AAA Glass & Screen

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Update on Doves

Just thought I would post an update on the dove with the nest built in a tree outside our front door. This is the ideal spot for us to watch the entire development of this bird's home, from first build to the days after her tiny offspring emerge from their shells.

Alas, this amazing episode in God's creation was not to achieve fulfillment. After working hard for the past few days, with little time to contemplate what was going on in the tree, I looked out yesterday and noticed that the dove was no longer there and neither was the egg that had been so visible just a few days before.

I suppose it is possible that the wind here in the Texas Panhandle over the last few days was too much for the pair of doves to handle. I can understand that because that wind reached high speeds and, as is typical this time of year, was unrelenting. I know I didn’t like being out in it. The wind was so strong that the sound of it blowing over the roof of the large building in which I was working was easy to distinguish from the other sounds going on all around me. 

There is also the possibility that the little egg was blown from its nest since it was already right on the edge. No reason for the birds to stay when there is nothing to protect or incubate.

I wonder if things might have been different if those two birds would have just built a better nest in which their young could grow and develop into adult birds. I was certainly looking forward to that happening, even though the look of it caused serious doubts. Still, it would have been nice to watch the entire process from the comfort of my home.

I suspect that these two doves were so young and inexperienced at what it takes to raise a family and so eager to begin the process on their own that they failed to plan properly. Once the egg was there, maybe they figured there was nothing else for them to do except nurture it and it appeared they were doing that quite well. Then again, maybe it was just too early in the year for their attempts at parenthood to be successful anyway.

I just do not know, but what is quite evident in my mind is that any baby birds that might have emerged from the eggs would have been at risk of falling through the cracks between the twigs and other findings in that nest. I could see right through it and those cracks were quite wide in comparison to the size of the birds.

In my opinion, the lesson to be learned here is that it is never acceptable to leave our homes unprotected in any way, shape or form. Those birds, regardless of their experience were negligent and put not only their offspring in danger but their legacy as well.

Our homes are intended for the purpose of nurturing relationships, building families and caring for those we love. Anything less is simply unacceptable. To do this properly, we must ensure that all aspects of the buildings in which we live are well maintained. When subjected to the brutal force of our West Texas wind, the tiniest crack can become a rip or tear and eventually things can be torn completely off our homes.

It is not okay to leave one's family at the mercy of these winds. The repairs you make today on your windows, screens and doors is money well spent and can actually save on the cost of replacement. Call us today if you need repair to yours. While you're at it, ask about how we can create an insulative barrier between your windows and the unbearable heat of the summer sun that will save money on your utility bills.

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What Does This Bird Have To Do With Your Home?

For the past month or so I watched as a pair of doves built a nest in the tree just outside our front door. The other day, as I was walking across the lawn, I looked up to see an egg nestled underneath this elegant bird. Yes, it was visible for some reason unbeknownst to me. I would have thought that the nest would block my view, but it didn’t. 

A closer look at this nest revealed that it is not all that well put together. Since I have never in my life ever so closely observed the nest of any dove I cannot say for sure, but it appears as if these doves might be mere amateurs in the construction of such homes intended to nurture their offspring. 

This morning, as I walked out to get another look at the nest where this beautiful creature was perched, I noticed that the egg was still sitting at the edge of the see through structure positioned near the end of a few branches. She immediately flew away of course in an attempt to distract me from her important work, but I still walked under and around to get a better look at this well intentioned piece of work. 

It is not clear whether or not the egg this lovely bird is so lovingly caring for will make it all the way to hatching a tiny dove, but I sure hope that happens. Even if it does emerge, will there be enough of a solid foundation in this nest to allow it to spread its own wings some day and fly away? It is not up to me to do anything to help with this project since anything I might do would result in the abandonment of the nest and the egg. I must bide my time and hope to be able to watch what happens if the baby bird does survive. Sure hope it does.

So, why am I posting this on a business website? How does it relate to anything having to do with your home? Well, all creatures depend on some type of shelter. In the case of birds that shelter is typically a nest in the branches of a tree somewhere, but most nests I have seen are pretty intricately put together with a solid bottom that few eggs could be pushed or fall through. In the case of this nest, I am not so sure. Of course, I have never before in my life so closely observed one constructed by a dove.

Maintaining your home in good condition is the best way to keep the family safe. I am not so sure the nest of which I have been speaking is worthy of being called safe, even for the egg I saw so precariously positioned on the branches not to mention the tiny bird that might eventually emerge.

It is important for any building that the roof is never allowed to leak, or when it does that it is repaired quickly and with the assistance of professionals. Likewise, the windows and doors should never be left in ill-repair. When things are left unattended to, the integrity of the entire home is jeopardized. 

