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Not Ready to Give Up Your Patio Time? Here are a few ways to extend your time.

Just because the weather gets cooler in the fall, here in the Kansas City area, you don’t have to sacrifice time outdoors! Consider adding glass to enhance your patio. There are many ways to add glass to your patio that will add to its beauty and functionality. Glass also makes an excellent windbreak without obstructing your view. Envision trying one of the following four ideas in your backyard. It may just make your patio your favorite place to be in the fall season.

Make the Entrance to Your Patio a Sliding Glass Wall

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A sliding wall that opens to a back patio is a great way to extend your living area both visually and literally. By replacing the wall with movable glass, you naturally extend your home to the outside by removing any physical barriers. Imagine the ease of entertaining and how wonderful your next family gathering would be with the addition of a sliding glass wall.

Fire Pit Wind Guards Allow You to Enjoy the Warmth No Matter the Wind

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Fire pits have become an extremely popular staple in many backyards, especially on cool nights. But sometimes cool nights are windy nights which disturb your fire.

The perfect solution is a glass wind guard that perfectly surrounds your fire pit. Enjoy the fire pit, reap the warmth, and assure that the flames stay in place.

Enclosed Patios Protect from Rain, Wind & Cold

Enclosing part or all of your patio with glass would give you longer periods of use assuring that you are still able to enjoy the outdoors, even when it’s rainy, windy or cool. Glass patio enclosures are attractive, leave the view intact, and add value to your home.

Glass Pergolas Add a Touch of Class

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Glass pergolas are an attractive alternative to the very popular wooden models. They add a unique beauty to your backyard, can protect from the sun and rain, and can be custom designed to your personal taste. Yet, because they are glass, they let the light through making the entire area seem unencumbered by architecture.

The experts at Janssen Glass & Door are ready to work with you to help enhance your outdoor living space and extend your patio season. Being specialists at customization, we will create beautiful glass pieces to fit your needs.

Call the experts at Janssen at (913) 677-5727 or contact us online and let us put our expertise to work for you.

5 Best Kitchen Window Ideas for Your Home

The kitchen is the heart of your home. No matter how you use the area, you will always need the right windows to provide the perfect balance between natural light and ventilation. Furthermore, prioritizing design and functionality can make your windows the room’s focal point.

Today, we wanted to share some window options and ideal styles for your kitchen to help get you started on your next remodel. Just imagine having a beautiful, updated kitchen for hosting the holidays!

Here are 5 of the best kitchen window ideas for your home.

1. FRAME YOUR STOVE WITH PICTURE WINDOWS

Today’s stoves come with attractive exhaust covers and backsplashes that add aesthetic value to your kitchen. We can help complement this feature further by installing picture windows on each side.

Picture windows are large fixed windows that offer expansive views and light. They’re also energy efficient! These windows will give you a panoramic view of the outdoors and control over the amount of ventilation in the room. It’s a win/win for your kitchen.

Pro Tip: Add a sliding patio door for floor to ceiling views. The views will help you connect with nature by bringing the outside in. Don’t have space for a sliding door? Fret not, we can add an opening that would accommodate a sliding door, even if there was not an opening there before!

2. MULTIPLY YOUR WINDOWS TO OPEN UP YOUR KITCHEN

Install multiple windows side-by-side over the kitchen sink to make dishwashing more enjoyable for anyone involved. This setup will also give you the feeling that the outdoors is connected to your kitchen area.

The extra sunlight can also increase your mood, which is an added benefit when doing chores in the kitchen. 

3. WELCOME IN THE OUTDOORS WITH SLIDER WINDOWS

Would you rather have the ability to combine the outdoors with your kitchen? Maybe you have a beautiful patio you’d like to be connected to or your view is something you want more of. Whatever the reason, slider windows are a perfect choice. These windows are also great for hosting indoor/outdoor events during warmer days!

Slider windows offer a simplified and space-saving design where swinging windows won’t work. These windows open horizontally instead of vertically, which makes them a great option for smaller kitchens. Windows that open up your space and make you feel closer to nature really are the best.

4. LET THE SUN IN WITH BAY AND BOW WINDOWS

Installing bow or bay windows in your kitchen will let you enjoy more sunlight and a picturesque view. In fact, the available space provided by these types of windows can serve as its own dining area. This will give you the chance to enjoy breakfast without having to go to the dining room.

