5 Tips for Cleaning Glass

In glass doors, mirrors, new windows, residential glass, windows by ann

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Whether cleaning window glass, a mirror or a coffee table, achieving crystal clear results is more about the right products and tools than elbow grease.  As a general rule, do not clean glass in direct sunlight, as the surface temperature may be too hot for optimum cleaning. For windows and mirrors, start cleaning from the uppermost portion and work downward to reduce the risk of leaving residue on the glass at lower levels.

1) Depending on the type of water that comes out of your tap, you may want to consider diluting your cleaner with distilled water. Minerals in tap water can leave behind streaky deposits.

2) Vinegar is an excellent alternative to chemical cleaners. And a cheap one too! Simply mix up a 50/50 solution in a spray bottle and use it on all your glass products.

3) If you need to use soap to clean really dirty glass (sticky finger prints on the coffee table) go light. It doesn’t take much soap to get rid of the dirt. Too much soap will leave behind a residue if the surface isn’t rinsed well enough with water. A little soap goes a long way.

4) Paper towels are not your friend when cleaning glass. Paper towels leave streaks and lint. Use lint free microfiber cloth, a squeegee, or the best bet, newsprint. Yes, newsprint. It is the best for leaving your glass and windows streak and lint free. Be mindful of bleeding ink however, and wear gloves.

5) Sometimes no matter how careful we are in choosing our cleaning products, an occasional streak may happen. In these cases use a clean, dry cloth (chamois or microfiber) to buff the surface.

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4 Tips for Easy Window & Patio Door Operation

In glass doors, hardware, patio doors, repair and maintenance, residential glass, windows by ann

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1) A few times a year, lubricate all sliding window and door tracks, rollers, latches and locks.

2) Weather stripping should be checked regularly to ensure your window and patio door seals are airtight.

3) The tracks on all sliding patio doors and windows should be vacuumed occasionally to remove dirt and debris.

4) Most patio door rollers can be adjusted for proper height clearance. To adjust, use a screwdriver inserted through the access hole at the bottom of your patio door.

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Window Repair vs. Replacement

In glass repair, new windows, residential glass, windows by ann

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It’s safe to say, that in most cases, repairing windows in your home is the better option when it comes to repair vs. replacement. Seldom is it necessary, or cost-effective, to purchase new windows even when looking to increase the energy efficiency of your home.

Cracked glass, windows that are difficult to open, warped wood, and simply wear and tear are all issues that lead to the deterioration of windows. Many times, homeowners call to say they need new windows, when all they really need is new glass for the existing window. Most residential windows have either single pane glass or double pane insulated glass units (IGU). Both of which can be repaired by simply replacing the old glass for new. No need to replace the entire window.

Window construction is made up of many parts, including the framing and sash. The window frame is the part that fits inside the opening in the wall of your home. The sash is the part that actually holds the glass in place within the window. For both single pane and double pane type windows, the glass can be replaced in the sash when it has broken, is cracked, or in the case of insulated glass units, is fogged due to a failed seal. Windows are made in such a way as to allow for easy replacement of the glass component. As well, when window hardware breaks or becomes worn from age, it is also easily repaired through replacement of the part.

Sometimes however, a homeowner wishes to upgrade their older windows for new windows. This may be due to a home remodel, or a desire to update to modern window construction and materials. There are many options for window materials and style, as well as the types of glass, and our trained professionals can walk you through the process of making the best choice for your home.

In the case of historically classified homes, it is often worth repairing to keep the original look. In fact, depending on city codes, your home may be deemed a historical building and you are thus required to keep to repairs only, and not replacement. And the good news is that repairing windows in historic homes is both cost-effective and environmentally sustainable.

Everyone at Slade Glass Co., is here to help you make an informed decision when it comes to your window and glass repair or replacement needs. Feel free to call or stop by our showroom with your questions. And as always, we are happy to send one of our estimators out to visit with you at your home, take measurements, and provide you with a free estimate for your project.

Window and Patio Door Screens

In patio doors, screens, windows by ann

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We are lucky to live in a state that has cool mornings and cool nights during the summer months, and this is the perfect time of year to open up the house and let the fresh air in. It is also the time of year to have your window and patio door screens repaired or replaced. New screens not only look nice from the outside, they keep nature’s creatures where they belong- in the great outdoors, not in your living room.

Slade Glass Co., offers screen repair, and when needed, custom crafted new screens. The most cost effective choice is to bring your screens into either our Boulder or Longmont locations for repair. However, if this option is not the one for you, we can also send one of our crew out to measure for new screens, or pick-up for repair in our shop.  And we offer installation service when needed. We are happy to offer an estimate over the phone, so don’t hesitate to call us.  All you need is the screen size and what choice mesh material you desire.  Most screens are made using black or gray fiber mesh, but silver wire and pet-mesh are also available.

