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HAIL DAMAGE:  With Spring here in full force, it's just a matter of time before the storms come along with hail damage.  We can assist with window water leaks, broken glass, damaged screens and door hardware.  We also offer 24 Hour Emergency Services.  Give us a call to set up a time for a FREE Quote!     712-256-5553

  • Window Replacement
  • Glass Replacement
  • Screen Replacement
  • Patio Doors / Screens
  • Auto Windshield
  • Mirrors

JOURNEYMAN GLAZIER:  Looking for a qualified candidate who is experienced in the fabrication and installation of storefront and curtainwall framing.  Candidate should have most personal hand type tools (i.e. drill, pry bar, tooling knives, etc.)  The position requires the following:

  • Ability to lead a crew on a job site.
  • Ensure jobs are performed safely and in accordance with company standards.
  • Knowledge of tools, practices and procedures of the glazing trade.
  • Preferred glazing experience of 4+ years.
  • Ability to read blue prints, measure openings and handle glass.
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license free of any serious traffic related infractions. 
  • Strong communication skills and self-motivation.
  • Compensation based on experience.  Company benefits included.

Please apply in person at 1436 N 15th Street, Council Bluffs IA or email resume to lisa@glass-services.net

ENTRY LEVEL WORKER:  Looking for a qualified candidate who is experienced in construction.  Candidate should have some personal hand type tools (i.e. drill, pry bar, etc.)  The position requires the following:

  • Ability to assist lead man on a job site.
  • Glass handling experience preferred but not necessary.
  • High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Must possess a valid driver’s license free of any serious traffic related infractions. 
  • Strong communication skills and self-motivation.
  • Compensation based on experience.  Company benefits included.

Please apply in person at 1436 N 15th Street, Council Bluffs IA or email resume to lisa@glass-services.net

Getting Your Doors and Windows Ready For Winter

During the upcoming winter months, you want to make sure that your doors and windows are airtight.  If not, your furnace will just be blowing money out the door.  Here are a few things you will want to consider:
  • Replace seal on failed thermopanes.
  • Apply weather stripping around doors.
  • Caulk all windows and doors.
  • Replace all wood rot.
  • Align doors.
  • Replace door sweeps.
  • Replace closers.

When is it necessary to replace an insulated window?

 

If you see moisture or if the window is fogged, these are signs that your seal is broken. Once the window has lost its integrity, it will not offer the same thermal barrier.  This allows moisture inside as well as allowing heat and cold air to pass through.  The window is now inefficient and needs to be replaced

Fogged Window
Moisture on Window

SPRING CHECKLIST


Now that the weather is starting to get nice, it's time to get working on your spring checklist.   


Here are a few items you will want to check when it comes to your windows and doors.

Checklist
- Automatic / Revolving Door Inspection & Repair
- Water Leak & Window Caulking
- Thermal Pane Seal Failure
- Window & Door Replacement
- Screen Replacement


AUTO GLASS REPAIR

 

It's that time of year when rock chips happen more frequently due to sand and gravel on roads during snow removal.  If you do happen to get a rock chip, the best thing you can do is repair ASAP. 


 
If left for an extended period of time, you will get dirt inside the chip and/or the chip will spread.  At this time there will be no other option but to replace the windshield.  

Experienced technicians that have been trained and certified in windshield repair and replacement know the importance of proper installation to insure your safety.



WINDOW CONDENSATION AND FROST

On cold days, you might notice moisture or frost on the inside of your windows. This can be caused by one or a combination of factors: excess humidity, inadequate ventilation, or poor windows. 
 

There are a few steps you can take to remedy condensation, 1) Be sure all ventilation to the outside is functional 2) allow air to circulate within the building 3)  replace existing windows with insulated windows. 

 



We have officially moved. Please note new address below:


CAREER OPPORTUNITY
 - Well established glass company looking for qualified people to join our fast growing company.  Good pay with benefits.  Please send resumes to leigh@glass-services.net


Glaziers - Lead glaziers and apprentices needed.  We service a 200 mile radius from the Council Bluffs / Greater Omaha Area.  Some out of town work may be required.  Must have a good driving record.  


AUTOMATIC DOORS


Survey results have proven that customers prefers the convenience of automatic doors. When choosing an automatic door, with so many styles, colors, and finishes to select from, it's easy to find one that fits any business.  Other benefits to consider regarding automatic doors:

Accessibility - Allows everyone entrance regardless of their physical capabilities.
Security - You can remotely control, have selective entrance and deactivate the doors.
Energy Savings - Ensures door shuts completely and eliminates doors being left open.




