24/7 Emergency Glass Repair

Do you have a window at either home or work that has been broken and needs to be replaced as soon as possible? Tired of having to wait until the next morning or even maybe Monday to have that broken glass replaced or boarded up? If a window breaks at your home or office, any time; day or night our team at Glass Express, Inc., will come out and fix it for you with a smile on their face!  We offer 24/7 emergency glass repair service.

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A broken window can occur from several different factors both intentional and unintentional. A broken window at home or at your place of business can result in looting or weather damage depending on the area. Windows that are broken at businesses are usually broken intentionally and usually it ends in theft and stolen items. No matter what your situation is, it is important that your emergency glass repair is taken care of as soon as possible.

Glass Express and our 24 hour glass repair team will respond as quickly as we can to any call, day or night, in regards to a broken window either at home or at work. Our experts will come out to the location of the broken window and repair it on the spot or they can simply board it up to have it fixed at a later time.

No home or business should suffer from a broken window for any extended period of time and that is why Glass Express is there for your family and company any time day or night. We understand just how important it is that broken windows are replaced quickly. Just pick up the phone and give us a call at 317-204-4561 and we will send out our next available glass technicians to either fully replace the broken glass.

Do Replacement Windows Really Increase the Value of Your Home?

When it comes to your home, it never hurts to work towards increasing the overall value. There are endless ways to do so, but how do you know what options really pay off? Here at Glass Express Repair, we are certain of one thing, replacement windows will indeed increase the overall value of your home, and we’re here to tell you how.

Investing takes patience. You won’t see an immediate turn around when putting money towards replacement windows for your home, but we can assure you it will all pay off in the long run. One website states replacing your windows could add a whopping 20% in value to your home! Not only will your home’s value increase, but your ROI could be up to 85% according to ISoldMyHouse.com.

New windows won’t only improve the appearance of your home, but they will increase the energy efficiency of it as well. Aside from raising the appraisal of your home, this will help you save money now. By blocking air leaks, you will find yourself spending far less money on heating and cooling throughout your home. Also, when shopping for new homes, buyers actually look for a home specifically with energy efficient windows. Ensure your home isn’t crossed off of potential buyer’s lists by choosing from the variety of insulated glass window replacements we have to offer.

As you can see, choosing to replace your old windows with new, energy efficient ones, will not only increase the overall value of your home, but also slash your energy costs. Call the experts at Glass Express Repair today for a FREE quote on your new windows!

Clean Interior Windows in Time for Thanksgiving

The decorations are up, the turkey is in the oven and the table is set, you are finally ready for you guest to arrive. Just as you get a moment to relax, you notice little hand and nose prints on the windows. Don’t worry, just follow our easy tips to get clean interior windows before your friends and family arrive.

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First, start by gathering all the necessary supplies:

  • Bucket
  • Sponge
  • Dishrag
  • Squeegee

Start by removing the dust off the frame with a dry dishrag.

Next, Fill the bucket with warm water and a drop of a dish soap of your choice. Take the clean sponge and soak it in the water and then wring it out. Starting in the upper corner, take the sponge and glide it along the window making a zigzag motion until you have reached the bottom.

Then, take your squeegee and again starting in the upper corner, move the squeegee from one side to the next removing the water. Each time you lift the squeegee, dry it off with your dishrag.

Just like that, you have clean windows in time for Thanksgiving. Have a safe and wonderful Thanksgiving from your neighbors at Glass Express!

5 Benefits of Insulated Glass

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If you have experienced an Indiana winter, you know they are anything but warm. If you feel the need to wear a winter coat in the comfort of your own home, then it is time to consider insulated glass. With winter around the corner, the experts at Glass Express are here to shine a light on the benefits of insulated glass.

Reduce Home Heating & Cooling Cost

While the winters seem to get colder, and the summers hotter, you notice your heating and cooling bills increasing to alarmingly high rates. Insulated windows can help reduce your heating and cooling cost by reducing heat loss in the winter, and keeping cool air circulating in the summer.

