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How to Defrost Your Car Windows

Posted by on May 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Defrost Your Car Windows

How to Defrost Your Car Windows

The fastest way to defrost your car windows Going out to your car at the last minute only to discover frosted and fogged up window glass is not a fun way to start the day. Lucky for you, we’ve got a few tips on how for fighting that fog and frost and getting you back on your way fast. Why Can’t You Beat this Winter Worry? Warm air holds more moisture than cold air, thus when temperatures drop, moisture that was easily suspended in warmer air is released, leading to condensation – all those little water droplets fogging up your windshield. Former NASA engineer and YouTube enthusiast Mark Rober has an amazing video explaining this, and the defogging process. As the video explains, to defog the fastest, you have to create the optimal environment to aid the moisture removal process. 1.Turn your heater on. Start your engine, and using the defroster setting, crank the heater up completely to absorb excess moisture within your vehicle. Remember: Warm air can hold more moisture. 2.Crack your windows. This helps exchange the humid air in your car with dryer outside air, accelerating the process. 3.Turn air recirculation off. You need fresh air to enter the car at the same time. Winter air is cold, and as it does not hold much moisture, it is dry. Bringing it into your car ups absorption capacity to more quickly dry the saturated air trapped within. 4. Press the A/C button. This may sound counterintuitive to the entire heater thing, but really what you’re doing is activating a setting on your car’s A/C system that helps dry the air within the cab faster with the aid of the coils in your A/C system. 5. Defrost Windows. While this defogging action is occurring, de-frost your windows. This is an entirely separate process that should NEVER (EVER) include hot water. Defrosting quickly takes a minor amount of pre-planning, but saves a snow-capped mountain of a headache later. If you can’t stand scraping, assembled a simple solution of 2/3 cup Isopropyl or rubbing alcohol and 1/3 cup water, pouring the mixture into a spray bottle. This solution will not freeze (rubbing alcohol has a freezing point of 138 degrees below freezing) and may be stored easily in your car, allowing you to easily spray away windshield ice wherever you’re stranded.   Ways to Defog Your Windshield When It’s Raining 1. Switch on your air conditioner. Pressing the A/C button engages the help of the system’s coils in removing moisture from the air. 2. Turn air recirculation off. This is the top mistake people make when attempting to rapidly defog windows. Ways To Defrost Car Windows Without Heat If you don’t have heat, don’t worry, it’s still possible to defrost your car windows fast with the handy de-icing solution described in Step 5, above. Searching for a clearer path to sparkling, clear glass? Fight the rising fog with the help of our professionals...

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How to Choose a Window for Any Climate

Posted by on Apr 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Choose a Window for Any Climate

How to Choose a Window for Any Climate

When choosing new windows, it’s important to weigh advantages and disadvantages based on your climate. This guide is organized to help you choose one of the most energy-efficient, durable window types for your home. Keep these initial tips in mind: Avoid single-pane windows. The insulating space in a modern double- or triple-paned window (also called an IGU or insulated glass unit) is more beneficial for climate control. Outdated metal frames are not recommended. They’re inefficient and require a thermal break. After you choose windows, professional installation is key to getting a good seal and the highest possible energy efficiency. Windows for Cold Winter, Hot Summer Climate Glass Considerations: Choose glass with a low U-factor, and get a low emissivity (low-E) coating, which reflects the sun, reduces glare and provides climate control in all seasons and temperatures. Frame Considerations: Composite frames hold up better than wood in this climate because they don’t fluctuate in size as the seasons change drastically. They insulate just as well as wood and still look stylish, but they don’t decay as easily. Vinyl keeps heat out in summer and insulates well in winter. It’s low maintenance and don’t need to be painted. Windows for Often Warm, Sunny Climate Glass Considerations: Choose glass with a very low SHGC (solar heat gains coefficient). Consider a low emissivity (low-E) coating to reflect (rather than absorb) the sun and reduce glare. Frame Considerations: Vinyl is great for sunny places because it’s usually made of PVC that stabilizes UV rays. These frames may be insulated to keep heat out, and they don’t require painting. Wood is a beautiful option if it doesn’t rain much where you live. It’s expensive and requires maintenance, but it’s an energy efficient and stylish option. Vinyl-clad wood is an alternative if you’re worried about too much expansion or decay with humidity. Windows for Often Cold Climate Glass Considerations: Choose glass with a low U-factor and a high SHGC (solar heat gains coefficient). A single or double glaze (i.e., an extra glass pane in your IGU) can cut energy costs in half. Frame Considerations: Fiberglass has great thermal performance and is sturdy enough for winter storms. A strong composite frame, as described above, would also work well. Vinyl-clad wood insulates well and can handle ice and snow. Windows for Windy Climate. Glass Considerations: Tempered glass protects windows from accidental breaks during high winds. Discover why you should choose or upgrade to tempered glass. Make sure to get a modern IGU with two or three panes to reduce noise. Frame Considerations: Fiberglass is strong enough to stand up to high winds. Vinyl is a less expensive option that is still sturdy. Windows for Rainy or Humid Climate. Glass Considerations: Get high-quality insulated glass in a modern IGU, which employs a desiccant inside the panes to keep moisture away. Professional installation ensures a sound seal and no annoying fog. Frame Considerations: Vinyl holds up well to moisture and any temperature, and it’s inexpensive. Composite gives a wood look but is better suited for humidity and rain. There are windows for each climate, and choosing the wrong window type can result in high energy bills– and discomfort! Still have questions about choosing those windows? Our experts are ready to help you weigh the options and choose the best one...

