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How to Add More Natural Light In Your Home

The sun is a great way to brighten your day! Allowing natural sunlight into your home can decrease your utility bills and significantly enhance your overall mood and quality of life. Natural light in homes has always been a highly sought after feature for potential buyers. If moving isn’t an option or you’re happy with your current house, there are several ways you can get more sunlight into your existing home:

Add Mirrors

Mirrors are often used as a decorative trick to make rooms appear larger but they can also be helpful to increase the amount of light in your home. Mirrors will reflect incoming sunlight around the space. If you are not a fan of mirror reflections, you can also consider glass tables, metallic light fixtures, or silver décor to give a similar effect.

Use Light Colours

It is fairly common knowledge that dark shades absorb light and brighter colours reflect it. This is why light colours are the best choice if you are trying to enhance the amount of sunlight in your home. Light colours such as white, cream, beige or light grey will make your room feel brighter and fresher. Consider this tip when choosing both paint and furniture!

Trim Trees and Shrubs

Reduce the amount of obstruction in front of your windows by trimming your hedges, trees and shrubbery so that it is not blocking the glass. If you are working with a professional landscaper, mention you want to increase the amount of natural light entering your home so they can strategically design their work.

Wash Your  Windows

If your windows are dirty it can impact the ability and the amount of natural light entering your home. Wash your windows frequently, even when they don’t appear to be dirty. They still may have a thin layer of dust hindering or muting the light when entering your home.

Install Skylights

If you’re interested in more windows but are not fond of the idea of having less privacy, skylights may be the perfect solution for you. Skylights come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any room. Skylights allow ample light to enter your home during the day and make your room feel more spacious.

Consider a Window Replacement

One reliable way to add more sunlight into your home is to replace your windows. During a window replacement, you can decide to put in additional or larger windows to your home. This will drastically enhance the amount of natural sunlight that enters your rooms or living space.

Add More Sunlight to Your Home

Getting more sunlight might be a long-term investment for your home, but it’s also an investment for your health. Increasing your daily dose of natural light offers advantages for your physical and mental well-being. Ready to bask in the glow of the sun from the comfort of your home? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt for new or replacement windows today. Call 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote!
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Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?

Not sure if your windows are performing as well as they should? Think you need to do something with your windows, but not sure what?  Here are several signs your windows may not be operating or functioning to the best of their abilities. These signs include (but are not limited to):
  • Condensation on the glass
  • Noticeable drafts
  • More noise than usual
  • Cracks in the glass
  • Decaying frame
  • Rising utility bills.
If you’re noticing any of these symptoms it’s best to take action by getting your window repaired or installing a replacement window. But how do you know if you should repair your windows or replace them entirely? While you may be tempted to let your wallet guide your decision, it may not make financial sense to repair a window that needs to be replaced. Here are some factors to consider when you are making the decision to repair or replace your window:

How Old Are Your Windows?

The answer to this question can be one determining factor in whether it’s worth repairing your windows or considering a full window replacement. If your windows are old - it’s definitely the best idea to replace them. If you choose to do a simple repair, this will only be a temporary fix and inevitably delay the task of replacing them in the near future. Replacing your windows increases the value and energy-efficiency of your home.

Is a Glass Pane Broken?

If the glass pane in your window is broken it’s very likely you’ll be able to simply repair the window. A crack in a window usually results from an accident and is not usually a sign of further irreversible problems.

How Frequently Are You Experiencing Problems?

If you’ve gone from one problem to the next, it may be time to consider replacing your windows. Quick fixes can only get you so far, but if your windows are demonstrating more than one of the above signs - it’s a strong indication your windows are not functioning properly -  and a repair may not be the answer. Save yourself the hassle of constantly trying to perform damage control and invest in low-maintenance vinyl windows.

Is The Window Frame Decaying or Rotting?

