to the kitchen that will let light in and add more formal look, pick a set of well placed uppers and put glass inserts in.  You will be able to organize collectables, show off heirlooms, or display a bold accent color.  Either way, the glass cabinet fronts will add a new focal point to the kitchen and upgrade your space.

If, on the other hand, you’re more contemporary in style, glass has other options for you.  Painted glass offers a sleek, contemporary look without showing off what’s behind.  The back side of the glass is painted in the color of your choice (white is a popular choice), all the while the exterior of your cabinet insert is a glossy, smart and sleek style.

Add Glass Shelves

Look around your kitchen.  Chances are there is open wall space and everything from collectables, knick knacks, and sentimental items cluttering up the window sill and counter.  Maybe it’s time for you to update your space by installing glass shelves. Well placed glass shelves can add storage space that will both showcase your stuff and help you clear your countertop.  Or maybe you just need more space for organizing all those coffee cups!  Glass shelving, inside or outside a cabinet, allows for needed organization space that still lets the light shine through.glass-shelf

 

Go For It!  Glass Backsplash.

Come on, you know you want to try it. They make it look so easy on TV, and the truth is, my husband and I did it, and it looks great! Go ahead, install your own glass tile backsplash! There are so many gorgeous glass tile options out there, you can hardly go wrong. Buy two or three small samples. Bring them home and leave them in your space for a week or so to see which one seems to say home. Then commit! Do the prep work. Watch several DIY videos and tile away! You will love the look this glass adds to your kitchen, not to mention how easy it is to clean. If you don’t trust yourself with this DIY, trust me, you want glass tile backsplash! So hire the professionals and enjoy this glass up-grade for years to come.