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11 Sep 2017
Energy Star Replacement Windows

Three Key Benefits of Energy Star-Rated Replacement Windows

Renovating a home is an ongoing project for many homeowners who want to keep their home looking its best. Homeowners who plan to sell, however, will want to do more than just adding a coat of fresh paint or replacing floor coverings. While these renovations are important, homeowners who want to have a better selling experience can do so by choosing the right renovation options. For many of these homeowners, particularly those with an older home, replacing their existing windows with Energy Star rated replacement windows is an excellent way to both increase the comfort and enjoyment of their home now and help them enjoy a better experience when the time comes to sell.  

1.Replacement Windows Can Help Give Older Homes a More Cohesive and Attractive Appearance

Most older homes have often been remodeled or added on to at least once over the years. While this process is usually necessary for creating additional space or modernizing the interior of the home, it often means that the windows in the older and newer portions of the home no longer match. This may not be noticeable from the inside of the home, but from the outside mismatched windows can be distracting and have a negative effect on the home’s curb appeal.

Replacing all the windows of the home with new Energy Star rated replacement windows is a great way to make sure that all windows match and that the home will be more beautiful and appealing when viewed from the curb.

2.Energy Star Rated Replacement Windows Can Help Cut Heating and Cooling Costs, for Current Owner and Future Buyer

Renovating a home with Energy Star Rated replacement windows is also an excellent way to help lower home energy bills. This is especially true for homes that currently have older, less efficient windows.

Capable of reducing air infiltration from outside, as well as the loss of heated or cooled air from the inside, quality replacement windows will also make living spaces feel more comfortable and help to reduce the wear and tear on heating and cooling systems. 

When the time comes to sell the home, sellers can use their heating and cooling costs to help illustrate the improved efficiency of the home. Since most buyers today are actively searching for homes that are more energy efficient, this can be an important selling point capable of capturing more buyer interest and higher purchase offers. 

3. Energy Star Rated Replacement Windows can Provide a More Secure Living Experience

A common problem with older homes is broken or missing window lock mechanisms or windows that have become loose in their frames, making them easy to breach. Since a home’s windows are one of the most common entry points used by criminals, faulty locks or windows that can be easily pried open can increase the chances of burglary, home invasion, or vandalism attempt. 

Modern Energy Star rated replacement windows are equipped with state-of the-art locking mechanisms that are more difficult for criminals to breach. Criminals who are looking for fast, easy entries are more likely to avoid windows that have quality, secure locking mechanisms. In addition, when professionally installed by a reputable window dealer, these windows will fit each opening correctly, helping to thwart a burglar’s attempts to pry them open. 

If you are a homeowner who is currently dealing with concerns about home security, drafty windows, or high heating bills, replacing the existing windows with energy efficient, Energy Star rated replacement windows can be the best use of your renovation budget. Whether you plan to live in your current home for many years, or plan to sell soon, replacing ugly or inefficient windows is a great way to add real value, comfort, and curb appeal to your older home. 

Energy Star rated replacement windows are available in a wide variety of sizes, styles, and colors. To find out more about Energy Star rated windows, including assistance with ordering custom sizes or styles, contact a reputable, window expert today.

24 Aug 2017
Windshield Replacement

Windshield Replacement vs Repair (Part 2)

Windshield Replacement: When it’s time for a replacement?

In Part 1 of our windshield series, we talked about chips and cracks that are repairable. For Part 2, we’re focusing on that pesky damage that doesn’t quite make the repair cut and warrants full windshield repair.

If your car has a chip or crack that meets the following criteria, stop what you’re doing and book an appointment to get your windshield replaced. There are a lot of risks to your safety as the structural integrity of your vehicle is at risk.

How do I know if I need a replacement a windshield replacement?

  • If your chip is over 3/8 of an inch or your crack exceeds 3 inches in length.
  • The chip/crack is in the driver’s direct line of sight.
  • The damaged area touches the edge of the windshield.

Benefits of Windshield Replacement:

Safety: Windshield replacement will drastically improve the safety of you and your passengers in the vehicle. In the event of an accident, especially rollovers, a large windshield crack could cause your roof to collapse and increase your risk of a fatal accident.