Have your screens repaired or replaced today, and open your windows and patio doors with confidence- Fresh air in, critters out!

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Bowling for Charity

In community, company culture by ann

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At Slade Glass Co., we take our jobs seriously, from quality products to expert craftsmanship and installation. But every now and then we like to have some fun too, especially when that fun helps a charity. Last weekend, four of our team members, Zac, Josh, Jeff and Brian, bowled to support the American Cancer Society.  And as you can tell from the picture, they not only had fun, but came home with the trophy!

Thank you gentlemen for giving of your time to represent Slade Glass Co., in our sponsorship of an event for the American Cancer Society.

What is Low-E Glass? Part 1 – The Basics

In windows by ann

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Low-E means low emissivity. More specifically, low thermal emissivity. Adding a Low-E coating to window glass makes the window energy efficient because the coating material reflects, absorbs, and emits radiant energy. Heat is filtered out, while visible light is allowed to pass through. Window glass is highly thermal emissive as clear glass absorbs a huge amount of energy without reflecting much back. This means clear glass in your windows is absorbing most of the heat energy from the sun as well as radiant heat from inside. Heat taken in through the glass during the day is being released right back out through the window at night. Low-E glass is proven to save energy, helps to reduce fading of textiles, and over all, improves the comfort inside your home.

To create Low-E glass, a thin film coating is applied to the raw glass at the manufacturing plant. In a double-pane unit, this coating is usually applied to the inside of the outer pane of the unit. The film coating acts as a reflector, kicking the heat energy of the sun back the source, instead of letting the heat pass through the glass and into your home. There are several options for Low-E windows, and our experienced and knowledgeable staff can help you make the right choice for your home or office.

If you are considering Low-E for your windows, or would like more information, please don’t hesitate to call us.  We’re here to help you.

 

Fogged Windows

In glass repair, residential glass, windows by ann

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Chances are, that at some time in your life you have looked through a window and noticed that it seems to be fogged or cloudy in appearance.

What is this so called “fogged” glass problem and how do you correct it if you are experiencing it in your own home windows? 

If you have double pane insulated glass units (IGUs) that have become fogged, it is the result of a failed seal between the two panes of glass. When the seal fails, moisture seeps in between the two panes of glass, and over time, etching on the glass occurs from minerals in the moisture. Since the IGU is made of two panes sealed together, there is no way to clean the insides of the glass, or to repair the seal once it has failed. The only remedy is to replace the IGU.  This does not mean you have to replace the entire window. The window frame and sash is left in place and only the glass part of the window is replaced. In most cases, replacing an IGU is much more cost effective than buying a whole new window. 

The life span of the seal between two panes of glass varies depending on quality of manufacturing, use and environmental conditions.  

Fogging of the glass is an esthetic condition, and in no way compromises the insulating qualities of the glass unit. Although a fogged IGU it is not an emergency situation, most homeowners choose to have the unit replaced so they may continue to enjoy the view and maintain the beauty of their homes.

If you suspect that you might have fogged windows, Slade Glass can provide you with an assessment and free estimate to make the needed repairs. Please call to discuss your needs and concerns and to schedule an appointment for a visit from one of our glass and window experts. 

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Why Does Condensation Form On The Inside Of My Windows?

In glass repair, residential glass, windows by ann

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Winter time in Colorado is a beautiful thing. Blue skies, snowcapped mountain peaks, slopes of fresh white powder. Winter in Colorado also means cold dry air. When excess warm moist air in your home- from hot showers, cooking, and the use of humidifiers- meets cold glass, condensation can develop.  Humidity is a mix of water vapor and air and is attracted to cool surfaces, which in the interiors of our homes, tends to be the windows.

Like a glass of cold water set on a table in a warm room, condensation forms on the outside of the glass. This doesn’t mean the glass is leaking or faulty in any way.

And condensation on your windows does not mean there is a problem with the window.

Don’t panic if you find that you have condensation forming on the inside of your windows this winter. In an effort to be comfortable in our homes during the winter months, we often create the perfect environment for condensation to develop. If it is heavy of bothersome, try to reduce the excess humidity in your home by using exhaust fans, opening a window on a nice day, or reducing the use of humidifiers.

Depending on conditions, condensation build up on a single pane window is a normal occurrence. Beware however, that condensation between the two panes of glass in an insulated unit, means the seal has failed and the glass unit will need to be replaced at some point.

At Slade Glass we are always happy to answer any questions you may have about your windows. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you would like more information about condensation build up, or if you suspect you may have a more serious issue with your windows. 

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