window government grants

Window Government Grants: What You Need to Know

New Windows Never Looked So Good!

Have you been wanting new windows for your home, but keep putting it off due to the high cost? You aren’t alone. With the help of window government grants your dream for new windows can become a reality, without having to empty your pockets - it’s easier than you think!

What is a Window Government Grant?

By replacing your old, drafty or outdated windows and doors with new energy-saving options you can be eligible for a grant or rebate from the government. This means that you get all the benefits of new windows without having to worry about paying the full amount. There are different types of grants and rebates, so be sure you know which one applies to your renovations. These window government grants apply when replacing windows or doors and not installing them in a new location, so be sure to pay close attention when reading up on the grant requirements. In an attempt to help the earth and encourage eco-friendly choices; the government has created these window grants and rebates to encourage you to take action. You can save hundreds of dollars on your business or home renovations, just by taking advantage of these grants. It’s a win-win for all parties!

The Benefits of New Windows

Aside from the fact that your house will look fresh and new again. New windows will also save you money and energy throughout the year. Your home will have fewer drafts, leading to a decreased amount of energy you need to heat or cool your home. This will, in turn, save you money as your energy bills go down. Energy efficient windows and doors also increase the resale value of your home – making it a must if you’re planning to sell. Energy-efficient windows will also help reduce the greenhouse gasses that your home would otherwise emit. The investment you make now will help your home and the environment in a variety of ways. For example, windows that are energy efficient also keep out many airborne pollutants, pollen and unwanted air drafts.

Time to Install Your New Windows

At Thermo-Bilt, our professional and courteous installation experts can get the job done, while also helping you with the ins and outs of financing and window government grants. With several rebate and finance options to choose from, we make replacing old windows easy and affordable! Start by filling out a simple online application. You’ll find out our credit decision within two hours of applying. Our interest rates are the lowest they’ve ever been and we also have flexible payment options. You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain. When the government is offering to help pay for your home window renovations it’s a deal too good to miss. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns, or if you’d like a free, in-home consultation for your windows and doors. There’s no obligation to make an appointment, and our experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Cleaning Windows and Doors for Spring

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining longer, and the weather is getting warmer. It’s safe to say that spring is officially here! What better time than now to get started on cleaning your windows and doors ready for spring and summer. Begin preparing now, so you can fully enjoy the warm weather and fun activities ahead. This is the perfect time for you to take advantage of the nicer weather and give your windows a much needed cleaning. However, be cautious because it can be dangerous climbing ladders. To reach high windows it’s a good idea to hire professionals to help you with those hard to reach windows. If you do choose to wash your windows on your own, make sure your safety is a priority first and take the necessary precautions to stay safe as you continue to clean.

Clean Your Windows

Start by wiping your windows down using lukewarm water and mild soap. Use a soft cloth to wipe off all the dirt and grime built up over the winter. Don’t use abrasive or harsh materials such as metal scrapers on your windows, as it can scratch and permanently damage the glass. Give your windows a good rinse with warm water. If you can, use a squeegee to leave a streak-free finish or buff them using a dry cloth. Don’t use a pressure washer on your windows, it can potentially damage the siding and may penetrate the walls of your home.

Remove Debris

There’s nothing worse than built up guck usually found in slider windows and patio doors. Over the seasons and months of use, the track can get clogged with dirt, rocks and other debris. Use an old cloth,  wet rag, or paper towels to thoroughly clean out the sliding track. A good tip, if you have an old toothbrush laying around, it can be great for getting into those hard to reach areas.  Don’t forget, give the hardware and hinges a good wipe!

Lubricate Hardware

Are the windows noisy or causing squeaking sounds when they’re operated? Moving parts on your windows and doors, including tracks and hinges, should be lubricated at least twice a year in the spring and fall.  We recommend using a silicone lubricant, the material will repel water and prevent debris from sticking. You can safely use a silicone lubricant on painted surfaces, metal, wood, or plastic hardware. 


Window and Door Frames

Take a quick look at the structure of your window and door frames. Inspect for signs of damage, peeling, cracking, or fading. If your wooden window and door frames are a few years old, they may need scraping and painting to keep the wood properly protected and preserved. If not properly taken care, water can penetrate and become absorbed into wood, which can lead to warping, mould, and deterioration over time. This is also a good opportunity to check the caulking and weather stripping. However, if you find your frames are out of shape, it may be time for new replacement windows and doors.

