Author: Tim Janssen

4 Ways to Decorate your Windows for the Holidays

The outside of your house, Christmas tree, and living room shouldn’t be the only things decorated in your home this year. Give your windows some attention too.We took the time to gather a few of the most creative and beautiful window decorations we found on Pinterest. Here they are to share with you!

birds of a feather indoor holiday decoratingBirds of a Feather

Whether you prefer to use an authentic branch or buy one from the store, it doesn’t matter. Take this branch and set it in a glass vase. Fill this glass vase with some artificial snow. Now it’s time to decorate the branches themselves. If you get the artificial branch bedecked with berries, perfect. If not, buy fake berries and strategically place them around the ends of the branches. Finally, attach the cardinals with small wire and add a small nest with another bird to create a cozy woodland scene.

snow covered pines pinterest holiday decoratingSnow Covered Pines

By far the easiest DIY project to decorate your windows. Simple cut foam boards into tall triangles and use glue to attach them together. This will build a forest scene. One the boards are glued together, string small white pom poms with fishing wire and tape them to the window frame. This will create the illusion of it snowing. If you prefer more color to be involved you can use green triangles and dust the tops of them with fake snow.

double wreath indoor and outdoor holiday decorationElegant Wreath Duo

If you have a bare double window, this is your best option. Take a tension rod, and slide one end of the red curtain over the rod. Now you can string it through the wreath and then slide the other end of the curtain on the opposite end of the rod. Repeat this step for the second wreath and you’ve got a simple way to make your windows look festive. This idea can be done on both the inside or the outside, that is up to you.

devine inspiration outdoor window decorationDe-Vine Inspiration

Finally, an idea that can only be done to the outside of your house. Weave some lights into some grapevine. With the addition of lights, it will create an enchanting glow. This will look great on any window but it actually made for a window on the front of the house. A window guests will walk by directly as they enter your home.

We hope you enjoy this simple list of ways to decorate the inside and outside of your home this holiday season. If you have any questions, give us a call at (913)677-5727 or schedule an appointment online!

Don’t Update Your Bathroom Without This!

Remodeling A Bathroom

If you’re looking to bring your outdated bathroom into the 21st century, the best way to do it is with heavy glass doors. In the past few decades, shower doors have seen a complete revolution. Now that heavy glass doors are available, style framed shower doors are a thing of the past.

What Is Heavy Glass?

Shower doors used to be thin and flexible, wrapped in a metal frame which ultimately gave them support when being opened and closed. The frame was really used to make sure the thin, fragile glass wouldn’t break. With heavy glass, the shower doors are no 3/8” to 1/2” thick. This allows them to stand alone without the support of the metal frames. These heavy glass doors are sturdy, feel solid, and look upscale. What’s not to like? No more wiggling when they open or close. You’re going to love them.

Framed Shower Doors Look Dated

The majority of shower doors we replace are framed. The reason for this is because those were the only kind of shower doors available until a decade ago. If you are updating your bathroom, make sure to upgrade by installing glass shower doors. Yes, framed shower doors are cheaper, but they also look like it. With heavy glass doors, you can get that modern, sleek look without all the hardware.

Heavy Glass Means Less Hardware

Thicker glass actually allows for more freedom when it comes to design. Unlike thin glass doors, heavy glass doors need much less hardware. We can actually attach heavy glass shower doors with simple clips, handles, and channels reducing the visual intrusion of the metal framework. Now your beautiful tile work will no longer be hidden and other features you have spent a good amount of money on can be shown off. 

Frameless Shower Doors Make Bathrooms Feel Bigger

Heavy glass doors will give your bathroom more of a modern look but that is not even the biggest impact they have. When updating your shower doors to heavy glass, it will give off the feel that the bathroom is now bigger than before. Especially in a room that is already really small. This will allow guests to focus on more beautiful, more important aspects of your bathroom instead of your outdated shower door.

