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.

Time for Glass Repair Indianapolis?

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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.

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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!

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. 

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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.

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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!

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.

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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!

Enhance Your Master with Custom Glass

Did you know that the master bathroom plays one of the most important roles in selling a house? Simply adding custom shower doors, framing a mirror, or deep cleaning can make a big difference! Regardless if you are selling your house or not, the master bathroom proves to be one of the most significant and judged rooms in a home. So take the time to make your dream master bath…it will pay off in the long run!

Small fixes can go a long way in a master bath. Focus on a few changes to make a big difference!

Shower

Your shower should serve as a mini oasis, so make it look like one! A shower can have a big impact on a bathroom, so add some of your personal style to it. Go with a frameless shower door and waterfall showerhead, or a custom glass door and multiple showerheads. There are so many options, so speak with an expert to get the most out of your space.

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Deep-Clean Tile and Grout

Updating a master bathroom can take a lot of work and money, so save where you can. If the tile and grout is still in style, then deep clean it versus replacing it. You will save a lot of money and have a new appreciation for your old tile…it will almost feel as if it’s new.

Lighting

Lighting can serve a big role in a master bathroom…especially when applying makeup! Interior lighting often gets more attention in other rooms, but don’t dismiss the master. Focus most of your bathroom lighting efforts on the vanity, since this is where you will spend the most time getting ready.

Mirrors

One item that often gets put on the back burner of a master bathroom is the mirrors. Every bathroom has one, but they often lack appeal and uniqueness. A mirror is a big focal point of a master bathroom, so have fun with it! Try framing an existing mirror or bring in an expert to create a custom mirror just for your master.

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Don’t wait to create the master bathroom of your dreams. Call your experts at Glass Express to get started today!

The Best Glass Repair and Services in Indianapolis

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If you find yourself looking for glass repair in the Indianapolis area, make Glass Express your final stop for glass service. When it comes to glass repair and custom glass services, the experts at Glass Express come with a knowledge base consumers can’t find anywhere else. With 32 years of experience, we are both trailblazer and wise sage. Trailblazer because we stay up-to-date with the latest innovation in window production and wise sage because we’ve been around the block a time or two, and we just know when something in glass isn’t working. We offer unprecedented 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency service, but we are not limited to repair service. We take great pride in our custom work too. Anything from custom shower surrounds, to glass table tops, to unconventional window shapes and sizes; our team can help design, completely fabricate, and install a custom glass show piece that’s perfect for your 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.

indy-glass-repair-2Emergency Service 24/7

We all know accidents happen, and rarely do they happen at a convenient time. At Glass Express we’re always open for your emergency window repairs. An emergency is just that, and we will give you the timely attention your home deserves. From natural disasters to unwanted bugs or break-ins, we are always ready to come and provide quality service anytime, night or day.

Custom Glass Projects

This is 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 installing something unique brings both us and our customers great joy.

Working with windows day in and day out, the people of Glass Express can’t help but be transparent. The 32 year commitment we’ve had to glass in Indianapolis is apparent in the work we do. As they say in windows, “Quality shines through.” Recipient of the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award, give Glass Express a call for all your window needs.

Five Things You Should Observe in Your Home Before Getting New Windows

TownhomeWhen the time comes for you to replace your windows, chances are you won’t be going to your local library to do your research. And why would you really? To learn what you need in a new window, the best place to do your research is at home. And I don’t mean looking at the screen of your laptop! The largest determinant of the performance qualities you need in your new window is where you live.

  1. How’s the temperature? If you are living with faulty, inefficient windows, chances are there’s a slight unwanted breeze moving through your home. You may not be aware, but up to 25% of your home’s energy bills may be going out your window. While windows can’t control the climate you live in or the external fluctuations in temperature, they can help to slow down temperature changes with insulation. A properly functioning window offers insulation that can offer both solar control in the hot months and solar heat gain in the cooler ones.

