Glass Railings – the Look of Elegance in Your Design

 

Glass Railings - the Look of Elegance in Your Design
Glass Railings – the Look of Elegance in Your Design

Glass Railings in Public and Residential Construction

Today’s modern designs and architecture will lead to some very detailed a different designs no matter what type of building is being designed. If you are in a shopping mall, browsing through a new public building, or any type of modern building you will see how popular glass railings have become. Glass railings provide you with endless design options no matter what type of building is being designed. Most of the time we think glass railings are made for public building applications. There are also many options available for residential construction also. Glass railings can be designed to accommodate for any type of construction from contemporary to vintage.

Exterior Glass Railings

Exterior glass railings are becoming more common for outdoor stairs and railings. The railings are constructed from thick laminated glass that will give you a more wide open feel. There are also a couple advantages that glass will provide over regular steel and wooden railings. One of the biggest disadvantages is the long lasting lifetime results you will get from glass. Steel and wooden railings will have to be maintained from year to year. You will always be replacing rotted wooden spindles and rails and always adding paint and primer to steel to keep from rusting. Another advantage that glass railings will bring is the view you will receive. Your view will not be blocked while you are lounging on your patio or deck.

Interior Glass Railings

Interior glass railings are becoming a very common choice in today’s construction and architecture. These glass railings will give you many different options when it comes to designing creating spaces that will seem to be wide open. By adding glass railings and panels throughout your home you will create visual effects that will be truly unique to your own personal design. In some situations you can create glass panel rails that do not need the railings. With the addition of posts and hardware you can have a one of a kind set of railings with the many hardware options available to you.

Glass Combinations for Glass Railing System

You can also change the entire look of any type of glass railing system by using the many types of glass combinations that are available to you. In some cases you may choose to use plain glass panels which is the most common choice. Etched glass panels can also be custom made to fit any personal touch of elegance you want to add. Stained glass panels will add color to any design situation. Frosted glass panels will add a very elegant touch also. With all the options available to you if you chose to try glass railings you can check with your local glass contractor who will be glad to answer any questions you may have when it comes to design and options. Before you make your final decision be sure to browse around some of the malls and buildings in your area to see some of the ways glass railings are utilized.

Window Installation: How to Choose Energy Efficient Window

Windows are the biggest source of energy loss that we have in our homes. If you live in an older home chances are that you have single pane windows. Most of your older windows in your older homes are made from aluminum and we loss energy through them by way of convection. Regardless if you are building a new home or you are in an older home there are a lot of money saving options available to you when choosing your window installation. If you live in an older home you should really consider window installation to a more energy efficient option.

Retrofit Window

This is an option for older homes. More than likely your older home has single pane aluminum windows. These windows can be taken out and replaced with custom built windows to fit the window opening that has been left after taking the older window out. Check your area for window installation contractors that offer this type of service. Replace these windows with a more energy efficient option and your window installation project will pay for itself with the money you save on your energy bill.

Window Installation in a New Construction Project

With today’s options we have when it comes to windows you should have no excuse to choose energy efficient windows for your new project. Check with your local window supplier and choose the best energy efficient option for your area. People that live up north do not need the same window as people who live down south. We are exposed to different elements in the different areas we live in. We need windows that are tested and can stand up to hurricane force winds in the coastal areas. We will need windows with a higher insulation value for the north.

Window Installation: Material Options

In the older days windows were made of wood and the single panes were held in place with sparkling. Over time the wooden window frames would shrink and the sparkling would crack and we would develop cracks in our windows. After wooden windows we were introduced to aluminum windows. This was a great option that improved the window because we no longer had a wooden frame that would rot or shrink. With single pane aluminum windows we would still loose energy through convection. This is when you can touch your window on the inside and still feel the hot or cold air. Today we still have aluminum windows but the insulated panes were added to help cut energy cost. Window companies have made enormous advance when it comes to window materials. Vinyl and vinyl covered wooden windows are great options today to help cut down on this convection problem.

