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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!

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!

 

The Prime Time to Wash away Your Pollen Problem

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Springtime brings loads of pollen and dust in the air, leaving that pesky green and yellow film on your outdoor glass and furniture. Many feel the urge to clean these surfaces the moment they start seeing green, but depending on the time of year, cleaning may not be worth it.

Knowing when pollen season starts and ends in your area can save you time and help you avoid useless cleaning. No one needs to waste time cleaning a mess that will reappear the next day, which is why Janssen Glass is explaining the best time to clean pesky pollen and when to wait it out.

 

Pollen Primetime

In general, pollen season typically lasts from early spring to late autumn, but different plants release pollen at different times.

  • Tree Pollen is the first to fall, starting mid-March and continuing until mid-May.
  • Grass Pollen is next, arriving in mid-May and staying into July.
  • Weed Pollen is the last pollen to fall, from the end of June all the way to September.

Helpful Tip: Depending on where you are located, find out which types of pollen are worse in your area to decide on optimal cleaning times.

 

To Clean or Not To Clean

With steady pollen arriving all spring and summer long,  choosing when to deep clean your windows and outdoor surfaces can feel like a guessing game. However, if you wait all season long to clean, built-up pollen can be a pain to power through. In some cases, pollen buildup can get so bad that it may even require professional cleaning to completely eliminate.

To avoid this issue, we suggest staying on top of pollen problems by cleaning these outdoor surfaces once every month, followed by a deep clean in early September. If the pollen is light, it may be enough to spray it down with a hose, followed by a wipe down with your preferred glass cleaner. However, some pollens are stickier than others and may require more work to remove. For those pesky pollens, check out these alternative home solutions that can make cleaning your windows a breeze.

Pollen season doesn’t have to be a bother. Plan ahead with these tips and regular upkeep to spend less time worrying about pollen, and more time enjoying springtime.

Read more glass cleaning tips on our blog, here. Looking for help with your home’s glass? Call Janssen Glass & Door for all your glass and mirror needs at (913) 677-5727.

 

3 Cool Ways to Incorporate Glass into Your Pool Area

Summer is right around the corner here in Kansas City, which means those of you with pools are getting them  prepped. If you’re ready to take your pool to the next level this summer, call the glass experts at Janssen Glass & Door. There are a few ways to incorporate glass into your pool area that will transform it into a modern, luxurious, and safer place to spend those sweltering summer days.

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Installing glass walls in your swimming pool definitely ups the cool factor. It gives your pool an infinity edge, that makes for a great optical illusion. Whether you choose to install custom glass for all your pool’s walls, or just one of them, it creates a one-of-a-kind look that your guests will “oohh and ahh” over.

Use Glass to Fence in Your PoolGlass Gate Around Pool

Another way to incorporate glass into your pool area, is to use custom glass railings to create a fence around your pool. This is great for homeowners with kids. This allows you to keep small children out of  harm’s way, without obstructing your view of your serene pool. Net fences can be distracting, and make your pool area look cluttered, and a rope is not enough to keep kids away from the pool.

Looking for other ways to spruce up your outside living area for the spring and summer? Check out our blog post, 3 Ways to Use Glass to Beautify Your Patio.

Hot Tub Glass WallCreate a Glass Enclosed Hot Tub

If you also have a hot tub connected to your pool, you can create a spectacular view by using glass to enclose the half circumference that’s connected to the pool.  It will look like the water is rising straight out of the pool. You can also do this with standalone hot tubs.

Call Janssen Glass & Door  today at (913) 677-5727 to install custom glass pieces into your pool area before pool season is in full swing.

Why Kansas City Homeowners Are Choosing Heavy Glass Shower Doors

frameless_euro_style_shower_door_brookside_2We predict 2015 is going to be another big year for heavy glass shower doors in Kansas City. In the past few years, we’ve seen a huge upward trend in the installation of these types of shower doors in homes all over the area from Overland Park to Lee’s Summit, and beyond. But why do homeowners prefer heavy glass shower doors to light glass shower doors, shower curtains, or any of the other number of options? Here’s what the glass experts at Janssen Glass & Door have discovered from talking to our large pool of customers.

Related Read: 3 Glass Shower Door Ideas for Your Customized Bathroom in Kansas City

Heavy Glass Shower Doors Are Easier to Care for

Cleaning and caring for heavy glass shower doors is a breeze, and homeowners love anything that makes their myriad tasks around the house shrink. Heavy glass doors are sturdy enough to stand on their own, without the support of a frame. This means there are fewer obstructions when trying to squeegee the shower doors clean after someone bathes. A few swipes is all it takes.

They Show Off Your Beautiful Shower

Less hardware means less distraction when it comes to heavy glass shower doors. Your focus is no longer on the shower doors themselves, but on the beauty of the shower behind them. You have the ability to show off the beautiful tile work inside your shower oasis.

They Are Not Obtrusive

Another great advantage to heavy glass shower doors is their beauty. Without the need of a frame, heavy glass shower doors have a crisp and clean look. They do not obstruct your view of the rest of the bathroom. It makes your room seem even more spacious, which is always a plus. Also, you don’t feel claustrophobic behind hardware or darkening curtains.

Call Janssen Glass & Door today at (913) 677-5727 or  (816) 472-5330 to install heavy glass doors in your Kansas City Shower.

The Easiest Update to Make to Your Home before the Holidays

The holidays are sneaking up on us this year. With only a few months to go until family and friends start gathering for celebrations, time to update your home is dwindling. If you’re still looking for a way to spiff up your home before turkey and stuffing fill your dining room table, start with the areas of your home that will be used the most. Updating your bathroom is always a great place to start.  Installing beautiful new glass shower doors from Janssen Glass & Door is a quick and easy way to modernize your home and impress your guests.

But, when it comes to glass shower doors from Janssen Glass & Door,  you can choose from an array of options, the most important being the type of glass shower doors you install. Here’s how our heavy and light shower glass doors differ:

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Heavy Glass Shower Doors

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

Light Glass Shower Doors

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

 

Janssen Glass & Door technicians can quickly and easily install both heavy and light glass shower doors in your Kansas City area home before the holiday season. We can also add customized touches to your new shower glass doors. See real examples of our glass shower doors in area homes.

Call Janssen Glass & Door today at (913) 677-5727 or (816) 472-5330 for a glass shower door consultation before the holidays sneak up on you.