But My Bathroom Has a Tub

Another trend we have begun to witness is families ditching the tub behind for a larger shower. Many homeowners have found they no longer use their bathtub. Think about it, if you already have another tub in a different bathroom, do you really need more than one? Treat yourself by upgrading to a shower enclosure only. Expanding your shower can really enhance a bathroom. No worries, our designers can help you visualize a larger shower!

 

TIP: Just don’t replace your only tub. They do come in handy for soaking/cleaning large items. 

 

If you have a bathroom that is in desperate need of a renovation, we highly consider updating to heavy glass shower doors. Check out our shower door gallery. Call us at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online and let us create the shower of your dreams.

 

The Easiest Update to Make to Your Home before the Holidays

Don’t blink! The holidays will be here before you know it. You only have a few months left, before all the family and friends start to gather for celebrations. If you’re looking for a way to spice up your home before turkey and stuffing fill your dining room table, start with the areas of your home that will be used the most. Your bathroom is always a great place to start. Our experts here at Janssen Glass & Door can install beautiful new glass shower doors which will both modernize your home and impress your guests.

When it comes to glass shower doors, we have an array of options. The biggest decision you have to make is whether you want to go heavy or light shower glass doors. Here is how they differ:

Shower Door Installation

Heavy Glass Shower Doors

  • 3/8″ – 1/2″ thick glass
  • Do not require support of metal frame
  • Simple hardware reduces visual intrusion of metal work

Light Glass Shower Doors

  • 3/16″ thick glass
  • Requires metal wrapped framework
  • Easily customized with metal framework, hardware, and accessories

Janssen Glass & Door technicians can easily and quickly install both heavy and light glass shower doors in your home before the holiday season. See real examples of our glass shower doors in area homes.

If you are looking to modernize your home before the holiday season, all you need to do is give Janssen Glass & Door a call at (913) 677-5727 or (816) 472-5330 for a glass shower door consultation.

Top 3 Shower Door Styles

Your shower is your sanctuary. It’s your refuge from the chaotic busyness of the world around you. It’s where you wash away sleep’s residue or the stress of a long day. It’s your personal mini-spa, where you go to relax, unwind, and recharge. The timeless design of our specialized glass shower doors can be customized to match the fit and style of any shower. Our three most popular shower door styles include frosted, patterned, and heavy glass. 

Frosted Glass Shower Doors for Privacy

Our top shower door style for privacy is the frosted glass shower door. These doors are light enough to allow light to pass through the glass, preventing a darkened shower experience, yet the blurred visual effect provides a degree of privacy regardless of your home’s foot traffic. Our frosted glass shower doors can be customized to create a unique look for your bathroom. Whether you’re looking for fully-frosted glass, half-frosted, or patterned frosted, we’ll combine your imagination and our experience to create the perfect look for your shower.

Patterned Glass Shower Doors for a Unique Style

Your playful personality or unique sense of style will appreciate the look and feel of these patterned glass shower doors, with designs ranging from extravagant floral patterns to simple ripple designs. With a broad array of patterns to choose from, we’ll find the perfect fit for your bathroom’s personality. The pretty patterns offer just a touch of privacy and a whole lot of personality. 

Heavy Glass Shower Doors for an Open Modern Look

If you’re searching for a timeless look that won’t go out of style, heavy glass doors are what you need. Our heavy glass shower doors are our most popular style. Because these doors are made of thicker glass, they don’t have to rely on a metal frame for support so they offer a modern, minimalist appearance. Sometimes referred to as frameless doors, the open, clean, look that they provide adds an upscale feel to any bathroom.  

Call Janssen Glass & Door to help you create the custom bathroom that you’ve always wanted. You can reach us at (913) 677-5727.

7 Quick and Easy Shower Door Cleaning Tips

cleaning glass shower door

While glass shower doors add a sense of elegance and beauty to your home, they are sometimes a pain to regularly maintain. Knowing this, our experts at Janssen Glass threw together a list of 7 tips to keep your glass doors streak and mark free.

1. Squeegee After Showering

Everytime your shower is used, hard water particles have the chance to attach themselves to microscopic pores in the glass shower doors. This can be prevented by investing in a squeegee and regularly using it. 

