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The Anatomy of a Replacement Window

Choosing to replace your windows is an important first step towards improving your home. You’ll need to consider the type of window installation, the best type of Energy Star rating for your needs and of course which type of window material you’d like to use. All these decisions will come down to the goals for your home when replacing your windows. To make smart choices you’ll need to do your research first and understand the anatomy of windows and the elements of a window installation. Let’s break it down and look at what each part of the window does so you have the knowledge you need to choose the right window for your home. Window Frames The window frame is one of the most important elements of a window, it’s like the window’s skeleton. Frames provides the structure for the rest of the window. If your current frame is still solid you may not have to replace it, however, if your current frame is starting to rot than you will definitely need to replace the window frame as well as the window itself. Cladding is a protective covering placed over the frame of the window and comes in several different materials. It’s important to know about each type of cladding:
  • Fiberglass is a very low maintenance frame material that is cost effective and can be made to match your home’s architectural style.
  • Vinyl is one of the most energy efficient types of window frames because of its tight fit and ability to trap air. Vinyl also require less maintenance than wood since it is UV resistant and usually costs less than wood.
  • Aluminum is an effective material for your window frame because it is long lasting, durable, low maintenance and usually the least expensive material.
Instead of cladding you can also use wood for the covering around your window frame. Wood can’t be beat for its natural beauty. When the right wood is used you get a very solid frame full of details you can’t find in other materials. Wood does tend to be more expensive and requires regular maintenance since it’s vulnerable to sun, rain and rot. Sash The sash is the part of the window that moves. In some window models the sash tilts, allowing for easier cleaning. Insulated Glass This is also known as double glazing or in some cases, triple glazing. The space in between the glass panes is filled with either air or an insulating gas such as argon. Despite the name, Consumer Reports suggests that insulated glass isn’t the most cost effective way to insulate your windows. You’re better off making them airtight over paying extra for insulated glass. Low-E Coating Low-E coating stands for low emissivity glass and refers to the coating of the glass pane with a layer of material that minimizes the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light passing through the window. Glass by nature is not a very good insulator, manufacturers coat the glass with a Low-E coating to improve its ability to insulate. Grilles Grilles are the decorative patterns placed on glass and they come in many different styles. When considering purchasing new windows it’s important to understand the different parts of a window so that you can make an informed decision during your window installation. Contact the experts at Thermo Bilt to learn more about choosing the right windows for your home.  
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5 Reasons to Upgrade Your Home’s Windows This Season

Replacing your home’s windows might sound like a big task, but this one upgrade will save you money on your hydro bill, reduce outside noise and add value to your home in more ways than one. Is there any other upgrade that can give you so much? Save money on energy bills One thing’s for certain, your hydro bills aren’t getting any smaller, if anything, they seem to be rising no matter what you do to try to reduce your consumption. Switching to LEDs, reducing phantom power (power used by appliances that are off but still plugged in), even running cold water cycles and doing laundry during off peak hours are great ways to reduce energy consumption. But you’ll get more bang for your buck through hydro bill savings when you upgrade your windows. Window companies have found that air leaks account for 25 per cent of heating costs.  Eliminating these leaks will not only keep your home warmer and more comfortable, it will also help reduce your bi-monthly hydro bill. Stop Drafts You know all about drafts if you’ve ever lived in an older home. As soon as the cold hits you suddenly find yourself steering clear of your windows and doors. Old leaky windows not only rob you of your comfort in winter, they rob you of hard earned cash as well. As mentioned, air leaks account for up to one quarter of your home’s energy loss. That’s a lot of wasted energy! And the worst part is air leaks aren’t the easiest things to fix. You may not always find exactly where the air leak is. The best solution is simply to replace your windows, not only will you eliminate the drafts, but over time your savings will pay for the windows themselves. Make Your Home Quieter Do you live on a busy street? Can you hear the highway in the distance? Ever wonder if there’s an easy way to fix that? Over time, as your house shifts, your windows may slip out of place, leaving tiny gaps that allow sound in. A great way to fix this issue is by replacing your windows and making sure they are tightfitting when they are installed so there are no gaps. If you live in an older house and have single pane windows, adding a double pane with laminated glass can drastically reduce outside noise. New Style Windows Easier to Clean Than Old Windows Old windows usually aren’t just one pane, they’re several. Squeegees? Forget about it! They’re usually too big to fit your windows, meaning you have to wash the whole thing by hand, which can be time consuming, especially if you’re planning to do the outside as well. If you are planning to upgrade your windows, there are newer technologies out there that allow your windows to stay cleaner longer by harnessing the power of the sun’s UV rays. Look for coated glass options. Make Your Home More Attractive Nothing adds to the aesthetic of your home like replacing your windows. Not only does it freshen the face of your home, but it adds value and makes it more attractive to potential buyers as well. Wood frames, which is what most older homes use, may eventually rot no matter how much love you give them. Talk to window companies in your area about the benefits of replacing your windows. Most will offer a free quote. Shop around, then come to the experts at Thermo Bilt Windows, who can help you choose a window that will meet your needs, save you energy and keep your home insulated and warm for years to come.  
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Can Window Cleaner Damage My New Home Windows?

