fiberglass doors a good investment

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

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

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

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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Time to Replace Your Windows

Is it Time to Replace Your Windows? Here Are the Telltale Signs

Replacing your windows and doors is probably not very high on your list of priorities, but maybe it should be. Waiting until you need to replace your windows and doors is not advisable. The longer you wait, the more damage you may be incurring; the higher your energy bills and the more money you’ll have to spend. If you aren’t certain about whether or not it is time to replace your windows and doors, here are some telltale signs, and reasons you should consider doing it sooner rather than later.

High energy bills

If you have older windows or doors then your home could be hemorrhaging heat in the winter, and cool air in the summer. Here in Ontario, energy doesn’t seem to be getting cheaper, nor will it anytime soon. So, why not protect what you’ve paid for? Older windows are generally single or double pane, but newer models have far greater insulating power. Plus, over time the window seal may deteriorate, allowing air to seep in and out. Low-Emissivity windows will keep the cold out, the warmth in, and your energy bills low.

Water damage

If you notice water damage on the walls, paint, or wood window frame then you are long overdue for a window replacement.

The door won’t close smoothly

Doors should fit tightly to the frame to create an airtight seal, but if your door suddenly becomes difficult to close then it could indicate a number of potential issues. Water damage can warp the wood, and damaged hinges may make it difficult to close. In either case, it could be time to consider replacing your door.

Draughty

If your windows or doors are letting in draughts then you’re likely paying for it, whether you have noticed a spike in your energy bills or not! Any gap in a window that is big enough to allow a draught could also be large enough to let in moisture which could cause expensive water damage.

You’re selling

It may seem counter-intuitive but the best time to replace your windows and doors might be right before selling your home. Curb appeal is more important than ever, and in a hot real estate market, investments in the aesthetic appeal can have a positive impact on selling prices. New windows and doors will also reduce your energy bills, which diligent prospective buyers are sure to check. These savings can then be added to your asking price, on top of the cost of the windows and doors.

They are ugly

You’ve bought your dream house and everything is perfect, except the windows and doors. At the end of the day, you are the one who has to live in your home. Don’t settle for windows and doors that aren’t up to your standard. Replacing your windows and doors can transform the entire look and feel of your home, almost instantly.

Security and safety

Old windows and doors certainly have their charm. Enough even to make up for their inefficiency, but one area that you simply can’t compromise on is safety and security. Newer windows and doors are built to prevent break-ins. While the chances of a break-in are low (unless you are living in a dangerous neighbourhood), they do happen. It always pays to be prepared. The other factor that you should consider is fire safety. Many new windows and doors are designed with fire safety in mind. That means windows that are easier to escape from, and doors that meet the highest fire safety standards.
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Installing New Windows & Doors

