How to Choose the Right Patio Door

Patio doors are an important part of the interior and exterior of your home. They open a room up, giving a view to the outdoors, bring light indoors and add aesthetic curb appeal to enhance the value of your home. So, how do you choose the right patio door for your home?

Things to Consider

There are several things you should consider when you are choosing a patio door. These include what your other entrances look like, what room the patio door leads to, what view you have outside and how accessible the outdoor needs to be.

Here are some tips for selecting the perfect patio door for your home:

Tip #1: Think about furniture

Consider the furniture and wall space both inside and outside of where the door will go. This will allow you to determine whether an option such as French doors that need to swing wide open wide is an option, or if you will be restricted to sliding doors due to their more versatile functionality.

Tip #2: Consider your style preferences

Determine what style compliments the rest of your home. If your home has a modern

appearance, you may want to consider patio doors that have a clean appearance and do not draw extra attention. If your home is older, you may want to consider a classic look such as

French doors.

Tip #3: Determine accessibility and use

Think about how much you will use your patio door to enter and exit your home. Do you need it to be easily accessible? Do you want an option that opens up wide for carrying large items in and out?

Tip #4: Think durability

Always choose something durable. Patio doors are a big investment and you want them to last. Choose materials that are built to last and withstand harsh weather conditions and changes in temperature. If you have little kids or pets, consider the wear and tear they may cause to your patio door.

Tip #5: Maximize efficiency

Consider choosing an energy efficient patio door. These models of doors are designed to keep your home heating and cooling inside without escaping so that you can save money on utility bills. The type of glass you choose is a key part of your home’s energy efficiency!

What Are You Waiting For?

Spring is a perfect time to start improving the look and feel of your home and patio doors are the perfect way to refresh its look. Plus, new patio doors cause minimal renovation disruption and are a great long-term investment. There are many options of doors to choose from. Take a look at our gallery for inspiration.

The Thermo-Bilt Advantage

At Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors we have a qualified team of professionals and a wide variety of patio doors to choose from to ensure your patio doors meet all your requirements and become a great tool to enhance your home. Contact us today to get started on planning and receive a free quote!

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Six Reasons to Choose Vinyl Windows

Comparing Vinyl Windows to Other Types

When talking about vinyl windows, vinyl refers to the material the framing is made out of that surrounds the glass. Vinyl windows were designed as an alternative solution to wooden windows. Wooden window frames have many common issues including rotting, high maintenance (like having to be periodically sanded and repainted) and a short lifespan. Vinyl doesn’t have these problematic issues. That’s why vinyl has joined aluminum and wooden frames as the most popular choices for window frames in Canada today.

Why Are Vinyl Windows a Good Choice?

1. Affordability

When considering the costs of different types of windows, vinyl windows are definitely the most affordable option. By most affordable, this means that you are getting the most value for the lowest cost. Vinyl windows are built to last, giving them a high return on investment for years to come.

2. Durability

Vinyl windows are recognized for being highly durable. As a result of their material makeup, they are able to withstand harsh weather and last for many years before they require repairs or replacement. Vinyl windows are a great choice for homeowners who don’t want to have to worry about constantly maintaining their window frames. Vinyl window frames are a low-maintenance option that’s built to last.

3. Energy Efficiency

Vinyl windows are highly energy efficient. This means that they are able to effectively insulate your house to ensure that your heating or cooling systems are not working harder than necessary. This means that an investment in vinyl windows is an investment in lower utility bills each month, which can save you significant amounts of money over time.

4. Lots of Options

Vinyl windows provide the option for many different styles, colours and shapes. This makes them versatile and able to suit a variety of home styles. Whether you’ve got a modern or a traditional home, vinyl windows are aesthetically appealing and will enhance your home’s curb appeal.

5. Enhanced Functionality and Low Maintenance

One of the selling points for vinyl windows is their functionality. Vinyl windows are easy to open, close and clean. This makes them a practical option for homeowners who enjoy low-maintenance windows.

6. Safety

Since vinyl windows have a highly functional and practical design, they are also quite safe. Secure locking systems are able to be easily integrated into the design of these windows in order to keep you and your children safe in your home.

Ready to Make the Change?

Are you on the market for replacement windows? Look no further than Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors.

At Thermo-Bilt, we specialize in everything to do with windows and doors. Our team of experienced window and door technicians are ready to help you make the switch to vinyl windows. Please take time to browse our window options and learn more about our business on our website.

When you are ready, we will be here to help! Contact us for more information and to receive a free quote for your project.

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Is Your Patio Door Ready for Spring and Summer?

