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How To Hang A Mirror

Mirrors are one of the most popular items used in interior design. Whether you want to make a room appear larger or just add some extra light, mirrors can be an excellent addition to any space. However, hanging a mirror can be tricky if you don’t know what you’re doing. This article will teach you how to hang a mirror and give some tips on where the best place for your mirror is.

Square Mirror

Preparation:

Before you start hammering nails into the wall, there are a few things you must first check.

Is the wall surface level?

You want to make sure that your wall is flat. A mirror won’t stick well and may even fall off over time if it’s not level.  To check to see if a wall is flat, use a spirit level. This will help you to determine whether your walls are suitable for a mirror to be hung on them.

Check for cables

When hanging a mirror, keep an eye on the electrical cables. This is to avoid striking a nail into an electrical cable by accident. You can use a detector to check for any electric cables in the area you want to hang your mirror.

Mirror weight

To figure out what wall screws you’ll need, it’s a good idea to know how much your mirror weighs. If it’s brand new, you should be able to find out this information on the packaging or the retailer’s website. You can also use a bathroom scale to determine your mirror’s weight.

Check hardware

The majority of new mirrors come with mounting hardware. Check your mirror for D-rings, wire, or other mounting hardware. If your mirror does not have any mounting equipment included, you will need to install it yourself.

How to hang a heavy mirror

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Once all the preparations have been taken care of, it is now time to hang up your mirror.

  1. Measure up. Use a tape measure to check where you’d like the middle of your mirror to be and get the corresponding measurements.
  2. Hold your mirror in position. When you’re happy, mark the centre of the top edge to provide a positioning guide.
  3. Measure the distance between the top of the mirror and the hanging wire or hardware and make another mark to guide the position of your hanging hook or screw.
  4. Drill your screw into the wall if you are working on top of one of the wall studs. If not, you’ll need to add an anchor into the plaster wall first.
  5. You can now use a spirit level to check that your mirror is perfectly straight and then attach it once you are happy with the position.

Hanging heavy mirrors involves using hanging hardware like hooks, cleats, wires, or brackets. When purchasing the correct attachments, be sure to check the hardware weight limits on the packaging since the appropriate wall anchors must be capable of holding your mirror to the wall. After you have aligned with a wall stud or designated a location for your mirror, attach the wall anchor.

Top tips for hanging a heavy mirror

  • Drywall anchors may be useful for securing screws if you are placing your mirror on plaster walls. They provide strength and stability by fastening the screw.
  • Declutter the area where you will be hanging the mirror to ensure your safety
  • To ensure that your mirror is straight, use a level to draw a line across the wall. Your mirror will be perpendicular to the floor and you won’t have to worry about whether it’s level or not this way.
  • Ask for help when trying to lift the mirror

How to hang a mirror without nails

Homeowners may be reluctant to drill or nail into their walls when hanging a mirror but luckily there is another way to hang a mirror without making holes in your walls.

The next best option is to mount your mirror on the wall using adhesive tape. To remove any dust or debris, start by cleaning the wall with a wet cloth. Cut the tape to size and stick it to the back of the mirror, then peel off the backing and press firmly against the wall. Leave it there for a minute or two to ensure that it is properly stuck down.

Best places to hang a mirror

Circular MirrorMirrors are not only practical but if used correctly they can create the illusion of space and become the focal point to your home’s decor. But to get the most of your mirrors, it is important to carefully consider where you are placing them. Let’s take a look at some ways you can determine where th best place is to hang your wall mirror:

Bathrooms

The bathroom is one of the first places to think about when searching for where to hang a mirror. Mirrors are ideal in bathrooms since they open up little areas while also reflecting light around them, making rooms appear larger.

A bathroom mirror is a must-have. The most popular location to put a bathroom mirror is above the sink. Daily routines like applying makeup or shaving are made easier with a bathroom mirror. Try one out for yourself and see what a difference it makes.

Bedrooms

Full-length mirrors are an ideal choice for bedrooms that are big enough to accommodate them. Not only will they create a focal point to your bedroom but they make getting ready much more convenient.

Kitchens

Showcasing a large mirror in your kitchen will help to flood the space with light. By reflecting natural light throughout your kitchen, you can make it appear larger and more cheerful than ever before.

Long Hallways

A long, narrow hallway can be a little gloomy. A strategically-placed mirror will help to open the area and reflect light throughout the house.

Contact KLG Glass Today

At KLG Glass, we make finding the perfect mirror for your home easy. With a range of different mirrors and styles to choose from, it has never been easier to find the ideal mirror for your home decor. If you would like to find out more about the mirror we supply or need advice on the best way to hang a mirror, get in touch with us today and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

6 Understated Halloween Decor Ideas That Will Make Your House Look Tastefully Spooky

Spooky season is approaching and many withered, skeletal hands are reaching for the fake cobwebs and rubber bats to decorate their homes. Halloween is the perfect excuse to change up your space and bring in a whole new look for a couple of weeks.

