Etching Your Windows for Improved Privacy

2 Types Of Windows To Consider That Can Help You Keep Your Home Clean

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Date: August 31st 2016


Replacing the windows throughout your home can be a good chance to upgrade them from basic windows to ones that can provide a range of benefits. New windows can provide you with options that can help increase privacy or make your home easier to keep clean. Listed below are two window options to look into that can help you keep your home clean. Windows With Enclosed Blinds One of the best windows that a glass company can provide when it comes to helping you keep your home clean is a window with enclosed blinds. The blinds throughout your home will often attract a very large amount of dust throughout the day, which can lead to you having to constantly dust them. If you do neglect cleaning the blinds, then that dust can easily be scattered into the air and allowed to drift throughout the house as soon as you open or raise the blinds. However, if you install windows with enclosed blinds, you can avoid all of those aforementioned issues. This is because these windows will consist of two separate pieces of glass that are installed on either side of your blinds, which keeps the dust and other debris from being able to reach the blinds. This not only makes it so that you do not have to worry about dusting the blinds, but it also protects the blinds from curious young children and pets. Double-Hinged Windows Another issue that a glass company can help you with is keeping the outside surface of your windows clean. It is often a major pain for most homeowners to keep the exterior surface of traditional windows clean, as this often necessitates going outside and cleaning the glass. This entire process becomes much more difficult if you have a house with two or more levels, which is why many homeowners simply don’t worry about cleaning the exterior surface of their windows. However, a glass company can provide double-hinged windows that you can use to open the window into the house. When the window is opened into the house, it allows you to easily reach and clean both sides of the glass without having to take a step outside of your house, which lets you easily and quickly clean all of the windows in your home. Contact a glass company or window dealer to discuss what window options to consider when trying to keep your […]

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Steps For Repairing A Windshield Scratch

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Date: August 4th 2016


Windshields can get scratched for a variety of reasons, and you may be wondering about the most cost-effective ways to repair the damage. Here are some steps for repairing your windshield as efficiently as possible.  Evaluate Whether the Scratch is Repairable At Home When you first notice a windshield scratch, you should take steps to test whether the scratch is minor or major. With a minor scratch, you can comfortably run your finger along the edges of the scratch without getting your finger nail caught in the grooves of the scratch. If this is the case, you’re in luck; you may be able to repair the windshield at home. If not, the scratch will likely need to be attended to by a professional. Both windshield repair and windshield replacement are likely options for fixing a deep scratch.  Use a Home Scratch Repair Kit If you have a few hours to devote to trying to fix the scratch yourself, then a cheap home windshield scratch kit is one potential fix for your scratch. The first thing that you would do is to wipe down the area to remove any bits of debris or glass in the scratched area. Then you would rub on a paste that helps to abrade the glass and buff out the scratched edges. Some people also recommend that you use a polishing disk to finish buffing the surface after you apply a glass scratch repair compound. You may be able to rent this tool from a local hardware shop instead of buying it yourself.  Visit a Windshield Repair Specialist If you go through the home repair steps and still notice a scratch, then visiting a specialist for auto glass repair in your city is a good idea. They may be able to buff the area more professionally or even apply a glass glue to smooth the surface of your windshield scratch.  Repairing a broken windshield is priority; even if it’s just a minor scratch, it can affect how clearly you see out of the windshield. Having the visual distraction of a scratch is sometimes enough to take your attention away from the road for enough time to cause an accident. And scratches that are left without repair can lead to larger issues such as windshield cracks. These steps can help you to attend to your auto glass repair needs from the start to prevent a large replacement […]

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The Three Biggest Safety Risks Of A Broken Windshield

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Date: May 9th 2016


In states that require vehicle safety inspections, the condition of the windshield is included on the safety checklist. While a crack or a bulls-eye chip can interfere with your vision, which can be dangerous, this is actually not the biggest safety risk. Here are some lesser-known ways in which a broken or damaged windshield affects your safety. 1. Failure to Support the Roof Even though it’s easy to visualize the glass breaking or crumbling during an accident, the glass actually provides strength and support. The windshield is an important part of the shell that protects passengers during crashes and rollovers. When it’s in good condition, a windshield can be remarkably strong and helps keep the metal around it from collapsing if the car ends up on its side or upside down. A cracked windshield is far more likely to collapse and fail to support the roof as it’s intended to do. 2. Failure to Support the Airbag When an airbag deploys, an intact windshield provides support for it and keeps it in the proper position to protect the occupant. Without the resistance that the windshield provides, the airbag can shift toward the dashboard instead of fully inflating against the passenger’s chest. Additionally, the force of the airbag can break a weakened windshield. 3. Failure to Absorb or Disperse Shock While safety glass does not absorb the force of an impact like metal does, it will disperse some of the energy to the car’s frame and external panels so passengers will feel less of the impact. Metal crushes as it absorbs the energy, providing a cushioning effect. While safety glass is not as malleable as metal, it will disperse some of the impact when it breaks, transferring it to the steel frame and body of the vehicle. Depending on the force of the impact, the glass may stay largely intact and protect occupants’ faces and heads from flying debris. When the windshield is compromised with a large crack, it’s more likely to break apart and expose occupants to projectiles. Chips and cracks are weaknesses—not only do they affect how the windshield will hold up in an accident, they also make the windshield more susceptible to other damage. For instance, if the glass has a long hairline crack or a large bull’s-eye, it’s inherently weaker and more likely to break under the stress of vigorous scraping, driving through potholes or even intense […]

