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13 Jul 2021
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Patio Door Security

Increase The Security of Your Patio Door with These Simple Tips and Upgrades

A patio door tends to be a high-use item in the home, particularly during the spring and summer.  As such, you’ll want to keep patio door security in mind. Most often installed off the kitchen, living room or family room, it’s a welcome addition to any contemporary house as it leads seamlessly to the outside. Often used to access the deck area, sunroom, pool, hot tub, playground and more, patio doors are convenient, they let in plenty of natural light and they add great accessibility to your house. 

As with any ground floor doorway, you’ll want to be sure your patio door is secure.  As a side or back entrance, it’s not as visible as the front door, but an unsecured patio door can still leave your home vulnerable to unwanted guests.

How Can I Make Sure My Patio Door is Secure?

There are a few different types of patio doors including sliding glass, garden and French doors and they all have a few different security features. 

Patio Door Locks

Traditional keyed locks are a budget-friendly way to ensure your door and screen is secured when you leave the house or close up for the night. Older sliding glass doors tended to just have a simple latch on the inside of the door as the only thing securing it against break-ins. Today, we know that’s not enough and you’re better off having a keyed lock to add an extra layer of security. Also, consider a three-point locking system with locks on the top and bottom of the door frame.

Window Coverings

The vast majority of patio doors let you look outside (and inside.) Most would-be thieves will lose interest if they cannot see what’s inside. If you add a set of good quality vertical blinds or thermal honeycomb shades and close them at night and when you know you’ll be out, your home will be that much more secure.

Of course, there are also automated window fashions, so if you’re away from home and you realize you forgot to close the blinds or shades, you can close them with a smartphone app. These automated and motorized window coverings do double duty as security and keeping your home evenly heated/cooled. 

The thermal properties of many of the newer window coverings on the market are designed to dampen sound, filter UV rays and insulate the glass from hot or cool air leaks. Combined with vinyl frame patio doors with insulated sealed units from Vancouver Island’s own Thermoproof windows or from Gentek Windows, your home will stay completely comfortable year-round with higher energy efficiency.

Double-Glazed Windows

Double-glazed glass is much more secure and shatter-resistant than single-glazed panels. These are a deterrent for would-be vandals. You can also have reflective glass installed, which lets you see out but limits the view of the inside, due to its mirrored properties. Providing the ultimate in privacy, you get to keep your view and go about your day with complete confidence. Not ready to switch to double-glazed quite yet? You can also add a security film, which provides extra protection.

A Dowel or Metal Rod

This is a low-tech, old-school method to be sure, but if you have a sliding glass door with tracks, it really works. Just lay a dowel or metal rod of medium thickness in the door track. The dowel will sit in the tracks behind the closed side of the door. If anyone tries to open the door, that dowel is going to jam the door and make it pretty much impossible to get it open. This is a good trick for windows as well, particularly for those on the ground level when you want to keep your windows open a crack without being vulnerable to a potential intruder. At Budget Glass, we recommend combining this method with other security methods like an alarm system or three-point locking system.

Anti-Lift Devices

Anti-lift devices bridge the gap between the top of the door frame and the patio door. Used with sliding glass doors, they prevent the door panel from being lifted off the tracks and out of the frame. These can be added to an existing door to lessen security risk.

Screen Door

We also offer custom sized screens for all doors and windows, so you can let the summer breeze in and keep the insects, and big pests, out. Designed to exceed industry standards, they’re the perfect complement to a new patio door, whether you prefer French patio doors, garden patio doors or sliding glass patio doors.

Do you have pets? Ask about our pet mesh screens, designed for higher-traffic areas and made to resist tearing and scratching. Pet screens are also excellent for keeping ring-tailed bandits (racoons) and sneaky squirrels from getting at Fido’s food dish.

