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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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How to Add More Natural Light In Your Home

The sun is a great way to brighten your day! Allowing natural sunlight into your home can decrease your utility bills and significantly enhance your overall mood and quality of life. Natural light in homes has always been a highly sought after feature for potential buyers. If moving isn’t an option or you’re happy with your current house, there are several ways you can get more sunlight into your existing home:

Add Mirrors

Mirrors are often used as a decorative trick to make rooms appear larger but they can also be helpful to increase the amount of light in your home. Mirrors will reflect incoming sunlight around the space. If you are not a fan of mirror reflections, you can also consider glass tables, metallic light fixtures, or silver décor to give a similar effect.

Use Light Colours

It is fairly common knowledge that dark shades absorb light and brighter colours reflect it. This is why light colours are the best choice if you are trying to enhance the amount of sunlight in your home. Light colours such as white, cream, beige or light grey will make your room feel brighter and fresher. Consider this tip when choosing both paint and furniture!

Trim Trees and Shrubs

Reduce the amount of obstruction in front of your windows by trimming your hedges, trees and shrubbery so that it is not blocking the glass. If you are working with a professional landscaper, mention you want to increase the amount of natural light entering your home so they can strategically design their work.

Wash Your  Windows

If your windows are dirty it can impact the ability and the amount of natural light entering your home. Wash your windows frequently, even when they don’t appear to be dirty. They still may have a thin layer of dust hindering or muting the light when entering your home.

Install Skylights

If you’re interested in more windows but are not fond of the idea of having less privacy, skylights may be the perfect solution for you. Skylights come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit any room. Skylights allow ample light to enter your home during the day and make your room feel more spacious.

Consider a Window Replacement

One reliable way to add more sunlight into your home is to replace your windows. During a window replacement, you can decide to put in additional or larger windows to your home. This will drastically enhance the amount of natural sunlight that enters your rooms or living space.

Add More Sunlight to Your Home

Getting more sunlight might be a long-term investment for your home, but it’s also an investment for your health. Increasing your daily dose of natural light offers advantages for your physical and mental well-being. Ready to bask in the glow of the sun from the comfort of your home? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt for new or replacement windows today. Call 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote!
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Should You Repair or Replace Your Windows?

Not sure if your windows are performing as well as they should? Think you need to do something with your windows, but not sure what?  Here are several signs your windows may not be operating or functioning to the best of their abilities. These signs include (but are not limited to):
  • Condensation on the glass
  • Noticeable drafts
  • More noise than usual
  • Cracks in the glass
  • Decaying frame
  • Rising utility bills.
If you’re noticing any of these symptoms it’s best to take action by getting your window repaired or installing a replacement window. But how do you know if you should repair your windows or replace them entirely? While you may be tempted to let your wallet guide your decision, it may not make financial sense to repair a window that needs to be replaced. Here are some factors to consider when you are making the decision to repair or replace your window:

How Old Are Your Windows?

The answer to this question can be one determining factor in whether it’s worth repairing your windows or considering a full window replacement. If your windows are old - it’s definitely the best idea to replace them. If you choose to do a simple repair, this will only be a temporary fix and inevitably delay the task of replacing them in the near future. Replacing your windows increases the value and energy-efficiency of your home.

Is a Glass Pane Broken?

If the glass pane in your window is broken it’s very likely you’ll be able to simply repair the window. A crack in a window usually results from an accident and is not usually a sign of further irreversible problems.

How Frequently Are You Experiencing Problems?

If you’ve gone from one problem to the next, it may be time to consider replacing your windows. Quick fixes can only get you so far, but if your windows are demonstrating more than one of the above signs - it’s a strong indication your windows are not functioning properly -  and a repair may not be the answer. Save yourself the hassle of constantly trying to perform damage control and invest in low-maintenance vinyl windows.

Is The Window Frame Decaying or Rotting?