FALL CHECKLIST FOR WINDOWS AND DOORS


Fall is just around the corner which means it's time to review your maintenance check list.  Maintaining windows and doors during cold weather is not only energy efficient but will also save you time and money. 

 - Caulking, weatherstripping windows and doors to seal air leaks.
 - Hardware adjustments help keep doors tightly latched.
 - Replacement might be necessary for windows / doors in poor condition, particularly windows with a broken seal.




CAREER OPPORTUNITY - Well established glass company looking for qualified people to join our fast growing company.  Good pay with benefits.  Please send resumes to leigh@glass-services.net

Service Manager - Must have extensive knowledge of all glass types.  Must be organized and detail oriented.  Duties include scheduling, ordering and pricing.

Glaziers - Lead glaziers and apprentices needed.  We service a 200 mile radius from the Council Bluffs / Greater Omaha Area.  Some out of town work may be required.  Must have a good driving record.  


WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A SUBCONTRACTOR

When hiring a subcontractor, experience is crucial, however, there are a few other things you should know about your subcontractor.  Does he/she have a license?  Are they insured?  Do they have the capability to bond?  Also, it's critical to have a signed contract with a defined scope of work.  Having these items in place will save you time, money, and misunderstandings.

   
LICENSE
All subcontractors must have a current license on file with each state they currently work. 
INSURANCE
A Certificate of Insurance will show Worker's Compensation and General Liability as well as the limits of the insured.

BOND
Many owners and general contractors require their subcontractors to submit a bid bond, performance bond and payment bond.

DOOR HARDWARE MAINTENANCE


Whether it's the lock cylinder, door pivots, hinges, exit devices or door closer, when they wear out or brake, the hardware needs to be replaced right away.  If left unattended, safety becomes an issue - the door could literally fall off.  
 
Hardware inspection should be done at least twice a year, more often if traffic is heavy.  Here are a few preventative steps you can take to extend the life of the hardware:

 - Lubrication
 - Adjustment
 - Alignment
 - Weather Sealing

Door Closer


Door Hinges


Door Pivots

HAIL DAMAGE





Due to the recent storms, several homes and vehicles have sustained hail damage.  Here are a few items to consider:

 - Secure the broken window to prevent injury and keep the elements out.  
 - Check the window frame for possible hail damage. 
 - Check with your insurance company to see if the damage is covered.

STOREFRONT SYSTEMS

Storefronts have been widely used for commercial projects in the past.  Today, we can see more storefront applications in the residential market, on both exterior and interior settings.  Because storefronts do have structural capacity limitations, they are best used for 1 - 2 story structures. The most widely used and economical material for storefronts is aluminum but other materials can be used such as wood, steel and even cast iron. 




INSULATED GLASS WINDOWS

The combination of two or more panes of glass separated by a spacer of air or argon gas.  Insulated glass can last a long time.  However, if the seal breaks, this will cause a "fog" look to the glass and will cause the unit to lose its insulating properties. Replacement of the glass is needed.  If one of the panes of glass breaks, the entire unit will need to be replaced. 

Benefits of Insulated Glass:  

Energy Efficient - The primary benefit of Insulated Glass windows is energy efficiency by preventing heat loss during the cold season and keeping cool air in during the hot season.

Noise Reduction - The air between the panes acts as a type of barrier to reduce sound from outside. 

Cost  - Although initial cost can be higher, the savings on energy bills will eventually catch up to the costs for the windows and then some. 


WINDOWS - REPAIR OR REPLACE?

Trying to decide if that window needs to be replaced or can it be repaired?  There are a few things to consider.  Maintaining windows can save money and energy. Studies show replacing windows with energy efficient windows can lower your heating and cooling bill by an average of 10%.  You also want to consider the "curb appeal" of your property. Clean, well maintained windows could help with prospective tenants and potentially increase the value of the property. 

                                      
 
                                   
 
                                   
 

Broken Pane

Obviously a pane can be broken for several reasons, a baseball, hail damage, a clumsy guest.  Regardless of how the pane was damaged, replacement is necessary.

Broken Seal

Moisture and condensation between panes of insulated glass can occur when the seal between the panes of glass fails. This causes that "fogged" look on windows.

Rotting Wood

Exposure to water and humidity can cause wood to deteriorate.  Poorly primed or painted wood can also cause rot.  This allows water and air into your home and needs to be addressed.


SPRING CHECKLIST FOR WINDOWS & DOORS 

This winter has been particularly harsh which can have some damaging affect on your windows and doors.  Now is the time to start putting your checklist together.  

- Window Caulking 
- Door Inspections 
- Water Leaks 
- Hardware Adjustments 
- Thermal Pane Seal Failure 
- Screen Replacement 
- Window & Door Replacement