But not everyone wants to fill their home with bright plastic and trailing synthetic fabrics scattered everywhere. There are only so many tiny fake spiders you can accidentally hoover before you begin to reassess your life choices.

This doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in the (undead) spirit of the season. There are plenty of ways to spruce up your home for Halloween without making it look like an explosion in a pound shop.

We’ve put together these suggestions to help you bring a bit of spooky style into your home.

Keep it monochrome

 

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The traditional Halloween colours of orange, black, purple and green deliberately clash to create a bold discordant scheme. It’s fun but full-on and quickly tips into garish if you’re not careful. 

This year there’s a trend for ‘Scandi Halloween’ where the emphasis is on empty spaces and monochrome palettes. The cosy, pale colours of hygge home design are taking on a new scary style.

Whites and soft greys are popular colour choices. They’re effortlessly classy and easy to style in a spooky way. 

You can now pick up white squashes in pumpkin patches across the country. And even some supermarkets. Match with pale ghost decorations or the bleached bone of skulls and skeletons to seamlessly weave together traditional spooky and effortless elegant vibes.

Hang a Halloween wreath

 

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Wreaths are commonly considered Christmas decorations but hanging a Halloween wreath is a great way to add a subtle Halloween welcome to your doors.

As with all decorations, these can be as loud and bright, or subtle and subdued as you choose. To keep to a theme of modern Halloween decor, a stark black, twig-only wreath will really stand out. Particularly on a pale wall or white gloss door. If you’re aiming for a more rustic vibe, then combine standard washed out Halloween colours like orange with hessian ribbon or twine.

Paint your pumpkins

If you haven’t got a couple of gourds around the house, can you really say you’ve decorated for Halloween?

Pumpkins are the iconic Halloween decoration, but that vibrant orange and evil grin can feel a bit too much in a modern home. A timelessly chic twist on the traditional jack-o-lantern is to paint your pumpkins a solid colour instead. If you’re going for a truly minimalist Halloween decor, then the contrast of black and white pumpkins will fit perfectly.

Painting it yourself means you get to keep the interactive Halloween experience, but another bonus of this Halloween re-think is you won’t have to worry about the goop of pumpkin innards smeared around your house!

Handmade Pumpkins


There is something satisfying about layering paint over the thick skin of a pumpkin but if that’s still a bit much for you, maybe a handmade pumpkin would be more your thing.

Knitted, felted, or stuffed fabric pumpkins are easily available on sites like Etsy.com. You can pick according to size, colour or material and tailor them completely to your existing design scheme.

 These are almost luxury Halloween decorations so they will cost a little more. Still, they’ll sit quietly in a cupboard until next year and look every bit as beautiful when they remerge. 

Best of all, you won’t have to worry about how to dispose of all those rotting pumpkin corpses come November.

If you’re handy with knitting needles or have some old cushions knocking around, you can even make your own. Build a stalk out of a cinnamon stick, and they’ll even bring a subtle scent of autumn to your home too!

Make your own Halloween garlands

 

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As those handmade pumpkins prove, choosing chic Halloween decor doesn’t mean you have to abandon the satisfaction of homemade creations.

Stick with something simple. Garlands are easy to make, easy to tailor to any colour scheme and always add impact wherever you string them. Use hessian twine for a rustic touch, and keep to simple shapes without over decoration. A string of felt balls, paper shapes or similar will only take a couple of hours to throw together but will add a personal yet minimalist touch that shows your skills at their best. 

And don’t forget your windows…


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Going for glam Halloween decor doesn’t have to mean abandoning your window decorations either. Just as a simple wreath or select few pumpkins can keep your front door feeling subtly festive, a carefully curated window display won’t disrupt even an understated decor.

If you’ve got a broad window sill, something as straightforward as black lanterns with battery-powered candles flickering away will add a foreboding essence to the exterior of your house. Skulls or a collection of miniature pumpkins won’t have the same impact at night but they will look wonderful during the day.

Alternative, if you’re short on space then stick a swirl of silhouettes to the window panes. Something with a distinctive shape like bats or a flock of crows will work well. Place them properly with a shape or movement, and they will have an eye-catchingly dramatic effect.

We love decorating our homes for Halloween, but some years it seems too much to trail fistfuls of cobwebs or carve pumpkins. And the cleanup job is immense. If you’re feeling the same, but don’t want to miss out on the spooky seasonal joy that only comes round once a year, we hope our tips have shown you can still get in the spirit without having to undermine any lovingly designed aesthetics across your home.

 

How To Decorate Your Home With Glass

Glass is a material that has been used as a decorative and functional element in homes for hundreds of years. But, glass is still used to add a modern feel to a home and gives a greater sense of space. 

If you’re looking to create a living space that is airy and bright then incorporating glass throughout your home is a great way to do just that. 

There are many different ways of incorporating glass elements in various parts of the house so let’s take a look at some!

Glass decor ideas:

Mirrors, mirrors on the walls 

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Mirrors are perfect for creating an illusion of space that is handy in tight spaces. They’re also great focal points, catching one’s eye instantly and looking particularly interesting over a fireplace or other large surface like your living room wall!

