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Myths About Sliding Patio Doors

Sliding patio doors are a welcome and beneficial addition to any home. However, there are some common myths and misconceptions that might deter homeowner’s from investing in and adding a sliding door to their patio. At Northern Windows and Doors, we believe these kind of doors are worthwhile additions to your home, so we want to help dispel some of these common myths.

 

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A common myth about sliding patio doors is that they are not conducive to privacy. With their large profile, this assertion is somewhat understandable; however, privacy issues with sliding patio doors can be avoided by using particular types of glass that obscure outside viewing, such as frosted glass.

Another common myth is that these types of doors are energy inefficient. Again, this is not the case: you can order sliding patio doors composed of dual-paned glass, which is energy-efficient because of its strong insulating ability. In fact, patio doors with dual-paned glass can actually save you money by making your house more energy-efficient. There is clearly no merit to this particular myth.

A myth that the large glass panels of these patio doors are difficult to slide has also developed. Again, the myth is baseless. You may have trouble sliding your patio doors if they are improperly installed or of low quality, but if you get a sliding door and installation from professionals like us at Northern Windows and Doors, we will ensure that your patio doors always glide perfectly.

Similarly, some believe that having a large sliding door is impossible in the first place. Again, this is rarely true, you can have substantially sized sliding patio doors because the weight of the door is at the bottom on the rollers. With the proper weight distribution that comes from a high-quality installation, large sliding patio doors are entirely feasible for your home.

Another baseless myth is that sliding doors are predisposed to allowing rainwater into your home; this could not be farther from the truth. With a high-quality door and professional installation, your sliding patio doors will not have any problem with rain and adverse weather.

The last myth we want to dispel is that sliding doors are in any way unsafe. In particular, people are worried that the glass on sliding patio doors could shatter upon being struck and consequently pose a health and safety risk to nearby occupants. Again, it all comes down to the quality of the door. If you get your door from a reputable company, such as ours, you will never have to worry about this issue; put simply, your sliding patio door will always be safe.

We hope this post has helped clear up some misconceptions for you. If you are interested in sliding patio doors and have any inquiries on the topic, we’d be happy to help you! For more information, please contact us.

 

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How to Test Your Windows and Doors for Air Leaks

When you’re cuddled up at home, on the couch or in bed, the last thing you want to feel is a waft of cold or hot air coming in from a crack in a window or door. Air leaks in windows and doors can be annoying as well as cost you money from air conditioning or heat escaping during the summer and winter months. There are a few ways that you can figure out where these air leaks are so that you can get the appropriate repairs made. So, how do you spot an air leak? Here are three ways that you can check your windows and doors, and other areas of your home, to see if you have an air leak.

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Do a Visual Inspection

Go through your whole house and look for any visible openings, cracks, and failed caulking materials. If you can physically see these problems, then they are most likely the cause of your drafts and what is contributing to the energy costs that are steadily rising. Other than the windows and doors, which are the best place to start, you should also check any corners, outdoor faucets, and chimneys or sliding doors. Other less likely causes of air leakage can be electrical outlets, gas entrances, cable phone lines, and vents and fans. When you do this, feel around, see if there are spots that are colder or warmer (depending on the time of year) to see if certain areas are more likely to be the culprit.

The Smoke Method

You will need a lighter and a candle or incense stick to conduct a smoke test to try to find air leaks. To do this test, close every window and door and make sure that no fans are running. Light the candle or incense stick and move it around window and door frames, keeping the flame or smoke as vertical as possible. Observe to see if the smoke or flame are blown inward into your home or sucked outward anywhere along the frame. If this occurs, then it means that you have an air leak in that spot on your door or window. If you do have some air leaking, try to clean the area to see if dirt or debris was blocking the window or door from sealing properly. Otherwise, it is time to call a professional to fix the issue.

Use an Air Leak Detector

An air leak detector also called an infrared thermometer measures the air temperature around your windows and doors. Using an air leak detector, you can find exactly where the temperature around your windows and doors is cooler, which allows you to pinpoint leaks. Once you know where the leaks are, you can communicate with a technician to get them fixed a lot easier.

The team at Northern Windows and Doors wants to keep your house cool in summer and warm in winter. Part of this is making sure that you do not have any air leaks. Contact us today if you think you have air links in your home and we will come in and get you all fixed up.