We will leave the roof repair to roofing contractors, some of which our company has a good relationship. However, windows, doors and screens are our specialty and we have worked closely with a number of roofing companies for many years to help bring clients homes back to original condition. We are proud of the work we have done and will continue providing quality service for years to come.

If you need help with repairing or replacing windows, doors or screens, give us a call. 806-358-7117

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Heating Up The Summer

Heat is a sure thing here in the Texas Panhandle. Temperatures as high as 120+ have been recorded. With Suntex sun protective screen we can save your draperies, furniture and carpet along with reducing the interior heat caused by the sun's heat and glare entering your windows. 

We have many satisfied customer references to back up our claims and they will recommend our money saving product. Screened in porches, decks and windows of all shapes and sizes are not a problem for our 20+ years of skilled experience.

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Are You Ready For Spring Storms?

Spring she is a comin and indeed weather during the past few days here in the Texas Panhandle make it look as if it has already arrived. Are you prepared for what is in store for us as the grass turns greener and the trees begin producing leaves again? There is no secret about it. Spring here is as beautiful as it is anywhere else in the nation. Nevertheless, we all know that as weather conditions change from cold to warm the heavens above start producing challenges for which many of us are unprepared. 

Now is the time to create an action plan to take care of our homes in the aftermath of storms that are sure to plague us. It has been a year or two since the last hail storm took its toll on homes around the area, but no one should let their guard down now. We are certainly due some severe conditions this spring and summer. Anyone who has been here for any length of time knows that those types of conditions can extend into the later part of the year as well.

So, what are you going to do when your home becomes the target of severe winds and enormous hail stones? Do you know who to call? Hopefully, only the windows and roof of your home will suffer damage caused by the changing weather conditions and will not sustain any further attack. However, it is always good to have a plan ahead of time so you will not be caught without some kind of plan for taking care of getting your home back into livable condition. 

I remember several years ago when Amarillo took a serious hit from tornadoes and people began calling the next day asking for us to replace broken glass and screens so that they could continue living a normal life. It was not pretty walking into homes where glass was scattered everywhere after huge hail stones broke through windows and melted in the floor. I hope that never happens again, but we can never know for sure.

Now, what are you planning to do if your home does suffer from a ravenous storm that seems intent on destroying everything in sight? Who will you look to for help with getting you home back into its pre-storm condition? When the roofers begin showing up at your door, who will you tell them you want to replace your broken windows and screens? 

Do you want someone who has just come to the Texas Panhandle from some city far away just looking for the quick buck and will be gone as soon as all the repairs have been completed? Or, would you be better served by a company that has been here for more than twenty years and has no plan of leaving any time soon? I know which one I would call and it would not be someone who is just looking to make a killing off my bad luck. 

It just makes sense to call someone you know will not leave you when you need them most.

Using a good roofing company will get you in touch with services companies you need to put your home back together. AAA Amarillo Glass & Screen has worked with numerous insurance companies, roofing companies and contractors here in the panhandle to make sense of the mess left behind by Mother Nature. We enjoy the challenge of making you whole again and cleaning up the mess so you can go back to living life the way you wish. Our skills took many years to perfect and our services are used by many of the best roofing contractors in the area.

Thank you for your trust. Give us a call today.

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Windows are attached to buildings with screws and sealed with caulking that can be purchased in colors that match or complement the window frames. Replacement windows come with insulated glass and meet building codes that have been newly introduced. 

Always check with your local Better Business Bureau when hiring a contractor to avoid inferior service and products

Screens and Sunscreen

Windows are very versatile and are part of the overall appearance and add beauty and curb appeal to our properties. Insulated glass cuts the heating and cooling costs for our homes and businesses. 

One of the only problems with insulated glass units is the time required to get it from the manufacturer to the contractor once it has been ordered. America has been plagued with destructive weather from coast to coast recently with tornadoes destroying property everywhere. The increased demand for IG units makes it even harder for contractors to get their orders for these units fulfilled in a timely manner.

Hail storms indiscriminately destroy glass. The more hail storms there are, the more important good screens become since they help protect our windows when they are installed properly and cover the entire window.

Good screens can keep glass breakage to a minimum. Screens are made from various materials. One of the most common and economical is fiberglass. It comes in several colors and shades, but this material is mainly used to keep insects and small hail from getting into our homes. 

While fiberglass keeps insects out, hail larger than a nickel will cause damage to the screen fabric. Wire screen is more durable, but any impact results in permanent dents. The stronger and most durable material is Suntex which is made from polyester thread and coated with nylon and comes in several colors. 

