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Oklahoma Glass History

 

In 2001, there were 27 glass plants in Oklahoma, providing 2,589 jobs to Oklahomans. Oklahoma’s glass industry history is a reflection that paves the way for our state’s future.

How has glass played a role in Oklahoma history?

Where are the 6 current notable glass structures in Oklahoma?

Oklahoma Weather Museum

This building has not yet been built but will definitely be a notable glass structure. It will be located in Tulsa and stand at a height between 75 and 90 meters tall. The tower museum will be built by KTT Architects  and will be placed atop a 1920’s two-story warehouse. The cyclone-shaped building will house a weather museum, storm research center and revolving bar-restaurant on the roof.  Its structural design will include glass and perforated metal, while some roof surfaces will be covered with plants.

Oklahoma History Center

The Oklahoma History Center is home to a three story glass atrium that provides a view of the state capitol. The museum is 215,000 square feet, which cost approximately 59 million dollars to build. The glass uses 1-inch insulating units with fritted glass to control glare and a low-emissivity coating.

Pops

Driving down Route 66 in Arcadia, you can’t miss the giant LED light-up soda bottle. The bottle is located right outside the Pops gas station and stands 66 feet tall. This steel bottle weighs over four tons and stands out as a landmark for this historical store that houses hundreds of different kinds of sodas. The gas station is made of mostly glass and all of their pop comes in glass bottles. Pops opened in 2007, and on a typical weekend they sell close to 9,000 glass bottles. A little-known fact about Pops is that if you drink your pop bottle in the store and give them your empty bottle, they’ll recycle it.

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

When you walk in the museum’s atrium you will be greeted within seconds by a glass sculpture bursting with color. In 2002, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art inaugurated the Donald W. Reynolds Visual Arts Center with an extensive glass display and drawings by Dale Chihuly, titled Dale Chihuly: An Inaugural Exhibition.  Dale Chihuly was commissioned in 1999 to create a signature sculpture for the new building in memory of the late Eleanor Blake Kirkpatrick, a Museum founder. This work of art stands 76 feet tall is comprised of 2,100 pieces of blown glass and was installed at one at a time. TheEleanor Black Kirkpatrick Tower is the tallest Chihuly sculpture in the world at seven feet wide and weighing ten tons. This sculpture is cleaned annually and takes 9 hours to dust from top to bottom.

Oklahoma City Memorial

At the location where the horrific Oklahoma City Bombing event took place stands a memorial of 168 glass, bronze and stone empty chairs with names etched in the glass base of each chair. These chairs represent the empty chairs at the dinner tables of the victims who lost their lives. There are nine rows of chairs representing the victims on the nine floors of the building.

Bavinger House

Photo Credit: Lynne Rostochil

Photo Credit: Lynne Rostochil

This house, located in Norman, used to represent modern architecture at its finest. The artist who made the plans for this house was an OU graduate who later became an art professor.  After teaming up with an architect named Goff, they were able to create a masterpiece the Bavinger family could live in with their two boys and their tropical fish.

This modern house had no walls inside and they slept in pods instead of beds. Bavinger’s students and Goff (the architect) also helped build the house, which was made of 200 tons of locally quarried rock, signature aqua glass cullets, oil rigging equipment and parts, and WWI stainless steel aircraft struts. The family eventually decided to have a place for a pond in the floor. In 1987, the home was awarded the prestigious Twenty Five Year award by the American Institute of Architects.

So many visitors came throughout the years to see their house that they began charging $1.00 admission to see it. Sadly, the home was later sold and picked apart piece by piece, so we can no longer see this great work of art (except in photos).

We are proud to be in the state with such a rich history of the glass industry. Thanks to the Oklahoma glass pioneers, we now move forward on a solid foundation. Like them, we know glass. If you have any questions about commercial or residential glass give us a call.

Window Tinting

When it comes to commercial and residential window tint options, there are literally hundreds of different types of tint. Window tint is applied for UV protection, cost savings, heat and glare control, or privacy based on the type of window tint you choose for your home or commercial space. The following information explains a few of the most common types of window tint options and the benefits of each.

