Author: Tim Janssen

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.

3 Genius Hacks for Painting around Windows

 

creative ways for painting around windowsPainting around glass in windows frames can be tricky and painstaking. Tape can be tricky to position properly and can leave residue after removal. Since we’re the glass experts, we thought we’d share some tips to make this task a little less daunting. You have more options than you might think. Here are three ways to make it easier.

Related Read: 5 Questions to Ask before Installing a Glass Shower Door

 

  1. Use Paper Strips
    Paper strips are similar to using tape but they are easier to apply and cleaner to remove. Simply cut strips of paper (regular copy paper will do) using a paper cutter or straight edge to ensure straight lines. In a pan of water, wet the paper strips until they are saturated but not falling apart. Squeeze the excess water out, and apply the paper strips flush along the glass.

They will stick nicely and since the “adhesive” is just water, it’s more forgiving than tape. The strips can easily be moved around until they are positioned perfectly. Once you are satisfied with the placement of the strips, run a dry paintbrush over them to make sure they stay in place. After painting, simply peel the paper strips off and -voila!- perfect paint lines with no sticky residue.

2. Brush on Masking Liquid
Using a product like Masking Liquid H2O is also fairly easy. Just brush the liquid on the edges of the glass, let it dry to a gel finish, and paint away. After painting, use a sharp edge of a razor blade to slice the gel away from the glass and the flat edge to scrape the gel off.

3. Plain Old Lip Balm
This method is almost exactly like using masking liquid but doesn’t require a razor blade to remove. It’s also a little cheaper. Apply the lip balm generously around the edges of the glass with your fingers or a cotton swab. After the paint dries, use a clean dry rag to remove the lip balm from the glass. You may need to use a glass cleaner if the lip balm residue leaves a film.

Pro Tip – Cotton Swabs
This is less of a preventative measure, more of an emergency solution because, let’s face it, mistakes can happen to even the most careful crafters. Precision cotton swabs are just the right size for wiping away a stray drop of paint that lands outside of the safety zone. Have these on hand just in case!

The experts at Janssen Glass & Door can provide solutions for all of your glass-related needs, including replacing existing glass or custom-fitting new glass for shelves, tabletops, mirrors and more! We’ve also got a great collection of shower doors and expert installers. Contact us today to turn your project dreams into reality!

Bathroom Trends for 2019

2019 bathroom trendsModern bathrooms are evolving toward greater comfort, space, and functionality, all while integrating fresh aesthetic appeal. When we are part of a bathroom remodel, it’s always exciting to see how much more modern and beautiful the finished product is especially when we upgrade the shower doors to heavy glass (frameless) doors. If you are remodeling your bathroom this year, consider updating to heavy glass and keep these trends in mind as well.

Open Concept Plans

As with houses in general, newer bathrooms are often designed for open, breathable space. Open concept designs can make even tiny bathrooms feel roomier. Gone are the surplus cupboards full of junk. Modern bathrooms exhibit efficient, practical amounts of cupboard space with more open shelving that can be installed higher on the walls or tucked in corners. Heavy glass shower doors are a popular choice for open concept bathrooms due to their ability to let light flow throughout the room and into the shower space. With no frames blocking the view, the eye perceives the room as larger and more spacious.

Neutral Tones with a Pop

Neutral tones add a relaxing and timeless feel to any design. Current styles lean toward more natural stone and wood surfaces with matte textured metal fixtures and paint. However, complementing these neutral tones are accents of color that can be seen along a single wall, a backsplash, or mingled with the tile. Small murals, a section of wallpaper, potted plants or a framed painting can add a nice focal point without making the room look too busy.

Water Space

A popular modern design called a ‘water space’ is a section of the bathroom dedicated to a bathtub and an open shower with a drain in the floor. This area of the bathroom is typically walled off with heavy glass shower doors. Conforming to open concept design, glass surpasses a shower curtain by effectively containing splashing water without reducing the visible size of the bathroom or interrupting the flow of light.

Are you ready to design the bathroom of your dreams? Let Janssen Glass help. Contact us online or call (913) 677-5727 and we’ll help you find and install the perfect shower door.  

 

Delightful Holiday Window Decorations

It’s fun to give everything a holiday touch in the winter and windows are no exception! We’ve gathered some of the most creative and beautiful window decorations from Pinterest to share with you. Use them as inspiration for your home!

Birds of a Feather

A glass vase, some artificial snow, branches bedecked with berries and a few bright red cardinals is all it takes to create this eye-catching window display. Simply arrange the branches, attach the cardinals with a little wire and fill the vase with fake snow. You can add a small nest with another bird to create a cozy woodland scene.

 

Snow Covered Pines

These pointy treetops covered in snow are easy to create. Simply cut foam boards into steep triangles and attach them to each other with glue to create this forest scene. String small white pom poms onto fishing wire and tape the end the top of the window frame to create the illusion of snow falling down. You can use green triangles as well and dust the tops with fake snow if you prefer a little more color.