Double Insulated Windows

Regardless of the window material option you choose double pane glass is the only way to insure you get the most you can from your windows when it comes to energy efficiency. There are several options available to you here as well. The double insulated window consist of two glass panes that have been placed in your window frame and then a vacuum created between the two panes for insulation. This is a great improvement over single panes glass. Another more expensive option is a double insulated glass where a low e coating has been placed on the inside of the glass on each pane to help cut down on heat loss. If at any time you can see a fog or sweat develop inside of your insulated panes of glass they need to be replaced. They may have developed a crack in the glass and your vacuum has been compromised and you have lost you insulating properties. Windows are one of the things in your home that can cost you money or create huge savings for you. Take a look at your windows and see where you stand.

Get a Touch of Class with Sliding Glass Doors

Get a Touch of Class with Sliding Glass Doors
Get a Touch of Class with Sliding Glass Doors

If you are looking to add a touch of class to your bedroom, bathroom, or any other room in your house you may consider adding sliding glass doors. These doors will add a touch of elegance to any room. They can also add some practicality with the addition of mirrors in the place of regular glass. Sliding glass doors can be adopted and custom made to fit any opening you want to close off or decorate. You can also add a special touch with custom hardware to create your one of a kind look to any sliding glass door. There are several ways that you can use this type of doors throughout your home and we will take a look at several uses.

Replace Your Closet Doors with Sliding Glass Doors

Sling doors became popular for closet spaces over the last couple of decades. The reason the sliding doors were used was to save room on your bedrooms or bathrooms. They replace regular hinged doors because when you opened the regular door they would take up space in your rooms. Adding sliding glass doors would solve this problem. In earlier times these doors were made of a lightweight door material known as luan. They were later replaced with mirror doors. You can make a room look bigger with the addition of the mirror glass doors. After you add the mirror glass doors you will also gain the use of full length mirrors for personal use.

Room Separation with Sliding Glass Doors

If you have a dining area or formal dining room and you need to close the rooms off at times sliding glass doors will make an elegant choice to accomplish this task. You can have siding glass doors cut and custom made to fit any size opening you want to cover. There are many different types of hardware choice to fit any type of decorating situation you have. You can also have your choice of solid glass or having panes incorporated into your doors. Sliding doors will also save space over regular French doors also.

Sliding Glass Doors in Shower and Bathroom Enclosures

The way that modern day bathrooms are designed will provide many custom made situations. Bathrooms are designed in such a way that you can utilize every bit of space you have. At times these situations provide for custom made showers that are different and in a lot of cases they will require custom fit enclosures and doors. Sliding glass doors can be custom fit to any shower enclosure regardless of the size. You can also add accessories such as towel bars, soap holders, shampoo dispensers, custom handles to obtain a custom look and use for any situation. Sliding glass doors can also be made from obscured glass if you choose to have privacy. Obscured glass is available in a variety of patterns to choose from.

You can choose sliding glass doors to accommodate for any type of remodeling or new construction need that will come up in your project. Be sure to check with your local glass company to have your custom glass project taken care of. Your glass contractor will be able to show you the many options available to you.

A Look at Wooden Windows: Pros and Cons

A Look at Wooden Windows: Pros and Cons
A Look at Wooden Windows: Pros and Cons

I  can remember as a child growing up when I would visit my grandparents the clean breath of fresh air that would travel through the raised wooden windows they had in their home. There was always something about the look and feel of wooden windows that I developed as a young child that attracted me. I continued to have that love of wooden windows throughout some of the remodeling and construction jobs that I was involved in later in life. These types of windows have a special place in today’s architecture. Some projects just do not look the same if these types of windows were not included. With today’s innovations in window and energy saving technology wooden windows can be constructed and adapted to any type of architecture. We will take a look at some of the pros and cons to help you decide if wooden windows will provide with the needs that you have in your construction project.