Solar Control Film

Ultimately, solar control window film is designed to control the sun’s rays and increase comfort. This film is designed to specifically reflect and prevent the sun’s damaging UV rays from entering the space. Solar control film results in lower energy costs by improving the insulating abilities of the window by up 92% by rejecting up to 82% of the heat from the sun. Sun control film also helps correct temperature imbalances in buildings and homes by deflecting uncomfortable harsh glares in the space. This film is designed to help filter out over 99% of the sun’s UV rays that cause fading in decor, furnishings, fabrics, and carpets. In addition, solar control film also offers an increased level of privacy.

Energy Saving Window Film

Homeowners and facility managers are always looking for unique ways to save on energy and operating expenses. In any case, energy costs are generally the single largest operating expense. One of the top ways to manage energy costs is with energy saving window film. Most energy audits suggest that installing energy saving window films could result in energy savings anywhere from five 5%- 15%. In addition, energy saving window film results in bolstered HVAC efficiency and significantly less carbon emissions.  This film is so effective; it could end up paying for itself in less than three years. Most energy saving window film qualifies for rebates from utility companies and governments, which makes this window tint even more cost effective.

Security and Safety Window Films

Security and safety window films act as an additional protective barrier from vandalism, explosions, earthquakes, storms, and several other dangers. Security film is made of a heavy-duty, extremely thin, clear polyester compound. Even though the security film is very thin, it’s effective against a wide array of threats. In addition, protective film reduces the likelihood of people in the space to suffer injuries in the event of a glass shattering. The film helps hold the glass in place. It also makes it more difficult for thieves to quickly smash and grab merchandise in retail locations. Another common problem may be if you have a commercial window that suffers from graffiti, the transparent window film is simply peeled away instead of having to repair the entire window saving time and money.

Decorative Window Films

In addition to saving energy and making your home or building safer, window film can also be used for decoration. With a wide choice of colors and patterns, decorative window films can be used to meet practically any design. Below are a few of the most common design options offered in decorative window film:

-Contemporary Gradients

With a wide array of different and unique patterns that range from opaque to clear, these films can be used to hide unattractive spots, block views, and infuse a new and fresh element of design in a space.

-Different Patterns

Most decorative films offer several different design patterns. These options can range from classic pinstripes or playful dots. Match the esthetic design and decor of the space with the different varying patterns.

-Decorative Specialties

These decorative tints can be used for a wide array of uses, such as adding color, hiding light, or increasing the privacy. Commercial spaces and retail properties can use decorative specialty tint to blend in with their existing branding.

-Elegant Frosts

Frosted film effectively diffuses light and offers superior privacy without compromising the brightness of the space. As a result, elegant frosted tint is able to provide the wide range of design elements without the costs of etched glass.

Glass Office Fronts: 8 Benefits

Glass office fronts are more than a trend; they have been used by businesses since the mid-20th century.

So, why do businesses choose glass office fronts over other design styles?

We’re glad you asked.

 

Benefits of using glass in your office

1. Communicates openness to your employees/clients

Glass provides transparency, and communicates to your employees/clients that you are an approachable organization. It also shows that your business practices and interpersonal philosophies are also open, ultimately leading to the generation of positive feelings among employees.

2. Conveys class

Aside from its modern design appeal, studies show that using glass in your office can have part in helping clients determine the perceived value of your business. Having a sophisticated clean look in your office space will communicate a level of confidence to your clients.

3. Allows for visibility while still maintaining privacy

If you choose to use glass office wall dividers, employees will be able to see each other, which will build a sense of unity and connection, increasing communication and collaboration. Being able to see each other will also contribute to increased productivity due to the fact that employees feel they are more accountable to one another.

4. Makes for Happier employees

If you have a view of outside and the glass lets in a fair amount of light, not only will your team feel happier but they will also be more productive. According to an article by Infoscience research suggests that daylight exposure decreases stress and increases productivity. To keep in line with International Building Code requirements, be sure to add at least 8% of glazing to glass that gets regular sunlight. The amount of tint you use past the required percentage will depend on your type of business.

5. Offers opportunities for LEED credits

Installing a Privacy Wall may contribute toward earning LEED points for your project. Even if you’re not applying for LEED, you get points for being considerate to the environment. A  Privacy Wall is 70% recyclable and contains 36% recycled content.

