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Window Replacement: 5 Questions You Need To Ask

Window Replacement: 5 Questions You Need To Ask

Investing in window replacement for your home is a considerable investment with a number of benefits. New windows can enhance the appearance of your living space, reduce energy costs, and add value to your home. While it’s imperative to do your own research and familiarize yourself with some of the options on the market, hiring a contractor who is trustworthy and reliable is vital in ensuring you are happy with the result in the long-term.

Below are 5 questions to ask your contractor before replacing the windows in your home:

How many panes does the window have?

Some believe that triple-paned windows are more energy-efficient than those of the double-paned variety, however, others maintain that there is no difference. Be aware that while all energy-efficient windows are at least double-paned, not all double-paned windows are energy-efficient. Make sure your contractor is trustworthy and willing to answer your questions about various window designs and their insulation capabilities.

Are they energy-efficient?

The growing cost of utility bills and the heightened awareness of the environment means that energy efficient windows are becoming increasingly prevalent. Energy-efficient windows are especially important if you live in a climate with extreme temperatures although insulation capabilities should be a priority for all homeowners. When replacing your windows, be sure to ask your contractor if a particular design is energy-efficient. Keep in mind that energy efficiency has to do with a combination of factors such as the type of frame, the number of panes, the type of coating used and the number of coats applied, the filling that goes between the panes, and the type of security locking system.

Do they have a security locking system?

Many people overlook the importance of a good quality security locking system. If your window is on the main floor and is easily accessible from the exterior of your home, pay special attention to ensure you choose a window that is strong and secure to have peace of mind regarding your family’s safety.

What materials best suit my preferences and needs?

While it’s important to do your own research when it comes to buying new windows for your home, having a contractor who is willing to openly discuss the advantages and disadvantages of various materials can be immensely helpful. Tell your contractor about the visual aesthetic you desire and your expectations regarding maintenance and performance. For example, wood is durable but it is relatively high-maintenance and requires sanding and refinishing in order to preserve its appearance.

How long before they need to be replaced?

Depending on the number of windows being installed, window replacement is generally a considerable investment so it’s important to ask your contractor what their expected lifespan is. All windows are not created alike. While most windows are made to last 10 to 20 years, cheap, low-quality windows may only last 3 to 5 years. Beware of manufacturers that claim their windows last a lifetime and are unwilling to back those claims in writing.

If you live in the Toronto area and are looking to replace the windows in your home, contact Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors.

5 Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

5 Signs You Should Replace Your Windows

For most homeowners, the world of window replacement is a complete mystery. In many cases, it can be pretty obvious when it’s time to replace your windows, but in other situations, it’s harder to tell. If you’re on the fence, these 5 signs should give you a clearer indication as to whether or not it’s time to get the ball rolling.

You find them hard to open and shut.

Hinges and latches can rust over time and window frames tend to shift preventing the window sash (the movable panels that forms the frame) from moving. These types of problems generally necessitate a full replacement as opposed to a repair.

The glass feels cold to the touch.

While single-pane windows will always feel cold to the touch regardless of their condition, the double-paned variety should only feel moderately cold even if it is very cold outside.

You have a high energy bill.

If you are finding your energy bill to be abnormally high despite having repaired your windows, it might be time to invest in new ones.

You feel drafts in your home.

Even small fractures in the glass of your window and cracks in the frame can let in a chilly breeze in your house in the winter.

Painting and repairing them would not fix the problem.

Evaluate the condition of your windows. If the paint is peeling and the wood looks like it’s rotting and falling apart, it becomes more cost-effective to replace the windows rather than try to salvage them.

If you’re in the Burlington area and notice these signs, it’s probably time to replace your windows. Head to the Custom Window Designs to get a free quote on your new replacement windows.

3 Things To Consider Before Installing New Windows

3 Things To Consider Before Installing New Windows

Upgrading or replacing your windows is a hefty task. It’s important to take some time to do your research before diving in to ensure you get the desired results you want. Here are 3 things you should take into consideration when choosing new windows for your home:

Natural Light

Allowing for more natural light in your home can really help your space feel open and inviting. Many older homes tend to have fewer windows that are relatively tiny. If you’re looking to create a warmer ambiance in your home and bring in more natural light, you may want to consider increasing the size of existing openings to allow for a larger window with more visible glass.


