Eric Bohn

Semi-Frameless Shower Cleaning and Maintenance

Adding a semi-frameless shower to your bathroom is a wonderful way to enhance the style and beauty of the room, but when the glass becomes dirty, even the most elegant shower can be an eyesore. Plus, in addition to spoiling the appearance of your beautiful shower, the build-up of bacteria and toxins can also be dangerous to your health. Following are some helpful tips to help keep your semi-frameless shower clean and germ-free.

Cleaning with Vinegar
Did you know that some cleaning products can kill bacteria and remove soap scum from your shower, but not all will get rid of mold? Cleaning with distilled white vinegar is a great way to ensure your shower is left mold-free.
If the glass is dry, wet it using regular water and then take a small squeegee and clear the water from the glass. After that, use a spray bottle with undiluted white vinegar and cover the area you want to clean. Next, just spray it clean with regular water to remove the hard water deposits and minimize their chance to stain the glass.

Removing Tough Stains with Baking Soda
Use baking soda with a little tap water to make a “runny paste” and apply it on a cleaning cloth or sponge. Use this formula along with some elbow grease to remove tough, hard water stains and other grime including mildew buildups on faucets and tile.

Pre-Cleaning with Fabric Softener
Fabric softener like Bounce can also remove soft soap scum build-up and even loosen other stains and buildup that would otherwise be hard to remove in your shower. Take a sheet of fabric softener to the dry glass and scrub. This will loosen tough buildup and remove the lighter stains. Then take some tap water and your trusty squeegee or vinegar solution to finish the job.

Cleaning with WD-40
Did you know that you can use WD-40 to clean the glass in your shower? Simply spray it on the inside and outside of the door. Wipe it away with a clean dry towel to remove dirt, soap scum, calcium deposits and more.

Preventing stains on semi-frameless shower doors
The tips above work great when your glass doors become dirty, but you can prevent them from staining in the first place by wiping them down after each shower. Simply take a squeegee and clear off the excess water. It takes only a few minutes, but it will eliminate the need to clean the shower door more frequently.

Call Glass N Pane today!
For more information about keeping your semi-frameless shower clean and clear from bacteria, mold, calcium deposits and other buildups that can be dangerous to your health and cause your shower to age prematurely, give us a call at Glass N Pane today.

At Glass N Pane, we excel at residential glass replacement – plus the installation of custom showers, mirrors, and custom cut glass. Family owned and operated for over 24 years, we have built a “put the customer first reputation” with our reliable service that’s always delivered with a smile. We’re committed to making your experience as simple as possible!

Experience the Clear Difference at Glass N Pane today! Contact us today!

Can your neighbors see your Christmas decorations through your fogy windows

Christmastime is when you decorate your house inside and out to share the season and celebration with family, friends and neighbors. But if you have old windows that fog up in the cold weather, no one can see your beautiful decorations inside your house! Maybe it’s time to consider residential glass replacement!

Why do old windows fog up?
When one of the seals on an insulated window fails, moist air is allowed to seep between the panes, where it condenses — in turn causing the window to fog up. In time, if the window fogs up enough, you may start to see a mineral deposit on the glass that makes it look dirty all the time.

Why replace instead of repair or restore?
When windows fog and fail, the best option by far is replacement. For one, it’s extremely difficult to separate the old panes, clean them up and reseal them again. In addition, the glass becomes etched from the minerals in the moist air. Also, the old seals are difficult to remove in order to get a tight new seal. In other words, a repair is simply not a cost effective long term solution.

Benefits of residential glass replacementResidential glass replacement is a year round gift to your home and family with so many benefits including:

· Lower Energy Costs. Replacing your windows may be one of the most cost-effective home improvements you can make. Well-insulated windows keep extreme outdoor conditions from affecting your indoor heating and cooling system.
· UV Protection. Most people love having natural light in the home, but excessive ultraviolet rays can cause fading in your home’s interior. Protect your home’s walls, floors, and furnishings by choosing windows that have Low-E insulating double-pane or triple-pane glass with argon that provides added protection from UV-rays. It’s like sunscreen for your house!
· Easy Maintenance. Replacing your existing windows with new quality windows that feature advanced technology will increase sustainability. Look for easy-clean features, durability, and quality construction. Also, innovative designs not only contribute to less time spent cleaning, but they can reduce the dust and allergens in your home.
· A Safer Home. Quality windows can increase the safety and security of your home. For example, tempered glass is less likely to cause injury when accidentally broken, as it’s designed to break into small granular chunks instead of splintering into jagged shards. Laminated glass has a polymer interlayer that holds the glass together if shattered – offering added protection from potential intruders.
· Curb Appeal. While replacing your windows can reduce energy costs and increase security, the style, color, and material can also benefit your home. New and improved windows can boost your home’s curb appeal, adding visual interest that can also help increase your home’s overall value. According to the National Association of Realtors, window replacement projects can return homeowners more than 78% of the project costs upon resale!

Call Glass N Pane today!
At Glass N Pane, we excel at residential glass replacement and can even match your existing windows with our painted vinyl and fiberglass services. Family owned and operated for over 24 years, we have built a “put the customer first reputation” with our reliable service that’s always delivered with a smile. At Glass N Pane, we’re committed to making your experience as simple as possible.

Call us today at 972-436-4221 to schedule a complimentary consultation and estimate. Enjoy your holiday season by experiencing the Clear Difference at Glass N Pane today! Contact us today.

The Clear Benefits of Commercial Window Replacement

It’s clear that the holiday season is upon us – but can shoppers clearly see through your old storefront windows? If not, it may be time for commercial window replacement from your friends at Glass N Pane!

The Benefits of Commercial Window Replacement are Clear!

· Aesthetically pleasing. When your business has old windows, you may experience more than just an unsightly façade. With older commercial windows, just like those in homes, seals age and deteriorate, causing the windows to fog up when the weather gets cold. You can’t see out – and shoppers can’t see in. Plus, a business is always more inviting to customers when it’s maintained in tip-top shape!
· Safety. Aging glass can be a safety concern and liability if it shatters. Thanks to advances in technology, new state-of-the-art windows are much stronger and resistant to breaking and shattering.
· Energy savings. Older windows are typically less energy efficient due to the quality of glass in addition to aging and broken seals. You can greatly increase your energy efficiency and reduce your energy costs by installing new energy-efficient windows.
· Reduced sound transmission. For a business on a busy street, newer windows with a higher sound transmission class (STC) number will block sound and help make your interior quieter — and your occupants more comfortable.
· Lower maintenance. Older window frames commonly require regular maintenance to seal gaps and repair cracks. With new windows and frames, you’ll enjoy low or no maintenance for years to come!

Call Glass N Pane today!
At Glass N Pane, we offer a wide array of complete storefront services and solutions for commercial window replacement — in addition to repairs and maintenance. Just some of our commercial services include:

· Closures
· Rollers
· Safety Glass
· Plexiglas
· Insulated Glass

If you need commercial window replacement, Glass N Pane is the name to trust! Family owned and operated for over 24 years, we have built a “put the customer first reputation” with our reliable service that’s always delivered with a smile. At Glass N Pane, we’re committed to making your experience as simple as possible. Call us today at 972-436-4221 to schedule a complimentary consultation and estimate.

Experience the Clear Difference this holiday season at Glass N Pane! Contact us today!

Semi-frameless shower versus shower curtain

If you’re tired of the dated appearance of your shower curtains, a semi-frameless shower enclosure is an ideal and cost-effective solution!


What is a semi-frameless shower?

A semi-frameless shower enclosure consists of tempered safety glass with a header on top of the unit for increased stability.  Unlike the door of the framed enclosure, the semi-frameless door has no channel at the top or bottom, or on the handle side. 

