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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:


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.


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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Improve Your Home With Bay Windows

Windows are an important piece of your home’s interior and exterior design. They bring in the beautiful outdoor views and give an opportunity for sunlight to reach deep inside your home. There really is no better comfort than large, beautiful windows in any room. When choosing new or replacement windows, you may be overwhelmed with the number of options. One of the most popular choices for major living spaces are bay windows. Bay windows bring a wide array of advantages to both the interior and exterior of a home. Here are a few ways bay window installation can improve your home:

More Natural Light

Arguably, the greatest feature of bay windows is the natural light they let into a home. The large surface area they cover and their outward shape allow for copious amounts of beautiful sunlight to soak your favourite living spaces. Exposure to natural sunlight improves people’s moods and creates a cozy space to spend time with your family.

Wide Availability

One of the great things about bay windows is that for all the advantages they bring, they’re also widely available. Unlike other unique windows, they are not difficult to find and therefore do not have long wait times. Take a look at some of our durable and stylish bay windows!

Creates a Unique Space

They are a great option for individuals looking to increase their space. The outward shape gives the illusion that a room is bigger without doing any major renovations. Another desirable option is building a window seat using the bay window’s open space – the perfect place to curl up with a cup of coffee or a good book.

Increases Home Value

A hidden advantage of installing bay windows is it increases your home’s market value. They are highly desirable to home buyers and are seen as a structural improvement to the home. Therefore, it supplies a greater return on your investment.

Enhanced Curb Appeal

Not only do bay windows bring in natural light and increased space to your home’s interior, they also enhance your home’s exterior and curb appeal. They are an elegant and visually appealing addition to your home’s facade and structure. Do you think bay windows are a great option for your home? Are you ready to install replacement windows in your home? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt, our licensed and certified team will address all your home needs and work within your budget to achieve the perfect windows for your home. Call us at 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote on new bay windows today!
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Top Tips for Cleaning Windows

It’s that time of year again, when people focus on cleaning and reorganizing their homes - especially the things that we’ve held off during the winter. One big priority is clearing the season’s buildup of dirt and giving your windows a new clear shine. While this may seem like a daunting task, it can actually be really simple and fun. Follow these easy tips to clean your windows and bring them back to their original shine:

Choose a Nice Day

Many people assume that a warm, sunny day is the best option for optimal window cleaning. However, too much sun or heat can cause the cleaning solution to stick to your windows before you have a chance to wash it off. To avoid this problem, choose a dry or cloudy day, or start washing your windows on the shaded side of the house.


The best part of washing windows is lathering up soapy bubbles and rinsing it all off with water! But before you begin, remember to dust off the window sills first. A lot of dirt, debris and leaves collect on the sills and when soap and water is added it can create a big, sloppy mess. Take a few minutes to clean and sweep the sills before washing - you’ll save yourself a lot of work later on.

Use Enough Window Cleaner

Don’t skimp out on the amount of window cleaner you use. Especially if it’s the first time you’re cleaning your windows for the season. They may have plenty of dirt built up and could use some extra TLC (aka window cleaner). Window cleaner cuts through the tough dirt to ensure your windows are stripped of all their residue.

Use a Squeegee

Many people make the mistake of not using a squeegee when washing outdoor windows. Using a squeegee scrapes away any excess water and soap, which helps to avoid streaks when the window dries.

Add Vinegar

If you don’t have a squeegee, one of the oldest tricks to avoid streaking is to add vinegar in your window washing mixture. This natural and non-toxic ingredient is a miracle worker. For each part water, add one part vinegar for best results.

Remove the Window Screens

If you want to be really thorough, take out the screens and find an open area outside to clean them. Use your window cleaning solution and scrub the screens to remove the dirt and debris between the mesh lining. Let them air dry and reinstall them. Remember, no matter how clean your windows look always ensure they function properly. If you have excess condensation, drafts, or cracks it may be time for new replacement windows! Contact Thermo-Bilt for new vinyl windows and professional installation this summer. Call us at 416-756-0798 for a FREE quote!
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Unique Windows From Around The World

You may think of windows as a necessity for your home. They provide a view to the outdoors and allow natural light and ventilation to reach your living spaces. While this is true, they can be so much more! Around the world, creative designers and engineers have come up with new and unique windows that give any home added character that adds a variety of unique and creative styles. Here are some of our favourite unique and modern window designs from around the world:

Curved Windows

We love curved windows because they provide a unique view from the inside outdoors. They capture the scenery in a different frame and can creatively fit into wall spaces where a traditional rectangular window will not. Windows can also be curved outwards from the home in a spherical shape creating a slight overhang from the wall. These types of windows make it possible to get a holistic view of beautiful scenery or the cityscape, all from the comfort of your home.

Geometric Shapes

Similar to curved windows, geometrically shaped windows can work in spaces where traditional rectangular windows cannot. While this practical feature is a huge benefit, it’s their abnormality that we love. Windows that are designed in a geometric shape grab people’s attention and they give both the exterior and interior of a home either a very contemporary or a very traditional feel. Be adventurous and consider shapes such as circles, diamonds, triangles, pentagons and hexagons!

Window Walls

Why have a wall blocking your view when you could replace it with a gigantic window? Window walls are elegant and are especially desirable if you have beautiful outdoor surroundings. You will receive an incredible amount of natural sunlight into your home with this type of window and will feel constantly more connected with nature.

Industrial Windows

In the modern décor world, industrial themes have become very popular. Windows are a great piece to adapt to match these industrial trends. Try framing the glass creatively with metal rods or pipes to give your windows an industrial edge.

Window Seats

After all the time, effort and money spent ensuring you have unique and modern window designs in your home, you are going to want to enjoy them! A great idea is to combine seating right into your window. Rather than a shallow window sill, use the space for a seat or a bench where you can soak up the sun and enjoy your views. This concept works particularly well in curved windows or more traditional window designs such as bay or bow windows. Europe and Asia are particularly well-known for their modern and unique window designs. They use their space creatively and believe in combining style and functionality to make every home reflect its residents. Follow in their footsteps and bring these influences to North America! Are you ready to spice up your home with some unique or modern windows influenced by designs from around the world? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt to get started on your replacement windows today!
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The Best Windows for Home Security

The number one priority for most homeowners is the safety and security of their family. Another priority is style. Everyone wants their house to reflect their unique tastes and feel like a home. It is unfortunate, but sometimes the safety and security of your home can come at the cost of personal style. However, when it comes to new windows - this doesn’t have to be the case! Windows are one of the main areas of concern when it comes to keeping your home secure. They can be a gateway inside for outdoor threats. The good news is that many already popular styles of windows are also some of the best for home security.

Casement Windows

Casement windows are considered to be one of the most secure types of windows because they can only be opened with a hand crank from the inside. This feature makes it very difficult for burglars to open a casement window. Intruders aren’t the only safety feature to consider. Casement window design also eliminates the risk of the window blowing open in inclement weather.

Sliding Windows

When there is not enough clearance outside for a casement window to open properly, sliding windows are often an effective alternative. Equipped with a cam-action lock, it is very difficult to slide the window open and closed from the outside, especially when the tension is set on high.

Double Hung Windows

In addition to the worry of outdoor threats entering the home, there may also be a concern for a child or beloved pet escaping. Double hung windows address this issue because you are able to open the top pane for ventilation and children and pets will not be able to access the opening at such a height. If you are not in the market for new windows or these styles of windows don’t suit your tastes or needs, consider enhancing your already existing windows with improved security measures. These may include:
  • Locks – there are a variety of types of window locks to choose from, including keyed locks, cam-action locks, swivel-action locks, a lag screw and window latches that can be used to increase window security.
  • Window glazing – reinforcing your glass in order to make it impact resistant can reduce the likelihood of the glass breaking.
  • Alarms – having a security alarm that will sound when triggered by suspicious activity is a plus. Look for an alarm service that will call emergency services on your behalf to get the peace of mind that comes with enhanced security. Even if your other home security measures fail with an alarm service you know that help will not be far away.
Windows can provide breathtaking views of the outdoors and allow beautiful natural sunlight to enter your home creating a bright, healthy and warm atmosphere. You shouldn’t have to compromise these luxuries with the right window choices. Consider beauty, but also ensure you look for windows that will also offer you and your family a high degree of security. Interested in installing new or replacement windows in your home? Contact us at Thermo-Bilt where our professional and licensed staff will work hard to meet your needs and ensure a high degree of home security.
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Top 10 Innovations in Window Technology

Windows have come a long way since the days of your parents. Here’s a brief history of the evolution of window technology so you can see how far the technology has come!

Float Glass

Float glass is a method of floating molten glass over a bath of molten tin and by the late 1950s, it was producing flatter and more uniform glass than had ever been created before. It was an integral breakthrough in creating the energy-efficient windows that we have today.

Insulating Glass

It started as two panes of glass welded together at the edges with a 1/4-inch dry air space between them. It was then changed to a ½ inch space for better insulating. By 2007, the number of windows that had insulating glazing jumped to 90 percent.

Vinyl Windows

This refers to the framing material used for the window. Vinyl windows appeared in North America in the early 60s but took another 20 years to become viable in the new construction market. Usage has risen steadily since then. By 2009, roughly 60 percent of window sales were vinyl windows.

Clad Windows

Clad windows were introduced in the 1960s, first as vinyl clad and then a few years later as an aluminium product. They infuse the look of a traditional window on the inside, with a weather-proof exterior that will never need painting. They are extremely popular, with 93 percent of wood window sales being made with either a vinyl or aluminium cladding.

Tilt-In Replacements

The 70s brought us the Marvin Tilt Pac Double Hung Replacement System, which is a cost-effective way to upgrade older double-hung windows that have a frame that’s in good shape but a sash or hardware that needs replacing.

Round Top Windows

This style of window was traditionally made by hand in small shops. In the early 80s, they began to be mass-produced, which changed not only manufacturing processes but also the ideas of modern home design.

Low-E Glass and Gas-Filled IGUs

These windows use a thin layer of transparent metal (a low-e coating) that slows down heat transfer throughout the glass. It reflects the sun’s heat out in summer and reflects the heat back into the home during the winter. By 2005, you could find low-e coatings on roughly 56 percent of windows.

