Ray Sands Glass Works With Genesee Country Village Museum

As many Western New Yorkers know, the Genesee Country Village and Museum is one of our much beloved local treasures – our very own bit of history.  GCV&M  is a full living history of a 19th century village, complete with over 50 authentically restored buildings, and live interactive programs that educate children and adults alike with a hands on approach to history.

We recently had an opportunity to work with GCV&M, which was really an honor for us, because Ray Sands Glass has a special appreciation for this live museum, not just for the dynamic live history lesson, but for a bit of personal history located amongst it artifacts!  The father of owners Dave and Frank Burns was born in one of the buildings currently used for live demonstrations, even had his tonsils removed by the local doctor at the table  inside! Continue reading

Can Your Small Business Afford to Go Green?

Many small business owners are beginning to ask themselves that very question:  ” Is going green right for my business?”   And the answer is a resounding Yes!    No matter the size or type of business taking a good look at the way your company utilizes resources is beneficial to your future as a business and as a human being living on this planet.  When Ray Sands Glass began to make changes and invest in the plan to be a more environmentally friendly business, we found that these changes were going to save our company some cash in the long run!

A few years ago we had an energy audit to help us get a better idea of how and where our glass shop was using energy – some unnecessarily.   We found that our outdated lighting system was consuming much more electricity than was needed to light our shop.  We then made the decision to finance a new, energy efficient lighting system in our shop and office – which was hugely beneficial to our cause and our business.   The electricity savings of $400 a month paid nearly all of the financing payment, and now that our lights are paid off, that savings can go back into our company. Continue reading

2011 Rochester Home and Garden Show

Ray Sands Glass is excited for the Rochester Home and Garden Show next weekend, March 26th and 27th at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.  We have lots of great residential services to discuss this year for your home’s windows and other interior glass as well.

This year we have seen a lot of interest in our residential window film, with people becoming more aware of the amount of energy being exchanged through their windows.  Some are looking to keep out the sun’s harmful UV rays, and some to reduce their monthly energy bills (and therefore their carbon footprint.)  Whatever their motivation, we are delighted at the opportunity to discuss the benefits of residential window film, answer questions and show off some of our most popular home products!

Another residential window improvement service that we have seen a growing interest in, is our “Get the Fog Out”  window restoration process.  This technique clears the existing window of moisture and uses specially made valves to prevent future moisture buildup, while preserving the insulation value of a double pane window.  All without the hassle, expense or wasted glass of  of a window pane replacement.

This year we will also be presenting a display of some of our work with framed and custom mirrors, which we haven’t featured at home shows in the past.  But we have really enjoyed this more artistic aspect of working with glass, and some of our recent projects show how fun and beautiful it can be to think outside the box!

And of course we will be exploring some of the home uses for Aquapel, everyone’s favorite water repellent for glass ,on exterior windows and glass shower doors.

So while you are out next weekend perusing the variety of home improvements, don’t forget about your windows!  Hope to see you there!

Window Tinting at Home – Protection with No Need for Low-E

People often regard residential window tinting as they would applying foil to your windows –  it may keep the rays out, but it just doesn’t look nice.  Many neighborhood associations have even taken the step to set guidelines that prohibit residential tint.  But the truth is that putting film on your home’s windows can protect your home and save energy, without giving your home the mirrored sunglass look, or any look at all for that matter!

With a variety of films that are protective, yet invisible from the outside, even homeowners in communities with strict HOA policies have options for insulating and preserving without any change in appearance.  One of the most popular films lately is our optically clear, polyester based Hilite film series by Panorama, which has unbeatable protection while being virtually imperceptible – both indoors and out.  Hilite films provide even greater solar energy protection without the reflective quality of the old mirror films.

And people thinking about replacing their decent insulated window units with Low-E or even Argon gas filled windows, might look to residential film for a more efficient and economical solution.  Some films have solar energy rejection rates higher than those offered by any of the modern gas filled window types.  And with the natural insulation that another layer can give you (think plastic sheets over the windows), residential films can make a bigger dent in the amount of energy traveling in and out through you windows.

Your choice in films can make a big difference in the effect on energy savings, as some films can actually store tons of heat, making the windows less efficient than they were before.  If you are wondering which film might be right for your home, check out the information on our site or more detailed information about the Hilite film, provided by Panorama.

Saving with Windshield Repair

We came across this article from the Sammamish Reporter that echoes the sentiments of the auto glass community regarding the importance of prompt repair of chips and nicks in you auto glass.  Thousands of windshields are replaced nationwide every year that should never have needed it.  Which means that not only are consumers spending money that they don’t need to spend, but tons of non-recyclable glass is being unnecessarily thrown into landfills.

There used to be a time when the only thing to do was to either ignore them or replace the whole windshield, an expensive undertaking which can set you back $300 to $400.

Dick Walker, owner of Eastside Mobile Auto Glass, said that he had seen quite a few people bring their cars in over the past few weeks to have their windshields repaired, before they needed replacing.

“It makes a lot of sense,” Walker said. “If you get the chip while it is still small, we can repair it before it spreads and cracks. A repair job costs about $40, but if you wait and the windshield needs repairing, then it will cost hundreds.”

Walker, who has been in business for 29 years and in Issaquah for 18, says that this time of year, a lot of the cracks start to grow.

It’s the warmer weather – the glass starts to slowly expand and the cracks that were made in the winter put strain and stress on the windshield.

The good news for motorists is that most insurance companies will pay for a windshield repair.

“A lot of them will even waive the deductible,” said Walker.

And if you are in the Rochester, NY area, repair is FREE with a small donation of pet supplies to help support our community animal shelters.  As little a five pounds of cat or dog food could save you a windshield replacement a few months down the line.

Even for those non-New York-ers the cost, time and materials saved should be a big enough motivator to get you down to your local NGA Certified glass shop for a quick easy and painless repair to your chipped windshield

Auto Glass Going Green

   Many of us have made the effort to “Go Green” in our day to day lives.  People take small steps, like recycling, reducing home energy use, reducing the amount of gasoline used – or larger steps like installing solar panels that power their home and feed energy back into the grid.  But what kind of steps are small businesses taking to be more environmentally friendly?  The amount of energy used by an auto glass shop on a daily basis dwarfs that of the average family home, if every business takes the same energy conserving steps that their consumers are taking, it makes a bigger dent in this energy crisis we are all facing.

   Ray Sands Glass has made a commitment to “going green” in ways that every small business can and we started with an energy auditor from the local power authority, who gave us some great advice.  The auditor pointed out a lot of small changes we could make, and make a big difference.  We got new copy and fax machines, as recommended, and put many of our other small appliances as well as our lighted sign on timers.       Continue reading