Upside of Wooden Windows

Wooden windows today will provide you more good points than the windows of old times. They are also available in a great variety of shapes and sizes. Here are a few good points that wooden windows will provide for you.

Energy efficiency:

Windows can be custom made with double insulated windows to help you to save money and cut energy cost. Also one thing that a lot of people do not realize is the amount of energy loss that you can have due to convection. When you touch a metal window on the inside on a cold windy day you will feel the cold temperature with your hand. Also you may notice that you will have a small amount of condensation on the inside of your window. This convection will not happen with wooden windows.

Ease of adapting wooden windows to a custom fit:

Wooden windows can easily be made to fit any opening that you may have. Also with the addition of your choice of hardware you can have a wooden window custom fit to fit any remodeling situation. Wooden windows can also be constructed in your choice of pane configuration.

Color of windows:

Wooden windows can be primed and painted any color choice that you choose to help you meet any decoration choice you have in mind.

Downside of Wooden Windows

For many years in the past wooden windows have been the way to go when it comes to window choices. Over the past couple of decades aluminum windows made a huge advancement in the way windows were constructed. Even with today’s wooden windows there are a few drawbacks that wooden windows will have.

Expansion and contraction:

Wooden objects have always been known to expand and contract in many certain weather conditions. I am sure that we all have experienced in the past a sticky window. This happens when the moisture or humidity level will rise causing our window to swell and become tight. Only to check it the next day and find it loose again. This will still happen with today’s window technology.

Upkeep and maintenance:

Wooden windows will always have to be painted with a good coat of paint to help protect them from the elements. Regardless of the amount of paint and upkeep you do wooden windows will eventually develop rot and will have to be replaced. Metal and vinyl windows will always last longer than wooden windows.

 

Whatever your construction needs are when it comes to windows be sure to check with your local window and glass contactor to see what he can offer you for your construction needs. You may have a special type of construction project that will take that custom touch and your local glass and window contractor will provide that for you.

 

How to Save Money by Bathtub Refinishing

How to Save Money by Bathtub Refinishing
How to Save Money by Bathtub Refinishing

Bathroom remodeling can be one of the most expensive remodeling projects that you will undertake. One of the biggest costs that you will have to take into consideration is the expense that your plumbing fixtures will cost you. After you spend most of your money on installing new cabinets, flooring, toilets as well as new faucets you do not have much money left to replace one of the main fixtures in your bathroom. The last remaining fixture is your bathtub or shower. Regardless of the type of materials your tub is made of you regain the luster your tub once had by bathtub refinishing and saving tons of money. Perhaps you have purchased an older fixture and want to refinish it to match your new remodeling endeavors. We will take a look at some of the questions involved in your tub remodeling process.

Bathtub Refinishing Steps

The material your tub is made of could be a material such as fiberglass, porcelain, acrylic or cultured marble. Each of these tubs will go through the same process. The first step is a thorough cleaning process which uses a two-step formula that will remove years of soap scum and body oil buildup. Mineral deposits will also be removed during this step. The next process is to repair all of the cracks and chips in your tub. A bonding agent is then applied to help your tub to receive the final coat. A fine-finish spray process is used to apply a double acrylic hi-tech finish.

What Does the Finished Product Look Like?

After your acrylic finish is sprayed it will be buffed until it will match the finish you are looking for. This surface can be buffed until it has the high gloss finish you are looking for or it can be finished to match the finish the rest of your plumbing fixtures have. This finish will also be a very smooth finish to the touch. Also a huge variety of colors is available so you can match your newly remodeled surroundings. Not all bathtub refinishing companies are the same. Be sure to use a company that will do all the proper steps.

Bathtub Refinishing: How Long Will It Last?

This is the number one question that is always asked when it comes to the decision of refinishing or replacing. All of us want a great return on our investments. A bathtub refinish job will extend the life of your tub for another 10-15 years. You will have to use the same basic care and guidelines that your tub manufacturer recommended from the beginning. A lot of your top of the line bathroom fixture manufacturers do not recommend harsh cleaner to use on their fixtures. Be sure to follow some simple basic guidelines to get the biggest return on your investment.