Impact Glass

This style came out of necessity for hurricane and tornado-prone areas. They are designed to keep the wind out, and they have the ability to withstand the hit of a 9 lb., 2 by 4 shot out of a cannon at almost 55 km/h!

Ultrex Frames

The mid-1990s saw the rise of Ultrex frames. They are made of fibreglass and are stronger than vinyl, aluminium or wood. They are also superior when it comes to heat transfer and expand/contract less in temperature changes.

Dynamic Glass

This style gets its name from having dynamic or switchable glass. Electrochromic windows control solar gain via a conductor that is transparent and inserted between the glass panes. It can be gradually darkened or lightened using an electric current. It can also be tinted manually or by an automation system. If you need new windows, there is only place to go. Thermo-Bilt have over 20 years of window replacement and installation experience. Contact us and get a free quote today!
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Windows of The Future & Connected Tech

In our homes, it’s not just the internet, smartphones and TVs that are evolving. Advancements in window tech are on a quick and steady rise. We could soon be living in spaces that would have seemed like something out of a science-fiction movie just a few decades ago. Let’s take a look at where window technology is now, and what our view may look like in the future.

Windows of the Present

Home automation is a term most people have heard of. People are looking towards having their home work for them. Some of the things we already have now are just the beginning of smart home windows. External home monitoring devices can alert a homeowner when a window has become ajar. Motorized window coverings can be controlled from a few feet to thousands of kilometres away with a simple remote app. There are also smart windows being used by some companies that can automatically tint to block sun and heat when it’s too hot and will tint less on overcast days. A lot of money, effort and thought is going into smart home windows and its technology. There is a lot of energy and money that can be saved. Plus, there are all of the benefits associated with natural light.

Window Tech Around the Corner

There are some pretty incredible smart window advancements that are just around the corner. A lot of it has to do with the glass, and it being able to change or adapt to weather conditions with the touch of a screen or remote. Electrochromic windows can change from opaque to transparent in the blink of an eye. So can thermochromic windows, but their change is based on temperature instead of a button. Architects and manufacturers are looking at ways to turn windows into energy creators, as well as storage devices. Companies looking to shrink their carbon footprint are obviously clamouring for this technology to become a reality.

Windows of the Future

The possibilities are limitless when it comes to smart windows. The idea of using windows to collect energy is also being tested and adapted with the use of a solar concentrator. It gets placed over a window to collect solar energy, but at the same time still allows people to look through it. It’s ideas like this that could guide us into a more self-sustaining world. Also, with the rise of touchscreen popularity, expansion into connected glass or “smart glass” is most definitely on the horizon. Using connected glass, we will be able to use a window in our home or office just like it was a giant tablet or smartphone. Windows are the eyes of our homes, and they allow us to see all the splendour of the outside world. Make sure your windows are up to date by buying only the best from Thermo-Bilt. Our large and modern selection combined with our team of experts are the reason we have been respected across the GTA for over 20 years. Get a FREE quote today!
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Casement Windows: Everything You Need to Know

The elegant look of vertical casement windows has been in style for centuries, largely because they’re simple and provide a clear view. But these windows have kept up with the times, and are now available in all kinds of materials, finishes and with any pane you like.

Advantages of Casement Windows

Most casement windows are taller than they are wide (but not all styles conform to this guideline). All swing open from one side or the other (sometimes they can be pushed open by a crank) to let in fresh air. You can pair casement windows together to create different looks. French casement windows are two paired together so you can push them both open at the centre, which is a very traditional but luxurious look. Those with larger windows might pair several casement windows together, which gives you the advantage of being able to open one window to let in only a little bit of air. Larger window, on the other hand, would give you less control over a small breeze. Casement windows are available in all materials, like wood, vinyl, aluminium and clad-wood. You can match them to any colour you like, or keep them white for a clean, modern look. In fact, it’s easier to keep a modern look with casement windows as their design allows you to clean the outside of the window while you’re standing in your home. Of course, you’ll also need to remove any dust and debris from the window trim and track to keep your casement window in working order.

Casement Windows as Escapes

Ontario building codes require a certain number of escapes, either doors or windows, in specific rooms and per floor.  To meet these codes many choose casement windows because they easily open at 90 degrees. You can use awning-style casement windows which are wider and a great fire escape for basements and other challenging areas, as long as you’re still meeting the overall area requirements for a fire escape. However, it’s important to note that some casement windows don’t open precisely from the side. Instead, they hinge somewhere near the centre. This most often occurs with windows that have cranks to open. While they can make for a stunning look, these windows may not allow enough room for a regulated fire escape. You’ll need an egress casement window, which opens from the side, to avoid this problem. If you’re trying to meet escape requirements, contact the team at Thermo-Bilt. We can advise you on the proper type and size of windows you need.

When to Consider Casement Windows

While some casement windows can be hard to open, our casement windows at Thermo-Bilt offer effortless opening and closing. Our Greater Toronto Area factory uses an incredible manufacturing process to ensure the smooth operation of these windows. Contact us, if you’re interested in casement windows. We’d be happy to answer your questions and we can provide you with a FREE quote!  
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10 Signs You Should Invest in New Windows

Here are some unexpected signs that your windows need to be replaced.
  1. There is condensation and/or leaking around the window

Condensation on the inside of your window, or outright water on the floor next to them, signals that the seal on the window has become damaged somehow and water and air from outside are leaking in. If you ignore this problem, eventually the water will cause damage, from water stains to mold and rot, on the walls of your home. It’s best to get new windows right away.
  1. You see decaying, rotting, or mold around the window

Perhaps you can already see the signs of water damage in your home. If so, your new windows may need to be full-frame installed to remove the damaged sill and trim.
  1. You can feel a draft

If you’re not sure where the draft is coming from, holding a lit candle up to each window will help you locate the leak. In this case, installing new windows will help keep your air inside and reduce your energy bills.
  1. You want to reduce your energy bills

Even if you have functioning windows you will see energy savings if you invest in new windows. The latest technological advances, including triple glazing, inert gas filling, and more, have vastly improved modern windows’ insulating properties.
  1. You can hear noise from outside

As window installers, we at Thermo-Bilt have been in a lot of homes that have a high-traffic street just outside of the living room. Few people realize that the right windows can insulate you from sound, whether you’re hearing cars, trains, stores, or the school across the road on recess break.
  1. Your windows get stuck

If you find yourself fighting to get the window open or closed, something has shifted in your home or the window itself to bend it out of shape. Maybe the hinges are damaged, maybe water damage has swollen the sill, or maybe there’s some other problem. We’ll figure out what has gone wrong before we install your new windows.
  1. You live on the coast

In some areas, windows are just exposed to more wear and tear than in others. It’s not just about the storms the coast inevitably throws at your home, salty and humid air does damage all by itself. If you’re living on the coast, you may want to look at your windows from the outside of the home and see if there’s any damage.
  1. Your windows look out of place

Windows can make or break the style of a room, depending on what look you’re going for. Modern looks with old windows will seem cluttered, while historical restorations will need window styles to compliment them— if not, the look will be especially glaring from the outside.
  1. Your furniture or carpets are fading

Old windows don’t offer your furniture protection from UV rays, which can dull colours on any kind of fabric. If you’re developing an odd lightened spot on your carpet, it’s time to get new windows that can protect your home.
  1. Your window looks small

Over time, a succession of retrofit window installations can reduce the actual area of glass in your window, giving your home less natural light and reducing your view. A full-frame installation can restore your windows to their full size. Whatever your concerns with your current windows, at Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors we’re ready to advise you on how to achieve the results you’re looking for. Contact us for a FREE quote!  
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Behind the Scenes: How Windows are Installed

Your windows are an important part of your home. They protect you from moisture, wind, and drastic temperatures during the winter and summer. It’s always a good idea to invest in higher quality materials, as improper methods can lead to rotting or drafts. From bay windows to awning, window installation comes in all shapes and forms. With such a wide variety of sizes, styles, and configurations, it’s often a mystery as to how they’re installed. We’re here to show you a behind-the-scenes look at a step by step guide to window installation:

Remove Trim, Casing, & Guide Track

Use a crowbar to remove the window trim and jamb extension (side tracks) from the perimeter of the old window. Then unscrew the window from the jamb and remove it. Go slowly, making sure you don’t break the glass during removal.

Prep/Repair New Window Opening

Once your window has been removed from the wall, check the window jamb for structural damage. If you come across any damage, you may want to call a professional since the jamb will have to be replaced before installing the new window. Now you’ll need to ensure that the rough opening can accommodate the new window installation. The opening should be 1/4” to 3/8” larger than the exterior dimensions of your new window.

Inspect & Replace Window Stop

A window stop is a piece of wood that can be found on the exterior side of the window jamb. Its purpose is to prevent the window from sliding out of the opening, as it physically stops the window from moving. Chances are your original stop will still be usable, but you may need to repair or replace it if it is damaged.

Dry Fit the New Window

The next step is to dry fit the new window into the opening so there are no issues with fit. If you’re struggling to make it work, make adjustments to the rough opening until it fits. If you’ve done it properly, the new window should fit snugly into the opening.

Install New Window

Window installation itself is often very simple once the previous steps are out of the way. First, you’ll need to run a bead of silicone on the inside edge of the window stop, then slide the window into place. Use a level on the top of the window then use cedar shims between the frame and jamb to get it level. Once it’s sitting right, there are two screws that go into each side of the window, then another one near the top and the last near the bottom.