Is it time to replace your old, unsecure patio door? At Budget Glass, we offer a wide variety of modern options, including double-glazed, ultra durable vinyl doors. Strong, energy efficient and in an array of colours to coordinate with your home, our patio doors are designed to last for many years to come. For advice on how to secure your existing patio doors, or to inquire about an upgrade, feel free to contact us at our Nanaimo, BC location. We’ll be more than happy to help you discover the perfect patio door and patio door security solutions for your home.

21 Apr 2021
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How to Insulate Patio Doors

6 Simple Ways to Insulate Your Glass Doors for Energy Efficiency

There’s nothing like a glass door to let in all that beautiful sunshine. Favoured for walk-out basements, porch and deck entries, kitchens and more, sliding doors and French doors are a great addition to any home. They help create an airy open feeling and are particularly useful in rooms that may not have many windows. They also open up the view so you can easily see the kids playing in the yard, or just enjoy the stunning mountain vistas at sunrise.

Like windows, poorly insulated glass doors can also be a big source of energy loss, making it tough to balance the temperature. Is the space around your patio door feeling a bit drafty? It’s probably time to insulate your patio doors to help improve your home’s energy efficiency.

We’ve created this article outlining 6 great options to insulate your glass doors for optimal energy efficiency and temperature regulation. Follow these tips to start enjoying your sliding door-year round.

  1. Use Window Coverings – Curtains or drapes with thermal backing are an excellent solution for keeping the warmth in, cold out, or whatever you like, depending on the time of year. They also block any harsh morning sunlight and help provide greater privacy at night. This is particularly useful if your glass door faces the street or allows an open view into your home. Another energy saving window covering option are cellular blinds like Hunter Douglas Duette. The honeycomb shape provides great insulation and sound dampening. The Duette product is also available in everything from sheer to room darkening fabrics for a truly customizable finish.


  1. Clean the Door Track – Grit and grime can easily accumulate throughout the year. This debris from your shoes, pet’s feet, etc… create tiny little air pockets that lets air in through the bottom of the door. To help your sliding glass door function at its best, you’ll want to clean the tracks. Vacuum the door track then gently wipe it down using some dish soap diluted with water. You’ll want to clean your door and its components before trying any other methods for insulating, like caulking or adding weather stripping.


  1. Add Weather Stripping – Weather stripping should be replaced on all your doors every few years and glass doors are no exception. Installing weather stripping between sliding doors keeps air from flowing between the sides of the door for better insulation.


  1. Add Rubber Compression Strips – Adhesive-backed rubber compression strips are great for glass doors since they can be easily cut to fit perfectly. Just measure and apply to your clean tracks and sash. They’re made to stand up to cold temperatures, so they won’t contract when the temperature drops. They’re also moisture-resistant, which is ideal for our humid and rainy climate.


  1. Add a Window Insulation Kit – Old school and still a very effective way to insulate windows and doors. Plastic film insulation kits (also known as storm window kits) are readily available at any hardware store. Just clean the glass well and cut the film to fit any size or type of door. Double-sided tape secures the film to the frame of the door to hold it in place. Once you’ve placed the film, just use your hairdryer or heat gun to shrink the plastic. This creates a barrier on your glass, blocking heat and cold, making your door much more energy efficient.


  1. Redo the Caulking- Another constant of homeownership, caulking is useful in any room where insulation or moisture blocking is needed. Doors are no exception and it’s a quick DIY to caulk any areas that are leaking. First, remove the existing caulking for either the whole door or just the area you’re touching up. The caulking rope should be rated for doors and windows. Carefully apply the caulk. Doityourself.com has some great tips for caulking application.


Time to Replace Your Glass Doors?

These DIY tips should help to solve the problem of air leaks around your glass doors. Of course, if your door has reached the end of its lifespan and requires replacement, it will save you time and frustration to price out a replacement door.

At Budget, we’re experts in everything glass and we have many different solutions for your home, depending on your individual needs. Offering high-quality double pane vinyl and Low-E coatings to reflect infrared light, you’ll be amazed by how much difference our modern glass doors make. We’ll make sure your home is comfortable and as energy efficient as possible with no more drafts or heat loss!

