Frank's Glass Frank's Glass Frank's Glass Home Fall Maintenance Check List Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:27:51 EST <h2><img style="width: 300px;" title="Fall Home Maintenance Checklist" src="/pages/Blog/images/154.jpg?1473286244" alt="Fall Home Maintenance Checklist" /></h2> <p class="date">&nbsp;</p> <p>Prevent winter damage and boost energy efficiency by ticking off these to-dos before cold weather hits. Great <a href="">article</a> from <a href=";h=IAQGB5IP4AQGj13SQb_jepAkH4AxEbuDQTjt-aocLAFgpDQ&amp;enc=AZNCpQR6Sfr5LWi6zCa8URhaErM6sGHEmOxr89vgVjhwFnbgzdI0dKpjXkAGbENA5MLJDn-s6fobhGQO8NdX7c8koMnMhHAjURGVcsXEEiujAkUNSpr16SVO7IrHX0iKEB38OBMTwvtxAD7D9gkxwrCQ8W9lAOLJrWmMJUeY0YXkAW-5blTkCS5KVMPqAEprlVHnsFYiy2phzZVu9yRxjqry&amp;s=1" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"></a> on getting your house prepared for winter.</p> <ol> <li>Care for trees and shrubs.&nbsp; Cut out any dead limbs and have dead trees cut down and removed.&nbsp; Use the wood to build a roaring fire during the cold winter months.</li> <li>Rake leaves.&nbsp; Leaving leaves behind can inhibit spring growth.</li> <li>Clean gutters and downspouts.&nbsp; Clogged gutters during rainstorms and with ice build up can cause water to pool and can result in damage to your roof or siding.</li> <li>Make exterior repairs.&nbsp; Take a walk around your house.&nbsp; Any roof shingles missing? Siding damaged?&nbsp; Get these repairs completed before winter settles in.</li> <li>Seal gaps so critters can't get in.&nbsp; Fill small holes and cover large gaps to prevent animals from seeking warmth throughout the cold winter months.</li> <li>Check walkways, rails, stairs and driveway for damage.&nbsp; Get these repaired to help minimize the potential of injury when those surfaces are icy or snow covered.</li> <li>Stock up on winter supplies.&nbsp; Make sure each car is equipped with an ice scraper and an emergency car kit.&nbsp; Check your shovels to make sure they are in good condition.&nbsp; If you have a snow blower make sure it is in good operating condition.&nbsp; Buy a bag of ice melt to have on hand for that first snowfall.</li> <li>Shut off exterior faucets and hoses.&nbsp; Protect your pipes from freezing temperatures by shutting off water to exterior faucets before the weather dips below freezing. Drain hoses and store them indoors.</li> <li>Add weather stripping.&nbsp; Weather stripping applied around the frames of windows and doors helps boost winter warmth and cut energy costs. Add door sweeps to the base of drafty doors to keep heat in and cold air out.</li> <li>Check safety devices.&nbsp; Check the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors.&nbsp; Have your home checked for radon if&nbsp;you have not already.&nbsp; Finally, check the expiration date on your fire extinguishers.&nbsp;</li> <li>Remove window air conditioners.</li> <li>Clean dryer vents.&nbsp; Lint buildup in dryer vents can make your dryer work less efficiently and even cause a fire &mdash; cool, dry fall weather increases static electricity, which can ignite lint that has built up, so now is a key time to get that lint out.</li> <li>Deep clean the kitchen.&nbsp; Clean the oven, scrub out the microwave, vacuum around the refrigerator coils, clean light fixtures, wash the walls and backsplash and wash out the garbage cans and recycling bins.</li> <li>Conduct an energy audit.&nbsp; A trained auditor can assess your home&rsquo;s current energy efficiency and give you a list of recommended improvements you can make, which may include upgrading to Energy Star appliances, adding insulation to the attic or beefing up weather stripping.</li> <li>Schedule a chimney cleaning service and heating system maintenance.&nbsp; Making sure your chimney and furnace or boiler are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure. And be sure to add a chimney cap if you don&rsquo;t already have one &mdash; it will stop critters from crawling down your chimney!</li> <li>Check your window panes for moisture/fog between the panes.&nbsp; Contact your local glass company to come out and give you a free estimate for replacement insulated units for better energy efficiency during the cold winter months.</li> </ol> <p>Finally, take a weeks vacation to the Caribbean to recover from all your hard work!</p>tags: <a href=" home maintenance/">fall home maintenance</a>, <a href="">windows</a>, <a href=" windows/">insulated windows</a>, <a href=" pane windows/">double pane windows</a>, <a href=" replacement/">window replacement</a>, <a href=" windows/">fogged windows</a>, <a href=" glass/">franks glass</a>, <a href="">frankis</a>, <a href="">fairfield</a>, <a href="">mason</a>, <a href=" chester/">west chester</a>, <a href="">hamilton</a>, <a href=" township/">liberty township</a>, <a href="">sharonville</a>, <a href="">evendale</a>, <a href=" ash/">blue ash</a> How Do I Know When My Window Glass Needs Replaced? Tue, 29 Aug 2017 14:39:03 EST <p>When it rains or it is a humid day do you see moisture between your window panes or do they appear to be fogged? &nbsp;If so it probably means you need to replace the insulated unit so you have better insulation value resulting in better energy efficiency.