Mount Trim Molding, Add Finishing Touches, Then Paint or Stain

You’re almost there! Now it’s time to pick a molding that suits your decor, then create a frame around the window. Measure the length of each piece, then cut the trim to the appropriate length. Using 45-degree angles cuts will ensure that your trim will fit together nicely, giving off that picture-frame look. Finally, attach the trim to the wall with finish nails. Fill any nail holes with wood putty, then paint or stain the trim any way you desire. Done! New windows have been replaced in your home. If your looking for professional window installation, look no further than Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors. Contact us for high-quality windows that will leave your home looking brand new.
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Ontario Green Rebate: Everything You Need to Know

The Ontario Green Rebate is a new rebate program that was recently announced by the Ontario government in 2018. It will be run through a provincial agency called the Green Ontario Fund. The rebate is aimed at residential homeowners who are interested in making green choices for their home. Homeowners can claim a variety of rebates through this program, including:
  • Up to $7,200 for new insulation
  • Up to $20,000 for installing an ENERGY STAR certified ground source heat pump (home geothermal) or up to $4,500 for repairing an existing heat pump
  • Up to $5,800 off air source heat pumps that are ENERGY STAR certified or meet program requirements
  • Up to $5,000 for replacement windows that meet program standards
  • $100 for air sealing your home.
This new rebate program comes after an August commitment to provide thousands of free smart thermostats to homeowners, a promise that the environment minister acknowledged. This has rolled out more slowly than the government would have liked. Only 1,000 of the devices have been installed to date.

Who is Eligible to Receive The Rebates?

To be eligible for the rebates, you must be an Ontario resident who lives in a detached home, townhouse or semi-detached home. If you rent, you must have the written permission of your landlord to receive the rebate. The major part of this program is that the renovations done to your home need to be done by contractors who meet the proper criteria, which includes:
  • They must have an HST registration number and either a Master Business Licence or Articles of Incorporation valid for at least two years.
  • $2 million dollars in liability insurance.
  • $1 million dollars in auto insurance.
  • A letter of clearance from WSIB.
To find out more about this program, if your contractor is qualified, and if you’re eligible to receive these rebates, visit

The Rebate that Keeps on Giving

Getting a rebate will help homeowners fund their next home renovation project. This is a great benefit of the program, but there are other reasons to get involved in the new Ontario Green Rebate. You’ll also be able to:
  • Reduce your heating and cooling costs.
  • Decrease your carbon footprint.
  • Increase your home’s resale value by upgrading to high-performance windows.
  • Upgrading your insulation can help you save 15 percent on heating and cooling costs.

The Green Ontario Fund & Ontario’s Pledge to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The Green Ontario Fund is a not-for-profit provincial agency that invests proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market into climate change actions to help people and businesses reduce greenhouse gas emissions and use cleaner technology when powering their homes and workplaces. Ontario has pledged to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 percent by 2020, 37 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050. The Ontario Green Rebate is a key part of the province’s Climate Change Action Plan and will help the province meet these targets. This not-for-profit agency takes consumer protection very seriously, which means that their agents will never come to your door without consent. To claim your rebate, you also need to ensure your contractor is qualified and screened, and they have signed up with – check before you begin your project.
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Full Frame versus Retrofit Windows

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

Full Frame Window Installation

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

The Pros and Cons of Full Frame Window Installation

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

Retrofit Windows

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

The Pros and Cons of Retrofit Window Installation

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

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

The Off-Season

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

Ease of Installation

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

Energy Reductions

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

Heat Loss

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

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

Find Drafts in Your Home

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

Block Drafts

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

Check Your Caulking

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

Plastic Film is an Affordable Fix

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

Take The Screens Off

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

Keep Warm, Winterize Your Home

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

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

Identify Your Needs

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

Consider your options

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

Bay Windows

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

Awning Windows

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


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

Entry Door Windows

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

Energy Efficient Windows

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

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

Window Energy Efficiency

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

Protect Windows from Humidity

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

Don’t Forget Cold Drafts

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

Cost Matters

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

How do you know which energy rating is the best? What do the ratings mean? In Canada, energy-efficient windows are rated based on their U-Factor, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, and air leakage grading. Generally, the common rule of thumb is the higher the number of the energy rating, the higher the efficiency of the window. You may also see a letter rating on the windows, which is the North American Fenestration Standard. This indicates which type of building a window is best for; R is for single-family residential buildings. LC is for low rise, CW is for mid-rise, and AW is for a high-rise. For the Canadian rating system, there is a lot of technical information included. Therefore, you'll want to make sure you do your research and look into it the best window that meets your needs. We've made it easy to understand. Simply follow our the rating explanations below:

What is U-Factor?

U-Factor is always examined in energy ratings. It is the rate of heat transfer from the product's warm area to a cold area. Usually, you want your window to transfer this heat slowly, so you’re not losing heat to the outdoor environment. The lower the U-factor number, the more energy-efficient your windows will be.

What is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient?

This ratio describes how much of the sun’s heat passes through a window, warming up the interior behind the window. The higher the number, the more solar heat the window provides. In a passive home, you would want a high solar heat gain coefficient to help the home stay warm in the winter.

Air Leakage

This factor is more straightforward. Air Leakage measures how much air leaks out of a window. For obvious reasons, you don’t want air to leak through your window, as it lets your heat (or air conditioning) escape into the environment. If your windows have high air leakage, it’s time to get them replaced.

What is R-value?

The R-value factor is not a concern under the energy rating, but it’s often used as an indication of energy efficiency in windows for industry experts. It measures how much resistance there is to heat transfer in the glass, or the amount of heat retained by the window. The higher the number the better the glass, indicating high heat has trouble passing through the window.

What is the difference between Argon and Krypton gas?

Energy efficient windows are filled with either argon or krypton, both are non-toxic gases to help insulate the panes. While argon is the cheaper gas, krypton is a better insulator. Sometimes the gases are blended so the windows can meet specific energy standards, while still being easy on your wallet.

What are Low E-coatings?

These glazings are applied onto the glass to block additional heat transfer. The three most common choices are Low-E 180 (a standard application), Double Low-E (which provides better efficiency), and Low-E 366 (which is meant for windows with intense sun exposure).

What is the ENERGY STAR® Certification Program?

Administered by Natural Resources Canada, this certification is meant to help consumers identify products which are energy efficient. Every year, ENERGY STAR® gives out accolades to the products with the best energy efficiency. Do you have more questions? We can answer all your inquiries about energy efficient windows – from glazing, ratings, and different window types to fit your home's needs. Contact us today for a FREE quote!
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Preparing Your Home’s Windows and Doors for Winter

Winter is right around the corner with its harsh winds, cold temperatures and winter storms. While it’s pretty to look at from a distance, you want to make sure you keep winter outside of your home. To keep the cold out, it is important to make sure you properly prepare the main entry points -  your windows and doors for the wrath of winter.

Check for drafts

It is important to check your windows and doors for drafts. If drafts are being let into your home, your energy bill can increase substantially every month, as your furnace will be working twice as hard to warm the cool air from entering your home. Unsure if your windows and doors are keeping the cold air out? If you have drafts take a candle and place it near any area you are worried about. If you see the flame dancing or flickering, it is likely because there is a draft coming through the window or door. This is a tell-tale sign that you should do some extra work to prepare your windows and doors for winter.

Caulk the windows

Caulking is the main line of protection used against cold air entering your home. The unfortunate reality is that even the best caulking can eventually form cracks or gaps. Having said this, it is an easy procedure to seal up these mishaps. You can either start from scratch and peel back the old caulking and replace it or you can simply patch up any problem areas.

Apply plastic film

Applying a plastic film to your windows can help insulate during cold weather. According to The Daily News Miner, insulating your windows with a plastic film can help retain up to 50% of the heat you generate inside, equivalent to adding an extra window pane! The plastic film is clear, allowing you to maintain a full view of the outdoors and is held in place using double-sided tape.

Use draft blockers

You can purchase effective draft snakes to place at the bottom of your windows and doors to prevent any warm air from escaping or cold air from entering your home. Hoping to save some money? Try a do-it-yourself option and roll up some old towels and tie elastics at each end to keep them in their tube form. This simple and inexpensive way to stop drafts will keep your house warmer and help you save on your energy bill.

Take your screens off

Your screens can get damaged from the snow that collects on them during the winter months. It is best to take your screens off and store them in a warm and dry space until springtime. This will ultimately protect your screens from weather damage and allow them to last longer. Winter is beautiful and you will want to look at it through your windows or head out your front door to experience it, but make sure you also remember to protect your windows and doors this winter. Contact Thermo-Bilt to keep your house as cozy as possible for when you need a break from the cold.
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Top 4 Ways Vinyl Windows Improve Your Home

If you are looking to upgrade your home, opting for vinyl windows can greatly improve the overall appearance of your living space, in addition to the countless benefits they provide. Windows are a central feature of any home or building, so it’s important to take care in making a decision before undergoing a replacement. From their exceptional durability to their insulating capabilities, and of course, their striking appearance, vinyl windows can drastically improve your home. Here are the top 4 ways vinyl windows improve your home:

Enhances Visual Appeal

Vinyl windows can have a dramatic impact on the aesthetic appeal of your living space. They are highly customizable and come in a variety of colours, styles, and textures so you can find something to suit your home and your personal tastes. Windows play a key role in the look of a particular room so upgrading to a quality vinyl windows can really enhance an area while adding a contemporary or classic fair to complement existing elements of your home.

Boosts Your Home’s Durability

Vinyl windows are highly durable. They require hardly any maintenance so you can rest assured they won’t be contributing to your seemingly endless list of property maintenance to-do’s. As well, vinyl is far less porous than wood which makes it harder for dust and dirt to get trapped, so an occasional wipe down with soap and water is sufficient to keep your windows looking like new. Unlike wood which requires a significant amount of preservation and maintenance, vinyl windows are not susceptible to rotting.

Increases Your Energy-Efficiency

One of the most significant advantages of vinyl windows is their insulating capabilities. In comparison to other materials like aluminium, vinyl is better able to keep heat from escaping during the winter months while preventing hot air from entering during the summer. When paired with a double-paned glass, their effectiveness is heightened even more so. In addition to helping the environment, you will also experience a significant reduction in energy costs when it comes to heating and cooling your home.

Increases the Value of Your Home

Renovations and investments such as vinyl windows can significantly heighten your curb appeal and raise your home’s value. They give your home a clean and fresh appearance as old window panes tend to lose their clarity over time. If you are considering selling your home in the future, vinyl windows are highly regarded by prospective buyers due to their minimal maintenance and attractiveness. Also, they are a fairly economical choice in comparison with other materials such as solid wood and fibreglass which can be expensive to install and maintain. Vinyl windows are top quality and can save you money in the long run due to their low upkeep, which is also well-regarded by buyers. If you are looking to upgrade your home, vinyl windows are an excellent choice. To find out more about their benefits or to get a free quote, call us at 416-756-0798.
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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.