Improved Vision: Large cracks that span the entire windshield or ones that are located in the driver’s direct line of sight may distort your vision or create harsh reflections from the sun. Replacing windshields will eliminate all distortion and improve visibility.

Aesthetics: Sometimes you just want your car to look good and like new. If you’re one of those people, then a full windshield replacement is the right fit. A new windshield means no cracks and instead of the 80% aesthetic improvement like we mentioned in our windshield repair  segment, you will get 100% results.

Post-replacement Care

A full windshield replacement takes a bit more time and involves a few more precautions than a simple repair. Here is what to expect in the first 24-hours after your replacement:

  1. Wait at least 24 hours before going through a car wash. Water sources such as rain, moisture, and even hand washing are acceptable in the first 24-hour period.
  2. It’s important to wait for the windshield adhesive to cure before driving away. This time-frame will vary depending on the type of glue used, but in general it takes between one to two hours.
  3. Leave the retention tape on for at least 24 hours after the new windshield is installed.
  4. Air pressure in your vehicle may cause the adhesive to leak. Leakage can be prevented by rolling your windows down an inch or two in the first 24-hour period.
  5. Budget Glass 90 day guarantee. If you note any defect within the first 90 days of installation, we will replace it for you at no extra charge. A windshield replacement with Budget Glass also offers a “no leak” guarantee for as long as you own your vehicle.

Ready to book your windshield replacement? Click here to schedule an appointment.

 

14 Aug 2017
Windshield  Repair, Small Rock Damage. Closeup Photo. Damaged Car Front Window.

Windshield Repair vs. Replacement (Part 1)

Windshield Repair: When can you repair and what to expect?

Of all the glass you should be paying close attention to for safety, your windshields are up there with importance. You know that small chip that’s sitting on your windshield? Well, the longer you drive around with it (especially on highways) you are compromising the entire safety of your car and potentially costing you a lot more money. Our advice? Windshield Repair.

Windshield Repair

Repairing chips in your windshield before they grow too big will save you money and provide more safety when you’re on the road.

How do I know if I need a repair or replacement?

  • We treat each chip differently, but generally, chips under 3/8 of an inch and cracks less than 3 inches in length will qualify for repair.
  • The chip/crack must also not be in the driver’s direct line of sight.
  • The damaged area does not reach the edge of the windshield.

Benefits of Windshield Repair:

Economical: Repairs take less time and use fewer materials than a full replacement, which means they cost less.

Safety: Repairing chips means your car’s original factory seal stays in tact.

Convenience: Repairs can typically be accomplished under one hour, while a replacement can take upwards of 3. There is also less aftercare required.

Eco-friendly: The number of windshields tossed into landfills each year is in the millions. You can do your part and keep your windshield out of the landfill by getting repairs done early.

Post-Repair Care

  1. Windshield repairs require less maintenance once completed. Repairs are made by injecting resin into the damaged area. The curing time is minimal and we are able to polish and clean in a timely manner. When you come to pick up your car, the windshield will be good to go with no additional upkeep required.
  2. Even a perfect windshield repair job will not make the chip completely disappear. Repairs improve the appearance of the chips by 80% but offers 100% safety and prevent the damage from spreading further.

Time is of the essence. If you have been staring at a chip in your windshield for months now, save yourself some time, money, and improve your car’s safety by getting it repaired before it’s too late.

Book your windshield appointment today.

Stay tuned for Part 2.

19 Jun 2017
Sun room repalcement

Replacing Glass: Change your Glass

Glass Replacement: Change your Glass.

Replacing Glass; Change your Glass: We often grow accustomed to the way something looks and think "it's just the way it is". However swapping out glass elements can add new life or a new look to many elements around your home. Here are 5 places in your home where you can take a second look and add a new sense of style to your décor.

Cabinet and Cupboard Door Glass

Old cabinet door glass can make your cabinets look outdated. Drop in some new glass though and get an instant upgrade to a much more modern and stylish look. Perhaps you’ve been looking at your old kitchen cabinet cupboard doors and considering a kitchen renovation. Turning these solid doors into glass doors will create a stunning new look.

Replacing Glass in your Railings

The idea of replacing your aluminium railing might not be in the budget for this year but there are other options to consider. While older glass is strong and durable, it can look weathered after a while and start showing its age. Replacing the glass panels can be the easiest way to update your aluminium railing and have it looking like new.