Bay windows are impressively versatile at enhancing almost any space, but they’re particularly popular in kitchens. In most cases, they can single-handedly add a variety of functions and reinvent your cooking area in ways you never thought possible.

Another fun idea if you’d rather not do a bow or bay window is installing corner windows. You can create the same breakfast nook and still welcome in plenty of light for an overall inspiring space.

5. GO CLASSIC! CHOOSE CASEMENT WINDOWS

Casement windows remain to be ideal choices in the kitchen area. They come with a crank that will let you open them fully for more fresh air.

Installing them over countertops is a great option. Since casement windows come with a crank, they’re perfect for areas in the kitchen that are hard to reach since they’re easier to open.

Either way, you cannot go wrong with the classic look of a casement window. And as we always say, the more windows you add in, the bigger your space seems. 

At Janssen Glass, we offer a wide selection of windows that you can customize to fit your kitchen best. Whatever your kitchen window style, our experts are ready to help you design the ideal look for your home. Call today to schedule your free appointment at 1-866-677-5727 or contact us HERE.

4 Key Reasons You Should Replace Your Windows This Summer

Summer is officially here and with it comes sweltering heat, blasted air conditioners, and/or more opened windows. Damaged, broken, or inefficient windows are known to cause discomfort as well as higher energy bills.

Maintaining your home’s windows can help ensure that it remains cozy and functional despite harsh climate conditions. Today we are sharing 4 key reasons you should replace your windows this summer.

1. The Windows are Damaged

Windows are some of the most used structures in your home. This constant use, however, can lead to deterioration. Don’t ignore that small crack or broken seal on your window. And, don’t try to fix it yourself. Remember that applying a quick fix to your window does not guarantee a permanent solution to the problem.

Things to look for when inspecting your windows:

  • rotted frames
  • failed caulking
  • cracked glass

Always remember that it is best to invest in an effective long-term solution before small window problems get out of hand.

2. The Windows are Inefficient

It’s always a good idea to keep track of your windows to ensure that the shifting seasons don’t catch you off guard. When you have a broken or inefficient window, it would be hard for it to filter the heat coming from outside, especially during the scorching summer season. So instead of being comfortable and feeling protected inside your home, you end up feeling hot and sticky because of your busted window.

Before you lose your cool literally and figuratively, it’s better to replace that old window of yours with a new one. At Janssen Glass, we offer high-quality replacement windows from some of the most trusted names in the industry. We make sure your new windows are installed correctly and sealed tightly to keep the unwanted heat out for good.

3. You are Suffering from a Huge Electricity Bill

As mentioned, air leaks or drafts can cause discomfort in your home, causing you to overwork your HVAC units. They will significantly drive up your energy costs. They usually come from small cracks, gaps, and crevices found in old and deteriorated windows and doors.

If you are having trouble with your windows, have a professional contractor inspect them now. You may not notice it easily, but an inefficient window that fails to regulate temperatures inside your home can cause you hefty cooling (and heating) bills.

4. Postponing can Cost More in the Long Run

Say you’ve noticed that your windows are leaking and in need of an upgrade, then postponing that can create permanent damage, which in turn can bring on major costs. But what if the damage isn’t an obvious leak or another easy tell? We know that sometimes it can be hard to see where your window stands and what exactly it needs.

If assessing the damage is too difficult, call-in window experts to give an assessment. And if a new window is needed, our experts can also help you choose window designs that will blend with your home’s architectural style and decor. 

If you’re ready to replace your windows this summer, our experts are here and ready to help. We have years of experience and extensive training to make sure that the products we install in your home perform well. Call today to schedule your free appointment at 1-866-677-5727 or contact us HERE.

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.

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.

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.

 

Can You Spot the Janssen Glass Push-Pull Sticker?

If you live in, or have visited, the great city of Kansas City, chances are you’ve probably seen it. It adorns more than 25,000 doors in the city and around the country. You can’t miss it. We’re talking about the infamous Janssen Glass Push-Pull sticker. It’s our way of letting you know we stand behind our work — a guarantee.

