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.  

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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.

Front Entry Door Replacement  

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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10 Halloween Decorations For Your Windows & Doors

The spookiest part of the year is almost upon us. Halloween is a holiday tradition that gives kids and adults alike to have fun being someone else, gorge on candy, and watch scary movies. Another big part of any Halloween celebration is the decorations. Whether you like to carve a Jack-lantern or go all out, there are many Halloween decorations that can transform your home into a haunted house.

Window Decoration Ideas

When it comes to Halloween decorations, your windows are a great place to start.
  • A Creepy Presence – If you really want to alarm people, try putting a mannequin or large doll in front of the window. Passersby will think they are being watched by an eerie presence. 
  • Clings – This is a simple idea, but is still effective. There is a variety of window clings you can put on your window to create a spooky scene. Such as ghosts or spider webs, or for a more intense look, try a blood-dripping zombie or a witches coven. 
  • Silhouettes – Create a scary scene with cut-out silhouettes. Bats, witches, ghosts or whatever you can think of. They’ll come to life when placed to your windows and a light source turned on behind them. 
  • Projector Lights – The most modern idea on this list is projector lights. You can project some eerie images, like laughing heads, flying ghosts or flickering jack-lanterns right onto your window. Make sure to place the lights outside in front of the window. 
  • Bloody Handprints – An easy way to creep people out. This idea involves some red construction paper, scissors and tape. Trace out your hand on the paper, cut them out and attach them to your windows. Don’t forget to add some fake blood drops to really scare it up!

Door Decoration Ideas

With your windows fully haunted, you can move on to your door with these ideas:
  • Crashed Witch – Not all witches are excellent flyers! Try adding the back half of a witch to your front door. The gimmick is a little funny and spooky at the same time while adding a neat 3D effect.
  • Creepy Altar- There are many different ways that you can create a Halloween altar around your front door. You can go gory and add severed limbs or keep it kid-friendly and add cute bats, ghosts and pumpkins.
  • Mummy – Add one of the most famous monsters to your front door easily and effectively using some toilet paper and cut out eyes.
  • Door Knockers – These come in a large variety of options. You can get door knockers that warn visitors of doom, laugh maniacally or are just downright scary looking.
  • Scary Mouth – If you want to get super creative, add large teeth above the door and on the sides to create the illusion of visitors being eaten when they walk up to your front door.
When putting up your decorations this Halloween, don’t forget to inspect your all your windows! If your windows are starting to crack, peel or even break – it’s time for new ones. Make sure to contact Thermo-Bilt, our skilled technicians will help you get the best windows that fit your budget. That way the only thing scary around your home this fall will be your decorations and not your hydro bill!  

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8 Ways To Modernize Your Home

A house is a structure that we use for protection, shelter and to store our valuables. It isn’t until we transform and personalize it that a house really becomes a ‘home’. Styles and trends change constantly, but things like new windows, kitchen updates and basement remodelling can always be utilized to keep your home looking contemporary and beautiful. Here are eight ways you can modernize your home:

Kitchen

You want a kitchen that is bright, uncluttered, open and functional. This can easily be obtained by doing a few simple things: Keep all unnecessary items off the counters and floor. Paint cabinets white and switch out your hardware for black, brass or stainless-steel options.

Bathroom

Like your kitchen, a modern bathroom should be simplistic in its beauty. Geometric shapes (squares generally) should be utilized. White is a popular colour for bathrooms. Add a natural stone backsplash to add a little bit of colour and try to keep decorations to a bare minimum.

Exterior Improvements

If you’re looking for a new way to spruce up the outside of your home, consider replacing your siding with a modern stone façade. Stone will add a mixture of rustic and modern appearance to your home. If you have a brick exterior and want to change it up, consider painting it charcoal or white.

Update Your Décor

Whether it be your furniture, art décor or textiles like pillows and blankets, make your space modern by refreshing these simple items. Greys and whites are the go to these days. This is a quick and easy way to stay keep your design relevant.

Be as Efficient as Possible

To go with your new windows, make sure your appliances, thermostat and light bulbs are all energy-efficient. Allow your home to work with you to save energy and money in the long run.

Basement Remodel

Basements are a huge part of our homes, but sadly, they are sometimes left alone as laundry areas or for storage. Make the most of the space by assessing your family’s needs. Do you need a games room or a bar? Maybe a movie theatre or a man/woman cave is the answer. Whatever you do, make sure it is comfortable, cozy and useful.

Bedroom Update

Create a space that is more than simply a place to sleep. Choose luxurious drapery to go with your new windows. You can also add some patterns to your walls, put a beautiful art piece above your headboard, switch up your bedding, use mirrors to add depth and declutter your space to give new life to your bedroom.

New Windows

Having updated windows is important for a few reasons. Not only do they look great, but they help you save money on your hydro bill and reduce your carbon footprint. Make sure to have them all done at once for a symmetrical appearance. Also, consider adding colour to the frames – perhaps a colour that matches your front door, or works well with the colour of your home’s exterior. If you want to upgrade your home with new modern windows, contact the professionals at Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors. We're known for top quality window installation in the Greater Toronto Area. Find a large selection window designs perfect for your home and at an affordable price.   