Top 6 Questions To Answer Before Installing New Windows & Doors

When viewing your house’s structure and design alongside its landscaping, there is one factor that plays an important role in the exterior and interior design: the windows and doors. People say a home's’ windows and doors frame the overall appearance of their home. They can add an aesthetic to the house's structure; adding more lighting to rooms, making it appear larger and allowing for better air circulation.
As you begin thinking about replacing your windows and doors, ask yourself these questions:
  1. What do you like about your current windows and doors (appearance, trim, operation)?
  2. Are there any recurring issues (cold drafts, overheating, poor operation, water leaks, condensation, etc.)?
  3. Do your current windows function or work well? Is their location where you would like them to be? Do they permit enough natural sunlight and ventilation?
  4. Are there any fixed windows you want to replace with accessible windows that open?
  5. Do you want to improve the security of your windows and doors, or reduce outdoor noise due to traffic or other sources?
  6. Is energy efficiency a main goal for your replacement project? Do you want to benefit from existing energy efficiency incentive programs?
Make sure to discuss these questions with your contractor to provide a thorough assessment and scope of your project. We always examine both the outside and inside of the home or multi-family property; to look for any signs of water penetration and moisture. These types of intrusion problems are usually a strong indicator that your windows and doors need to be replaced to prevent further damage from occurring in your home. It’s always a good idea to improve the natural ventilation with new windows. Determine the location and type of operable window unit would work best for your home. You can increase ventilation by using more window units, preferably located on opposite or adjacent walls to encourage cross ventilation. If cross ventilation is not possible, a single window can ventilate a room effectively when opened at the lower part of the window and flow out at the top. There are numerous types of operable windows available. Ask your replacement window contractor about different styles of operators and how they impact appearance, ventilation, security and ease of use. If you want to limit outdoor noise, using laminated glass in windows and glass doors works well in blocking noise. Furthermore, when combined with appropriate hardware, they can also be highly resilient to many types of forced entry. We offer products with noise-blocking and higher security options that give more added protection. If you are considering taking advantage of a window replacement incentive program, learn about the program’s requirements before you commit to new work. With most incentive programs may need you to start with an energy audit to be qualified for rebates. An audit may also recognize additional energy efficiency procedures you may want to consider for your project. Use these questions as a checklist to better understand what kind of windows and doors you are looking for. At Thermo-Bilt, we can help you comprehend and access incentive programs, to better help you decide on which windows and doors can provide the most energy-savings, and help you decide which products will work best in your home.
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The Best Windows and Doors For Home Security

The Best Windows and Doors For Home Security

It’s the first thing we do upon entering our home, and the last action we take when we leave: lock our windows and doors. It’s become an unconscious action, close to second nature. We feel the most comfortable and at ease when we are secure at home. We’ve taken the time to compile a list of the different types of windows and doors that will keep you safe and protected.

The Best Windows To Keep You Safe:

Polycarbonate & Plexiglas Windows
Polycarbonate & Plexiglas windows are also known as acrylic plastic windows that are the same width as traditional glass, but are at least 10 times stronger and more durable than their counterpart. They are also 250 times more resistant to impact than acrylic windows. With their extra strength, Polycarbonate windows are generally more expensive, but add higher value to your home and additional security.
Reinforced Glass
There are different materials you can use to secure and reinforce your glass. One of the most popular is tempered glass, which is more durable than traditional glass and difficult to break. It is also one of the least expensive options for reinforced glass, although it is still expensive when compared to traditional glass panes.
Laminated Glass
Another option is laminated glass, also known as safety glass. It is a great choice for any home’s windows. What makes laminated glass different is, it consists of a vinyl layer that is placed in between two sheets of regular glass.This makes it difficult for a potential burglar to break through safety glass, it would require striking the same spot repeatedly, which would create a lot of noise – proving to be an excellent theft deterrent.
Mesh Glass & Bullet-Resistant Glass
Although a rarity to come across, some people value the extra security for their windows by installing wire mesh glass or bullet-resistant glass. This option is the most expensive for families, and would not provide extra security benefits over less expensive reinforced glass options.  
Window Bars
A historically traditional way of adding additional security to your home is to use window bars. Window iron bars can be customized in unique designs to fit your home’s style. They are a great way to make your home highly burglar-resistant; even if the window is smashed, the perpetrator will not be able to squeeze through the bars into your home. However, many people are resistant to installing iron bars because it gives the impression and feel of a prison.

The Best Doors To Keep You Safe:

Have you ever checked to see the material and make of your entry doors? Do a quick test. Simply, knock on your entry door and look for a hollow feel and sound. If they are hollow, you need to replace your doors immediately. Hollow doors are merely sheets of veneer over a cardboard core and give little security or protection. Tests have proven one good kick to the door at the right angle can penetrate the frame and lead to forced entry. When replacing your home’s doors, all exterior doors should be solid and made from the following materials:
Fiberglass
Using fiberglass offers the best value and performance. They are crafted to be energy-efficient, secure and easily attainable. These doors can be designed and customized in many ways, such as a smooth surface or in an embossed grain texture to make them look like real wood. Fiberglass offers resistance to wear, tear and dents; and can be painted and stained more easily. Although not as strong as solid wood or metal doors, they are moderately priced and require little maintenance.
Solid Wood
Always imitated, but never duplicated. Solid wood doors provide a more high-end look that other materials try to mimic. They are a little more costly than other options, but solid wood doors offer approved tests and rating for resisting larger wear and tear. Solid wood doors are also least likely to dent and scratches are easy to repair.
Metal or Steel
These are a very popular choice and account for about half the market. Metal or steel doors are relatively inexpensive; they are strong, heavy and very energy-efficient - especially for keeping heat or cooling loss at bay. Although more susceptible to dents and scratches, they offer higher security than fiberglass or solid wood. Take into consideration the type of windows and doors you want for your home. At Thermo-Bilt, we carry a collection of options suited for your family’s security needs. Be without worry, we can help get the best value and choice designed for your home. Contact one of our representatives to get a free quote today!
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How to Get Instant Curb Appeal with Your Windows and Doors

There’s something romantic about purchasing a new home with instant curb appeal. And when it comes to a new home it’s often love at first sight. So, if you are planning to sell your home and looking to attract buyers, you are likely looking for ways to boost your curb appeal. Windows and doors are central to building your home’s first impressions. From the street, windows are often the first things potential buyers will notice. Next, they will walk up to your home’s front door. By then your home has already made a substantial impression, good or bad, on potential buyers. To make sure that you have made a good impression boost your curb appeal by improving or replacing your windows and doors.

Start with Windows

Assess what kind of attention your windows need. If they are still functional and attractive, then you may only need to touch them up with paint to ensure they look their best. However, if you plan to sell your home in the next few years you might want to consider investing in new windows with a transferrable warranty. This will allow you to enjoy the benefits of more efficient, more attractive windows while you still live in your home, while adding value to a future sale.

Take Advantage of the Best Time to Renovate

If you plan on starting a large project – like installing a bay window, you will need to consider the time of year that will work best. Window installation is most easily performed in the milder months of spring and summer. For big projects this is the ideal time of year. However, if you’re installing smaller windows, you might consider a fall installation. Not only will window and door installers be more available, but any plants, trees or shrubs around your windows will be dormant, making the windows accessible without having to jeopardize your landscape. Remember to consider your landscaping when choosing your windows. For example, placing plant window boxes is an easy way to create a focal point around your window investment.

Your Home’s Focal Point

Speaking of focal points, don’t forget your front door. The right door can dramatically increase your home’s curb appeal. There are many different options for the material of your front door, including wood, steel or fiberglass. Long narrow windows flanking your door will also add to your home’s curb appeal by making your home look and feel bigger. You can achieve the same effect with an arch window above the door. Thermobilt doors offers a wide range of size, colour and style choices, perfect for your home’s unique architectural style. Replacing your front door isn’t your only option. If you already have a high quality door it is a good idea to freshen up its look. Add a touch of class to your home by installing a new door knocker or applying a new coat of paint. Experimenting with colours and hardware can make older homes seem like new again. Ultimately, your windows and front doors draw the eye. Paying a little attention to these features will allow you to attract buyers and add value to your home.
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Winterizing Your Windows

Prepare for a Cold Winter: Winterizing Your Windows & Doors

With winter approaching it’s important to prepare your home. Drafts or leaks can make the winter season in your home uncomfortable, and even cause susceptibility to illness. Proper preparation does more than keep you warm and snug, it can lead to significant energy savings. Here are some tips to help you stay warm this winter, without running up your heating bill.

Finding the Source of Leaks and Drafts

One or two drafts can cost you serious money! A leak or draft can decrease your home’s energy efficiency by anywhere from five to thirty percent. To find the source of leaks and drafts check where two different building materials meet, for example: corners or frames. If a visual inspection does not yield results another option is an incense test. Light a candle or a stick of incense and hold it in front of your window or door. If the smoke wavers, then you could have cold air sneaking in.

