Cleaning Anodized Aluminum Shower Enclosures

  Most of the silver, gold, brushed nickel or satin silver metal hardware and components of shower enclosures are anodized aluminum. Aluminum is lightweight and non-rusting and is anodized to give it color and to seal it against corrosion and pitting. Some glass cleaners can damage the anodizing which then leaves the aluminum at risk for pitting. Once the finish is damaged, it cannot be undone. White spots can result from using alkaline and phosphoric acids that are found in many cleaners. Read labels on all cleaning products before using them on your shower glass, frames and hardware. What might be good for cleaning glass, can be harmful to the framing and hardware. The best practice is to wipe down the frame and hardware after each shower use, drying off …

5 Tips for Cleaning Glass

  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 …

4 Tips for Easy Window & Patio Door Operation

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. Image credit: Link

Window Repair vs. Replacement

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 …

Window and Patio Door Screens

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 …

Bowling for Charity

  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

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 …

Fogged Windows

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 …

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Why Does Condensation Form On The Inside Of My Windows?

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 …