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How To Make Your Vinyl Windows Last

Vinyl windows are a popular choice for a window replacement; they’re reliable and come in a variety of sizes, shapes, styles and colours. With proper maintenance, they can last for years to come. This is why it is important to learn how to properly maintain your vinyl windows and make them last, so you can get the most from your investment.

Cleaning Vinyl Windows

Contrary to what you may think, it’s more beneficial to clean your vinyl windows less instead of more. They really are low maintenance! However, if your windows haven’t been cleared for months, then it’s important to clean it up before it turns into a stain or becomes difficult to remove. When cleaning your vinyl windows, simply combine a mild dish soap and some warm water. Use a soft cloth to remove any dirt and debris that has collected on the window. Try not to use abrasive cleaning tools, pressure washers or harsh soaps as this may cause damage to your vinyl windows.

Lubrication and Sealant

Most homeowners are unaware that lubricating windows is highly important. Once a year you should lubricate your windows! The hinges, arms and gears will become stiff over time, which will eventually make it tricky to get your windows open and closed. To avoid this problem and ensure that your windows operate effectively for as long as possible, use a silicone spray or light machine oil to lubricate your windows annually. Tip: Avoid getting the lubricant you’re using directly on the glass - it’ll make a big mess and be difficult to clean.

Window Adjustments

One of the blessings and the curses of living in Ontario is the vast variety of weather we experience at different times of the year. The changes in temperature and inclement weather may cause your vinyl windows to expand or change over time. That’s why it’s important to properly care for your vinyl windows and make timely adjustments. Focus on adjusting your window’s locking mechanisms, hinges, arms and gears.

Winterizing Your Windows

The winter is a particularly challenging time for homeowners, as many precautions need to be taken to protect the house. To protect your vinyl windows during the winter, consider removing its screens. If you’re unlikely to open your windows during the winter, removing your screens will help them last longer – it also eliminates the opportunity for mould to build up or damage to occur from high winds. Tip: When you remove your screen for the winter months don’t forget to give them a good clean with a soft bristled brush and soapy water. When cleaning your window screens, ensure that they are completely dry before reinstalling them.

Vinyl Windows For Your Home

While vinyl windows do come with some specific maintenance tasks, they are a great option for any homeowner considering window replacements. Vinyl windows are a durable and attractive option. If you follow the simple steps above, your vinyl windows will serve you for many years to come. Contact the team at Thermo-Bilt, if you want to learn more about maintaining window products or if you’re looking for vinyl replacement windows.

 

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6 Reasons to Replace Your Windows

Window replacement might seem like a daunting task. From choosing new windows to going through the installation process – it is a task people often delay or avoid altogether. However, don’t feel discouraged because window replacement brings a lot of benefits, and it’s worth doing sooner rather than later.

Increase Resale Value of Your Home

Nothing says your home is dated more than outdated windows. If your home has old windows then they’re probably showing signs of chipping, peeling or even rotting around the frame. Replacing your windows will enhance your home’s curb appeal and increase the resale value of your home.   Furthermore, energy-efficiency and exterior appearance are features that are becoming increasingly important for potential homebuyers. In fact, new windows are so important to new homeowners that real estate agents will put them front and centre on a home’s feature sheet. New windows are a big deal! By investing in a window replacement, you’re also contributing to your home’s equity and a larger ROI.  

Home Energy-Efficiency

Old windows can cost you escalating utility bills. Drafts, cracks, or deteriorating frames can cause outdoor air to enter the home and force your air conditioner or furnace to work harder than normal.   Newer models of windows are designed with energy efficiency in mind. Modern technology has allowed windows to sustain a more consistent temperature in your home during the cold winter and hot summer months. Higher performing replacement windows are credited with cutting your household energy expenditures in half. The key to recouping your investment in new windows is to get them installed as soon as you need them so that over time you maximize the amount of energy savings that you’ll get from your replacement windows over their lifetime.

Environmental Impact

Taking advantage of high-efficiency replacement windows is they help leave a positive environmental impact. By tapping into natural resources less frequently, you can lower your carbon footprint by reducing the number of utilities your home uses each month.

Noise Reduction

Replacement windows provide better insulation than older models, which reduces the amount of noise within the home. If you’re constantly hearing your neighbours or traffic, a window replacement may be the solution you have not yet considered.

Home Comfort

Beyond the economic and environmental impacts of replacing your windows, you will also enjoy an enhanced atmosphere in the rooms you spend the most time in. A window replacement makes your home a space you want to spend time in. You’ll find yourself spending less time caring for and maintaining your windows, and therefore be able to sit back, relax and simply enjoy them.

More Natural Light

Clean new windows allow more natural light to enter your home and provide you with a perfect view of the beautiful scenery outside the walls of your home. For anyone who suffers from depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), more natural light has huge health benefits, and are a great reason to add new windows into your home.   Are you ready to receive all the benefits of a window replacement? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt to learn more about your options and get started on your home’s renovation project!  

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