When you do get to the point of deciding if you want to replace or refinish just remember the amount of money you can save on your project by considering a shower or bathtub refinishing. After all we do like to save money. Be sure to check with your local bathtub refinishing company and do your research to see if refinishing is a good option for you.

 

Undertaking Window Replacement? Main Things to Start With

Undertaking Window Replacement? Main Things to Start With
Undertaking Window Replacement? Main Things to Start With

Window replacement will most of the time have a long payback period. This period can be cut way shorter if your home or building is well insulated and your air conditioning system is efficient. But replacing your windows could be the best next logical step you can take to improve the energy efficiency of your building.

The most important thing you need to consider when you decide to replace the windows is sizing your window correctly. This may involve removing some of the existing casings and or drilling holes in the window frame to locate the rough opening or framing boundaries. This information is very important when determining the size of your windows. After determining which windows you need to replace and the size of your windows there are several installation options you can consider.

Installation Options for Window Replacement

There are three very common options for you when installing new windows. The option you choose will be determined by the circumstance you will discover as you search your building for options.

 

Installing a custom sized window inside an existing frame. This is often done when replacing double hung wooden windows that usually are single pane. These windows are usually replaced with vinyl or aluminum insulated windows.

Installing a custom sized window inside an existing rough opening. This is one of the most recently used options.

Installing a standard sized window in a resized rough opening. This is usually the most expensive option. This option is usually more expensive because of the framing replacement you will have to construct. Also there will be an extra expense when you replace the exterior that has been damaged while you were replacing your windows.

 

Installing a window in an old window frame is usually the cheapest method but more than likely if the window frame is damaged so is the framing for the window opening. This option only should be used if the framing is inspected and is good condition. Using the original rough opening will also save the original materials so your building may be refurbished as close to original as possible. Rough openings are most of the time about 1 ½” to 2” larger than the window frame. Care must be taken to properly shim the new windows for structural strength as well as sealing the frames to prevent any type of air leakage.

Window Replacement as a Solution to Durability Issues

The main reason that we replace things around our home is for durability issues. We want the things we do and replace to last for a long time. Especially if you undertake a project as big as window replacement. Vinyl, metal, and fiberglass classify as low maintenance. Window replacement often involves repairing damage that has occurred over a period of time. We also want to make sure that we only have to take this task on only one time. Regardless of which type of windows we choose care must be taken to make all of the openings around our windows water proof. This is another reason why you will want to leave this type of project to the professionals. Your window contractor will know how to flash around your window openings to prevent future water damage. The rest of the window perimeter should be sealed with a silicone or caulk to prevent water damage as well as stopping air leaks. Be sure to consult with your local window contractor so he can explain every step you will need to take before you start any type of remodeling or new construction project.

Top 4 Window Replacement Considerations

Top 4 Window Replacement Considerations
Top 4 Window Replacement Considerations

Window replacement can be one of the most expensive projects that you will endure regardless of the type of construction you are participating in. Perhaps you are remodeling an older home and you want to keep the look as close to original as you can. You may also be refurbishing an old factory or workshop and also want to keep the integrity of the surroundings where you are located. No matter what type of construction project you are involved with there are several considerations that should be given a lot of thought. These considerations will play a huge part in the future of your building. Window replacement is a huge investment and you want to get as much in return out of your investment as possible.

Window Frame and Sash Materials

The materials you choose for your window replacement frames and sashes could be the most important decision that you will make when you decide to replace your windows. Your window frame and sashes are the determining factor as top how long your windows will last. We now that the glass part of your windows will always be there. It is the part that holds the glass that is the important part. We will take a look at the different materials that the frames and sashes are made from.

