Category: Glass Shower Doors

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.

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.

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.  

 

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.

Make Your Home Clear, Light, and Modern with Glass Shelves

Without a doubt, glass shelves lend their own sense of chic style to any room they adorn. From powder rooms to patios, they elevate the decor with their air of sophistication and sleekness. Here are some wonderful examples we found on Pinterest to help inspire you to incorporate glass shelves into your home and take it from regular to refined.

Powder Room Perfection

Simple and sleek, these glass shelves in the bathroom automatically give it a more upscale attitude. Be careful, they could spark a spa-inspired makeover!

Powder Room Perfection

Get That Gallery Look

The clean lines and minimal visual weight help to keep the focus on the items being displayed rather than the shelves themselves. The effect brings to mind a serene museum setting. These shelves are perfect for displaying collections of just about anything.

That Gallery Look

Simple Elegance

These inset glass shelves perfectly complement the clean lines and cool white walls of these built-ins. The look is simple and elegant at the same time.

Simple Home Elegance

Floating Glass Shelves

A single central support creates a sense of airiness while differing shelf lengths keep the eye moving in a gentle circle. The hint of blue in the glass introduces a liquid element adding to its calming capabilities.

Floating Glass Shelves

Maximize Sunlight

Glass shelves in kitchen windows add space without sacrificing light. Plants, pretty dishes, cut flowers, or canister sets will all look stunning when on display on these shelves.

Maximize Sunlight In Home

Raise the Bar

What better choice for a wet bar than heavy glass shelves. With ample space for glassware and the strength to support liquor bottles too, heavy glass is a perfect choice – bar none! The mirror behind collects ambient light and reflects it back keeping the corner, and perhaps your guests, lit.

Raise The Bar

We hope we’ve inspired you to add some glass shelves to your home. If you need help with custom sizes, beveled edges, or installation, give us a call at Janssen Glass and we’ll be happy to help create your new glass shelf addition. Call us at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online.

The Latest Bathroom Design Trend – Converting Your Tub to a Luxury Shower

If you’re thinking of remodeling your bathroom, there is one trend you need to know about – tubs are out and showers are in. According to Matt Muenster, a licensed contractor and host of DIY Network’s Bath Crashers and Bathtastic!, in his list of the 10 Best Bathroom Remodeling Trends, showers are becoming far more popular than tubs. While freestanding tubs are also a trendy feature in bathroom remodels, you may want to consider how much use a tub will get vs. a large, luxury shower.

Space is a premium feature in bathrooms, so if yours is on the smaller side, you may want to consider replacing your bathtub with a larger, more attractive shower. According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), showers are becoming far more popular than tubs.

Must-Have Features for a Spa-Inspired Shower

frameless shower doors1. Heavy Glass (Frameless) Shower Doors

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.

They also make the bathroom seem bigger because their frameless style creates a clear view. If you are updating your shower with decorative tile, frameless shower doors help to show it off better too.

2. High-Tech Shower Heads

To help create a spa-like look and feel, upgrade that boring old shower head to multiple shower heads including body sprays, water jets and rain shower heads.

3. Steam Showers

Fully enclosed steam showers are becoming popular as well especially in new homes and master bathrooms.

4. Shower Benches

Built-in and portable benches add to the relaxation mode being created in these spa-like enclosures. Having a place to sit to shave legs or moisturize skin is relaxing and convenient.

5. Zero Entry

With the recent emphasis on aging-in-place remodeling, zero-entry showers or curbless shower stalls are also a consideration. Instead of a pan for the shower floor (a floor with raised sides to corral water and send it down a center drain) a curbless floor (the drainage slope of the floor is built below the level of the surrounding flooring surface) allows wheelchair entry with no barriers.

It is more expensive and harder to install, but if you’re interested in retiring and living in your home in your later years, it may be worth the extra trouble. If you are planning on aging in place, some other features you may want to consider are grab bars in the shower, slip-resistant floors, a handheld showerhead mounted lower on the wall, and floating/wall mounted sinks/counters that a wheelchair can roll under for easy access.

Tips for Shower Remodels

 

Don’t Replace Your Only Tub
Don’t make the mistake of replacing your home’s only tub as they are handy for washing large items (think window blinds) as well as giving pets a bath. You will want at least one tub in your home for convenience and for resale value.

Don’t Build around a Window
You may be tempted to build a shower enclosure around a window if there was a window above the original tub. We warn against it. The window casing simply presents too many opportunities to allow water to seep around it and into your walls. The result will be ugly mold and possibly having to tear out the window/wall to fix it. Close up the window before finishing the shower if possible.

