Window installation workers installing double-glass pane.

Behind the Scenes: How Windows are Installed

Your windows are an important part of your home. They protect you from moisture, wind, and drastic temperatures during the winter and summer. It’s always a good idea to invest in higher quality materials, as improper methods can lead to rotting or drafts. From bay windows to awning, window installation comes in all shapes and forms. With such a wide variety of sizes, styles, and configurations, it’s often a mystery as to how they’re installed. We’re here to show you a behind-the-scenes look at a step by step guide to window installation:

Remove Trim, Casing, & Guide Track

Use a crowbar to remove the window trim and jamb extension (side tracks) from the perimeter of the old window. Then unscrew the window from the jamb and remove it. Go slowly, making sure you don’t break the glass during removal.

Prep/Repair New Window Opening

Once your window has been removed from the wall, check the window jamb for structural damage. If you come across any damage, you may want to call a professional since the jamb will have to be replaced before installing the new window. Now you’ll need to ensure that the rough opening can accommodate the new window installation. The opening should be 1/4” to 3/8” larger than the exterior dimensions of your new window.

Inspect & Replace Window Stop

A window stop is a piece of wood that can be found on the exterior side of the window jamb. Its purpose is to prevent the window from sliding out of the opening, as it physically stops the window from moving. Chances are your original stop will still be usable, but you may need to repair or replace it if it is damaged.

Dry Fit the New Window

The next step is to dry fit the new window into the opening so there are no issues with fit. If you’re struggling to make it work, make adjustments to the rough opening until it fits. If you’ve done it properly, the new window should fit snugly into the opening.

Install New Window

Window installation itself is often very simple once the previous steps are out of the way. First, you’ll need to run a bead of silicone on the inside edge of the window stop, then slide the window into place. Use a level on the top of the window then use cedar shims between the frame and jamb to get it level. Once it’s sitting right, there are two screws that go into each side of the window, then another one near the top and the last near the bottom.

Mount Trim Molding, Add Finishing Touches, Then Paint or Stain

You’re almost there! Now it’s time to pick a molding that suits your decor, then create a frame around the window. Measure the length of each piece, then cut the trim to the appropriate length. Using 45-degree angles cuts will ensure that your trim will fit together nicely, giving off that picture-frame look. Finally, attach the trim to the wall with finish nails. Fill any nail holes with wood putty, then paint or stain the trim any way you desire. Done! New windows have been replaced in your home. If your looking for professional window installation, look no further than Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors. Contact us for high-quality windows that will leave your home looking brand new.
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Ontario Green Rebate: Everything You Need to Know

The Ontario Green Rebate is a new rebate program that was recently announced by the Ontario government in 2018. It will be run through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund. The rebate is aimed at residential homeowners who are interested in making green choices for their home. Homeowners can claim a variety of rebates through this program, including:
  • Up to $7,200 for new insulation
  • Up to $20,000 for installing an ENERGY STAR certified ground source heat pump (home geothermal) or up to $4,500 for repairing an existing heat pump
  • Up to $5,800 off air source heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified or meet program requirements
  • Up to $5,000 for replacement windows that meet program standards
  • $100 for air sealing your home.
This new rebate program comes after an August commitment to provide thousands of free smart thermostats to homeowners, a promise that the environment minister acknowledged. This has rolled out more slowly than the government would have liked. Only 1,000 of the devices have been installed to date.

Who is Eligible to Receive The Rebates?

To be eligible for the rebates, you must be an Ontario resident who lives in a detached home, townhouse or semi-detached home. If you rent, you must have the written permission of your landlord to receive the rebate. The major part of this program is that the renovations done to your home need to be done by contractors who meet the proper criteria, which includes:
  • They must have an HST registration number and either a Master Business Licence or Articles of Incorporation valid for at least two years.
  • $2 million dollars in liability insurance.
  • $1 million dollars in auto insurance.
  • A letter of clearance from WSIB.
To find out more about this program, if your contractor is qualified, and if you’re eligible to receive these rebates, visit GreenOn.ca.

The Rebate that Keeps on Giving

Getting a rebate will help homeowners fund their next home renovation project. This is a great benefit of the program, but there are other reasons to get involved in the new Ontario Green Rebate. You’ll also be able to:
  • Reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Decrease your carbon footprint.
  • Increase your home’s resale value by upgrading to high-performance windows.
  • Upgrading your insulation can help you save 15 percent on heating and cooling costs.

The Green Ontario Fund & Ontario’s Pledge to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Green Ontario Fund is a not-for-profit provincial agency that invests proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market into climate change actions to help people and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use cleaner technology when powering their homes and workplaces. Ontario has pledged to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 percent by 2020, 37 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. The Ontario Green Rebate is a key part of the province’s Climate Change Action Plan and will help the province meet these targets. This not-for-profit agency takes consumer protection very seriously, which means that their agents will never come to your door without consent. To claim your rebate, you also need to ensure your contractor is qualified and screened, and they have signed up with GreenON.ca – check before you begin your project.
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