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Preparing Your Home’s Windows and Doors for Winter

Winter is right around the corner with its harsh winds, cold temperatures and winter storms. While it’s pretty to look at from a distance, you want to make sure you keep winter outside of your home. To keep the cold out, it is important to make sure you properly prepare the main entry points -  your windows and doors for the wrath of winter.

Check for drafts

It is important to check your windows and doors for drafts. If drafts are being let into your home, your energy bill can increase substantially every month, as your furnace will be working twice as hard to warm the cool air from entering your home. Unsure if your windows and doors are keeping the cold air out? If you have drafts take a candle and place it near any area you are worried about. If you see the flame dancing or flickering, it is likely because there is a draft coming through the window or door. This is a tell-tale sign that you should do some extra work to prepare your windows and doors for winter.

Caulk the windows

Caulking is the main line of protection used against cold air entering your home. The unfortunate reality is that even the best caulking can eventually form cracks or gaps. Having said this, it is an easy procedure to seal up these mishaps. You can either start from scratch and peel back the old caulking and replace it or you can simply patch up any problem areas.

Apply plastic film

Applying a plastic film to your windows can help insulate during cold weather. According to The Daily News Miner, insulating your windows with a plastic film can help retain up to 50% of the heat you generate inside, equivalent to adding an extra window pane! The plastic film is clear, allowing you to maintain a full view of the outdoors and is held in place using double-sided tape.

Use draft blockers

You can purchase effective draft snakes to place at the bottom of your windows and doors to prevent any warm air from escaping or cold air from entering your home. Hoping to save some money? Try a do-it-yourself option and roll up some old towels and tie elastics at each end to keep them in their tube form. This simple and inexpensive way to stop drafts will keep your house warmer and help you save on your energy bill.

Take your screens off

Your screens can get damaged from the snow that collects on them during the winter months. It is best to take your screens off and store them in a warm and dry space until springtime. This will ultimately protect your screens from weather damage and allow them to last longer. Winter is beautiful and you will want to look at it through your windows or head out your front door to experience it, but make sure you also remember to protect your windows and doors this winter. Contact Thermo-Bilt to keep your house as cozy as possible for when you need a break from the cold.
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Top 4 Ways Vinyl Windows Improve Your Home

If you are looking to upgrade your home, opting for vinyl windows can greatly improve the overall appearance of your living space, in addition to the countless benefits they provide. Windows are a central feature of any home or building, so it’s important to take care in making a decision before undergoing a replacement. From their exceptional durability to their insulating capabilities, and of course, their striking appearance, vinyl windows can drastically improve your home. Here are the top 4 ways vinyl windows improve your home:

Enhances Visual Appeal

Vinyl windows can have a dramatic impact on the aesthetic appeal of your living space. They are highly customizable and come in a variety of colours, styles, and textures so you can find something to suit your home and your personal tastes. Windows play a key role in the look of a particular room so upgrading to a quality vinyl windows can really enhance an area while adding a contemporary or classic fair to complement existing elements of your home.

Boosts Your Home’s Durability

Vinyl windows are highly durable. They require hardly any maintenance so you can rest assured they won’t be contributing to your seemingly endless list of property maintenance to-do’s. As well, vinyl is far less porous than wood which makes it harder for dust and dirt to get trapped, so an occasional wipe down with soap and water is sufficient to keep your windows looking like new. Unlike wood which requires a significant amount of preservation and maintenance, vinyl windows are not susceptible to rotting.

Increases Your Energy-Efficiency

One of the most significant advantages of vinyl windows is their insulating capabilities. In comparison to other materials like aluminium, vinyl is better able to keep heat from escaping during the winter months while preventing hot air from entering during the summer. When paired with a double-paned glass, their effectiveness is heightened even more so. In addition to helping the environment, you will also experience a significant reduction in energy costs when it comes to heating and cooling your home.

Increases the Value of Your Home

Renovations and investments such as vinyl windows can significantly heighten your curb appeal and raise your home’s value. They give your home a clean and fresh appearance as old window panes tend to lose their clarity over time. If you are considering selling your home in the future, vinyl windows are highly regarded by prospective buyers due to their minimal maintenance and attractiveness. Also, they are a fairly economical choice in comparison with other materials such as solid wood and fibreglass which can be expensive to install and maintain. Vinyl windows are top quality and can save you money in the long run due to their low upkeep, which is also well-regarded by buyers. If you are looking to upgrade your home, vinyl windows are an excellent choice. To find out more about their benefits or to get a free quote, call us at 416-756-0798.
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7 Reasons to Hire Professional Window Installation

Like many things around the home, you may consider repairing or maintaining your windows over the years. However, before starting your own DIY project there are some risks associated without proper knowledge. Ensure you're aware of window products, installation process, and code regulations. But don’t let that deter you from installing new windows. Installing new windows helps establish a home's visual character, let in light and air, and frame views from inside. We’ve developed a list of the top seven reasons why you should consider hiring an expert for your home’s  window installation.

