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Full Frame versus Retrofit Windows

Many people do not realize that regardless of which replacement window you choose, there are two different ways to install the window. It is essential for you to know the difference between full frame window installation and retrofit window installation to get the right install for your home.

Full Frame Window Installation

Full frame window installations require that the existing window and all of its supports are removed, including the trim and sill. The new window is then installed right into the framing of the home. The trim and sill are then replaced, and sometimes the internal trim. Full frame replacement may be preferred if there are issues with the exterior or interior wall near the window. Occasionally, the interior or exterior trim (or even the windowsill) can been damaged or infested with bugs or mould. This is one reason to go with vinyl in the future-- vinyl can’t rot and is more durable than traditional wooden window elements.

The Pros and Cons of Full Frame Window Installation

If your window is damaged, it’s much better to start with a blank slate and correct the underlying issue. Remember, professional window installers will always inspect and look out for structural or cosmetic issues in your home that might impact the performance of your new windows. New homes are less likely to need full frame replacements. But, even if it’s not required, you may want a full frame install because it gives you more choice in window materials and style. Full frame window installation is more expensive than a retrofit window installation. It takes more time and extra materials. You also need to be careful to match the trim and sill to the style and colour of the rest of your home.

Retrofit Windows

The alternative is retrofit window installation. Also called an insert or replacement window. This window installation method essentially means placing a slightly smaller window into your old window’s spot. The trim and sill remain unchanged.

The Pros and Cons of Retrofit Window Installation

If there are no problems with the existing window elements you can have a retrofit window installed. It takes less time and uses the same trim and sill. This can reduce your costs significantly. However, this installation method requires more glass area. This might reduce your view and limit how much light comes through the window. If installed poorly a retrofit window may not be level, may not be sealed correctly, or may be difficult to open. That’s why you should choose the professionals and expert team at Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors. You can rest assured your windows are perfectly installed every time.    At Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors, we always take the time to understand your concerns about window installation, aesthetic design, and the energy performance you want. Our knowledgeable staff knows what kind of window replacement you’ll need to get the look and results you’re aiming for.  Call (905) 752-3536 or contact us today for a free quote!  
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Can Window Installation Be Completed In Winter?

We’ve had our share of customers ask us if we can complete a window installation for them during the winter. It may be surprising, but almost without exception our answer is yes! In fact, there are many benefits to having your winter window installation completed.

The Off-Season

Every savvy shopper knows that purchasing something in the off season comes with all kinds of savings. For window installations, expect less delay in getting specialty windows ordered, delivered, and installed. Our schedule is much more open in the winter too, so we can better meet your needs for emergency installs, quick installs, or installs during busy hours.

Ease of Installation

With only one exception, window installations are done just as well in the winter as they are in the summer. Vinyl barely swells with heat or cold, meaning it is unaffected by the yearly change of season (especially compared to wood). Also, we use suitable caulking to ensure the seal on your windows is perfect, even in cold temperatures. Unfortunately, the only downside is caulking cannot be applied at temperatures below -20°C (even the cold-weather resistant kind won’t seal). At extreme cold temperatures, caulking becomes brittle instead of forming into a thick and flexible seal. However, you don’t need to worry because it rarely drops to such extreme temperatures in Ontario. Additionally, below-freezing temperatures are also a benefit for window installation. It’s much easier to detect leaks around your window in the winter, because any external air will form moisture droplets as it moves in. Furthermore, you can precisely pinpoint entryways for cold drafts, which helps ensure a tight seal for your new window during installation.

Energy Reductions

Many of our customers are looking to replace their windows because they want additional energy savings. If that’s the case, why wait? You save the most on your energy bill from new windows in the winter, so start reaping the benefits of your investment now.

