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Window Replacements: Selecting the Right Time & Company

Windows are multipurpose by elevating curb appeal and providing an essential functional element, which is why the maintenance and care of windows is vitally important. Depending on the age of windows and the quality of the product, there will come a time for window replacements. Ensuring you select the right company is as important as the quality of the window itself.

For over 40 years, family owned company Custom Window Designs has been installing and upgrading homes in the GTA and beyond. Below are a few guarantees you receive when selecting Custom Window Designs for your window replacements:

A Reputable Company

Custom Window Designs is a member of CWDMA, a standard recognized as one of the best in the industry, and is backed by a written 5-year workmanship guarantee and an exclusive 25-year manufacturer warranty.

Highest Quality Products

Providing factory direct windows, and offering a wide variety of products, allow you to select the right product for your home. Custom Windows Designs windows are also virtually “maintenance free” due to the care and quality of construction.

Skilled & Dedicated Team

The staff represents over 150 years of combined experience in installation and custom fabricating. Custom Window Designs uses no subcontractors guaranteeing all employees are fully trained installation specialists and complete projects with the highest quality of workmanship.

You can count on the experience of Custom Window Designs to do things right. They can complete window replacements efficiently and correctly. Contact Custom Window Designs today for your FREE QUOTE.

The Importance of Egress Windows

Selecting windows can aid in the aesthetic appeal of your home. Today’s selection presents many options, which can be tailored to meet a particular aesthetic look and feel: casement, awning, bay, triple slider, and specialty shaped are just a few options available to those looking to replace or install new windows. However, windows are not utilized to merely enhance the curb appeal of a home. In fact, there are strict regulations around Egress windows and the placement of them in a home. Here are a few facts on Egress windows:

  1.  Egress Windows provide emergency exits in case of a fire
  2. Windows should be easy to operate and obviously operable
  3. The Public Health Act states “For buildings of 3 stories or less and except where a bedroom door provides access directly to the exterior, each bedroom shall have at least one outside window which may be opened from the inside without the use of tools or special knowledge*.” *special knowledge refers to if a window requires several steps to operate.
  4. A recommendation is that the sill of the window, used for emergency exits, be no higher than 1.5m off the floor. Basement bedroom windows should have improved access, such as built in furniture below the window to provide easy exit access.

If your current windows do not meet the recommendations, then contact Custom Window Designs. As an expert in egress window requirements, their skilled staff will ensure your investment and home is safe

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Stop Basement Water Leaks With E-gress Windows

Have you noticed large watermarks on your basement walls? or puddles forming? Your basement windows may be the problem. Perhaps your old windows are no longer getting the job done right – and it’s something you can’t ignore. The water leaks can cause extensive damage, including mold. In older homes, basements weren’t necessarily designed to be lived in, so it’s not unusual after a long period of time the windows just aren’t up to par for what you need right now.

If you’re next home improvement job includes waterproofing your basement, to make it a more livable area for your family to enjoy, then egress window replacements should also be included on this list! Here’s why:

Better Safety

Egress windows give the home that added safety by providing an alternate route of escape in the case of fire or emergencies. An installed egress window in every room in the basement ensures that every person in the home has access to a safe exit at all times.

Brighter Light

Egress windows will replace the dingy old windows and allow natural light to pour into your basement, turning an otherwise dark room into a well-lit and functional area.

More Open Space

If you’re planning on finishing your basements, an egress window makes for a great addition to the open space a basement provides.

Prevents Basement Leaks

Your brand new egress windows will replace your old, leaky windows and stop unwanted water from entering your basement.

For more information on the cost of egress windows, designs, and installation contact Custom Window Designs. Their experienced window and door professionals can provide you a full assessment based on your homes unique designs. Book an appointment for a free quote today!

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Spring Showers, Brings May Landscaping!

With all of this rain we’ve been experiencing so far, I’m expecting some beautiful May flowers to flourish. Even though rainy days can put a stop to fun plans, this means for better chances that my garden will start to come together earlier in the summer.

This season, I’m hoping to make some changes to my home landscaping, and add new flowers and designs that will set it apart from my neighbor’s’ homes. Below are some tips and ideas for creating the ideal landscape design.

Flower Power

One powerful landscaping technique to improve the home’s exterior is with beautiful and bright flowers. I decided to pick my favourite: The Iris. With its nice blue and yellow colouring it will go great with my home’s tan coloured front door.

