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Transom Windows Add Style & Light Above Doors

Posted on: September 29th, 2017 by admin

transom windows LongmontTransom windows, which are installed above the top of a doorframe or larger window, have been around for seven centuries! Evidence from 14th Century European buildings indicate that this structural detail was used functionally for ventilation. Although this architectural detail has not been popular in the last few decades, transom windows are again being appreciated by architects and builders. If you would like to add a transom window for style or to increase natural light, Colorado Glass Solutions in Longmont has a wide variety of options and can quickly install this stylish detail in your home or business.


Transom Windows FAQs

  • Also known as “transom lights”
  • Height ranges from a few inches to a couple feet
  • Usually rectangular for interior doorways
  • Typically arched, aka fanlights, for exterior entries
  • Start at $100 for non-operable vinyl, wood or aluminum frames
  • Cost increases for ventilated options or more detailed designs


When considering adding a transom window to an interior space, reminds us that the structural requirements will play a critical role in your decision. For standard eight-foot ceilings, your choices will be limited to narrow models; whereas, high ceilings can accommodate taller designs. Also, installation will be simpler in non-load bearing walls than load-bearing walls which might lead to opening up bigger sections for additional support. And if installing a transom window in an exterior wall, the additional step of weatherproofing will also be necessary.


After deciding that adding a transom window is feasible for your space, then comes the fun part of choosing your design! There are countless options available and sure to be one that compliments your building’s architecture as well as your personal decorating style.


Transom Window Styles

Arts and Crafts: diamond patterns

Tudor: diamonds and/or triangles created with X’s

Federal: sweeping curves and arches

Stained glass: geometric or natural designs


Contact the experts at Colorado Glass Solutions in Longmont for ideas on how transom windows can add beauty and function to your home or business!

Patterned Glass Provides Light & Privacy

Posted on: August 24th, 2017 by admin

patterned glass LongmontWhen you wish to optimize natural light but also want to obscure an area, patterned glass is the ideal solution. Whether frosted, seeded or reeded, patterned glass scatters light to create a translucent effect that offers privacy. For kitchen cabinets, office doors or showers, Colorado Glass Solutions of Longmont offers a wide variety of patterned glass to bring beauty, light and privacy to your space.


Patterned Glass Options

  • Frosted Glass: The most common type of semi-transparent finish, frosted glass is the result of sandblasting or acid etching. Out of all the patterned glass types, this is the most matte finish.
  • Pinhead Glass: Also known as perforated glass, the pattern of a pinhead finish is created by tiny holes being rolled over to diffuse the light. It is the most affordable patterned glass option.
  • Seeded Glass: Formed when gas is trapped in the surface, seeded glass has a more organic appearance and looks handblown.
  • Niagara Glass: When glass is pressed between metal rollers when in a semi-molten state, long ripples are imprinted to make Niagara, or rain, glass.
  • Narrow Reed Glass: The name of this type of glass describes the texture well- slightly raised vertical impressions formed when a roller is run down the surface.

Many homeowners only think of installing patterned glass in the bathroom but it should be considered for many other areas such as pantry or laundry room doors, office screens and dining room cabinetry. Each pattern can work with different styles but some lean towards certain aesthetics, such as frosted for modern or seeded for rustic decor. It’s best to see these textures in person, so come into Colorado Glass Solutions in Longmont to view these beautiful patterned glass options and let our experts help you select the best choice for your space!