Category: Tips for Homeowners

Read our latest homeowner tips for custom glass installations, repair, replacement and maintenance.

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!

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!

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!

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.

From Swinging, to Sliding, to Folding, Window Walls Are Practical & Impressive

We always think of glass when talking about windows, but glass can be used to create walls as well. Window walls are are making a splash in modern home design. Take a look at some of these ingenious ways to use glass walls as interior room separators as well as doors to the outside.

Folding Interior Window Wall

                                                    

This folding interior window wall allows the kitchen to be closed off from the adjacent room without reducing the amount of light in the room. It also allows for a wide walkway when open for easy access even if there’s a crowd of people.

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Interior Pocket Doors

These interior pocket doors disappear into the walls when not in use. Even partially closed, they create a feeling of privacy and coziness despite the fact that they are mostly clear glass.

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Pivoting Exterior Doors

 

 

These pivoting exterior doors create an easy way to extend the room to include the adjacent patio. They also allow for an uninhibited view when closed, so nature always seems near.

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Sliding Window Wall

This sliding window wall with its triple track almost disappears when open. The sections slide back to the width of only one panel when fully open. It’s a great way to separate rooms with a large expansive opening between them.  

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If you’re looking for a way to open up your floor plan, consider removing solid walls and replacing them with window walls. They will give you walls when you want walls and open spaces when you don’t. Plus, we think they look pretty impressive too.  

If you’d like to see more ways glass can enhance your home, check out our blog or stop by our showroom to see a wide variety of bathroom shower doors, shelves, glass tabletops, mirrors and more. Call Janssen Glass at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online.

Digitally Printed Glass: Welcome to the Wave of the Future

Digitally Printed GlassA new, cutting-edge technology is changing the way that glass can be customized. Introducing digitally printed glass! Many designers believe that digitally printed glass is not only the trend of the future but admit that it is becoming wildly popular right now as a way of decorating a home. It allows homeowners to personalize their homes in ways that just weren’t possible before. Not only does it allow a completely new way to express yourself in your home, but each design, photo, or piece of art you choose to have digitally printed, becomes a piece of virtual reality because the process brings whatever is printed vibrantly to life.

How Is Digitally Printed Glass Made?

Digitally printed glass is created by using a digital file of a symbol, image, or pattern which a machine then prints onto the surface of the glass. The ink used is ceramic and is then thermally cured which makes it difficult (if not impossible) to damage. The ceramic ink comes in an assortment of colors depending on the colors in the digital file provided. Your imagination is the limit to what you can create!

Digitally Printed Glass Is Durable

The digital printing process begins with digital glass printers, ceramic inks, and image processing software that is integrated and infused with each other to create any customized and one-of-a-kind look in any piece of glass. The inks, once tempered, become a part of the glass, resulting in a scratch and weather resistant final piece.

Creative Ways to Incorporate Printed Glass into Your Home

Printed Glass in HomeBut in reality, the process starts with imagining new ways to use glass in your home. Do you have a favorite picture of your child from a recent trip? Show it off in your living room. Are you a lover of art? Then display that love in your kitchen or have a large glass panel display in your living room. Do you have a whimsical side? Then let the guest bathroom shower display that. Do you want to add some “warmth” to a room? Then get a fireplace. The brightness and clarity of digital glass will bring you back to a calm sunny day each time you shower or relive a special and momentous day each time you walk into your living room.

Digitally Printed Glass for Outdoors

Digitally Printed Glass OutdoorsDigital printed glass is not limited to the inside of your home. Imagine making your patio more private and colorful by surrounding it with glass panels or adding a serene scene around your pool with a digital glass fence.

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!

10 Ways To Enhance Your Patio With Custom Glass

Did you know you can get more out of your patio with glass enhancements? If you are considering updating your patio and you want to be the envy of all of your neighbors, this list of stunning custom glass upgrades will give you inspiration to take the plunge into having the outdoor look you’ve always dreamed of. You’ll never think of your patio the same way again.

1.  Glass Gazebo

A beautiful custom glass gazebo can become the focal point of your patio and yard with its unique and elegant look. Additionally, this backyard retreat will keep you well protected on a rainy day or allow you to take advantage of the warming rays of the sun on a cooler afternoon while blocking the chilly wind.

2. Pergolas

PergolasWhile pergolas do not include walls and are known to be open and airy, adding glass to the top of a pergola can be the perfect way to enhance your patio. The glass roof offers a protective cover while not blocking the sun or your view of the sky above.

3.  Folding Glass Patio Walls

A folding glass patio wall will have a considerable impact on your patio. When closed, a glass wall is a statement piece offering forever views. The ability to open that wall expands your living space and brings the outdoors in while allowing a great area for entertaining.

4.  Decking Panels or Railings

Any panels or railings made completely of wood are wonderful but will obstruct your view of a yard you are proud to show off. Replacing them with custom glass panels will allow the same protection while enhancing the look of your outdoor space. Panels made of heavy glass are thick and sturdy enough to handle the demands of the great outdoors.

5.  Glass Pool Fencing

Glass Pool FencingLike the panels and railings above, glass fencing can be used around your pool. For safety reasons, glass is a plus as it permits you an unobstructed view of the pool from diverse areas of the yard. Plus, this facelift will give your pool a resort feel.

6.  All-Season Room

Get more use out of your patio year round by enclosing it in glass. Imagine watching a snowstorm cuddled up on the couch reading a book or watching a movie. It’s a great way to connect the indoors to the great outdoors.

7.  Glass Tables

Glass adds beauty and sparkle. Simply updating a current patio tabletop with a custom cut glass top is an easy way to update your patio area.

8.  Exercise Room

If you’ve always wanted an exercise room, enclose your patio and transform it into one. The sunny area with a great view of the outdoors will keep you motivated.

9.  Glass Fire Pit Wind Guard

Glass Fire Pit Wind GuardPatio gathering spaces are more comfortably enjoyed into the cooler evening with a fire. A custom glass wind guard surrounding a fire pit allows for the enjoyment of the warmth of a fire with the additional reflective beauty of glass. A uniquely produced guard will add its own charm as it shelters the flames from the wind.

10.  Patio Mirrors

Mirrors are easily incorporated into any patio design. Custom sizing and shapes will add beauty to any space. Mirrors will reflect back the colors of your yard and even make a small space feel larger.

Give Janssen Glass a call at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online if you are ready to add an elegant custom glass upgrade to your patio.

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.