One of the biggest problems of having old windows: decaying frames. This is a problem that is not easily repaired. When the wood starts to rot, deterioration and mould set in and there is very little that can be done. The good news is most new windows are not made with wood frames anymore, therefore your new windows have a much longer lifespan. A window replacement is a necessary step as soon you start to see your wooden frames decaying. Do you think it is time to consider a window replacement or window repair for your home? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt to get started with our highly skilled team of professionals. Call us at 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote today!
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How To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Summer is a wonderful time but one of the unfortunate side effects is the extreme heat which can be dangerous to young children, the elderly, and pets. During heat warnings, it’s important to stay indoors out of the heat and to check in on the elderly in your neighbourhood who may be on their own. But what do you do if it’s hot inside your home too? The good news is that even without central air conditioning there are highly effective ways to keep your home cool during the hotter months. Here are a few tips to help you stay cool this summer:

Keep Your Body Cool

The best thing you can do if you are still feeling overheated is to take care of yourself. Wear light, loose clothing to give your body room to breathe and make sure you hydrate frequently. Remember to use sun protection when you’re outdoors to avoid getting a sunburn. If you’re feeling flushed, sit in front of a fan to cool off. While it’s always important to drink several glasses of water a day, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated when there’s a heat warning.

Avoid Using Hot Appliances

Your oven and stove can add a lot of heat to your home. Consider using a grill outdoors or making meals that do not require heat on hot days. Also, hang clothes out on the line to dry instead of generating heat by using your dryer. Furthermore, limit the use of your dishwasher until the evening when temperatures cool off.  The last thing you need is to generate extra heat in your home.

Use Blinds

Don’t underestimate the power of the sun. The UV rays in sunlight entering through your windows is what causes rooms to heat up in your home. Use proper blinds during the day to keep the sunlight out. Explore your options, there are new blinds designed to help keep homes cool when central air conditioning is not available.

Open Windows at Night

When temperatures begin to cool at night, open your second story windows to let cool air flow in. If you live in a quiet neighbourhood, leave your windows open all night to let the house cool off – this ensures you have a comfortable sleep. Just don’t forget to shut the windows again in the morning when temperatures are expected to rise.

New Windows

Old and outdated windows can be one of the main reasons your house is too hot in the summer. Condensation, drafts, excess noise and increasing utility bills are all signs that it may be time for new windows. By replacing your old windows, you can enjoy new designs and product innovations that will keep you cool this summer. Furthermore, it also keeps you comfortable in the winter when you may struggle to stay warm on cold days. Interested in installing new windows this summer? Contact Thermo-Bilt or call 416-756-0798 for more information on how to keep your home cool and for different window options that will work best for you!
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GreenON Program: Important Updates

If you planned on using the GreenON window rebate program to receive a rebate on your new windows, there is some unfortunate news: the program has been cancelled – without feedback from consumers or experts in the industry. If you’ve signed up under the initial GreenON program, you still may be able to benefit from the rebate. Here’s what you need to know.

The Initial Rebate

The GreenON program was only announced in December of 2017. It offered homeowners who were replacing their existing windows with high energy efficiency windows. Approximately $500 dollars per widow (only on qualifying windows), to a maximum of ten windows, or a total rebate of $5,000. The GreenON program wasn’t just about replacing windows. It also offered rebates on many other products that could significantly reduce your home’s energy usage, including:
  • Air source and ground source heat pumps
  • Insulation
  • Solar power
  • Smart thermostats.
Like new windows, these home updates could significantly reduce your utility costs. If enough Ontarians invested in the program, it would have made the whole province a greener and more environmentally-friendly place. It’s unfortunate that the incoming provincial government has cancelled the program, but you may still be able to take advantage of it.

New Rebate Applications

If you’ve already applied for the rebate program, you will receive your rebate. If you still need to apply, the application will only be processed if you can meet all the following conditions:
  • On or before June 19, 2018, you signed a contract with a participating contractor
  • That replacement will be completed before October 31, 2018
  • You submit your rebate application before November 30, 2018.
If you were also interested in the Smart Thermostat rebate, it has an additional condition. Now, the rebate application for the Smart Thermostat must be submitted to the manufacturer before July 31, 2018. If you have an agreement with a participating contractor, you should get in touch with them right away to ensure they’ll be able to make the October installation deadline. Set a reminder for yourself to submit the rebate application as soon as you can after your window installation. You won’t want to miss the November deadline and lose out on the rebate!