Planters & Baskets

I personally love the look of hanging planters, so I decided to add a few along the walkway to my front door. I also added 2 to my backyard right above my deck. I choose the Latana flower because it is perennial, meaning it will regrow every spring!  

Interlocking

Adding an interlocking patio and driveway will add more textures and shapes to my overall outdoor aesthetic. It is a great way to add colour, artistry, and a personalized touch to my home.

Professional Services

With all of these changes in mind I’ve decided to call Synergy Contracting to complete the interlocking design and landscaping needs. This will save me time and energy on my outdoors, where I can spend more of my time off having fun with the family… and you can too!

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How Efficient Are Your Energy-Efficient Windows?

The warm weather is here! As much as we love the idea of hot sunny weather, some of us dread the cost of energy bills to keep our homes cool all summer. It brings to mind the question of whether or not your home is as energy-efficient as possible, or is the money you pay for energy bills just seeping out the cracks of old windows and doors in your home?

When it comes to energy-efficient windows, they consist of a vinyl window frame and are usually made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) with ultraviolet light (UV) stabilizers to keep sunlight from breaking down the material. Essentially, you can enjoy the natural sunlight coming through your home without it completely heating the area it reaches. A vinyl window frame is a strong, durable, yet low-maintenance option. It effectively reduces heat transfer and helps insulate your home better. Another way to amp up the efficiency of windows is to choose a window type with multiple panes. With this option there are two panes of glass, with an air or gas-filled space in the middle. It insulates much better than single pane glass.

If you’re on a tight budget then energy-efficient windows would be the wisest choice that will save you costs. ENERGY STAR rated windows can save you approximately $126–$465 a year when replacing single-pane windows for an average home in Ontario.

To get a free quote on brand new energy-efficient replacement windows in Mississauga, contact Custom Window Designs. Our experienced window and door professionals can provide you a full assessment based on your homes unique designs. Book an appointment today for a free quote!

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Cruise Your Way To An Enviable Driveway

After the cold months of winter, there is nothing better than enjoying more daylight and taking in the sight of seeing green grass and budding trees. With all the excitement building around the first few days of spring often time we forget that the cold winter and ice can wreak havoc on the outside of homes, yards, and driveways.

During the winter months, driveways in particular, can be damaged by plummeting temperatures, a cycle of freezing and thawing, and the use of chemical ice melting agents. Depending on the type of driveway, these factors can weaken the surface of a driveway, and seep into cracks to potentially corrode or weaken any steel rods that may be in place (especially with concrete driveways). A general rule of thumb when trying to determine if repairs can be a DIY project or a job for experts, is to measure the cracks in your driveway. If it’s less than one-quarter inch in width: it’s a DIY job. Anything more than that, you’re looking to hire a professionalA professional driveway repair will  ensure your driveway is in the best condition, and can handle any complex repairs.  

Another option is to invest in interlocking driveways. Interlocking driveways not only give your home curb appeal, they are all-weather functional and durable for long lasting use. Interlocking driveways require minor maintenance and the design can be tailored to your preferences. Synergy Contracting is an expert at driveways in the GTA. Using the highest quality products and an expertise in the design and execution of interlocking driveways makes Synergy Contracting the top choice for your all your driveway needs.  

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How To Wash Your Home’s Windows Like A Pro

It’s not a task you would necessarily jump with excitement to do, but it’s one well-worth it when you can finally look out through sparkly clean windows and take in a clear view of the outdoors.  Typically, the exterior windows of your home should be washed twice a year.

You won’t need to hire a professional to clean your windows like a pro with these tips:

  1. Using a large bucket, combine hot water and dishwashing liquid, but not too much soap.  The less suds the better.
  2. Another at home cleaning solution that works well is one part and one part distilled vinegar.
  3. For picture windows, using long cloth head of a strip applicator work best.  It soaks up enough soapy water so that you don’t have to keep going back and forth for more while effectively loosening the dirt off the glass.
  4. Wipe clean with a squeegee.  Starting at the top, swipe the edge of the squeegee in an ‘S’ motion.  At the end of each ‘S’ motion dry off the edge of a squeegee with a rag and continue.
  5. Use another dry rag, wipe the edges to completely dry the window.