Advantages of a semi-frameless shower versus a shower curtain

In addition to the enhanced, more contemporary appearance of your bathroom, a semi-frameless shower offers many other benefits including:

  • Less maintenance. Shower curtains need to be thoroughly maintained in order to prevent mold and mildew from breeding on their surface.   Semi-frameless shower doors require minimal maintenance.  A squeegee after each use will keep them clean – and if they ever become soiled from hard water or scale buildup, a bath sponge with warm, soapy water will do the trick!
  • No mess. When left hanging outside of the bathtub, shower curtains commonly drip on the floor and make a mess.  With a semi-frameless shower door, you close it securely and there’s no mess at all!
  • A healthier and eco-friendly solution. Studies show that vinyl shower curtains contain polyvinyl chloride chemicals that are extremely detrimental towards human health and the environment.  Also, the newer vinyl curtains release volatile organic compounds into the air.  These toxins can cause headaches, nausea, and respiratory problems.  Developing young children are especially sensitive to these chemicals.
  • Longer lasting. Safety tempered or laminated glass used in semi-frameless showers provides many years of worry-free durability.
  • Versatility. Today, there are more choices than ever before in selecting the perfect shower enclosure – with a wide range of sizes, colors, glass options and details to match any style and décor.

While a semi-frameless shower will obviously be more expensive than a curtain, the benefits – both long and short term – will certainly justify the expense and offer a strong return on your investment.

Call Glass N Pane today!

If you currently have shower curtains and would like to upgrade to a semi-frameless shower enclosure, Glass N Pane is the name to trust.  

Family owned and operated for over 24 years, we have built a “put the customer first reputation” with our reliable service that’s always delivered with a smile.  At Glass N Pane, we’re committed to making your experience as simple as possible. 

Call us today at 972-436-4221 to schedule a complimentary consultation and estimate for your semi-frameless shower enclosure.  Enjoy a modern, functional and safe solution in your bathroom…from your friends at Glass N Pane!

Home window replacement in the fall

If you’ve been considering home window replacement, fall is a great time of the year! Following are just some of the benefits of home window replacement before the winter weather sets in:

· The off-season offers more flexibility in scheduling. Being that fall typically marks the end of the busy season for window installers, it’s an ideal time to take advantage of more flexible installation dates you couldn’t fit in during the busy summer. In addition, you’ll have perfect weather during the fall, so the project won’t be delayed for weather-related issues.
· Increased efficiency for the winter weather. As the temperatures cool down, you’ll enjoy the increased energy efficiency and lower heating bills that new windows will provide. You’ll have peace-of-mind knowing that your house will be well-insulated not only this winter, but year-round in the months and years ahead!
· Increased security. Older windows that are hard to open, with locks that don’t work properly, can let intruders in and also make it harder for you to exit in the event of an emergency. New windows that operate with ease will give you added peace-of-mind for you and your family for years to come.
· Increased safety. As the temperatures dip, old glass becomes brittle and fragile. This can lead to broken windows and sharp glass fragments that also could put your family at risk. New windows with tempered glass will be up to five times stronger!
· Freedom from fog. Older windows also commonly fog up due to leaks in the seals that can cause increased condensation. A new window that’s properly installed and sealed won’t fog up when temperatures outside drop and interior humidity rises.
· Ease of maintenance: When older windows stain or become dirty due to weather conditions, including rain, snow or sleet, they can be difficult to clean. Today’s replacement windows feature technology that makes them easier to clean without needing to hire a professional.

Call Glass N Pane today!

If you have older windows that are no longer energy efficient and/or you’re simply tired of looking at the broken and drafty frames of your existing windows, Glass N Pane is the name to trust for home window replacement!

Family owned and operated for over 24 years, Glass N Pane has built a “put the customer first reputation” with our reliable service that’s always delivered with a smile. At Glass N Pane, we’re committed to making your experience as simple as possible!

Call us today at 972-436-4221 to schedule a complimentary consultation and estimate for your new windows. Stay warm this winter with lower bills and peace-of-mind with your new home window replacement from your friends at Glass N Pane! Set up an appointment today!

Why should I replace my windows when they get foggy?

If you’re like many homeowners, you may think it’s no big deal when your windows fog up as the colder weather sets in. You probably take a paper towel and wipe off the condensation. However, what you don’t realize is that a foggy window is an indication of a greater problem that can lead to more issues — including decreased energy efficiency and a loss in your window’s insulation capability.

The most effective and long term solution: A replacement window.