Reduced Condensation

The consistent airflow and higher humidity levels insulated glass allows reduces the levels of condensation on your windows.

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Noise Reduction

Regardless if it is the kids playing outside, or the teenager’s loud music, insulated windows, can help reduce noises from outside the house. Finally, thanks to the air between the panes you can have some peace and quiet!r

Versatile

If you are concerned that your current infrastructure will prevent you from installing insulated windows, don’t be! Insulated windows perform well with all materials and can easily be custom fit to your current home.

Improve Comfort and Health

Insulated windows regulate a home’s temperature and allow for better air quality. No longer will you need a new outfit every time you enter a new room with the even air temperature insulated windows will provide!
Still not convinced? Talk to our glass experts to see how insulated glass can benefit you today.

Stained Glass Windows at Home

If you’ve spent time in a museum or holy place lately, you have probably encountered a stained glass window. These beautiful light catching pieces of wall art elevate the mind to consider their subjects. If I asked you to name one or two famous stained glass windows, chances are you could come up with one. This form of art has been a part of society since before the Middle Ages. helping generations of people remember the story of the past. While it may be that the term “stained glass window” makes you think of a church, a well placed stained glass can and should be used at home. Here’s why:

  • Colored glass.  The rich colored glass of a stained window draws the eye. A stained glass window can work overtime for a room in need of color depth.  Colored glass is subtle and soft, all the while being unique, dramatic, and sometimes unexpected. When a room is in need of more than a splash of color, make a statement with a stained glass window.

  • Play with light.  If you’re the kind of person that watches the light falls across your room and the changes in wall shades from noon to night, stained glass is a great decorating medium for you. Not only the color, but the bends in the edge of the glass create reflections and patterns that can make any room feel more alive and new.

  • Details in pattern or picture.  Is there something that a stained glass window in your home would say about you? In the same way you surround yourself with art, pictures, and photographs that represent who you are, finding a stained glass that says “you” is the perfect compliment to your space.

When stained glass is used at home, it can give character, depth, and color to almost any space. If you’re still not sold on the idea, you can take an existing window and weekend warrior an imposter stained glass DIY project to try window color on for size. It is not permanent, and with a skillful hand it can look great. But, I say, jump right in! Scour a local antique store or flea market for a thrift find, or go to an art gallery for a contemporary window. Either way, consider telling your home’s story by adding an inspired piece of art in stained glass.

6 Steps to Make Your Windows Ready for Winter

There’s just nothing like the way the sun glistens off a fresh layer of new snow, that is, of course when we are looking out a new, clean, energy efficient window. We’ve yet to experience that first major snow in Indianapolis this year but believe me, it’s coming! Windows have a lot to do with how you and your family will enjoy the winter season this year in your home.

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Remember how you felt last winter? Last winter might bring bitter memories of indicators that it might be time to replace some windows. If replacing windows isn’t in your budget this year, here are six steps to take to help make your windows ready for winter.

  • Wash your windows. Yes, I said wash them. Having a clean window on the inside and out allows the maximum amount of sunlight into your room helping you to see better and to keep warm. Not only will you enjoy the benefits of unobstructed visible light but it will also give you the opportunity to make a careful inspection of each window in your home or business.
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  • Repair cracks in window seals and caulking. Weatherstripping around windows as well as door frames helps a great deal in keeping heat in and cold air out.

  • Repair old, weak frames that show signs of deterioration. Maintaining the structural soundness of your windows will prevent gaps for drafts and possible pressure cracks.

  • Install Storm Windows. Storm windows can be interior or exterior.  These windows provide a much needed extra window layer for older window systems.

  • Don’t forget the basement! When the bottom floor of your home or office is cold it takes longer and more energy to heat your entire building.

  • Cut back any weak, low-hanging tree branches. If covered in heavy snow, they can cause damage to your building’s exterior and represent a threat to your windows.