Here at Janssen Glass & Door, it is our job to not only ensure your business makes a good first impression on your customers, but also to make sure it stays safe and secure when you’re away. With our commercial glass repair and replacement services just a phone call away, you’ll always be in good hands.

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Related Read: Why it Pays to Choose a National Glass Association (NGA) Company

Commercial Glass Door Repair & Replacement in Kansas City

 

commercial-janssen-glass-KC-mall-forever-21When something happens to the glass windows or doors on the front of your business, it can be devastating. If it isn’t fixed quickly, it can mean a loss of revenue if you have to close until repairs can be made. Whether the glass and framework on the front of your business is damaged by Mother Nature’s fury or by some other source, we have the means to fix it quickly and at any time, day or night!  

commercial-glass-door-repair-replacement-kansas-city-JanssenIn most cases, we can repair or replace broken glass and framework immediately as we stock many of the standard sizes, as well as more than a dozen manufacturers’ doors. On the rare occasion that we are unable to fix it right on the spot, our quick turnaround means you’ll be up and running in no time. Don’t let Mother Nature or the criminal ways of others drag your business down. Call us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week when you need commercial glass repair in Kansas City.

commercial-glass-install-auto-dealershipThe next time you’re out and about in the city, be sure to look for our Janssen Push-Pull stickers located on business storefronts everywhere. When you see them, you’ll know that company received the best quality and customer service available, and you can too from the professionals at Janssen Glass Doors.   

For more information on our commercial glass repair and replacement services in Kansas City, contact us today! We have expert techs on hand all day, every day to take your call, and we look forward to serving you.

Glass Windows Constantly Fogging? Here’s Why.

 

fogging-glass-window-janssen-glassAre your glass windows constantly fogging? Chances are, if you have a window that fogs up in the hot afternoon and then loses its fog at night, that is a sign of a seal failure.

Windows that fog are supposed to have a hermetically, or airtight, seal that keeps moisture out, but if this seal is broken, water and moisture from the air are able to get into the glass. When the air is hot in the afternoon, the air moisture clings to the cold glass and creates condensation, or fog.

At first this may seem harmless, but over time, bits of bacteria or the spores of mold or other fungi may find their way in through that same broken seal. This means that over time, things will start to grow inside your panes of glass. This is no less dangerous than any other mold or bacteria infestation within your house.

How to Fix Fogging Windows

Sadly, if your window is consistently having this problem, there are no simple, lasting ways to solve it. Even if the fogging stops, that is more likely associated with changes in the weather, as the seal has already been broken and will not become airtight again on its own. In most cases, the window will have to be replaced to permanently fix this problem.

Related Read: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes Caring for Your Glass

How to Prevent Fogging Windows

Your best means to prevent a broken seal of the window is to periodically caulk the perimeter seals of the window. Furthermore, to prevent the accumulation of moisture that may either aid in the deterioration of the seal or enter the already broken seal, make sure that both sides of the window have proper air circulation. Of course, you should also make sure your windows come with a warranty.

Helpful Hint: Some companies will only provide a warranty if they both produce and install the windows themselves, so make sure to read the fine print before ordering new windows!

Janssen Glass & Door is the solution for all of your glass needs. We serve the entire Kansas City area, and would love to help with your next project. Give us a call today at (913) 677-5727 or check out our blog for more helpful tips and tricks.

 

The #1 Tool for a Sparkling Glass Shower Door

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You may follow a routine while cleaning your glass shower door, but do you squeegee? Although the name ‘squeegee’ is less than serious, if not laughable, what is serious are the major results this cleaning tool provides while cleaning your glass shower door.

Here’s how using a squeegee will keep your beautiful Janssen Glass shower doors sparkling clean and looking their best.

Why Do Squeegees Work Best for Cleaning Glass Shower Doors?

When left on the glass or metal shower frame, water and soap residue can etch and pit the surfaces deteriorating the look and quality of glass and metal in your shower over time. Using a squeegee on your glass shower door removes this residue and also prevents mineral buildup which keeps your shower door shiny, clear, and beautiful.

We suggest cleaning your glass with a squeegee after every shower. Don’t fret, this only takes a minute or two, and it will quickly become part of your bath-time routine. Why so frequently? Using a squeegee after each shower eliminates mineral build up before it can even start, which makes cleaning a breeze and leaves your glass shower door in pristine condition for years to come!