Energy Efficient Windows

Even without the government rebate, replacing your old windows with new energy-efficient ones can still have significant benefits. In both the winter and summer, you’ll spend less on utilities getting your home to the right temperature. Furthermore, installing new, properly sealed windows can help avoid humidity problems, water damage, and other issues in your home. If you’ve been considering new or replacement windows, contact Thermo-Bilt. Our experts will help you figure out if you’re still able to apply for the GreenON rebate program. Even if you can’t, our free quotes and reasonable costs are effective ways you can still reap the rewards of energy-efficient window replacement. Call us at 416-756-0789 for more information about window replacements to start saving on your utility bill!
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Why Choose Slider Windows For Your Home?

Choosing the right windows for your home can be difficult… But it doesn’t have to be! With slider windows you can’t go wrong! They're easy to use, energy-efficient, ensure maximum outdoor views, and bring an abundance of natural sunlight into your home.

What are Slider Windows?

Slider windows are horizontal windows that glide back and forth. The windows open by moving window sashes from one side to the other. They also are easy to remove from their frame - making them almost effortless to clean. They produce an elegant look in your home and come in two and three-lite sliding combinations.  

Benefits of Slider Windows

  1. Clear & Full View

The wide horizontal design of slider windows offers an unobstructed view of the outdoors. The wider the window, the more natural light will enter your home!
  1. Energy Efficient and Ventilation

Slider windows are energy efficient that can keep your home at a constant temperature all year-round - even lowering your energy bills. They're built to allow both panes to be opened at the same time, which maximizes the amount of ventilation in your home!
  1. Convenient and User-Friendly

Slider windows are best known for their easy-to-use design; they can quickly open and close with the push of a finger. It involves sliding one side of the window to the opposite side, while the other remains stationary. Since they’re simple to utilize, these windows can be placed in all areas of your home, including areas that are difficult to reach. Now that you have read all the benefits of sliding windows, I’m sure the choice is no longer difficult. At Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, we offer superior window quality, performance and practicality. Remember, choosing and installing windows doesn’t have to be difficult. Contact Thermo-Bilt for new or replacement slider windows to be installed in your home today. Call us at 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote!
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Questions to Ask Your Windows & Doors Company in Toronto

Windows are an important feature for all rooms in your home. They draw in natural sunlight and allow for beautiful outdoor views. When choosing your windows and doors company, there are a few important factors you should be aware of that come into play. When seeking to find out more about them, here are 7 important questions to ask:
  1. How long have you been in business for?

It's important and in your best interest to choose a windows and doors company that has been around for years. With time comes technical experience and industry knowledge. This is crucial if you want to be a satisfied customer and work with a business in the long-term.
  1. Are you licensed and insured?

NEVER work with a window company that is not licensed and insured. It is a requirement in Ontario for all window installers to have a licence to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest precautionary measures and best practices. This also benefits you because if a worker gets injured while installing windows on your property, the insurance company transfers liability to you!
  1. What credentials do you have?

The more credentials a company has the more trustworthy it is. Reputable companies earn awards and have many accomplishments to establish their reputation. These are the type of window companies you want to hire.
  1. What window brands do you carry?

A non-proprietary windows & doors company offers a wide variety of brands and goods to ensure customers can are satisfied with their products. Companies who only sell in-house brands are more likely to put a strong emphasis on meeting quotas than caring about customers' needs being met. It is in your best interest to hire a company that offers a variety of brands.
  1. Do you provide warranty service?

You want your window company to also be your warranty service provider. This simplifies the process if for some reason there are window defects.
  1. Do you have a portfolio I can view?

The best way to determine a company's performance is to view their finished work. This allows you to know whether they're capable of executing the kind of results you have in mind. Viewing a photo gallery of previous work is the best way to know you’re making the right choice for your vision and home's needs.
  1. Where can I find reviews of your company?