Make a splash(back)

glass splashback in kitchen

Tired of looking at your old kitchen tiles? If so, choosing a glass splashback may be the solution. Glass is not only cleaner and more hygienic than tile but also looks great in any type of kitchen – modern or traditional. Available in various colours and styles to match your design preference, you’ll love how easy it will make cleaning up after cooking dinner!

Balustrades

Staircase balustrade

Glass balustrades provide a touch of modern sophistication to any building and have become increasingly popular as an architectural design choice. Glass balustrades are extremely durable, come in different designs that fit almost every style preference for your home and require very little maintenance.

Glass doors

It’s no doubt that glass doors are one of the most prominent glass features within any home. With sliding doors, french doors, and bifold doors becoming ever more popular. These are the most effective ways to bring more natural light directly into the home.

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They are also fantastic for showing off more pleasant external areas of your home also, making the transition between your indoor and outdoor living areas seamless.

Glass walls/partitions

Prominent in more modern and contemporary homes, the installation of clear glass partitions can improve the transition from one room to another. With interior designers always looking for better ways to utilise any given space, glass partitions can complement almost any home.

For homes looking to achieve an open plan feel, glass partitions can be implemented in smaller doorways. This allows natural light to flow through the home and create an open plan feel.

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Glass can be used to separate your shower area from your bathroom. These glass partitions are popularly clear or frosted, and add a sense of cleanliness to your room.

Glass furniture

There are many different ways to implement glass into your interior decor. Firstly, looking at adding glass furniture into your home can increase the perceived space within a room without losing the practicality of the furniture. Glass tables are perfect for coffee and side tables. With interior designers opting for thicker, safer glass, these can be striking features within your home decor.

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Wardrobes are a fantastic place to opt for glass within the home. Whilst generally wardrobes can take up a fair amount of room space, opting for glass doors can increase the sense of spaciousness. If you would still like to retain some privacy, however, then you may want to install frosted glass.

Benefits of glass in interior design:

Now you know how to incorporate glass in your interior design, let’s look at why you should.

  1. Natural light 

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The benefits of natural light are pretty well-known. You’ll be happier, healthier and more energized when you let natural light into your home. 

Natural light is the best kind of illumination. Not only does it make you feel good physically and mentally, but it can also improve how your home looks as well!

Brighter living spaces means warmer homes which in turn saves energy usage on heating costs.

By incorporating glass throughout your interior, you can open up your living space and encourage natural light to shine through.

2. Draws the outside in

bringing the outside in through glass doors

Indoor/outdoor living is a hot topic in the world of interior design and can be achieved through creative use of glass. It is all about drawing the outside world into a living space.

Glass is a great way to blur the lines between interior and exterior spaces and create a flow between the two. 

With large glass windows, for example, you can capture the beauty of your garden or surrounding views which will transform the appearance of your home. 

3. Invites a spacious feel

small room looks bigger with glass windows

With high house prices, people are living in smaller homes with less space to spare. But it doesn’t have to be this way! You can create a greater sense of spaciousness without having to move by strategically incorporating glass into your home. 

Glass will not only give the illusion that you’re working with more square footage but also reflect light and make an area feel warmer than before – perfect for any room where natural sunlight is scarce. 

Find quality glazing products

As you can see, glass can be your new best friend when it comes to decorating your home. But before you go ahead with your home improvement project, it is important to choose quality materials from a trusted supplier. 

At KLG Glass, quality is at the heart of everything we do. We have quickly established ourselves as a leading supplier of glazing products. If you’re looking for quality glazing products for your home, get in touch with us and a member of our team will be happy to assist you.

Top Indoor Plants to Decorate a Windowsill

If you’re looking to decorate your new windows with fresh ideas, then indoor houseplants are the perfect addition. There is a level of satisfaction that comes with growing window houseplants. From watching them grow from little sprouts to full-blown natural beauties, nurturing houseplants can bring a certain degree of appreciation.

Bringing your windowsill to life with your new houseplants can seem a chore, but there are plenty of easy-to-maintain window plants that can bring your windowsill from dull to fresh with ease and convenience.

Understanding what plants are suitable for the windowsill, and how to grow and maintain each one individually is imperative. 

Can plants get enough sunlight through windows?

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Every plant, whether indoor or outdoor, requires photosynthesis to survive. It’s a fact most of us learn in school. 

Photosynthesis is the process in which plants convert carbon dioxide into oxygen, which we, in turn, breathe in. When a houseplant photosynthesises, it creates its own chemical energy, which in turn the houseplant uses as an energy source for its growth. The plant gets this energy from sunlight.

For houseplants, artificial light from regular bulbs will not suffice (there are specialised lights that are suited for photosynthesis, however). Though your window panes may prevent the UV from the sunlight, the natural energy is still absorbed by your plants. Glass windows still emit enough light from the sun to be beneficial to your plants. In fact, photosynthesis is entirely imperative to your houseplant’s survival!