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It may be hard to believe after the harsh winter we’ve had in Toronto and the GTA, but warm weather is on the way. It’s almost time to sit out on the patio, host barbecues in the backyard, and let a spring breeze freshen up the air in your home. Is your patio door ready for the warm weather?

How to Prepare Your Patio Door for Spring

You want to be sure your patio door will operate smoothly all summer. To do so, it’s best to clean it in the spring. Here’s how:

  • Remove all window dressings (like curtains)
  • Take the door out (check your user manual to find out how)
  • Clean the tracks at the base of the door, removing all dirt and debris
  • Check the sides and top of the door frame for dirt or damage
  • Place the door back
  • For screen doors, rub gently with a wet sponge
  • For glass doors, clean with glass cleaner
  • Check that the door slides open and closes smoothly

Does Your Patio Door Need to be Replaced?

While you are cleaning your patio door, you may see signs that the door needs repair or replacement. These signs include:

  • Rusting tracks or frame
  • Holes in the screen
  • Dents in the door, track, or frame
  • The door does not open fully or smoothly
  • Chipped or cracked glass
  • Drafts enter your home
  • Moisture between glass panes
  • Squeaks when being opened or closed

While you can get the glass or screen of your patio door fixed, it’s usually more cost-effective to simply replace it. You don’t want to spend a lot of money repairing your door only to have to replace it a year or two later.

Replacing your patio door before summer arrives will make your outdoor experience much more enjoyable. You won’t have to worry about fussing with the door every time you step in or out. You can even get a new screen that can allow a summer breeze into your home.

Your Patio Door Options

There are a lot of exciting options when it comes to patio doors.

1. Hinged Patio Door

A hinged patio door can pull forward just like a typical front door. They look lovely as double doors and make your yard feel grand. A hinged patio door needs a bit more space to open than a sliding door, but they’re more secure and often more traditionally styled. If your backyard needs a touch of elegance, a hinged patio door can create it for you.

2. Sliding Patio Door

This is the door most people envision as their patio door. Our sliding doors open so seamlessly you can operate them with your finger tip. Yet, they have tough security mechanisms that you’ll feel safe with.

Our sliding patio doors are available in may different styles and in many materials. Contact us to learn more about our sliding patio doors and hinged patio doors.

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How to Pick the Best Contractor for Your Window Installation

Successful window installation is key to ensure that your home stays energy-efficient. An improper seal will allow cold air to leave your home in the summer, and warm air to leave your home in the winter. Plus, you want to protect your investment by ensuring your windows will last as long as possible and that means getting them installed perfectly. Who can you trust to install your new windows?

There are a few ways to find the best contractor for your window installation.

1. Insurance

The first sign that a window contractor is serious and professional is that they have insurance and are happy to prove it to you. The more experienced the installer the less likely it is that they will make mistakes, and the less they’ll use their insurance. But it’s unwise to think that you don’t need insurance because you never use it. If an accident happens, you want your windows covered by your window contractor’s insurance.

2. Consultations & Quotes

The right window contractor will want you to be completely comfortable with your choice of windows. They’ll sit down with you for an initial consultation and ask questions to determine what is most important to you. Energy-efficiency? Security? A specific window style? Whatever you need from your windows, they will seek to find it for you.

When you’ve made your selection the window contractor should provide you with a clear and honest quote. They should be happy to answer your questions about the cost and explain every line item.

Reputable window contractors aren’t looking to fool you into paying more than you’re comfortable with. They don’t like the hassle of asking their customers for payments either. They want you to be happy with the price, so you’ll pay them right away and business can conclude with both sides feeling that they’ve benefited.

What happens if the price is too high at the quote stage? Your window contractor should be happy to find solutions for you, including offering you more affordable windows that might still fit your needs. Whatever they do, they won’t pressure you into purchasing windows you’re unhappy with.

3. Window Selection

The best window contractors have been in business for a long time, so they have a lot of experience installing a wide range of window types. Plus, they should have a wide selection of windows for you to choose from, so you can find the style you want with the other features you need, like energy efficiency.

Thermo-Bilt has a wide selection of window styles including:

  • Casement
  • Single Hung
  • Double Hung
  • Awning
  • Single slider
  • Double slider
  • Bow windows
  • Bay windows

4. Courteous Installation

A contractor should make the window installation process as convenient for you as possible. They should be polite and professional to you and your family members. They should work quickly and leave your home as clean as it was when they arrived.

Thermo-Bilt is dedicated to providing the best window selection and installation service possible. Contact us and find out why we’re trusted window installation experts in Toronto and the GTA.

