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Avoid Being Haunted by Outrageous Utility Bills this Winter

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Glass Block, Windows

haunted house, halloweenDoes your basement currently look and feel like a dungeon? It may only be October, but if you’ve taken a look at the latest winter weather outlook, you know that cold, snow-filled days aren’t far away for many parts of the country. If your basement is home to old, drafty single-pane windows, you have big decisions to make that could have a major impact on your wallet on both a short and long term basis. Innovate Building Solutions currently has glass block basement window replacement options that can prevent your monthly energy bill from haunting you all winter long.

Glass Block Windows in Commercial Buildings Add Style and Energy Efficiency

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Commercial Remodeling & New Construction, Glass Block, Windows

west-side-glass block-church-industrial-factory-windowsCold weather will soon be here and if the windows of your current office, commercial or factory space are in desperate need of an update, glass block not only makes great first impression, but offers the added benefit of being more energy efficient than metal or wood framed windows. As a nationwide wholesaler and regional installer of glass block, Innovate Building Solutions offers many options to suit your specific needs.

We realize that all budgets are not created equally, so when making these kinds of updates, it’s important to know that the product you purchase is made to last on a long-term basis. Here are just a few of the benefits of selecting glass block windows over other options:

7 Ways to a More Energy-Efficient Home this Fall

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in doors, Windows

Steel Front Entry Door Painted with Decorative Glass

Steel Front Entry Door Painted with Decorative Glass

The official start of fall is just around the corner and has many homeowners considering ways to prepare their homes for the cooler temperatures ahead. The good news is that there are many simple ways to make your home more energy-efficient without emptying your wallet, as well as bigger changes (like replacement doors and windows from Innovate Building Solutions) that will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

Innovate Employee Spotlight: Design Consultant Lille Burton

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Bathroom Remodeling, Glass Block, News, Windows

Glass Block LillieLille Burton has been a member of the Innovate Building Solutions team in the Columbus, Ohio division for the past four years, and chances are, if you stop by the office, she will be there to greet you! When it comes to her job, Lillie enjoys the family-like atmosphere and working with a variety of people across many different projects. Aside from bringing her creativity to work every day, she prides herself on being laser-focused on customer service, a philosophy that is shared by the entire Innovate team and is a major contributor to its tremendous nationwide success.

Benefits of Using Acrylic vs. Glass Blocks for Windows

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block, Windows

Slider windowsSo, you’ve decided to freshen up your windows with a new look but now the debate is on…should you use acrylic blocks or glass blocks? Innovate Building Solutions is a nationwide supplier of both acrylic and glass block products and we believe that choosing the best product is really based on our customers’ personal needs and expectations. In the sections below, we’ll help you weigh the benefits of both options based on your budget, overall goal for the space, and priorities for function.

Egress and Glass Block Windows provide the solution for an apartment building in Columbus Ohio

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block, Windows

What do you do when you need security, energy efficiency and egress all in the same basement window openings? Such was the challenge facing Richardson Rentals for their apartment building in the Worthington area of Columbus Ohio. The solution (developed by the Columbus Glass Block division of Innovate Building Solutions) was to combine glass blocks with vinyl hopper style egress windows. Learn more below about the design and installation approach used for this project.

Vinyl hopper egress window surrounded by glass blocks

Vinyl hopper egress window surrounded by glass blocks

Understanding Vinyl Replacement Windows & Glass Block Window U and R Values

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block, Windows

U values of different types of windows

U values of different types of windows

Choosing the best vinyl replacement windows or glass block windows can be tough. Not only do you want to consider their looks, function and cost it’s also crucial to know how energy efficient the windows will be. While many people focus in on looks and initial purchase price often the homeowner can make the best long term choice by focusing in on a windows’ energy efficiency as well (it’s estimated that anywhere from 20 to 30% of all home energy is lost through windows and doors).

 

In the article below we’ll provide some of the basics to understanding how to evaluate window energy efficiencies and what types of window systems can be used to lower future home utility costs and make a home more light filled and comfortable.

How to Improve Ventilation in a Basement Remodeling Project

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Basement Remodeling, Glass Block, Windows

Glass block vented basement windows for improved ventilation

Glass block vented basement windows for improved ventilation

If your basement has a damp, musty or moldy smell that makes you want to get out of there as soon as possible you likely have a ventilation problem. In fact according to the Environmental Protection Agency the air inside a home can be 3 to 5 times more polluted than the outside air.

 

Since basements provide a cost effective way to add space to a home without the large expense of a room addition the time to make a basement healthier can be when you do a basement remodeling project. In the article below you’ll learn the advantages of getting more air flow and air changes in a lower level space and also some of the most popular options to accomplish this objective.

 

Project Spotlight: How to Cost Effectively Replace an Old Bow Window with a 3 Lite Double Hung and Picture Window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Windows

After - Picture Window with Double Hungs for Air Flow

After - Picture Window with Double Hungs for Air Flow

 

The problems with the current windows: Whenever Terry Ventura (a homeowner in the Brookpark suburb of Cleveland Ohio) entered the front door or sat in the dining room of her home she could see several problems with her old bow window.

 

  • The 4 equally sized windows were non-operable so she could not get fresh air in this east facing room (which gets a lot of sun and heat build up in the morning).

 

 

  • The old style awning covering the window reduced the amount of natural light and views to the outside.

 

 

  • The 4 single pane fixed windows with exterior storms where not energy efficient (they were the original windows built into the home) and Terry would see condensation on one of the windows between the storm and window sash.

 

 

  • The interior trim of the existing windows did not match the trim of the dining room.

 

 

  • The current sandstone sill was pitched towards the inside of the home causing water to damage the window box of the bow window.

 

Adding Cool Designs in a Glass Block Wall or Window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block, Windows

Glass block pattern wall using Spyra design to move interior light

Glass block pattern wall using Spyra design to move interior light

 

A stud and drywall wall may serve the functional purpose of separating rooms but it doesn’t do much to add style or move light through the inside of a loft, single family home or commercial space. What’s getting hot now is to use glass block designs in wall or interior window areas to add interest, increase natural light and save energy. Here’s 3 designer options with to consider:

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