It’s important to pick a design that will complement your home, but it’s easier said than done. Envisioning what everything will look like can be difficult, especially if you’re replacing a few windows at a time. Be sure to speak to a professional you trust to get their advice on what will and won’t work, so you can get a clearer picture before getting started. While you might have an idea as to what colour and design you want, professional advice takes into consideration the material and style that will best suit your needs.

Energy Efficiency

In Mississauga, we’re certainly not strangers to cold, harsh winters. But climate aside, the insulation capabilities of your windows plays an important role in improving energy efficiency. Most windows are manufactured to optimize energy usage so you can reduce your energy consumption while ensuring your home is comfortable year round.

Remember, windows can dramatically change the look of your residence so be sure to hire a contractor you can trust. If you’re in Mississauga, visit Custom Window Designs to get a free estimate on your new replacement windows for your home.

3 Ways Replacement Windows Add Value To Your Home

3 Ways Replacement Windows Add Value To Your Home

In every homeowner’s lifetime there will reach a time for replacement windows. Sometimes the signs can be obvious. Sometimes they can go undetected. Getting replacement windows will add value to your home, increase security measures, and decrease expensive utility bills.

The following are some key factors to recognize when it is time for replacement windows:

Visible damages

Noticing any cracks could mean the window simply needs new weatherstripping or hardware. In this case, a repair may be the primary solution. However, sometimes the best solution is a full replacement to ensure these cracks and damages don’t resurface.

Cost Savings

Window replacements can also offer reduced energy bills. Research shows that higher quality windows can help reduce the cost of energy bills by 10-25%. Over time this will cause a significant drop your in yearly bills. 

Improved Aesthetic

When considering selling a home, new windows will help increase the home’s overall value and  aesthetic. Having new windows gives buyers a quick selling feature that move-in ready!

Thermo-Bilt is recognized in the GTA as the primary provider for window maintenance and installation. When deciding between window replacement options, Thermo-Bilt offers casement, single hung, double hung, awning, single slider, double slider, bow and bay windows. This variety will not only make the benefits of replacement worth it, but also will help give a much needed makeover to the home!

Complete Your Spring To-Do List With Brand New Replacement Windows

Complete Your Spring To-Do List With Brand New Replacement Windows

Nothing makes the exterior of your home shine like brand new shiny replacement windows.   If you’ve been patiently waiting over this past winter to begin an exciting new home improvement job, the Spring is the perfect time to get started.  With the warm air rolling in, you can spend more time outside tidying the yard and prepping your home for the installation of your new windows.

Whether you’re looking to amp up your home’s curb appeal, or if you’re looking to make your home more energy-efficient or even both, Custom Window Designs in Mississauga has a wide variety of flawlessly engineered new window replacement service products:

  • Casement windows
  • Awning windows
  • High and low fixed windows
  • Double and Single slider windows
  • Double and single hung windows
  • Bay windows
  • Bow windows
  • And more

Custom Window Designs can work with you to make your design ideas come to life, anything from dramatic windows and skylight views to simple solutions that’ll allow you to enjoy the light, fresh air, and most importantly the view.

Choose Custom Window Design as your trusted installers for your next home improvement job.  All of our window and door replacements come with a lifetime warranty so, you can have the peace of mind of knowing your decision to choose us was a good one.  Give us a call to set up your free in-home estimate, our window and door professionals will be happy to answer all your questions!

Winter Deals on Replacement Windows

Winter Deals on Replacement Windows

If you’re looking to save money on your next home improvement job, you can take advantage of winter deals on replacement windows. Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors is currently offering 50% off all window replacement and new window installation for a limited time.  

Winter is an ideal time to get your new window installed, if you’re looking to get ahead of the crowd. Typically, the warmer months tend to be the busiest for window installers and with that you could be looking at longer wait times for installation. If you want your windows installed and ready to show off for the upcoming Spring and Summer, book your installation before the end of winter and take advantage of the 50% discount!

If you’re worried about your home’s exposure to the cold weather while the installation is being done, it can all be completed in one day’s work. You could spend a full day of shopping or visiting family and come to your newly installed windows.  

For more information on the planning and design of your new replacement windows, contact Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors to get started.

They specialize in:
Window Replacement Services
Window Installation Services
Door Installation Services
Door Replacement Services
Planning and Designing Windows and Doors
Rebates and Financing Support

Get a free quote today and ask how they can make your home design ideas become a reality!