Have you ever walked into a home of an interior designer or a boss and become overwhelmed with the awe of how spacious the home is? The first thing you notice are the glass walls or big glass windows. Glass provides the illusion of more space but also transparency that extends a rooms actual size. The wondrous thing about glass decor is not just walls, windows, tables but it can come in other forms of decor such as glazing, countertops, doors. Glass will help brighten up your home allowing more sunlight and even the moonlight! Whether you enjoy using glass to bring in the morning sun, or a hundred other purposes, glass can be overlooked when customizing home interiors. Here are some ways to let glass brighten your home.
It’s a special day and you want everything to be perfect! Except you see streaks on your glass windows, glass table and even glass walls? It’s hard to know which side the streaks are on, and constantly cleaning to have the spot free look is time consuming. For business owners and residents who want to try it themselves, these helpful hints will make your Valentine’s Day a little brighter:
Going in different directions on the front and back of the glass will eliminate those sneaky lines. Side-to-side motions on the front surface and up and down motions for the back surface will show results. Wait for the glass to dry, you’ll see less noticeable streaks.
Shower doors and enclosures are a beautiful and functional fixture in any bathroom, however over time due to neglect or issues with the hardness and mineral content of water, the glass in the shower enclosure can become damaged causing it to look very ugly. I know that you or someone you know has experienced shower door glass that no matter how hard you try, you can not get clean.
Many Dallas homeowners think that in order to fix this problem they have to purchase a whole new shower enclosure. This is not the case. Alamo Glass and Mirror can replace just the glass in the shower enclosure in most cases and reuse the metal framing or hardware. Often times, this can be almost a 45% to 50% savings over the cost of completely replacing the whole shower enclosure.
Many times a homeowner has just recently purchased their home or they are wanting to change the look of their bathroom. A simple solution that can dramatically change the look of a bathroom is changing the shower glass. If you have clear glass, you might want to change it to some type of pattern or textured obscure glass. If you have a smaller bathroom that has an obscure glass in the shower, you may want to change it out to clear glass in order to let in more light and open up the bathroom.
Many customers who are changing out their shower glass due to damage caused by water and soap scum are choosing to go back with Guardian’s ShowerGuard glass. Alamo Glass is a registered dealer of ShowerGuard glass. ShowerGuard glass is a glass that has been made to resist and prevent damage due to water, soap and other problems caused by everyday use.
We know that money is tight right now, and everyone is trying to save a buck. Changing out the glass in your existing shower enclosure can improve the looks of your bathroom without costing you a fortune. If you are interested in having Alamo Glass & Mirror provide and install new glass for your shower enclosure, contact us today for a free in home estimate.
So far this summer has been brutal for Dallas and Ft Worth residents. We have suffered through more than 30 straight days of 100 plus degree heat, and the end of this extreme heat does not seem to be anywhere in sight. The heat puts a strain on Dallas homeowners comfort and finances. For many homeowners the last couple of months energy cost have doubled and even tripled compared to the bills they were paying in the spring. Luckily Alamo Glass & Mirror has a solution to help ease the pain and agony associated with this record heat…. Low E insulated glass.
What Does Low E Mean?
The “E” in low e stands for emissivity. Emissivity is a measure of a materials ability to radiate energy. Material with a “low” emissivity absorbs and radiates infrared energy poorly which is a crucial factor in heat transfer.
How Does Low E Glass Work?
To understand how low e glass works, you must first understand the suns energy and solar spectrum. The sun’s energy can be divided into 3 different components:
- Ultra Violet Light- ultra violet light can be harmful to humans and can also damage or fade home furnishings. It is highly desirable to eliminate the transfer of all ultra violet rays. Low E glass blocks ultra violet rays.
- Visible Light- visible light is the desired component of the sun. Natural daylight is the cheapest source of lighting available…. It is free! Low E glass transmits visible light
- Infrared Energy- infrared energy is both desirable and undesirable. If you live in a cold climate, you will want the sun’s infrared energy to provide warmth to your house. If you live in a warm climate, such as Dallas and Ft Worth, infrared energy is undesirable, causing discomfort and places a huge strain on people and air conditioning units. Low E glass distributes the Infrared energy from the sun.
The reason that low e glass is so effective and energy efficient is because of the way it handles the infrared energy produced by the sun. infrared energy is absorbed by carpets, curtains , furniture and walls in the interior of a building and is changed into long wave infrared heat. Objects on the exterior of a building also absorb short wave energy and are changed into long wave heat energy. In summer conditions the low e coating on the glass reflects long wave heat energy back toward the outside of the building. In winter conditions the low e coating on the glass reflects long wave heat energy back into the inside of the building.
Low e insulated glass allows for greater control of internal environment, greater occupants comfort and lower heating and cooling cost throughout the year. If you have been struggling to keep your house cool during this miserable summer, low e glass insulated glass may be just what you need for comfort and energy bill savings. Alamo Glass & Mirror can replace the glass in your windows with low e glass, or we can provide whole window replacements with the most energy efficient 3/4″ and 1″ insulated glass. ALl of our insulated glass comes with a 10 year warranty.
Let Alamo Glass & Mirror help keep you and your family cool. The money you save throughout the years on your electric bill will more than pay for the cost of the low e glass.
Do yourself and your family a favor, contact Alamo Glass today and leave the hot weather where it belongs, outside.