This easy action can effectively remove water droplets from the glass, that would ultimately leave streaks. It’s important to keep in mind squeegeeing must take place directly after you shower. Start top to bottom. Don’t forget nooks and crannies, as they can sometimes store excess water droplets.

2. Use Sprayway Glass Cleaner

Our experts recommend using Sprayway. Sprayway is our favorite glass cleaner because it does more than just cleans your glass, it cares for it too. Sprayway glass cleaners are ammonia free, which means it won’t taint the window tint.

This cleaner is universal. It can be used for pretty much any glass in your home. It will leave a spotless finish on glass windows, glass shower doors, glass cabinet doors, and more! Always start cleaning from the top of the glass and work your way down. This will save you time by keeping clean sections of the window away from parts of the window still needing attention. Bottles of Sprayway can be purchased at Janssen Glass in Overland Park.

Insider cleaning tip: Clean your windows on a cloudy day. If you clean them on a sunny day, the sun’s rays will evaporate the cleaning solution before it has a chance to work its magic.

3. Use the Right Equipment

When it comes to cleaning glass, the right equipment can really make a difference. Sure, old rags seem logical, but they will also leave behind lint, tarnishing the beautiful finish you are trying to achieve.

Stay away from using washrags or paper towels. We recommend using a lint-free cloth or even a newspaper if you have the option. Don’t worry; the ink from the newspaper will not stain the glass. Residue may be left over on your hands but it will leave your glass streak-free.

If you want to be really thorough, use a squeegee like professionals do.

4. Remove Stubborn Debris (or Stickers)

If you find yourself with stickers stuck to your glass give this a try: Wet the window and debris (sticker) with the window cleaner. Then, take a brand new 1” single razor blade and gently scrape the debris.

Before attempting this, make sure your glass is non-coated. Be sure to use the flat edge, and never poke at the window. Doing this will leave long term damage and scratch your window.

5. Use Glass Coatings for Shower Doors

Using glass coatings is one way to make sure your glass stays clearer. We have found two separate coatings to be beneficial. While both effectively serve the same purpose, one just has a longer lasting effect. These coatings seal glass pores and keep minerals like calcium, magnesium, and other elements in hard water from attaching to themselves.

Cardinal 10 or C10, is a spray foam that is applied when your glass shower doors are installed and then buffed. This will come with a 10-year warranty.

ShowerGuard is permanent and is applied during the manufacturing of your glass shower doors. The reason ShowerGuard is permanent is because it’s system seals the glass surface with a patented ion beam process. Unlike the Cardinal 10, this comes with a lifetime warranty.

6. Properly Clean Shower Door Tracks

Door tracks can be gross, unappealing, and flat out plain annoying to clean. They can easily be forgotten. Here’s a quick summary of how you can easily clean all the shower tracks in your home.

Tools You’ll Need for the Homemade Shower Track Cleaner

  • Vinegar
  • Paper Towels
  • Old Toothbrush for Scrubbing
  • Q-Tips for Tight Spots
  • Water Spray Bottle for Rinsing

Get Those Shower Tracks Sparkling Clean

Begin by pouring some vinegar onto one of the paper towels. The paper towel needs to be soaked. Then lay this onto the tracks and let it sit for about 30 minutes. You should have enough paper towels to cover the length of your shower tracks. As you leave the room, flip the exhaust fan on so it removes the strong smell of vinegar over time.

Once your 30 minutes is up, remove the paper towels, and take your old toothbrush and rub it along the tracks. The residue should brush right off. For the corners and areas with screws, use the Q-tips. Whenever you are done scrubbing, take the spray bottle and rinse all the vinegar off the tracks.

7. Get Rid of Shower Door Tracks

If you’re sick and tired of cleaning shower door tracks, you should consider installing heavy glass shower doors. These types of shower doors typically swing open, and don’t normally require as much hardware including tracks. Check out our gallery of heavy glass shower doors to see the difference.

DIY: Make Your Own Glass Cleaner

Here are a couple of do-it-yourself solutions from your friends at Janssen Glass & Door. These easy mixtures can save you a little money, and are made with all natural everyday ingredients. You can feel safe using these cleaning solutions around your kids and family.