6. Provides customizable features which can be tailored for your business

Because there are so many colors, patterns and textures available when selecting a glass office front, you can wrap your businesses aesthetic atmosphere right into your current design.

7. Helps your business stay within their budget

Your business is designed to grow. Although you may not be able to always add more space to meet your evolving culture, you can easily reposition the glass fixtures to create a larger feeling space and to keep your project budget friendly.

8. Provides an ease of Installation

The completion of a glass office front project will take less than half of the amount of time compared to doing a full office reconstruction.  Another benefit:  glass office front projects are less messy and not as noisy. In most cases, you can keep your business open and your employees can still come to work during the installation.

What local business owners are saying about glass office fronts

The Oklahoman Media Company

“My one-word answer would be transparency.  We are continually working to create and maintain a culture of openness and transparency at The Oklahoman Media Company, and we felt like glass office fronts in our new building would be a good reinforcement of that desired culture. With many of our offices being located on the perimeter of our building, glass office fronts also allow a lot of daylight into our space for those in work station areas to enjoy. That is a nice, additional benefit to using glass office fronts.”  – Scott Briggs, Vice President of Administration

Dr Tim Love

“Our double glass door entry welcomes our patients into a calming green marble foyer. The openness glass affords perpetuates this feeling throughout our suite. Through our intentional use of glass display cabinets and mirrors, we reinforce our mission to our patients of ‘creating a beautiful reflection of you.’-  Tim R. Love, M.D. (Plastic Surgeon in Oklahoma City)

If you have any questions or are looking for a certified glass installer, we would love to help you.

Through "The Looking Glass" of OKC's Best Storefronts

You’re strolling down the street and you stop to take a peek into a shop window. You take a long look and then, like in Alice in Wonderland, you’re transported to an entirely new world.

The same can be said when you take the time to walk down the streets and peer into the windows of Oklahoma City’s best storefronts.

Here’s a rundown of some hotspots to shop in and around OKC.

Checkmate from the Garden to the Roof

Alice stepped out of her house and stumbled onto a chess board in her garden where there were talking flowers. On the fourth square she met two new friends named Tweedledum and Tweedledee, nursery rhyme characters, who recited poetry to her. When looking through the windows of Plenty of Mercantile, the items in the shop window will make you feel like you are seeing poetry in motion and also a garden that will come to life if you take it home and give it a little TLC. If you visit at certain times during the month, you can take your journey right up to the rooftop for yoga, cooking and other classes that will take you to new heights.

Sheep Heart Denim

Crossing the brook, The White Queen turns into a sheep and the shop, (which is operated by sheep) turns into a boat that floats down the river. Staring through the window of Blue Seven provides a warm feeling like wearing quality wool on a cold day. Just like your favorite wool sweater that never wears out, this shop provides some of the best raw denim to stand the test of time. They even have an event at which they ask their customers to wear their jeans six days a week for seven straight months and then after wearing the seven months they will wash their jeans. Afterwards, each person who participates gets to hang up their jeans in a gallery for the day to show that these jeans can weather just about anything they go through.

Humpty Dumpty Meets Pearl the Buffalo

When the boat disappears, Alice reappears in the shop and the egg she buys magically turns into Humpty Dumpty, a poetry genius who impresses her with all of his knowledge. As you stand outside the Full Circle Bookstores window, you will see a local artist piece called Pearl the Buffalo. This buffalo leads the way to Humpty Dumpty heaven with over 60,000 titles of books that are ripe for the picking. And if you feel like you want to brush up on your knowledge, the store has many groups that meet to do just that in conversational Spanish and other languages. You can also be serenaded by local bands and let the music come to your ears with group poetry readings.

The Walrus and the Carpenter Hit the Open Sea

Tweedledum and Tweedledee read Alice a poem about the walrus and the carpenter finding a bed of shoed oysters. In the poem the oysters get eaten and speaking of discovering oysters, one way to find them is to go deep sea diving. Looking through the window of Blue Water OKC will help set you in the right direction to start your own deep sea diving oyster adventure. This shop provides the right gear, great instructors and a travel planner to set up your Caribbean dive. You may not see shoed oysters, but you will see all the ocean floor has to offer an experienced diver.