One of the biggest problems of having old windows: decaying frames. This is a problem that is not easily repaired. When the wood starts to rot, deterioration and mould set in and there is very little that can be done. The good news is most new windows are not made with wood frames anymore, therefore your new windows have a much longer lifespan. A window replacement is a necessary step as soon you start to see your wooden frames decaying. Do you think it is time to consider a window replacement or window repair for your home? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt to get started with our highly skilled team of professionals. Call us at 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote today!
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How To Keep Your Home Cool This Summer

Summer is a wonderful time but one of the unfortunate side effects is the extreme heat which can be dangerous to young children, the elderly, and pets. During heat warnings, it’s important to stay indoors out of the heat and to check in on the elderly in your neighbourhood who may be on their own. But what do you do if it’s hot inside your home too? The good news is that even without central air conditioning there are highly effective ways to keep your home cool during the hotter months. Here are a few tips to help you stay cool this summer:

Keep Your Body Cool

The best thing you can do if you are still feeling overheated is to take care of yourself. Wear light, loose clothing to give your body room to breathe and make sure you hydrate frequently. Remember to use sun protection when you’re outdoors to avoid getting a sunburn. If you’re feeling flushed, sit in front of a fan to cool off. While it’s always important to drink several glasses of water a day, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated when there’s a heat warning.

Avoid Using Hot Appliances

Your oven and stove can add a lot of heat to your home. Consider using a grill outdoors or making meals that do not require heat on hot days. Also, hang clothes out on the line to dry instead of generating heat by using your dryer. Furthermore, limit the use of your dishwasher until the evening when temperatures cool off.  The last thing you need is to generate extra heat in your home.

Use Blinds

Don’t underestimate the power of the sun. The UV rays in sunlight entering through your windows is what causes rooms to heat up in your home. Use proper blinds during the day to keep the sunlight out. Explore your options, there are new blinds designed to help keep homes cool when central air conditioning is not available.

Open Windows at Night

When temperatures begin to cool at night, open your second story windows to let cool air flow in. If you live in a quiet neighbourhood, leave your windows open all night to let the house cool off – this ensures you have a comfortable sleep. Just don’t forget to shut the windows again in the morning when temperatures are expected to rise.

New Windows

Old and outdated windows can be one of the main reasons your house is too hot in the summer. Condensation, drafts, excess noise and increasing utility bills are all signs that it may be time for new windows. By replacing your old windows, you can enjoy new designs and product innovations that will keep you cool this summer. Furthermore, it also keeps you comfortable in the winter when you may struggle to stay warm on cold days. Interested in installing new windows this summer? Contact Thermo-Bilt or call 416-756-0798 for more information on how to keep your home cool and for different window options that will work best for you!
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GreenON Program: Important Updates

If you planned on using the GreenON window rebate program to receive a rebate on your new windows, there is some unfortunate news: the program has been cancelled – without feedback from consumers or experts in the industry. If you’ve signed up under the initial GreenON program, you still may be able to benefit from the rebate. Here’s what you need to know.

The Initial Rebate

The GreenON program was only announced in December of 2017. It offered homeowners who were replacing their existing windows with high energy efficiency windows. Approximately $500 dollars per widow (only on qualifying windows), to a maximum of ten windows, or a total rebate of $5,000. The GreenON program wasn’t just about replacing windows. It also offered rebates on many other products that could significantly reduce your home’s energy usage, including:
  • Air source and ground source heat pumps
  • Insulation
  • Solar power
  • Smart thermostats.
Like new windows, these home updates could significantly reduce your utility costs. If enough Ontarians invested in the program, it would have made the whole province a greener and more environmentally-friendly place. It’s unfortunate that the incoming provincial government has cancelled the program, but you may still be able to take advantage of it.

New Rebate Applications

If you’ve already applied for the rebate program, you will receive your rebate. If you still need to apply, the application will only be processed if you can meet all the following conditions:
  • On or before June 19, 2018, you signed a contract with a participating contractor
  • That replacement will be completed before October 31, 2018
  • You submit your rebate application before November 30, 2018.
If you were also interested in the Smart Thermostat rebate, it has an additional condition. Now, the rebate application for the Smart Thermostat must be submitted to the manufacturer before July 31, 2018. If you have an agreement with a participating contractor, you should get in touch with them right away to ensure they’ll be able to make the October installation deadline. Set a reminder for yourself to submit the rebate application as soon as you can after your window installation. You won’t want to miss the November deadline and lose out on the rebate!