Testimonials are another great tool for letting you know whether a company is right for you. They provide you with past customer experiences, which informs you about the potential experience you’ll have if you do choose to hire them. Are you ready to install new or replacement windows in your home? At Thermo-Bilt, you can find all these questions answered at your convenience. Our licensed and certified team will address all your home needs and work within your budget to achieve the perfect windows for your home. Contact us or call 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote on new windows today!
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Improve Your Home With Bay Windows

Windows are an important piece of your home’s interior and exterior design. They bring in the beautiful outdoor views and give an opportunity for sunlight to reach deep inside your home. There really is no better comfort than large, beautiful windows in any room. When choosing new or replacement windows, you may be overwhelmed with the number of options. One of the most popular choices for major living spaces are bay windows. Bay windows bring a wide array of advantages to both the interior and exterior of a home. Here are a few ways bay window installation can improve your home:

More Natural Light

Arguably, the greatest feature of bay windows is the natural light they let into a home. The large surface area they cover and their outward shape allow for copious amounts of beautiful sunlight to soak your favourite living spaces. Exposure to natural sunlight improves people’s moods and creates a cozy space to spend time with your family.

Wide Availability

One of the great things about bay windows is that for all the advantages they bring, they’re also widely available. Unlike other unique windows, they are not difficult to find and therefore do not have long wait times. Take a look at some of our durable and stylish bay windows!

Creates a Unique Space

They are a great option for individuals looking to increase their space. The outward shape gives the illusion that a room is bigger without doing any major renovations. Another desirable option is building a window seat using the bay window’s open space – the perfect place to curl up with a cup of coffee or a good book.

Increases Home Value

A hidden advantage of installing bay windows is it increases your home’s market value. They are highly desirable to home buyers and are seen as a structural improvement to the home. Therefore, it supplies a greater return on your investment.

Enhanced Curb Appeal

Not only do bay windows bring in natural light and increased space to your home’s interior, they also enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal. They are an elegant and visually appealing addition to your home’s facade and structure. Do you think bay windows are a great option for your home? Are you ready to install replacement windows in your home? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt, our licensed and certified team will address all your home needs and work within your budget to achieve the perfect windows for your home. Call us at 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote on new bay windows today!
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Top Tips for Cleaning Windows

It’s that time of year again, when people focus on cleaning and reorganizing their homes - especially the things that we’ve held off during the winter. One big priority is clearing the season’s buildup of dirt and giving your windows a new clear shine. While this may seem like a daunting task, it can actually be really simple and fun. Follow these easy tips to clean your windows and bring them back to their original shine:

Choose a Nice Day

Many people assume that a warm, sunny day is the best option for optimal window cleaning. However, too much sun or heat can cause the cleaning solution to stick to your windows before you have a chance to wash it off. To avoid this problem, choose a dry or cloudy day, or start washing your windows on the shaded side of the house.

Preparation

The best part of washing windows is lathering up soapy bubbles and rinsing it all off with water! But before you begin, remember to dust off the window sills first. A lot of dirt, debris and leaves collect on the sills and when soap and water is added it can create a big, sloppy mess. Take a few minutes to clean and sweep the sills before washing - you’ll save yourself a lot of work later on.

Use Enough Window Cleaner

Don’t skimp out on the amount of window cleaner you use. Especially if it’s the first time you’re cleaning your windows for the season. They may have plenty of dirt built up and could use some extra TLC (aka window cleaner). Window cleaner cuts through the tough dirt to ensure your windows are stripped of all their residue.

Use a Squeegee

Many people make the mistake of not using a squeegee when washing outdoor windows. Using a squeegee scrapes away any excess water and soap, which helps to avoid streaks when the window dries.

Add Vinegar

If you don’t have a squeegee, one of the oldest tricks to avoid streaking is to add vinegar in your window washing mixture. This natural and non-toxic ingredient is a miracle worker. For each part water, add one part vinegar for best results.

Remove the Window Screens

If you want to be really thorough, take out the screens and find an open area outside to clean them. Use your window cleaning solution and scrub the screens to remove the dirt and debris between the mesh lining. Let them air dry and reinstall them. Remember, no matter how clean your windows look always ensure they function properly. If you have excess condensation, drafts, or cracks it may be time for new replacement windows! Contact Thermo-Bilt for new vinyl windows and professional installation this summer. Call us at 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote!
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Unique Windows From Around The World

You may think of windows as a necessity for your home. They provide a view to the outdoors and allow natural light and ventilation to reach your living spaces. While this is true, they can be so much more! Around the world, creative designers and engineers have come up with new and unique windows that give any home added character that adds a variety of unique and creative styles. Here are some of our favourite unique and modern window designs from around the world:

Curved Windows

We love curved windows because they provide a unique view from the inside outdoors. They capture the scenery in a different frame and can creatively fit into wall spaces where a traditional rectangular window will not. Windows can also be curved outwards from the home in a spherical shape creating a slight overhang from the wall. These types of windows make it possible to get a holistic view of beautiful scenery or the cityscape, all from the comfort of your home.

