DIY Decorative Mirrors

July 17th, 2014

tips on different ways to decorate your mirror

George Bernard Shaw once said, “You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.”  Think about that for a minute.  Now, what if you could do both at the same time – see your face and see your soul?  Well, you can.  Your Glass Doctor® specialists have provided you with five options to create your own decorative mirror work of art.

Seashells

picture of a round seashell mirror
Photo courtesy of hgtv.com

The fun part about this mirror is you can use shells you’ve collected from past vacations.  If all else fails, you can always purchase shells at your local craft shop, but maybe this is just the perfect excuse for a beach getaway in the near future.

Flowers

picture of a mirror with a flower border
Photo courtesy of familycircle.com

Maybe tulips are your favorite flower or maybe roses remind you of your wedding.  Why not create a floral mirror that symbolizes a special memory?

Tile

picture of a mirror with tile border
Photo courtesy of sandandsisal.com

What’s really cool about decorating a mirror with tile is you can go in so many directions with this.  You can go a little retro, mosaic or even metallic.  There are so many options.

Clothespins

picture of a mirror with a clothespin border
Photo courtesy of inmyownstyle.com

A mirror using ordinary clothespins is just simply fun.  But how about painting and decorating the clothespins?  And who says you have to use one color scheme or one design pattern? Oh, the possibilities are endless.

Cutlery

a picture of a mirror with a cutlery border
Photo courtesy of flamingotoes.com

Creating a frame for a mirror using eating utensils is both wacky and ingenious in the most awesome kind of way.  You can certainly use a complete set of matching utensils if you want, but what if you made this into an estate-sale scavenger hunt to find mix-and-match cutlery?  That would be so cool.

To be honest, this is just the tip of the ice burg with what you can do with a mirror.  Jump on these ideas or if you come up with something different, let us know.  We would love to see pictures of your masterpiece.

 

How To Identify And Repair A Failed IGU

July 9th, 2014

Graphic with the title How to identify and repair a damaged IGU

As a homeowner, regular household maintenance is crucial in the prevention in costly repair bills. Although we enjoy all of nature’s four seasons, we also need to remember that constant weather changes have an impact on our home, especially our windows. A lot of homeowners are unaware that our windows are what help maintain temperate levels in our home. That’s why it’s recommended to inspect your windows regularly to see whether they need to be replaced or repaired.

Routine inspection of your IGU’s (Insulated Glass Units) is very important. One of the most obvious things to monitor on your IGU is the amount of condensation around the windowsills. Condensation will appear as excessive beads of sweat around the windows. Although condensation is rather normal in times of seasonal change, be aware that you should not have puddles around your windowsills.

One of the main reasons IGUs have issues is because the caulking around the windows is not installed correctly. Another reason for an IGU to fail would be due to “Solar Pumping”. Solar pumping is caused from the windows contracting at night, which allows air to enter. The constant contraction and expansion weakens seals around the windows, which allows moisture to enter and causes your IGU to fail.

For more information, contact your local Glass Doctor® who will be happy to assess your window needs.

5 Tips for Building Self-Confidence

July 2nd, 2014

Graphic with the title "5 Tips for Building Self Confidence"

For some, it can be an uphill battle to look in the mirror due to how the media portrays the ideal body weight. Often times people — especially women — are seemingly brainwashed to feeling they need to appear a certain way, dress a certain way, or wear certain types of makeup because the media has subconsciously entered our daily lives.  Teenagers and young adults are constantly checking social media accounts, whether it be Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, to see how much interest their pictures are getting. Although this may seem like everyday normal behavior, it often plays a part in personal insecurities.

Here are 5 ways to help you feel better about yourself:

1. Improve your social circle – hang around with people who are a positive influence and make you feel good about yourself.

2. Try to not let the media brain wash you to think we should all be a size zero. Everyone comes in different shapes and sizes.

3. Exercise stimulates the mind and allows for a more positive outlook

4. Dress for your body type, not to impress people. Dress for yourself!

5. Eat healthy – not only will eating more fruits and veggies help maintain better health, it will also make you feel better about yourself.

We all need to keep in mind that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and what is ideal to some may not appeal to others. The way the media portrays people is often very different than the way we are — and we are just fine!

Sunscreen Your Windows

June 25th, 2014

Most people are aware of global warming and concerned with constant weather changes. With global warming comes higher UV Rays, and the need for lots of sunscreen. Many of us take safety precautions outside to prevent sun damage, but did you realize it is also important to keep UV Rays outside of your home?

Harmful Rays

There are two types of radiation that can harm the skin and in some cases can lead to possible skin damage and even cancer; UVA Rays and UVB Rays.

According to studies, at least 50% of the sun’s rays penetrate through your windows and blinds. There are now products available that keep your skin protected when indoors, such as window films. These films block most of the UV rays from entering your home. Studies say that these films can block up to 99.9% of UV radiation.

If you are unaware of the damage that sunrays can do to your skin, take a look at furniture or an object in your house that has been left by the window for a while. Usually the color of the object will fade, and your skin is no exception.