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.


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.


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.


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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How To Choose Replacement Windows

So you decided to replace your windows! Thermo-Bilt Windows has almost two decades of experience with replacement windows in Toronto. Before every job our experts will meet with you to discuss the best windows for your home and design. Prior to our initial conversation, in order to work together to find the best window replacement Toronto has to offer we ensure that your needs and concerns are covered.

Climate Controlled Windows

Make sure your window replacement matches the climate in Toronto. Specific windows fair better than others in the cold, and choosing the right style will keep your home warm and energy efficient.  

Performance, Not Price

Not all windows are created equal, and not all windows are good value for money. Some windows will outperform others that cost more, so when considering window replacement in Toronto it’s important to research products in different price ranges.

Consider Why You Are Replacing Your Windows

The windows you choose will be largely determined by why you need (or want) to replace them. For Torontonians, window replacement might be different depending on whether you’re replacing windows in an old home or a new home. In any case, your window replacement in Toronto will be a balance between aesthetic and efficiency. So it’s good to have an idea of what your primary concern will be, and how that will change your budget.

Are You Going for a New Look?

You can use a necessary window replacement as an opportunity to invest in your home. Window replacement is a chance to make your home competitive in Toronto’s housing market by upgrading to a more unique and desirable style.

Choosing a Window Style

This of course depends on the existing windows in your home, the style of your neighbourhood, and most importantly your personal preference. Here is a quick guide to a few window replacement options Toronto homeowners may consider:
  • Sliding windows require little maintenance, and are a more affordable option. Their ability to add some ventilation to a room makes them a window replacement for Toronto summers
  • Casement windows offer an unobstructed view and contemporary style. They are taller than they are wide and open like doors, so they provide excellent ventilation
  • Double Hung windows have a more traditional look and slide up and down. Modern versions of this style replace the old pulley system with a spring mounted mechanism
  • Bay windows fit well in modern and older homes, adding space and light to any room, while providing a great view. Bay windows can also give you space to lounge, eat breakfast, or read a book
  • Bow windows are very similar to bay windows, but have four panels instead of three. They too offer more space and great views.
When choosing window replacement in Toronto, it’s important to consider the aesthetic of your home and your neighbourhood. At Thermo-Bilt, we give you the opportunity to make your home more energy efficient which will add value as a long term real estate investment. Contact us today for a FREE quote!
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6 Reasons to Invest in Fiberglass Doors

If you’re on the market for a new or replacement door for your home – look no further! Whether you’re looking for something durable, aesthetically pleasing,  or both, going with fibreglass guarantees you practicality and beauty all in one. Our experts have outlined the top 6 reasons why fiberglass doors are the best investment for your home:

Fiberglass Doors are reliable and durable

Fiberglass doors have been used by building contractors since the 1990's. They've become more increasingly popular among homeowners over the last twenty years. They are a much more practical choice than their wooden counterpart as they are not susceptible to water damage, rotting, or cracking. Fiberglass is comparable to steel in terms of strength and durability. So if you are an extensive traveler you can have some peace of mind about your home’s security knowing that a fiberglass door is sturdy and resistant to physical force. Plus, they are better at resisting extreme climates than wood and steel – a must for our harsh Canadian winters!

They are aesthetically pleasing

Many people are under the misconception that fiberglass doors cannot possibly look as beautiful or luxurious as wooden ones. Technology has advanced over the years & fiberglass can now adapt & imitate other materials. In fact, your door can be stained or coated to look just like wood – you won’t be able to tell the difference!

Affordable and long lasting

Although the upfront cost of a fiberglass door is more expensive than steel, they are a much more worthwhile investment. These doors last longer and are more resistant to harsh weather conditions. In comparison to wooden doors, fiberglass are more affordable and durable. So it ends up being more cost-effective in the long run.

Fiberglass Doors are low-maintenance

Fiberglass doors generally require very little maintenance; scuffs or marks can be removed by simply wiping the door’s surface with soap and water. Unlike wooden doors which are difficult to redecorate, a fiberglass door can be refinished or repainted relatively easily. Steel is susceptible to rusting and chipping in extreme heat or cold, whereas fiberglass does not. This minimizes the need for constant upkeep and repair.

They are highly customizable

Fiberglass doors are extremely versatile; they can be made in a number of different colours and designs to suit your personal tastes. You can choose from a variety of traditional, contemporary, and Victorian styles. There are wood finishes and paint finishes to pick from along with options to add windows, panels, columns, and other designs or detailing. 

A good choice for the environmentally

As a result of their improved temperature regulation, fibreglass doors are better at regulating the temperature inside your home compared to wood. Thermo-Bilt doors have a polyurethane foam core to provide insulation that’s seven times better than a wood door. Most importantly, fiberglass is a synthetic man-made material which means no need to chop down any trees! Visit Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors to get a free quote, or give us a call at 416-756-0798 to find out how we can build a beautiful and practical fibreglass door for your home.
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Slider Windows: Popular Choice for Homebuyers in Greater Toronto Area

If you’re looking for a great combination between quality and affordability, then slider windows are certainly the type of window for you! Aside from operational ease, slider windows feature a smart design that can adapt to virtually any space. Especially useful in smaller spaces that won’t suit a window that projects from the exterior of the home. It’s these features that have made slider windows a popular choice for home buyers in Toronto and the surrounding areas.

Living in Toronto

When you live in a city like Toronto, amongst all it’s beauty, you’ll want to showcase the view of the city from your home. Slider windows provide an unobstructed view when you’re looking out; it also allows natural light to flow through the room, making smaller areas appear more spacious and bright. For the most part, people who live in Toronto homes have very unique architecture and design features, including smaller living spaces. Brand new windows make a world of a difference in any living space.  

Why Replace Your Windows?

When you install brand new replacement windows, it's a smart investment because it adds value to your home. It also saves you money on your energy bills over the long term. But windows shouldn't be something you want to constantly fuss about or maintain often. Believe it or not – it happens. A bad window installation job done can end up being a nightmare due to maintenance, repairs, and poor ventilation. Slider windows provide more functionality, less maintenance, and are overall aesthetically pleasing to any home. As opposed to a conventional window, you'll find its less upkeep to maintain and more cost-effective. Another benefit is the ability to clean the exterior side of the windows from the inside. This can save you money from having to hire professional cleaners to do it for you. We recommend reading our window cleaning tips, so you can safely clean your windows at home.

Choose The Experts

When you choose Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors for your replacement windows, you can expect your new windows to be constructed with 100% pure high-quality PVC. Which is made to be extremely safe and durable for any environment. Slider windows are great for any home’s living room or bedrooms. Designed with maximum efficiency in mind, and its ability to fit into tight spaces, is what makes these great. Whether you’re debating between a single or double slider window, our custom design experts can walk you through all the style options to help you make your design ideas come to life. Our knowledgeable staff are highly trained and experienced with installing slider windows on many unique homes in Toronto. We provide homeowners a clear view and a brighter living space. Be amazed at how brand new shiny windows can instantly transform your house into a modern home. Contact Thermo-bilt Windows & Doors to find out if our great products are right for your home. Get a free quote today!
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Window Government Grants: What You Need to Know

New Windows Never Looked So Good!

Have you been wanting new windows for your home, but keep putting it off due to the high cost? You aren’t alone. With the help of window government grants your dream for new windows can become a reality, without having to empty your pockets - it’s easier than you think!

What is a Window Government Grant?

By replacing your old, drafty or outdated windows and doors with new energy-saving options you can be eligible for a grant or rebate from the government. This means that you get all the benefits of new windows without having to worry about paying the full amount. There are different types of grants and rebates, so be sure you know which one applies to your renovations. These window government grants apply when replacing windows or doors and not installing them in a new location, so be sure to pay close attention when reading up on the grant requirements. In an attempt to help the earth and encourage eco-friendly choices; the government has created these window grants and rebates to encourage you to take action. You can save hundreds of dollars on your business or home renovations, just by taking advantage of these grants. It’s a win-win for all parties!

The Benefits of New Windows

Aside from the fact that your house will look fresh and new again. New windows will also save you money and energy throughout the year. Your home will have fewer drafts, leading to a decreased amount of energy you need to heat or cool your home. This will, in turn, save you money as your energy bills go down. Energy efficient windows and doors also increase the resale value of your home – making it a must if you’re planning to sell. Energy-efficient windows will also help reduce the greenhouse gasses that your home would otherwise emit. The investment you make now will help your home and the environment in a variety of ways. For example, windows that are energy efficient also keep out many airborne pollutants, pollen and unwanted air drafts.

Time to Install Your New Windows

At Thermo-Bilt, our professional and courteous installation experts can get the job done, while also helping you with the ins and outs of financing and window government grants. With several rebate and finance options to choose from, we make replacing old windows easy and affordable! Start by filling out a simple online application. You’ll find out our credit decision within two hours of applying. Our interest rates are the lowest they’ve ever been and we also have flexible payment options. You have nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain. When the government is offering to help pay for your home window renovations it’s a deal too good to miss. Contact us if you have any questions or concerns, or if you’d like a free, in-home consultation for your windows and doors. There’s no obligation to make an appointment, and our experts are always happy to answer any questions you may have.
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Cleaning Windows and Doors for Spring

The birds are chirping, the sun is shining longer, and the weather is getting warmer. It’s safe to say that spring is officially here! What better time than now to get started on cleaning your windows and doors ready for spring and summer. Begin preparing now, so you can fully enjoy the warm weather and fun activities ahead. This is the perfect time for you to take advantage of the nicer weather and give your windows a much needed cleaning. However, be cautious because it can be dangerous climbing ladders. To reach high windows it’s a good idea to hire professionals to help you with those hard to reach windows. If you do choose to wash your windows on your own, make sure your safety is a priority first and take the necessary precautions to stay safe as you continue to clean.

