5 Benefits of Timely Window Replacement
Window replacement will improve the overall look and energy-efficiency of your Oakville or Mississauga home. Grungy, ill-performing windows not only lower your property value and can be a safety risk, but they also drive up your energy bills. If you find that you have been cranking up the heat, it’s probably because windows are worn out. You may try to do some weather-proofing, but that is only a temporary solution.
How to Make the Most of Your Sliding and French Patio Door
Considering new sliding patio doors for your balcony or backyard? Want a stylish exterior French patio door for your Oakville or Mississauga home? Our home renovation experts share tips to ensure a seamless job.
5 Tips on Installing New Windows and Doors in Your Oakville or Mississauga Home
Installing new windows and doors in your Oakville and Mississauga home can be a smooth and satisfying process. As with any other home improvement project, doing a little bit of homework will help avoid any unnecessary hiccups and enable a satisfactory job.
Here are some tips to ensure that your windows and doors deliver the performance and savings they were designed for.
Explore your options for windows and doors: The simplest way to do this is to read online about the different types of materials e.g. vinyl, clad wood, wood, etc. and energy-efficient glass options like Low-E. Being prepared helps save time and makes for a more productive initial consultation with window and door dealers. It also reduces the chances of being fooled by an unethical company and paying too much for too little.
How to Select Patio Doors: 3 Important Tips to Keep in Mind
With the right patio doors you can enhance the beauty, energy efficiency and value of your home. Although they were traditionally used as doors to the backyard or balcony, today many homeowners in Oakville and Mississauga are utilizing them as elegant entry doors as well. The wide variety of materials, styles and accessories available offers plenty of design choices which can also make the selection process rather confusing. Read the tips we share below to help you install an attractive, durable and low maintenance patio door.
They are said to date back to the 16th century, when France was at war with Italy. After the war ended, the Renaissance architectural style made its way to France. The French adopted the Renaissance features which focused greatly on symmetry and proportion and incorporated this form and pattern on their doors. Since this was before the invention of electricity, when society depended greatly on natural light, the French found out that a window-like door will provide a perfect sense of regularity, symmetry and most of all illumination. The French have managed to turn this practical solution into a feature that also provided elegance and beauty, thus adding to the aesthetics of the house.
History tells us that the original French doors were made from wood and wrought iron decorations. Individual glass panes were embedded into the structure, which enabled light to pass through.
Nowadays, French doors are made from a variety of materials, ranging from wood, aluminium or PVC. The material, however, is less important, and it certainly does not lessen the fact that these doors are stylish while maintaining their practical status.
From a layout design perspective, you can use French doors to connect different areas for an increased sense of space: the kitchen with the living room or the master bedroom with the outside landscape.
Whatever the reason you’re considering French doors, here’s what you should take into consideration before making a decision:
Due to their architecture, French doors are not so great for security and intimacy. Therefore, they do not make great front doors and are rather used inside or facing the backyard.
French doors represent a wonderful addition the the house, changing the look of a whole room by simply providing light and enhancing the space.
Before deciding to install a French door, you should be wary of the fact that they are made mostly from glass. But this does not mean that the structure is not also prone to degradation. If not maintained and taken care of properly, your asset can easily become a burden, and your investment could turn out to be a waste of money.
When you think of a French door, it’s only natural to think about light and space. Therefore, you may assume that a small house may not be the most suitable place to install such a feature.
There are two options when it comes to small houses. A wisely chosen French door could actually be your salvation. French doors are often found in the entryway between the dining room and the kitchen, because it allows light to flow between spaces. Their popularity comes from their ability to provide intimacy while allowing a visual connection between the two spaces. Curtains or blinds are sometimes installed, for an added privacy bonus. The most popular choice are divided-glass-panes designs, since they are most practical.
Another aspect to take into consideration, when it comes to small spaces, is how the doors open and close. Most French doors come in pairs that create a large entryway when opened together. They can be double-door, or two doors pre-hung on one doorjamb, pre-hung as a single door or even a double-door unit. They can be customized to work as a bi-fold door, bypass door or pocket door. Take a good look at your space. Do you have enough so that opening accordion-like French doors won’t constitute a problem? Consult with a specialist, since a French door is a serious addition to your home, and you wouldn’t want to invest in something that will not add value to the estate.
Exterior French doors are a great way of creating a visual connection with the outside lanscape, keeping your house secure while giving it a very open feel. These can be double-purposed, serving as a way out into an inviting backyard while also giving the room plenty of light and a dash of sophistication and class.
Since they don’t make good entry doors, due to safety issues, they are best suited for patio doors. If you’re considering this option, look for French patio doors with a three-point locking system, which will lock the door to the head jamb and the sill, instead of just locking the doors to each other. Being connected to the outside, make sure the door is hung plumb inside the door frame, so that it stays open when desired and closed tightly when needed.
Design options for exterior French doors include a variety of choices. From window types, glass types, material of the door, size or even color, they can all either add up to the space, or decrease its value. There are a myriad of design options available and customization is even advisable. Depending on your light and privacy needs, French doors are available in half-view and three-quarter view option, film glass, colored glass and so on. Consider consulting with a specialist before taking the leap, as this will help you make the right choice in terms of functionality and style.
Installing a French door can add architectural appeal and functionality to almost any space, no matter how generous or small, since they are extremely versatile, and, at the same time, elegant and classy. While the upfront costs are by no means negligible, in the end they are a great investment and their appeal and ROI is unmatched.
Quite often I’m asked by customers for my thoughts on whether they should replace their existing sliding patio doors with a French swing double door system. They usually see it as an updated more refined look.
Well there are some advantages and disadvantages to each option.
French doors definitely change the look of an entry and a whole room sometimes. They can provide a larger opening (walk through) area than sliders, come in a variety of materials from steel and fiberglass to wood or vinyl. Additionally, they can be fitted with elegant or contemporary hardware in numerous styles and finishes. As for disadvantages, they do reduce the amount of visible light that enters the room, require swing area to open on either the inside or outside and some systems require special hideaway screens that add to the cost. They also cost more in most cases and many times, require a custom size if the sliding door is less that 82″ in height, which is most common.
The advantage of sliding doors is their ease of use and they do not take up any interior or exterior space to operate. Sliding patio doors almost always cost less and are easy to operate for young and old alike. However, they do have a smaller opening (walk through) area, can feel dated for some and don’t allow as much accessorizing. They allow more visible light in and provide good protection against air and water infiltration. Vinyl sliding patio doors are by far the most popular but aluminum clad wood sliding doors are also sought after for an upgraded look.
The decision is a personal one that is best made after uncovering all the factors.
Last week we installed 4 windows in a home in Port Credit.
The clients did their homework and came to us as they liked Strassburger windows. Their post-war era home is 1 ½ stories on a busy street with a rail line close by. One of their biggest complaints was noise and secondly, drafty existing windows, which had been retrofit into the old frames a number of years ago.
We discussed the options and ended up selecting casement and awning style windows for their tight seal and compression gaskets. For the glass, we looked at a number of options like triple glazing, laminated glass and Heat Mirror film.
In the end we selected double glazing with two different thicknesses of glass 3mm & 5mm and used Cardinal’s Low E 366.
This was a very cost effective solution and we are happy to say the clients are thrilled with the results. We removed the window frames back to the brick, insulated with low expansion foam between the frame and wall, and replicated the interior trim and sill details to the home’s period.
The customers could not get over how much different the noise level had been reduced by.
Another job exceeding expectations.