Time on Wheels

March Hare (called Haigha in The Looking Glass) is always late according to his calculations for his tea party and is always urging his friends to get there as soon as possible. You could go on foot, but if they had Schlegel’s Bike Shop, March Hare would have much rather used a mountain bike to get where he needed to go sooner rather than later. Gazing through this shop’s window will get you thinking about the nice view of OKC while pedaling away. They have rentals, offer repairs, sell bikes as well as accessories, and even offer bike education. Rather than using your feet for walking, coast your way to your next tea party (or wherever you are going).

Party Guest Traits are Sweet Riddles and Hats

One of the White King’s messengers and tea party accompaniers, the Mad Hatter a.k.a Hatta stays out of trouble by having tea. Hatta, known for his funky hats and riddles, knows the perfect spot to have his party. If he were to choose a place in OKC, there is no doubt he would go to Pinketzel, which means tickled pink in Yiddish. When you stare down the looking glass of shops window you will see pink lemonade cupcakes, peanut butter Nutella cupcakes and many more yummy treats to satisfy your sweet tooth. Hatter would love to have his friends over in their event room named after him – the MadHatter Party Room. But maybe you prefer the Black White Room? (Think Marie Antoinette) This sweet shop has more than cupcakes and candy; it has a place to celebrate with friends, no matter the occasion or attire.

(photo credit: courtesy of Ghost Advertising / Hannah Ashford)

(photo credit: courtesy of Ghost Advertising / Hannah Ashford)

The Real Queen of Hearts

Alice finds herself on the eighth square and is finally crowned queen. She did all she could to not only make it through the game that the Red Queen set her up to play, but she helped everyone she came into contact with. The demonstration of her heart in action is what won her the chess game. Giving is a powerful thing and shopping at a place like Shop Good that gives back to the community will give you the feeling of cuddling up with a warm little kitten, just like Alice when she finally awoke from her dream. From tea cup candles, to Warby Parker glasses, to the latest in Okie fashion, this shop features many different vendors who all believe in generosity. A portion of each sale portion goes to support a deserving effort to strengthen communities and meet real needs both here in Oklahoma City and around the world.

“If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn’t. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn’t be. And what it wouldn’t be, it would. You see?”
― Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

As we stop and take a moment to behold the beauty that window glass demonstrates, let us remember that what we see is all a matter of perspective. Unless of course, the glass is broken and needs to be replaced, then you know you can call the glass experts.

Historical Homes: How to Maintain and Restore Windows

The windows are arguably the most beautiful component of your home. However, dynamic and historically-significant windows on older homes are often unappreciated and go unattended. Historic windows contain several different parts, such as rails, stiles, tops, stool, jamb, still, etc., and each individual part must be repaired or maintained. Because replacing the windows could deteriorate the historical significance of your home, proper maintenance techniques are crucial.

Paint Removal Tips

Often, historical windows have accumulated several layers of paint over the years. In order to restore the original clarity and operation of the window, the excess layers of paint must be peeled or flaked away. If you are planning on repainting the window seals, it may also be necessary to completely remove old paint. In any case, there are many effective and safe methods for removing old paint from wood, but it will depend on the amount of paint that needs to be removed.

For the best results, paint removal should start on the interior frames first. Make sure you are careful to remove the paint from the parting bead and the interior jamb, especially in the seams where the stop meets the jamb. To do so, you can run a utility knife along the perimeter of the seam to break the paint bond. After you do this, it will be significantly easier to remove the parting bead, the stop, and the sash.

Sash Removal & Repair Tips

If you are having trouble opening or closing windows, there may be an issue with the sash. To avoid scarring the wood, gently move the sash from side to side and pry it loose with a pair of putty knives. You can remove the upper sash in a similar fashion.

However, the parting bead that keeps the sash in place is more delicate and thinner than the interior stop. After you get rid of the paint along the seam, you should carefully pry out the parting bead, similar to the way you removed the interior stop. While the sash is out for repair, the window openings can be covered with plywood sheathing or polyethylene sheets.