Consider Replacing Your Screens at the Same Time

Chances are, if your door is at the end of its life, your door screen is too. If the bugs are bugging you, talk to us about our screen door options. We manufacture a wide range of screens to suit all types of exterior doors, including options for aluminum, vinyl and wood frames. Made to last, our screen doors are high quality with heavy-duty framing and are designed with metal ball bearing rollers for a smooth glide.

We also offer colour and material options for the screening material, including beige, brown and white, with standard fiberglass or optional aluminum screen mesh. To figure out the best product for your home’s interior and exterior style, our expert installers can help you choose the best colour, style and materials for a new door and screen combination. We’ll also do the measuring to ensure a perfect fit!

Upgrade to one of our energy-efficient patio doors this year and put aside worries about hot summer days and cold winter nights. Serving Nanaimo and area customers since 1983, we’re proud to hold an A+ BBB rating. Whether you need a custom mirror, vehicle glass repair, skylight replacement, or anything in between, Contact our team of professional glaziers and installers to discuss your project. We can be reached at (250) 758-3374, or send us a message via email.

20 Jan 2021
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Pet Screens for Doors and Windows

Protect Your Screens, Protect Your Pets

Window and door screens are the most effective way to let fresh air in while keeping bugs and other debris out. They can also get destroyed by our beloved pets who gnaw, climb, or crash into screened windows and doors.

If your screens are being damaged by dogs or cats wanting in (or out!) consider a pet screen. Also called pet mesh, It’s ultra-durable and made to withstand high traffic areas. This pet-proof solution will let you enjoy having your windows and doors open again!

What Is Pet Screen Made Of?

Pet screen / pet mesh is made of thicker vinyl coated polyester fibres. It’s made to ensure toughness while preserving the view inside and out, thanks to a finer weave. It’s strong enough for kitties who like to climb. It’s tear-resistant too, for animals who bump into the patio door. When the screen gets bumped with some force, the screen frame will pop out of the housing. This prevents ripping, which can cause harm to your pet. This strength makes it excellent for homes, daycares and any other spaces with small children. If your window or door screen gets knocked out, we can service and / or replace it without any fuss.

Protect Your Pets by Screening Them In

Screen panels not only guard us humans against mosquitoes, wasps and other pests, they also help protect your pets from fleas and ticks by keeping them away from the source.

Screens also keep your pet contained on the deck or patio without having to be on a run or a leash. Cats love to explore and hunt. Even the most docile of canines may wander and disrupt the neighbourhood. This can be a problem and result in injury or illness to your furry friend if they’re able to escape. The sturdy pet screen material can also help keep hungry squirrels or curious racoons outside where they belong.

Pet mesh is also great for office spaces. These days, many people love to take their pets along to their 9-5. You can leave your door or window open and let fresh air flow through your workspace, while keeping your desk buddy safe and happy.

Sized Right for The Perfect Fit

At Budget Glass, we offer custom screens made to measure. This ensures the most secure fit for any door, window or patio / deck enclosure. We can make screens for aluminum, vinyl and wood windows and doors in all dimensions and shapes. Our expert technicians will measure your windows and doors for a small $20 fee. We recommend this option to ensure a perfect fit, which will also help prolong the life of your screen.

These screens for pets install like standard fibreglass screening material. You can do it yourself or we can install your screening and splicing in no time flat. Screens are available in black or grey to match any home or commercial space. You can even have it installed in your RV for complete pet protection while camping.

Stop Replacing Your Screens Because of your Pet

Lower quality screens from a big box store are made of thinner materials that don’t stand up well to the wear and tear of daily life. Simply put, they’re flimsy. They fade, sag and rip easily and they just can’t do a good job of keeping insects, leaves and other debris out of your home. They also need to be replaced frequently, which can put a dent in your household repair piggy bank.