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Install Glass Shelves

Posted by on Mar 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Install Glass Shelves

Install Glass Shelves

Glass Shelf Styles Glass shelves can be found in all sizes and shapes. After you’ve chosen your basic shape and size, you can consider different kinds of bevels on the glass edges to get the distinct style you want. Some glass shelves are sand blasted or acid-etched for a unique look. Ensure you check out all the styles to find the one that suits your home best. Search for thick glass, which is more durable than thinner styles, supports more weight and has a better visual appeal. Glass shelves also include a variety of anchor styles. These differ in look, function and weight-bearing capabilities. Make sure to select an anchor that offers enough support for your needs. Installation may vary, so consult the manufacturer’s recommendations. Below we’ll show you ways to install anchors that screw into the drywall or wall stud. What Do I Need to Install Glass Shelves? Shelves Hardware Level Drill Stud finder Pencil Measuring tape Blue painter’s tape Glass Shelf Installation Once you’ve found the perfect location for your glass shelves, ask yourself how much weight they will hold. Perhaps the type of shelf kit you purchased will answer this for you. Take a look at the hardware and the wall anchors the shelf included. If it included drywall anchors, the shelf will easily hold a few books or interior decorations if you install it on drywall. But if you have plans for potted plants, many books or a heavy rock collection display, you must use anchors that go into the wall studs. Generally, a quarter-inch pane of glass that is 24 inches long and 6 inches wide can support 15 pounds with wall stud anchors at each end. Use thicker glass or more anchors to support more weight. Overloading a glass shelf is very dangerous; if you’re worried, consult an expert to avoid disaster. Glass Shelves Placement Next, you must choose the height and placement of the shelves. Consider the height of items you wish to display and how easily you intend to access them. If you’re displaying fragile decorations, place the shelf out of reach of children. Or if there will be a potted plant that has to be watered frequently, put the shelf at a convenient height. You can use a strip of blue painter’s tape on the wall to get an idea of an appropriate height. Apply a strip of tape (cut to the length of the shelf) on the wall, and take a few steps back or ask for a second opinion before you start drilling into the walls. Ensure the shelf won’t hinder opening doors or cabinets once installed. Glass Shelves Installation Bear in mind that the anchor height isn’t always the final height of the shelf; sometimes, once the shelf is installed, it sits higher or below your anchors. Remember this when installing your anchors to avoid surprises. If the anchor has more than one hole, use the anchor as a template when making your pencil marks, or use a provided template from the manufacturer. Before you start drilling, double-check your measuring work, and use a level to make sure nothing will be rolling off the shelf. Use a power drill with the appropriate bit to install screws. Go slow! It’s easy for the bit to slip off the...

