Weathering the Storm

Storm Damage

Spring in Indiana is the time of year when the leaves grow, the birds return, and also when severe storms tend to strike. High winds can cause damage to homes. From falling trees on the property to even compromising the structure of your home.

Types of Damage

If your windows are shattered or damaged from a storm, it is important to replace them quickly so you can protect yourself and your home from outside elements. It is also important for your privacy. Here are some common types of damage to look for when the storm has passed and you can inspect safely.

Heavy Rain leaking into aged windows can cause structural damage over time.  It is important to regularly check your windows. Make sure your windows have a tight seal, and that it is not drafty. Even without stormy weather present, outside air can enter the home. This can increase your utility costs to heat or cool the home.

Physical damage from a fallen tree or flying debris from heavy winds can be quite obvious with shattered glass and shards present or with cracks at the very least.  Both can present issues with excess moisture and unwanted access from the elements into your home.

Hail damage can also be easily visible with cracks or dents.  The extent of damage can vary based on the severity of the storm and the size of hail.  If you are not sure if your home experienced damage from the storm, you might consider contacting an expert for inspection.

Emergency Service

Severe weather can strike at any time of day or night.  At Glass Express we’re always open for your emergency window repair. Because of natural disasters to human accidents, or from unwanted bugs to break-ins, we are always ready to come and provide quality service anytime night or day.

Insulated Glass Repair

In your home or at your place of business, using insulated glass windows work to your advantage. “Window Energy Ratings” well above the standard paned window make these units known for their excellent thermal performance.  If your windows are under-performing due to age or damage, it’s time to call in Glass Express for expert service and products!

Best Glass Repair in Indianapolis

When it comes to glass repair in Indianapolis, the experts at Glass Express come with a knowledge base consumers can’t find just anywhere. Having been in business for over 36 years, craftsmanship and quality are our job one. We are experts in insulated glass replacement. We offer unprecedented 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency service.  And we are able to help design, completely fabricate, and install a custom glass show piece for your perfect space.

  • Insulated Glass Repair

In your home or at your place of business, using insulated glass windows just makes sense. With “Window Energy Ratings” well above the standard paned window, these units known for their thermal performance are a no-brainer. If yours are under-performing due to age or damage its time to call in Glass Express expert service.

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  • Emergency Service 24/7

We all know accidents happen, and rarely do they happen at a convenient time; except at Glass Express. At Glass Express we’re always open for your emergency window repair. From natural disasters to human accidents, or from unwanted bugs to break-ins, we are always ready to come and provide quality service anytime night or day.

  • Custom Glass Projects

Perhaps one of our favorite ways to serve our customers,  the custom glass projects offer us a chance to really shine.  Getting involved in design, watching a custom window or glass piece come to life, and finally installing something unique brings both us and our customers great joy.

The restoration of the glass in your home or commercial space is what we’re here for, and working with windows day in and day out, our service people can’t help but be transparent and it shows. Recipient of the 2013 Angie’s List Super Service Award, Glass Express serves Indy’s window needs. Give us a call now and see what Glass Express can do for you.

New Year’s Home Resolutions

I’m sure you all are aware of the annual New Year’s resolutions that is the topic of many conversations through the months of December and January. You may have even made some for yourself, whether it be to get to the gym more often or to add more green in your diet. Resolutions are for self improvement, so why not set resolutions for your home to improve the overall look, quality, and potential value. Here are 5 New Year’s resolutions to think about for your home!

Protect your home against the cold weather

Winter weather can take a toll on your home. Make sure your home is prepared for the chilly temperatures. You can do this by sealing up cracks, adding needed insulation, and making sure your windows are up to standard. If window repairs are needed, make sure to get them repaired before it’s too late. Call the experts at Glass Express for all your window repair needs.

Get rid of clutter

This is one we all often dread. We find ourselves always saying “but what if I need this one day.” Take the time to decide what you really need and what you could get rid of. Even take the time to donate unwanted goods to charity. Once your home is free of clutter and chaos, it will look better than ever before!

Redo your kitchen or bathrooms

Updating your kitchen and bathrooms can add an enormous amount of value to a home. At Glass Express, we offer custom countertops to turn a rather dull kitchen into a statement room. As well, we are experts in installing custom mirrors to greatly improve your bathroom.

Become more environmentally conscious

In today’s world, it’s becoming more and more important to be conscious of our environmental footprint. There are a variety of simple ways you can work towards going green. For example, start recycling more. Sign up for your local recycling pick-up, or set out a bin in the garage and take a weekly trip to the recycling center. Other ideas include: take shorter showers, fix dripping faucets, purchase energy efficient light bulbs, and turn down your home’s thermostat.