 

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Why Hiring a Professional Window Installer is The Right Choice

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When it comes to your home, you want nothing but the best in every regard. From the garden outside to the bathrooms, bedrooms, and living room inside, you want to make sure things are in tip-top shape at all possible times. Among the things you should be caring for are your home’s windows, which are prone to all sorts of problems should they be overlooked and neglected. This is why windows should be cared for professionally right from the start with their installation being handled by an expert. Here are some of the best reasons to have your windows installed by a professional window installer.

Save Money in the Long Run

Professionally installed windows are far more likely to last and function properly in the long run, making them a much better investment today. Windows that are not installed by an expert are definitely at greater risk of problems such as poor functionality, damage, and poor temperature control. When your windows are installed professionally, you can be sure that it will be done right the very first time, and that they are going to last for years and years. Over their increased lifespan you can expect to not pay anything in terms of repair fees.

Energy Efficiency

Professionally installed windows are going to function properly for years to come. When windows are done right, they do an excellent job of properly controlling your home’s temperature. Sometimes, windows can have small gaps or cracks that may cause warm air to escape during the winter and air-conditioned air to find a way out in the summer. Either way, your home’s furnace or air conditioner is going to be working harder than it needs to in order to keep your home cool or warm, resulting in a higher electrical bill. Well-installed windows are guaranteed to save your home a good chunk of energy by never allowing heat or cool air to escape.

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Increase Your Home’s Value

If you should ever decide that you want to sell your home, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and take steps to increase its value. One of the ways you can drive up the value is by having your windows installed professionally. Professionally installed windows are a huge plus that will contribute to an overall great value for your home. In addition, windows that have been done right are going to simply look better, making the curb appeal of your home go up as well.

More Free Time

Installing one or more windows yourself can be really a time-consuming task, giving you less time to be doing the things you want to do with your family and friends. Letting a pro handle the work for you is going to be much more convenient and is going to free up a lot of time for yourself. It’s a beautiful thing to know that the work is being handled in a timely manner that is not at all interfering with your daily life.

 

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Windows and Doors Winter Checklist

Winter is here, and it’s cold. Hopefully, you’ve already taken precautions to keep your home safe and warm, but if you haven’t, it’s not too late. With a few small maintenance checks on your doors and windows, you can winterize your home and reduce heating costs. Your doors and windows are important as they are a major cause of heat loss- particularly in homes that were built a long time ago.

Get the Right Equipment

Your safety should be the top priority when engaging in activities around your house. Make sure you’re using the right cleaning equipment when cleaning or servicing your windows, particularly windows that are very high. You need to be cautious when using high-power cleaning equipment, so be sure to read the product manual and follow all directions. Wear goggles and a face mask if possible and make sure your rooms are well ventilated. Wipe spills and stains as soon as they appear and refer to your cleaning product’s instructions for proper disposal.

Check and Clean Your Glass

Get the right glass cleaning product for your window panes. Do not use acidic or abrasive products on your glasses they are capable of destroying the surface of the glass and its frame. Do not wash glass under direct sun rays and do not use power washers to wash glass as this can damage glass as well. If you see little drops of water or fog between glass panes of an insulated glass unit, this may be a sign of seal failure. Always inspect glass panes for cracks or scratches.

Clean the Areas Around Your Glass

Extract dirt and particles stuck in the moving parts of windows, windowsills, and door jambs. Clean up any spots and tighten your window and door seals with caulk if necessary. Check your windows and doors for debris or scratches on the frames. To clean clay, beige, or white PVC frames, use a gentle household cleaner and a soft, slightly wet cloth.

Winterize Your Doors

Inspect the insulating weatherstrip around your doors. Close the door and run your hand along the edge from the inside. This inspection is best performed on a windy day to identify if air is escaping from your house. If you detect any leaks, you can improve the seal by applying weather stripping around your doorframe, applying caulking around your doorframe, or installing a draft guard at the bottom of your door. Also, consider purchasing a storm door. They offer extra protection during harsh winters by acting as secondary barriers.

 

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Choosing Energy-Efficient Doors

When choosing a door for your home your initial thoughts probably turn to size, color, and how many windows or panels you’d like.  One very important aspect of choosing a door is, unfortunately, not often at the forefront of our minds; its energy efficiency.  A door presents an opportunity for warm air to leak out and colder air to leak in (or the very opposite during our air-conditioned summer months).  You probably already pay enough for heating or cooling bills; your door can be a great team member when it comes to reducing those bills and keeping your home at ideal temperatures.  Not sure what makes a door great when it comes to energy efficiency?  We’ve got a few tips to help you along the way.

