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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:

Pros:
·    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
Cons:
·    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.

Pros:
·    Cost effective.  Semi-frameless shower enclosures offer a clean and streamlined look without the expense of a fully frameless enclosure.
Cons:
·    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!


Benefits of Tempered/Safety Glass

If you’re thinking of replacing the windows in your home or commercial building, you should strongly consider tempered glass, which many also refer to as “safety glass” for good reason.

Tempered glass is a type of glass that has been strengthened through a chemical process. Whether you need a storefront glass installation or a home window repair or replacement, there are many benefits of tempered glass including:

  • Tempered/Safety Glass Greater safety.  Perhaps the greatest advantage of tempered glass is the safety factor it offers.  When tempered glass is broken, the glass pieces will break up into small chunks instead of large, sharp pieces.  These small pieces are less likely to cut or cause injuries, which is why tempered glass is the choice for so many in commercial buildings, stores, homes – and even vehicle windows.
  • Greater resistance.  Tempered glass also has greater resistance to impact, providing increased protection against potential vandalism, adverse weather conditions and flying debris.
  • Greater efficiency.  Tempered glass is designed to resist high temperatures – in many cases as high has 300 degrees Fahrenheit!  With superior heat-resistance, your home or workplace is less likely to experience high temperatures, resulting in less air conditioning use, lower bills, and a more energy-efficient space for everyone to enjoy.
  • Versatility.  Not only is tempered glass used in windows, but it also offers creative and safe solutions for other projects.  For example, an increasing number of homeowners with swimming pools are choosing to install glass pool fences to keep their families safe without obstructing their view.

A final benefit of tempered glass is that even though it’s treated to provide greater strength, the chemical process does not affect the transparency or look of the glass in any way.  You can see clearly through it – and you can even have it designed, stained, or patterned however you choose.

For a great glass solution in your business, store or home, tempered glass is always a safe bet – in more ways than one! Contact Glass N Pane to find out more about Safety Glass.


The Practical Benefits of Frameless Bath Enclosures

 Frameless showerMore and more homeowners today are looking to transform their bathrooms into luxurious and relaxing retreats with the look and amenities of an upscale spa.  A frameless glass shower door – a shower door made completely of glass — is the perfect way to upgrade and enhance the appearance of a bath while offering many practical benefits including:

  • Durability:  Because thicker glass and heavy-duty hardware are used to support the glass panels, frameless bath enclosures are much stronger and sturdier than glass enclosures with metal framing.
  • Low maintenance:  In a frameless shower door, the glass makes direct contact with your tile, eliminating corrosion that builds up on the metal track of a door with a frame.  To clean the glass, many use a simple squeegee or glass cleaner once a week.  There are also factory sealants that can be applied to the glass that replicate a Teflon finish where the water drops roll off the glass.  Your glass professional can provide more information on sealants when you consult with them.
  • Less mess:  The seal-in technology of frameless glass doors keeps the water from spilling out to the bathroom area.
  • Safe:  Frameless glass edges are filed down to a smooth surface that presents no danger to anyone climbing in or out of your shower.  And since glass showers are made of tempered glass, they are also very difficult doors to shatter or break.
  • Versatile:  Frameless doors can be designed to fit any space, making them ideal for any size bathroom – large and small.
  • Creative flexibility:  A frameless shower door allows for much more creative flexibility when matching your plumbing fixtures, choosing a specific height, or coordinating a particular style to your bathroom remodel.
  • A long term solution:  Frameless enclosures are a great way to let your home age with you, because the entry can be leveled with the floor to create easy access as we become older and less mobile.  They meld timeless style with ageless accommodation!
  • A better ROI:  Being that a frameless system is much more desirable to new homebuyers, you’ll receive a better return on your investment when it comes time to sell.

The aesthetic advantages and visual appeal of frameless glass enclosures are abundant – including the openness, fluidity and flow they provide to your bathroom.  Combined with the practical and functional benefits they offer, there’s every reason to consider a frameless glass enclosure for your bathroom! Take a look at our frameless glass enclosures.


Residential Glass Replacement What to do when your window breaks

What to do when your window breaks When a window in your home cracks or breaks – whether from an errant throw or hit by a neighborhood kid’s baseball – or being struck by a tree branch or other storm debris – you’ll need to get it repaired quickly.  Your first step will be to immediately call a Glass N Pane for repair, but it’s important to know what to do if it’s after hours or the repairman can’t get to your house right away.

Following are some helpful tips on how to do your own “emergency” repair as a temporary fix to keep the elements out of your home – in addition to maintaining security and a comfortable temperature.

  • For a window crack, your main objective is to keep the cold air and rain out until the pane can be replaced.  Using duct tape or clear heavy packing tape, apply it on top of the crack on both the inside and outside of the window.  Be careful not to push too hard or you may end up making the crack worse or breaking the pane out of the window completely.
  • If the window is shattered or has a gaping hole, you’ll need to remove all of the remaining glass pieces from the window.  If the pane is very large, you may need to first remove the window frame and place it on a flat surface before removing the broken glass pieces.  But for most window sizes, you should be able to accomplish the task with the window frame in place.

Be sure to wear heavy gloves and protective eye wear.  Lay down a tarp to protect the area around the window as well as to collect any pieces of glass.  You can remove the broken shards piece-by-piece, which is often easy to do.  Or you could cover the broken window pane completely with masking tape, and then gently tap the glass with a hammer handle to loosen it.

Now you need to cover the open area until the glass can be replaced.  You can cover the area with thick plastic or a section of heavy duty trash bag, stapled or taped over the opening.  If the window is double pane  but only one pane was broken, this will give you some additional protection.  In cold weather, you can create a bit of a thermal barrier by adding bubble wrap or hanging a heavy quilt over the entire window.

These do-it-yourself procedures should give you some peace-of-mind and comfort until Glass N Pane arrives!


HAIL DAMAGE – WINDOWS & DOORS

HAIL DAMAGEHas a bad hail storm wreaked havoc on the glass in your home windows or doors?  If so, Glass N Pane can repair the damage so your windows and doors are restored back to their original condition – with added protection from future storms!

Not only can shattered glass damage your home, but it’s also a serious threat to the safety of you and your family.  Impact-resistant glass is a smart choice if you do live in an area that is prone to hail storms.  Although impact-resistant glass is not entirely impervious to breakage from large hailstones, it can still withstand impact better than ordinary non-impact resistant glass.

Impact-resistant glass typically consists of two layers of glass.   Even after sustaining a direct hit from a large hailstone, the glass may crack, but will not expose your home to wind, water and hail.  On the other hand, standard glass windows may likely break into large, sharp shards upon impact.

Impact-resistant glass protects your home as soon as it’s installed, providing you with immediate peace-of-mind.  It also provides protection from UV light that causes damage to your personal property including fabrics, photos and flooring.

Upgrading to impact-resistant glass may be slightly more expensive than standard glass, but it’s well worth the investment for the many benefits it provides.

Whether you’re looking to repair and restore your glass windows or doors damaged by a recent hail storm – or you’re seeking reinforcement for future storms – you should strongly consider contacting Glass N Pane to explore the many available options for the protection of your home and family!