Wooden Replacement Frames

For many years wood window frames have been the staple of window construction. The biggest drawback from wooden windows is the amount of maintenance that is involved to keep them in good condition. One advantage of wooden frames is the amount of heat loss or gain you will have through convection. There is almost no convection with wooden windows. But the amount of maintenance is huge. In a lot of your wooden windows the panes or held in place with spackling that will need be checked and replaced on a regular basis. Also frequent painting is needed to protect your wooden window frames.

Aluminum Replacement Frames

Theses are lightweight metal frames that will last for a long time. Aluminum frames come in a variety of colors and the windows are placed into the frame at the factory. No spackling is required but when these frames are installed you do have a more permanent installation. These metals frames also are known to have more convection than your wooden frames but the long lasting aluminum frames will make up for this with the less maintenance that is involved.

Vinyl Replacement Frames

These frames are somewhat more expensive but the low maintenance and low convection will also make these windows a great choice. They can also be made to retrofit almost any opening that you may have for a window. These frames are also available in a huge variety of colors and can be made to fit any type of building and surroundings you may have.

Vinyl Covered Wooden Windows

This is a great choice for a window frame if you want the type of window that will give you a great choice for a long lasting window without losing the older look or retro look you want to obtain. These windows are wooden frame windows that are covered on the outside with vinyl while leaving you with the wooden treatment on the inside. These frames are also very low in convection. Maintenance is also kept to a minimum.

Regardless of the choice you choose for your window replacement project be sure to check with your local window contractor to see what they have to offer and see if they are able to custom fit and to work with you to obtain the look and styles you are looking for.

Glass Countertops NY

Updating your kitchen or bathroom can be an exciting project, but sometimes it is hard to choose exactly what you want to do. Using glass countertops NY is becoming very popular because it gives a great, modern look and it is also extremely functional. Glass is much easier to clean than many other options and it is not porous so there is no risk of bacteria growing within the materials. It is also long lasting so you won’t have to worry about having to replace it for quite a long time. Skyline Window & Aluminum products can install custom glass countertops for your home or business for a cost which is more affordable than you might think.
Throughout Long Island, Brooklyn, NYC and NJ more and more people are leaning about all the great benefits of having glass countertops in NY. While at first they may worry about the countertops breaking or getting chipped, they soon learn that the glass used in this type of project is very strong. Just like glass used for large buildings or tables is specially made to ensure it does not crack or chip, your countertops will be protected in the same way.

Glass Countertops NY | Choose from a Variety of Styles in NJ & NY

When many people think of glass countertops in NY they think that it would be fairly bland looking because they don’t realize just how many different style options they will have to choose from. The glass used can be made in a variety of different colors so you can have exactly what you’re looking for. These colors are not just coatings, but the glass is actually colored so it looks incredible and there is no risk of it chipping off or losing the great way it looks and feels.
In addition to adjusting the color of the glass it is also possible to choose from different styles. Whether you want just flat glass countertops in NY or you’d rather have it go up in the back to transition into your back splash, the choice is yours. Custom glass countertops can be made to look exactly how you want them and installed to fit perfectly in any kitchen or bathroom. Most people are surprised at just how many different options they have available to them when choosing this modern and stylish look.

Glass Countertops NY | Affordable Installation in Long Island & NY

Having glass countertops in NY is a great idea which more and more people are interested in. Whether you’re living in Long Island, Brooklyn, or anywhere in New York or New Jersey you can get these excellent countertops installed at a very affordable price. Skyline Windows & Aluminum Products has been installing great looking glass countertops for several years and we would be happy to put our experience to work for you.
If you’d like a free estimate on your countertops or you just have some questions about how the process works, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 888-759-5963 to discuss your options. We can work with you to find a style you love and a time when we can have the installation done for you quickly and easily.

