Yearly Archives: 2019

5 Creative Places To Use Glass Doors

Glass doors are a popular choice for a patio or back door since they give you a great view into your backyard. It’s always nice to see how the kids are playing or to keep an eye on your dog before he digs too deep a hole. But have you considered using glass doors in other areas of your home? There are so many rooms that could benefit from a glass door over a traditional door, and today we’d love to talk about those benefits for your home.

At Murray Glass, we’re passionate about getting creative with our high-quality glass products. We love using glass in new and interesting ways, and to make your home more functional and beautiful.

Take a look at a few of our ideas for using glass doors in new ways and see if a glass door is an easy, painless fix to liven up your space. The 5 Creative Places to Use Glass Doors are:

1. The Pantry.

While unexpected, using a glass door for your pantry can completely transform your kitchen space. The glass door creates the illusion of more space and also makes it very easy to quickly see into your pantry for at-a-glance grocery list creation. In addition, using a glass door for your pantry helps keep your pantry more organized because it isn’t hiding behind an opaque door.

2. A Linen Closet.

We love replacing your boring linen closet door with a glass door option because it makes your home look like a magazine spread! Switch out your normal door for a glass door, grab a few pretty baskets, and maybe a fresh coat of paint or accent wallpaper and suddenly your plain hallway becomes a beautiful focal point.

3. Your Closet.

Whether your closet is a spacious walk-in or a sliding door cabinet, glass doors add a luxurious touch that makes it feel like a fancy boutique. Glass doors allow you to display your beautiful clothing and shoes like art while motivating you to stay organized and clean. Rope lighting can make it even more designer.

4. A Master Bathroom.

It might sound like a total lack of privacy, but hear us out. Bathrooms are often dark and cave-like. It doesn’t matter much if it’s just a powder room, but a bathroom where you’re going to spend more time – like your master bathroom – needs better lighting. A glass door provides light and space but doesn’t have to compromise your privacy. Frosted glass allows light without visibility, or a roman shade can bring additional colors and textures to an otherwise boring bathroom.

5. The Laundry Room.

The laundry room is often a small, cramped room lacking a window or natural light of any kind. Swapping the door for glass opens up the entire space, without needing a huge remodel. You can still close the door to keep kids and pets out but allow for visibility.

Glass doors are such a quick and painless way to update an entire room and improve flow throughout your home. Call Murray Glass to increase the natural light and fresh feel in one of your rooms today!

   

How To Customize Mirrors For Your Home

Mirrors have always been a fixture of home décor, but in recent years mirrors have become absolutely indispensable and ubiquitous. Why? Because we better understand exactly what mirrors can do for your home, and how to make them work even harder.

How many mirrors do you have in your home? How many mirrors are outside of your bathrooms? And what are your main complaints about your home?

At Murray Glass, we love to help people solve problems in their home. Some of the most frequent complaints we hear are that homeowners feel their home is too small, too dark, or too outdated.

Murray Glass is happy to tell you that mirrors can be the answer to every one of those complaints, without expensive remodeling or major upgrades. Let us tell you how.

Bathroom

Let’s start with your bathroom since you already have mirrors in there. Are your mirrors functioning well? To update an old and frumpy bathroom, you might consider adding a frame or other trim to your existing bathroom mirror. It’s an instant mirror upgrade that you can DIY in an hour or two. Another way to customize your mirror is to replace your existing mirror with one better fitted to the space. This might be larger or smaller depending on your bathroom’s size or orientation, but Murray Glass can create the exact size mirror to complement your bathroom.

Décor Mirrors

Using mirrors for decoration has several functions – for one, it can help create and disperse more light in dark areas. If you have a room with limited natural light, or a dark corner that needs a little love, adding a mirror can instantly create more light in the space. Try it in a hallway, basement, or entryway to bring in more brightness. Another function of mirrors is that they never go out of style and can fit absolutely every design and color scheme. Sure, you can opt for certain shapes or frames, but mirrors are classic and easy choices to modernize and update your décor.

