Things to Know About Replacing Windows in Older Homes

Things to Know About Replacing Windows in Older Homes

Have you ever heard the saying, “They don’t build ‘em like they used to”?  Most people are fond of this saying and can agree that most things, like furniture pieces built as early as 10 to 15 years ago come with the sort of built in quality, authenticity, and vintage charm you can’t easily find nowadays.  The same is true for older homes, they have certain benefits that new homes just can’t compete with such as, architectural details, character, a solid foundations, and a price that will likely fit the budget initially.  

First time home buyers often find themselves gravitating towards older homes for these reasons however, older homes do pose new challenges for homeowners that haven’t yet planned or anticipated for the true cost of the home after necessary renovations to keep the home looking modern and functioning like a brand new home.

One of the first and most important renovation jobs that a homeowner can take on in an older home is replacement windows as it is vital for comfort, security, and to control energy costs.  Making the decision to move forward with replacement windows is the easy part bearing all the benefits, including the fact that it instantly boosts the overall aesthetic of the home and can increase its value.  Knowing which windows to choose or where to start looking is often the part that gets new homeowners full of questions.

How much does it cost for replacement windows?

The cost really does vary depending on a few factors however, replacing a standard-size, double-hung, double-pane (energy efficient), vinyl window, expect to pay between $300 and $700, including installation. This assumes that the replacement window is going into an existing and structurally sound frame on a ground floor. Replacing windows in a typical three-bedroom, single-story home with ten windows can cost from $3,000 to $7,000.

Do new windows actually save you money?

In the long-term, new energy-efficient windows can certainly help you save money on your energy bill. Windows provide our homes with light, warmth, and ventilation, but they can also negatively impact a home’s energy efficiency by letting warm air escape in the winter and vice versa during warmer months. You can reduce energy costs by installing energy-efficient windows in your home.

What challenges come with replacement windows on older homes?

The age of your home often has more to do with whether you need to replace your windows, than the condition of your existing windows. Your window may appear to be functioning but your energy bill shows otherwise. This is because the wall structure often suffers more from a broken seal than the actual window unit. While the window itself may not show signs of damage, the studs and headers surrounding it may very well be worn out by rot and moisture. A big problem for window installers and homeowners is that this damage may not be detected for many years until the existing window is removed and the renovations is already underway.  These projects require the extra care and expertise of professional window installers.

For more information on replacement window professionals in Markham and the surrounding areas, contact Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors to get a free quote for your home today.

What To Consider When Designing Your Dream Custom Kitchen

What To Consider When Designing Your Dream Custom Kitchen

Designing a custom kitchen for your home is an exciting process, however, there are lots of important elements to take into consideration before you begin construction. Since custom kitchens are entirely personalized and built to suit your individual needs, specifications, and the aesthetic of your home, they tend to be more costly and laborious than simply using stock components. Thus, it can be easy to get overwhelmed during the design process with so many choices available to you.

Here are some key things to consider to help you design the custom kitchen of your dreams:

Kitchen Style

Before you get started on choosing the particulars of your kitchen, it’s important to think about the overall desired aesthetic you want to create. When deciding on the style of your kitchen, be sure to think about whether it will look harmonious in your home. For example, you may find that a sleek, modern kitchen best suits your tastes, however, this may look disjointed if your home has more of a classic, country feel.

Generally, kitchens tend to fall in one of three categories: traditional, contemporary, and transitional (which combine elements from each). Traditional kitchens are often favoured by those who prefer a warm and cozy atmosphere as they typically contain rich wood finishes, raised panel cabinet doors, custom arches and mouldings, antique finishes, and ornate hardware. On the other hand, contemporary kitchens are more minimalistic. They have a sleek design with more streamlined cabinetry that employs clean, straight lines. As well, the finishes are simpler; contemporary kitchens are characterized by painted finishes, frosted glass doors, stainless steel handles that match appliances, and the absence of moulding on top of the cabinets.

Kitchen Storage

A major advantage of building a custom kitchen is the ability to customize your cabinetry for optimal efficiency and storage. When planning the layout of your new kitchen ask yourself how you can address any organizational challenges or clutter you currently face. Ask yourself: Do I prefer drawers or cabinets? What items do I use most frequently and how can I store them so they are easily accessible? Where will the garbage bin go? Do I have any small appliances that can be built-in to save counter space? Custom kitchens offer an endless array of storage options to suit your personal preferences from pull-out shelving, to slide, swing, or pivot pantry options, to rotating spice racks, and installation of a roll-out garbage bin for easier cleanup. Do your best to map out where everything will go beforehand so you can ensure your kitchen is both functional and organized.