For multi pane windows, you’ll want to use a handheld sponge or scrubber to clean each separate glass pane of the window as well as finding a squeegee that will fit between each pane.

If you’re considering upgrading your home with new replacement windows, contact the window experts in Mississauga at Custom Window Designs.  Our window experts can help you through the entire process from design to installation.  Contact us today for a free quote!

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How To Reduce Static Electricity In Your Home

During the colder months when the furnace is running you may notice the air is more dry than usual, your skin feels itchy, and there’s static cling on the surfaces of your carpet or furniture. These are not just symptoms of cold weather, but rather there is a lack of moisture in the air.

Are you shocking your family members with static when you lean in for a hug? Or your hair looks like it’s flying off your head and sticking to your face after you’ve pulled a sweater over your head? It sounds funny, but we know how annoying it can get day after day!

Being in the business of heating and cooling, we’re often asked by homeowners how they can reduce the static electricity in their home and the solution is simple: increase the humidity level in your home, the water particles in the air will break up the static charges and will get rid of those pesky electrons. Air quality is a big part of keeping your family’s health, especially for those who suffer from asthma and sore throats.  

Ask Aire One about installing a humidifier that will run with your HVAC system to deliver optimum levels of humidity throughout your home. Aire One offers quality furnace installation, maintenance, and repairs. An experienced technician can visit your home and provide a full inspection of the air quality, they will offer their best recommendation to keep your home’s air quality comfortable all year round!

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3 Simple DIY Tips For Troubleshooting Furnace Issues

You don’t have to call in the professionals every time you experience an unexpected furnace breakdown. A lot of the common issues that people experience with their furnaces are actually caused by something as simple as changing the furnace filter. So, before you call to schedule a service call, try these simple tips for troubleshooting your furnace issues:

Tip 1:  Check to ensure the thermostat is ‘ON’

  • Check that the thermostat is ‘ON’ and set to ‘HEAT’ as the thermostat controls are shared with the central AC unit.  Believe it or not, this happens!  
  • Test the thermostat by setting it to 5 degrees higher than the current temperature in the room and listen to whether or not you hear the furnace kick back on.
  • Check that the power source of the thermostat has not been interrupted such as, replacing the batteries or checking that the wires have not been frayed or disconnected.  Sometimes, it’s not the furnace that needs fixing, it’s the thermostat that has stopped working which could be due to something as simple as replacing or fixing the power source.

Tip 2:  Change furnace filters

  • A clogged furnace filter could obstruct airflow to the furnace thus forcing the furnace to work twice as hard and potentially breakdown. Change the furnace filter if this is the case.
  • The owner’s manual will provide instructions on how to change the filter and what size filter is required.

Tip 3:  Check that the natural gas switch is ‘ON’

  • You may of turned of the natural gas valve at some point and forgotten to turn it back on.  Go to the natural gas meter and check to ensure that the handle is parallel to the gas pipe, which would indicate that the gas valve is open or ON.

For all other furnace repair issues, you may need a professional to diagnose the issues to ensure your safety. Contact the furnace and AC 24-hour repair service at Aire One to schedule an appointment in Markham, Mississauga, London, Barrie, and the Greater Toronto Area.

 

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What Makes a High-Efficiency Furnace So Efficient?

When two of the most comforting things came together like an appliance that warms the home and the idea of saving money on energy bills – it’s like the world got better.  For homeowners, despite the initial cost difference making the switch to a high-efficiency furnace is an easy decision. Who wouldn’t want to have a furnace that operates more efficiently and saves them money in the long run?  

But, what is it that makes a high-efficiency furnace so efficient?  We don’t usually ask for the nitty-gritty details when we’re getting a good deal on something, but why let’s take a closer look into the components of a high-efficiency furnace anyway!

A high-efficiency furnace is equipped with a second combustion chamber that collects any gas fume runoff that would normally escape out of the flue on an older type furnace.The second chamber on a high-efficiency furnace will condense the runoff into a liquid and repeat the burning process to generate heat. Your high-efficiency furnace will also have second set of heat exchanger coils or tubes are added to take pressure of the first heat exchanger – this ensures the two exchangers run evenly with less energy, while creating more heat.

The average furnace will typically have an AFUE (Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency) rating of 78% while high-efficiency furnaces must have a rating of 90% or more under Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations.

For more information on installing a high-efficiency furnace into your home, call the heating & cooling experts at Aire One today!