Scented White Vinegar Glass Cleaner

diy shower glass cleanerThis cleaning solution takes a little prep time, but it’s worth it. Vinegar is a natural cleaning and detoxifying agent, but it is known for having a strong scent.

Two weeks before you need the solution, soak citrus peels of your choice in a fourth of a cup of vinegar.

After the two weeks are up, strain the citrus from the vinegar, and pour it into a spray bottle. Mix in a gallon of water and stir. Then, spray away!

Vinegar and Dish Soap Glass Cleaner

This cleaner also uses the super cleaning agent, vinegar, but requires less prep time. Mix one cup of vinegar, a tablespoon of dish soap of your choice, and a gallon of warm water. Mix the liquids together, and pour into a spray bottle. That’s it!

Read more glass cleaning tips on your blog here. Call Janssen Glass & Door for all your glass and mirror needs at (913) 677-5727.

Stained Glass Goes Digital

Digitally printed glass is making the look of stained and etched glass affordable and achievable for modern buildings. More people are learning about digital printing capabilities on non-absorbent, rigid surfaces and this interest is driving the popularity of digital printing on glass. Architects and building designers will now have the freedom to develop truly creative and distinctive buildings with this new technology. 

Advantages of Digitally Printed Glass

While the technology has been available for two decades, it is now gaining traction. Until now, the only way to get colored glass in patterns was to create the pattern by using pieces of colored glass and arranging them in the desired pattern – what we know as stained glass. Obviously, creating a stained glass piece is very time consuming and expensive. Digital printing has serious advantages over stained or etched glass.

  • Achieve any design replication 
  • Precisely flexible transparency and opacity ratios
  • Lower cost than traditional glass design methods
  • Digitally printed glass can affect the SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) of the building
  • Much lower cost to repair

Digital Designs on Glass Are Limitless

The sky is the limit on the capability of digitally printed designs on glass. Basically, anything that can be imagined can be digitally printed. Designers can achieve results that are equally as stunning as stained glass works of art. Besides beauty, there are other factors to consider. Does your use of glass coincide with a hot or cold natural environment? Which orientation will the glass be fronting? Depending on the opacity and pattern of the digital print, the printed glass can shield the structure from UV radiation, thus keeping the room cooler.

Digitally Printed Glass Makes the Design Extremely Durable 

Digitally printing glass is much cheaper than using traditional stained glass methods and the finished product is extremely durable. The chosen design is digitally printed very precisely using an innovative ceramic ink. The ink is heat cured into the glass. Once the glass is thermally cured, the design is permanent. It will not fade or peel. Here are some qualities you can expect from designs that are digitally printed on glass.

  • Weather durability
  • Scratch resistance
  • UV resistance
  • Permanence 

Digitally Printed Designs Can Set a Mood 

When designing, architects consider the internal environment the occupants of a building will need.  Use of digitally printed glass can create moods that vary depending on the intended use of the building. A medical facility might want digitally printed glass of aquarium fish and calming nature scenes to reassure waiting patients. An automotive body shop could opt for glass digitally printed to an opacity that discourages internal heat gain but also allows inventory such as tires and rims to be visible from outside the shop. Now that digitally printed glass is available, look to see it popping up in all kinds of places.

If you’d like to learn more about how digitally printed glass can improve the look and feel of your home or business, call us at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online.

Easy Trick for Clean Shower Door Tracks!

Yes, what you’ve been ignoring all year is still there. It’s the gunk in your shower door tracks. You use your shower every day, so it can’t be avoided. Luckily, here at Janssen Glass & Door, we have the recipe for a super simple, homemade natural solution to clean your shower door tracks. You probably already have all the ingredients sitting right at home, so no more excuses!