  2. Is your house too noisy, and your kids aren’t to blame? If you are living close to a loud noise source, such as a busy street, a school yard, or even neighbors; you have probably gotten used to unfiltered noise that comes in through your windows. New high performance windows will cut the amount of noise coming in your house by half!
    Busy highway at night

  3. Is your carpet or furniture upholstery faded because of exposure to the sun? Again, you may not have realized it until you took a good look; but chances are you may have sun faded areas in your home. You might even avoid rooms that are too bright. Asking yourselves the right questions can help you to choose the best windows for your space. Window tints are available in all shapes and sizes. Large sliders are a great candidate for window tinting.

  4. Do you avoid a space in your home because it’s too dark? Do you have a room that just naturally makes you a little crankier while another seems to bring a skip to your step? The truth is humans act and perform better in spaces with adequate natural light. As a matter of fact, those spaces are also easier to decorate. So, while you’re considering windows don’t rule out the option of going all the way! Enlarge a window you already have or put one in right where it will light up the room.

  5. Lastly, if you’re not prepared to get all new windows this year, assess which side of your home would most benefit from new windows. Start there! This out of the box thinking allows for new windows, new curb appeal, and the beginning of energy savings. The best way to finish a project is to get it started! Take the home window research assessment and find your home’s window performance needs.

Let the Sun Shine In – Your Skylight!

It’s right about this time of year that I find myself worshiping the sunshine. While I adore sunlight all year long, it’s in the middle of winter that I find myself, like so many Americans, pining for more of those warming rays. And while many of us travel to distant lands to soak up the sun, this year consider spending some of that vacation money on a new indoor skylight to brighten your home all year long. A well placed skylight can add natural light to the darkest of spaces and might even help give you the skip in your step you need to defeat this winter’s blues.

Adding a skylight to your home might be an easy decision to make because of all of the benefits to you and your home, but the actual business of installing skylights is better left to the professionals. Not unlike the undertaking of installing a new dormer, a skylight needs every consideration made when making a structural change to the exterior of your home. It’s worth mentioning that while a well placed skylight can offer all the benefits of dormer and is about half the cost. Still, every consideration must be made to make sure you are satisfied with your skylight for years to come.

The average big box store shopper might assume because he or she has installed a window, they would be able to install a skylight as well. It is a common mistake to think of windows and skylights as synonymous. The skylight is a much different beast than the window. The slope of your roof, the direction and angle the sun hits your home, avoiding damage to the roof and being sure to avoid the risk of leakage, are all considerations that must be made when installing a skylight.

If you are considering the addition of a skylight to add to your homes natural beauty and let more of the outside in, remember the good people at Glass Express in Indianapolis. The guiding hand of a window professional will offer the attention to detail required by a skylight project.

Glass and the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial

Last fall I had the opportunity to go to New York City and visit the Museum of Modern Art, lovingly known as MoMa. One of the most striking takeaways about MoMa and NYC together, was how aware I became of the fact that everything seems to copy an original piece of art or architecture. Art in all forms copies nature at some level, but those of us who are starving for design in our homes often draw inspiration from the art and architecture around us. Indianapolis is a great place to find statues and monuments as art to imitate in your home. As a matter of fact, Indy is second only to Washington D.C. in the number of monuments in one city!

One piece in Indianapolis that might inspire great home design is the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial. Located on the north bank of the Canal in White River State Park, the Medal of Honor Memorial is a symphony of glass, light, and sound that celebrate the valor of its recipients. The inspiration for the monument was received after the chairman of Indianapolis Power and Light read an article in the New York Times that was written to celebrate the distinction known as Medal of Honor heroes. IPALCO later learned that there was no monument in the US in honor of these courageous individuals.  Moved by the valor of these war heroes and their story, they decided to begin the work that has left Indy with this gorgeous glass monument to enjoy for years to come.

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Comprised of 27 curved glass walls, each between 7 and 10 feet tall, the panels are arranged into 15 walls. Each glass wall represents the war conflict in which the Medal of Honor was received.  To visit the memorial at dusk is the greatest pleasure. At that time of day an audio and light presentation accompanies the beautiful glass work of art. Playing on each of your senses, the Congressional Medal of Honor Memorial is a monument worthy of the men and women it represents. This is the type of unique dignity we at Glass Express like to bring to each of our custom glass projects. So if you’re considering a custom divider wall, shower enclosure, or glass tabletop give us a call, and we’ll create inspired pieces together.