Elegant Wreath Duo

This is a great solution for a double window. Simply take a tension rod, slide one end of the red curtain over the rod, string it through the wreath and then slide the other end of the curtain on the opposite end of the rod. Repeat for the second window and you’ve got a simple way to make your windows look festive in a snap. You can choose to hang the rods inside, or if you have shutters inside, like this home, you can opt to hang them outside. Either way, it’s fast and simple.

De-Vine Inspiration

Add a touch of whimsy to the outside of any window with this grapevine and star swag. Weave some lights into the mix to create an enchanting glow. While this display looks great on any window, it is perfect for windows on the front of the house that guests pass as they enter.

 

 

 

 

Enjoy decorating your home this holiday season, especially the windows. We hope we provided some inspiration by sharing these unique ideas. Happy holidays from your friends at Janssen Glass!

Magical Holiday Tablescapes Featuring Mirrors

At Janssen Glass, we make homes more beautiful by adding a touch of glass. Whether it’s a new shower door, glass shelves, a tabletop, or even a mirror, the clean simplicity of glass is an eye-pleasing addition. For the holidays, glass can add a hit of elegance in many places, and what better place than the table where you serve your holiday meal? A beautiful tablescape for your Christmas dinner will make your home feel so festive! We’ve scoured Pinterest to bring you the most magical of tablescapes using, what else?…mirrors.

A Snowy Scene

A Snowy Scene

A simple rectangular mirror surrounded by votive candles lends an upscale feel to any meal. Add a few glass vases filled with faux snow, wintery branches, and some silver ornaments for sparkle. Accent with a touch of greenery, light the votive candles, and your guests will be mesmerized.

 

Winter WonderlandWinter Wonderland

Use a dark blue (or even a light blue) tablecloth to create this frosty feast. The contrasting color makes the white placemats, dishes and napkins really pop. Silver candle holders flank an etched glass hurricane lamp surrounded by a wintery wreath. A collection of candles on square mirrors stand like sentinels on either end of the table while small votives in mercury glass add their own light. Don’t forget to dangle snowflakes from your chandelier

Easy Holiday TablescapesEasy as One, Two, Three!

  1. Purchase an inexpensive wall dressing mirror from your local discount store. Paint the frame gold or silver, and then place the mirror in the center of your dining table.
  2. Gather a grouping of glass and crystal candle holders, making sure you have a variety of sizes and styles. Arrange the candle holders along the surface of the mirror.
  3. Add a few flower bunches, placed in decorative vases, along the mirror surface. And you’re done!

Peppermint DelightRed & White Peppermint Delight

Red and white is always a fun and festive look. Fill a small white garden urn with red and white striped ornaments mixed with solid red. Throw in some swirly white or silver branches or berries and you’ve got a great centerpiece. Place it on a round mirror base with red tulle peeking out from underneath and sprinkled with berries. Add a few clear votives for twinkling light and you’re done. You could even put a peppermint candy on each plate as a sweet, after dinner treat.

New Year Table DecorRing in the New Year!

If you’re planning a New Year’s Eve dinner, this tablescape is perfect. It mixes gold and silver elements atop a rectangular mirror. The light from star-shaped glass tealight holders reflects off the mirror. A large glass vase filled with silver ornaments and a pillar candle draws the eye to the center. It is flanked by two other pillar candles. Each place setting is decorated with a party hat and horn.

 

Whether you plan to actually serve dinner, or you just want your dining room table to look incredible all season long, you can’t go wrong with one of these beautiful tablescapes. You’ll never look at your mirrors the same way again!

If you need help with glass shelves, mirrors, or shower doors, give Janssen Glass a call at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online. We’ll be happy to help measure, create, and install any kind of glass for your home!

The Single Most Critical Upgrade to Include When Remodeling a Bathroom

Remodeling A BathroomIf your bathroom is a bit outdated, this one change could bring it into the 21st century – heavy glass shower doors. Shower doors have gone through a style revolution in the last couple of decades. With the creation of heavy glass, old style framed shower doors are a thing of the past!

What Is Heavy Glass?


First, let’s clarify what heavy glass is and then show you what a difference it makes in modernizing the typical bathroom. Showers doors of yesterday were thin and flexible, so they needed a metal frame to give them support when opening and closing so they wouldn’t break. Today’s heavy glass shower doors are 3/8” to ½” thick which allows them to stand alone without the support of a frame. You’ll love the feel of heavy glass shower doors too. No more wiggling when they open and close. They feel solid, sturdy, and upscale.

Framed Shower Doors Look Dated


Almost all of the shower doors we replace are framed doors. That’s all that was available until about a decade ago when heavy glass was created. If you are updating your bathroom, don’t take it back in time with old-school framed shower doors. Sure, they’re cheaper, and they look like it. Heavy glass shower doors don’t need frames so you can get that modern, sleek, look without all the hardware.

