February 4, 2023

What is an IGU (Insulated Glass Unit)

There are a number of different energy efficient window options nowadays, such as Thermopane glass, also known as, IGUs or Insulated Glass Units. An IGU window is constructed with two or more glass panes, separated with space filled with a form of air or gas. The gas layer helps disperses heat, which helps maintain the temperature within your home (or business) more efficiently during those hot summer and cold winter months.

Why IGUs are the Best Windows to Buy 

  • Improved energy efficiency of your home: IGUs act as a thermal barrier, allowing heat to be maintained more efficiently during the cold winter months and keep the air in your home or business cool during the warm winter months.
  • Money saving opportunity: With this improved efficiency, your heating and cooling systems will not have to work as hard, thus saving you money on your energy bill.
  • Dampens noise from getting in: With multiple, thick, layers of glass along with the gas layer between the glass panes, these windows reduce the level of noise from passing through.
  • Enhanced safety: With the airtight sealing in addition to having the multiple glass panes, IGU windows are tougher and harder to break than most other windows, which can provide peace of mind if you are faced with a major storm or even an outsider trying to enter your home.

Window Installation near Chicago

We work with multiple trusted glass supplies, such as Casco, Old Castle, Mid American to be able to offer our clients top quality at an affordable price. To Learn more about our Insulated Glass Unit Installation services, please message us through our website or contact us directly at (630) 232-1200.


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January 22, 2023

What is the Best Water Repellent For Glass Shower Doors

We have been in the Glass business for nearly 3 decades, and after all these years, the most asked question we get is “What is the best water repellent for my glass shower doors?”

We use our showers daily (well, some of us do) and they get abused with all the products we use. Shampoo being flung around and foamy soap bubbles begin to collect on the glass panels, sliding down and eventually drying and becoming built up soap scum.

Additionally, everyone’s water is different and depending on your home’s water supply, and that can also impact the longevity of your glass shower. Certain water softeners or wells can develop “hard-water” stains on the glass, making the shower look dirty. No one wants a dirty shower.

An easy way to address this is to purchase a water repellent spray specifically for your glass shower door.

The Best Shower Spray 

In our professional opinion, purchasing a commercial shower spray is the route to go and one the best water repellent sprays is Rain-X for Shower Doors. This product offers an ultra-slick, non-stick, clear barrier to spray over your glass door or panels. This product will repel water for up to a month between applications.

Steps to Keep your Glass Shower Clean and Clean:

  • Ensure the glass is clean and dry
  • Spray a couple squirts onto a microfiber cloth or paper towel
  • Wipe the product, in a circular motion, onto the clean glass surface
  • Let the product dry for up to an hour
  • Wipe thoroughly once more, to ensure any haze is clear
  • Re-apply every month

Glass Shower Experts in the Chicagoland Area

Following this monthly maintenance routine is the easiest way to keep your beautiful glass shower clean and fresh for years to come. If you have any more questions, please let us know! We are happy to provide you with our perspective.

If you have any other questions regarding our glass installation services, feel free to send us a message or contact us directly at (630) 232-1200.


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January 5, 2023

How to Protect a Wood Table from Scratches, Water, Heat Marks & More

Who doesn’t appreciate the beauty of a wood table? They bring the natural element of earth into your home and offer long-term functionality as dining tables, coffee tables, cabinets, desks and other pieces of furniture we use on a daily basis. With this constant use, wood tables, and other wood furniture, can begin to wear and become damaged. That said, many clients have asked us “What’s the best way to protect a wood table”? And to that, we say Glass!

Custom Glass Table Tops

We may be biased, but we believe that a custom glass table top is the perfect solution to protect any wood table. At Geneva Glass Works, we can take a piece of glass and cut it to size to fit the exact size and shape of your wood dining table, side table, desk, credenza, etc.