Caulking

Improve your window’s ability to seal out the cold by scraping away old caulking and applying new caulking. To do this, first clean the dirt from the window with soapy water and then wipe dry. Apply fresh caulk around the window frame and siding. For the best results, use exterior grade caulk, either one hundred percent silicone sealant or acrylic caulk that will last for years.

Weather Stripping

Once you are finished caulking outside, you can move inside and begin weather stripping to seal around the sash – which is the movable parts of the window that opens and closes. Although there are many options for weather stripping, one of the easiest are window insulation kits. These large sheets of adhesive plastic cover your window, insulating it, and when properly installed are virtually invisible. The one drawback is that you cannot open your windows until spring.

Check Your Door’s Alignment

Like your windows, you can improve your door’s insulating power by looking for drafts and leaks. Then solve those issues by caulking the exterior and working on your door’s frame. However, it is also important to check your door’s alignment; adjusting the hinges and strike plates if necessary.

Replace Inefficient Windows and Doors

Even though replacing your windows and doors is an investment, it’s an investment that proves its worth because it will increase your home’s energy efficiency. This increased efficiency will save you money.

Consider Thermo-Bilt windows. They are made of low-emissivity glass, which has a thin metallic coating that reflects heat back to its source. Thermo-Bilt windows also breaks down organic material, which allows in more light. Allowing more light in reduces the need for energy consumption. Thermo-Bilt doors are also built with energy efficiency in mind, no matter the material.

There are many ways to identify areas that are draining your home’s energy efficiency. However, it is important to recognize when the simple fixes are not enough. Consider Thermo-Bilt windows and doors if you are looking to invest in your home’s energy efficiency.

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a 4 panel window depicting each of the four seasons through each window pane.

3 Reasons Why Fall is The Best Time to Replace Your Home’s Windows

As you wind down after a busy and fun-filled Summer, it’s now the ideal time to start tackling some of the home improvement jobs in order to button up your home in time for colder weather.  If you’ve been thinking of replacement windows for your home; don’t wait until you feel the uncomfortable draft of cold air coming from a leaky window. This could also cause you to experience higher than normal costs from heating bills. You can always schedule a window replacement job anytime of the year. You certainly want to take advantage of the beautiful crisp-warm weather that Autumn has to offer. Especially, while you upgrade your home’s value and appearance with new windows! Here are some benefits why Fall is the best time to replace your home’s windows:

Homes shrink in colder weather such as, during the winter

Why is this important? Well, in colder weather the cracks in your home’s foundation become exposed and as a result could make the installation of your new windows tricky. Experienced professionals will still be able to successfully install new windows during winter however, it requires specialized skills and tools which may add to the overall cost of installation.  Which is why it is recommended to replace your windows during mild to cool temperatures, ideally in the Fall.

Replacing windows exposes your home to the elements

Yes, there may be a gaping hole in the wall where your window is supposed to be while the installation job is in progress.  Although professionals work very hard  to maintain your comfortability in your home by limiting the exposure to the outdoors, still the outside air will come through your home.  If you have small children in your home, it is ideal to replace your windows in the Fall. So that exposure to outside air will be less of an issue. In fact, the weather during Autumn may actually be refreshing in your home while your new windows are being replaced.