If it's a new railing that you’re looking for, we can certainly provide you with a free quote. Or, you can look at a DIY Wood and Glass railing system. There are many DIY step by steps tutorials out there, if you’re looking for a project to fill up a few weekends.

If you love the idea of looking through your glass railings but you really don't appreciate the neighbour's kids staring at you while you're enjoying your morning coffee or end of the day cold one, we have good news. You can solve your problem by replacing the glass panels on the sides of the deck with obscure glass. For even more privacy consider a glass privacy wall.

Replacing Glass in your Windows and Patio Doors

Although nothing brightens a room better than new windows (frames and glass) there is another option: just replace the glass. Referred to as a Sealed Unit, the glass portion of the window can be removed and replaced without having to take the window out of the house. Sealed Units are typically comprised of 2 (Double Glaze) or 3 (Triple Glazed) glass sheets with Low E on various glass surfaces and Argon in between the panes for added insulating value. Sealed units that are 15+ years old aren't nearly as energy efficient as these newer units and their replacement could mean some big savings for you.

Sunrooms & Patio Covers

Tired of your windows sweating in your older sunroom? Don't like the discoloured sheets of semi-transparent plastic that are covering your patio cover? New glass to the rescue(again)! Replace single sheets of glass with sealed units to provide more energy efficiency and substitute that old yellowing plastic with single tempered glass sheets, or better yet, sealed units.

Fireplace Glass

Yes we can swap that out as well. Like sealed units, the glass technology that is available these days is far superior to that of 10+ years ago. You'll want to look for  Neo-ceramic Glass as this has now become part of the Building Code for glass and wood burning fireplaces.

Can we help you? The glaziers at Budget Glass are at the ready to help you with any and all of the projects mentioned above. We'd be happy to make suggestions as to what type of glass to use for your project, the right thicknesses and tips for best usage. There are several things to take into consideration, and our expertise is at your service. Can we help you?

05 Jun 2017
Sunrooms

Sunrooms: What You Need to Know.

Our staff quite often fields questions regarding sunrooms, so we thought we’d share a few of them here in case you’re considering adding one to your home.

How much do sunrooms cost? This is usually the first, and hardest question to answer because it varies from project to project. Just like buying a car, a house, or that next big screen TV, there are many things that contribute to the pricing. In this case, the square footage, where it’s being built, and the type of sunroom all influence the price. For the sake of simplicity, most sunroom ballpark pricing starts at $30k. We have years of experience estimating jobs and working with budgets, so give us a call for a custom quote.

Do you need a building permit? Yes. Adding a sunroom is really no different than any other addition you’d be planning for your home. You’re essentially increasing the footprint of your home with livable space by adding to the existing structure so a permit is required. No need to worry though, we’re well versed in this process and can help homeowners gather and submit all the necessary paperwork to make this a pain-free process.

Do sunrooms have foundations? More often than not sunrooms do require a foundation. A solid foundation ensures that everything built above it is strong, level, and ready to stand the test of time.

What options should I be aware of? Again, like buying that new car there are many considerations. You may want to start the process by looking at the different sunroom styles. Most options fall into two main categories: Roof styles and interior material types. These two areas hold the most influence over the look and the cost associated with your new sunroom.

If I’m interested in a sunroom, where can I learn more about the options? You’re in luck! Budget Glass employs a Sunroom expert who knows all of the ins and outs. We’ve helped hundreds of people find the perfect sunroom, patio cover, or solarium solution that fits their space and budget. By all means, contact us by phone or email and we’ll coordinate a time you can meet with Andy for a free no obligation consultation.

These are just a few of the most frequent Q&As so if you still have questions, feel free to drop us a line . It’ll help you find the right sunroom, and help us to add helpful information to our list.

Be sure to check out our Sunrooms Page for more information and our photo gallery of images.

26 Apr 2017
Window Glass Repair

Window Repair – 5 Common Window Issues

Window repair or new windows? We all love new things but sometimes we just can’t afford the “new” part. Budget Glass has helped hundreds of homeowners find solutions to fixing and repairing windows, which is often a less expensive alternative to planning a window renovation. By repairing your existing windows you can improve the energy efficiency of your home and get rid of those annoying problems like room drafts, clouded glass, sweaty window panes, and mold.

