Increase Your Home’s Value via Decorative Glass

Written by Ray Sands Glass. Posted in Blog

New Home WindowsAccording to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average cost of a new home surpassed $200,000 in 2000. By 2004, median prices exceeded the same mark when it jumped from $195,000 to $221,000 in a single year! After peaking at $313,600 and $247,900 in 2007, the recession led the average and median new home prices to settle at $272,900 and $221,800, respectively in 2010.

Although the average and median prices of new homes vary tremendously when essential factors such as location, size, age, and features are taken into consideration, purchasing any home is the largest investment most people ever make. In addition to being huge financial responsibilities, most homeowners consider their homes to be reflections of themselves and their individuality. Thus, homeowners will often spend as much as they can afford on improvements that will enhance the aesthetics, functionality, and value of their homes.

When it comes to choosing replacement window and doors, there are countless options. Decorative glass for doors and windows are the most attractive, and dual pane are the most energy efficient window replacements. Ideally, homeowners should aim for a perfect balance between the two, and today there are plenty of attractive options that are also energy efficient.

The U.S. Department of Energy asserts that American households lose about $30 billion through energy deficient single-pain windows. While age and insulation around windows profoundly affect the efficiency of single-pane windows, if you feel drafts or cool air coming from your windows, it’s a sign that you could use more energy efficient replacement windows.

Whether homeowners need to fix broken window glass, or simply feel the need to invest in more energy efficient doors and windows, a leading glass and window repair service will have plenty of choices to fit any taste. From decorative glass for doors and windows to energy efficient window treatments to dual pane window repair, high efficiency windows are always a wise, cost-effective choice.

How to Replace a Screen!

Written by Ray Sands Glass. Posted in Blog, window and door screens

How to Replace a Screen!
Have you ever considered replacing window and door screens or fixing broken windows yourself? While the job is fairly simple, and easy, you also have the option to upgrade them with high efficiency windows that can improve the efficiency of your home, help you stay more temperate, and save you money. Consider some of the treatments that glass windows repair services can offer, especially if you are intimidated by the idea of repairing damaged window and door screens yourself.

Did you know that Aquapel glass treatments have a rain repellent, proprietary technology that actually creates a chemical bond with the glass that makes its effects last for months? Such treatment on your car’s windshield makes it easier to clear ice, snow, dirt, and bugs from the glass, which is particularly useful, what with winter just around the corner. It can even eliminate some of the dangers that come with driving at night during the winter months, since it dramatically improves visibility.

The companies that can offer Aquapel can also offer energy efficient window replacements. These often use low-emissivity glass, which is treated with a special coating on the surface that reduces radiant heat transfer. These windows can wind up being a significant source of heat transfer, making your home hot in summer and cold in winter, particularly in older and uninsulated windows.

However, if you simply need to replace your window and door screens, the process is easy. First, you must pry out the spine with an awl. Next, secure the frame to a wooden surface so as to accurately and successfully install your new window and door screens. According to the Family Handyman, “Lay the new screen material over the frame. It should overlap the frame by about 3/4 to 1 in. Cut each corner at a 45-degree angle just slightly beyond the spline groove. The cuts keep the screen from bunching in the corners.” Next, use a screen rolling tool to place the new screen into the grooves. Lastly, trim excess material from your window and door screens with a utility knife!

Upgrading your windows is a great choice that can save time, hassle, and money in energy bills. However, sometimes repairs can be simple, as in the case of new window and door screens. If you have any questions about how to install window and door screen, feel free to ask in the comments!

Are You Paying Too Much for Energy Bills?

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Are You Paying Too Much for Energy Bills?
Did you know that, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, as much as 30 billion dollars of energy seeps through poorly constructed and poorly insulated windows? Storm windows, and energy efficient window treatments, can shave hundreds of dollars off your annual energy bills. What options do homeowners have for durable, energy efficient windows and doors?

Storm Window Repair

From 2010-2012, natural disasters impacted as many as 450 million people, according to an International Monetary Fund survey. With these figures, leaving storm windows cracked, or otherwise broken, is not wise. Well-maintained storm windows protect against hurricanes, tropical storms, and more. Fixing broken windows, especially broken storm windows, is an important step to retaining the most energy possible, and saving money on bills, too. Why? All windows, including storm windows, can make your home colder in the winter, and warmer in the summer. What about regular windows?