Heat Loss

Most customers are generally worried about how much heat their home will lose if they choose to install their windows in the winter. At Thermo-Bilt, we are professional and respectful of your time and your home’s energy resources. We take all precautions to prevent any heat loss during a winter window installation. We install each window one at a time, by preparing new windows before we take the old one out. This limits how much time your home is exposed to cold air. We also place plastic coverings over an empty window to further protect your home from chill. Generally, we recommend that the door to whichever room we’re installing a window remains closed. You can pile towels at the base of the door to help insulate the rest of the home. Furthermore, while your home may lose some heat during the installation process, you’ll find it warms up a lot faster once your new windows are put in place. Why be uncomfortable throughout the winter when you can get a toasty warm house with new windows? Contact us for a free quote so you can enjoy the rest of the winter season in comfort.
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How to Winterize Your Windows & Doors

Winter is here, along with it is an increase in your heating expenses. Are you looking for ways to keep your home warm this winter without spending a fortune? Take the time to check your home's windows and doors – a good place to start is your home’s main entry points.

Find Drafts in Your Home

Drafts are a killer on your home’s energy bill. If your home has drafty windows and doors then you’ll see a substantial increase in your energy bill every month. As cool air sneaks into your home, your furnace will be working twice as hard to keep your house warm, which can significantly reduce the life of your furnace. How can you determine if your home has drafts? Take a candle and place it near a window or door. If you see the flame dancing or flickering, it's likely a draft is getting through the window or door. If this occurs, you’ll need to do some extra work to prepare your windows and doors for the winter.

Block Drafts

Your local hardware store will have draft snakes to place at the bottom of your windows and doors. Draft snakes are effective in preventing warm air from escaping and cold air from entering your home. If you’re on a budget, try this do-it-yourself option instead: Roll up several old towels and tie elastics at each end to keep them in their tube form. This is an inexpensive but temporary way to stop drafts. The best way to keep your house warmer and save on your energy bill in the long-term is to replace your drafty and leaking windows and doors with new ones.

Check Your Caulking

Caulking helps maintain a tight seal around your windows and doors. Using caulk is a huge defence against cold air entering your home and warm air escaping. Unfortunately, over time even the best caulking eventually develops cracks and gaps. Luckily, it’s easy to seal up cracked caulk or gaps around your window’s seal. Depending on the severity of the problem you might need to remove the old caulking and replace it with a new one. However, if the caulking is in adequate condition with minimal damage, you can simply patch up any problem spots.

Plastic Film is an Affordable Fix

Many homeowners place plastic films over their windows. During the winter months, this protects against the cold and helps to maintain warmer indoor temperatures. Clear plastic film is a more affordable option since it can be found at most local hardware stores. It’s held in place using double-sided tape and doesn’t block your outdoor view (although you won’t be able to open your windows). However, plastic film should be used with caution. Natural Resources Canada points out that some people are sensitive to the plastic used in heat-shrink film. To prevent damage plastic film may not be the best option for households with small children or pets. For safety reasons, it should be kept away from strong heat sources.

Take The Screens Off

It’s also a good idea to remove your screens at the beginning of the winter months. This ensures your screens are protected from harsh winter weather and make them last longer. Furthermore, having them on hand will make them easier to clean when spring arrives. Make sure you store your screens in a warm and dry space until winter ends.

Keep Warm, Winterize Your Home

Protect your windows and doors this winter. You’ll find it easier to keep your home warm and cozy with these simple tips – which you’ll appreciate when you need a break from the cold. Contact Thermo-Bilt to get started on winterizing your home!
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How To Choose The Best Windows For Your Home

Considering almost every room in your home has windows, you probably rarely think about the design options that are available to you. Need a change in your home? Your windows and doors may be the perfect place to start.

Identify Your Needs

First, when deciding on the best windows for your home, it is important to identify your needs. Start off by asking yourself these questions:
  •    Do you need windows that provide a lot of natural light?
  •    Do you have a beautiful view you would like to take in?
  •    Do you live somewhere cold and therefore need windows that insulate well?
  •    Do you open your windows often to let fresh air in?
  •    Do you care about your windows being purely functional or would you like to add some aesthetic value to your home as well?
Your answers to these questions will help you determine the best windows and doors for your home.

Consider your options

Once you recognize your needs, it can be overwhelming to wade through the mass amounts of options that will be available to you. Follow the guide below for a breakdown of some popular types of windows.