Clean Your Windows

Start by wiping your windows down using lukewarm water and mild soap. Use a soft cloth to wipe off all the dirt and grime built up over the winter. Don’t use abrasive or harsh materials such as metal scrapers on your windows, as it can scratch and permanently damage the glass. Give your windows a good rinse with warm water. If you can, use a squeegee to leave a streak-free finish or buff them using a dry cloth. Don’t use a pressure washer on your windows, it can potentially damage the siding and may penetrate the walls of your home.

Remove Debris

There’s nothing worse than built up guck usually found in slider windows and patio doors. Over the seasons and months of use, the track can get clogged with dirt, rocks and other debris. Use an old cloth,  wet rag, or paper towels to thoroughly clean out the sliding track. A good tip, if you have an old toothbrush laying around, it can be great for getting into those hard to reach areas.  Don’t forget, give the hardware and hinges a good wipe!

Lubricate Hardware

Are the windows noisy or causing squeaking sounds when they’re operated? Moving parts on your windows and doors, including tracks and hinges, should be lubricated at least twice a year in the spring and fall.  We recommend using a silicone lubricant, the material will repel water and prevent debris from sticking. You can safely use a silicone lubricant on painted surfaces, metal, wood, or plastic hardware. 

Window and Door Frames

Take a quick look at the structure of your window and door frames. Inspect for signs of damage, peeling, cracking, or fading. If your wooden window and door frames are a few years old, they may need scraping and painting to keep the wood properly protected and preserved. If not properly taken care, water can penetrate and become absorbed into wood, which can lead to warping, mould, and deterioration over time. This is also a good opportunity to check the caulking and weather stripping. However, if you find your frames are out of shape, it may be time for new replacement windows and doors.

Clean Your Window Coverings

If you have window coverings, like blinds and shutters, it’s a good idea to give them a quick clean as well. When you’ve completed washing your windows, give your blinds and shutters a wipe with a damp cloth. If you have curtains, depending on the material, you can take them to the dry cleaners or put wash them in the laundry.

Looking for New Windows and Doors

If you find your windows and doors need more than a cleaning and simple maintenance, call Thermo-Bilt at 1-416-756-0789. We'll be happy to help you choose the perfect window and door designs for your home. Contact us and get a FREE quote today! We’ll ensure you'll be able to enjoy your new windows and doors all summer long.  
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Energy Saving Windows: A Buyer’s Guide

As the saying goes, “windows are the eyes of the home.” It gives people inside their home the opportunity to observe what’s happening outside. But we also depend on windows for natural lighting, ventilation, and as an architectural element to our home. People still expect windows to be economical, functional and easy to maintain, long-lasting, attractive – and energy-efficient. Improving your home’s energy efficiency reduces greenhouse gasses that contribute to climate change. However, new innovations have enhanced window technology greatly, bringing in the era of high-performance or energy saving windows. If your windows are old or are not performing to new standards, it may be time to replace them. High-performance windows offer a substantial increase in solar control, thermal comfort, and energy efficiency. This is done by incorporating low-E coatings, inert gas fills, and better edge spacers and frames. These windows are impressive, but the benefits are equally compelling. Here are our top reasons you should invest in high-performance windows:

The Benefits of High-Performance Windows

Savings in Heating Costs

High-performance windows are energy-efficient. They offer instant savings on home heating charges. Depending on your home’s design and its existing levels of efficiency, converting to high-performance windows can produce 9% to 18% decrease in heating costs.

Savings in Cooling Costs

In Canada, many rooms require air conditioning in a home during the summertime. High-performance windows work just as well at keeping the heat out. The same low-E coating that keeps infrared (heat) energy inside the home in the winter – keeps unwanted heat out in the summer. This keeps the inside of the home cooler and cuts down on the need for more air conditioning.

Increased Comfort

Conventional windows, air leakage, drafts and heat loss all contribute to discomfort in the home – which is usually fixed by raising the thermostat on our heating system. High-performance windows on the other hand are better insulated and maintain a much higher surface temperature on the interior glazing. This characteristic, together with effective weather stripping and proper installation, makes the window and area “feel” warmer.

Higher Humidity Without Condensation

During the winter, outside air is very dry and can significantly lower the relative humidity (RH) inside. If you try to compensate by humidifying the air, once you get above about 40% RH, there is the risk of condensation forming on the windows. This reduces visibility and can lead to deterioration of the frame components and contribute to mold growth. High-performance windows have higher glass temperatures and improved thermal performance which allows for much higher relative humidity levels inside the home. Thus, eliminating condensation problems associated with poor windows. With higher humidity levels in the home, you’ll have better windows, improved health, and healthier plants.

Lower Noise Pollution

High-performance windows have heavy gas fills, which reduces heat loss and can also reduce sound pollution from the exterior leaking into the interior of the home. Anything you hear outside will be significantly muted – especially if you live near busy roads, construction or airports. Usually, the larger number of panes equals better sound absorption. Because sound reduction is complex, it is dependent on different frequencies and external factors.

More Daylight, Lower Electricity

High-performance windows can be built-in into any house design, whether it’s a newly constructed home or renovation.  With new windows, your home won’t suffer from high heat loss or heat gains. This not only improves energy efficiency and enriches your home’s view, but also lets in more daylight – which can lead to lower utility use. You get double the savings when you take advantage of natural light! You save on electricity used for lighting; and because a conventional light bulb uses only 15% of its energy for lighting and wastes the other 85% as heat, you can also lower your home’s cooling load in the summer. At Thermo-Bilt, we know Canadians are paying attention to energy efficiency and economics, just as much as they are to the architecture and aesthetics of their home. We can help you design and install custom high-performance windows that can help reduce costs and improve comfort levels in your home for years to come. Contact us today for a FREE consultation.  
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European Influences on North American Window Design

European Influences on North American Window Design

Are you considering an upgrade for your windows and doors? The time might be now, but first, we suggest you read our blog: 6 Questions To Ask Before Installing New Windows and Doors. If you’ve read through that post and feel like it is time, the next thing you have to consider is what kind of windows and doors you want to get. Over the past few years, we’ve noticed a lot of European Influence making it’s way into North American window design. We compiled a quick list of reasons for this influence:

European windows and doors are beautiful!

If you’ve already begun shopping around you, know that European window and door designs are unmatched by North American models. Since the European style is not widely known (or recognized) by North Americans, choosing to European Windows instantly adds character to any home.

European windows and doors are versatile!

When researching North American windows and doors versus European windows and doors, one of the first things you will notice is versatility. European designs are much more functional that North American designs - such as the tilt and turn window. The tilt and turn window can be opened two ways because the hardware inside the frame allows the window to be either opened from the top (tilt) or the side (turn).

European windows and doors are more safe and efficient!

European windows have long been praised for their superior safety and energy efficient features. Because European windows are designed to be opened in many different ways, they have multiple locking points and dual weather seals. These elements give them superior air and water tightness, as well as multiple locking points that act as added security. Furthermore, North American windows and doors are either ‘open’ or ‘closed.' Whereas European windows are designed to allow filtered air into a home through the sides, allowing warm air to escape out of the home through the top. So, what’s coming? Well, we anticipate a shift in the industry, with more and more home and business owners looking to European-inspired design and functionality when it’s time to replace their windows. If you’re a residential homeowner who wants to replace your windows and doors with European models, it can sometimes be a challenge. We can assure you that our professional windows installers will help you choose the perfect windows and doors for your home, as well as expertly install them while keeping disruptions to a minimum. If you have any questions for us, please feel free to leave a comment, send us an email, or call to speak with one of our installers. We are always happy to help! Also, if you are looking for an upgrade, we suggest heading over to the planning and design section of our website. Let us help you create your ideal new windows and doors.
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Time to Replace Your Windows

Is it Time to Replace Your Windows? Here Are the Telltale Signs

Replacing your windows and doors is probably not very high on your list of priorities, but maybe it should be. Waiting until you need to replace your windows and doors is not advisable. The longer you wait, the more damage you may be incurring; the higher your energy bills and the more money you’ll have to spend. If you aren’t certain about whether or not it is time to replace your windows and doors, here are some telltale signs, and reasons you should consider doing it sooner rather than later.

High energy bills

If you have older windows or doors then your home could be hemorrhaging heat in the winter, and cool air in the summer. Here in Ontario, energy doesn’t seem to be getting cheaper, nor will it anytime soon. So, why not protect what you’ve paid for? Older windows are generally single or double pane, but newer models have far greater insulating power. Plus, over time the window seal may deteriorate, allowing air to seep in and out. Low-Emissivity windows will keep the cold out, the warmth in, and your energy bills low.

Water damage

If you notice water damage on the walls, paint, or wood window frame then you are long overdue for a window replacement.

The door won’t close smoothly

Doors should fit tightly to the frame to create an airtight seal, but if your door suddenly becomes difficult to close then it could indicate a number of potential issues. Water damage can warp the wood, and damaged hinges may make it difficult to close. In either case, it could be time to consider replacing your door.


If your windows or doors are letting in draughts then you’re likely paying for it, whether you have noticed a spike in your energy bills or not! Any gap in a window that is big enough to allow a draught could also be large enough to let in moisture which could cause expensive water damage.

You’re selling

It may seem counter-intuitive but the best time to replace your windows and doors might be right before selling your home. Curb appeal is more important than ever, and in a hot real estate market, investments in the aesthetic appeal can have a positive impact on selling prices. New windows and doors will also reduce your energy bills, which diligent prospective buyers are sure to check. These savings can then be added to your asking price, on top of the cost of the windows and doors.

They are ugly

You’ve bought your dream house and everything is perfect, except the windows and doors. At the end of the day, you are the one who has to live in your home. Don’t settle for windows and doors that aren’t up to your standard. Replacing your windows and doors can transform the entire look and feel of your home, almost instantly.