If you’re living or working in a space with obvious signs that the windows might need replaced, such as curtains that sway in the draft or windows that have frost on the inside, perform all the steps on this list. Then, call Glass Express to consider replacing even a couple of windows at a time.

Windows have a significant impact on the heating and cooling efficiency of a home. New window technology that is going to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer not only looks beautiful, it stretches your dollar, making it a win-win.

Consider new energy efficient windows to keep you comfortable and ensure that this year you will enjoy those beautiful snowy winter mornings.

Discerning Energy Efficiency

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Discerning the real difference in new windows today can be confusing for a buyer.  No doubt all window companies are trying to put their best foot forward and make the sale. The ball is in the court of the buyer to have a firm understanding of their own needs as well as the benefits of updated windows. Here are a few simple guidelines to help any homeowner discerning a new window purchase.

First, while new windows are going to have a night and day difference in energy efficiency, this difference is not going to pay you back over night.  Again, the difference between your new windows energy efficiency and the old ones you are having replaced is huge. They are amazingly more efficient and that factor is going to save you money every month. Just remember it takes quite a few months, like so many it equals several years, to make up for the investment you put into your new windows.  That doesn’t mean it’s not worth it; we just don’t want you going into any large purchase decision with fog in your window already.

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So, let’s make sense of those energy efficiency numbers to make sure you are buying the best window for the demographics you live in.  U-Factor; the U-Factor is a measure of how well your window keeps heat in.  Usually measured on a scale from 0.20 to 1.20.  In this case the lower the number the better the window traps heat or keeps heat inside your home.  Solar heat gain coefficient or SHGC is the measure of how well your window blocks heat coming from the exterior of your home.  The SHGC is measured on a scale from 0 to 1. Lower numbers block the greatest amount of heat entering your home and higher number allow more heat from the sun to penetrate into your home.  Here in the Midwest, having a low SHGC rating is not paramount on the list. And finally, the Visible Transmittance energy rating.  Visible transmittance or VT is the measure of how much visible light a window lets in.  Also measured between 0 and 1, visible light is desirable to boost the amount of daylight streaming in your windows.  Every individual homeowner needs to consider the benefits of higher VT weighed against personal facts like home location, orientation to the sun, window surface area, and shade from elements outside such as trees.

 Information is power, even when shopping for widows.  Be the smart consumer you are and go into a discussion about newer more efficient windows with the energy fog cleared from your eyes.  And remember, newer more beautiful windows are only as good as the quality installation job of the company who put them in. Call Glass Express for all your window replacement needs and we’ll make sure certified installers give you the long term window experience your research deserves.

Long Term Window Performance

Long term window performance is a key consideration for anyone deciding to invest in new windows.  Here are a few considerations to make when going through the purchasing process.

The quality of the materials your window has been built with has a good deal to do with your windows longevity.  When choosing windows, we understand several factors go into the choice of window material.  Price, style preference, and maintenance requirements might all affect the final decision of window material. To more or lesser degrees; vinyl, fiberglass, aluminum and wood can all be a high quality material for new windows.  Just assure yourself you will face the decision head on perfectly aware that the best materials last the longest.

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Outside of wear and tear performance, the second consideration is energy efficiency. You’re not only a fiscally savvy consumer, you also want to save the planet.  So, going with windows that have a high energy star rating do both.  You have the greatest return on your investment in energy bill savings in your pocket and you save natural resources for our planet.  Bam, you’re awesome.

Third, while customers always consider aesthetics such as color and style matching for the their homes’ windows, they don’t always consider a design change in size.  Look for small (or large) changes in design that will pay you dividends in value for years to come.  Always wanted to change that living room window into a bay window or have a picture window that you wished was just a little smaller? Natural light and curb appeal are worth a lot!  We’re just saying, if you’re changing out the window anyway. . .consider design!