Doors

One of our favorite ways to use mirrors at Murray Glass is to create the illusion of bigger spaces with mirrored doors. Using a mirrored sliding door for a closet is a prime example of working smarter with the limited space you have. Is your bedroom, closet, or bathroom tiny? Incorporate a mirror on a door or perhaps a wall to really open up space and make the room feel twice as big. Not to mention it’s incredibly useful to have a full-length mirror that doesn’t need to be carefully hung on a wall. Take a look at your bedroom and closet and see if a customized mirror couldn’t make your space much more luxurious and functional.

Murray Glass can create solutions for all of your homeowner woes, including space, lighting, design, functionality, and safety. Glass and mirrors are our passion and we can offer customized options that fit your budget.

Can You Repair Glass By Yourself?

The sound of breaking glass can strike fear into the bravest of hearts. Broken glass can be scary, dangerous, and a huge pain. Not to mention, broken glass can prove to be expensive. Unfortunately, glass is breakable and glass repair or glass replacement is a reality that could be in your future. When you find the glass break, you might see dollar signs or a quick trip to the home improvement store to fix the broken glass yourself. But can you?

Broken Glass

You have glass all over your home. Glass windows, glass doors, glass panes in your doors, glass tables and surfaces, the front of your stove and microwaves, in picture frames, and innumerable other places in each room. What happens if any of those panes of glass are broken? All it would take is a well-hit baseball, a dropped pan, tripping and falling, or any type of rough-housing and you’d be left with broken glass to repair.

Depending on the impact, your glass could get chipped, cracked, a spider-web break, or completely shatter. Chips are common along the edges of a glass surface, such as a glass table or counter. A small crack can show up on glass frames or lower window panes due to hard closing. Spider-web cracks are common when a pane of glass is impacted by a projectile, such as a toy ball or tree branch. And completely shattering glass speaks for itself.

Can You Repair Glass By Yourself?

It can be tempting to tackle all home improvement and repair projects by yourself. It can save you a lot of money, and give you an opportunity to learn skills as a homeowner. Certain types of broken glass can be repaired at home, even by a beginner do-it-yourself-er. If you drop a bowl or glass and it sustains a clean break, it can be fixed with adhesive and epoxy. Take a quick trip to your local hardware store to pickup some glass adhesive and epoxy to keep on hand for any glass breaks. Chips in a glass counter, frame, or shelf can also easily be repaired with epoxy by filling the chip, leveling and smoothing the epoxy, and then applying the hardener. Finish your glass repairs by carefully buffing. Always use proper ventilation and wear gloves to prevent excess adhesive from sticking your fingers together.

When You Can’t Repair Glass Yourself

If your broken glass is beyond a clean break or a chip, our experts at Murray Glass advise you to involve professional help rather than trying to fix it yourself. Fixing broken glass can be dangerous, since glass shards and tiny fragments can be nearly invisible. Even if it’s a clean break, the length and location of a break in your glass can make it incredibly difficult to repair yourself. When you’re in need of glass repair, trust Murray Glass to restore your broken glass to be beautiful, safe, reliable, and shining brilliantly. We’re ready to help with all of your glass needs.

   

How To Care For Your Glass Shower Door

Glass shower doors are a stunning addition to any bathroom. They give a clean, expansive look to any bathroom, making you feel true luxury in your daily hygiene routine. Glass showers are a popular and modern choice, but it’s also intimidating for many homeowners. Glass shower doors can quickly make your bathroom look grimy and unkempt if they acquire soap scum and hard water stains, and many homeowners are worried that this will make glass shower doors too much maintenance. Other homeowners worry about the care for the hinges, metal edges, and tracks of glass shower doors.

Today Murray Glass is making it fast and easy to care for your glass shower door.

Remove Buildup

It’s natural for soap scum, hard water, and other debris to accumulate on your glass shower door. Vinegar and dish soap is the best combination for removing this buildup. Combine vinegar and dish soap with a little warm water in a spray bottle and spray over the entire glass door surface. For intense buildup, go in and scrub with a nylon scrubber pad. If there are hard water spots or stains that won’t budge, make a paste of water and baking soda to apply to the stain and scrub away after a few minutes.