Clean Your Window Coverings

If you have window coverings, like blinds and shutters, it’s a good idea to give them a quick clean as well. When you’ve completed washing your windows, give your blinds and shutters a wipe with a damp cloth. If you have curtains, depending on the material, you can take them to the dry cleaners or put wash them in the laundry.

Looking for New Windows and Doors

If you find your windows and doors need more than a cleaning and simple maintenance, call Thermo-Bilt at 1-416-756-0789. We'll be happy to help you choose the perfect window and door designs for your home. Contact us and get a FREE quote today! We’ll ensure you'll be able to enjoy your new windows and doors all summer long.  
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Energy Saving Windows: A Buyer’s Guide

As the saying goes, “windows are the eyes of the home.” It gives people inside their home the opportunity to observe what’s happening outside. But we also depend on windows for natural lighting, ventilation, and as an architectural element to our home. People still expect windows to be economical, functional and easy to maintain, long-lasting, attractive – and energy-efficient. Improving your home’s energy efficiency reduces greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. However, new innovations have enhanced window technology greatly, bringing in the era of high-performance or energy saving windows. If your windows are old or are not performing to new standards, it may be time to replace them. High-performance windows offer a substantial increase in solar control, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency. This is done by incorporating low-E coatings, inert gas fills, and better edge spacers and frames. These windows are impressive, but the benefits are equally compelling. Here are our top reasons you should invest in high-performance windows:

The Benefits of High-Performance Windows

Savings in Heating Costs

High-performance windows are energy-efficient. They offer instant savings on home heating charges. Depending on your home’s design and its existing levels of efficiency, converting to high-performance windows can produce 9% to 18% decrease in heating costs.

Savings in Cooling Costs

In Canada, many rooms require air conditioning in a home during the summertime. High-performance windows work just as well at keeping the heat out. The same low-E coating that keeps infrared (heat) energy inside the home in the winter – keeps unwanted heat out in the summer. This keeps the inside of the home cooler and cuts down on the need for more air conditioning.

Increased Comfort

Conventional windows, air leakage, drafts and heat loss all contribute to discomfort in the home – which is usually fixed by raising the thermostat on our heating system. High-performance windows on the other hand are better insulated and maintain a much higher surface temperature on the interior glazing. This characteristic, together with effective weather stripping and proper installation, makes the window and area “feel” warmer.

Higher Humidity Without Condensation

During the winter, outside air is very dry and can significantly lower the relative humidity (RH) inside. If you try to compensate by humidifying the air, once you get above about 40% RH, there is the risk of condensation forming on the windows. This reduces visibility and can lead to deterioration of the frame components and contribute to mold growth. High-performance windows have higher glass temperatures and improved thermal performance which allows for much higher relative humidity levels inside the home. Thus, eliminating condensation problems associated with poor windows. With higher humidity levels in the home, you’ll have better windows, improved health, and healthier plants.

Lower Noise Pollution

High-performance windows have heavy gas fills, which reduces heat loss and can also reduce sound pollution from the exterior leaking into the interior of the home. Anything you hear outside will be significantly muted – especially if you live near busy roads, construction or airports. Usually, the larger number of panes equals better sound absorption. Because sound reduction is complex, it is dependent on different frequencies and external factors.

More Daylight, Lower Electricity

High-performance windows can be built-in into any house design, whether it’s a newly constructed home or renovation.  With new windows, your home won’t suffer from high heat loss or heat gains. This not only improves energy efficiency and enriches your home’s view, but also lets in more daylight – which can lead to lower utility use. You get double the savings when you take advantage of natural light! You save on electricity used for lighting; and because a conventional light bulb uses only 15% of its energy for lighting and wastes the other 85% as heat, you can also lower your home’s cooling load in the summer. At Thermo-Bilt, we know Canadians are paying attention to energy efficiency and economics, just as much as they are to the architecture and aesthetics of their home. We can help you design and install custom high-performance windows that can help reduce costs and improve comfort levels in your home for years to come. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.  
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