Glass table toppers provide an extra layer of protection that allows your furniture to retain its original beauty longer and extends its overall lifetime by helping protect the wood from elements that can result in:

  • Scratches
  • Water stains
  • Heat marks
  • Wood warping
  • Discoloration

Custom Glass Solutions for the Chicagoland Area

Furniture can oftentimes be an expensive investment. Take pride in your assets and belongings and ensure they are properly maintained. A custom glass top is the best solution to preserve your wood table with minimal maintenance required.

If you have any other questions regarding our glass services, feel free to send us a message at office@genevaglassworks.com or contact us directly at (630) 232-1200 via call or text. We will follow up with you within 24 hours. 


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August 23, 2022

Bathtub Upgrade with Glass Shower Doors

Bathroom renovations can become expensive, quick, especially when considering a new custom glass shower. That said, there are ways to achieve that expensive and upgraded modern look without having to break the bank.

One way to keep costs down, is to consider upgrading your existing tub shower doors or curtain  with quality glass enclosures or doors.

Saving Opportunities When Adding Glass Doors or Panels on a Bathtub

Ditching the shower curtain or even the builder-grade glass shower door on your existing bathtub can take your bathroom remodel to the next level, with significantly lower costs compared to replacing the entire shower, saving you hundreds or even thousands of dollars. 

In addition to the cost savings opportunities, another upside to enhancing your current bathtub is that it can drastically decrease your bathroom renovation timeline, which is always a plus. “Time is money” as they often say, and depending on style, this project can be completed in as little as a few hours.

Bathtub Styles & Remodel Options

Going down this route does not limit you, design wise. In fact, there are many style options you can choose from to customize your bathtub and still give that ultra-luxury look. Some styles include: 

  • Swinging glass doors 
  • Sliding glass doors 
  • Hydroslide glass doors
  • Frameless glass doors
  • Frameless glass enclosures
  • Bathtub glass panels

Need some inspiration? Check out the photo gallery below of recent bathtub upgrade projects we have completed for some very happy customers.

Contact Us to Discuss Your Bathtub Upgrade and Receive a FREE Quote

If you have any other questions regarding adding glass doors onto your bathtub, feel free to send us a message at office@genevaglassworks.com or contact us directly at (630) 232-1200 via call or text. We will follow up with you within 24 hours. 

We look forward to partnering with you to bring your vision to life.


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August 10, 2022

How to Clean Glass Shower Doors

Custom glass shower doors truly elevate the look and feel of your bathroom. However, you may not have anticipated the maintenance that comes with this modern-day home upgrade. Water, soap, and shampoo splashes on the glass panels which can leave hard water stains and develop soap residue build-up if not properly maintained or treated.

Below you will find a few recommendations on how to keep your beautiful glass shower door and panels crystal clear, like the day they were installed. 

Bathroom Squeegee 

One of the most effective ways to keep your glass shower free of spots, build-up and mildew is to purchase a squeegee for your bathroom. This method does require persistence, as we recommend to squeegee the glass panels after each time you shower. That said, making this part of your routine will guarantee a clean and clear shower for years to come.

You can find some of the best shower squeegees for under $10 on Amazon that come with a hanging hook that suctions to the wall of your shower for ultimate convenience. 

If you’re looking for foolproof preventive maintenance, this is the option for you.

Homemade Shower Spray

Perhaps you are trying to clean already built-up soap scum and hard water stains and prefer to use a natural alternative to store-bought sprays with harsh chemicals, but don’t want to sacrifice the tough stain-fighting power that products such as Rain-X provide. There are a number of natural shower sprays that you can make at home. Below is one of our favorite daily shower spray recipes:


  • ½ cup distilled white vinegar
    • Replace vinegar with isopropyl alcohol for showers with natural stone surfaces**
  • 1 ½ cup filtered water
  • Several drops of your favorite essential oil (optional)


  • Mix the ingredients in a spray bottle
  • Spray your entire glass shower (including floor)
  • Let the surfaces air dry

This is a wonderful natural and cost effective option that will keep your shower sparkling without the intense fumes that many chemically-filled sprays bring.