Light through a window can also be considered indirect light, though it may not seem so imposed upon. In some instances, light intensity when passing through a window can be lessened by 50 per cent!

How to grow plants on a windowsill

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Your windowsill is the most naturally lit part of the home and is perfect for nurturing certain houseplants. Knowing the amount of light each of your windows lets in will determine the types of plants you can put on your windowsill. 

Different levels of sunlight depend on the direction that your window is facing. With east-facing windows getting the most sunlight in the morning and evening, and south-facing windows getting the most sunlight during the day, it is important to consider what type of plants should go where, and why.

There are many different types of plants that require different levels of sunlight. For some, a south-facing window will work wonders, however, for others, they could burn in the sun and be harmful to the plant. 

There are, however, a selection of beautiful plants that will still thrive in a windowsill environment.

Pilea Peperomioides 

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Also known as the missionary plant, this pilea is a fantastically beautiful addition to any home. Brilliant in the office, these plants grow upwards and outwards towards the light without much care or responsibility. They thrive in lower, indirect sunlight and work best in north-facing rooms. When this plant is healthy and receiving enough light, the leaves will appear a lighter green and remain perky on its stems. Their fleshy leaves will appear darker when the light isn’t receiving enough sunlight, and so is a great indicator for knowing how much light the plant is getting.

Succulents

Succulent plants
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Succulents are, in some cases, very easy to maintain plants. With little watering needed, these plants thrive on little responsibility. They can be quite hardy plants too. Succulents such as Aloe Vera can survive in less than ideal conditions and are very easy to revive if they become worse for wear. 

Succulents are low-growing plants and require little light to thrive. Placing these on a windowsill that does not receive direct sunlight can brighten a south-facing room that may seem dull.

Monstera Obliqua

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These smaller alternatives to the Monstera Deliciosa are perfect for windowsills looking to add some fresh life to the room. Also known as the swiss cheese plant, the monstera family of plants are easy to maintain. They prefer humid environments, so consider purchasing a humidifier to keep them happy and healthy. They also enjoy being sprayed, 3 times a day is sufficient. This will keep the leaves healthy and perky and will help it develop the holes seen in most Monstera plants. Keeping these in indirect sunlight is essential, as the leaves will burn in direct sun. 

Alocasia x Amazonica

Alocasia amazonica 'Polly'
These wonderful plants boast thick, veiny leaves. Their contrasting green leaves provide an edge to most homes that other leafy houseplants may lack. The Elephant Ear plants prefer bright, humid environments, so will thrive on a steamy bathroom windowsill. As this Alocasia begins to develop new leaves, you can witness the colours shift and grow into lush beauty. 

Venus Fly Trap

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The venus fly traps are fascinating plants. At a first glance, they can be quite scary plants, but they are harmless to humans. These plants prefer sunny, moist environments, as the humidity is respective of its subtropical habitat. Keeping these on the windowsill is lovely for them. It is best to keep on top of watering them, however. They cannot be watered with traditional tap water, and require distilled water. If you can collect rainwater from outside, this is perfect for your venus fly trap!

Growing your first plants can be a daunting task. At first, you never know if you’re watering them enough, or even too much. Be patient! Plants take a while to become accustomed to their new environments, and generally take a while to grow anyway. It is important to keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t yellowing or browning, but generally, if you follow the correct care instructions, your new windowsill plants will be just fine,

Sunlight Through Glass: How To Prevent Colour Fading from UV Rays

Glass in our home is on the increase, with larger windows, conservatories and big patio doors on the top of many people’s wish list. It’s beneficial and uplifting to let lots of natural light into our homes but in the summer direct sunlight can cause problems. 

The UV rays of the sun can cause colour fading. This can happen even through double glazing. When our personal items or expensive pieces of furniture start to fade, it makes them look tired and worn. It can be disappointing and expensive, but this type of sun damage can be avoided. 

Why Does Direct Sunlight Cause Colour Fading?

The ultraviolet rays from direct sunlight can break chemical bonds which result in colour fading. This happens even through glass, as the UV rays are not blocked by the glass itself. 

How Can I Prevent Colour Fading From Sunlight Through Glass?

In the summer, we want to enjoy natural light in our homes whilst avoiding sun damage to furniture and other items. Here are our top tips for preventing colour fading without completely blocking out the sun.  