Keeping The Sun Out

Window films are not just there to block out the sun’s UV Rays and prevent damage to your furniture, but it also helps your home’s energy costs.

Another option to consider is some sort of “safety” film. These safety films help glass windows from being shattered, which is great for anyone who is concerned about break-ins and property damage.

As you can see there are many benefits of installing film for your windows. Consider these options today and cut down on the risk of sun damage to your family and to your home.

Glass Doctor Auctions Item To Benefit Local Big Brothers Big Sisters

June 17th, 2014

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (May 29, 2014) – Glass Doctor of Eau Claire auctioned off two Bella Cast Venetian glass platters from Cardinal Shower Enclosures to support fundraising efforts for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin.

Cardinal Shower Enclosures, the primary vendor for heavy glass frame-less shower enclosures, supported Glass Doctor of Eau Claire fundraising efforts by donating the two Bella Cast Venetian glass platters.

The glass platters, which retail for $249.99, were listed through the eBay Giving Works program with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northwest Wisconsin. The eBay auction ended May 11.

Every year, Glass Doctor of Eau Claire participates in fundraising efforts for various organizations. For the 2013 Season of Sharing fundraiser Glass Doctor of Eau Claire raised money for the Ronald McDonald House® in Marshfield, Wis.

Glass Doctor of Eau Claire promoted this auction on their Facebook page, as well as their Google Plus page.

For more information about Glass Doctor of Eau Claire, call Glass Doctor of Eau Claire at (715) 737-9560 or visit glassdoctor.com/eau-claire.

About Glass Doctor®:

Established in 1962 with one shop in Seattle, Wash., today Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and services to the residential, automotive and commercial markets at more than 275 locations in the United States and Canada. Glass Doctor began franchising in 1977 and in 1998 joined The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit GlassDoctor.com.

Our Favorite Doctors on Television

June 13th, 2014

We’ve all heard the ol’ saying, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.  But let’s face it – there are actually some TV doctors that we just can’t get enough of,  so we toss the proverbial apple right out the window.

While the professionals at Glass Doctor® are dedicated to fixing your pains, we like to have a little fun in the process too.  So, here’s a list of our top five apple-tossing, worthy of binge-watching, favorite TV doctors.

Hawkeye Pierce

M*A*S*H*

Dr. Pierce was drafted into the U.S. Army and was shipped off to serve at the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (M*A*S*H) during the Korean War.

Cliff Huxtable

The Cosby Show

Dr. Huxtable is a married, father of five who runs his obstetrician practice out of his home office.

Doug Ross

ER

Dr. Ross is a dedicated ER pediatrician at County General Hospital who is committed to his patients – no matter the cost.

Greg House

House M.D.

Dr. House is a cantankerous Head of Diagnostic Medicine at Princeton-Plainsboro Teaching Hospital in New Jersey who is known for his habitual bluntness and insensitivity.

Derek Shepherd

Grey’s Anatomy

Dr. Shepherd is the Chief of Surgery at Seattle Grace Mercy West Hospital who may actually be known more for his McDreamy good looks than his medical skills.

We’re curious.  Which one of these doctors would be on your speed dial?

Glass Doctor® of St. George receives validation from the AGSC

June 13th, 2014

ST. GEORGE, Utah (May 28, 2014) – Glass Doctor of St. George received validation from the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) after undergoing a validation process required by all registered members of the AGSC.

The AGSC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe replacement of auto glass. They are the definitive authority on safe auto glass installation practices and are responsible for North America’s only auto glass replacement standard, the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS). Registered members of the AGSC are committed to the highest standard of quality and the strongest commitment to safety.

What separates AGSC is the validation process that all members must undergo. Registered members go through a random periodic third-party inspection of their company, personnel and procedures.

“By working hard and keeping customer safety in mind, we were able to receive this validation, which brings us one step closer to being the best glass company in the business,” said Dale Watkins, owner of Glass Doctor of St. George. “It’s a very rewarding feeling.

During the validation, the validators verify the location’s actions and answers coincide with the AGRSS installation standards and the location’s adhesive manufacturer’s instructions. A typical validation includes an opening meeting, a separate observation of installation procedures and practices, an interview of each person that installs auto glass, a review of the material storage area, time for the validator to observe accurate and complete paperwork and a closing meeting.

The validation process is about the safety of the public and doing the job right the first time. All glass shops are not equal, and many are not members of the AGSC and do not have a standard for installation. The AGRSS sets the standard, and holds companies accountable for their work.

In the next validation cycle, beginning in 2015, all registered member companies will have at least one location validated within the next four years.

About Glass Doctor®:

Established in 1962 with one shop in Seattle, Wash., today Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and services to the residential, automotive and commercial markets at more than 275 locations in the United States and Canada. Glass Doctor began franchising in 1977 and in 1998 joined The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit GlassDoctor.com.

Glass Doctor® of Montrose receives validation from the AGSC

June 11th, 2014

Contact: Curtis Lyon
Owner, Glass Doctor® of Montrose
P: (970) 252-8868
E: curtisglassdoctor [at] qwestoffice [dot] net

MONTROSE, Colo. (May 27, 2014) – Glass Doctor of Montrose received validation from the Auto Glass Safety Council (AGSC) after undergoing a validation process required by all registered members of the AGSC.

