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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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10.12.2013

Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, Toronto’s Leading Window and Door Company, Responds to Ontario’s 33% Energy Rate Hike and Provides Top Energy Saving Tips

Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB), December 10, 2013 – Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors (http://thermo-bilt-windows.com/), the Greater Toronto Area’s leading provider of custom window and door replacement, is weighing in on recent news that Ontario electricity rates will continue to rise, soaring 33% over the next three years under the Liberals’ long-term energy plan. The company is also providing its top energy-savings tips to help Ontarians deal with the highest electricity rates in Canada. The Ontario government recently revealed its long-term energy plan. Most significant is the fact that Ontario homeowners are faced with a 33% hike in electricity rates over the next three years. The average monthly bill in Ontario today is around $125.00 per month, but by 2016, it will jump to $167.00, and within 20 years, Ontarians will pay an average of $210.00 per month. (Source: “Ontario power rates to rise under new plan,” CBC web site, December 2, 2013; www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-power-rates-to-rise-under-new-plan-1.2448028.) “One of the reasons for the rate hike is the end of the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit in 2015, which takes 10% off part of a hydro bill. Instead of giving Ontarians a break on their energy bill, the provincial government is introducing programs designed to encourage ratepayers to use less power,” says Adrian Biberberg, co-owner and founder of Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors. “Over the next two decades, the government expects Ontarians to increase energy conservation by 11% by making a number of changes.” One of the ideas being proposed by the Ontario government is a new program to offer loans for renovations that increase energy efficiencies, including windows and doors, the cost of which will be added to the user’s monthly hydro bill. Even though windows only take up 5–10% of the surface area exposed to outside temperatures, they can account for as much as 30% of a home’s heat loss. (Source: “Energy Loss Through Windows and Doors,” Newmarket Hydro web site; http://www.nmhydro.on.ca/pdf/tips/Energy%20loss%20through%20windows%20and%20doors.pdf, last accessed December 9, 2013.) “Hydro bills are set to rise significantly, meaning Toronto families and businesses will continue to pay the highest electricity rates in Canada. On November 1, electricity prices went up three percent alone,” Biberberg adds. “In an effort to save money and make homes more energy efficient, property owners in the Greater Toronto Area should consider installing windows designed to withstand Ontario’s harsh winters.” The experts at Thermo-Bilt Window & Doors understand that 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. As a result, installing them to homes and offices in the GTA can reduce energy consumption and save property owners money. On top of that, energy-efficient windows can increase comfort, reduce outside noise levels, and cut down on condensation in cold weather. Windows manufactured with a low-emissivity coating can also reduce energy loss by as much as 30–50%. (Source: “Energy Conservation and Efficiency Tips,” Canadian Oil Heat Association, Ontario Chapter web site; www.coha-ontario.ca/publications/energy_conservation_and_efficiency_tips.html, last accessed December 9, 2013.) Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors is the leading windows and doors replacement provider in Toronto and surrounding GTA. The company carries a complete line of windows, including casement windows, bow windows and bay windows, single-and double-hung windows, and single and double sliders, as well as awning and vinyl windows. Thermo-Bilt Windows and 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 http://thermo-bilt-windows.com/ or call 1- 877-727-2458.
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4.12.2013

The Best Windows and Top Tips for Staying Warm This Winter

With the weather turning colder, you’re doubtlessly looking for a way to keep heating costs down this winter, while keeping your family warm. We at Thermo-Bilt Windows, the Greater Toronto Area’s leading window and replacement window service, recommend having windows that prevent heat transfer (i.e., heat escaping your home during the winter) installed, as many homes often lose heat through the windows. This will cut down on your heating bill and help you to save money during the winter. But you may be wondering what the best type of window to prevent heat transfer is. We at Thermo-Bilt tell our clients that there are several they can choose from, which our experts will install quickly, keeping customers warm and cozy while lowering their heating costs. Here are your options:
  • Extremely Low-E Rating: This type of window is made with LoE2-rated glass to keep your home warm and comfortable during the winter.
  • Vinyl Windows: Vinyl windows are widely recognized as being one of the most energy-efficient window designs on the market. As an added bonus, vinyl windows will keep your home cool during the summer as well.
  • Double-Paned Windows: Another excellent way to keep warm air in during the winter is to have double-paned windows installed. When used with a vinyl window frame, this can lower heating costs by up to 25%.
If you’re looking to hold off until the spring to have new or replacement windows installed, there are some ways you can keep heat in during the winter: Tip#1: Find any areas where heat is escaping—e.g., around windows, doors—and apply a sealant to them. Tip#2: Attaching weather stripping on spots where heat might be escaping before it gets too cold and your furnace kicks in is another method of preventing heat transfer. Tip#3: Condensation is another cause of homes losing heat during the winter. Make sure that any areas that have high levels of condensation, such as the kitchen or bathroom(s), have proper ventilation, and that you take the time to let any moisture that may form dry. Tip#4: Installing thermal-backed drapes creates a barrier between the window and the room it’s located in. For an added layer of protection, attach the drapes using Velcro. Tip#5: To ensure that your home stays warm during the winter and your heating bill doesn’t go up, have shutters installed on the outside of your windows for an additional layer of protection against the elements. Even if you follow all of these tips, Thermo-Bilt advises its customers to get energy-efficient windows installed before the cold weather hits. If you combine this with some of the tips given above, you’ll stay warm and keep your heating costs down during the winter. Sources Goering, M., “Pros, Cons, and Costs: Double-Paned Windows,” HomeAdvisor web site, http://www.homeadvisor.com/article.show.Pros-Cons-and-Costs-Double-Paned-Windows.15725.html.
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