Winter is coming and it is much more difficult to change windows in the winter

We briefly covered this already but, it’s always helpful to be thorough.  Our professionals are able to replace your windows during the winter and this may require specialized technique and tools to ensure that when your home expands during hotter weather. In the Summer, you don’t experience any thermal cracks in the window. It can be a tedious and more a difficult job, which is why typically busy season for window installers are during the summer or fall.  You’ll certainly want to consider getting your windows replacement job done during more mild weather conditions to optimize the overall results. For more information or to obtain a free quote, contact Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors.  We service Markham and the GTA area, located at 3790 Victoria Park Ave #203 in Toronto or 16 Esna Park Drive #106 in Markham. Our services include: Window Replacement Services Window Installation Services Door Installation Services Door Replacement Services Planning and Designing Rebates and Financing Support We’re happy to answer any questions and provide our best recommendation for your home’s window and door replacement needs, give us a call today.
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5 Things to Look For in Windows Replacement Companies

Seeking out window replacement companies can be as  challenging as purchasing a new vehicle.  It’s the type of decision-making you don’t have to face often.  For most people, they only have to consider window replacements a handful of times in their life meaning, they're probably not too experienced with the whole ordeal. Well, we’ve provided a helpful list of the 5 most important things to look for when inquiry with window replacement companies.  Here they are:

a. Energy Efficiency

Most people consider replacing their windows with new ones to improve both their homes aesthetics and to lower their energy consumption.  With rising energy costs, everyone loves seeing savings on their energy bills.  Replacing your windows is one very effective way to improve how your home retains heat and keeps the cold air out.  Just a friendly tip that insulated windows that make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer

b. Self-Cleaning

When considering various window types, it’s important to inquire if the windows are self-cleaning.  Yes, there are windows that are self-cleaning! It’s a great option to avoid having to pay high costs for professional window cleaners or having to labour over doing it yourself. Coated windows practically clean themselves and provide better  insulation.

c. Safety & Security

When obtaining quotes for your new windows, most people are seeking a great deal however, another important feature to consider is the safety and security the new windows would provide for your home.  There are various window designs that are made up of different materials. Additionally, you’ll want to choose a window type that is both suitable for your everyday preferences and provides ultimate security for your home.  Thermo-bilt’s best recommendation is to look for F-10 (no forced entry) rated window locks. d. Free Quotes

You shouldn’t have to pay any money upfront to get the information you need to make the important decision to replace your windows.  A professional window replacement company should provide you with a free quote or estimate. e. One-day Installation

Furthermore, your home will be exposed to the outside elements while your windows are being installed. It’s important to find a company who can complete the installation in one-day.  It would not be ideal to have gaping holes overnight, where your windows are supposed to be.

Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors can offer you all of these benefits.  For more information or to obtain a free quote, contact Thermo-Bilt.  We service Markham and the GTA area, located at 3790 Victoria Park Ave #203 in Toronto or 16 Esna Park Drive #106 in Markham.

Our services include: Window Replacement Services Window Installation Services Door Installation Services Door Replacement Services Planning and Designing Rebates and Financing Support

We’re happy to answer any questions and provide our best recommendation for your home’s window and door replacement needs, give us a call today.

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Choosing the Correct Time to Replace your Windows

When is the best time of year to replace your windows?

Replacing windows is a major investment which can provide big savings over time. With a life expectancy measured in decades rather than years, your choice in windows will affect you now and in the future. Window replacement is a serious commitment. Leaving anything to chance is simply not worth the risk. That is why so many people want to know: when is the best time of year to replace your home’s windows?

Factors to consider when you are replacing your windows

When replacing your windows there are many factors that you need to consider like style, colour, and materials. Before you call a contractor you should have some idea of what you want, and what your budget is. Once you have a rough sketch of what you want, the next question is: when?

Replace your windows right now!

Unfortunately, many people don’t have the luxury of choosing when to replace their windows. Instead they are forced by leaks, damage, drafts, and other issues to replace their windows immediately. If your current windows are allowing moisture, precipitation, drafts, or bugs into your home; the best time to replace your windows is always right away! Old, ill-fitting windows that allow the outdoors inside are costing you money every single day. Moisture can cause mold, warp wood, and even cause structural damage. On top of that, in the summer a window that doesn’t fit properly will allow in hot air, and let it out in the winter. This can add a serious chunk of change to your energy bill.