The AGSC is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the safe replacement of auto glass. They are the definitive authority on safe auto glass installation practices and are responsible for North America’s only auto glass replacement standard, the Auto Glass Replacement Safety Standard (AGRSS). Registered members of the AGSC are committed to the highest standard of quality and the strongest commitment to safety.

What separates AGSC is the validation process that all members must undergo. Registered members go through a random periodic third-party inspection of their company, personnel and procedures.

Glass Doctor of Montrose is committed to providing the best glass service experience and receiving this validation shows we are doing just that,” said Curtis Lyon, owner of Glass Doctor of Montrose. “We will continue to provide excellent customer service in line with our certification.”

During the validation, the validators verify the location’s actions and answers coincide with the AGRSS and the location’s adhesive manufacturer’s instructions. A typical validation includes a five minute opening meeting, a separate observation and interview of each person that installs auto glass, a review of historical records, a review of the material storage area, time for the validator to complete paperwork and a closing meeting.

The validation process is about the safety of the public and doing the job right the first time. All glass shops are not equal, and many are not members of the AGSC and do not have a standard for installation. The AGRSS sets the standard, and holds companies accountable for their work.

The current validation cycle will end in 2014. In the next validation cycle, beginning in 2015, all registered member companies will have at least one location validated within the next four years.

About Glass Doctor®:

Established in 1962 with one shop in Seattle, Wash., today Glass Doctor offers complete glass repair, replacement and services to the residential, automotive and commercial markets at more than 275 locations in the United States and Canada. Glass Doctor began franchising in 1977 and in 1998 joined The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit GlassDoctor.com.

Transform Your Trash To Treasure

June 11th, 2014

glass marbles in fence holes
Photo courtesy of twentytwowords.com

We have all heard of recycling to not only make the most of items, but to protect our landfills from overflowing. But have you heard about upcycling? This is the practice of reusing otherwise discarded items to create something of a higher quality or value than the original. It means you can take someone else’s trash and turn it in to your own treasure. Pinterest has hundreds of ideas on how to repair, refurbish, redo and recycle items in to beautiful items for your home. Check out some of the fun things we found to make use of old and discarded items.

  • Baby gates can be put outside and used as a trellis in the garden for growing plants.
  • Large, old canning jars can be painted and then used as flower vases – especially good for gift giving.
  • Have expired credit cards or old loyalty cards? You can inexpensively purchase a guitar pic maker that makes guitar pics from a variety of old cards.
  • Have a scratched or old coffee table? Stain pieces of wood to the color you like or that matches the legs and use wood glue to secure to the top. It’s a whole new table
  • Colored marbles are great to fill holes in wood fences – the sunlight bounces off them and lights up the yard.
  • Cheap pictures in frames that are not to your taste? Use it as a serving tray!
  • Old jars are great holders for tea lights, especially outdoors in the evening when hosting guests. Place sand on the bottom with shells for an extra special touch.
  • If you can get a hold of old wood or a door from a barn, try using it as a frame for a mirror. Just needs the glass.
  • Turn old utensils in to wall hooks for coats,  or put them in the garden holding labels for vegetable identification.
  • Paint an old shutter and hang on the wall to hold magazines.
  • Switched to a shower door? Use your shower hooks in the closet on to hold purses and jewelry.
  • Hang an old shoe rack on the back of the pantry door and use it to store individually packaged items like granola bars and snack packs.
  • Stack old books in an even square or rectangle neatly to create a table or desk.
  • Use old light bulbs by carefully popping a whole in the metal end and hang upside down to fill with water and small flowers. You can use wire to hang them outside from trees.

What are you doing with old items that others find fabulous? Send us a picture of your greatest remodel or reused project!

Central Texas Glass Doctor® Featured in HGTV’s Fixer Upper Program

May 23rd, 2014

Glass Doctor® of the Heart of Texas installed windows at a house in central Texas that was being renovated and will be featured on the HGTV program “Fixer Upper” May 22.

Glass Doctor of the Heart of Texas helping renovate a house on HGTV's Fixer Upper

Glass Doctor of the Heart of Texas faced an exciting challenge when they installed 26 large windows in the turn-of-the-century home.

The installed windows, which replicated windows of the period home, are seven-and-a-half-feet tall and 36 inches wide. The 26 windows took four days to install and required a crew of three Glass Doctor specialists.

“This was a great project and it turned out really well,” said Doug Dotson, owner of Glass Doctor of the Heart of Texas. “The install was a little strange with all the cameras and film crew members around but it was a great project and we enjoyed being a part of it.”

The install required a mechanical lift to assist the Glass Doctor specialists in installing the windows. The turn-of-the-century home has 10-foot ceilings, making the installation on the second level of the home the most difficult part.

“The windows were very heavy and we had to go up to the second level of the home,” said Dotson. “We used a mechanical lift to assist the glass specialists with installing the windows.”

The entire project from ordering of the windows to installation took a total of 10 days.