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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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7 Reasons to Hire Professional Window Installation

Like many things around the home, you may consider repairing or maintaining your windows over the years. However, before starting your own DIY project there are some risks associated without proper knowledge. Ensure you're aware of window products, installation process, and code regulations. But don’t let that deter you from installing new windows. Installing new windows helps establish a home's visual character, let in light and air, and frame views from inside. We’ve developed a list of the top seven reasons why you should consider hiring an expert for your home’s  window installation.

Consultations

Hiring a professional for window installation means that you can consult with an expert. Discuss your desired results with an expert and they may reveal options you had never previously considered. At Thermo-Bilt Windows this consultation is built into our window installation process.

Pre-existing Issues

Sometimes before installing a window you need to resolve other related issues. You don’t want to invest in energy efficient windows only to have a draft because of cracks you didn’t notice along the outer walls. Professional window installers often have a familiarity with construction, and can more readily identify structural issues. This protects your new windows from potential damage, and ensures you get the energy conservation that you paid for.

Equipment

Window installation requires specific tools; if you don’t have them you’ll run into difficulty that can affect your window’s function. However, Window installation companies have the necessary high quality, and up-to-date equipment they need to get the job done right.

Time

Having work done on your home can be a real inconvenience. A professional has had a lot more practice than you, and will most likely be able to complete a window installation job much more quickly.

Safety

Unless you work in construction or similar industries, you may not be aware of the safety procedures that professionals use. When you consider all that could go wrong with an enormous plate of glass you can imagine why window installation experts have prepared for potential dangers and are well insured.

Material Removal and Cleaning

After we’ve finished with your window installation, Thermo-Bilt Windows will properly dispose of you old windows, along with packaging and associated garbage from your new windows. We make sure to clean the workspace so it looks the same as when we arrived. Enough work goes into DIY window installation even before the clean up. In a way, hiring a professional saves you from two big tasks, not just one.

Insurance Disputes

If flooding, or a storm damages your windows, insurance companies may try to deny your claim based on a DIY window installation. Some insurance companies have been known to argue that a DIY job was done improperly, and therefore is not covered by insurance. When you hire a professional it is much harder for an insurance company to claim that the windows were not installed correctly. In that respect, a professional window installation can ensure that you get the compensation owed to you. Even if you have lots of DIY experience you can still benefit from hiring an expert in window installation. At Thermo-Bilt, we are window installation professionals who can provide more insight, more reliable results, all in a timely and convenient fashion. Contact us today for a FREE quote on new replacement windows in your home.
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