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Our Top 4 Components to Look for in a New Entry Door:

Colour, shape, glass or no glass? There’s a lot of choices involved in your front door. However, looks aren’t everything. You also have to consider the strength and security your front door can offer. Plus, ease of use. Let us walk you through everything you need to consider when choosing a new entry door.

Front Door Security

Your front door is the first entry point that thieves and other criminals will try to use to get into your home. To avoid being kicked in, front entry doors need secure frames that hold the door in place despite stress. Entryways that are custom-sized will need specially made doors in order to be secure. Front doors also need well-functioning deadbolts, whether operated by lock and key or a digital lock. Digital locks are especially convenient for security because they can alert you even if they are forced open.

Front Door Seal

The front door should seal properly against the floor of the home to keep hot air inside in the winter, and cool air inside in the summer. Wood is insulating, but it can expand and shrink during weather changes so it doesn’t maintain a tight seal. Fiberglass and steel doors are better choices. They can be filled with insulating foam. Steel can even seal magnetically, which helps keep the frame in place too.

Ease of Use

Your new entry door should operate smoothly, opening and closing with ease. This is also a good sign that the seal is still intact. It’s not just a broken seal or a misshaped door that can interfere with the easy use of a door, though. If you’ve put multiple locks on the door, this can make opening and closing it a hassle. Invest in a more secure door, with one good lock, and you can get better security without the inconvenience.

 Finishes and Colour

The last decisions you have to make about your front door are the most fun. What finish will the handle be, and what colour will the door itself be? For handles, Thermo-Bilt offers four styles of brass handles, including levers and knobs. They’re available in four different finishes, from sparkling gold to silver. The style of your door and its colour should work with the overall look of your home’s facade. Exact matching to your home’s siding or brick colour often looks a little too co-ordinated. Choose a matching neutral colour. Or, if your home is relatively neutral, a vibrant front door might just offer the pop you need. We have over twenty different paint colours, and can give your door a unique finish or texture, lending a high-end look to your front entryway. If you’re in need of a new entry door -- whether to upgrade security, the seal, or aesthetics, contact us at Thermo-Bilt for a free quote.
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3 Reasons to Replace Your Windows Before Listing Your Home

Replacing your windows is an investment that usually reaps its benefit over time. The normal thought behind a replacement is that after you’ve replaced your windows, your monthly utility bills will be lower, because new windows are much better insulators than old or damaged windows. So, at first glance, it may seem that replacing your windows before you sell your home isn’t worth the time and money. After all, you won’t be around to pay those lower utility bills. However, this isn’t the whole story. For many homeowners, window replacement might be just what they need to sell their home faster and for more money.

Attracting Homeowners

If your windows are old, discoloured, broken, or have cracks in their seals, homeowners will notice. You can try to use curtains to mask the condition of your windows, but most people will pull them back to check the condition of the window frame. Plus, some window problems can’t be hidden. Windows panes that look foggy or streaked even when clean indicate that the internal seal has broken, and that spells bad news for buyers. They know such a window will have to be replaced in order to keep the home energy efficient. As with most renovations, homeowners are reluctant to do the work themselves. You can ease a homeowner’s mind by performing those renovations before they take possession. Plus, a clever real estate agent can help you communicate the value of your new windows to potential home buyers in your listings. You can request a higher asking price for your home when you list more things as “brand new” in your listing.

More Light and Great Views

Replacing your windows before you move has other benefits that can help your home look much better in photos or during an open house. Windows let in light and, if you have great views, potential buyers will notice. Few people realize that several window replacements may have actually shrunk the size of their windows, as the full frame from the last window isn’t fully removed. By getting what’s called a complete replacement, you can actually increase the size of your windows! The old frames get removed, and there’s more glass. While the actual condition of your windows may be somewhere in the middle of a home buyer’s list, the amount of light in the home and the views are usually near the top. Plus, the amount of sunlight coming in the windows can drastically change the quality of the photos you take of your home. Homes that have great pictures get much more interest from buyers.

Increased Home Value

Replacing your windows can increase the value of your home. Of course, using renovations to increase your home value is never a guarantee. If you’re not sure if a renovation will be worth it, contact a real estate agent in your area. They can tell you about the condition of windows in the homes you’ll be competing with, and how much more you can ask for your home when it has new windows. If you’re ready to replace your windows, but need to put your home on the market soon, Thermo-Bilt can accommodate short schedules. Reach out to us for a window replacement.
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Christmas Décor Ideas to Highlight Your Windows & Doors

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You’ve got your tree up, the decorations set just right, and the lights silently twinkling. But this year, maybe you’re ready for something more. Something different to make your whole house to pop. One way of intensifying the Christmas magic around your home is with a festive display on your entry door and some tasteful window Christmas décor, too. Whether a wreath or some beautiful ornaments, no matter your budget, taste or style, we have ideas to help you get your home looking festive and fun this Christmas. Read on to discover our top picks for the holiday season.