The primary value offered by Suntex is excellent protection from sun and hail. This material reduces sun damage by as much as 80% and is perfect for screened in porches and areas of high sun penetration.

Window and Door Glass

Window screens protect the glass in your windows. Windows and doors can have many different types of glass. 

Tempered glass and laminated glass are used in doors and areas where safety is mandatory. Regular glass can be used in simple windows and is found in many older homes. 

Newer homes and businesses use windows that are glazed with insulated glass units. These are referred to as IG units. IG units do a superior job of keeping heat and cold from invading our homes. 

Windows and doors that meet specific criteria must be made with safety glass. The main safety glass used is tempered. It is much like the glass in our automobiles.

The primary place in our homes and businesses where safety glass is used is in the doors and windows that are less than 18 inches off the floor. Glass that is used in or near a door must be safety glass.

Prepare For The Zika Virus

It is important for you and your family to be aware that the Zika virus is spreading throughout the United States. This virus has been implicated as a primary cause of microcephaly in infants. Here is a map that includes states where the virus has been found. 

Here is a link to the CDC site that shows a map of where the virus has been found in our nation.

The information here suggests that the virus is not locally contracted, but you know how it works when mosquito season begins. They bite an infected person and carry it on to others. This is not something we like to think about, but it is reality.

So, why am I talking about this? Because you and your family are at risk, especially if the windows and screens on your home are not in good condition. 

Not to worry because we can help with that. We custom build window screens and repair broken or worn windows. We even help you save on energy bills with one of the finest sunscreens in the industry. Give us a call at 806-358-7117 to find out what we can do for you.

Window Screens are Required

Window screens are not just a convenience, holding flying insects and other pests at bay, in many cases they are also required. One instance when window screens are required is when a house is on the market. Today, mortgage lenders will not finance a house unless all window screens are in place. HUD is another entity that requires the placement of screens on homes. 

Anyone who has ever gone through the process of selling their home can tell you that there are a number of things they are asked to do before time to close on the sale. One of those things is ensuring that any missing window screens are replaced. Torn or worn screens must also be repaired. It seems that even the mortgage companies understand how important it is to keep insects from gaining entrance into the dwelling.

Some people attempt to fix window screens themselves. This can be done, but many already know they simply do not have the expertise needed to do this right. The mesh wire or fiberglass fabric used to do this will twist and pull unless an experienced technician is rolling it in. The end result is a not so satisfactory job and no one wants that.

An improperly repaired or fabricated screen not only looks unsightly, but it can cause the frame to bow and prevent the kind of protection it was intended to give in the first place. 

If you would like more information on how you can benefit from having an expert build or repair your screens, contact AAA Amarillo Glass Mirror & Screens. We will be glad to fill you in and give an estimate of what it will cost. 806-358-7117

Window Screens Protect Your Family and More

Because of insect born pathogens, window screens help protect your family against some diseases or ailments carried by pests that should remain outside. Mosquitoes for instance cause enormous discomfort from their incessant biting. For this reason alone it is wise to maintain properly fitting and well maintained window screens. 

Just imagine what your home would be like if the screens were missing and you wanted to open the windows for a little fresh air. Bugs of all kinds would then gain entrance to the inside of the house. Flies would buzz around lighting on everything in sight, including your food and children. This is an unpleasant thought, but someone has to mention it.

A lot of people enjoy having the windows open during morning hours or throughout the spring and fall to allow the home to cool naturally. It's not hard to understand how this can also help reduce those high energy bills. Did you ever think about it that way? Window screens can actually save you money. 

If you would like to enjoy the benefits offered by window screens, give us a call and we can help. 806-358-7117

​Window Repair

There is just no getting around it, accidents do happen and window repair is in your future. Then again, there are those times when Mother Nature has her say in things and no one is to blame for a broken window. Whether you have a broken window caused by someone's carelessness or a storm has hurled balls of ice at your home large enough to break panes of glass, there is something you can do about it.

Calling professionals for window repair is the best thing you can do for the sake of everyone in your family. It is important that the person fixing your windows knows how to do it right because, believe it or not, window glass can be dangerous. Besides that, there are a number of different methods for repairing windows correctly and not everyone is an expert in doing so.

Consider this. Some window repair can be done quickly with what in the trade is called flat glass. This requires the glass to be cut to the correct size to fit the opening. It also requires that the old glass be removed from the frame and the frame prepared properly for the new pane of glass. Without proper preparations there is a possibility that the glass will crack again or simply not remain in the opening.

It is not just a matter of placing the glass in the opening and expecting it to stay put either. It must be glued in place with the right product. Wooden window repair is completed using special putty and metal framed window repair is an entirely different matter. Knowing which one to use is all part of effective repair with flat glass. It is often possible to complete the entire process of flat glass window repair within a short time of taking measurements.