Aluminum Windows New York

When looking to update the look of your home or business, few things can compete with the benefits of aluminum windows New York. This type of window is built to last for many years which makes them a very smart investment. They also look great from both the inside and outside. Of course, they are also environmentally friendly and help keep the inside warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Finally, these windows are also more affordable than many other options, especially when you buy them from Skyline Windows & Aluminum Products.
Skyline sells and installs windows from many of the top brands and manufacturers today to help ensure you can choose the look and style that you want. If you haven’t updated your windows in a while you might be surprised at just how different the windows of today are than those purchased even just ten or twenty years ago. They are designed to not only to look great, but also to be much easier to wash and clean as well. Most of the new aluminum windows in New York that Skyline installs are able to be opened up inwards to give easy access to both sides of the glass.

Aluminum Windows New York | Available in Long Island, Brooklyn NYC and NJ

Here at skyline we install Aluminum windows in New York and the surrounding area for homes and businesses. If you live in Long Island, Brooklyn, NYC or NJ we can offer you a free estimate on any size job. We have been serving this area for many years offering a wide range of different types and styles of windows. Our professional installation teams are able to quickly come out and install new windows or even repair existing ones to make them look like new.
Installing aluminum windows in New York is an interesting task because one day we may be putting new windows on a single story home. The next day we could be working on a large building hundreds of feet in the air. This diversity in the types of jobs we work on means that we always have all the right tools and equipment for any type of task that we need to perform.

Aluminum Windows New York | Free Estimates & Affordable Service

If you’re thinking about getting new windows for your home or business give us a call to get a free estimate. We can discuss exactly what type of aluminum windows in New York would look the best for your specific job and let you know how much it will cost. Since we’ve been doing this type of work for so long we have become experts at giving very accurate estimates, and we always do everything we can do keep our prices low.
Just give us a call to discuss your needs and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you might have and work with you to ensure you get the exact aluminum windows in New York or New Jersey that you want. We can be reached by calling 888-759-5963.

Curtain Wall New York

When designing a new building for your company or just updating the look of an existing office there are many different options to choose from. To make the exterior of the building look modern and attractive many people choose to add a curtain wall New York. This is also an option which will let in natural sunlight which can help reduce the overall heating bills and lighting expenses as well. Choosing a curtain wall also gives you a lot of different choices when it comes to the specific design and type of glass to be used so you can have a very beautiful building.
Skyline Windows & Aluminum Products has been helping businesses design and install their curtain wall in New York for many years. We also repair and replace glass in these structures and do other maintenance as needed. We’ll work closely with the architects and construction company to ensure everything goes smoothly while installing the curtain wall for your office.

Curtain Wall New York | Why Choose a Curtain Wall NYC


Many people aren’t really sure about what the benefits of a curtain wall in New York are, and some don’t know what they are at all. Just about everyone, however has seen them on other buildings and loved the way they look. A curtain wall is any exterior wall that does not support the weight of the building. Essentially these are non-structural walls which are designed primarily to look good while keeping the weather out of the building and the people in. In most cases these walls are made from glass because it offers many great benefits.
Having a glass curtain wall in New York or New Jersey is very popular because it looks great and is more affordable than adding in additional structural support within the building. Architects often like using curtain walls because it gives them the added flexibility of choosing how they want the exterior of the building to look not only in terms of the materials used, but also the design. Whether it is using a straight line of glass for the exterior or having something curved, there are very few limits on what can be done with this type of wall.

Curtain Wall New York | Ready to Work with You Through NY & NJ


Skyline Windows & Aluminum Products has been helping companies throughout New York and New Jersey with their curtain wall needs. We’ve helped design and install glass curtain walls in New York, Long Island, Brooklyn, and NYC. If you’re thinking about using a curtain wall in your upcoming building product, or you need maintenance performed on an existing one, just give us a call. We’ll be more than happy to help you with all your curtain wall needs.
Our team of experienced professionals knows what it takes to successfully design and install a curtain wall in New York and we’ll be happy to help you every step of the way. If you have any questions or you would like to get a free quote please don’t hesitate to call us at 888-759-5963 and speak with one of our friendly customer service professionals.