</p> <p>What is an insulated window (also referred to as double pane)? &nbsp;It is a unit that consists of 2-3 glass window panes separated by a vacuum or gas filled space to reduce heat/cold transfer. &nbsp;The glass panes are separated by a "spacer". A spacer is the piece that separates the two panes of glass in an insulating glass system, and seals the gas space between them. &nbsp;An adhesive sealant is applied to the face of the spacer on each side and the panes pressed against the spacer.</p> <p>The maximum insulating efficiency of a standard IGU is determined by the thickness of the space. Typically, most sealed units achieve maximum insulating values using a space of .63&ndash;0.75&nbsp;in when measured at the center of the insulated glass unit (IGU). The effectiveness of insulated glass can be expressed as an&nbsp;R-Value.&nbsp;&nbsp;The higher the R-value, the greater is its resistance to heat transfer. A standard IGU consisting of clear uncoated panes of glass with air in the cavity between the panes typically has an R-value of between 1 &amp; 3. &nbsp;&nbsp;The higher the&nbsp;R-Value, the greater the energy efficiency of the glass unit, and therefore the&nbsp;window.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most insulated window glass can be replaced without having to purchase an entire new window (with frame). &nbsp;Give Frank's Glass a call at 513.829.8284 and schedule an appointment for us to come out and give you a free estimate.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>tags: <a href="">windows</a>, <a href=" windows/">replacement windows</a>, <a href=" window/">insulated window</a>, <a href=" pane window/">double pane window</a>, <a href=" glass window/">insulated glass window</a>, <a href=" window unit/">insulated window unit</a>, <a href=" gall/">argon gall</a>, <a href=" e glass/">low e glass</a>, <a href=" value/">r value</a>, <a href=" vlaue/">insulation vlaue</a>, <a href=" value/">insulating value</a>, <a href="">spacer</a>, <a href=" space/">air space</a>, <a href=" windows/">fogged windows</a>, <a href=" efficiency/">energy efficiency</a>, <a href=" glass/">franks glass</a>, <a href="">glass</a>, <a href=" glass/">window glass</a>, <a href="">fairfield</a>, <a href="">hamilton</a>, <a href="">mason</a>, <a href=" chester/">west chester</a>, <a href=" ash/">blue ash</a>, <a href="">springdale</a>, <a href="">lebanon</a>, <a href="">monroe</a>, <a href="">middletown</a>, <a href=" park/">terrace park</a>, <a href=" hill/">indian hill</a> Fun Quiz to Determine Your Mirror Personality Tue, 08 Aug 2017 13:57:35 EST <p>Take a look at the photos of mirrors in this <a href="">article</a> from <a href=";h=ATNbs3fmMxqX9W8bVWxXzJhQO1cyhk9sy2j1NTEvvn3C3v18p3Y22CdYfsXnw3dxZygSDwns0BoWT6_857A3R2J43phYw6OzCWPGVMtSnmJnUtGMhi2Q0Ng3wMH0NJr0mCf1pmdW9aNIqzOu4xvATXNYUJOlVieCU1ZFV07kJOfvNJTaodnnNeHtJddRZ50MOh7rIUSScGvG14FCLnxrJ0wJzBFdrD_LeyQWDuyHSscNEpvvZA2rAIZ4L0_Q7Gt38-C0NgfaJx11-oP0G9DbP6v1OpBKK73nRvQPgnmAn5d3" target="_blank" data-ft="{" data-lynx-mode="hover"></a> to determine what your bathroom mirror says about your personality. It provides important data including your Zodiac sign and drink preference. Too fun!!</p> <p>Are you crafty or an Etsy shopper?&nbsp; Fun bright colored "funky" designs are probably your favorites and there is a good chance your Zodiac sign is Aquarius, Cancer or Libra.&nbsp;</p> <p>Do you crave the sound of ocean waves crashing in the surf and bright sunny days?&nbsp; Your Zodiac sign is probably Cancer, Aquarius or Pisces.&nbsp; Your favorite style mirror might have a frame constructed from shells or driftwood.</p> <p>A bachelor?&nbsp; You tend toward the color brown and prefer more simple designs.</p> <p>Click on the link above and determine what your mirror style is!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Need a mirror cut to fit in a frame you picked up at the local flea market or to install in an old window frame to create a decorative design element? Give Frank's Glass a call at 513.829.8284.</p>tags: <a href="">mirrors</a>, <a href="">glass</a>, <a href=" glass/">franks glass</a>, <a href=" mirrors/">vanity mirrors</a>, <a href=" enclosures/">shower enclosures</a>, <a href=" doors/">shower doors</a>, <a href=" enclosures/">tub enclosures</a>, <a href=" shelving/">glass shelving</a>, <a href="">Fairfield</a>, <a href="">Hamilton</a>, <a href="">Mason</a>, <a href=" Chester/">West Chester</a>, <a href="">Evendale</a>, <a href=" Ash/">Blue Ash</a>, <a href="">Glendale</a>, <a href="">Monroe</a>, <a href="">Lebanon</a> Looking for New or Replacement Home Windows? Mon, 31 Jul 2017 13:01:40 EST <p>Whether you plan on building a new home, renovating an existing house or simply replacing some windows, you'll be confronted with a maze of window choices and options.