  1.  Voile or Net Curtains: a sheer fabric like voile or net can help to diffuse direct sunlight. Although you won’t block out UV rays, diffusing the light can stop the intense and direct glare that tends to lead to colour fading in fabrics and wood. This is a flexible solution as you only need to draw such curtains when the light is strong enough to need it. So if your room is only in direct sunlight at certain times of the day you might consider using curtains in a sheer fabric to add a layer of protection. 
  2. Glass film: windows can be fitted with types of film that help to absorb or reflect uv rays. These are relatively easy to apply and can be effective in protecting from colour damage. They can also improve energy efficiency, and help your room feel cooler if it gets very hot in direct sunlight. 
  3. Tinted glass: compared to clear glass, tinted glass does block more uv rays. This makes it effective in reducing colour fading. Tinted windows can also improve energy efficiency and reduce glare. 
  4. Laminated glass: even more effective than tinted glass, laminated glass has a polyvinylbutyral (PVB) interlayer. This vastly reduces UV transmittance and is the most effective solution for a real problem with colour fading. 
  5. Frosted glass: just like voile and net curtains, frosted or sandblasted glass can help to diffuse direct sunlight. Allowing the light to filter through more gradually can help to avoid colour fading. Unlike sheer curtains though, frosted glass isn’t temporary. It’s best used in areas where privacy and light diffusion are beneficial the majority of the time. 

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Colour fading is a complex issue, as some colours, materials and pigments react very differently to UV light. If the sunlight is damaging items in your home the most important thing to remember is to reduce the intensity of the light, and the time it is exposed for. Nobody wants to see their favourite items fade. Keep them looking their best by protecting them against sun damage early on. You’ll be glad when your furniture still looks like new!

All About Magnetic Glass Boards: Your Ultimate Guide

Gone are the days of the standard whiteboard. There’s a new kid on the block, the magnetic glass board. Sleek and stylish, a magnetic glass noticeboard will add to your interior, help to foster creativity, and look great at the same time. 

If you haven’t heard of magnetic glassboards before, it’s time you found out more. As experts in glass, we’re here to answer all your questions on this popular type of noticeboard that’s sought after by many!

 

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What is a Magnetic Glass Board?

A magnetic glass board is a modern and decorative alternative to a whiteboard. Made of painted glass with a magnetic sheet of laminated steel attached to the back, you can use magnets to attach notes and important items to your glassboard. You can write on it and erase the writing just like a whiteboard too. It’s as simple as that!   

Magnetic glass board vs white board: What are the advantages?

 

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So, why would you opt for a magnetic glass board instead of a whiteboard? There are so many reasons, which is what these versatile boards are becoming so popular. Here are some of the top benefits of choosing a glassboard:

Decorative appeal: a decorative magnetic glass board can really transform a room. Whether it’s for personal use in a home or for businesses, there are plenty of choices to personalise a glassboard. Shape, colour and size options can be customised to give you something really unique. 

Clean appearance: a magnetic glass dry wipe board doesn’t smudge, mark or ‘ghost’ like a whiteboard can. It can always be wiped down to look clean rather than showing the remains of previous writing. This is a major advantage if you’re trying to create a tidy and attractive environment. 

Environmental concerns: glassboards are better for the environment. Whiteboards are made from plastic and are usually disposed of in landfill, whereas glass can be recycled.

Cost Effective: whilst the initial cost of a magnetic glass bulletin board might be more than a standard whiteboard, it’s more cost-effective in the long run. Whiteboards tend to need replacing every 4-6 years.  

Safety: glass boards can bear a much higher load than whiteboards, making them safer and sturdier. 

How to make a magnetic glass board

Professionally made magnetic glass noticeboards are created by attaching a layer of steel sheet metal behind the glass board. The board will be made from tempered glass with smooth, sanded edges to create a product that’s safe and looks stunning. It’s professionally painted using multiple steps to get an even and attractive finish. This process requires specialised tools and processes that are best left to professionals. 

Although some DIY glassboard making instructions can be found online, these have come under scrutiny due to safety concerns. If you’re looking for a magnetic glass board, choose a professionally made product that has been manufactured to meet safety standards.   

We provide glass cutting services for magnetic glass noticeboards. Why not get in touch to discuss your project? 

How to install magnetic glass board

 

 

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Large magnetic glass boards are heavy and should be installed carefully to make sure they’re properly secured. Here’s how to install one:

  1. Hold the board in the desired position. You might need two or three people to do this depending on the size of the board.
  2. Use a spirit level to check your glassboard is level. Mark the location of each mounting hole with a pencil. 
  3. Remove your glass board and place it in a safe place. Drill pilot holes in the mounting hole locations you have marked. 
  4. Screw in plasterboard fixings.
  5. Place a standoff over each plasterboard fixing and attach with a screw. 
  6. When all standoffs are flush against the wall, place a washer on each one.
  7. Lift the board into place.
  8. Attach standoff caps and fully tighten.
  9. Admire your new magnetic glass notice board!

If you want to install a new noticeboard for your home or business, it’s time to consider the magnetic glass board. We love them and we’re sure you will too!

Can You Replace Double Glazing Glass?

If your double glazing has failed, your home won’t be as energy efficient as it should be. Before you replace your windows, frames and all, consider whether you could just replace the glass. It can be a very effective and budget-friendly solution. 

Can I replace just the glass in a window?

double glazed windowIn short, yes! If your windows aren’t as energy efficient as they used to be, you can replace the double glazed glass unit without having to replace the whole window. 