Bay Windows

If you have a beautiful view outside your home that you want to take in from the comfort of your living room, a bay window is a great option. Their large size allows for a tremendous amount of visibility and natural light. Bay windows also help create a cozy space to snuggle up and read a book while basking in the sunlight.

Awning Windows

Awning windows are a must have for anyone who enjoys letting fresh air into their home or who does not have central air. Awning windows have cranks that easily turn to open and close the window on a hinge. Another function of the awning window is that because they usually open along the top edge, they create an awning that will keep rain from getting into your home in the case that you accidentally leave them open during a storm.  

Skylights

Skylights help you maximize your natural light intake during all hours of the day. Many people prefer adding skylights over additional windows because they allow extra light in without compromising wall space or privacy. That’s why they’re so popular in washrooms.

Entry Door Windows

Your front door is often the first thing people notice about your house so combining windows with your door is a great idea. Putting windows around your door can make the entry way look more visually appealing while also providing a clear view of the front yard, making it possible to see who is knocking on the door before you open it.

Energy Efficient Windows

No matter which design style you choose when it comes time to replace your old windows with a newer model, consider investing in energy efficient windows. There are many energy efficient options available now that will substantially reduce your utility bills each month. Speak with a professional today to start your journey to new windows and doors!
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The Best Winter Windows to Keep Your Home Warm

In the winter, the quality of your windows will make a huge impact on your heating, comfort, and energy bill. Instead of wrapping yourself up in heavy quilts, or turning up the furnace until your bill increases, invest in winter windows to keep you warm throughout the cold season. Here are our top priorities you should keep in mind when planning your winter window replacement.

Window Energy Efficiency

Your winter replacement windows should have a good energy efficiency rating. According to Canadian Energy Star ratings, that means aiming for the lowest number possible. Furthermore, you should also invest in  R-rated windows, which are intended for single-family homes. After educating yourself on the vast ratings consider glazing and filling. At a minimum, you should invest in double-glazed windows. This two-layer protection keeps heat from escaping through your windows. Additionally, there are higher quality glazings available that function in different ways, which may benefit your home – depending on your needs. Modern windows are filled with inert gases ( argon or krypton) which increase their insulating properties. Those living in colder climates of Canada may prefer using krypton gas, it’s more expensive than argon,  but it’s insulating properties are better concentrated.

Protect Windows from Humidity

Your winter window replacements need to withstand humidity. The contrast between warm air inside and the cool exterior air drains your home of moisture, which leaves many people feeling dry and uncomfortable. Many homeowners choose to compensate with a humidifier as the most effective solution to dry, dull air. Unfortunately, if you have poor quality windows and frames it will react poorly to increased humidity. The window’s surface wears down and the frame can harbor mold. However, you don’t have to sacrifice your comfort. Instead, look for more energy efficient windows that can tolerate higher humidity levels without developing frost or wearing down the material. Furthermore, take fitted vinyl windows into consideration. They provide additional protection against humidity, such as accelerated mold growth which usually occurs on wooden surfaces.

Don’t Forget Cold Drafts

Older windows don't function as well as new windows; they allow drafts to seep through, significantly reducing your home’s energy efficiency making your home chilly in the winter. Do a quick test to check if your windows let in drafts before the weather gets too cold. Simply place a lit candle near the window and see if it flickers. If it does, small currents of air are moving in or out of your home. This means your window isn't sealed off properly and you'll need to replace the window. Don't worry, at Thermo-Bilt you can trust us to do the job. Our team of professionals install window replacements tightly and securely the first time. We can also apply industry grade weather stripping, to seal up your window and stop drafts from forming.

Cost Matters

Despite what others say, you don’t have to spend a fortune to obtain excellent quality windows. Our large collection of winter window products will meet your needs while considering your budget. We will personally walk you through each window and explain their function. Before making a decision, take advantage of our FREE quote on replacement windows. Contact us today for more information on the latest winter window replacements for your home!
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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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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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