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Window Glazing Terminology

We assembled this list of Window Glazing Terminology for visitors as well as ourselves. It’s amazing to think that as many years as we have been in the Window Repair industry that we still come across a new phase from time to time. While the list below may not encompass the entire gamut of window glazing terminology known to man, it seems to cover the basics. If your favorite window term isn’t on the list let us know and we’ll add it. Read more

Window Light Box

Adding a window light box to a dark room in your home may the perfect solution to illuminate the poorly lit space. Basements, particularly in northern homes can be dark and dingy due to the tiny windows just above ground level. The same can be true for attics that have been converted into a living spaces or toy room for the kids. Sometimes it is all but impossible to add a real window due to structural constraints. If there are few or no windows in the space, installing a window light box can provide the feeling of natural light entering the room. Read more

Window Shades Improve Energy Efficiency

I often wondered if window shades improve energy efficiency or not. So, I decided to dig around to get the facts. Here’s the cold truth (yes pun intended)! Well it turned out to be true, the fact that window shades improve energy efficiency. But like just about everything else in the world of energy savings, not all window shades are created equal. It’s just like comparing low-e windows from manufacturer to manufacturer. Do you think a $100 window has the same energy star rating as a $400 window? Not! Anyway, let’s get right to it: Read more

window lite

Which is grammatically correct, Window Lite or Window Light? How is your grammar? If you’re like me, you may struggle with the complex rules used in the English language. Window Lite vs Window Light is just another one that drives me nuts. It’s right up there with disc vs disk, nite vs night, grey vs gray, and my personal favorite (because I love donuts) donut vs doughnut. Read more

Standard Wood Dimensions

Why are physical wood dimensions different than the advertised dimensions? Why does a 2×4 measure 1-1/2” x 3-1/2” and not 2” x 4”? And what the heck is a nominal dimension? To answer these questions, we need to travel way back in time and look at the history of the 2×4 and how wood dimensions have evolved over time. Read more

recycled glass

In the previous article we took a quick peek at what happens to recycled glass, including glass from home windows, bottles, and automotive windshields. In this article we take a deeper look into one of the more common uses for recycled glass, sandblasting. Okay, you caught me it’s really not sand blasting since the blasting media is recycled glass not sand. In fact, they won’t be using sand much longer due to the health and environmental aspects of blasting with sand. Recycled glass is a much greener, environmentally friendly alternative. Read more

Glass Recycling

Have you ever wondered what the oldest item is in your home? Chances are it’s something made of glass. With all this glass recycling going on, you more than likely have something in your home made from 100-year-old glass, or perhaps even a thousand-year-old glass. In fact, the glass we use today is pretty much made from the same material that was used by the Egyptians three thousand years ago. They used the same basic ingredients including sand to make jewelry and drinking cups. Read more

Curved Window Glass

You may have seen high end homes or commercial building with curved window glass installed. While it looks pretty cool; I have often wondered how curved window glass is made. Would it be feasible to incorporate the curved glass into the average home? The answer is yes it can be done, but you better have deep pockets. Each individual piece of glass can take upwards of 6 hours to manufacture. So for the average homeowner, it sounds like flat glass windows is the way to go. Of course you can still obtain the curved effect using flat glass in the construction of a bay window. Read more

Peak tornado season may have passed for our area; however, a tornado can strike at any time throughout the year. While you can’t eliminate the danger from the wrath of a powerful tornado, there are a few steps you can take to lessen the impact. We have some tips for window protection during a Tornado as well as debunking some of the common tornado myths. Read more

Bulletproof Glass

While the average home-owner has no need for bulletproof glass, we thought it would be interesting to explain the difference between bulletproof glass and conventional glass. The short story and the basic principle of how it works is that bulletproof glass is designed to dissipate the energy of the bullet. Read more