Door Wreaths

Wreaths can take center stage here. You can also have a lot of fun with them too. Go all out with a traditional evergreen complete with a signature red bow. Try a brightly coloured wreath in a shade that contrasts well with your front door. Or get back to nature with an all brown twig-like wreath, complete with holly, berries, and acorns. There are no rules here. You can use whatever materials you like. Try an all-bauble wreath, even try a different shape like a star.  

Front Door Garlands

Like wreaths, garlands are another great go-to for your front door. You can manipulate them into certain shapes, or use them to frame doors and archways. Again, you could go along the traditional route, or try something unexpected. Why not cover your garland in delectable edible candy or even toys or Christmas ornaments?

Outdoor Christmas Characters

Turn your door into a Christmas character with a couple of strategically placed add-ons. Try going for Santa Claus, complete with belt, buckles, and beard. Or even a snowman, with a scarf, carrot nose, and black buttons.  

Welcome Items

To make your home especially welcoming, place things beside your entry door such as a:
  • Festive welcome rug
  • ‘Merry Christmas’ sign
  • A bowl of candy canes.

Christmas Window Decor

When it comes to your windows, there are lots of Christmas choices:
  • Hang baubles of different colours and sizes to create a focal point. Clash or match with the décor of your room.
  • If you aren’t going for a wreath on your front door, consider in your window instead - they look great framing a window.
  • Create a garland of Christmas cards. Use natural looking twine and tiny pegs to complete the look.
  • Lights are a traditional choice, pick designs like snowflakes or icicles to create a wintry scene.
  • Window stickers and stencils are great too. Create the illusion of fake snow with paint or sprays  (your children or grandchildren will have fun helping you)
  • Try a Christmas window box on the outside of your window. Use natural greenery and make it pop with splashes of deep red.
  • A Christmas window banner with a catchy slogan is a great talking point
  • If you don’t want decorations on your actual window, why not place your Christmas tree in front of it? Allow your lights to shine through and your decorations to sparkle. This will be especially magical at night.

The Perfect Windows & Doors for Winter

When you decide to dress up your windows and doors, make sure you have the best foundation to work with. Thermo-Bilt is the GTA’s trusted window and door installation experts.  

Call us at 1-416-756-0798 for a FREE quote!

 
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Entry Door Trends for 2019

One of the best ways to make a home statement is with your entry door. Entry doors add curb appeal and value to your property, without requiring a large investment. Feel inspired as you enter your home; sometimes all it takes is a splash of paint and a bit of know-how. Or maybe you’d like a whole new design. Whatever you decide, allow the experts at Thermo-Bilt to help you. While entry doors aren’t something you’ll change all too often when you do feel ready to replace your entry door it can’t hurt to know the latest trends. What styles and colours will be popular in 2019? Read on to find out…  

Door Colour Trends

Bold colours that can make a definite statement continue to be popular. Teals and berry-red hues are a few examples of hot entry door colours. When you paint your front door it becomes an expression of you and your family. Consider the colour and texture of your home’s exterior as well as your own personality when making your decision.

Cooler Shades

Colours like blue, aqua and teal are popular choices. Some might say these are colours perfect for the warmer, summer months. Maybe so, but they also have calming properties. The cooler shades bring a sense of relaxation and serenity.

Warmer Shades

Bright colours like yellow and red are thought to promote happiness and prosperity. Pillar-box red is being replaced with more dramatic shades of cherry and berry-toned colours. The key to painting your entry door is to go with a contrasting colour to the rest of your home. Express yourself, make your door stand out, step out of the box and try something different. Consider these tips, but remember, you can pick any colour you desire. Have fun with your colour options and enjoy the process.

Metal Door Designs

Metal front doors are a big trend and we expect their popularity to continue into the new year. Metal entry doors offer a warm and contemporary look. The industrial trend is going strong, so this would be a great addition to your modern home. WIth metal doors black is a popular colour, with stainless steel and copper always being a classic choice. What about a steel atrium door to take the trend even further? The black steel frame and glass give an industrial-chic look.

Fibreglass Doors & Panels

Try a modern fibreglass door or a glass panel front door to enhance your home and let in plenty of light. Choose a glass that is frosted or etched to add some privacy. This choice will complement the design and give your home a contemporary feel.