Security and safety

Old windows and doors certainly have their charm. Enough even to make up for their inefficiency, but one area that you simply can’t compromise on is safety and security. Newer windows and doors are built to prevent break-ins. While the chances of a break-in are low (unless you are living in a dangerous neighbourhood), they do happen. It always pays to be prepared. The other factor that you should consider is fire safety. Many new windows and doors are designed with fire safety in mind. That means windows that are easier to escape from, and doors that meet the highest fire safety standards.
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Installing New Windows & Doors

Top 6 Questions To Answer Before Installing New Windows & Doors

When viewing your house’s structure and design alongside its landscaping, there is one factor that plays an important role in the exterior and interior design: the windows and doors. People say a home's’ windows and doors frame the overall appearance of their home. They can add an aesthetic to the house's structure; adding more lighting to rooms, making it appear larger and allowing for better air circulation.
As you begin thinking about replacing your windows and doors, ask yourself these questions:
  1. What do you like about your current windows and doors (appearance, trim, operation)?
  2. Are there any recurring issues (cold drafts, overheating, poor operation, water leaks, condensation, etc.)?
  3. Do your current windows function or work well? Is their location where you would like them to be? Do they permit enough natural sunlight and ventilation?
  4. Are there any fixed windows you want to replace with accessible windows that open?
  5. Do you want to improve the security of your windows and doors, or reduce outdoor noise due to traffic or other sources?
  6. Is energy efficiency a main goal for your replacement project? Do you want to benefit from existing energy efficiency incentive programs?
Make sure to discuss these questions with your contractor to provide a thorough assessment and scope of your project. We always examine both the outside and inside of the home or multi-family property; to look for any signs of water penetration and moisture. These types of intrusion problems are usually a strong indicator that your windows and doors need to be replaced to prevent further damage from occurring in your home. It’s always a good idea to improve the natural ventilation with new windows. Determine the location and type of operable window unit would work best for your home. You can increase ventilation by using more window units, preferably located on opposite or adjacent walls to encourage cross ventilation. If cross ventilation is not possible, a single window can ventilate a room effectively when opened at the lower part of the window and flow out at the top. There are numerous types of operable windows available. Ask your replacement window contractor about different styles of operators and how they impact appearance, ventilation, security and ease of use. If you want to limit outdoor noise, using laminated glass in windows and glass doors works well in blocking noise. Furthermore, when combined with appropriate hardware, they can also be highly resilient to many types of forced entry. We offer products with noise-blocking and higher security options that give more added protection. If you are considering taking advantage of a window replacement incentive program, learn about the program’s requirements before you commit to new work. With most incentive programs may need you to start with an energy audit to be qualified for rebates. An audit may also recognize additional energy efficiency procedures you may want to consider for your project. Use these questions as a checklist to better understand what kind of windows and doors you are looking for. At Thermo-Bilt, we can help you comprehend and access incentive programs, to better help you decide on which windows and doors can provide the most energy-savings, and help you decide which products will work best in your home.
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The Best Windows and Doors For Home Security

The Best Windows and Doors For Home Security

It’s the first thing we do upon entering our home, and the last action we take when we leave: lock our windows and doors. It’s become an unconscious action, close to second nature. We feel the most comfortable and at ease when we are secure at home. We’ve taken the time to compile a list of the different types of windows and doors that will keep you safe and protected.

The Best Windows To Keep You Safe:

Polycarbonate & Plexiglas Windows
Polycarbonate & Plexiglas windows are also known as acrylic plastic windows that are the same width as traditional glass, but are at least 10 times stronger and more durable than their counterpart. They are also 250 times more resistant to impact than acrylic windows. With their extra strength, Polycarbonate windows are generally more expensive, but add higher value to your home and additional security.
Reinforced Glass
There are different materials you can use to secure and reinforce your glass. One of the most popular is tempered glass, which is more durable than traditional glass and difficult to break. It is also one of the least expensive options for reinforced glass, although it is still expensive when compared to traditional glass panes.
Laminated Glass
Another option is laminated glass, also known as safety glass. It is a great choice for any home’s windows. What makes laminated glass different is, it consists of a vinyl layer that is placed in between two sheets of regular glass.This makes it difficult for a potential burglar to break through safety glass, it would require striking the same spot repeatedly, which would create a lot of noise – proving to be an excellent theft deterrent.
Mesh Glass & Bullet-Resistant Glass
Although a rarity to come across, some people value the extra security for their windows by installing wire mesh glass or bullet-resistant glass. This option is the most expensive for families, and would not provide extra security benefits over less expensive reinforced glass options.  
Window Bars
A historically traditional way of adding additional security to your home is to use window bars. Window iron bars can be customized in unique designs to fit your home’s style. They are a great way to make your home highly burglar-resistant; even if the window is smashed, the perpetrator will not be able to squeeze through the bars into your home. However, many people are resistant to installing iron bars because it gives the impression and feel of a prison.

The Best Doors To Keep You Safe:

Have you ever checked to see the material and make of your entry doors? Do a quick test. Simply, knock on your entry door and look for a hollow feel and sound. If they are hollow, you need to replace your doors immediately. Hollow doors are merely sheets of veneer over a cardboard core and give little security or protection. Tests have proven one good kick to the door at the right angle can penetrate the frame and lead to forced entry. When replacing your home’s doors, all exterior doors should be solid and made from the following materials:
Using fiberglass offers the best value and performance. They are crafted to be energy-efficient, secure and easily attainable. These doors can be designed and customized in many ways, such as a smooth surface or in an embossed grain texture to make them look like real wood. Fiberglass offers resistance to wear, tear and dents; and can be painted and stained more easily. Although not as strong as solid wood or metal doors, they are moderately priced and require little maintenance.
Solid Wood
Always imitated, but never duplicated. Solid wood doors provide a more high-end look that other materials try to mimic. They are a little more costly than other options, but solid wood doors offer approved tests and rating for resisting larger wear and tear. Solid wood doors are also least likely to dent and scratches are easy to repair.
Metal or Steel
These are a very popular choice and account for about half the market. Metal or steel doors are relatively inexpensive; they are strong, heavy and very energy-efficient - especially for keeping heat or cooling loss at bay. Although more susceptible to dents and scratches, they offer higher security than fiberglass or solid wood. Take into consideration the type of windows and doors you want for your home. At Thermo-Bilt, we carry a collection of options suited for your family’s security needs. Be without worry, we can help get the best value and choice designed for your home. Contact one of our representatives to get a free quote today!
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How to Get Instant Curb Appeal with Your Windows and Doors

There’s something romantic about purchasing a new home with instant curb appeal. And when it comes to a new home it’s often love at first sight. So, if you are planning to sell your home and looking to attract buyers, you are likely looking for ways to boost your curb appeal. Windows and doors are central to building your home’s first impressions. From the street, windows are often the first things potential buyers will notice. Next, they will walk up to your home’s front door. By then your home has already made a substantial impression, good or bad, on potential buyers. To make sure that you have made a good impression boost your curb appeal by improving or replacing your windows and doors.

Start with Windows

Assess what kind of attention your windows need. If they are still functional and attractive, then you may only need to touch them up with paint to ensure they look their best. However, if you plan to sell your home in the next few years you might want to consider investing in new windows with a transferrable warranty. This will allow you to enjoy the benefits of more efficient, more attractive windows while you still live in your home, while adding value to a future sale.

Take Advantage of the Best Time to Renovate

If you plan on starting a large project – like installing a bay window, you will need to consider the time of year that will work best. Window installation is most easily performed in the milder months of spring and summer. For big projects this is the ideal time of year. However, if you’re installing smaller windows, you might consider a fall installation. Not only will window and door installers be more available, but any plants, trees or shrubs around your windows will be dormant, making the windows accessible without having to jeopardize your landscape. Remember to consider your landscaping when choosing your windows. For example, placing plant window boxes is an easy way to create a focal point around your window investment.

Your Home’s Focal Point

Speaking of focal points, don’t forget your front door. The right door can dramatically increase your home’s curb appeal. There are many different options for the material of your front door, including wood, steel or fiberglass. Long narrow windows flanking your door will also add to your home’s curb appeal by making your home look and feel bigger. You can achieve the same effect with an arch window above the door. Thermobilt doors offers a wide range of size, colour and style choices, perfect for your home’s unique architectural style. Replacing your front door isn’t your only option. If you already have a high quality door it is a good idea to freshen up its look. Add a touch of class to your home by installing a new door knocker or applying a new coat of paint. Experimenting with colours and hardware can make older homes seem like new again. Ultimately, your windows and front doors draw the eye. Paying a little attention to these features will allow you to attract buyers and add value to your home.
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Winterizing Your Windows

Prepare for a Cold Winter: Winterizing Your Windows & Doors

With winter approaching it’s important to prepare your home. Drafts or leaks can make the winter season in your home uncomfortable, and even cause susceptibility to illness. Proper preparation does more than keep you warm and snug, it can lead to significant energy savings. Here are some tips to help you stay warm this winter, without running up your heating bill.

Finding the Source of Leaks and Drafts

One or two drafts can cost you serious money! A leak or draft can decrease your home’s energy efficiency by anywhere from five to thirty percent. To find the source of leaks and drafts check where two different building materials meet, for example: corners or frames. If a visual inspection does not yield results another option is an incense test. Light a candle or a stick of incense and hold it in front of your window or door. If the smoke wavers, then you could have cold air sneaking in.


Improve your window’s ability to seal out the cold by scraping away old caulking and applying new caulking. To do this, first clean the dirt from the window with soapy water and then wipe dry. Apply fresh caulk around the window frame and siding. For the best results, use exterior grade caulk, either one hundred percent silicone sealant or acrylic caulk that will last for years.

Weather Stripping

Once you are finished caulking outside, you can move inside and begin weather stripping to seal around the sash – which is the movable parts of the window that opens and closes. Although there are many options for weather stripping, one of the easiest are window insulation kits. These large sheets of adhesive plastic cover your window, insulating it, and when properly installed are virtually invisible. The one drawback is that you cannot open your windows until spring.

Check Your Door’s Alignment

Like your windows, you can improve your door’s insulating power by looking for drafts and leaks. Then solve those issues by caulking the exterior and working on your door’s frame. However, it is also important to check your door’s alignment; adjusting the hinges and strike plates if necessary.

Replace Inefficient Windows and Doors

Even though replacing your windows and doors is an investment, it’s an investment that proves its worth because it will increase your home’s energy efficiency. This increased efficiency will save you money.

Consider Thermo-Bilt windows. They are made of low-emissivity glass, which has a thin metallic coating that reflects heat back to its source. Thermo-Bilt windows also breaks down organic material, which allows in more light. Allowing more light in reduces the need for energy consumption. Thermo-Bilt doors are also built with energy efficiency in mind, no matter the material.