Windows are one of the most important features of our homes, they let in light and in turn let us view the world outside. And there’s nothing nicer than having a home with clean windows, but what if the very stuff you’re using to clean your windows is also what’s damaging them? Low ‘E’ glass has a thin coat on the inside of the glass which helps keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer. When cleaning your low ‘E’ glass you can treat it like any other window but here are a few tips to make your windows last, and a few things you shouldn’t do so that you don’t damage them. Only the outside facing side of your window is low ‘E’ glass coated which means that the outside of the window can be cleaned like regular glass. However, when cleaning the inside panes, we recommend using vinegar which has been shown to leave windows streak free. Try to avoid ammonia or alcohol based cleaners for this reason, while they won’t damage your windows, they leave streaks, and nobody likes streaks on their windows. Fill a spray bottle with one-part vinegar and 10-parts water and liberally spray the window or wet a cloth and wipe the window down. We recommend you use a lint free towel or cloth and stop scrubbing when it’s almost dry and there’s a thin, uniform layer of moisture on the window, this technique will also help prevent streaks. Don’t ever use a razor blade or squeegee on your low ‘E’ coated windows as it will damage them by removing the inside coat. Clean windows are an easy way to brighten up your home, but it’s time consuming. Consumers looking for replacement windows for homes in high traffic and high dirt areas like highways or construction zones will be interested to learn about self-cleaning windows. Imagine all the time you would save never having to clean your windows ever again (or as frequently as you do). Self-cleaning windows have a thin layer of titanium dioxide which is a white powder that helps make things shine. And since the layer is ultra-thin it goes unnoticed. So how does this help your windows clean themselves? This is done in two stages, first, with a process that reacts to light and the other that reacts to water. When ultraviolet light (which the sun provides plenty of) hits the window it reacts with water in the air to breakdown carbon based dirt coating your window. The other great thing about this glass is that it’s water loving (which is not true of regular glass), this means that when it rains, instead of beading up like ordinary glass, it actually coats it and acts as a squeegee washing dirt away, leaving a streak free window. If you’re looking for replacement windows for your home than Cardinal Neat self-cleaning windows are a great way to save time and keep your windows streak free, even after a rain storm. If you’re not lucky enough to have self-cleaning windows (yet), just follow the above tips to ensure that your windows aren’t damaged when you clean them.
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14.08.2014

Window Replacement – Energy Efficient Technology  

 

Many homeowners interested in window replacement do so to make their home more energy efficient, to add curb appeal and to increase their home value. There are many new technologies that have madewindowsmore energy efficient and of better quality.   Here are four new technologies to look out for when considering window replacement:  
  • Low-emissivity (low-E) glass: This type of glass keeps heat inside a home in the winter and out of the home in the summer. This is due to the thin metallic coating that reflects heat back to its source. The low-E coating blocks UV rays but allows 95% of natural light to enter. This further reduces energy costs and helps homeowners save significantly on energy consumption.
  • Neat glass repels dirt. There are now dual-action super-hydrophobic coatings that keepwindowscleaner. The coating on neat glass breaks down organic matter that collects on the windows to allow in more light. You will literally be able to watch small smudges slowly disappear.
  • Rather than expensivewindowtreatments, homeowners can choose special glass that creates privacy. These include frosted or bubble glass and glass blocks, which capture light but limit visibility. These are ideal for ground level bathrooms.
  • There are coatings that can be professionally applied that cut glare, save on energy costs and block harmful UV rays from coming into the home.
  At Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors, we are passionate about window replacement and installation and have over 20 years of experience in delivering the best quality services that improve the look and feel of your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn about the wide range of window options we offer. 1877-727-2458
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25.07.2014

