Thursday, May 23, 2013

How to Insulate Windows

We love having windows in our homes. They provide beautiful natural light and fresh air when the weather is nice. However, windows are not a great way to insulate your home from the weather outside, whether it’s from the heat or cold.

Instead of doing away with windows altogether (because nobody wants to do that), we’ve compiled a few ways that you can insulate your windows to help regulate the temperature of your home.

Weather-stripping: Even if you’re a new homeowner, you’ve probably heard of weather-stripping before. Not only does it keep out, that’s right, extreme weather, but also seals your windows completely closed and can lower your heating and cooling bills up to 20%.

Blackout curtains not only diminish heat and cooling loss, but cancel out noise and light too!
Blackout Curtains: Blackout curtains are actually multi-purpose, and tend to be on the inexpesive side. They keep your home from losing up to 25% of the cool or warm air that you want inside. However, they can also cut down on outdoor noise pollution by almost half. It’s a win-win!

Energy Film: Unlike blackout curtains and weather-stripping, energy film tends to be more expensive. Energy film has increased transparency, and you can actually use it with blackout curtains to really cut down your heating and cooling bills to practically nothing.  

Storm Windows: Storms windows are a sort of all-in-one product. As you can probably guess, they help protect your windows from damage during a storm, but they also can placed on either the interior or exterior of your windows to prevent heat or cooling loss. If you add a low-e coating, which we do at Santa Fe Glass, your windows will be even further insulated. 

There are so many ways you can insulate your windows to keep heating and cooling costs in your home as low as possible, but we think we’ve given you a great head start with some of our favorite options!

Monday, May 13, 2013

How To Clean Up Broken Glass... With Bread

When you break a glass item on the floor, cleaning it up can certainly be a pain. You have to break out the broom, then the vacuum, sometimes even the mop, and even THEN you don't always pick everything up.

Instead of being worried that you've left some microscopic shards behind, we're discovered a very.... well, interesting technique to make sure you've grabbed every little piece, and you might be surprised to learn that it's already in your pantry.

That's right, bread. Not only can you use it to pick up glass shards that you might have missed while sweeping, but leave the loaf out and treat yourself to a sandwich when you're finished cleaning the kitchen!

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Denver Emergency Commercial Glass Repair

When you have a broken glass window or door at your Denver area business, it is critical to get it repair immediately! Broken windows and doors can cause a safety concern for your employees and customers. It is also a security issue as a broken window or door is an invitation to criminals to get in. If the glass in your company's windows or doors is broken, call the commercial glass repair and board-up specialists at Santa Fe Glass. We offer businesses throughout the Denver metropolitan area 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency glass repair and board-up services.

Broken glass at you business can happen for a number of reasons. Vandals, bad storms and accidents are some of the most common reasons for broken glass doors and windows. Santa Fe Glass specializes in commercial glass repair and board-up services. Our glass professionals understand the intricacies of commercial glass and are able to make repairs as soon as possible. When you have broken glass in your Denver metropolitan business, make the first call to Santa Fe Glass at 303-777-4491.

Benefits of Glass Repair and Board Up Services From Santa Fe Glass

The only question you have as a business owner in the Denver area when you have broken glass is how do I get it fixed as soon as possible? The answer is easy...Santa Fe Glass. When you call us, we sill immediately dispatch one of our commercial glass experts to make the needed glass repairs or install temporary board-ups to secure your company. The glass that we use in the replacement will meet or exceed your previous glass type.

Other benefits of using Santa Fe Glass for emergency commercial glass repair include:
  • Experienced Glass Repair and Board-Up Professionals
  • A Family Owned Company
  • 24 Hours a Day, 7 Days a Week Emergency Service
  • Experts in Commercial Emergency Glass Repair
  • Affordable Glass Repair Rates
  • Complete Cleanup of All Glass and Broken Business Materials
No matter the time of day or day of the week, Santa Fe Glass will be there immediately to make repairs and get your business back to normal and secure.

Contact Santa Fe Glass

When you have a glass window or door broken in your Denver metropolitan business, make the first call to Santa Fe Glass. We will immediately dispatch one of our professional glass repairmen and get repairs and new glass installed. Call us at 303-777-4491 to learn more about our commercial glass repair and board-up services. You can also reach us with any commercial emergency glass repair and board-up service questions that you may have through our Contact Us page.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

How to Reduce Noise from Windows

Windows are a great way to allow natural light and fresh air into your home while enjoying the outdoor scenery. It’s become popular for people to have over-sized windows installed in their home to better connect with the outdoors, sometimes even requesting entire walls of their home be made of glass. And while glass is undoubtedly beautiful, it’s also undoubtedly thinner than a wall with insulation in it.
What does this mean for a home or business with many windows, especially large ones? Noise, and depending on where you’re located, there could be a lot. Whether it’s an apartment located downtown, a home on a street full of kids, or a company in the middle of the business district, windows allow more outside noise to be heard inside your home, even if they’re closed. And by seeping through your windows during work hours or the middle of the night, outside noise can quickly become a disturbance.

Soundproofing your windows is essentially the best option to keep your home nice and quiet without sacrificing your beautiful view. However, ‘interior soundproof glass’ can be very expensive, making it a luxury that not everyone can afford. However, there are a couple of options that are less expensive and will block noise just as well. 

Double Paned Glass

The easiest and least expensive way to cancel out noise from your home is to switch out your single-paned windows for double or triple pane windows. In one of our previous blog posts, Double Pane v. Triple Pane Windows, we discuss the pros and cons of double v. triple pane glass. Either one you choose will block out more noise than single-paned windows without a doubt, but of all the options to soundproof your home, this tactic tends to be less effective than others.

Laminated Windows

If you want a step up from simple double-paned windows, laminated windows are a popular choice to block noise as well. Laminated windows consist of a thin plastic strip sandwiched between two glass panes. The process of placing the laminate in between panes makes the glass sturdier, which in turn, makes it vibrate less. This reduces the amount of noise that your windows will let into your home. Unlike double-paned windows, laminated windows can run on the expensive side, however, you can actually make them yourself, which can greatly reduce the cost.

Thick Glass

Another idea, and it seems obvious, is to replace your windows with a very thick glass. A single-paned window doesn’t always mean flimsy and that it allows noise, especially when you’ve opted for thick ones. Due to the thickness and the fact that these windows use only one pane, the amount of vibrating from noise is GREATLY reduced, perhaps more than any other option. To get the maximum amount of protection from thick glass, make sure you choose windows that are twice the density of regular ones.