Easy Open

Do you have a squeaky shower door? Does your sliding glass shower door come off the tracks or catch along the way? Does a swinging shower door have trouble opening or closing? Using some WD-40 or silicon spray can loosen that up for you. Clean it with dish soap first, then apply your lubricant. Add more as needed, and quickly call Murray Glass if you notice any damage.

Daily Care

Remember that bottle of vinegar and dish soap? Keep it in your shower. Give your shower a quick spray at the end of each shower, or at least once a week. Go buy a squeegee and hang it in your shower. If you squeegee your shower door every single shower, that 10-second chore will keep water from drying on your glass shower door and creating the cloudy buildup. Trust us, it’s well worth it.

Fight Hard Water

Hard water can create buildup on your shower doors, but also in the joints, tracks, and around all the other fixtures in the shower. Vinegar is all you need to prevent this harmful buildup. Soak the corner of a rag in white vinegar and wipe it along all of your fixtures, including your shower head. If you live with particularly hard water you may want to consider getting a water softener.

Hopefully, these tips will help you care for your glass shower door, or assuage some of your fears about getting a glass shower door for your bathroom build or bathroom remodel. Murray Glass is ready to bring bright, light glass into your luxurious bathroom, so give us a call when you’re ready for a glass makeover.

   

How To Customize Your Window Treatments

Customizing your room with some fun and unique window treatments is an easy way to spice things up. Your window treatments say a lot about your style, and they can really make or break the design of your room. Whether you want to go with a roman shade for a simple and effective way to shade your room or long flowy panels to create an elongated and light feeling, window treatments are important.

Roman Shade

Roman shade is a simple shade that stacks up even when opened and hangs smoothly when closed. It’s a very smooth and sleek look. You can also go with the relaxed roman shade that has a slight curve at the bottom to give a little more flair to the typical roman shade style.

Tie-Up Shade and Trim

This casual window treatment can make a room feel nice and cozy. Because you need to tie these by hand to raise or lower them, it’s usually best to put these treatments in a room that you won’t be consistently tying and untying them.

Long Panels and Valance

Long panels on your windows will elongate your walls and make your room feel more spacious. Adding valance and long panels is an elegant way to show off your window. It can also showcase any fabric you choose.

Island-Style Valance

Make your room feel like an island getaway with an island-style valance. This is a unique style that can add to any room. Particularly in a living room, it will allow you to let in light while adding some unique style.

Lambrequins

If you want to add a little shape to your windows—lambrequins can do that for you. These won’t fully cover your windows but will provide a style you can’t get with any other treatment. For full coverage, this is not your best option.

Long Panels and Wood Blinds

Going back to those long panels that will make your room look larger, you can also achieve great coverage with wood blinds underneath these long panels. This combination will give you prime coverage, blocking out the outdoor world, with the unique style of long panels.

Café Curtain

For a unique and casual look, a café curtain could be the way to go. Pair these curtains with rings for a retro look. Though this treatment does not provide optimal coverage, it does create a one-of-a-kind design.

Bamboo Shades

For natural beauty look—go bamboo shades. These easy to use shades are made from the natural material of bamboo.

Sheer Curtains

If you’d like your room to feel lighter and brighter, try sheer curtains. This can also help a room feel larger and more spacious—light has that effect on a room.

Solar Shades

These roller shades use fabric that is designed to reduce glare and heat. If you live in a hot climate, solar shades can keep that heat outside. They also look chic!

   

Sliding Glass Doors: What You Should Know About?

Looking to improve your home? Sliding glass doors are a great investment. Sliding Glass Doors bring in natural light, make space feel more open, provide a beautiful backdrop to any space, and great air flow. For these reasons and more, sliding glass doors can add to the value of your home. Sliding glass doors are sleek and modern addition that can greatly benefit your home’s design and function.

Custom Sizes

No matter where you want to install your sliding glass doors, we can customize the size to fit it. Unlike traditional swinging doors, sliding doors do not need clearance to open. Sliding doors aren’t as restricted when it comes to the surrounding space. There are some standards sizes, but they are also customizable. If you think it may not be possible with your space, contact us and we’ll see what we can do.