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The Energy Star

This is probably the easiest way to ensure that the door you’re buying is rated well for energy efficiency.  Look for the telltale Energy Star logo, which is a sure sign that your door meets or exceeds industry standards in this category.  The Energy Star program takes into account many factors when coming up with a doors rating; the insulating properties, the glass’s energy performance, and whether or not the glass has multiple panes or includes a glazed coating.  (A glazed coating is one way that a manufacturer can help the glass panels reduce heat loss or heat gain).

What is the Best Door Material?

We all know that doors come in all shapes and size and that they can be made of a variety of materials.  Usually we choose a door based on its curb appeal, and certainly, that should be an aspect of determining which door works best for your home.  Here are some of the most common types of doors available and some pros and cons of each.

Wood

For a traditional look, you can’t go wrong with a classic wooden door.  These are distinctive, and will definitely add beauty to your doorstep, no matter which type of hardwood it’s made of.  On the plus side, most wooden doors now are pumped up with a good weather stripping system, but on their own, wooden doors aren’t wonderful at insulating, making them less efficient overall than other options.

Fibreglass

A fibreglass door sports a great insulated core and can come in a wide variety of finishes, meaning that your personal style and decor can certainly be achieved.  They are also durable and can stand up well against all types of inclement weather.

Steel

For home security certainly, a steel door comes at the top of the list of options.  They are good insulators, are financially feasible compared to some other options, and are made of a strong material that will last for years to come.

No matter what material you ultimately choose, the installation process is also part of the big picture when it comes to energy efficiency.  If you’ve purchased a good quality door, chances are the weather stripping system will live up to the elements, and some doors even sport other features to keep the weather at bay.  Adjustable thresholds and water channels help your door serve its purpose, and having your door installed by a professional will mean less chance of having a door hung that is not quite plumb and level.

 

All credit goes to Northern Windows and Doors

Choosing Energy-Efficient Doors

When choosing a door for your home your initial thoughts probably turn to size, colour, and how many windows or panels you’d like. One very important aspect of choosing a door is, unfortunately, not often at the forefront of our minds; its energy efficiency. A door presents an opportunity for warm air to leak out and colder air to leak in (or the very opposite during our air-conditioned summer months). You probably already pay enough for heating or cooling bills; your door can be a great team member when it comes to reducing those bills and keeping your home at ideal temperatures. Not sure what makes a door great when it comes to energy efficiency? We’ve got a few tips to help you along the way.

 

The Energy Star

This is probably the easiest way to ensure that the door you’re buying is rated well for energy efficiency. Look for the telltale Energy Star logo, which is a sure sign that your door meets or exceeds industry standards in this category. The Energy Star program takes into account many factors when coming up with a doors rating; the insulating properties, the glass’s energy performance, and whether or not the glass has multiple panes or includes a glazed coating. (A glazed coating is one way that a manufacturer can help the glass panels reduce heat loss or heat gain).

What is The Best Door Material?

We all know that doors come in all shapes and sizes and that they can be made of a variety of materials. Usually we choose a door based on its curb appeal, and certainly, that should be an aspect of determining which door works best for your home. Here are some of the most common types of doors available and some pros and cons of each.

Wood

For a traditional look, you can’t go wrong with a classic wooden door. These are distinctive, and will definitely add beauty to your doorstep, no matter which type of hardwood it’s made of. On the plus side, most wooden doors now are pumped up with a good weather stripping system, but on their own, wooden doors aren’t wonderful at insulating, making them less efficient overall than other options.

 

Fibreglass

A fibreglass door sports a great insulated core and can come in a wide variety of finishes, meaning that your personal style and decor can certainly be achieved. They are also durable and can stand up well against all types of inclement weather.

 

 

Steel

For home security certainly, a steel door comes at the top of the list of options. They are good insulators, are financially feasible compared to some other options, and are made of a strong material that will last for years to come.

No matter what material you ultimately choose, the installation process is also part of the big picture when it comes to energy efficiency. If you’ve purchased a good quality door, chances are the weather stripping system will live up to the elements, and some doors even sport other features to keep the weather at bay. Adjustable thresholds and water channels help your door serve its purpose, and having your door installed by a professional will mean less chance of having a door hung that is not quite plumb and level.

 

All credit goes to Northern Windows and Doors