Best Shower Spray to Buy

One of the easiest ways to clean your glass shower and prevent stains and grime from building up would be to purchase a commercial shower spray, such as Rain-X for Shower Doors. Products like this offer water repellent coating that can last weeks. The downside to these products are the chemical heavy smells as well as cost, as some sprays can run upwards of $30 per bottle.

Here to Help you Keep your Glass Shower Clean

We love sharing helpful tips to our customers to keep their custom glass showers fresh and like new. We have tested all of these methods and they are proven to clean and prevent hard water stains and help remove soap scum.

If you have any other questions regarding glass maintenance and cleaning, do not hesitate to contact us directly at (630) 232-1200.



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July 28, 2022

Custom Wall Mirror Installation Company in your area

You spend more time in front of a mirror than you probably realize. When you wake up and get yourself ready for the day, you are likely in front of a mirror. Take a quick peek at yourself in a mirror before walking out the door. Doing reps in front of the mirror at the gym. You are constantly looking at yourself in a mirror throughout the day. 

Custom Mirrors for your Bathroom, Closet, Gym and More!

Mirrors are a great design element to consider for your home or business as they combine form and function and create visual interest, impacting the look and feel of any room or space. 

A custom wall mounted mirror offers higher quality and more design opportunities compared to builder-grade or big-box store options. This gives you the freedom to curate your own unique space. They will certainly enhance your bathroom, but there are other rooms around your house or business that can be elevated with a custom wall mirror. Other ideas include:


  • Bedroom
  • Kitchen
  • Closet
  • Home Gym
  • Hallway or Foyer
  • Bar or wet bar
  • And more!


  • Gyms
  • Salons
  • Restaurants 
  • Office Spaces
  • Lobbies
  • And more!

Mirror Replacement 

Mirrors, like anything, cycle through style trends, or become damaged and may need to be replaced from time to time. We have provided custom mirror installation services in the Chicagoland area for over 30 years and have been a part of some unique projects that involve different cuts, borders, even colors. We love working with our clients to help determine what works best for them and fits their personal style and taste.

Take a look at our gallery below to help fuel your inspiration. 

Call Geneva Glass Works, your Local Glass and Mirror Shop

Click here to learn more about our Custom Wall Mirror Installation services, feel free to contact us through our website or contact us directly at (630) 232-1200 and ask for Zack or Lauren. We offer FREE quotes and are excited to partner with you in the future.

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June 22, 2022

Custom Glass Shower Doors for your Bathroom Remodel

Has the TikTok, Instagram or Pinterest algorithm sucked you in and sent you down a rabbit hole of beautiful home renovations, gorgeous new-build construction or even cool DIY remodel projects? Have you found yourself scrolling for hours learning what the latest and greatest home trends are and thinking to yourself, “I wish my house looked like that.”? 

It happens to the best of us, and there are cost effective ways you can turn your home into the palace of your dreams. A great place to start, is where you start all your days… Your bathroom.

Glass Shower Door Styles Options

Glass elements are a big trend in today’s home construction world and we believe custom glass shower doors are the perfect step to transform your ordinary bathroom to something extraordinary.

To start, consider what glass shower door style is best for your space. Below is a list of some popular options to really take your bathroom to the next level. 

  • Corner Glass Shower Door Enclosure – Maximize your space and create visual interest.
  • Frameless Glass Shower Doors – Offers a sleek and ultra-modern vibe.
  • Neo Angle Shower Doors – Adding dimension and appeal to any size bathroom.
  • Custom Glass Shower Panel – Creating a custom walk-in experience. 
  • Sliding Shower Doors (Hydroslide) – Enhancing style while maintaining function.
  • Steam Shower Glass Door Enclosures – Transforming your bathroom to a one-of-a-kind spa.
  • Swinging Glass Shower Doors – A classic option with a custom feel.
  • Tub Shower Glass Door – Ditch the curtain and add a glass shower panel. A great cost effective option, utilizing your current tub.
  • And More!!