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3 Questions To Ask When Needing Auto Glass Replacement

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Date: March 10th 2016


Owning a vehicle means taking care of a lot of different components to keep it running properly. One of the things that you don’t normally have to worry about is your windshield. However, your windshield can end up getting damaged just from driving down the road. A bird, rock or other object can end up destroying your windshield and leaving you having to replace it. If you are looking to replace your windshield, here are three questions you want to ask potential repair shops before making a final decision on who to go with. Do you come to the vehicle’s location? With people constantly running from one place to another, it’s difficult to find time to sit inside of a repair shop waiting for the windshield to be taken care of. If you are like so many others, you need someone who is going to come to you to get the job done. Whether it be your work, the grocery store or wherever else you might have to be that day, you want a repair facility that can meet your busy schedule and make sure you are back on the road quickly and easily, without having to sacrifice your day. What type of warranty do you offer? While you don’t expect anything to go wrong with your new windshield, it can happen at any point in time. Depending on the age of your vehicle and its overall condition, it might not be easy to get the new windshield to adhere to your vehicle properly. Oftentimes, rust gets in the way and can prevent the windshield from forming a tight seal. When that happens, rain water can end up leaking inside of your vehicle and causing all sorts of damage to the headliner. You need to know that the repair facility is going to take care of your vehicle for you and get it fixed up right. Will you work with me on deductibles? Oftentimes, many glass repair companies are willing to waive a portion of your glass deductible to help you out. Depending on what your deductible is, you might be able to get all of it waived. Some want you to bring in a coupon from their website, while others will just do it if you bring it up. Make sure to ask and save some money in your pocket along the way. By asking the three questions above, […]

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Three Driving Situations To Avoid When You Have A Chipped Windshield

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Date: January 21st 2016


With enough driving, you’ll likely encounter that frustrating moment in which a rock hits your windshield and causes a chip. While you might be tempted to ignore the problem, especially if the visible damage seems minor, this tiny chip can grow into a crack that means that your entire windshield will need to be replaced. There’s a likelihood that a small chip can be repaired instead of replaced, however, provided you schedule an appointment at your local auto glass repair shop before the damage spreads. In the meantime, here are three driving situations to avoid when you have a chipped windshield. Excessively Hot Days If it’s possible, avoiding taking your car out when the temperature is excessively hot. One of the easiest ways for your windshield chip to grow in size is when its temperature changes dramatically, which is exactly what will happen when the car has been parked in the sun and you begin to cool the interior through the use of your air conditioner. In many cases, this change in temperature will cause the chip to grow before your eyes, meaning that a repair job will no longer be possible and that you’ll need a complete replacement. When the temperature is notably high, see if you can find another way to travel, such as using your spouse’s vehicle or taking public transportation. Roads Under Construction You’re putting the chip in your windshield at risk of expanding if you choose to travel on a road that’s under construction. This type of area carries multiple risks for chipped windshields. There are often variations in the height of the pavement, which can cause significant vibrations that can affect the chip. Additionally, you might also find yourself diving behind a gravel truck; whether a piece of gravel bounces out of the truck or is picked up and thrown by the truck’s tires, you’re risking a chance of further windshield damage. Traveling With Passengers Riding with people in your vehicle might not seem inherently risky to the health of your windshield, but multiple people slamming your car doors can send a shockwave through the vehicle that makes the chip grow into a crack. When you’re traveling alone, you can remember to shut your door carefully; even if you share this information with your passengers, there’s a chance that someone will forget and make a simple mistake that expands the size of your chip. […]

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About Me

I love filling my home with natural light, but I didn't love having to clean my windows all of the time and the lack of privacy that I had in my home. I began looking for window treatments that would continue to let the sun in without sacrificing my privacy. That was when I found out about etching the windows on the front of my home. My blog can help you etch the glass on your windows to create beautiful patterns that look lovely from inside and outside of your home. These techniques will improve the privacy levels, allow for natural light in the room and help decrease the number of times you have to clean your windows each month.

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