Energy Star Certified Windows in Toronto

ENERGY STAR qualified products can help consumers increase their home's energy efficiency while also enhancing home value and complementing personal style and decor. The energy star symbol indicates that a product meets or exceeds high efficiency standards for energy performance. The familiar symbol makes it easy to identify the best energy performers in the market. To achieve maximum energy savings and pollution reduction, the ENERGY STAR program recommends keeping a few things in mind when shopping for windows. Performance is based on the following factors: • U-factor: The rate of heat transfer either from your home or the outside through your window. A lower U-factor means less heat is transferred. • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): How much heat your house gains from the sun. A lower SHGC results in less heat gain from the sun. • Windows are tailored to fit the energy needs of the country's four main climate regions: Northern, North/Central, South/Central, and Southern. • All ENERGY STAR qualified windows should also bear label performance ratings by product for Heat Gain Coefficient, and Visible Transmittance. At Thermo Bilt Windows and Doors, we are passionate about energy efficient certified windows. We are a leading provider of energy efficient windows that all carry the ENERGY STAR symbol. 1877-727-2458
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5.06.2014

Spring Window Maintenance

With the onset of warmer spring weather, it is now time to carry out the annual spring cleaning and maintenance projects in our homes. One of the first things that should be tackled during spring cleaning season are a home’s windows. By checking them on a regular schedule, the lifetime of windows can be prolonged.

Depending on the age and style of your windows, window cleaning and maintenance will vary. Newer windows have self-cleaning properties that can break down dirt and make the cleaning process quite simple and effortless, while older windows are harder to clean and repair. You should constantly check the status of your wooden window frames for moisture or painting maintenance. In homes that have older windows, it is not uncommon to see some more advanced stages of weathering along the lower wood areas of the window pane. In cold environments, condensation or frost can form on the glass and this moisture flows to the edge of the pane and can compromise a wood frame's finish. If you have trouble getting a good view of your spring garden through your freshly washed windows, this might mean your windows either need cleaning or replacement. At Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors, we are passionate about window replacement and installation and have over 20 years of experience in delivering the best quality services that ultimately improve the look and feel of your home. 1877-727-2458  
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15.04.2014

Window Replacement Benefits

Current advancements in window technology have been remarkable, making new windows well worth the cost of installation. Often the newly installed windows can pay for themselves in a few short years with savings gained from lower heating and cooling bills. Today, you can brighten up a room with windows that combine great looks with superior thermal efficiency. Windows do more than provide light and ventilation and can drastically alter the appearance of the house. They add to house design, character, and individuality, framing the outside scenery as seen from within, while enhancing room decor. Replacing a standard rectangular window with a bow window for instance, not only enhances cosmetic appeal, but creates the illusion of more space. At Thermo Bilt Windows and Doors we have different types of window options available, ranging from casement windows, awning windows and double slider windows. You have the option of determining whether the glass of your new window will be frosted, mirrored or clear. You can also determine what your window pane will be set in wood, metal or vinyl casings. We are passionate about window replacement and installation and have over 20 years of experience in delivering the best quality services that ultimately improve the look and feel of your home. 1877-727-2458
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3.04.2014

Neat Glass

Window washing ranks high on the list of most hated and time consuming household tasks. For those who hate window cleaning as much as we do, we are now offering Neat Glass as a standard option for Spring 2014 installations only. When rain touches the surface of regular glass it beads up and runs off the surface. The dust particles in rainwater rivulets can leave streaks or spots. While in Neat Glass, the surface is coated with titanium oxide, which makes water run down it in continuous sheets that push off the dirt particles and diffuse dust across the window. Even on sunny days, ultraviolet rays will turn the titanium oxide into a catalyst that breaks dirt into carbon dioxide and water vapour -  a process called photo catalytic self-cleaning. The photo catalytic property is formed by a thin layer of nanostructured titanium oxide deposited at the surface of a float glass. When exposed to sunlight UVA radiations, the titanium oxide acts as a catalyst slowly breaking down organic dirt into carbon dioxide and water. Neat Glass repels dirt. It is one of the new features available in the ever-changing business of replacement windows. You will literally be able to watch small smudges slowly disappear. At Thermo Bilt Windows and Doors, we are passionate about window replacement and installation and have over 20 years of experience in delivering the best quality services that ultimately improve the look and feel of your home. 1877-727-2458
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7.02.2014

Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, Toronto’s Leading Window and Door Company, Announces Top Tips for Making Homes More Environmentally Friendly This Winter

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), February 7, 2014 – Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors (www.Thermo-Bilt-Windows.com), the Greater Toronto Area’s leading provider of custom window and door replacement, announces its top tips for making homes more environmentally friendly and cozy this winter. “It’s easy to be more environmentally conscious around the house in the summertime, like opening windows instead of running the air conditioner. But during the cold, dark days of winter, it can be more difficult,” says Adrian Biberberg, co-owner and founder of Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors. “This winter has been more difficult than most; the temperatures have been below average for weeks on end and the cold weather isn’t expected to break until spring. On top of that, electricity prices went up three percent back in November and are expected to rise 33% over the next three years.” According to Biberberg, an eco-friendly home in the Greater Toronto Area starts with the most energy-efficient windows and doors. Only windows and doors that qualify for the ”ENERGY STAR” mark have been independently tested and certified to be among the most energy-efficient on the market and are best-suited to stand up against the harsh Ontario winters. They are also the best way to reduce overall home energy costs. “Sophisticated thermal performance windows reduce the energy transfer between the inside and outside of the home,” Biberberg explains. “They help keep rooms warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.” In addition to making the front of a home more impressive, he notes, a new exterior door will often fit and insulate better than an older one. A home’s front door can be a major source of both air leakage and wasted energy through conduction, especially if it is old, uninsulated, and/or improperly installed. “Whether it’s for an existing or newly built home, it’s important to install the most energy-efficient doors and windows possible,” Biberberg adds. “In addition to increasing comfort, energy-efficient windows and doors can reduce outside noise levels. On top of that, windows applied with a low-emissivity coating have been shown to reduce energy loss by as much as 30% to 50%.” Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors is the leading window and door replacement provider in Toronto and the surrounding GTA. The company carries a complete line of windows, including casement windows, bow windows, bay windows, single- and double-hung windows, single and double sliders, awning windows, and vinyl windows. Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors’ wide range of window and door styles are designed to suit any home and budget. Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors serves the GTA, including Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Vaughan, Scarborough, Markham, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, and Aurora. To learn more about Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, visit the company’s web site at www.Thermo-Bilt-Windows.com or call 1-877-727-2458.
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27.01.2014

Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, Toronto’s Leading Window and Door Company, Announces New Office and Showroom in Markham That Reflect Company’s Growth

Toronto, Canada (PRWEB), January 27, 2014 – Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, the Greater Toronto Area’s leading provider of custom window and door replacement, is pleased to announce that, after 14 years, it has relocated its office and showroom from North York to Markham to better serve its growing customer base. Located at 16 Esna Park Drive in Markham, Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors opened its new office and showroom on Monday, January 13. The company’s hours of operation will be Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and by appointment only on weekends. “Conveniently located south of the 407 and Highway 7, just east of Woodbine Avenue, our new location makes it easier for those in the GTA looking for the best windows and doors to find exactly what they need,” says Adrian Biberberg, co-owner and founder of Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors. “The new location is both a workspace and a showroom and also allows customers the chance to explore the full range of products and services that have become the firm’s trademark.” Offering its clients a range of product styles suited for any budget, Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors is the leading window and door replacement provider in Toronto and the GTA. The company combines beauty,energy efficiency, durability and value; in fact, having Thermo-Bilt’s custom windows and doors is the best way for homeowners to reduce their overall home energy cost, keeping customers warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. “We are excited to move to a larger, more spacious venue and look forward to using our new presence in Markham as a platform to drive growth across the entire Greater Toronto Area,” Biberberg concludes. Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors is the leading windows and doors replacement provider in the GTA. The company carries a complete line of windows, including casement windows, bow windows, bay windows, single- and double-hung windows, single and double sliders, and awning and vinyl windows. Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors’ wide range of window and door styles are designed to suit any home and budget. Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors serves Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Vaughan, Scarborough, Markham, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, and Aurora. To learn more about Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, visit the company’s web site or call 1-877-727-2458.
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