The Benefits of Door and Window Screens

  • Energy efficiency – Screens can block UV rays and excess heat.
  • Pest and particle blocking – Screens are designed to block pests, dust and other debris, like leaves and pollen, from entering your home so you can breathe easier.
  • Air flow – Open your windows and doors and let the fresh air in!
  • Keep windows clean – Screens can act as a guard against dirt and water splashing against your windows. This helps keep them cleaner longer.
  • Security – Screens can be a deterrent to would-be thieves thinking of easy, open window / door pickings.

If your screens are at the end of their life, consider upgrading to pet mesh from Budget Glass. Our screens adhere to (and often exceed) industry standards. Time to upgrade your patio door and your screen? Make it a full package with our top-quality patio doors. Designed with heavy duty framing and metal ball bearing rollers for the smoothest glide, our screens are also easy to clean. All you need is soap and water to keep them looking their best.

We’re known for our top-quality products and our door and window screens are no exception. Get a jump on the spring and summer seasons and have your screens replaced with durable pet screening today. At Budget, we’re more than just glass, we’re a full-service solution for everything from stylish vanity mirrors to whole home window replacements. We’d love to hear from you! Call or email our friendly staff at our Nanaimo showroom for product information or an estimate on our pet screens for windows and doors.

10 Jun 2019
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Sliding Glass Doors Sticking?

How to Fix a Sticky Sliding Glass Door in 5 Easy Steps

Is your patio door doing a lot more sticking than sliding these days? If so, it’s likely time to show your patio door a little TLC. Fortunately, fixing a sliding glass door that sticks is usually inexpensive and can be completed in just a few simple steps.

The most common reasons your sliding patio door is sticking is because it’s either full of debris (think crumbs, pet hair, bugs, dust, and dirt) or it’s time for new rollers. Either way, you’ll need to start with removing the door to get a closer look at what you’re dealing with.

What You’ll Need to Fix Your Sliding Glass DoorSticky Outdoor Patio Doors

  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Screwdriver
  • Soap, water & rag
  • Stiff bristled brush
  • Silicone-based lubricant
  • An extra set of hands

Step 1: Remove the Sliding Door

First thing’s first: find someone to help you remove the slider from its tracks. This keeps things safer for you, and for the door.

Next, locate the plastic adjustment screw covers on the sides of the door, near the bottom. Pry off or unscrew the covers, and then adjust the rollers using a screwdriver, so that they move away from the door.

This will allow you room to remove the door. Standing inside the house with the door in the middle of the opening, have your helper on the opposite side slowly tilt the top of the door toward you. You should be able to ease the door off its tracks almost effortlessly. If there isn’t enough clearance, adjust the top rollers higher.

Step 2: Vacuum the Tracks

With the door removed and safely placed to the side out of your way, thoroughly vacuum the sliding door’s tracks.

Step 3: Scrub the Sliding Door Tracks

Clean the freshly vacuumed tracks with hot, soapy water and a stiff-bristled brush. A toothbrush or wire brush, like the kind used for cleaning golf clubs, work well. Make sure to clean off the top and bottom of the door you’ve removed as well.

Consider vacuuming once again if there is still a lot of debris that has come loose in this process.

Also take a quick moment to check all weather stripping for loose or damaged areas. Trim or weather stripping that is not secured tightly could be causing minor friction.

Ensure tracks are dried thoroughly before the next step.

Step 4: Lubricate the Tracks

Lubricating the sliding door’s tracks is the next step. All it takes is the application of a thin coat of lubricant to the top and bottom of the door track. We also recommend applying a bit in the door frame where the glass door latches, for good measure. Make sure to clean up any overspray to avoid a slippery floor.

Use a non-stick silicone lubricant on vinyl door tracks. If you have wood tracks, opt for a hard wax such as candle wax or beeswax instead of spray lubricant. If you’re ever unsure or don’t have the right product on hand, there are specific door track lubricants available at your local hardware store. Avoid oil-based lubricants, as these tend to attract more dirt than anything else.

Step 5: Inspect and Reinstall the Slider Doorhow to fix a sticking sliding glass door

The final step is inspecting the sliding door’s rollers and hardware. If they appear to be cracked, wobbly, or dirty beyond cleaning, you can pop off the rollers and bring them with you to the hardware store to find replacement rollers.