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Lastly, no matter the material, energy performance, or great design, finding a manufacturer that has attention to detail during installation will also have a great effect on the longevity of your window. In today’s window market, finding professionals that are precise, efficient, and with skills that are trustworthy can be challenging.  Doing your homework and asking friends and neighbors for references will be a huge help in this area. Pick a high quality installation team like the one at Glass Express to make sure the windows you choose will be the windows you love for years to come!

Weekend Warriors- Do It Yourself

glass-express-weekend-warrior-painting Summer is a great time for weekend warriors to dive into that Do It Yourself project that seemed to be a monkey on your back all winter long. Knocking out a wall for an open concept living room, putting in that window your wife has always wanted above the sink, or the weekend bathroom re-do. Whatever your home project, chances are it incorporates a window. But now that you’re one weekend into it and you’ve run into a stumbling block or two, you might be scratching your head saying, “Now that didn’t go like the one I saw them do on tv.” Don’t worry, you’re not alone. One significant key to unlocking the door to a DIY dream is to learn how to handle frustration. The second key is to know when to call in the experts.

glass-express-weekend-warrior-frustratedThere isn’t a project started that doesn’t at some point hit a roadblock or cause monumental frustration. While setbacks always offer the opportunity for a learning experience, sometimes the wisdom gained is to know when to say you need help. When it comes to potential mistakes with your glass and windows, it’s probably time to call, “uncle!” Windows are your home’s eyes, used for seeing the outside world. Not unlike the eye, windows need delicate care in order to make sure that they do their job well and stand the test of time. Windows require quality, durable products and should be built to last as well as installed by craftsmen knowledgeable in his trade.

A craftsman knows the importance of having your windows balanced, level, and flush at every corner and wall. There can be no fill in gaps or uneven, less than level windows. The quality of the installation job is directly related to the effectiveness of the window.

To keep your home beautiful and in top performance all year long, take a step back from this summer’s DIY project and if everything is not going as well as you planned regarding that new glass piece or window, give us a call at Glass Express. We’ve got your back and will have that window project back on track in no time. The result being, you maintain your credibility as a weekend warrior, only next weekend when the projects done you’ll be having your fun out of the house. So, here’s to great projects, great windows, and even better summers!

Spring Clean – Clean Windows Too!

I don’t know about you, but I love Spring cleaning. I love opening up an overstuffed closet or a cluttered drawer and letting the purge begin. I like looking into dark corners and high spaces that are usually neglected or at least not scrutinized and giving them the deep cleaning attention they deserve. Windows have a tendency to fall into this category of an area of your home that could be overlooked for a season, but all of the sudden the sun is shining a bit more brightly and you notice all the build up they’ve collected now that hibernating season is over. Giving your windows a deep Spring cleaning will make you feel a sense of accomplishment and will leave your house looking great.

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Rain itself does not make windows dirty. Windows get dirty from dirt. Dirt, pollen, and dust build up on your windows and the rain splatters it around making spots. The best way to clean windows is with lukewarm soapy water and a squeegee. The fewer bubbles the better. Wash the windows and immediately use the squeegee in the top corner pulling down in an S pattern to remove the soapy residue. Clean the squeegee after every swipe with a dry cloth. After removing most of the soap solution, go over the corners of your window with another dry microfiber cloth. It’s best to wash windows on an overcast day. If the sun is too hot, the suds have a tendency to dry quicker than you can clean them off, leaving streak marks.

For those of you who don’t have the time to do the cleaning yourself, there are professional window cleaners out there. Make the call and schedule an appointment to have the work done for you. If you can afford this route, all the more power to you. For those of you who will be doing the work yourself, set realistic goals. There are a lot of windows in your home. Keeping the workload manageable by deciding to do the inside windows on one occasion and the outside windows on another. Or break up your home by sides, do the entire front of the house windows inside and out, before you move to the sides and rear of your home.

When cleaning your windows this year for Spring, remember there’s nothing like being completely at ease with your living space and even a little proud of what you’ve done to beautify your home. Satisfaction from a job well done is a great feeling. Now’s the time to throw off whatever clings to you and your home from winter and move into a brighter cleaner Spring!