Consultations

Hiring a professional for window installation means that you can consult with an expert. Discuss your desired results with an expert and they may reveal options you had never previously considered. At Thermo-Bilt Windows this consultation is built into our window installation process.

Pre-existing Issues

Sometimes before installing a window you need to resolve other related issues. You don’t want to invest in energy efficient windows only to have a draft because of cracks you didn’t notice along the outer walls. Professional window installers often have a familiarity with construction, and can more readily identify structural issues. This protects your new windows from potential damage, and ensures you get the energy conservation that you paid for.

Equipment

Window installation requires specific tools; if you don’t have them you’ll run into difficulty that can affect your window’s function. However, Window installation companies have the necessary high quality, and up-to-date equipment they need to get the job done right.

Time

Having work done on your home can be a real inconvenience. A professional has had a lot more practice than you, and will most likely be able to complete a window installation job much more quickly.

Safety

Unless you work in construction or similar industries, you may not be aware of the safety procedures that professionals use. When you consider all that could go wrong with an enormous plate of glass you can imagine why window installation experts have prepared for potential dangers and are well insured.

Material Removal and Cleaning

After we’ve finished with your window installation, Thermo-Bilt Windows will properly dispose of you old windows, along with packaging and associated garbage from your new windows. We make sure to clean the workspace so it looks the same as when we arrived. Enough work goes into DIY window installation even before the clean up. In a way, hiring a professional saves you from two big tasks, not just one.

Insurance Disputes

If flooding, or a storm damages your windows, insurance companies may try to deny your claim based on a DIY window installation. Some insurance companies have been known to argue that a DIY job was done improperly, and therefore is not covered by insurance. When you hire a professional it is much harder for an insurance company to claim that the windows were not installed correctly. In that respect, a professional window installation can ensure that you get the compensation owed to you. Even if you have lots of DIY experience you can still benefit from hiring an expert in window installation. At Thermo-Bilt, we are window installation professionals who can provide more insight, more reliable results, all in a timely and convenient fashion. Contact us today for a FREE quote on new replacement windows in your home.
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How To Choose Replacement Windows

So you decided to replace your windows! Thermo-Bilt Windows has almost two decades of experience with replacement windows in Toronto. Before every job our experts will meet with you to discuss the best windows for your home and design. Prior to our initial conversation, in order to work together to find the best window replacement Toronto has to offer we ensure that your needs and concerns are covered.

Climate Controlled Windows

Make sure your window replacement matches the climate in Toronto. Specific windows fair better than others in the cold, and choosing the right style will keep your home warm and energy efficient.  

Performance, Not Price

Not all windows are created equal, and not all windows are good value for money. Some windows will outperform others that cost more, so when considering window replacement in Toronto it’s important to research products in different price ranges.

Consider Why You Are Replacing Your Windows

The windows you choose will be largely determined by why you need (or want) to replace them. For Torontonians, window replacement might be different depending on whether you’re replacing windows in an old home or a new home. In any case, your window replacement in Toronto will be a balance between aesthetic and efficiency. So it’s good to have an idea of what your primary concern will be, and how that will change your budget.

Are You Going for a New Look?

You can use a necessary window replacement as an opportunity to invest in your home. Window replacement is a chance to make your home competitive in Toronto’s housing market by upgrading to a more unique and desirable style.

Choosing a Window Style

This of course depends on the existing windows in your home, the style of your neighbourhood, and most importantly your personal preference. Here is a quick guide to a few window replacement options Toronto homeowners may consider:
  • Sliding windows require little maintenance, and are a more affordable option. Their ability to add some ventilation to a room makes them a window replacement for Toronto summers
  • Casement windows offer an unobstructed view and contemporary style. They are taller than they are wide and open like doors, so they provide excellent ventilation
  • Double Hung windows have a more traditional look and slide up and down. Modern versions of this style replace the old pulley system with a spring mounted mechanism
  • Bay windows fit well in modern and older homes, adding space and light to any room, while providing a great view. Bay windows can also give you space to lounge, eat breakfast, or read a book
  • Bow windows are very similar to bay windows, but have four panels instead of three. They too offer more space and great views.
When choosing window replacement in Toronto, it’s important to consider the aesthetic of your home and your neighbourhood. At Thermo-Bilt, we give you the opportunity to make your home more energy efficient which will add value as a long term real estate investment. Contact us today for a FREE quote!
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6 Reasons to Invest in Fiberglass Doors

