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23 Mar 2018
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Benefits of Frosted Glass in the Office

Office space design trends come and go. From the era of the cubicle, to full-on open-concept, and today’s newest trend is an amalgamation of the two. Frosted glass office partitions are the perfect way to offer both a private and open feel in your office space. Here are some of the benefits of frosted glass:

Openness and Natural Light
Frosted glass office partitions offer a happy medium between blocked off opaque walls and fully open clear glass. Frosted glass offers privacy and separation while still letting in natural light and maintaining a sense of openness. The more natural light coming into your office, the less artificial lighting you will need. This will save you money on your monthly utility bills and help boost the mood and productivity of staff.

Open Yet Private
Frosted glass office partitions give your office or cubicles privacy with a modern look and open feel, it’s the best of both worlds.

Low Maintenance
Frosted glass partitions are long lasting and low maintenance. With a simple glass cleaner and cloth, you can keep your office looking sharp with ease.

Protection
Frosted glass also has the added benefit of blocking harmful UV rays that will fade your furniture over time. If your office furniture is exposed to a lot of sunlight during the day, frosted glass will help protect the chairs, couches, and wood in your office space from fading.

Durability
While glass has a reputation for being fragile and breakable, frosted glass office partitions are made of sturdy tempered glass that is safe and durable.

Versatility
Frosted glass is a neutral, sleek, modern option that will complement any colour palette and interior design scheme.  

Whether you are designing a new office space or looking to spruce up an existing one, frosted glass partitions, doors, and walls will create that private, yet open concept design you’ve been looking for.

 

Contact Budget Glass for a frosted glass quote today!

17 Feb 2018
Energy star windows

Lower Your Winter Heating Bill with Energy Star® Windows

Even though windows, patio doors, and skylights do not consume energy, they can be a major pain point on your winter heating bill if they are not energy efficient.

What are Energy Star® Windows?

  • Energy Star® certified windows contain special low-e coatings and insulated frames that help keep the heat in and the cold air of your home.
  • Energy Star® windows are either double or triple glazed, which make for better insulation and also helps with noise reduction from outside.
  • These windows also feature special inert gases between the panes.
  • Energy Star® windows are tailored to your Canadian climate zone.

Benefits of Energy Star® Windows

  1. Save Money
    1. Natural Resources Canada states that compared to standard windows,  Energy Star® rated windows can save you an average of 8% on your energy bills.
    2. Windows that qualify as Energy Star® Most Efficient add to up being 40% more efficient than a standard window.
    3. Efficient windows, doors, and skylights may be eligible for BC Hydro energy savings rebates.

  2. Increased Comfort:
    Energy efficient windows will help keep your house feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. No more shivering at the window seat or getting wet from window condensation. Also, the added insulation in your windows will block out a lot of exterior noise.
  3. Increased Home Value
    Not only do new energy efficient windows look great, but they add more value to your home. BC Hydro states that Energy Star® rated homes save up to 20% on their energy bills each year. That number alone is a huge selling factor for a lot of home buyers.
  4. Eco-Friendly
    When it comes to helping the environment, every little bit counts. Since you are using less energy to cool and heat your house, you will reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from your home.

What is your average monthly heating bill? Budget Glass can help you lower your monthly costs with our wide selection of Energy Star® rated windows and expert installation.

 

10 Jan 2018
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Three Easy Ways to Add More Natural Light to Your Office

There have been countless studies that prove natural light in the workplace helps foster more productivity and better overall health of employees. It has been proven that office workers who have more exposure to light have better sleep quality and a better overall mood. So, if your office is lacking in the natural light department, windows are your answer.

Here are three easy ways to up your office’s natural light exposure with windows.

  1. Add a Transom Window
    A transom window rests on a horizontal beam above a door frame or an already existing window. This type of window was originally used to add additional light without exposing the room to the prying eyes of outsiders. Today, we suggest adding a transom window to increase natural light in any room. In our opinion, the more windows the better.
  2. Add Mirrors
    Similar to our previous post on using mirrors to brighten any room in your home, the same can be said for mirrors in your office space. You can install large mirrors across from existing windows or in dark corners of your office to reflect even more light from outside.
  3. Pay Attention to Lighting
    Overhead fluorescent lighting is common in most workplaces, which can really put a damper on the overall well being of your employees. To combat this, we suggest boosting brightness with soft and subtle lighting that can be adjusted to work with existing natural light from glass windows. Essentially, you are enhancing the natural light coming into your office instead of blocking it. Place ambient lighting in dark areas of the workplace where natural light doesn’t reach such as hallways or small corners.

If your commercial office space is looking more like a dungeon, than a place that fosters productivity and healthy well being, it might be time to consider adding more windows to your office.

Contact us today and we can help you work out a plan to boost natural light through energy efficient windows and mirrors that will take your office out of the dark ages.

03 Jan 2018
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Three Ways to De-Ice Your Windshield – and Fast!

‘Tis the season of frosty mornings and frozen windshields, which when in a hurry can put a huge damper on the start to your day. But fear not, Budget Glass is here with three handy and quick ways to de-ice your windshield this winter season.

Homemade De-Icer Spray

  • Water & Salt. Pour water into a spray bottle with a scoop or two of salt.
  • Water & Rubbing Alcohol. Fill up a spray bottle with two parts rubbing alcohol and one part tap water.

Both of these options will lower the freezing point of water. When sprayed on your windshield, they will quickly and effectively melt the ice. Make sure to store your de-icing spray at room temperature between uses (not in the trunk of your car).

De-Fog windows from the inside

  • Once you’ve removed the frost from the outside of your windshield, your windows might start fogging up from the inside. A handy trick is to keep a chalkboard eraser in your car. Use the eraser to wipe down the condensation on the inside of the windows.