What causes foggy windows?
The main culprit in foggy windows isn’t the window itself; it’s the window seal breaking down, typically the result of old age. Even the most elastic and flexible seal can’t last forever. Most common in windows with direct sun exposure, heat causes the panes to expand and contract, subsequently softening and weakening the seals until they begin to deteriorate and allow moist air in.

Why window replacement?
When windows fog and fail, the only viable option is replacement. Some may tell you that you should opt for a repair instead. However, it’s extremely difficult to separate the old panes, clean them up and reseal them again. The glass becomes etched from minerals in the moist air, the old seals are difficult to remove in order to get a tight new seal, and a repair is simply not cost effective.

Your best defense against window failure is to purchase a high quality window with a good, long warranty that is installed by a professional company with experience and a solid reputation.

Why Glass N Pane?
At Glass N Pane, we’ve been helping homeowners with their glass needs for over 24 years. Family owned and operated, our knowledgeable and experienced staff can help offer the best solutions to your window replacement needs. With Glass N Pane, you can trust that you’re getting quality service at a fair price. Fully licensed and insured, we’re committed to making your experience as simple as possible.

Don’t let failed windows put you in a fog. Call Glass N Pane today for your free estimate! Or Set up an online appointment!

How safe is a frameless shower?

If you’re considering a bathroom remodel with a frameless shower but are concerned about its safety, worry no more!  Even though it may seem that a glass door without frame would be more inclined to break and shatter, today’s frameless shower doors are manufactured with safety in mind – and the risk of one shattering is minimal.

The safety features of frameless glass shower doors 

·    Frameless glass shower doors are made of thicker glass in order to support the panels. This makes the doors more durable.
·    Made of tempered (safety) glass, frameless doors are four to five times stronger than standard (annealed) glass, reducing the risk of injury if it does break.
·    When annealed glass breaks, it forms jagged pieces that can cause cuts and injuries.  However, safety/tempered glass breaks into small, oval-shaped pebbles when it breaks, greatly reducing the risk of a being injured if struck by the glass.
·    The frameless glass edges are filed down to a smooth surface that presents no danger to anyone getting in or out of your shower.

Additional benefits of frameless showers
Now that you can see that a frameless shower is indeed a safe choice, here are some additional benefits of installing one with your bathroom remodel:

·    Most people today prefer frameless glass doors because of their sleek and modern design.  You’ll enjoy many years with your choice of a frameless shower, while increasing the beauty and appeal of your bathroom when you decide to sell your home one day.
·    A frameless glass door can make a bathroom look bigger and show off a beautifully tiled shower and elegant hardware.
·    Compared to a traditional framed door, frameless shower doors are easier to clean and maintain.   Since there’s no metal frame, there’s no risk of corrosion or rust.  This feature also allows a frameless shower to outlast a framed model.
·    You can get a custom fit frameless shower door instead of limiting yourself to the standard framed sizes in stock.

With so many advantages to frameless showers – including safety, strength, aesthetics, durability and low maintenance — isn’t it time you call us to explore this ideal feature for your bathroom remodel?  We look forward to hearing from you soon! Contact us today!

ROI on updating your shower in Frisco

Frameless_4Frisco is one of the hottest real estate markets in the country – and experts say there’s no end in sight to the Frisco boom, thanks to its family-friendly environment and proximity to so many corporate relocations, restaurants, retail, hotels — and its top-rated school district!

That’s why, if you live in Frisco, an investment in home improvement is a smart expenditure that will likely generate a significant financial return when it comes time to sell. An updated shower is one renovation with the highest return on your investment (ROI).

Some of the key benefits of a shower renovation include:

  • High ROI. As mentioned, a shower remodel is one of the best home improvement investments you can make. Research shows that you can expect a minimum 84% ROI of what you spend on your shower renovation when you sell!
  • Adds beauty to your entire bathroom. As a showpiece of your bathroom, your new shower will offer a dreamlike aesthetic appeal that’s luxurious, sensual and serene. Everyone will view a stylish shower as an added bonus!
  • Lower maintenance. Thanks to the latest styles, designs and surfaces, a shower remodel will also provide you with lower-maintenance durability for years to come. Today’s high-quality, non-porous materials reduce mold and mildew – and won’t chip, stain or fade, even after years of use.
  • Energy efficiency. A shower with state-of-the-art fixtures will offer you more options for comfort and relaxation – in addition to saving you money due to cost-saving, energy-efficient features. Replacing an old shower head alone will reduce water usage and provide responsible conservation.