These window repair situations can introduce some pretty annoying features, so it’s no wonder homeowners we talk to sometimes say that they hate their windows. The entire appeal of having windows is based on them working properly and keeping out the cold. So when your windows aren’t opening and closing properly, the hinges are stiff, or no one wants to go near them, it’s time to consider making a change.

Here are 5 common window repair issues, and how we can help you fix them:

1. Rotting Window Frames: The worst case scenario is a rotten window frame that not only leaks air into your house but water too! If this hasn’t happened to you yet, you can avoid it by making sure that you have primed and painted your window frames and by minimized their exposure to water. If you do have signs of rot you can hire your local handy person to replace your window frames or use epoxy to patch them. Get a quote for repairs first, and we can provide you with a quote for replacement. You can decide which is a better option for your budget, as it might be less expensive to replace the window if the rotting is too advanced.

2. Stiff Window Parts: Having a window that doesn’t open and close without effort is annoying. The fix could be as simple as a thorough cleaning, and using some WD40 on your window hinges and clasps. Often windows in older homes have been painted shut at some point in time, so scraping off the old paint and starting fresh can make their function easier. Finding replacement parts for old windows can be a challenge, but we’re pretty good at it.

3. Drafty Windows: No one wants to sit near a window when it disrupts your feelings of being cozy. Having a drafty window is an indication that you might have a bigger problem such as rotting wood, but it can also be something as simple as caulking that has become cracked and peeling, or loose weather stripping. By sealing up the cracks around your windows you can reduce the drafts and also save some significant cash on your home energy costs.

4. Foggy Windows: All double or triple pane windows expand and contract with different temperature conditions over time. This puts pressure on the window seals, and eventually, these seals will break allowing air to enter between the layers of glass. Unfortunately, that also means that moisture can get in too, condensing where you can ‘t access it. Once a window seal is broken the foggy window syndrome begins. The warm weather fogs the inside of your windows so you can’t enjoy the view. We can give new life to your windows by replacing the sealed unit. That means that you can leave the window frame intact, and just replace the sealed unit. We’re happy to provide a free quote.

5. Broken Windows: The most obvious window problem is when it’s just plain broken (or maybe just chipped or cracked). If you have a single pane window in a wooden frame, we can supply sheets of glass to size so that your local handyman can replace the glass. If the window was in an aluminium or vinyl frame, it has to be carefully dismantled. Getting exact measurements is important so that you get the results you want. We’re happy to provide a quote for parts or repairs.

We love glass, and we want our customers to love it too! Making the most of your windows by keeping them in good repair ensures you’ll be enjoying the view and the warmth in any season. Call us for a free quote for your next window repair project.

 

19 Mar 2016
How to Add a New Window

How to Add a New Window: Let There Be (More) Light

How to Add a New Window: Adding More windows to your home, according to a recent article “50 Features Homebuyers Want Most”, has ample “day lighting”is ranked at #8 on the list. Our dreary West Coast days can compound this challenge by making those rooms feel even darker and slightly more depressing. Now for many of us the option of shopping for a new house may not be in the cards. So what are the options? There’s more than you think. Many will look to Skylights or even Sun tubes as options to brighten their home however the obvious is most often times overlooked. Add more windows. We thought we would start off our very first blog post off with an overview of a recent project whereby we added a new window to an existing home. No more dark room. No more dreary lighting. No more thinking of calling your Real Estate Agent. Let there be more light!

How to Add a New Window in oversimplified terms the steps that we followed:

1. Determine the location, position and size of the new window to be installed from the inside of the home.

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2. Following marking out the opening the cutting of drywall begins being cautious and observant of wiring and elements within the wall.

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3. Open up and prepare the opening is perhaps the most challenging part of the job. Depending on the scenario an Electrician and or Plumber may be required.

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4. Add in the proper framing including a header that will allow for the proper support of the new window and meet your local Building Code requirements.

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5. Carefully prepare and remove the outside siding in anticipation of the final opening (hole) to be cut in anticipation of the new window. This is always a good time to ensure that your new window has actually arrived.

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6. Fit the new window into place. Shim and level where necessary, weather proof and insulate, install matching trim (to other windows)…and try not to fall of the Boom Lift while doing all the above.

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7. Sit back and let the light shine in!

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