Heavy Glass Means Less Hardware


These advances in glass technology have not only given us thicker glass, but also much more design freedom. Heavy glass needs much less hardware so we can attach heavy glass shower doors with simple clips, handles, and channels greatly reducing the visual intrusion of the metal framework. If you have beautiful tile work in your shower, don’t hide it behind obtrusive doors with frames. Show it off.

Frameless Shower Doors Make Bathrooms Feel Bigger


Because frameless doors are so commanding, going frameless will make the biggest impact on updating your bathroom, especially in a smaller bathroom. And, as an added bonus, frameless shower doors will make your bathroom feel exponentially bigger. This will allow guests to focus on more beautiful, important aspects of your bathroom instead of your outdated shower door.

But My Bathroom Has a Tub


Another trend we’ve witnessed in bathroom design is ditching the tub for a larger shower. Many homeowners find that they don’t use their tub for soaking and would rather have a shower enclosure only. If you have a guest room with a bathtub, but you have three other bathrooms with bathtubs as well, do you really need that one to be a tub? Probably not. Deciding to replace the tub with a shower usually gives us room to expand a small shower and can really enhance a bathroom. Our designers can help you visualize a larger shower. Sometimes, the shower becomes the focal point of the entire room!

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

If you have a bathroom that’s looking a little lost in time, let us update it with 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.

Custom Glass for Any Project You Can Imagine

At Janssen Glass, customization is our specialty. If you have a glass project for your home that’s not just the run-of-the-mill, we are the company to call. We will come to you, measure, discuss options, finalize a solution, create it, and install it. Because we stock most kinds of glass (types, thicknesses, patterns, etc.) and we cut it right here in our full-line glass shop in Overland Park, turnaround time is impressive. We can usually have most residential projects finished within a few days. So call us today and let’s get started!

Glass To Get OrganizedGlass to Get Organized

Need an instant message board to keep your family on track? Don’t go with the ugly, store-bought variety. Create your own with a simple frame and a piece of custom cut glass. That way, it looks much more custom and built-in than a cheap board you’d buy at the discount store. You can even customize the color behind it to complement your room’s decor.

exceptional backsplashA Clearly Exceptional Backsplash

Glass backsplashes are becoming more and more popular. We can cut glass to fit any space you need. Don’t forget, we also have patterned glass to add an extra touch of style. Clear and simple or etched and elegant, we’ll make your backsplash unique.

Simple Glass ShelvesGo Ahead…Be Shelf-ish

Simple glass shelves add interest to an ordinary window. Add plants, decorative china, whimsical signs, or anything that suits your fancy. Give your window some personality!

Island Themed GlassIsland Fun

Who says your kitchen island has to be made of wood? Only your imagination is the limit when it comes to glass. Add colored glass, etched glass, or patterned glass to create a one-of-a-kind kitchen centerpiece that really makes an impression!

Glass Patio Privacy ScreenPatio Privacy Screen

Don’t forget about using glass outdoors too. Create a privacy screen that adds bright colors and a touch of whimsy to your outdoor space.

We can cut glass to fit any dimensions, so just give us a call. Our phones are answered by real people 24 hours a day. We are extremely proud of our 99% customer satisfaction rating. We offer free estimates for any project and fast turnaround. Let us help you make your home exactly what you want it to be with unique custom glass projects.

If you have a dream for your home and it includes custom glass installation, call us at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online. We’ll work with you to make your dream a reality!

What to Look for in an Emergency Glass Repair Company for Your Business

Emergency Glass Repair CompanyWhether you have a cracked window on the seventh floor of your office building or the front door of your store is shattered, broken glass often requires emergency services. When you have a situation with glass, you want to know that you can rely on a competent company that will show up at your Kansas City business within a reasonable amount of time, and they will be able to repair the problem as quickly as possible. The following are three things to look for in a commercial glass repair company for your business:

Common Sizes Always in Stock

When you have an emergency, you don’t have time to wait for someone to buy material for the job. You want a company that has a decent amount of inventory for most standard types of glass, doors, and hardware that might be needed to complete a job.

Ability to Do On-Site Glass Repairs

For sizes that aren’t standard, you want a company that can cut glass on site, and fix your problem immediately. If the display window of your storefront breaks, you don’t want to hear that your service repair company has to go back to their shop to cut the glass to size while your store remains exposed.

24-Hour Emergency Glass Service

If you have an emergency in the middle of the night, you shouldn’t have to wait until morning to call for assistance. A reputable glass repair company should provide 24-hour services for security, employee, life or loss, and other emergency situations.

At Janssen Glass and Door, we understand the issues that are involved with broken glass. We stock standard commercial doors, frames, and hardware as well as a deep inventory of different types of glass. We can even cut glass on-site for custom sizes. We offer our services 24 hours a day.

If you are a business owner in the Kansas City area, add (913) 677-5727 to your cell phone so you can call us immediately in case of emergency. Feel free to call or contact us online for more information.