Whether you’re buying a new home in Frisco or selling the one you own, a shower remodel is a great investment. Either way, you’ll see a significant ROI down the road, while enjoying the beauty, comfort and convenience of your new bathroom feature.

As one of the premier glass specialists in Frisco and the surrounding areas for over 24 years, Glass N Pane is here to help you realize your dreams. Call us today at 972-436-4221 for a free estimate and to explore the many shower renovation options we offer! Contact Glass N Pane today!

Difference between Glass and Window Replacement

If you’re “window shopping” for a new window and are on the fence between replacing just the glass or the entire window and frame, here are some important points to consider:

Glass-Only Replacement
Glass-only replacement is most often the simpler solution.  The advantages are lower cost, the ability to keep the window in question the same aesthetically as the others in your home, and a fairly quick installation time.  For a window that has been cracked or shattered by an accident, glass-only replacement is a quick and easy fix that’s less expensive.

To summarize the benefits of Glass-Only Replacement:

  • A simple and quick solution.
  • Less expensive.
  • Nothing will change except the glass, so you’ll maintain the same appearance as before.

Whole Window Replacement
Complete window replacement is an excellent solution when looking for a longer-term fix.  One of its greatest benefits is that in addition to adding energy saving glass, you’re also adding energy saving framing.  Most people don’t realize this, but quite a bit of the efficiency that’s realized in a quality window has just as much to do with the framing as it does with the glass.

Poor framing material can result in excessive heat/cold transfer as well as expansion and contraction, which will ultimately lead to leakage and foggy window panes.  If only the glass is replaced, this problem could potentially resurface, since the ultimate cause (the frame) has not been fixed.

A whole replacement should also be considered if there is significant rot or deterioration to the exterior wood components of a window opening.

To summarize the benefits of a Whole Window Replacement:

  • Greater energy savings due to newer, energy efficient glass and framing.
  • A good solution for old windows with rot or deterioration in the wood (frame).
  • Provides a clean, new and fresh appearance.

The Bottom Line
Costs associated with complete window replacement are usually higher than glass-only replacement, yet complete replacement offers an ideal solution if you’re interested in a longer-term fix with greater energy savings and a fresh aesthetic appearance. Contact Glass N Pane today!

Difference Between Frameless and Semi-frameless Showers

If you’re looking to modernize your bathroom and shower, one of the key decisions you’ll need to make is whether to go with a frameless or semi-frameless shower enclosure.  Both options offer advantages and disadvantages – not only in terms of function, but also in the design statement you want to make.  It’s always recommended to consult with a professional to help you weigh all factors, but following are some comparisons to assist you in beginning the process.

Frameless_8Frameless Shower Enclosures
A frameless shower enclosure is typically installed with the use of specially designed hardware (clamps and hinges), which leave the edges of the glass exposed.   The pros and cons of Frameless Shower Enclosures include:

·    Sleek and modern look, with a sophisticated and elegant appearance that will never become outdated
·    Easy to clean
·    Allows you to see the tile work in your shower
·    Makes a small space look larger
·    It lets in the natural light
·    Its minimalistic design doesn’t detract from your bathroom design
·    Has a longer life span
·    More expensive
·    Due to the heavy glass, it can be more time-consuming to install

SemiFrameless_1Semi-Frameless Shower Enclosures
Semi-frameless enclosures are a hybrid that is primarily a framed enclosure that leaves some edges of the glass exposed, providing some of the effect of frameless.

·    Cost effective.  Semi-frameless shower enclosures offer a clean and streamlined look without the expense of a fully frameless enclosure.
·    More parts needed for installation
·    Less of a sleek and contemporary appearance

Of course, fully-framed enclosures are yet another option.  Although typically more budget friendly than frameless and semi-frameless, framed enclosures offer limited design options and layout because doors can only open outward.  They are also more outdated in their appearance.

Consult with Glass N Pane today to see what option will work best for your design and budget needs!