Ensure a safe home

If you don’t already, make sure to purchase a carbon monoxide detector. If you do, make sure to replace the batteries with new ones as well as those in your fire detectors. If you have a chimney, make sure to get it inspected and cleaned. If you have an older home, it would be a good idea to test for lead paint which can cause serious harm.

Don’t neglect your house when going into the new year. Along with your own, set reasonable resolutions for your home to improve safety and value. Call the experts at Glass Express today for a FREE quote on all your window improvement needs!

Common Cold Weather Window Catastrophes

We’ve been experiencing some down right COLD weather around here lately and it may affected the performance of your old windows, and nothing is worse than a window catastrophes in the winter. Remember a childhood science experiment used to demonstrate how glass expands and contracts due to changes in temperature? An ice frosted drinking glass is filled with boiling water and the result is a cracked and broken glass. When the thermal temperature of glass becomes uneven, it can create stress on the glass just as if someone were applying pressure with their fist and the result is broken glass.

Now we know you didn’t pour hot water down your homes interior window so you might be wondering how did that crack just appear? Chances are you had chip or the beginnings of a crack that you couldn’t make out with the naked eye that was aggravated by the change in temperature. Unfortunately, larger windows are more at risk with the greatest surface area. It’s possible that part of your window receives some sunlight while the other portion is shadowed, perhaps from an overhang. When the wind comes ripping though, the difference in the thermal temperature becomes too much, and the next thing you know you have a broken window.

Similarly, you may have a window that has a floor heat vent without a flow guard blowing heat directly up onto the window. The intense outdoor temperature combines with the furnace working overtime to keep the house warm, equals thermal stress and broken window.

Unlike a window that has had an impact crack, which has a central circular web pattern, a thermal stress crack will run in a diagonal line across your window. Beware of long lines that do not splinter however, that may be a result of not having a good quality tempered safety glass.

Whatever the case, if your home has a window with a new crack due to the extreme temperatures outside, it’s time to call in the professionals. Glass Express is ready to brave the severe outdoor temperatures to ensure you are safe and comfortable everyday in your homes indoors.

 

Glass Repair for the DIYers’

We would love to repair windows and all of your glass repair needs. And we are good at it. Just check our testimonials. However, we know there are several “Do It Yourself” friends who just want to give it a try. So, for all you DIYs, here is some advice to help you with your next project.

When it comes to glass replacement, there are a few steps you need to take in order to successfully pull it off. Glass repair can go smoothly as long as you know what to do. It only takes some basic tools and a few simple steps and you’ll be on your way.

The first thing you will need to do is measure the window frame in which you need to replace the glass. The piece of glass you purchase needs to be a little bit smaller than the opening of the window in order to make room for the new window glass to fit. You need to measure from one inside edge of the window frame to the other inside edge of the window frame. You will then need to subtract anywhere from 1/16 to 1/18 inch in each direction.

After that you will need to have a piece of double-strength glass cut to the exact dimensions that are necessary in order for the glass to fit in the window frame. When purchasing the glazier’s clips or points you will need enough of them to be able to install one approximately every six inches around the window pane.

The next step is to make sure the glass window is sealed into the window frame. This will involve having to take a cord of compound, rolling it and pressing it into the joint of the frame.

You will then need to take a putty knife and smooth the compound around the joint. Once you have accomplished this step, you will then need to remove any extra compound from each side of the window frame.

Once the compound is dry, paint it to match the window frame.

If you follow these steps, your glass windows should be set. Good luck with your next glass repair project.

Looking for assistance with all your glass repair Indianapolis projects. Give Glass Express a call. We have been an Indianapolis based glass company for over 30 years.

 

Double-pane? Insulated? Double glazed? Triple glass window panes?

So many names for the same kind of product! Double or triple-paned insulated windows are windows manufactured with 2 or 3 pieces of glass with an air space between them.The air space provides a temperature shield to reduce heat being transferred through the glass. Insulated or double-paned windows are also useful for sound dampening when noise is a concern. Insulated glass may be laminated or tempered for further energy efficiency or strength.Energy Efficient Window

Insulated windows using the double-pane process were invented in the 1930s. In the 1950s, the Thermopane brand name was the most popular. The manufacturing process is well established and now the innovation comes through improving the energy efficiency of the windows.

The best insulating comes from having the correct thickness of the air space in between the double panes. Too little space and the heat is transferred through the glass and too much space allows convection currents between the glass to transfer heat between the The thickness of the insulated glass unit is also impacted by the strength of the frame.

Generally the thickness of a double-paned window works well in commercial and residential uses. Triple-paned windows further reduce heat loss but are often too heavy for most residential and commercial applications.