&nbsp;&nbsp;This <a href="">article</a> from <a href=""></a>&nbsp;provides a great&nbsp;overview of options to help you determine the best option for your home. Below is a summary:</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ol> <li>Single/Double Hung Windows -&nbsp;&nbsp;Window is made of two independent sashes that are hung in a frame.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;Popular on traditional style homes.&nbsp; There are two separate sashes where one slides behind the other.&nbsp; Many are designed so the sashes tilt in for ease in cleaning.&nbsp; Screens are designed to go on the outside.&nbsp; Costs vary based on sash material (vinyl or wood).</li> <li>Sliding Windows - Sash slides horizontally (vs. vertically on double hung windows).&nbsp; Good for ranch homes or any home with horizontal design lines.&nbsp; Screens are designed to go on the outside.&nbsp; Maximizes the amount of glass for light and views.&nbsp; Large variation in cost based on size and design.</li> <li>Casement Windows - &nbsp;The window is a single sash that's attached to a frame on one side. Hinges, or a hinge, is used to make the attachment, allowing the window to swing exactly like a door.&nbsp; Casement windows are often used on contemporary design homes.&nbsp; Window&nbsp;swing out and are operated by a crank (a retractable crank is available).&nbsp;Screens are installed on the interior.&nbsp; Expect to pay more for these windows, but they have the advantage of creating a better seal for improved energy efficiency and increased security.</li> <li>Awning Windows - These windows operate mechanically with a crank but is hinged from the top so the sash pivots in lieu of swinging.&nbsp; This style is suited to both traditional and contemporary home designs.&nbsp; The advantage of an awning window is that it can be open when it is raining because it creates a "mini awning".&nbsp; Pricing is similar to that of casement windows.</li> <li>Hopper Windows - This design is similar to the awning window, however the bottom of the window is hinged so&nbsp;the top&nbsp;tilts in.&nbsp; Excellent choice for&nbsp; easy-to-clean windows which can be opened slightly to allow in fresh air.&nbsp; Because of the tilt in feature you do have to be aware of furniture placement on the interior.&nbsp; Cost of these windows is usually high due to the mechanical operation and dual operation.</li> </ol> <p>Hopefully this information will help you make an educated decision on which window design is right for your home.&nbsp; Need replacement glass for your existing windows?&nbsp;&nbsp; Give Frank's Glass a call at 513.829.8284.</p>tags: <a href="">windows</a>, <a href=" windows/">replacement windows</a>, <a href=" hung windows/">double hung windows</a>, <a href=" windows/">casement windows</a>, <a href=" windows/">hopper windows</a>, <a href=" windows/">awning windows</a>, <a href=" pane windows/">double pane windows</a>, <a href=" pane windows/">single pane windows</a>, <a href=" windows/">sliding windows</a>, <a href=" window seal/">broken window seal</a> Make the Right Decision: Select the Auto Glass Company of Your Choice Mon, 10 Jul 2017 10:22:32 EST <p>True or False:&nbsp; You have the right to have your automotive glass replaced at the glass shop of your choice.&nbsp; The correct answer is True!&nbsp; If you have ever had to file a claim for any type of automotive damage, whether it was a minor fender bender or a simple windshield replacement, it is ultimately your decision to take your vehicle wherever you feel the most comfortable for the repairs.&nbsp; Regardless of what an insurance administrator may tell you on the phone, the majority of repair shops have the same contract with the insurance providers thus the cost is the same.&nbsp;</p> <p>Most auto body shops and glass shops will process the claim for you.&nbsp;&nbsp; If you have a company you know and trust just give them a call and they will handle all the paperwork for you.</p> <p>Frank&rsquo;s Glass is a family owned business that has been servicing the Cincinnati tri-state area for more than 40 years.&nbsp; Call us at (513) 829-8284 to schedule an appointment.</p>tags: <a href=" glass/">auto glass</a>, <a href=" repair/">chip repair</a>, <a href=" replacement/">windshield replacement</a>, <a href="">insurance</a>, <a href=" repair/">windshield repair</a>, <a href=" glass/">car glass</a>, <a href="">glass</a>, <a href=" Glass/">Franks Glass</a>, <a href="">Fairfield</a>, <a href="">Mason</a>, <a href="">Hamilton</a>, <a href=" Chester/">West Chester</a>, <a href="">Glendale</a>, <a href=" Park/">Forest Park</a>, <a href=" Ash/">Blue Ash</a>