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Low E Windows: Hard Coat vs. Soft Coat

With warmer months just around the corner, ensuring your replacement windows are made with Low-E glass is as important as ever. “Low E” glass stands for “low emissivity.” In other words, Low E glass is produced with microscopically thin silver coatings which limit the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light coming through your windows and

How to Clean Your Windows Like a Pro

The start of Spring means two things: It’s not Winter anymore  Now you’re forced to clean everything you’ve neglected the last 6 months–including your windows Glass-Rite Introduces: How to Properly Clean Your Windows To squeegee or not to squeegee? Glass-Rite’s Advice: If you’ve got a squeegee, use the squeegee! Squeegees are quicker to use and

Interpreting the NFRC Label

What is the NFRC? The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) is responsible for establishing benchmark performance ratings for all energy-efficient windows, doors, and skylights. NFRC labels allow customers to compare various energy-efficient products across the board. To some, the NFRC label is an important factor when purchasing a new window. But to many, the NFRC

The Science Behind Glass-Rite Windows: Solarban® Technology

With Fall just around the corner, it’s time to start asking yourself if your windows are sufficient enough to make it through the colder months. Glass-Rite’s energy-efficient, Low-E replacement windows will help you save on energy costs throughout the year. Whether you’re cooling your house in the Summer, or using your heating system in the

Vinyl Windows Vs. Wood Windows

  In the last 25 years or so, wood windows dropped from almost half of all windows sold to less than 20%.  Guess which material took wood’s place?  Vinyl.  That doesn’t necessarily mean that wood windows are lower quality than vinyl or more difficult to deal with.  Both wood and vinyl have strong points.  Wood

How to Keep Cool in the Warm Months

  We’re in the middle of a long hot New Mexico summer and it’s hard not to keep that AC going full blast.  The ongoing debate is whether or not to shut your windows and blinds when you’re not home to keep hot air out, or to have them open.  What achieves a cooler house? 

Vinyl Windows and VOC’s

  VOC’s, (Volatile Organic Compounds), are invisible products that result from the off-gassing of a variety of materials in your home from paint to carpet to plastics. In most cases products that have high VOC’s also have strong smells. New carpet, linoleum, and fresh paint are good examples of this. Occasionally we get questions about

Testing for Lead Paint: It’s the Law!

In April of 2010 The Environmental Protection Agency issued new regulations that require any contractor that disrupts more than 6 square feet of surface on a home built before 1978 be licensed and trained to comply with the new lead paint regulations that minimize dust. To learn more specifics about these regulations go to EPA.gov

Why Choose Glass Rite for Window Replacements in NM

Glass-Rite has been in the window business since 1984. We manufacture and install quality custom replacement windows. Glass-Rite is also a supplier of JeldWen vinyl and premium clad wood windows and doors. Windows and patio doors are the only things Glass-Rite installs, and we know how to do it right! We manufacture and install replacement

Tips to Prevent Birds from Crashing into Windows

           We’ve all seen or heard a bird fly into a window, and while bird collisions are nothing new, the problem is increasing.  Because of widespread urbanization, trends that favor larger panes of glass in both residences and commercial construction, and more reflective coatings on glass, bird crashes are on the rise.              The birds