Make Your Shower as Big as Possible
People rarely regret making a shower too big. Making it too small, however is a common “coulda, woulda, shoulda” complaint by homeowners who have remodeled. Most building codes say a shower stall should be at least 30” by 30”. The NKBA recommends making it 36” by 36”. Don’t cheat yourself out of a bigger shower even if you have to bump out an interior wall or two to create the space.

Key Measurements for Bathroom Remodels

Finished ceiling height:
80” minimum

Distance from side of toilet to shower wall:
15” minimum (measured from the center of the toilet to the wall)
18 “ recommended

Distance from front of toilet to shower wall (or any wall):
21” minimum
30” recommended

Shower door swing:
Should clear all obstructions including toilet and vanity cabinet. Sliding doors or curved doors can help solve door swing problems.

If you’re considering remodeling your bathroom, give Janssen Glass a call at (913) 677-5727. We can help you design a shower enclosure that makes the most of your bathroom. If you’ve got a tricky space, we can custom design a shower enclosure just for you. For inspiration, visit our shower door gallery online.

Looking for a New Shower Door? Consider these 6 Features…

beautiful brass and wooden showerYou’ve decided it’s time to install a new glass shower door in your home, but you didn’t realize there were so many choices. It can be a little overwhelming, so the team at Janssen Glass put together this guide for updating your shower door. Take a peek and you’ll know which questions to ask when it comes time to purchase.

Invest in Different Types of Door Openings

Believe it or not, sliding doors are not the only kind of shower doors you can choose from. Today’s styles include sliding, door and panel enclosures, and swinging doors. Consider the floor plan of your bathroom. Is there room for a swinging shower door? Every bathroom is different but it is also important to consider your lifestyle.

Traditional Framed Doors or Heavy Glass Doors?

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. Heavy glass is much thicker than traditional glass making it more rigid as well. Because it is so strong and rigid, it doesn’t require the frame around the outside to keep it stable. Now you can have a frameless shower door which provides a much sleeker and more modern look in your bathroom. You should know that edges on frameless doors get darker the thicker the glass gets, and you will notice. Make sure to ask what the edges of the finished product will look like.

Don’t Forget Door Hardware Decisions

chrome shower handleThe type of hardware you would like on your door is another decision you will have to make.There are plenty of choices from brushed nickel to oil rubbed bronze to rose gold. However, if you choose heavy glass doors, your hardware is drastically reduced. You may only need a door handle and some clips to keep the panels together. If your goal is to truly update your bathroom, heavy or frameless glass doors are what you want. Look through our gallery of glass shower doors and take note of those that do not require a metal frame. This also means no more cleaning shower door tracks!

Glass Patterns & Colors Can Brighten Your Shower

What pattern and color of glass do you prefer? We have 20 options for you whether you are installing a new shower door or replacing an old one. We can sometimes even do multiple textures to give you privacy while still showing off your fabulous tile. You just let us know what you want and we’ll create it.

Think About Replacing Your Bath with a Shower

Many homeowners find that they don’t use their tub for soaking and would rather have a shower enclosure only. Think about it. 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!

Zero entry showers are becoming popular with some older homeowners who plan to age in place. They find that they don’t use their tube because they have trouble getting in and out of it. Zero entry showers also allow wheelchairs to roll right into the enclosure should they need to in the future.

Do You Have an Unusual Floor Plan in Your Bathroom?

marble shower

Sometimes homeowners run into the problem of having an unusually configured bathroom which makes it hard to visualize many options for a shower. If your bathroom is an unusual configuration, no problem, contact us! We specialize in custom shower enclosures and doors that will maximize your space and show off the other upgrades you’ve done in your bathroom.

Now you know what to look for and what questions to ask when considering your new shower. For more information about glass shower doors, call us at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online.

Homeowner Hacks: How to Clean Your Shower Door Tracks

dirty door tracksDirty door tracks. They’re gross, unappealing, and plain annoying to clean. They’re easily neglected and forgotten. But the longer you put off cleaning them, the more disgusting the job gets. That’s why we’ve devised a super easy way to clean shower door tracks with household items that are already probably in your possession! Best of all, this cleaning trick is all natural and doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals that will come in contact with your skin.

The Recipe for Homemade Shower Door Track Cleaner:

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

How to Squeaky Clean the Shower Tracks Away

clean shower doorStart by pouring a little vinegar onto a paper towel so that it’s soaked. Then lay this onto the tracks, and let them sit for 30 minutes. Soak and lay enough paper towels to cover the length of your shower tracks. Turn on your exhaust fan during this process because the smell of vinegar can be strong.