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Five Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

Posted by on Feb 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

Five Signs Your Windows Need Replacing

Despite looking through them daily, it’s easy to overlook the state of your windows, even when they’re screaming for attention. Luckily, it’s easy to recognize the signs of windows in need. How do you know when to replace windows? Rising Heating & Cooling Costs In homes with older windows, especially single pane ones, chances are a large chunk of your cooling and heating dollars are being wasted. Single pane and worn double-paned units are prone to leaks. Replacing tired, leaky windows with newer, highly-efficient IGUs can help prevent air leaks and thermal heat transfer, saving you 10-25% on your cooling and heating bills– your home’s largest energy expense. All windows are not the same, however, it is necessary to discuss your home’s specific needs with a glass and window specialist just before purchase. Drafts on Windy Days If you feel the breeze when standing by your window to admire the snow on chilly winter days, chances are you have a serious air leak around your windows. You can verify this easily with a burning incense stick: If smoke moves, you have a leak. In really bad cases, you’ll see light through the frame if you shine a flashlight through them in the dark. Your home would stay much warmer, and you ‘d have a far lower electric bill, with those holes sealed up. Difficulty Raising & Lowering Windows Do you need to force or prop windows open? If you struggle to open or shut windows, it’s definitely time for a replacement. Wood windows are especially known for this. Fog between Double Pane Windows Do you notice fog or condensation between your glass panes? This indicates seal failure, allowing moisture to invade the space between panes. In extremely cold weather, you may even notice frost/ice buildup. High-quality windows can often be repaired, but in other cases, window replacement may be a better option. Double Pane Windows are Cold to the Touch Windows cold to the touch? Your cooling and heating dollars are likely going out the window, with the temperature of conditioned air from ductwork being drastically affected when exposed to your windows. For more efficient cooling and heating and a more comfortable home, you need windows that offer better insulating properties. Replacing Your Windows Offers Many Advantages Boosting Value Energy efficient windows, like safe, updated electrical, are a great selling point, increasing your home’s curb appeal and value. Keeping Your Family Comfortable More energy efficient window options help you maintain a more comfortable home environment, with less energy use. Less leakage also reduced condensation on the glass in your home, helping you control humidity issues. Lowering Energy Bills Less heat loss from leaks and thermal transfer means more of your hard-earned dollars stay in your pocket. In fact, the cost of new windows can typically be recouped in just a few short years because of their substantial energy savings. Contact your local city or utility provider to discover if they offer financial incentives to help you recoup these costs even more quickly. Reducing Noise Along with offering improved thermal insulation, new windows also produce far better sound insulation, helping you reduce the amount of noise transferred inside from outdoor activities, and better soundproofing your home. What’s the best window replacement solution for your home? Get the expert information you...

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Best Options for Soundproofing

Posted by on Jan 4, 2018 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Best Options for Soundproofing

Best Options for Soundproofing

Main Options for Soundproofing: Try weather stripping first. Utilize forgotten storm windows. DIY! Cut one of these to size: styrofoam insulation, carpet padding + cardboard, mattress topper + cardboard, vinyl or linoleum flooring, mass-loaded vinyl, soundproofing foam. Buy soundproof curtains, or make some with moving blankets/ pads. Install acoustical glass windows if you wish to keep your view.   Loud street noise is an unwelcome annoyance. Since sound travels through glass easily, it’s the first place to start when you want to keep the noise out. Whether it’s cars or noisy neighbors, we can help you drown out the noise. Considerations when Soundproofing Windows Weather Stripping Start simple. Before considering installing sound barriers, replace the weather stripping on your windows to see how well it prevents unwanted noise from entering your home. There are many different kinds of weather stripping. Click here to find out more about weather stripping options. This method won’t just reduce noise, but it will also prevent air leaks and lower your utility bill. Sometimes this simple maintenance task will be sufficient to seal out unwanted noise. DIY Soundproof Barrier A simple soundproof barrier cut out in the shape of a window is the most economical option. Although this won’t allow daylight to penetrate the window, the barrier may be removed when soundproofing isn’t required. Styrofoam insulation (also known as blue board or pink board) is cheap and easy to cut to size. Simply measure the dimensions of your window and cut the board to size. Just remember to cut indented handles on one side for installation and removal. You can even add fabric to one side for a better look when it is installed. Storm Windows Some homeowners have storm windows and don’t even know it. These windows are added to the exterior of the home in the fall and removed in the spring (or sometimes never removed). They help insulate the windows and protect your home from the elements. Sometimes they are removed and stored in the attic or crawl space and forgotten about. If your home has them, ensure they are installed. If you don’t have storm windows, an expert can tell you if your windows can accept them and will help you source them. The thicker the glass, the better. Make sure you have at least 2 inches of air space between both panes. Storm windows are a great addition to make your windows more efficient and soundproof. Not only that, but they’re easy to install too! Soundproof Curtains Soundproof curtains are a better-looking and more permanent solution for shutting out the noise. They are not as effective as dedicated barriers but are easily installed and more convenient. If you already have curtains installed, simply replacing them with a heavier fabric or specific soundproof curtain can be very effective. Old moving blankets or pads cut to size can also make great DIY soundproof curtains. Go for an oversized curtain; the air held in the baffles reduces sound. For a more effective DIY soundproof barrier, homeowners can purchase specific soundproofing foam or mass-loaded vinyl to create their own barriers. Ask local music shops or recording studios, which usually have these materials on hand. If you’re really pinching pennies, local carpet shops might give you a great price on carpet or padding scraps....