Colour, Finish, & Hardware

When it comes to picking out a colour and finish (solid wood, laminate, or paint are a few popular finishes) for your cabinetry, it’s important to ensure it compliments the other materials in the room. For your countertops, you can pick from a variety of materials such as quartz, marble, and granite in a range of colours and styles. The same is true if when choosing a backsplash. The best way to determine if everything will look cohesive is to bring in samples of all your materials and determine if everything pairs well together. Finally, when picking out hardware, try to choose something that accords with the style of the cabinet doors.

If you are looking to build a custom kitchen for your home, contact Newport Millwork & Cabinetry for impeccable craftsmanship and competitive pricing.

Tire Care: 10 Ways To Stay Safe On The Road

Tire Care: 10 Ways To Stay Safe On The Road

Tires play a key role in your safety while driving and yet, many people aren’t familiar with the basics of proper tire care. Along with recognizing the signs of a tire problem, being aware of the importance of regular maintenance can ensure your safety and increase the lifespan of your tires.

Here are 10 ways to stay safe while on the road:

Maintain proper inflation.

Tires that are over or under inflated may not accelerate, brake, or steer properly. To ensure your levels are optimal, check your tire pressure at least once a month when the tires are cool (before you begin driving).  

Ensure you tires are balanced.

You should have your tires balanced every time you rotate or change your tires to prevent rapid tire and tread wear.

Change tires with the season.

In Mississauga, we’re certainly accustomed to hot summers and cold winters. It’s recommended that drivers have tires for both seasons as they are specially designed to work with road conditions. Using winter tires in the summer months or vice-versa can cause premature wear.

Make sure punctures are repaired properly.

Improperly repaired punctures to your tire pose a risk to your safety while on the road. Be sure to have your tires looked at by a mechanic you trust to ensure the repair is done correctly.

Routine wheel alignment.

It is recommended that wheel alignment is performed annually, or every 25,000 kilometers, to avoid uneven wear and tear. Many people are under the misconception that only driving on rough terrain causes misalignment, but this is simply not the case. Potholes, railroad crossings, and other everyday impacts are enough to alter the alignment of your tires.

Monthly inspection.

Try your best to inspect your tires on a monthly basis to check for cracks in the rubber, punctures, and uneven tread wear.

Don’t overload your vehicle.

With many people embarking on end of summer road trips, it’s important to be aware of the dangers of overloading your vehicle. Check the tire information placard to determine the maximum capacity of all occupants and cargo combined to prevent compromising your safety or the well-being of your tires.

Rotate regularly.

Regular tire rotation helps to extend the lifespan of the tires, prevent uneven wear and tear, and improve performance. Generally, it is recommended to have your tires rotated every 6 months or once every 10,000 to 12,000 kilometers.

Replace when needed.

Although it may seem more cost-effective to replace only the damaged tire on your vehicle, this can cause accelerated wear and in some instances, mechanical issues. Take your car in for routine maintenance and pay close attention to tire tread for signs as to when your tires need to be replaced.

Store spare tires correctly.

Always ensure spare tires are clean and free of grease, gasoline, or any other substance that could erode the rubber prior to storing them away. For indoor storage, keep the tires away from direct sunlight or heat and ideally in a cool, dark location. If you store your off-season tires outdoors, make sure they are not placed directly on the ground and use a water-resistant covering.

If you live in the Mississauga area, trust the tire experts at Xtreme Tire Garage for all your tire and car repair needs.

3 Reasons Why Commercial Landscaping Is Important

3 Reasons Why Commercial Landscaping Is Important

There is great value in having a presentable indoor office space, for both employees and visiting clients, but a well-manicured outdoor space is also greatly important. Clients, prospective employees, business partners, and those passing by will often a judge a company (if their logo is outside) by the presentation of the building and commercial landscaping. Some may not see the value in investing in professional commercial maintenance but in addition to the curb appeal, landscape design matters. Here are 3 reasons why commercial maintenance of landscape design is important:

Preserve Nature

In many industrial office spaces, there will still be trees and plants because it helps create an important balance. Green spaces are proven to help humans relax, and they also add a pleasing aesthetic to industrial architecture.

Employee & Visitor Safety 

Ensuring that walkways are stable and clear is of great importance for daily traffic and building retaining walls, if necessary due to the natural landscape of the area, helps protect from any natural shifting of eroding soil.