Different Styles

Customize your sliding glass doors to fit you and your space. Whether you want two, three, or four panels, or double or triple pane may depend on your space. How big is your door going to be? This may impact how many panels you want. How thin do you want those panels to be? If you want to be sure to conceal all the effects of the weather outside, you may want to invest in more a thicker window pane. There are plenty of options for widths, heights, and custom sizes. As for handle options, there are even more options—different styles and materials. Whether you want to go with gold, chrome, black nickel, silver, custom hardware, or something else, you’re sure to find something you like.

Better Air Circulation

Ventilation is extremely beneficial to a house. Indoor air quality can be tricky to regulate. When your air isn’t properly ventilated, it can mean mold growth, stagnant air, foul smells, and an overall stuffy feeling. This can lead to coughing, shortness of breath, and other respiratory problems. Not to mention, mold damage. Installing glass doors in your home give you an optimal opportunity for prime cross ventilation. You can easily increase air flow with a simple slide of the door.

Optimizing Your Space

Sliding glass doors are a compact design that can optimize your space. It will take the same amount of space, whether closed or open, so it won’t take up much space at all. Plus, it opens up space. This large window like structure makes space feel larger. It can showcase a beautiful backyard, open up to a patio or deck, or just give you quick access to outside. Either way, your space can experience a decent upgrade with the addition of a sliding glass door. Even without opening the glass door, it will help space seem larger, but then opening it up will actually make it larger!

To learn more about sliding glass door options and what they may look like in your house, contact us at Murray Glass today!

 

How To Use Mirrors to Make a Room Seem Bigger

Mirrors have a superpower—they can make a room (or space) seem bigger than it really is. Their reflective ability creates a sort of optical illusion. Next time you’re decorating a small room, utilize this superpower to take your room to the next level. Whether you’re decorating with one mirror or multiple, make your room seem bigger almost instantly.

Tall Mirrors Draw The Eye Upwards

Dealing with a short room? Try a tall mirror. A long mirror will draw the eye upward and instantly make a short room feel taller. This optical illusion works best with long, slender mirrors placed strategically in places that will allow them to reflect light into the room. It can create the feeling of another doorway, or just a be a device to draw the eye and reflect light.

Use Multiple Mirrors To Create An Illusion

Decorating with multiple mirrors give them the chance to reflect off each other. Even if you use small mirrors, they will give the feeling of more space. When placed across from each other, they will reflect endlessly, giving an optical illusion of extra space. Multiple mirrors will also help you reflect more light in more directions, which will make any space feel larger. Open up your space while decorating with stylish mirrors.

Place Mirrors Where They Can Reflect Light

Mirrors have the power to create an illusion of space because of their reflective nature, mainly reflect light. Any space will feel bigger when it’s lighter. This is why painting a room white makes it feel bigger. When you’re decorating with your mirrors, use them to reflect natural light into the room. Placing a mirror across from a window, for example, will bring in extra light, making the area feel more spacious.

Big Mirrors Make A Space Feel Big

Go big or go home? More like go big for your home. A big mirror is a tool to make space seem large. It’s an instant fix for most rooms. It’s an easy one and done solve for small rooms. Add a large mirror on a major wall or in even in a corner. The large reflective mirror will make it feel like there is more space than there actually is.

No Window? No Problem—Use A Mirror!

Decorating a windowless room can be tough. If you don’t want to go through the hassle of installing a window, your options are pretty limited. A room with no windows will have limited light and likely feel small and stuffy. But that can be prevented with some well-placed mirrors. You can create the feeling of a window with a mirror. You can frame the mirror to look like a window or just place it in the room as a centerpiece. Either way, it will create the illusion of space and keep away that feeling of claustrophobia that so often accompanies a windowless room.

 

 

How To Deal with Mold Growth on Window Sills

Finding mold on your window sills in not uncommon, but it can be avoided. Because windows are often exposed to moisture and condensation, mold growth can happen. But this doesn’t have to ruin your windows.

There are a few simple ways to prevent mold growth and take care of it if it does happen. It starts with choosing the right windows, at Murray Glass, we can help with that!