There are many ways to identify areas that are draining your home’s energy efficiency. However, it is important to recognize when the simple fixes are not enough. Consider Thermo-Bilt windows and doors if you are looking to invest in your home’s energy efficiency.

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3 Reasons Why Fall is The Best Time to Replace Your Home’s Windows

As you wind down after a busy and fun-filled Summer, it’s now the ideal time to start tackling some of the home improvement jobs in order to button up your home in time for colder weather.  If you’ve been thinking of replacement windows for your home; don’t wait until you feel the uncomfortable draft of cold air coming from a leaky window. This could also cause you to experience higher than normal costs from heating bills. You can always schedule a window replacement job anytime of the year. You certainly want to take advantage of the beautiful crisp-warm weather that Autumn has to offer. Especially, while you upgrade your home’s value and appearance with new windows! Here are some benefits why Fall is the best time to replace your home’s windows:

Homes shrink in colder weather such as, during the winter

Why is this important? Well, in colder weather the cracks in your home’s foundation become exposed and as a result could make the installation of your new windows tricky. Experienced professionals will still be able to successfully install new windows during winter however, it requires specialized skills and tools which may add to the overall cost of installation.  Which is why it is recommended to replace your windows during mild to cool temperatures, ideally in the Fall.

Replacing windows exposes your home to the elements

Yes, there may be a gaping hole in the wall where your window is supposed to be while the installation job is in progress.  Although professionals work very hard  to maintain your comfortability in your home by limiting the exposure to the outdoors, still the outside air will come through your home.  If you have small children in your home, it is ideal to replace your windows in the Fall. So that exposure to outside air will be less of an issue. In fact, the weather during Autumn may actually be refreshing in your home while your new windows are being replaced.

Winter is coming and it is much more difficult to change windows in the winter

We briefly covered this already but, it’s always helpful to be thorough.  Our professionals are able to replace your windows during the winter and this may require specialized technique and tools to ensure that when your home expands during hotter weather. In the Summer, you don’t experience any thermal cracks in the window. It can be a tedious and more a difficult job, which is why typically busy season for window installers are during the summer or fall.  You’ll certainly want to consider getting your windows replacement job done during more mild weather conditions to optimize the overall results. For more information or to obtain a free quote, contact Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors.  We service Markham and the GTA area, located at 3790 Victoria Park Ave #203 in Toronto or 16 Esna Park Drive #106 in Markham. Our services include: Window Replacement Services Window Installation Services Door Installation Services Door Replacement Services Planning and Designing Rebates and Financing Support We’re happy to answer any questions and provide our best recommendation for your home’s window and door replacement needs, give us a call today.
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5 Things to Look For in Windows Replacement Companies

Seeking out window replacement companies can be as  challenging as purchasing a new vehicle.  It’s the type of decision-making you don’t have to face often.  For most people, they only have to consider window replacements a handful of times in their life meaning, they're probably not too experienced with the whole ordeal. Well, we’ve provided a helpful list of the 5 most important things to look for when inquiry with window replacement companies.  Here they are:

a. Energy Efficiency

Most people consider replacing their windows with new ones to improve both their homes aesthetics and to lower their energy consumption.  With rising energy costs, everyone loves seeing savings on their energy bills.  Replacing your windows is one very effective way to improve how your home retains heat and keeps the cold air out.  Just a friendly tip that insulated windows that make your home warmer in winter and cooler in summer

b. Self-Cleaning

When considering various window types, it’s important to inquire if the windows are self-cleaning.  Yes, there are windows that are self-cleaning! It’s a great option to avoid having to pay high costs for professional window cleaners or having to labour over doing it yourself. Coated windows practically clean themselves and provide better  insulation.

c. Safety & Security

When obtaining quotes for your new windows, most people are seeking a great deal however, another important feature to consider is the safety and security the new windows would provide for your home.  There are various window designs that are made up of different materials. Additionally, you’ll want to choose a window type that is both suitable for your everyday preferences and provides ultimate security for your home.  Thermo-bilt’s best recommendation is to look for F-10 (no forced entry) rated window locks. d. Free Quotes

You shouldn’t have to pay any money upfront to get the information you need to make the important decision to replace your windows.  A professional window replacement company should provide you with a free quote or estimate. e. One-day Installation

Furthermore, your home will be exposed to the outside elements while your windows are being installed. It’s important to find a company who can complete the installation in one-day.  It would not be ideal to have gaping holes overnight, where your windows are supposed to be.

Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors can offer you all of these benefits.  For more information or to obtain a free quote, contact Thermo-Bilt.  We service Markham and the GTA area, located at 3790 Victoria Park Ave #203 in Toronto or 16 Esna Park Drive #106 in Markham.

Our services include: Window Replacement Services Window Installation Services Door Installation Services Door Replacement Services Planning and Designing Rebates and Financing Support

We’re happy to answer any questions and provide our best recommendation for your home’s window and door replacement needs, give us a call today.

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Choosing the Correct Time to Replace your Windows

When is the best time of year to replace your windows?

Replacing windows is a major investment which can provide big savings over time. With a life expectancy measured in decades rather than years, your choice in windows will affect you now and in the future. Window replacement is a serious commitment. Leaving anything to chance is simply not worth the risk. That is why so many people want to know: when is the best time of year to replace your home’s windows?

Factors to consider when you are replacing your windows

When replacing your windows there are many factors that you need to consider like style, colour, and materials. Before you call a contractor you should have some idea of what you want, and what your budget is. Once you have a rough sketch of what you want, the next question is: when?

Replace your windows right now!

Unfortunately, many people don’t have the luxury of choosing when to replace their windows. Instead they are forced by leaks, damage, drafts, and other issues to replace their windows immediately. If your current windows are allowing moisture, precipitation, drafts, or bugs into your home; the best time to replace your windows is always right away! Old, ill-fitting windows that allow the outdoors inside are costing you money every single day. Moisture can cause mold, warp wood, and even cause structural damage. On top of that, in the summer a window that doesn’t fit properly will allow in hot air, and let it out in the winter. This can add a serious chunk of change to your energy bill.

Choose the most convenient time

If you are replacing your windows for stylistic purposes, or as a preventative measure then you have a bit more leeway and can schedule your project depending on the weather and season – two important factors when choosing the best time of year to replace your home’s windows. Remember that window replacement is a disruptive process that will expose your home to the elements (to some degree). While expert window replacement specialists will do everything they can to make the process as minimally invasive and disruptive as possible, no matter who you hire there will be a point between the old windows removal and the new windows installation when your house is open to the world. If you have the luxury of choosing then the best time to replace your windows is when the weather is the driest and mildest. You want to avoid the peak of summer or the dead of winter since during these periods you’ll want to keep your house air conditioned or heated. You’ll want to avoid the rainy spring for obvious reasons. Comfort aside, the extreme cold and wet can also negatively affect the installation process as caulking won’t seal properly, and window parts may contract in the cold. Late summer is arguably the best time to replace your windows, especially around late August or early September. As many households are focussed on getting their kids back to school instead of home improvement. Early fall may also be a less busy time for your contractor. In addition to the mild, dry fall weather, in early to mid-September your kids will be out of the house, minimizing any disruption caused by the replacement process.   So, when is the best time to replace your windows? Whenever works best for you. But keep in mind that you ideally want mild, dry weather, and that the process will always be a bit of a disruption. However, the payoff of new windows will be decades of savings and enjoyment – well worth the investment.
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Learn why the History of your Windows is Important

How to Tell When Your Home’s Windows Were Made Knowing when your home’s windows were made is very important, but unless you were the homeowner at the time they were installed, or were given that information when you bought your home how can you know for certain? Even then, can you trust that the information that was passed onto you is completely accurate? Even if you don’t have a reason to believe that you were misinformed, there is no substitute for checking first hand and seeing for yourself – especially since it is so easy to tell when your home’s windows were made. How to date your windows: 1) Open your window. 2)  Inspect the inside of the frame. You should be regularly cleaning your windows but if not you may have to apply some elbow grease to clear away any dust. 3) The date should be etched into the inner metal frame of the window. 4) In addition to the date of manufacturing there should also be some additional information like the name of the manufacturer. Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy to date your windows. All window manufacturers do things somewhat differently, and even then the same manufacturer may vary their dating process slightly between different models. What to do when you can’t find a date on your window If you can’t find the date on the inside of the window frame then you’re going to have to do a bit of detective work. If you manage to find the manufacturer’s name on the window then there is a good chance that if you keep searching you will eventually find the date as well. If not, then your next best bet is to visit the manufacturer’s website, find your window model, and look up the information online. This still may not give you the date. The next step will be to call the window manufacturer with as much information about your window as possible. Once you’ve been able to find your window model, keep track of everything you know. Know your window’s story For example, if you’ve been living in the house for five years then you know the windows are older than that. If the windows weren’t brand new when you moved in, then it may be safe to guess they were at least seven years old. Call the manufacturer with all this information and a description of your window and they will usually do their best to help you. If you choose to email the manufacturer, then consider attaching photos of your window. If they can’t provide you with the exact date then they should be able to tell you where to find it on the window. Were contractors hired to install the windows? If so, then call the contractor and ask them for any information that they have. They should be able to provide you with a date, or at the very least with some manufacturer and warranty information. The importance of knowing when your windows were made Knowing when your windows were made will help you answer the following questions:
  • Are they still under warranty? Most windows are under warranty for 10-30 years depending on the manufacturer, model, and materials. If you experience any damage or other issues then it is important to have the warranty information readily available in order to resolve the problem as quickly as possible.
  • Do they need replaced? You shouldn’t wait until your windows are in obvious need of repair.
  • Can I afford to replace them? Knowing how old your windows are means that you can plan ahead for major repairs or replacements instead of being stuck short on cash with a potentially pricey project on your hands.
When you uncover the date of your windows or have new windows installed be sure to ask for as much information as possible, and keep track of any paperwork relating to the windows. If you sell your home, then remember to pass this information on to the new buyers – they’ll appreciate it!
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Can Window Cleaner Damage My New Home Windows?