Management of Natural Elements

Along with guaranteeing employees and visitors have easy access to and from the office it is important to know how to manage natural elements, such as storm water. Landscaping can be planned in a manner to safeguard from excessive amounts of water by developing an adequate runoff system.

Landscaping is done best when it reflects your business’s’ brand identity and when you hire a full service and reputable company. Contact Cedar Grounds Maintenance to discuss your customized project!

3 Warning Signs Your Car Requires Suspension Repair

3 Warning Signs Your Car Requires Suspension Repair

Oil changes and tire maintenance are regularly on people’s service checklist for their vehicles but suspension is another vital component of the functionality of our vehicles.  Suspensions, such as shocks and struts, support tons of metal and eventually the shocks will wear out, and suspension repair is necessary.  Having bad suspension puts your vehicle, and its passengers, at risk because it affects your ability to control your vehicle.

If you are unsure as to what signs call for necessary suspension repair, here are 3 key signs:

Rough Car Ride

When you begin to feel every bump in the road and if your vehicle body “bounces” back after going over a bump, this is a sign that your shocks and struts are wearing out.

Drifting & Pulling

Shocks and struts help you keep control of your vehicle so a failing suspension system will impede your ability to keep the vehicle stable; and a failing suspension system will result in the feeling of drifting or pulling when you’re turning.

Uneven Tire Tread

Paying attention to your tires is always an important part of vehicle maintenance but pay closer attention to the tread on each tire. If you notice it is wearing down, unevenly on the tires, or if there are areas of less tread than others, this is a symptom of your suspension not holding the car evenly.

If you require suspension repair in Dartmouth check out Major Discount Eisner, your number one source for all local Dartmouth auto repair and tire services.

Synergy Contracting: 3 Benefits of Interlocking Patios

Synergy Contracting: 3 Benefits of Interlocking Patios

Summer is right around the corner and that means it’s time for patio season! Whether you’re looking to entertain guests, throw a family barbecue, or soak up some sun alone, it’s important to consider a few key factors before you start work on your new patio. One of the most important decisions you’ll make is choosing a paving material and luckily, the choice is an easy one!

Here are the top 3 reasons you should go with an interlocking patio:


Because of its low initial cost, concrete and asphalt are popular choices, but don’t be fooled! Both tend to crack relatively easily, and asphalt softens in higher temperatures. Interlocking patios, on the other hand, are far less likely to crack, chip, or shrink. Plus, you can just remove and replace one stone if it’s damaged rather than having to incur the expensive cost of resurfacing the entire patio.


Unlike other materials that have extremely limited colour choices and can’t really be customized to suit your tastes, interlocking stones come in a vast variety of colour combinations and finishes. Best of all, they can be placed in an endless assortment of patterns for a highly customizable design.


A major advantage of using interlocking for your patio is the low maintenance it requires. Asphalt, concrete, and brick all stain very easily and require a powerwash to properly clean. Interlocking patios wear much better than their counterparts – a quick rainfall is enough to keep it looking pristine.

With its durability, visual appeal, and low maintenance, it’s clear that going with an interlocking patio is a no-brainer! Visit to build the patio of your dreams!





Elevate Your Outdoor Space with Interlocking Stones

Elevate Your Outdoor Space with Interlocking Stones

Each summer we are met with the same tasks of tidying the lawn, repairing driveway cracks, and patio maintenance. Many people look for long-term solutions that alleviate some of the updates and cleanups of early summer maintenance. One of the best ways is to invest in interlocking services. If you are looking for a way to enhance the aesthetic and long-term functionality of areas such as your driveway and patio, then interlocking styles may be the perfect fit for you!

Interlocking Driveways

Interlocking steps and interlocking driveways help to elevate the aesthetic of your entire property. This solution is all-weather functional and durable. There are three general groups, according to Synergy Contracting for interlocking driveways: natural stone, concrete, and brick. Each option creates a unique and distinct look but all require little to no maintenance. If repairs are required, majority of the time it is replacing a stone or two rather than a complete driveway repair as is necessary with asphalt.

Interlocking Patios

Patios with interlocking steps boast similar benefits as interlocking driveways: a unique and distinct design; low maintenance and all weather functional; and a durable and reliable investment. Clean stonework and world-class craftsmanship in design and installation of interlocked patios, done by Synergy Contracting will make your home an envy of your guests.

This summer invest in your property with interlocking services and interlocking steps by contacting Synergy Contracting, a company that insists on quality and focuses on the finest details to guarantee your satisfaction with the finished product!