Benefits of just replacing the glass include cost-saving, as this is usually cheaper than replacing the entire window including the frame. It’s also simpler and faster to replace the glass unit only. You can keep the style of your window the same too, whilst reaping the rewards of a more energy-efficient window. 

How long should double glazed sealed units last?

Double glazed units are expected to last around 20-35 years. Sometimes they can last even longer than this! So you’ll get a good lifespan from them. However, the units will eventually ‘blow’. This means that the seal in between the two panes of glass is no longer effective, and won’t be controlling the temperature in your home as it should.  

How to tell if double glazing needs replacing

condensation on windowHere are some telltale signs that your double glazing has failed. 

  • Condensation between panes of glass: this is one of the biggest signs that the window has blown. Condensation can’t form in between the panes when the double glazed unit is properly sealed.
  • Cloudy glass: as above, the glass may appear slightly cloudy due to condensation inside the glass.
  • Chips or cracks in the glass: any damage to the glass may have an impact on the overall effectiveness of the double glazed unit. 
  • Draughts: a draughty window is never a good sign! Although drafts are likely to be a problem with the frame, they may also indicate the double glazing seal has blown. 

If you notice any of the above signs, it’s likely that you need your double glazing or windows replaced. 

How much does it cost to replace double glazing glass?

The average cost to replace a blown window is £55-£145. The price will depend on the size of the window. Larger windows require more glass and also take longer to replace, so material and labour costs increase as the size of the window increases. 

How to replace double glazing units: step by step

There are different types of double glazing system available, these instructions are intended to provide a rough guide for the most common type. 

  1. Starting from the inside of your window, remove the wedge gasket.
  2. Move to the outside and remove the glazing beads. Leave the top one until last.
  3. Make a note of where any glazing packs are located before removing and from around the top and sides.
  4. Remove the blown double glazed unit.
  5. Check the glazing packs are still in the bottom and place the new glazing unit on top.
  6. Hold it secure, and add any other glazing packs back into their original location.
  7. Keep a hold of the glass unit whilst replacing the glazing beads in the reverse order.
  8. Replace the wedge gasket, which will lock everything in place. 

It’s important to familiarise yourself with the double glazing system, as there are different possibilities. The above instructions are intended as a rough guide only and will not be accurate for every type of double glazing. 

Replacing Double Glazing: What you Need to Know

  • You’ll need to measure up and order your double glazed unit before you start. Height and width are fairly easy to determine but thickness can be more challenging. You can always give us a call with approximate measurements and we’ll take it from there. 
  • Different types of glass are available, so you’ll need to decide which type you need for your replacement panel. 
  • Whilst this is a job you could tackle yourself, we can help with any step of the process. Just give our sales team a call on 0115 9222233 or get in touch via our contact page.
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How to Decorate Windows for Christmas (without damaging the glass)

As the festive season begins, it’s wonderful to bring some cheer to your household with lights and decorations. A prime decorating spot is the window, as there are so many ways to dress it up. Christmas window displays can make a big impact inside and outside your home.  

Decorating your window to create a festive atmosphere is a big part of Christmas preparations for many. There are a few things to avoid though if you want to keep your glass in good condition. Here’s how to decorate your windows for Christmas without dealing with damage in the new year. 

Christmas Window Decorations

The majority of Christmas window decorations are easy to put up and remove without causing any damage to your double glazed windows. Here are some of our favourites. 

Window ‘Cling’ Stickers

snowflakes in windowWindow stickers might sound like something to avoid if you want to keep your glass in good condition. But a good window ‘cling’ sticker doesn’t use adhesive. It uses static electricity to cling to your glass and can be applied and removed easily, with very little clean up required. You can use this type of window sticker to quickly create a christmas display, and re-use the window clings for years to come.

Curtain Lights

Curtain lights are specially designed to dress the inside of your window with a twinkly display. They typically have lots of strands that dangle down to create a full festive window dressing in one go. Hang them with a tension rod or no damage adhesive clips and make sure they hang slightly away from the glass itself to avoid any small scratches or marks.    

Baubles

Just like curtain lights, baubles are a cost-effective way to fill your whole window with a seasonal display. You can hang them at different lengths across an existing curtain pole for a fuss-free window filler. As before, just make sure they aren’t touching the window glass as they could leave tiny scratches behind, which won’t look attractive in January! 

Windowsill Displays

There are a whole host of Christmas decorations ready to stand on your windowsill to give your home a festive feel. Effective windowsill displays tend to feature a collection of decorations on a theme, with different heights included. Light up decorations look great after dark too and may be visible from the outside. Make sure you remove any standing ornaments regularly to dust and dry the area. They may harbour condensation which can lead to patches of mould if left unchecked throughout the festive period. 

Christmas Tree

christmas treeThe classic window decoration for christmas is your tree! Simply decorate both sides and place in front of the window so it can be seen from the outside. Christmas trees make stunning window decorations, as nothing quite beats the glimpse of a beautifully decorated tree with the twinkling lights reflected in the glass. 