Finishing your Custom Glass Shower with Hardware Colors and Materials

Partnering with quality manufacturers, such as C.R Laurence, allow us to provide you with a vast selection of hardware finishes and colors to ensure your custom shower fits your style. Colors like Satin Brass and Matte Black are trendy and will give your bathroom that modern feel. Or choose a classic Chrome or Brushed Nickel for a timeless look.

Custom Glass Shower Doors from a Local Installation Company Near You

Don’t want to work with big-box stores like Lowes or Homedepot and prefer the expertise of a local shower installer? We pride ourselves on staying up–to-date on the latest trends and providing our customers with the best shower door installation and shower door replacement services out there.

From quote, to design, to installation, you can trust that your space will be unique to your own personal style while reflecting modern day trends. Click here to learn more or contact us directly at (630) 232-1200. We look forward to making your custom glass shower dreams a reality by curating your own personal oasis! 


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June 7, 2022

Insulated Glass Unit Replacement – The Perfect Start to Your Home Renovation

Home renovation projects can be fun and exciting but can also feel daunting as it may come with uncertainty along with significant costs. Approaching your home-reno in phases can help manage the stress of it all as well as help manage the financial burden of giving your current home the refresh it deserves. A budget conscious option to start with could be Insulated glass window or door replacements.

Why consider kicking off your home reno journey with Insulated Glass Replacements? This cost effective project will help save you money in the long run as the insulated glass panels or insulated glass units (IGUs) include two glass panes divided by an inert of gas. The gas layer disperses heat, which makes the insulated glass panels a more energy efficient option. Additionally, having energy efficient windows and doors will help improve the value of your home giving you an added financial benefit, once it comes time to sell.

Where to Buy Insulated Glass Panels and Installation

Geneva Glass Works takes it a step further and provides their customers an even more cost effective way to get the “most bang for their buck” without sacrificing quality. Replacing an entire window unit can get expensive, but with their process they avoid the need to replace the entire unit, including the frame, and just replace the windows insulated glass, saving you hundreds or even thousands!

Geneva Glass Works specializes in Insulated Glass Unit Replacements and will help you stay efficient with your budget and your time. They will meet with you in person to understand your needs and assess the best options for your specific project then will provide a free quote within 48 hours.

For the Best Insulated Glass, Call Geneva Glass Works

Geneva Glass Works works with multiple trusted glass supplies, such as Casco, Old Castle, Mid America ensuring top quality at an affordable price. Regardless of your project needs, they will find the best solution for you.

To Learn more about their Insulated Glass Unit Replacement services, feel free to contact them through their website or contact them directly at 630-232-1200 and ask for Zack or Lauren.



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May 27, 2022

Hello and Welcome to the Geneva Glass Works Blog!

Custom Glass and Mirror Installation Company

Geneva Glass Works is a family owned and operated Custom Glass Installation company established over 30 years ago and proudly serving the tri-city and Chicagoland area. We provide expert glass installation for residential as well as commercial projects and our quality and efficiency is backed by our valued customer relationships.

Our family prides themselves on being leaders in the industry and confident in our ability to provide you with the very best when it comes to your custom glass needs and customer service. From the first consultation and free quote, through installation, we are there for you every step of the way.

Free Resources, Helpful Information and Design Ideas

With our new blog, we wanted to take a step further and offer our customers (and friends) MORE by sharing FREE resources and helpful information. Here you can expect to find great content around the services we provide, tips and tricks related to custom glass, home renovation ideas, design trends, and more! We hear the questions you have, and we will work to answer them all, making Geneva Glass Works your trusted glass installation and information provider.

Join our Community!

We will post our blog articles on our Facebook page, so be sure to like and follow us to stay up-to-date. Feel free to comment any questions you may have or let us know other topics you would be interested in hearing about.

Also, follow us on Instagram where we showcase all of the cool projects we have completed for our amazing clients, and friends.

Thank you for your continued support. We are excited to continue to grow our local business and provide you with the very best in custom glass installation and information.

– Zack, Lauren, Noah, Sophia Busch

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