Prevent overnight windshield frost before it starts

  • You know what’s better than standing out in the cold with your homemade de-ice spray to melting a frosted windshield? Not having to deal with frost at all! You can prevent or lessen the amount of overnight frost on your windshield by wiping the windows and windshield down with undiluted, white vinegar after you park your car for the night.

Schedule Auto Glass Services

Winter is the season of windshield chips and cracks. With fluctuating temperatures from day to night, the melting and expansion cause chips and cracks and makes existing ones even bigger.

Contact Budget Glass
We offer fast and reliable windshield repair and replacement services to have your car back to normal in no time!


Schedule an appointment today.

 

19 Nov 2017

Frameless Glass Shower Enclosures

Treat yourself to a new frameless glass shower this holiday season

If you already have your two front teeth, then perhaps all you want for Christmas is that dream bathroom you’ve been thinking about all year. This is a perfect time to treat yourself to a bathroom refresh and a frameless glass shower enclosure is a great place to start.

Frameless glass shower enclosures do wonders for bathroom design. They effectively open up any bathroom space (big or small) by making it look bigger, brighter and showcase beautiful tile work instead of hiding it.

Advantages of a Glass Shower Enclosure

  1. AestheticSleek and modern style
  2. TimelessA look that will age well with your home and decor
  3. Low-Maintenance: Easy to upkeep and maintain with regular glass cleaning
  4. Durable: Frameless glass shower enclosures have minimal parts and metal bracketing. Fewer parts mean less things to break
  5. Versatile: Can be designed to fit in any space and any bathroom layout

Kick it up a notch with ClearSheild

We are proud to also offer our frameless glass shower enclosures with the cutting edge ClearShield Eco-System. Shower glass treated with ClearShield ensures the shower or bath enclosure glass stays as clean and as shiny as it looked on installation day. The ClearShield Eco-System helps resist limescale and improves hygiene by fighting against mold and the growth of bacteria.

Clearshield Benefits: 

  • Keeps shower glass looking like new
  • Reduces water spots
  • Easier to clean
  • Stays cleaner for longer
  • Reduces bacteria growth

If a bathroom upgrade is on your holiday wishlist, you have come to the right place. Naughty or nice, we think everyone deserves their dream bathroom. We’ll help you get there with a beautiful new frameless glass shower enclosure.

Get a Frameless Glass Shower Quote

26 Oct 2017
Sealed Window Unit

What is a Sealed Window Unit?

What is a Sealed Unit?

A sealed unit is the glass or glazing part of a window that sits inside the frame. The sealed unit usually consists of two or three panes of glass, separated by a vacuum or gas-filled pocket of air that helps with insulation and reduces heat transfer.

Extra Insulation

Sealed Units have a high insulation value, designed to keep your home cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. They put in the work, so your furnace or air conditioner can do less. Sealed units can also be treated with low-e coatings that block sun to reduce ultraviolet light from coming into your home. This coating also helps with insulation.  

When to Replace a Sealed Unit?

1. Window Fogging

Replacing sealed units are a cost-effective and eco-friendly option. If you begin to notice fogging between the panes of glass and your windows are less than 15 years old and still, in good condition, they are likely eligible for sealed unit replacement. Replacing just the sealed unit, instead of the entire window will save you money in the long run.

2. Broken Windows

Windows with broken glass or seal should also be replaced. It is not just an aesthetic issue, but when the airtight seal is compromised so will your heating bill. In this case, replacing the sealed unit will make your home safer and more energy efficient.

When It’s Time For a Full Window Replacement

Sometimes replacing the sealed unit is not enough and you will need a full window replacement. Here’s what to look out for:

  • If you only have single pane glazing and want to upgrade to more energy efficient windows
  • If your current window frames are damaged, warped  or rotten
  • If you begin to notice drafts or cold air near your windows

 

Ready to replace your sealed unit? Click here to request a quote.

02 Oct 2017

5 Ways Mirrors Make Any Space Feel Bigger & Brighter

Mirrors in your home or business serve a lot of purposes. As decorative pieces they offer a clean and shiny look, but even more, they can create optical illusions. When placed correctly, mirrors can drastically increase the feel of a room by making it seem bigger and brighter.

Give your space a facelift with these 5 mirror tricks:

1. Mirrors in your home create texture.

You can add texture to your room by either installing mirrors with a textured frame, or  by simply positioning your mirror in a spot that reflects a textured object elsewhere in the room. This is a handy trick to add to extra “furnishings” without actually having to purchase more decor.

2. Mirrors in your home create the illusion of space.

Bigger isn’t always better, except when using mirrors to make a space seem larger. The simple formula is: the bigger the mirror, the more space it will appear to fabricate. You can enhance this optical illusion even more by facing your mirror opposite a window. Reflecting the outdoors will bring in lovely natural light.

3Mirrors in your home improve light.

This tip is all about placement. Try installing your mirrors across from a window. As mentioned above, it will bring in a lot more natural light into the room and allow you to create the perfect angle of light allowing it to bounce throughout the room for added brightness.

4. Mirrors in your home can fake a window.

By placing a floor-length mirror in between two windows, you can fool the eye into thinking there are three windows instead of two.

5. Mirrors in your home – adjacent walls.

This tactic really makes a statement. By lining two adjacent walls with mirrors, they end up bouncing the light off of each other and around the room. This design works really well for restaurants, stores, and other gathering areas where you want to create the illusion of a bigger crowd.

So before you grab the sledgehammer and start knocking down walls, try a mirror first. We think you’ll be pretty surprised at how positively deceiving they can be.

Contact us to discuss how we can help you maximize your space with mirrors

11 Sep 2017

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 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 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.