Preventing Mold Growth

Mold is born from moisture. Leaky windows and condensation build up can easily lead to window sill mold growth. Having high-quality windows that seal tightly and don’t allow for water penetration, will help to prevent mold growth. You can also prevent mold growth by reducing condensation on your windows. This is best done by maintaining good airflow and a temperature not too drastically different from the outside temperature.

Regularly cleaning out your windows and their frames will also help you avoid mold growth. Particularly if you have basement windows. Clean and dust these places regularly as they are more likely to accumulated dusk and collect dirt. They are also more exposed to moisture as basements tend to be damp. The same goes for bathroom windows. Because they are exposed to moisture more often, they will be more vulnerable to mold growth. Keep them clean to avoid having to clean away the mold.

Signs of Mold Growth

Mold growth will usually start growing at the bottom of a window frame. Usually, mold is colored and can be noticeable, but mold can also be the color of the window frame and easily blend in. Check your window between the joint of glass and frame regularly for discoloration and potential mold growth. Mold does not feed on the windows themselves, it can destroy certain kinds of frames.

Not only does mold look unsavory, but it can potentially be harmful to your health. Mold releases spores into the air, that when inhaled can cause allergy-like symptoms in people. Having mold in the air your breathing is best to avoid. Certain kinds of mold will be more toxic than others, but all of them should be avoided.

Getting Rid of Mold

When dealing with mold, use a mask to avoid ingesting spores. Mold release spores into the air that can cause allergies. Be sure that there is proper ventilation in the room. You should also protect the area surrounding the mold. Cover the floor and walls nearby.

To get rid of the mold, make a mixture of one part bleach and three parts warm water. Spray or pour the mixture on the area that has been infested. Let it sit for about ten minutes. Scrub away the mold with a non-abrasive brush. Use a clean rag to wipe away the mold. Rinse the area with warm water. Spray the area with disinfected spray and wipe away any residue. Allow the windowsill to dry completely before closing. Moisture will only provide for more mold growth.

 

Casement vs. Double Hung Windows

Both casement and double hung windows are very popular choices in the window world, and for good reason.

Casement windows are windows that are attached to a frame by one or more hinges on the side. These windows open by tilting outward and offer great ventilation.

Double hung windows are possibly the most common window—these windows are made of two window panes and operate by moving up or down through a window frame.

In this post, we are sharing a comparative analysis including the pros and cons between Casement and Double Hung Windows.

Benefits of Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are a very popular style and as such, comes in the widest variety of colors, styles, and materials. Wood and vinyl are the most popular choices, but there are plenty to choose from. Because this is a very common style, they are economically placed. This low-cost option leaves you with a budget to splurge in other places. There are also plenty of energy efficient options that provide homeowners with a chance to save big on their energy bills.

A double hung window has either the top or bottom panel of the windows that slide open to let air through a window screen. They offer great ventilation for your home. Double hung windows can easily accommodate window air conditioners. These easy to open windows provide for a great ventilation option. Some styles of double hung windows will tilt in, making them easy to open and easy to clean.

Cons of Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are not the most airtight options. Casement windows are sealed much together and provide almost no air leaks. Whereas double hung windows often need weather-stripping to prevent air leaks. Air leaks mean a high energy bill and a drafty house.

Maintenance for double hung windows can be a little more demanding than other window types. You can extend your double-hung window’s lifespan by lubricating the tracks—making it easier to slide open and shut. It might get harder and harder to open. If it does become difficult to open, you may need to replace a spring.

Benefits of Casement Windows

Casement windows offer a variety of benefits, including great ventilation, energy efficiency, easy washing, and great quality. Since casement windows open outward, they let in plenty of fresh air and catch side breezes, sending them through your house and ventilating it. Casement windows open fully and allow for great cross breezes and a home full of fresh air.

These windows are the most energy-efficient type of window. When casement windows close, they seal completely. Because of this, they keep out any unwanted breezes and keep your house from getting drafty. They will also keep air that you paid to heat or cool in your house—bringing down your energy bills. If you live in an especially windy area, casement windows will be very beneficial for your house.

Cons of Casement Windows

There are many benefits to casement windows, but this means that they are often a more expensive option. Casement windows are high quality and they are not cheap. There are also size limitations with casements, it’s very rare to see very large casement windows.