Protecting Historical Panes

If you have to clear the sash of paint without removing the glass, you should avoid using heat, because sudden temperature changes could break the panes. Especially if the glass has historic significance, you will want to protect the glass; it likely has value and adds character to the window. In the event you decide to use a heat treatment, you can protect the glass with an overlay of asbestos or aluminum foil on gypsum board to prevent the window from undergoing any rapid temperature changes.

Old Putty Removal

If your window suffers from deteriorated putty, all of it should be removed manually. It’s important to make sure you do not damage the wood on the rabbet. If you have to remove the glass, make sure to number the panes when you take them out, in order to place the same panes back in the exact openings. While the glass is out, get rid of the rest of the old putty. In addition, sashes can be patched, sanded, and even primed. If putty has become hardened in the rabbets, a soldering iron can be used to soften it first. Remaining putty on the glass can be soaked in linseed oil to soften it to reduce the risk of breaking the panes.

Before you reinstall the glass, lay linseed oil putty or a bead of glazing compound around the rabbet to seal and cushion the glass. If you decide to use the glazing compound, it should only be used on wood that has been treated with linseed oil and paint or an oil based primer. After you have done this, simply press the pane back into place and pushed the glazing points into the wood on the outsides of the window pane.

Simple Tips to Maintain Historical Windows

  1. Caulk the perimeter of the inside window trim.
  2. Caulk the exterior perimeter around the opening.
  3. Place weather stripping on the sash of the window.
  4. Implement a thermal panel or storm window.

 

In the event a part of your window fails, the entire unit might have to be replaced. However, the best solution is to maintain the historical value of the windows and have them repaired. In any case, maintaining historical windows can be relatively labor intensive. If you decide that the DIY route isn’t for you, call the experts at Edmond Glass. We can help you repair and maintain historical windows in Oklahoma City, Edmond and surrounding areas.

Commercial Glass Testimonial - Edmond Road and Fretz

 

Last month, the owner of an empty commercial property in Edmond was in need of glass repair in order to rent the building to a new tenant. The building, located on Edmond Road and Fretz, was previously the location of AA Distribution. At the time, two large windows were broken: one was a 70 ½” X 95” window with bronze-colored glass, and the other a 40 1/2“ X 71” window with clear glass. The owner previously had a great experience with Edmond Glass on a residential glass project so she decided to call us about her commercial property as well.

Both of the windows were ¼ inch single-pane tempered glass, which is usually an easy fix for us. However, these particular windows presented a few challenges. First, the building had a metal overhang on the edges of the windows, which prevented us from using our standard installation process. Second, there was a cable supporting the phone line pole right in front of the bronze window, which made our workspace extremely small for such a large window.

Luckily, our head glazer, John, has more than 40 years of commercial glass installation experience. John and Chuck, Edmond Glass manager, were able to come up solutions to overcome the challenges fairly easily. Once the bronze-colored glass arrived from the manufacturer, we went out to the property to begin the project. We estimated the project would take 2-2.5 hours to complete because of the challenges. However, we were able to finish the project in only one hour!

The owner was extremely satisfied with the finished project.

“My husband was a home builder and used Edmond Glass for many of his projects, so I knew I could depend on them to do a great job. They were very professional and considerate and explained everything to me very clearly about the project. I really like the way it turned out.”

Commercial glass instillation and repair is one of our main specialties. No matter what challenges you have, we can find a solution for our clients’ needs.  Call Edmond Glass today for your next commercial glass repair or replacement!

Winter is Coming: How to Save Money on Your Energy Bills

It seems that every year, Oklahoma’s weather turns from summer to winter within a week’s time. By taking a few steps to winterize your home, you can save on your energy bills. Not only will your wardrobe and A/C make a fast switch from cool to warm, but your doors and windows will need to make an adjustment as well.

While replacing your existing windows with energy-efficient windows is the most effective way to prepare, there are some other simple ways you can save energy and seal in the heat.

Replace weather stripping

Adhesive weather stripping is an affordable way to keep out drafts. You can purchase it at your local hardware store and easily apply it yourself to the edges of your windows and doors.

Winterize Your Roof

Residential roofers, Van De Steeg and Associates, recommend that you seal your roof before the big storms hit. This will protect your shingles from ice dams and other types of winter damage.

