9/6/2013 7:54:00 AM Turn your windows into works of art
Sandy Griffis Yavapai County Contractor’s Association
Q: We have a relatively large clear glass window in our bathroom with a shade cover. We want to eliminate the shade and change out the glass with textured glass or a stained glass design, but have no idea where to start. My husband says there is a spray-on aerosol window frosting that we could save money by using, but I'm wary. Can you help? - Joan, Williamson Valley
A: Window privacy and solutions that do not block natural light are easy to come by. One of the easiest is applying a window film. Protint, locally owned and operated by Mark Williams and his family, has a variety of opaque films with different patterns and frosted designs that mimic frosted glass. Window film offers another advantage besides design and that is energy-efficient properties by reducing UV rays and preventing energy loss or solar gain.
Local hardware stores carry the aerosol spray-on film; however, that is a tricky application and must be applied with thin even coats and must be applied with several layers.
There is another option available here in town and that is using stained glass overlay, which is considerably less than real stained glass. SGO Designer Glass has been in our area for over 20 years, and they offer a "high technology" process applied as old world art. The original window is not removed and the stained glass component is installed in conjunction directly in front of the current window (1/8") on the inside of the home. There is no light leak with the overlay and the separate glass piece does not look like an add-on.
The glass panel is made with real glass, using a process that combines lead or brass and copper as the channeling material and then uses multi-layered mylar film of various colors and textures that mimic real stained glass. This process uses a solid sheet of glass, where stained glass uses separate glass pieces. The completed product design has the look and feel of the traditional stained glass and is a decorative work of art. This "high technology" process is easy to clean and maintain, strong and durable. SGO will custom design any glass for a home; shower doors, skylights, windows, doors, cabinet doors, sidelights and transom windows. There is virtually no limit to the size and design that can be created. This is a beautiful way to provide privacy and add a new look to any room. John Scott, owner of SGO, has designed and installed many designer glass panels in Yavapai County in several homes and local churches and commercial buildings.
You can visit with John and see his beautiful works of art at the Fall Home, Health & Lifestyle Expo at Tim's Toyota Center, Sept. 14 and 15. This two-day show will feature exhibitors and vendors from virtually every aspect of quality lifestyle living. Patterned after the successful YCCA Home and Garden show, this event includes and reaches beyond contractors and home improvement to include health and fitness, education, travel and recreation, nonprofit organizations and service clubs and more.
A special participant is Scottsdale Healthcare's Heart and Vascular van, which will provide ultrasound screenings by appointment. The van will be at the show Sunday only, Sept. 15, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reserve your screening time, call 1-855-922-8378. Six combined tests are valued at over $2,300 - at this event one day only receive all screenings for $179.
Event are Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free admission. Everyone is encouraged to bring non-perishable food items for the Yavapai Food Bank.
All attendees will also have the opportunity to register for a drawing for one of three $500 gift certificates to be used at any of the show's vendors. Sponsors of these $500 gift certificates are Prescott Valley Chamber of Commerce, The Daily Courier and YCCA.
Yavapai County Contractors Association (YCCA) is a professional association representing licensed, bonded and insured contractors, suppliers, distributors and business entities. Call YCCA for information on hiring a contractor at 778-0040. Submit questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or through www.ycca.org.