Now there are other types of window repair as well. The majority of modern windows are made with insulated glass units which are more energy efficient than older single pane windows. These units are like a sandwich with a pocket of air between two pieces of flat glass. A spacer around the edges of the unit separates the two pieces of glass and sometimes argon or other special gas is used to add even more energy efficiency to the unit. 

Window repair done on homes with insulated glass units cannot be accomplished in a matter of hours after taking measurements. The reason for this is that insulated glass units must be ordered from the manufacturer. Most of the time the units will arrive at the supplier in a week to ten days, but there are exceptions. This is particularly true when it is a special type of unit or just after a devastating storm which has left numerous homes with broken windows.

Here again, it is important to understand just how to do window repair correctly. Removing the old unit can be dangerous because the broken glass can make the unit unstable. There is also some expertise needed to dislodge it from its place. Remember, glue is used to hold the unit in place and it is necessary to cause this glue to lose its strength and turn loose. 

One cannot just remove the IG and stick another one back into the hole either. The entire frame must be inspected for debris, especially tiny pieces of broken glass. If the new unit is installed over certain types of debris it will likely break again. 

The best answer to window repair is to call in the professionals. We at AAA Amarillo Glass Mirror & Screen are here to help so give us a call. 806-358-7117

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​File Your Claim By May, 2015 To Get The Benefits You Deserve

If you suffered damage to your home during the 2014 hail storm that struck the Texas Panhandle, you have until the end of May, 2015 to file a claim or get the repairs started if you want to take advantage of the insurance benefits due you. Don’t miss out on getting repairs to your windows, doors or window screens paid for by your insurance company. Get the process started today and don’t put it off another minute. 

Information on this subject can be missed if you are not in connection with others who are in the know. For this reason, we want to help get the word out for those whose homes are still in need of repair. 

We at AAA Amarillo Glass Mirror & Screen care about the people in our surrounding communities and want you to get full benefit from the premiums you pay. Give us a call if you have storm damage to window screens, doors, or window glass that has not yet been fixed. Ask for us if your roofing company offers to take care of that for you because we work closely with other contractors to help return your home to the condition it was before the storm. 

Storms are not the only cause of damage to our homes either. Screens tend to wear out over years of use as well. Additionally, the glue holding insulated glass units together can turn loose causing moisture and mold build-up between panes of glass. We can help you with that too. 

We understand that sometimes fly-by-night contractors enter the area taking advantage of the situation. They often request large deposits and do not deliver services or fail to provide quality work. It is best to deal with local companies who have been in the area for a long time and stand behind their workmanship and materials. We have been here for more than 20 years and have dealt with many companies and can provide you with the names of reputable and reliable contractors who use high quality materials and are professional in everything they do. Give AAA Amarillo Glass Mirror & Screen a call at 806-358-7117 

​Be Prepared Ahead Of Time For Mosquito Season

​It won't be long now until mosquitoes become a common nuisance here in the Texas Panhandle. The end of May is right around the corner and that's when these pests start creeping around outdoor spaces. No one likes these flying missiles with an appetite for blood. Their bites are painful and cause nasty bumps on the skin, and for anyone who is allergic to them it is even worse.

While you may not be able to completely eliminate mosquitoes from yours or your neighbor's property, there are some things you can do to reduce the chances of getting bit. 

The first thing you should do before mosquito season arrives is to look around the outside of your home for anything that might collect unwanted water when it rains or from your sprinkler system. That might be flower pots that are not in use right now, empty bottles, tubs or anything that can serve to collect water. Don't forget about any old tires laying around your property because they can hold water. If you find anything, empty it and remove or turn it over so it cannot contain water.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs in water and this is where larva hatch and grow to maturity. By removing sources of stagnant water, you will be reducing the number of larva that hatch and therefore the number of mature mosquitoes. 

Another trick that some people use when emptying the water is difficult or impossible to achieve is to add some form of innocuous oil, like baby oil or vegetable oil to the container. The oil will spread out over the top of the water and even if there are mosquito eggs in it the oil will suffocate them preventing them from emerging to damage your skin.

You will have to remain vigilant throughout the summer to ensure no water gets trapped where it doesn't belong, but that should help keep some of the mosquitoes at bay. For a more thorough job, get your neighbors involved so that there are less places for these pests to repopulate.  

Another important measure you can take is to make sure your windows are in good repair. That includes your window screens. Window screens allow you to open your windows, but if there are rips and tears in the screens you can be sure that all kinds of flying insects will find their way in.

We specialize in custom manufacture of window screens, so give us a call when you need yours done. 806-358-7117

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