Use caulk to seal cracks and leaks

Another effective way to prepare for winter weather is to seal cracks or air leaks around windows with caulk. Be sure to caulk during the warmer part of the day so it is able to set.

“Draft Snakes”

Draft stoppers, also known as “draft snakes,” are fabric tubes filled with rice or other heavy filling to block air leaks. Blogger and seamstress Ellene McClay offers custom length, made-to-order draft stoppers in her Etsy store, Fortress Co. These are great for the bottom edges of your windows and doors.

Storm Doors and Windows

Consider installing storm doors or storm windows to add an extra layer of protection from the bitter cold winds. Not only will storm doors/windows keep out the cold, but they also protect your home debris that comes with hard winds. Here at Edmond Glass, we install Don Young storm doors. These are made out of an aluminum thermal-break frame, which is extremely energy efficient.

Change Air Filter

At the beginning of each winter, the techs at Air Conditioning Service, Inc. recommend changing your air filter to help air move efficiently through your system. A clogged air filter can lead to poor performance, and a heating system that has to work twice as hard – using twice as much energy.

Update Your Thermostat

Finally, your heating system will benefit from an updated thermostat, preferably a digital model that can be programmed. A new thermostat will be more accurate, and a programmable thermostat can be set to turn off when you are out of the house, and back on when you are due to return.

If you are considering replacing or repairing windows in order to save energy during the winter, give us a call for a free quote!

The Best Windows for Oklahoma Homes

Oklahomans are familiar with the ever-changing weather in our state. Some days you’ll want to turn off the air conditioning and keep your windows open, and other days you’ll want them shut as tightly as possible to ward off ice and snow. For this reason, it is important to consider a number of factors when deciding which windows to choose for your Oklahoma home.

Windows with Screens

Windows with screens are extremely popular for Oklahoma homes. Oklahoma is where the “wind comes sweeping down the plain,” and with that wind comes dust, dirt and other debris. The humid climate in Oklahoma also fosters an environment for many bugs, spiders, and other critters you don’t want coming into your home.

At the same time, that Oklahoma wind can be pleasant and refreshing and you may want to enjoy days with your windows open. Windows with screens make practical sense for anyone wanting the option to let fresh air in and keep nature out.

Window Materials

Choosing an efficient window frame is also important. The mercurial Oklahoma weather, which can change from hot to cold in a matter of hours, can damage wooden frames. Quick weather changes cause wooden frames to expand and contract quickly, leading to ongoing maintenance that can be costly and time-consuming

Vinyl windows are the most popular and efficient choice for windows. They require little to no maintenance, which is a huge plus when the seasons change. Modern technology has also made virtually any color or finish available for vinyl windows.

Energy-Efficient Windows

Investing in energy efficient windows is one of the best ways you can save money. Most energy-efficient windows are double insulated, double weather-stripped, and double paned. This keeps your home sealed so the indoor temperature isn’t affected by the weather. You can also earn a tax credit by installing energy-efficient windows.

Contact us today for a quote for your window replace or repair!

Window Problems: Replace or Repair?

Many different window problems can cause serious damage to your home, and some of these problems could  cost you thousands of dollars on your energy bills. If you notice an issue, two questions come to mind: “Should I repair this window or completely replace it?” and, “If it can be repaired, should I do it myself?”

Some of the most common window problems are:

  • Broken glass
  • Water penetration/foggy glass
  • Drafty windows
  • Sticky or loose frames

So, will these problems allow for repair? Unfortunately, there isn’t a simple yes or no answer to each issue, but there are some evaluations you can make to determine whether or not a repair is possible. As a general rule, if you are questioning the effectiveness of a repair, it is always best to contact a professional for advice. Also, it is important to research your specific window type, and compare the cost of replacement against the time and cost of a repair.