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Ancient Glass Items

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Ancient Glass Items

Ancient Glass Items

At Cutting Crew Glass we always like seeing new interesting glass products, and what is more interesting than something made from glass 1,000 years old? Check out this article of colorful glass beads found in an ancient city in Africa.

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Are You Looking to Upgrade Your House?

Posted by on Jun 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Are You Looking to Upgrade Your House?

Are You Looking to Upgrade Your House?

When you’re looking a way to improve the elegance of your house, getting the proper glass products can be very helpful to add the appearance of space and light while upgrading your house to the latest trends in style. Is your kitchen looking a little dull? Maybe some glass cabinets and shelving can help spruce it up. When your bathroom needs an upgrade, having proper glass shower doors can be the difference of a relaxing morning shower and a dingy shower behind a curtain. Glass is a versatile material in today’s modern houses, and when you’re looking for the right glass company, Cutting Crew Glass delivers on only the best quality glass products for your renovation needs. Here are some ideas you can do with glass: Tabletops. A glass tabletop is a beautiful addition to your house, complementing other material like wood perfectly. Not only does it look great, but it also is extremely convenient as a surface. Stains, food messes, and dirt gathered on the table can be simply wiped off. Shower Doors. As we mentioned earlier, a glass shower door upgrades your bathroom to the modern age. No longer will you have to use shower curtains to keep water from running out onto your bathroom floor – they aren’t even that great at doing so – but you will also add a surface that provides light and space allowing you to shower in greater comfort. Skylights. Are you looking to add natural light to your home? Having a skylight installed can help you with skinnier electric bills. Not only does it provide natural light to your home during the daytime, but it can also help warm or cool your house if you have it installed with the proper insulation and the ability to open. Whether or not you want to give your house a makeover or simply upgrade a few things, glass is your choice for flexibility, style, and utility. Cutting Crew Glass is a Burnaby glass company, and brings its services to Surrey, Vancouver, and around the Lower...

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The Potential of Unique Glass Technology

Posted by on May 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Potential of Unique Glass Technology

The Potential of Unique Glass Technology

At Cutting Crew Glass we create glass for residential and commercial utility, but we are never opposed to learning about the new ways glass can be utilized Here is an article describing what unique microspheres of glass can potentially do.

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Is Your House Getting Enough Light?

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your House Getting Enough Light?

Is Your House Getting Enough Light?

You’re looking for ways to spruce up your living space. You’ve made renovations to the interior, but you feel as though there’s something missing. Maybe your house is feeling a bit cramped and a bit dark despite your efforts. Or maybe you’re tired of feeling like you need to spend a lot of money paying your electric bills due to the heat and lighting you have to turn on during the winter and at night. Enter a new stylish skylight. Though it may seem like an unlikely solution for such a wide variety of problems, skylights can be a unique way to add some additional warmth to your home. A new skylight can change the character of your house. Like adding an additional window, a skylight provides light into the room it’s built into, adding brightness, the feeling of spaciousness and, if done properly, style. The new light added by these skylights can help slim down that electric bill by adding light during the daytime. Skylights can also help by providing sunlight and insulation, simultaneously warming the house during the winter by trapping heat when there’s sunlight, and cooling the house down during the summer if it’s set to be ventilating. It all depends on where the skylight is placed and what materials it is made out of. At Cutting Crew Glass, we help supply skylights for those who want to invest in their homes. From our 15 years of experience, we understand that a new skylight can be extremely beneficial for a house, adding character, style, and savings on top of its utilitary uses. If you’re looking for a skylight supplier, we can help you choose the proper type and material that you will want to use for your home. Cutting Crew Glass is located in Burnaby and provides services in Vancouver and throughout the Lower...

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The Glass Blowing Process

Posted by on Apr 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Glass Blowing Process

The Glass Blowing Process

Glass can be a form of art, and Cutting Crew Glass knows this better than anyone else. You can check out the process of forming glass products through this article about glass blowing.

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