To reinstall the slider door, bring back that extra set of hands you used to help you remove the door and simply pop the door back into place, then adjust the rollers once more with the screwdriver. Pay special attention to this adjustment. If there is too much tension, the doors will be stiff to open, and if there isn’t enough tension, your door will wobble loosely in the tracks.

Finally, slide the door back and forth a few times to test your work and also spread the lubricant evenly through the tracks.

Voila! Now the whole family will once again be able to open the patio door with ease.

It’s easy to ignore a sticky sliding door in the winter when you aren’t using your patio much, but when the weather starts to warm up and you’ll be using your slider more often, making sure it’s functioning properly will ease a lot of frustration around the house.

Professional Patio Door Replacement

There comes a point where a sliding glass door is beyond a good cleaning. If it feels like you’ve completed all of the steps above, but to no avail, it could be time to call your local glass shop for a sliding glass door repair or replacement. The professionals at Budget Glass in Nanaimo can help with your patio door repair and replacement needs. Learn more about our sliding glass door installation services, and then give us a call at (250) 758-3374 if you have any questions, or schedule an appointment online.


11 Jun 2018

How Do I Clean My Glass?

We’re surrounded by glass. It’s present in many different aspects of our lives, from windows to showers, mirrors to deck railings, sunrooms to windshields. No doubt about it, glass is a big part of our spaces! The question, though, is how to keep it clean. With the wide variety of glass available, it’s no surprise that there are different ways to keep different glass types clean. Regular cleaning can prevent a host of difficult scrubbing, and what you’re using makes just as much of a difference as when you’re cleaning.


Shower Doors

How often do I clean glass shower doors? With how often showers get used, the easiest way to keep them clean is by cleaning them daily or weekly to prevent soap scum and water stains from building up.

What do I use? Using a squeegee on your glass every time you’re done showering is the most efficient and doesn’t require any additional cleaning products. If you do choose to use a product for daily or weekly maintenance, use a soft cloth that won’t scratch the glass while you’re cleaning. Some cleaners, whether commercial or homemade, can damage stone or tile surrounds, so make sure that the product you’re using is safe for your shower.



How often do I clean mirrors? Mirrors see a lot of daily use and they can get dirty quickly. Cleaning them daily or weekly will keep them sparkling and prevent any spots or splatters from building up.

What do I use? A diluted vinegar solution or glass cleaner along with a soft cloth will make the job easier. Pre-treating any large droplets or spots before you completely clean the surface will prevent them from adding streaks.


Exterior Glass

How often do I clean exterior glass? Exterior glass, like windows, patio doors, glass railings, and sunrooms, will have different cleaning requirements depending on where you live and what season it is. Homes in dry dusty areas will have different cleaning needs than homes near the sea, and a rainy fall season will have different cleaning needs than a sunny, pollen-filled spring. Generally, monthly cleaning can go a long way to reduce the amount of scrubbing required, but depending on your home, you may need to clean them more often or less frequently.

What do I use? For exterior glass surfaces, a squeegee and a bucket of warm water and soap will do the best job, though it may take a little bit of practice to be efficient at it. Protect windowsills with a towel and keep the bubbles to a minimum for best results. Protect door jambs and windowsills with a towel and save cleaning for when the glass isn’t hot. Hot glass will dry cleaning solution quickly, leaving you with streaks and a lot more work to do. If you decide to use a spray cleaner instead, make sure the one you choose is safe for nearby surfaces, and use a soft cloth or sponge that won’t scratch the glass. Paper products can leave lint and they often move dirt around rather than removing it, so use them sparingly.


With the right equipment and regular cleaning, you can keep the glass around your home sparkling clean for a long time to come! In addition to maintenance, some glass surfaces can also be installed with coatings that can increase the time between cleanings, such as Clearshield for shower doors, or CONSERVAGLASS SELECT™ for sunrooms. Happy scrubbing!