Geometric Shapes

Similar to curved windows, geometrically shaped windows can work in spaces where traditional rectangular windows cannot. While this practical feature is a huge benefit, it’s their abnormality that we love. Windows that are designed in a geometric shape grab people’s attention and they give both the exterior and interior of a home either a very contemporary or a very traditional feel. Be adventurous and consider shapes such as circles, diamonds, triangles, pentagons and hexagons!

Window Walls

Why have a wall blocking your view when you could replace it with a gigantic window? Window walls are elegant and are especially desirable if you have beautiful outdoor surroundings. You will receive an incredible amount of natural sunlight into your home with this type of window and will feel constantly more connected with nature.

Industrial Windows

In the modern décor world, industrial themes have become very popular. Windows are a great piece to adapt to match these industrial trends. Try framing the glass creatively with metal rods or pipes to give your windows an industrial edge.

Window Seats

After all the time, effort and money spent ensuring you have unique and modern window designs in your home, you are going to want to enjoy them! A great idea is to combine seating right into your window. Rather than a shallow window sill, use the space for a seat or a bench where you can soak up the sun and enjoy your views. This concept works particularly well in curved windows or more traditional window designs such as bay or bow windows. Europe and Asia are particularly well-known for their modern and unique window designs. They use their space creatively and believe in combining style and functionality to make every home reflect its residents. Follow in their footsteps and bring these influences to North America! Are you ready to spice up your home with some unique or modern windows influenced by designs from around the world? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt to get started on your replacement windows today!
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The Best Windows for Home Security

The number one priority for most homeowners is the safety and security of their family. Another priority is style. Everyone wants their house to reflect their unique tastes and feel like a home. It is unfortunate, but sometimes the safety and security of your home can come at the cost of personal style. However, when it comes to new windows - this doesn’t have to be the case! Windows are one of the main areas of concern when it comes to keeping your home secure. They can be a gateway inside for outdoor threats. The good news is that many already popular styles of windows are also some of the best for home security.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are considered to be one of the most secure types of windows because they can only be opened with a hand crank from the inside. This feature makes it very difficult for burglars to open a casement window. Intruders aren’t the only safety feature to consider. Casement window design also eliminates the risk of the window blowing open in inclement weather.

Sliding Windows

When there is not enough clearance outside for a casement window to open properly, sliding windows are often an effective alternative. Equipped with a cam-action lock, it is very difficult to slide the window open and closed from the outside, especially when the tension is set on high.

Double Hung Windows

In addition to the worry of outdoor threats entering the home, there may also be a concern for a child or beloved pet escaping. Double hung windows address this issue because you are able to open the top pane for ventilation and children and pets will not be able to access the opening at such a height. If you are not in the market for new windows or these styles of windows don’t suit your tastes or needs, consider enhancing your already existing windows with improved security measures. These may include:
  • Locks – there are a variety of types of window locks to choose from, including keyed locks, cam-action locks, swivel-action locks, a lag screw and window latches that can be used to increase window security.
  • Window glazing – reinforcing your glass in order to make it impact resistant can reduce the likelihood of the glass breaking.
  • Alarms – having a security alarm that will sound when triggered by suspicious activity is a plus. Look for an alarm service that will call emergency services on your behalf to get the peace of mind that comes with enhanced security. Even if your other home security measures fail with an alarm service you know that help will not be far away.
Windows can provide breathtaking views of the outdoors and allow beautiful natural sunlight to enter your home creating a bright, healthy and warm atmosphere. You shouldn’t have to compromise these luxuries with the right window choices. Consider beauty, but also ensure you look for windows that will also offer you and your family a high degree of security. Interested in installing new or replacement windows in your home? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt where our professional and licensed staff will work hard to meet your needs and ensure a high degree of home security.
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