Broken Glass

Broken glass needs immediate attention. Depending on the severity of the break, you can do a few temporary things to keep your home safe and insulated, especially if you have to wait a day or two for a professional. For a crack, you can keep it from spreading by using a glass cutter to create a small arc on each end, perpendicular to the direction of the crack. This should prevent the crack from spreading. For tiny holes, you can use clear nail polish or shellac to temporarily fill the damage. Using tape to create a grid across the pane and along any cracks is also helpful for sealing out air and water temporarily. The key here is that these are temporary fixes – it is important that you don’t depend on these methods for long-term safety. Unfortunately with cracked/broken glass, the actual glass needs to be replaced, but this doesn’t necessarily require the entire window to be replaced. If the break is on a small pane, such as in one pane of a multi-pane window, you may be able to find replacement glass at your local hardware store to swap out yourself.  If you have vinyl windows, these replacements are usually cheap and worth investing in compared to a repair. For major breaks and cracks, such as shattered glass or breakthrough, depending on the type of window, you may need a complete replacement by a professional.

Water Penetration or Foggy Glass

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Image c/o Metafilter User

Have you noticed fog between double-paned windows, condensation, mold, or water leakage from your window frame? This could be a problem of a faulty exterior seal or a broken pane. This is usually caused by deterioration of the seals over time due to weather and natural aging processes. So what can you do about it? Replacing the sash, which is the framed part of the window which holds the sheets of glass in place or the part of the window which moves, is relatively affordable and easy to do. Make sure you purchase a sash that is the same brand as your window. If you’re not sure what type of sash to buy, there is less risk for error if you hire a window repair professional to complete the sash repair, especially for large windows or glass doors. Check out Facilities.net for more detailed information about how to evaluate whether your moisture/mold problem needs repair or replacement.

Drafty Windows

The issue of a drafty window is most often caused by old caulk, rotten wooden frames, a loose sash, or old weather stripping. For drafty windows, repair might be as simple as recaulking the frame of your windows. If the problem persists, it’s possible that you need to replace your frame or sash. This can be done yourself, but depending on the extent of the damage, you may need to hire a professional repairman or completely replace the window. If your window frame is wooden, it can be repaired with epoxy if the damage is only in a small area, but a repair is almost as expensive as complete replacement/rebuild.

Sticky or Loose Frames

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Image c/o MyHomeIdeas

Nothing is more frustrating than not being able to open, or keep open, a window on a beautiful breezy day. If you’ve repainted recently, it’s possible that the paint has attached the pane to the outer window frame, keeping the window from opening properly. This is an easy DIY repair: just break the seal with a putty knife and scrape/sand out the paint. (Be careful if the windows were installed before 1978 – there might be lead paint in the frame.) Another reason your window won’t open easily could be  dirt and dust trapped in the tracks of the frame, which can be cleaned out easily.

If your window won’t stay open, it’s possible that the hardware in the sash is broken, which can be repaired as explained above. If the windows are too old to find replacement parts, you should plan on replacing the window completely; otherwise, a hardware repair is typically affordable.

 

If you have any shred of doubt about the effectiveness of your repair for any of these issues, it is always a good idea to call a window service professional to help you with your repair or replacement. From small casement windows to commercial and storefront glass, you can expect fast, friendly service from Edmond Glass.

2012-2013 Tax Credit for ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows

2012–2013 Tax Credit for ENERGY STAR Qualified Windows, Doors and Skylights

Homeowners may claim a tax credit for the purchase of ENERGY STAR qualified windows, doors, and skylights in 2012 or 2013. The following guidance is not intended as legal advice. It is recommended that you visit www.irs.gov Exit ENERGY STAR or consult a tax professional with specific questions.

To be eligible for the credit, windows, doors, and skylight must: Meet ENERGY STAR program requirements Be installed in a taxpayer’s primary residence Be installed between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013

Homeowners may receive a tax credit equal to 10% of the product cost (installation costs may NOT be included) up to: $200 for eligible windows and skylights $500 for eligible doors

Homeowners may receive no more than $500 total for all energy efficiency tax credits. If you claimed an energy efficiency credit in a previous taxable year, please consult a tax professional or visitwww.irs.gov Exit ENERGY STAR to determine your remaining eligibility for this credit.

For more information about this credit or those from previous years, visit www.irs.gov Exit ENERGY STAR and see the instructions for Form 5695, Residential Energy Credits.

Look for ENERGY STAR When Purchasing Products

Windows, doors, and skylights that are eligible for a federal tax credit must meet strict criteria. ENERGY STAR makes it easy to find the right products. Look for the ENERGY STAR label to be sure