If you’re on the market for a new or replacement door for your home – look no further! Whether you’re looking for something durable, aesthetically pleasing,  or both, going with fibreglass guarantees you practicality and beauty all in one. Our experts have outlined the top 6 reasons why fiberglass doors are the best investment for your home:

Fiberglass Doors are reliable and durable

Fiberglass doors have been used by building contractors since the 1990's. They've become more increasingly popular among homeowners over the last twenty years. They are a much more practical choice than their wooden counterpart as they are not susceptible to water damage, rotting, or cracking. Fiberglass is comparable to steel in terms of strength and durability. So if you are an extensive traveler you can have some peace of mind about your home’s security knowing that a fiberglass door is sturdy and resistant to physical force. Plus, they are better at resisting extreme climates than wood and steel – a must for our harsh Canadian winters!

They are aesthetically pleasing

Many people are under the misconception that fiberglass doors cannot possibly look as beautiful or luxurious as wooden ones. Technology has advanced over the years & fiberglass can now adapt & imitate other materials. In fact, your door can be stained or coated to look just like wood – you won’t be able to tell the difference!

Affordable and long lasting

Although the upfront cost of a fiberglass door is more expensive than steel, they are a much more worthwhile investment. These doors last longer and are more resistant to harsh weather conditions. In comparison to wooden doors, fiberglass are more affordable and durable. So it ends up being more cost-effective in the long run.

Fiberglass Doors are low-maintenance

Fiberglass doors generally require very little maintenance; scuffs or marks can be removed by simply wiping the door’s surface with soap and water. Unlike wooden doors which are difficult to redecorate, a fiberglass door can be refinished or repainted relatively easily. Steel is susceptible to rusting and chipping in extreme heat or cold, whereas fiberglass does not. This minimizes the need for constant upkeep and repair.

They are highly customizable

Fiberglass doors are extremely versatile; they can be made in a number of different colours and designs to suit your personal tastes. You can choose from a variety of traditional, contemporary, and Victorian styles. There are wood finishes and paint finishes to pick from along with options to add windows, panels, columns, and other designs or detailing. 

A good choice for the environmentally

As a result of their improved temperature regulation, fibreglass doors are better at regulating the temperature inside your home compared to wood. Thermo-Bilt doors have a polyurethane foam core to provide insulation that’s seven times better than a wood door. Most importantly, fiberglass is a synthetic man-made material which means no need to chop down any trees! Visit Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors to get a free quote, or give us a call at 416-756-0798 to find out how we can build a beautiful and practical fibreglass door for your home.
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Slider Windows: Popular Choice for Homebuyers in Greater Toronto Area

If you’re looking for a great combination between quality and affordability, then slider windows are certainly the type of window for you! Aside from operational ease, slider windows feature a smart design that can adapt to virtually any space. Especially useful in smaller spaces that won’t suit a window that projects from the exterior of the home. It’s these features that have made slider windows a popular choice for home buyers in Toronto and the surrounding areas.

Living in Toronto

When you live in a city like Toronto, amongst all it’s beauty, you’ll want to showcase the view of the city from your home. Slider windows provide an unobstructed view when you’re looking out; it also allows natural light to flow through the room, making smaller areas appear more spacious and bright. For the most part, people who live in Toronto homes have very unique architecture and design features, including smaller living spaces. Brand new windows make a world of a difference in any living space.  

Why Replace Your Windows?

When you install brand new replacement windows, it's a smart investment because it adds value to your home. It also saves you money on your energy bills over the long term. But windows shouldn't be something you want to constantly fuss about or maintain often. Believe it or not – it happens. A bad window installation job done can end up being a nightmare due to maintenance, repairs, and poor ventilation. Slider windows provide more functionality, less maintenance, and are overall aesthetically pleasing to any home. As opposed to a conventional window, you'll find its less upkeep to maintain and more cost-effective. Another benefit is the ability to clean the exterior side of the windows from the inside. This can save you money from having to hire professional cleaners to do it for you. We recommend reading our window cleaning tips, so you can safely clean your windows at home.

Choose The Experts

When you choose Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors for your replacement windows, you can expect your new windows to be constructed with 100% pure high-quality PVC. Which is made to be extremely safe and durable for any environment. Slider windows are great for any home’s living room or bedrooms. Designed with maximum efficiency in mind, and its ability to fit into tight spaces, is what makes these great. Whether you’re debating between a single or double slider window, our custom design experts can walk you through all the style options to help you make your design ideas come to life. Our knowledgeable staff are highly trained and experienced with installing slider windows on many unique homes in Toronto. We provide homeowners a clear view and a brighter living space. Be amazed at how brand new shiny windows can instantly transform your house into a modern home. Contact Thermo-bilt Windows & Doors to find out if our great products are right for your home. Get a free quote today!
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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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