Double Door Entryway

Another trend for the new year is to take an existing double door design and convert it to a single door and use the other side to add a glass panel. Again, this is great for adding a modern feel and letting warmth and light into your home. It could also save you money as you won’t have to purchase a larger or double front door. Whether it’s a fresh coat of paint or a whole new door and look you are after, choose Thermo-Bilt to help you with your entry door needs. Contact us for more information about entry doors and installation.
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Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Entry Door

Your entry door is an important part of your home. It is a key component to the curb appeal of your property and keeps your family safe and secure. As time goes by, your entry door may begin to look unattractive and fail to serve its functional purpose. If this is the case, it may be time to replace your entry doors.

Signs Your Entry Door Needs Replacing

Luckily, there is no guessing when it comes to determining if you need to replace your entry door. There are several tell-tale signs that your entry door has reached the end of its functional time with your home:
  • Cracked windows
  • Drafts entering the home
  • Difficulty opening or closing
  • Excessive noise coming from your front yard
  • Squeaky hinges
  • Unattractive appearance due to rust, dents or scuffs
  • Moisture between glass panes
  • Warped exterior
  • Water or insect damage.
Chances are if you have noticed any of these signs, it is time for you to replace your entry door. The good news is that there are some considerable benefits to installing a new entry door.

Three Benefits of Replacing Your Entry Door

There are many benefits that accompany a new entry door. Some of the main ones include:

Increased safety

A new entry door will bring better safety for you and your family. Without broken glass and old locks, the threat of unwanted invasions into your home will be greatly reduced. Some new entry door hardware even offers a coded locking system or smart entry system instead of a key.

Improved curb appeal

Sometimes it doesn’t take much to freshen up your curb appeal. Your entry door will be the first thing that visitors see as they enter and exit your home. A new entry door is sure to turn the heads of all passing traffic too! With the latest modern designs or old classic, a new entry door is an effective way to improve your curb appeal.

Reduced utility bills

It is likely that if your entry door is old it is letting drafts into your home. Over time and depending on their severity, drafts can dramatically impact your utility bills. A new entry door will save you money on heating and cooling your house and will, as a result, be a more environmentally responsible option. If you are on the market for a new entry door, it is important to work with a qualified professional to ensure that you are making an informed decision about the style of door you choose and the material it is made of.

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Contact us at Thermo-Bilt for all of your entry door needs. We have a qualified team of highly skilled professionals who are ready to help you make the right choice and assist you with the installation process.
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Choosing the Right Window Casing to Suit Your Home

If you are on the market for new or replacement windows, you may think the hard part is over after you have chosen the style of window and glass pane. However, you should not overlook the importance of choosing the right window trim or casing to suit your home. Window trim and casing adds a lot to the appearance of your windows. From colour to the texture to style, there is no shortage of fun you can have customizing your window casing!

What is a Window Casing?

The window casing is the molding that goes around the window frames and it is also known as trim. The purpose of window trim is to seal the frame in order to prevent outdoor air from entering the home. While the outdoor casing serves a more functional purpose, indoor casing acts as a finishing touch to your room, like your baseboards or door moldings.

Choosing a Window Casing

In order to create a unified appearance throughout the home, many people try to match their casing to their baseboards and door moldings. Outdoors, it is advised that colours and styles are chosen to match the exterior style of the home. You should consider both style and colour when making a choice about window casing. Ideally, you will have the same window casing for years to come so you want to ensure that you have made an informed decision.

Types of Window Casings

Use this guide to explore some of the most common types of window casings to help you start on your journey to making the right choice:

Complete casing

Complete casings refer to moldings that encompass all four sides of your windows. They exist in both simple layer and multiple layer molding. Stacked moldings with multiple layers add a more decorative and visually appealing appearance to your window when compared with single layer molding.

Low-profile casing

If you are not interested in having your casing stand out, or make a large visual impact on your home, low-profile casing may be the perfect option for you. This casing sits flat against the exterior and interior walls of your home to provide a clean finish without drawing attention. low profile window casings trim

High-profile casing

For those looking to use their casing to make a bit of a statement, a high-profile casing is the right choice. Made up of plastic or composite materials, the high-profile casing can surround the whole window or be featured above the window as a pediment. This casing can be molded to suit a variety of tastes and is particularly suited to older, Victorian style homes. high profile window casing trim

Traditional casing

Traditional casings are simple and lay flat against the wall. They usually feature subtle detailing in the molding, such as a raised header or decorative groove.

Modern casing

As the name suggests, modern casings are an ideal choice for newer homes. They provide a clean, simple finish that frequently matches the colour choices for the rest of the window. Modern casings offer a classy finish that compliments the glass panes as the main area of focus. Contact us at Thermo-Bilt to learn more about your casing options and to work with a qualified professional to make the right choice for your home!
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