Choose the most convenient time

If you are replacing your windows for stylistic purposes, or as a preventative measure then you have a bit more leeway and can schedule your project depending on the weather and season – two important factors when choosing the best time of year to replace your home’s windows. Remember that window replacement is a disruptive process that will expose your home to the elements (to some degree). While expert window replacement specialists will do everything they can to make the process as minimally invasive and disruptive as possible, no matter who you hire there will be a point between the old windows removal and the new windows installation when your house is open to the world. If you have the luxury of choosing then the best time to replace your windows is when the weather is the driest and mildest. You want to avoid the peak of summer or the dead of winter since during these periods you’ll want to keep your house air conditioned or heated. You’ll want to avoid the rainy spring for obvious reasons. Comfort aside, the extreme cold and wet can also negatively affect the installation process as caulking won’t seal properly, and window parts may contract in the cold. Late summer is arguably the best time to replace your windows, especially around late August or early September. As many households are focussed on getting their kids back to school instead of home improvement. Early fall may also be a less busy time for your contractor. In addition to the mild, dry fall weather, in early to mid-September your kids will be out of the house, minimizing any disruption caused by the replacement process.   So, when is the best time to replace your windows? Whenever works best for you. But keep in mind that you ideally want mild, dry weather, and that the process will always be a bit of a disruption. However, the payoff of new windows will be decades of savings and enjoyment – well worth the investment.
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Learn why the History of your Windows is Important

How to Tell When Your Home’s Windows Were Made Knowing when your home’s windows were made is very important, but unless you were the homeowner at the time they were installed, or were given that information when you bought your home how can you know for certain? Even then, can you trust that the information that was passed onto you is completely accurate? Even if you don’t have a reason to believe that you were misinformed, there is no substitute for checking first hand and seeing for yourself – especially since it is so easy to tell when your home’s windows were made. How to date your windows: 1) Open your window. 2)  Inspect the inside of the frame. You should be regularly cleaning your windows but if not you may have to apply some elbow grease to clear away any dust. 3) The date should be etched into the inner metal frame of the window. 4) In addition to the date of manufacturing there should also be some additional information like the name of the manufacturer. Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy to date your windows. All window manufacturers do things somewhat differently, and even then the same manufacturer may vary their dating process slightly between different models. What to do when you can’t find a date on your window If you can’t find the date on the inside of the window frame then you’re going to have to do a bit of detective work. If you manage to find the manufacturer’s name on the window then there is a good chance that if you keep searching you will eventually find the date as well. If not, then your next best bet is to visit the manufacturer’s website, find your window model, and look up the information online. This still may not give you the date. The next step will be to call the window manufacturer with as much information about your window as possible. Once you’ve been able to find your window model, keep track of everything you know. Know your window’s story For example, if you’ve been living in the house for five years then you know the windows are older than that. If the windows weren’t brand new when you moved in, then it may be safe to guess they were at least seven years old. Call the manufacturer with all this information and a description of your window and they will usually do their best to help you. If you choose to email the manufacturer, then consider attaching photos of your window. If they can’t provide you with the exact date then they should be able to tell you where to find it on the window. Were contractors hired to install the windows? If so, then call the contractor and ask them for any information that they have. They should be able to provide you with a date, or at the very least with some manufacturer and warranty information. The importance of knowing when your windows were made Knowing when your windows were made will help you answer the following questions:
  • Are they still under warranty? Most windows are under warranty for 10-30 years depending on the manufacturer, model, and materials. If you experience any damage or other issues then it is important to have the warranty information readily available in order to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
  • Do they need replaced? You shouldn’t wait until your windows are in obvious need of repair.
  • Can I afford to replace them? Knowing how old your windows are means that you can plan ahead for major repairs or replacements instead of being stuck short on cash with a potentially pricey project on your hands.
When you uncover the date of your windows or have new windows installed be sure to ask for as much information as possible, and keep track of any paperwork relating to the windows. If you sell your home, then remember to pass this information on to the new buyers – they’ll appreciate it!
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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