Outdoor Window Decor for Christmas

If you’re really looking to impress visitors and passers by this Christmas, you might be thinking about outside window decoration for Christmas too. Here are some ideas to dress your windows to impress!

Window Boxes

festive window boxWhy not dress your window box with festive decorations? Mini evergreen trees, pine cones or cut christmas foliage make a beautiful display. 

Garlands

Use winter foliage to create a garland around your window. Cut foliage will last longer outdoors but bear in mind that it will start to deteriorate. Create your garland a few days before Christmas for the best results. 

Lights

Outdoor lights hung around a window or underneath the frame can look particularly effective. They can provide a frame for your indoor decorations as they’re being viewed from the outside. This option might need the addition of some small cup hooks which would leave a mark in your external wall. Alternatively, sucker hooks could be added to the glass. Just make sure it’s clean before you add them and give the glass a good wipe down after removal too.

It’s Time to get Decorating…

Decorating your windows for Christmas can be lots of fun and enjoying them will bring a daily dose of festive joy. If you take your time choosing, putting them up, and taking them down with care, they shouldn’t cause any damage to your window glass. How will you decorate your window for Christmas this year?

 

How Long Does Double Glazing Last?

Trying to answer this question can be tough. So many environmental factors can affect the longevity of double glazed windows, so it really does depend. The lifespan of double glazing can be anything from 10 to 50 years depending on how well they’re made, installed and looked after. However, on average you’d expect double glazed units to last a minimum of 20 years. 

The good news is that over the last few decades, technology for manufacturing double glazing units has improved exponentially and the materials that are being used has improved greatly. Double glazed windows that are made today are far more thermally and energy efficient than those that were made in the 80’s, 90’s and early 00’s. 

As a result, it’s fair to say that a double glazed sealed unit produced today will have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years – and maybe even more if fitted in a sheltered location and not subject to extreme weather. 

What factors affect the lifespan of double glazing?

The three main factors that affect double glazing are location, quality of manufacture and quality of installation. These factors can halve or double the longevity of a double glazed unit, but one of the biggest culprits for causing problems is temperature. 

The insulating gas between panes of glass in a double glazed unit reacts to changes in temperature by expanding and contracting. This is called thermal pumping and often windows that are south facing and in direct sunlight for a number of hours, are most susceptible. 

Thermal pumping can put extra stress on the seals of a double glazed unit as it constantly expands and contracts. Over time, the seals will start to fail and as minute fractures begin to grow, air will be sucked into the unit, replacing the insulating gas and compromising their thermal efficiency.

How do you know if your double glazing needs replacing? 

Energy-efficient windows are a key structural part of a property that significantly contribute to reducing energy bills and ultimately, keeping your home warm. To ensure you’re not paying more than you should be for your heating bills, it’s really important that your windows continue to perform as intended.

If you’ve noticed that your heating bills seem to be creeping up, it could be that your windows are starting to fail. But there are a number of other ways to identify problems with double glazing units too – each of which are a dead give away that something isn’t quite right:

You can feel a draught around the frame

If you run your hands around the frame where it meets the sealed unit and it feels draughty and cold, either the seals around the frame have perished or the double glazed unit itself has failed. If the unit fails, the gas that insulates the panes of glass will dissipate which will dramatically decrease the U Value. If the seal around the frame has perished, this can easily be replaced, however if the unit has failed a new one will be required.

Condensation in between the panes of a double glazed unit

Condensation on windows isn’t usually cause for concern and there are many simple ways to tackle that, but condensation inside windows should be taken more seriously.

Each sealed unit usually contains a desiccant such as silica gel, which forms part of the spacer bar inside the unit. This is there to absorb the natural moisture that occurs between the panes to keep the unit fog-free. If however the seals of the unit begin to fail, more moisture will be drawn in through thermal pumping which will saturate the desiccant. It’s this over-saturation that causes condensation and fog to form and is usually a pretty obvious indicator that it’s time to replace the unit.

It is however worth noting that condensation is more likely to form in windows that are in direct sunlight. So a north-facing window might have failed seals but won’t show condensation for example. 

There’s white dust inside the double glazed unit 

You may not see signs of condensation but once the desiccant inside a seal unit becomes saturated it will start to degrade. As it degrades it will essentially fall apart and the particles will begin to drift around the sealed unit, settling on the inside of the panes of glass. This is a sure sign that your double glazed unit is compromised and will need to be replaced.

You can hear a lot of noise from outside

Not only does double glazing act as insulation against temperature, but sound too. When your windows are closed, the noise from outside should be reduced and muffled, maybe even shut off completely. If however you’ve started to notice more noise than usual, the gas could have escaped from your sealed unit, reducing the insulation.

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If you have a question about double glazed sealed units, or you’ve decided it’s time to get a replacement, get in touch with our expert team who’ll be able to advise on the best course of action. Here at KLG Glass we only make to order with an extensive range of glass and spacer bars to choose from, all ready and waiting to help you get the job done!