Shower Track Cleaning Tools:

  • Vinegar
  • Paper Towels
  • Old Toothbrush for Scrubbing
  • Q-tips for Tight Spots
  • Spray Bottle with Water (for rinsing)

Let Time and Vinegar Do the Dirty Work

Vinegar is your friend. It may smell strange, but it does a great job of cutting through gunk without harming the finish on the metal tracks. The trick is to give it time. Soak a paper towel with vinegar and lay it on your shower tracks for approximately 30 minutes. Cover the entire expanse of the tracks. (Note: If the smell of vinegar gets too strong, turn on your exhaust fan during the process)

Break Out the Toothbrush

After the 30 minutes are up, remove the paper towels and begin using an old toothbrush to scrub along the tracks. Within minutes, you should see the gunk in your shower tracks start to dislodge and clear with little effort. Once you have gotten the majority of gunk out of your shower tracks, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty.

Use a Q-Tip to Get in the Tight Spots

Take a Q-tip and run it across the tight spots such as corners, screws, and edges for a sparkling-clean finish! Once done scrubbing, use the spray bottle of water to clear away the vinegar. You can also leave the exhaust fan on for a few more minutes to clear the smell of vinegar.

Congratulations, your shower tracks are as good as new! See, wasn’t that easy?

If you really hate this task, contact Janssen Glass & Door today to switch to frameless heavy glass shower doors. They’ll update your bathroom and you’ll never have to clean shower door tracks again! Call us at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online!

Top 5 Must-Haves for Luxury Showers

steam filled window from your luxury shower

The traditional tub/shower approach to bathroom design is out. Today’s new homes and remodels feature luxury showers. Bath Crashers contractor Matt Muenster, 10 Best Bathroom Remodeling Trends, reports that according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), showers are becoming far more popular than tubs. A consequence of this trend is an increase in high-tech spa-like body sprays, water jets, and shower heads to meet the demands of luxury.

Say Spaaaaah

Regardless of the amount of space you have available, ditching the traditional tub/shower approach and introducing a luxury shower can completely transform your bathroom space into a contemporary retreat for personal pampering. Here are five of the must-have features in your luxury shower.

1. Frameless Shower Wall and Door System

Frameless shower doors make use of heavier glass, which speaks of luxury and quality. A cleaner, unobstructed view not only enhances the illusion of added space but allows you to show off those decorative tile and fixture designs you worked so hard to get your hands on. Besides creating a durable, sleek, modern design, frameless doors add the illusion of extra space in smaller bathrooms.

2. Go with High-Tech Shower Heads

Creating spa-like luxury has to include the actual feel as well as the look. The technology for multiple showerhead functions that include mists, body sprays, water jets, rain simulation, and shower ceilings exists in a wide range of configurations and design elements. Shop the latest technology and find the high-tech showerhead that provides the best possible pampering.

3. Add Steam

Because aromatherapy and detoxification have become major home-health trends, shower design trends have also leaned toward fully enclosed steam/shower rooms. Adding steam allows you to take advantage of numerous health benefits in the comfort of your own luxury bathroom.

4. Don’t Forget Shower Seating

It is a bit hard to relax while standing up. Consequently, the addition of shower seating where you can shave your legs, apply moisturizer, or just lay your head back and enjoy a moment of needed R&R is a must in a luxury shower. A variety of designs and constructions can create the perfect look you’re going for in your bathroom retreat.

5. Do Forget the Curb

Instead of corralling water with a pan and raised curbs on your shower floor, go for the curbless approach by sloping the floor to the drain and leaving off the curb. This not only allows extra space in your shower or bathroom but also makes your shower barrier free. This approach enhances frameless wall and door systems and also transitions nicely for anyone planning to age in place.

If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, you might as well transform your bathroom space into a luxury retreat where you can enjoy the look and feel of much-needed pampering. Updating your bathroom is a snap when you have the expert assistance of Janssen Glass & Door.

Give us a call at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online, and we’ll be glad to help you create the spa-like bathroom of your dreams.