Windows are one of the most important features of our homes, they let in light and in turn let us view the world outside. And there’s nothing nicer than having a home with clean windows, but what if the very stuff you’re using to clean your windows is also what’s damaging them? Low ‘E’ glass has a thin coat on the inside of the glass which helps keep the heat in during the winter and out during the summer. When cleaning your low ‘E’ glass you can treat it like any other window but here are a few tips to make your windows last, and a few things you shouldn’t do so that you don’t damage them. Only the outside facing side of your window is low ‘E’ glass coated which means that the outside of the window can be cleaned like regular glass. However, when cleaning the inside panes, we recommend using vinegar which has been shown to leave windows streak free. Try to avoid ammonia or alcohol based cleaners for this reason, while they won’t damage your windows, they leave streaks, and nobody likes streaks on their windows. Fill a spray bottle with one-part vinegar and 10-parts water and liberally spray the window or wet a cloth and wipe the window down. We recommend you use a lint free towel or cloth and stop scrubbing when it’s almost dry and there’s a thin, uniform layer of moisture on the window, this technique will also help prevent streaks. Don’t ever use a razor blade or squeegee on your low ‘E’ coated windows as it will damage them by removing the inside coat. Clean windows are an easy way to brighten up your home, but it’s time consuming. Consumers looking for replacement windows for homes in high traffic and high dirt areas like highways or construction zones will be interested to learn about self-cleaning windows. Imagine all the time you would save never having to clean your windows ever again (or as frequently as you do). Self-cleaning windows have a thin layer of titanium dioxide which is a white powder that helps make things shine. And since the layer is ultra-thin it goes unnoticed. So how does this help your windows clean themselves? This is done in two stages, first, with a process that reacts to light and the other that reacts to water. When ultraviolet light (which the sun provides plenty of) hits the window it reacts with water in the air to breakdown carbon based dirt coating your window. The other great thing about this glass is that it’s water loving (which is not true of regular glass), this means that when it rains, instead of beading up like ordinary glass, it actually coats it and acts as a squeegee washing dirt away, leaving a streak free window. If you’re looking for replacement windows for your home than Cardinal Neat self-cleaning windows are a great way to save time and keep your windows streak free, even after a rain storm. If you’re not lucky enough to have self-cleaning windows (yet), just follow the above tips to ensure that your windows aren’t damaged when you clean them.
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Window Replacement – Energy Efficient Technology  


Many homeowners interested in window replacement do so to make their home more energy efficient, to add curb appeal and to increase their home value. There are many new technologies that have madewindowsmore energy efficient and of better quality.   Here are four new technologies to look out for when considering window replacement:  
  • Low-emissivity (low-E) glass: This type of glass keeps heat inside a home in the winter and out of the home in the summer. This is due to the thin metallic coating that reflects heat back to its source. The low-E coating blocks UV rays but allows 95% of natural light to enter. This further reduces energy costs and helps homeowners save significantly on energy consumption.
  • Neat glass repels dirt. There are now dual-action super-hydrophobic coatings that keepwindowscleaner. The coating on neat glass breaks down organic matter that collects on the windows to allow in more light. You will literally be able to watch small smudges slowly disappear.
  • Rather than expensivewindowtreatments, homeowners can choose special glass that creates privacy. These include frosted or bubble glass and glass blocks, which capture light but limit visibility. These are ideal for ground level bathrooms.
  • There are coatings that can be professionally applied that cut glare, save on energy costs and block harmful UV rays from coming into the home.
  At Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors, we are passionate about window replacement and installation and have over 20 years of experience in delivering the best quality services that improve the look and feel of your home. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn about the wide range of window options we offer. 1877-727-2458
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Energy Star Certified Windows in Toronto

ENERGY STAR qualified products can help consumers increase their home's energy efficiency while also enhancing home value and complementing personal style and decor. The energy star symbol indicates that a product meets or exceeds high efficiency standards for energy performance. The familiar symbol makes it easy to identify the best energy performers in the market. To achieve maximum energy savings and pollution reduction, the ENERGY STAR program recommends keeping a few things in mind when shopping for windows. Performance is based on the following factors: • U-factor: The rate of heat transfer either from your home or the outside through your window. A lower U-factor means less heat is transferred. • Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC): How much heat your house gains from the sun. A lower SHGC results in less heat gain from the sun. • Windows are tailored to fit the energy needs of the country's four main climate regions: Northern, North/Central, South/Central, and Southern. • All ENERGY STAR qualified windows should also bear label performance ratings by product for Heat Gain Coefficient, and Visible Transmittance. At Thermo Bilt Windows and Doors, we are passionate about energy efficient certified windows. We are a leading provider of energy efficient windows that all carry the ENERGY STAR symbol. 1877-727-2458
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Spring Window Maintenance

With the onset of warmer spring weather, it is now time to carry out the annual spring cleaning and maintenance projects in our homes. One of the first things that should be tackled during spring cleaning season are a home’s windows. By checking them on a regular schedule, the lifetime of windows can be prolonged.

Depending on the age and style of your windows, window cleaning and maintenance will vary. Newer windows have self-cleaning properties that can break down dirt and make the cleaning process quite simple and effortless, while older windows are harder to clean and repair. You should constantly check the status of your wooden window frames for moisture or painting maintenance. In homes that have older windows, it is not uncommon to see some more advanced stages of weathering along the lower wood areas of the window pane. In cold environments, condensation or frost can form on the glass and this moisture flows to the edge of the pane and can compromise a wood frame's finish. If you have trouble getting a good view of your spring garden through your freshly washed windows, this might mean your windows either need cleaning or replacement. At Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors, we are passionate about window replacement and installation and have over 20 years of experience in delivering the best quality services that ultimately improve the look and feel of your home. 1877-727-2458  
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Window Replacement Benefits

Current advancements in window technology have been remarkable, making new windows well worth the cost of installation. Often the newly installed windows can pay for themselves in a few short years with savings gained from lower heating and cooling bills. Today, you can brighten up a room with windows that combine great looks with superior thermal efficiency. Windows do more than provide light and ventilation and can drastically alter the appearance of the house. They add to house design, character, and individuality, framing the outside scenery as seen from within, while enhancing room decor. Replacing a standard rectangular window with a bow window for instance, not only enhances cosmetic appeal, but creates the illusion of more space. At Thermo Bilt Windows and Doors we have different types of window options available, ranging from casement windows, awning windows and double slider windows. You have the option of determining whether the glass of your new window will be frosted, mirrored or clear. You can also determine what your window pane will be set in wood, metal or vinyl casings. We are passionate about window replacement and installation and have over 20 years of experience in delivering the best quality services that ultimately improve the look and feel of your home. 1877-727-2458
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Neat Glass

Window washing ranks high on the list of most hated and time consuming household tasks. For those who hate window cleaning as much as we do, we are now offering Neat Glass as a standard option for Spring 2014 installations only. When rain touches the surface of regular glass it beads up and runs off the surface. The dust particles in rainwater rivulets can leave streaks or spots. While in Neat Glass, the surface is coated with titanium oxide, which makes water run down it in continuous sheets that push off the dirt particles and diffuse dust across the window. Even on sunny days, ultraviolet rays will turn the titanium oxide into a catalyst that breaks dirt into carbon dioxide and water vapour -  a process called photo catalytic self-cleaning. The photo catalytic property is formed by a thin layer of nanostructured titanium oxide deposited at the surface of a float glass. When exposed to sunlight UVA radiations, the titanium oxide acts as a catalyst slowly breaking down organic dirt into carbon dioxide and water. Neat Glass repels dirt. It is one of the new features available in the ever-changing business of replacement windows. You will literally be able to watch small smudges slowly disappear. At Thermo Bilt Windows and Doors, we are passionate about window replacement and installation and have over 20 years of experience in delivering the best quality services that ultimately improve the look and feel of your home. 1877-727-2458
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The Best Windows and Top Tips for Staying Warm This Winter

With the weather turning colder, you’re doubtlessly looking for a way to keep heating costs down this winter, while keeping your family warm. We at Thermo-Bilt Windows, the Greater Toronto Area’s leading window and replacement window service, recommend having windows that prevent heat transfer (i.e., heat escaping your home during the winter) installed, as many homes often lose heat through the windows. This will cut down on your heating bill and help you to save money during the winter. But you may be wondering what the best type of window to prevent heat transfer is. We at Thermo-Bilt tell our clients that there are several they can choose from, which our experts will install quickly, keeping customers warm and cozy while lowering their heating costs. Here are your options:
  • Extremely Low-E Rating: This type of window is made with LoE2-rated glass to keep your home warm and comfortable during the winter.
  • Vinyl Windows: Vinyl windows are widely recognized as being one of the most energy-efficient window designs on the market. As an added bonus, vinyl windows will keep your home cool during the summer as well.
  • Double-Paned Windows: Another excellent way to keep warm air in during the winter is to have double-paned windows installed. When used with a vinyl window frame, this can lower heating costs by up to 25%.
If you’re looking to hold off until the spring to have new or replacement windows installed, there are some ways you can keep heat in during the winter: Tip#1: Find any areas where heat is escaping—e.g., around windows, doors—and apply a sealant to them. Tip#2: Attaching weather stripping on spots where heat might be escaping before it gets too cold and your furnace kicks in is another method of preventing heat transfer. Tip#3: Condensation is another cause of homes losing heat during the winter. Make sure that any areas that have high levels of condensation, such as the kitchen or bathroom(s), have proper ventilation, and that you take the time to let any moisture that may form dry. Tip#4: Installing thermal-backed drapes creates a barrier between the window and the room it’s located in. For an added layer of protection, attach the drapes using Velcro. Tip#5: To ensure that your home stays warm during the winter and your heating bill doesn’t go up, have shutters installed on the outside of your windows for an additional layer of protection against the elements. Even if you follow all of these tips, Thermo-Bilt advises its customers to get energy-efficient windows installed before the cold weather hits. If you combine this with some of the tips given above, you’ll stay warm and keep your heating costs down during the winter. Sources Goering, M., “Pros, Cons, and Costs: Double-Paned Windows,” HomeAdvisor web site,
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