 

After 30 minutes, remove the paper towels, and take your old toothbrush and run it across the tracks. With little effort, all the gunk should brush right off. Use the Q-tips to clean tight spots like corners and around screws. When you’re done scrubbing, take the spray bottle and rinse all the vinegar off the tracks. Once you’re done it should look as good as new!

Related Read: 7 Shower Door Cleaning Tips From the Pros

Sick of dirty showers? Get a heavy glass door!

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

Dirty shower door tracks, no more! Contact Janssen Glass & Door today for tips on how best to care for your glass shower doors, or to install new heavy glass shower doors.

Digitally Printed Glass: The New Futuristic Alternative to Stained Glass

janssen-glass-digitally-stained-glass-commercial-buildingForget the cookie-cutter mentality–we’re in the age of personalization. Whether it’s our phones, our home, or our office, we like to make our lives feel unique and reflect our personal style. This new glass trend is attracting the attention of businesses and homeowners alike by breaking barriers and adding yet another aspect of customization to our lives, where the only limitation is your own imagination. Continue reading to learn more…

What Is Digitally Printed Glass & How Is It Done?

janssen-glass-digitally-printed-frameless-glass-shower-doorDigitally printed glass is a method of using ceramic paint to add images, patterns, or text into flat glass surfaces using ceramic glass printing technology. The process begins with a high-resolution image being sent to a specialized printer mounted on a track, under which glass panels are added. Unique software is used to tell the printer the size of glass pane being used; among other details such as if the image will be in black and white or color.

The printer then copies the image onto the glass precisely using a revolutionary type of ceramic ink. The glass pane is then transferred to an oven for thermal curing. Once complete, the ink will be weather proof, scratch proof, UV resistant, and nearly impossible to remove from the glass. This means it will remain vibrant and damage-resistant for years to come. Accidents can always happen, but luckily, when disaster strikes, repair and replacement is both easy and cost-effective compared to other glass methods.

Where Can Digitally Printed Glass Be Used?

janssen-glass-digitally-printed-marble-glass-kitchen-backsplashWith features such as adjustable transparency and opacity, which are used to create subtle textures or the tiniest of details within a photo, the possible uses for this new glass technology are endless. Here are some examples:

  • Home: Imagine adding your family’s beach photo to your shower door or privacy panels with exquisite nature scenes to separate spaces. Try amping up your kitchen with a new back splash (like the one to the right) printed to look like marble that gets people talking while remaining easy to clean and sanitize. Another great option is to have an old, cherished family photo digitized and printed for extra durability.
  • Commercial: At work, branding your company logo on the outside windows can make a huge impact. Entire entryways can have a faux brick texture to set a welcoming mood. Or a faux salt aquarium to set the mood in a dentist’s waiting room without the maintenance. Print your store hours right onto the glass door panels and add permanent safety reminders on the bathroom mirrors.
  • janssen-glass-conference-room-digitally-printed-glass-new-technologySchools. Many classrooms can be personalized with fun and contemporary images to keep an open feel while helping to minimize distractions. You can also add soothing scenes or colors to the windows of your classroom to help ease students into productivity.
  • Churches: Many churches are known for having beautiful stained glass, but many are starting to opt for digitally printed glass instead. Why? Digitally printed glass can give the exact same effect as stained glass, but it’s easier and more cost efficient to install and it’s much faster, easier, and cheaper to repair.

Expert Tip: Use digitally printed glass to add tint to the windows of your business or home to minimize sunlight and help reduce cooling costs!

Digitally Printed Glass vs. Stained Glass

New stained glass windows at St Mary's Church in Darwin
New stained glass windows at St Mary’s Church in Darwin

For centuries, humanity the world over would unanimously agree that few sights are as stunning as a full mosaic of stained glass. Similarly, little could compare to the delicate lattice-work of etched glass. These two kings of glass art worked to instill a sense of royalty, money, and power from onlookers of such pieces. However, as the saying goes, heavy is the crown.

Though they are both beautiful in their complexity, these titans of the glass world don’t come cheap, and don’t hang around for cheap either. If your stained or etched glass is broken, it can cost anywhere between $177-$402 in stained glass repair. Stained glass also needs regular maintenance such as re-grouting of the glass panels, and re-leading of the mosaic itself. Etched glass doesn’t fare any better, with costs being so high, repair estimates aren’t normally listed.

These are just a few ways customers are utilizing this new technology. If you’d like to learn more about what digital printing can bring to your home or business, give Janssen Glass a call at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online today!