4 Hacks for Cleaning Up Broken Glass

Here’s the lowdown on cleaning up broken glass. First of all, no one enjoys doing it. Let’s be real: facing the possibility that you’ll be picking shards of glass out of your feet, toes, hands, etc., is not the best way to put a smile on your face and brighten your day. Fortunately, the second thing you should know is that there are some simple hacks using household items that can help you clean up broken glass safely and effectively. Before we get into that, though, here are some things not to do:

Glass Cleanup No-Nos

  • Don’t use your bare hands to clean up.
  • Don’t walk around the breakage area in bare feet. Be smart, and protect yourself.
  • Don’t forget to thoroughly inspect the room where the breakage occurred for remnants of glass. When glass shatters, the force can propel shards further away than you’d think. Be sure to move around pieces of furniture in the vicinity for a more complete inspection.
  • Don’t use a broom to sweep up glass if you can help it. Pieces of glass can easily get caught in the bristles. If you have to use a broom, be sure to thoroughly clean it afterward so all of the pieces are removed.
  • Don’t dispose of the glass in the inside trash can. Take it out to the big dumpster. If you do use the inside can, let other household members know so they don’t accidentally cut themselves pressing down the trash with a foot or hand.

4 Simple Hacks for Cleaning Up Broken Glass:

  1. Use a Piece of Bread
    Stick the bread against the glass shards & they should cling to it. It’s an easy cleanup solution.
  2. Whip Out the Potatoes
    Another way to get the glass pieces to stick is using the fleshy insides of your standard russet potato. Simply cut the potato in half, clean up the glass, and wipe down the floor afterward.
  3. Something Else Duct Tape Can Do!
    As with so many other problems, duct tape can be the solution in this case as well. Carefully wrap the tape around your hand, with the sticky side facing outwards. Gently dab up all the glass shards, and carefully discard the tape. Voila!
  4. Vacuum It Up
    Using a vacuum cleaner, especially one with flexible extensions can save you a lot of time. It can also keep you safe as you clean up the breakage.

Feel free to use any of these four hacks the next time you have to deal with broken glass cleanup! If you would like to add glass to your home in the form of glass shelves, mirrors, tabletops, or shower doors, give Janssen Glass a call at (913) 677-5727, or contact us online.

Don’t Recaulk Your Shower Until You Read This

DIY recaulking your shower at home

Puddles on your bathroom floor are often the first sign that the shower door caulk needs replacing. Take a closer look. Is the caulk discolored or wearing away? If so, it’s time to recaulk.  For handy homeowners, recaulking is a DIY afternoon project.

Note: You won’t be able to use your shower for 24 hours after you recaulk, so plan accordingly.

How to Recaulk a Shower Door

Every day, caulking is exposed to shampoos, soaps, and cleaners. Over time, caulking starts to wear away. Recaulking not only keeps your shower door watertight, but it also keeps your entire bathroom looking fresh and clean.

Recaulking Tools

You’ll need to gather some tools and supplies before you get started:

  • Utility and putty knives to remove the old caulking.
  • Sandpaper to clean and smooth the surfaces.
  • Mold and mildew cleaner for the seams and gaps.
  • Stiff bristled brush for cleaning.
  • Mildew resistant caulking that is suitable for the wet, humid conditions in bathrooms.
  • Caulking gun to push the caulk from the tube.
  • Lint-free cloths to clean as you go.
  • A mask to wear to prevent mold inhalation.

Allow Time for Recaulking Your Shower Door

When you’ve got a few hours to spend on this task, go ahead and get started. It generally requires 2-4 hours of time:

  1. Wearing the mask, use the knives to cut and scrape away the old caulking.
  2. Clean the area with the mold and mildew cleaner, and let dry.
  3. Use the sandpaper, if needed, to remove any remaining residue.
  4. Apply the caulk in one fluid line. Moisten your finger to smooth out the caulk and remove any extra.
  5. Let it dry for 24 hours. You shouldn’t use the shower or tub during this time.
  6. Inspect the caulk and do a wet test to ensure that the caulk is airtight.

If you are still experiencing leaks after recaulking, call (913) 677-5727 or contact us online. Your shower door may need to be replaced. At Janssen Glass, we offer both standard and completely customized shower doors in Kansas City. Updating to a frameless shower door will give your bathroom a beautiful, modern look.