Consider Energy Efficient Replacement Windows, or Energy-Saving Films

The average savings in energy bills, in just the first year alone, will cover up to 71% of the cost of replacement windows. Replacement windows may contain low-emissivity glass. Low-esmissivity glass, or low-e glass, comes with a coating to help keep heat where it belongs, inside of your home. Homeowners on a budget may want to consider protective films instead. Energy-saving films typically cost much less than new energy efficient windows, and, during the summer months, these films block as much as 79% of the sun’s energy, keeping your home at a much more comfortable temperature. Security glass film, on the other hand, defends windows against break-ins, or even against strong storms, eliminating the need for hurricane shutters. Most security glass films work by rendering glass panes just about indestructible. In the rare event of a break, the films will hold the shards together, preventing jagged edges from flying free.

Energy efficient windows, energy-saving films, and security glass films have a number of benefits. Save money on energy bills, stay safe during storms, and prevent break ins, just by replacing windows, getting windows treated, or applying protective films.

Three Ways to Improve Your Life Using Glass

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Three Ways to Improve Your Life Using Glass
Glass has been an important part of human safety and comfort for a long time now. According to, glass itself dates back to the 26th century BCE, when the Ancient Egyptians used the silica based material for decorative beads. However, it was not until 1902 that Irving W. Colburn invented a way to easily create sheet glass that windows, arguably the most useful form of glass, took off in their modern form.

Glass does a lot for us. It protects our law enforcement officers and politicians from bullets. It keeps us from being buffeted by the elements as we drive. The material even lets us look into the depths of the ocean without fear. However, glass plays many important functions in our home and work lives as well.

  • Glass Privacy Partitions
  • Glass privacy partitions are used in bathrooms, walkways, and bedrooms to provide home and business owners with a sense of privacy and protection. Rochester glass professionals can install a practical, stylish privacy partition in your home to make sure you feel secure wherever you are.

  • Save Money with Better Windows
  • The U.S. Department of Energy estimates that Americans waste around $30 billion of energy each year due to inefficient, single-pane windows. However, as Energy Star points out, by installing energy efficient replacement windows, you can save up to $465 a year on home heating costs. You may also be eligible for a $200 tax credit toward your energy efficient windows cost!

    If you are unsure what to look for when deciding to call a Rochester windows professional, then keep an eye out for these two signs. First, if your windows are collecting condensation, whether it is water droplets, ice, or frost, that is a good sign it is time for replacements. Secondly, if your windows rattle on windy days, you feel a draft, or your house is always cold regardless of the level at which you set your heat, then you should consider professional replacement.

  • Treat Your Glass
  • Did you know that treating your car windows with a high quality solution, like Aquapel glass treatment, can improve your safety on the road? A window treatment will enable rain to bead and roll off your windshield as you drive. Further, these treatments make ice, snow, dirt, and bugs much easier to remove from the glass. This leads to improved visibility whether you drive during the day or at night.

Glass continues to play an essential role in modern civilization. For daily use, you cannot beat the security offered by privacy partitions, the savings offered by energy efficient windows, or the safety offered by window treatments. Keep these three things in mind to improve your home, car, and life.

Decorative Window Glass That Saves You Money?

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Decorative Window Glass That Saves You Money?
Energy-efficient windows can save you a bundle of money on your energy bill. And they can help your home look good while doing it.

Decorative window glass is no longer a luxury for luxury’s sake. Form and function are converging, and the result is beautiful, stylish windows that can recoup over 70% of their cost in energy savings.

The decorative window glass that office walls are sometimes made of (also referred to as “floor-to-ceiling” windows) is usually filtered or polarized, to keep out UV rays that would otherwise turn to heat and warm up the office well past the point of comfort. A similar effect can be achieved in the home with the use of applied window films, which can reject almost four-fifths of the UV rays that normally pass through the glass.

But UV filter films serve another useful purpose. They make repairing or fixing a broken window much safer, as any crack or break will have the added support of the film, reducing the likelihood of loose shards or splinters of glass.

If you’re in need of a window repair service, why not take this opportunity to have them install energy-efficient yet still decorative window glass? You can even replace decorative glass for doors, basement windows, skylights, and accent windows. You can keep your home bright and beautiful, all while slashing your energy bills. It’s a win-win situation.