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Video: European Glass Technologies

Posted on July 25, 2018 by James Florence

NOVATO — Sarah Rutan: As the U.S. glass industry continues to focus on energy efficiency, more manufacturers are adopting sophisticated European technologies. Today we’re in Novato with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Johnny Pope of Old Town Glass to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Johnny Pope: With the recent change in California’s Title 24 requirements, as the industry has been driving towards more energy-efficient construction, and energy for energy-efficient buildings, there’s been a wide adoption of European window and door technologies in the U.S. market. One of the reasons for this is Europe has had more stringent energy-efficient codes than the U.S., historically. And so, with windows and doors we’re starting to see products, Read more

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Minimalist Innovations in Window and Glass Door Design

Posted on July 13, 2018 by James Florence

NOVATO — As the United States glass industry continues to focus on energy efficiency, we’ve seen a widespread adoption of European door and window technologies. Historically, Europe has had more stringent energy efficiency standards than the U.S., which is why much of their technology and designs are ahead of ours.

An interesting characteristic of many European door and window products is their minimalist design. One example of this is frameless glass door systems. With a subtle aluminum profile just on the edge, the doors on these systems consist almost entirely of glass. Yet, despite the near absence of auxiliary insulation, they’re still thermally efficient.

Another example is European aluminum-framed windows. Aluminum isn’t known for being a great insulator, Read more

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Video: Sliding Door Maintenance

Posted on April 03, 2018 by James Florence

CAMPBELL — Host, Sarah Rutan: If your sliding glass door has become difficult to open and close, it’s likely due to a lack of maintenance. Today we’re in Campbell with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Chris Young of J & M Windows & Glass to learn more.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Chris Young: Today we’re going to be talking about sliding doors and how to keep them working properly. This is a Marvin Ultimate sliding door here, but this really works for any patio door that slides. It’s going to have two screws on the bottom, and those are for adjustment. So, what you want to do is open your door slightly, Read more

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How to Maintain a Sliding Glass Door

Posted on March 16, 2018 by James Florence

CAMPBELL — When a sliding glass door becomes difficult to operate, it’s usually due to a lack of maintenance—specifically, cleaning and lubrication. People are often surprised to find their door issues can be resolved by merely applying lubricant to their doors’ tracks. That’s why, if you want to keep your sliding door working properly, you should clean and lubricate its track on a regular basis. A good product for this task is silicone spray, which is a dry lubricant that doesn’t attract dust and dirt like WD-40.

To clean your door track, open the door and wipe the exposed section of track with a paper towel saturated with silicone spray. Wipe the top of the track as well as the bottom, Read more

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Dealing with Failed Insulated Glass

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — If you have a window in your home that seems to be perpetually fogged up, you might be confused about what’s causing this. In actuality, this is a common occurrence with dual-pane windows, and while it can’t be reversed, there is a way to remedy it.

Like any insulative device, dual-pane windows rely on airspace to create insulation. This airspace is held between the two glass panes, which are glued to a spacer bar and sealed around the perimeter. Over time, this seal can fail and allow outside air to seep in between the panes. This exterior air contains a degree of moisture, which creates condensation on the inside of the glass as it heats up during the day and cools off at night. Read more

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Video: Repairing Failed Insulated Glass

Posted on March 02, 2018 by James Florence

SANTA ROSA — Host, Sarah Rutan: If you notice condensation on the inside of your window, it’s most likely a case of failed insulated glass. Today we’re in Santa Rosa with Diamond Certified Expert Contributor Gregg Campbell of B & L Glass Company to learn how this can be fixed.

Diamond Certified Expert Contributor, Gregg Campbell: Since the mid-80s, windows have come with insulated glass. Insulated glass helps protect us from the heat and the cold that’s outside the house — keeps it nice and cool or warm on the inside the the house. Insulated glass consists of a couple of panes of glass glued to a frame. What happens, Read more

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How to Choose the Right Window Frames

Posted on September 15, 2017 by James Florence

PETALUMA — In the past, homeowners who wanted to replace their windows were somewhat limited in their choices. Today, consumers can choose from a wide variety of window options and find a product that best fits their lifestyle, budget and personal preferences. Here’s some information about the most popular styles of window frames on the market today:

Vinyl Window Frames

Vinyl window frames were originally created to replace aluminum, which were the most common frames installed in houses throughout the 1950s, ’60s and ’70s. Here are a few attributes of vinyl windows:

  • Improved energy efficiency
  • Virtually maintenance-free
  • Less likely to collect condensation
  • Almost all manufacturers offer lifetime warranties.
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