Energy Efficient Windows

Even without the government rebate, replacing your old windows with new energy-efficient ones can still have significant benefits. In both the winter and summer, you’ll spend less on utilities getting your home to the right temperature. Furthermore, installing new, properly sealed windows can help avoid humidity problems, water damage, and other issues in your home. If you’ve been considering new or replacement windows, contact Thermo-Bilt. Our experts will help you figure out if you’re still able to apply for the GreenON rebate program. Even if you can’t, our free quotes and reasonable costs are effective ways you can still reap the rewards of energy-efficient window replacement. Call us at 416-756-0789 for more information about window replacements to start saving on your utility bill!
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Why Choose Slider Windows For Your Home?

Choosing the right windows for your home can be difficult… But it doesn’t have to be! With slider windows you can’t go wrong! They're easy to use, energy-efficient, ensure maximum outdoor views, and bring an abundance of natural sunlight into your home.

What are Slider Windows?

Slider windows are horizontal windows that glide back and forth. The windows open by moving window sashes from one side to the other. They also are easy to remove from their frame - making them almost effortless to clean. They produce an elegant look in your home and come in two and three-lite sliding combinations.  

Benefits of Slider Windows

  1. Clear & Full View

The wide horizontal design of slider windows offers an unobstructed view of the outdoors. The wider the window, the more natural light will enter your home!
  1. Energy Efficient and Ventilation

Slider windows are energy efficient that can keep your home at a constant temperature all year-round - even lowering your energy bills. They're built to allow both panes to be opened at the same time, which maximizes the amount of ventilation in your home!
  1. Convenient and User-Friendly

Slider windows are best known for their easy-to-use design; they can quickly open and close with the push of a finger. It involves sliding one side of the window to the opposite side, while the other remains stationary. Since they’re simple to utilize, these windows can be placed in all areas of your home, including areas that are difficult to reach. Now that you have read all the benefits of sliding windows, I’m sure the choice is no longer difficult. At Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors, we offer superior window quality, performance and practicality. Remember, choosing and installing windows doesn’t have to be difficult. Contact Thermo-Bilt for new or replacement slider windows to be installed in your home today. Call us at 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote!
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Questions to Ask Your Windows & Doors Company in Toronto

Windows are an important feature for all rooms in your home. They draw in natural sunlight and allow for beautiful outdoor views. When choosing your windows and doors company, there are a few important factors you should be aware of that come into play. When seeking to find out more about them, here are 7 important questions to ask:
  1. How long have you been in business for?

It's important and in your best interest to choose a windows and doors company that has been around for years. With time comes technical experience and industry knowledge. This is crucial if you want to be a satisfied customer and work with a business in the long-term.
  1. Are you licensed and insured?

NEVER work with a window company that is not licensed and insured. It is a requirement in Ontario for all window installers to have a licence to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest precautionary measures and best practices. This also benefits you because if a worker gets injured while installing windows on your property, the insurance company transfers liability to you!
  1. What credentials do you have?

The more credentials a company has the more trustworthy it is. Reputable companies earn awards and have many accomplishments to establish their reputation. These are the type of window companies you want to hire.
  1. What window brands do you carry?

A non-proprietary windows & doors company offers a wide variety of brands and goods to ensure customers can are satisfied with their products. Companies who only sell in-house brands are more likely to put a strong emphasis on meeting quotas than caring about customers' needs being met. It is in your best interest to hire a company that offers a variety of brands.
  1. Do you provide warranty service?

You want your window company to also be your warranty service provider. This simplifies the process if for some reason there are window defects.
  1. Do you have a portfolio I can view?

The best way to determine a company's performance is to view their finished work. This allows you to know whether they're capable of executing the kind of results you have in mind. Viewing a photo gallery of previous work is the best way to know you’re making the right choice for your vision and home's needs.
  1. Where can I find reviews of your company?

Testimonials are another great tool for letting you know whether a company is right for you. They provide you with past customer experiences, which informs you about the potential experience you’ll have if you do choose to hire them. Are you ready to install new or replacement windows in your home? At Thermo-Bilt, you can find all these questions answered at your convenience. Our licensed and certified team will address all your home needs and work within your budget to achieve the perfect windows for your home. Contact us or call 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote on new windows today!
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