How Do I Choose the Right Squeegee?

  • Pick a squeegee with replaceable silicone blades for best ongoing results.
  • Find one that feels comfortable in your hand. Sounds silly, but comfort counts!
  • Look for sturdy, lightweight construction in a squeegee. A good squeegee, like this one from Oxo, will help protect your shower over time.

What Cleaning Solution Do I Use?

  • Using strong chemicals in small spaces, such as bathrooms and showers is bad for your health.
  • Chemicals also cause damage to metals and other materials in and around your glass doors.
  • We recommend a cleaner that is environmentally friendly, like Method Glass Cleaner or Parsley Plus. Your mother may have convinced you that ammonia based cleaners were necessary for streak-free glass, but sorry, mom, that’s just not the case anymore.

Related Read: Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Caring For Your Glass

Need help with a glass project? Janssen Glass is Kansas City’s go-to company for all of your glass needs. Contact us today to find out more, and make sure to keep up with Janssen’s blog for more helpful tips and tricks on how to maintain the glass in your home!

 

Simple Shower Solutions: How to Re-Caulk Your Shower

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The stained caulk around the shower door or odd puddles outside of the shower are both signs that your shower needs some attention. If you are experiencing extensive leaking issues, it may be time for a new shower door. However, updating the caulking is an inexpensive and fairly simple way to gauge if your shower door needs a quick fix or a total replacement.  

Why Updating Your Shower’s Caulking Is Important

Normal use takes its toll on shower doors in general. The sealant used to hold your door frame steady and to keep water off your floor and walls is put to the test daily by soap, shampoo, and household cleaners.

Products and abrasion cause discoloration and can cause breaches that promote mold growth within your shower. Replacing shower door caulking will leave the stall looking and feeling cleaner, and if done correctly, the new sealant will protect the bathroom walls from leaks and dampness.

Related Read: Is Your Shower Making You Sick?

Where to Start

Begin by examining the caulking around the glass door. Also, check the status of the caulking on the rest of the shower surround and tub. Identify the leaks and get smart about what kind of material the shower is made of and the most appropriate caulk to use.

Next, Gather Supplies:

  • Utility knife to cut away old caulking.
  • Putty knife to scrape away caulking and debris.
  • Sandpaper is optional, but can be used to further clean and smooth the surface.
  • Mold and mildew cleaner (or diluted white vinegar) to clean the seams and gaps and kill the mold and mildew spores.
  • Stiff bristled cleaning brush for scrubbing the seam before reapplying caulking
  • Caulking, particularly a mildew resistant type to prolong its life in your shower  (Make sure you know the difference between grout and caulk, and the different caulking materials and colors available.)
  • Caulking gun which is used to push the caulk from the tube. A helpful hint: try borrowing one because you will need it rarely
  • Dry, lint-free cloth

    Follow These Steps

  1. Use the utility knife and putty knife to cut and clean away the old caulking; be sure to wear a mask to prevent mold inhalation.
  2. Thoroughly clean the seam with anti-mildew cleaner or slightly diluted white distilled vinegar.
  3. Let the area dry completely. Examine the seams, lightly sand any rough areas and use the cloth to wipe the area clean.  
  4. Apply a bead of caulk in one fluid line between joints, each time using a moist finger to remove excess caulk and evenly fill the seam.
  5. Repeat on all seams until the shower is re-sealed.  
  6. Let dry completely, between 12 and 24 hours, then visually check the work as well as wet-test the areas to make sure the leaks are resolved.
  7. Finally, you can admire the fresh clean look.

Watch This: How to Properly Caulk a Shower Stall

 

The experienced home improvement hobbyist can expect to spend between two and four hours doing this project, not including drying time. However, this is not a project for a novice; there is too much at stake. For instance, trapping water behind the caulk or failing to identify the real cause of puddling or mold can lead to more extensive, and expensive, problems.

To have shower caulk replaced correctly, the source of water leakage or puddling must be definitively identified. Only once the source is identified, can homeowners rest easy knowing their bathroom is ready to get back to its daily role of keeping you clean.

Looking to install a new glass shower door? Contact Janssen Glass today, and check out our blog for more helpful tips and tricks to care for the glass in your home!