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Selling Your House? Here Are 5 Tips on How to Use Glass to Boost Its Appeal

It’s been a weird year so far, and you’d definitely be forgiven for wanting to change things up with a fresh start somewhere new. If this year is your year to find your dream home, then it’s probably time to jazz up your current house and give it some kerb appeal ready for it going on the market.

Buying and selling a house is likely to be one of the biggest and most stressful decisions you’ll make in your life, so it’s important to make the process as easy and quick as possible, right? 

Giving your house the wow factor is probably one of the most important things you can aim for when selling. Wanting a prospective buyer to fall in love with your home as soon as they walk through the door is key for getting the ball rolling, and there are a number of things you can do that are both easy to do and inexpensive. 

Here, we’re going to take a look at how to use glass to improve your home, with a few other quick and easy home improvement tips thrown in for good measure.

Strategically placed mirrors

Mirrors are a fantastic way of creating the illusion of space. If you have a small room or slim hallway, a made to measure mirror placed horizontally can widen an area as well as add light. To that end, if you have an area that doesn’t really get all that much natural light, placing a mirror opposite a window can really brighten it up as it’s reflected around the room. 

One thing to avoid with mirrors when trying to sell your home, is placing them directly opposite a door way, particularly your front door. Being greeted by an unexpected vision of yourself can make some people uncomfortable, so it’s always best to steer clear if you can. Despite their purpose, making mirrors as inconspicuous as possible is the key. If you want some more handy tips on using mirrors in your home, check out our blog post on how to use mirrors to maximise space

Let the light flow with glazed internal doors

Whilst it’s not necessarily one of the cheapest things to do, replacing solid internal doors with glazed doors is a great way to create a flow of natural light around your home. This is particularly useful for houses with a more linear structure such as terraces which can fall victim to dark spots as the day moves on. 

Creating a light, bright atmosphere in your home not only makes it feel bigger, it can also be quite calming. Unless you’re looking for a project, you’ll know as a buyer how important getting that “feel” for a place really is and maximising the light is a great way to do this.

Replace wooden shelves with glass shelving

Much like solid doors, solid furniture can become a bit of a sticking point when it comes to blocking out natural light, creating giant shadows and dark spots in a room. If for example you have a large bookcase that takes up a lot of wall space, not only can this be quite imposing, it can also make a room feel smaller as it likely draws a lot of focus. Replacing solid shelves with a series of glass shelves will not only help increase light flow but will add a modern, sleek touch to the room too. 

Replace grubby tiles with a glass splashback

If your kitchen or bathroom tiles are looking a little worn out and in need of a refresh, replacing them with a glass splashback can actually be a much quicker and cheaper solution. The kitchen in particular is one room that most buyers will focus a lot of attention on, so it’s important for the first impression to be a good one. 

Often, the tiles are a big focal point and if they’re a little outdated or not in the best state, a potential buyer may see that as a job that needs doing, which could put some people off. Not only that, with cleaner lines and a fuss free design, a glass splashback can really add a modern edge to a kitchen with minimal effort, as well as provide a more practical solution compared to tiles when it comes to cleaning.

Clean your windows!

OK, this one might seem like an obvious one, but it really can make a huge difference. Increasing kerb appeal is a massive thing when it comes to selling your house and the state of your windows is a big deal when it comes to this. You want the outside of your house to make the best first impression it can and as your windows are a big part of the exterior, it makes sense to ensure they look their best. But don’t just give the glazing a clean, give the frames a scrub too if you can! If they’re wooden frames, a fresh coat of paint or stain will definitely help. 

But it’s not just about the outside, making sure your windows are clean can have a big impact on the interior, too. It’s surprising how much natural light can be lost when windows are smeared or dirty, and if you hadn’t guessed already, natural light is probably one of the biggest things that will help sell your house. Check out our article on glass cleaning tips for what we think are some of the best ways to get those windows looking sparkly and fresh. 

Other ways to make your house more appealing

While products such as mirrors, splashbacks and glass shelves can help add appeal to your home for a relatively small amount of money, there are loads of other things you can do quickly and cheaply, so here are some of our favourite ideas:

Decorate in neutral colours – Give your walls a fresh coat of paint and provide prospective buyers with a blank canvas for their own ideas. While decorating to your own personal taste is great, it may not appeal to others.

Switch up your switches – This may not be something that even crossed your mind but replacing old light switches and plug sockets with new ones can be a great way to add to the fresh factor for not much money at all.

Refresh your front door – As we’ve already mentioned, kerb appeal really matters and while replacing your front door may not be a particularly cheap job, it can actually add value to your home, not only from an aesthetics point of view but from a security standpoint, too. If however, your budget won’t stretch to a new front door but you have a wooden one, giving it a fresh coat of paint will certainly help.

Add a shed to your garden – While it’s unlikely to add value, it can definitely be a selling point. Even if it’s just a little one, it will also give you somewhere to stash all of the bits and bobs that you’ve accumulated in the garden in the meantime – helping to make the most of the space on offer. 

We hope you’ve found our tips useful and good luck with the sale!