Featured Product: Euro Vinyl Tilt-Turn Windows and Doors

The team at Muskoka Window & Door Centre is always on the lookout for innovative window and door products that aim to change your cottage experience by offering superior performance, aesthetic beauty, and allow you to enjoy every season in the Muskoka region. Euro Vinyl Windows and Doors offers a line of high performance tilt-turn windows and doors that do all of the above, completely changing the way that Muskoka cottage owners view and interact with their surroundings.

Euro Vinyl – A mission to build the best possible window and door products

Since 1986, Euro Vinyl Windows & Doors has made it their mission to design and build the highest quality window and door products. Euro Vinyl is based out of Woodbridge, Ontario, and have become renowned for their unique tilt-turn window and door units, as well as their sliding doors, and casement and awning windows among other high quality products. Since the company’s inception, Euro Vinyl has been able to refine their entire line of products and  consistently innovate. 

The company is dedicated to making their high performance products available to homeowners everywhere, working directly with supply partners to ensure that products are brought to market at competitive prices. One of the elements that makes Euro Vinyl stand apart from other companies is that President and co-founder Christopher Meiorin continues to maintain a sales capacity, interacting with customers on both a personal and business level.

European-style tilt-turn windows add a distinguished touch to your cottage

If you’re looking to make a statement with your cottage windows, look no further than Euro Vinyl tilt-turn windows. Tilt-turn windows can be tilted inward at the top of the unit for enhanced ventilation, or can swing open inward for easy cleaning and improved access. Tilt-turn windows are one of the premier styles in Europe, adding a distinguished, yet practical, touch to any home or cottage. 

Euro Vinyl tilt-turn windows have been shown to be more energy efficient than many other aluminum and clad windows, boasting U-Values up to 1.14, Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) values of 0.21, and air infil/exfil levels of 0.1/0.1. Cottage owners need not worry about whether these tilt-turn windows will hold up to the Muskoka climate, they feature steel reinforcement and weather tightness that can hold up to even the harshest weather conditions.

Enjoy enhanced versatility and ventilation with Euro Vinyl tilt-turn doors

Euro Vinyl tilt-turn doors are the best way to enhance your view and make an aesthetic statement. These European style doors offered unmatched versatility – they can be tilted inwards for maximum ventilation, or treated as a swinging wall containing multiple doors. Euro Vinyl tilt-turn doors feature a multi-point locking system that keeps your cottage safe and secure, even in areas that were prone to bad weather. These high performance door units feature superior energy efficiency, sound insulation, and steel reinforcement that can withstand the elements and stand the test of time.
Muskoka Window and Door Centre is an official dealer of Euro Vinyl tilt-turn window and door products. For more information about Euro Vinyl windows and doors, as well as the full line of Muskoka Window & Door Centre’s high quality window and door products, visit our website or contact us today.

Featured Product: Bigfoot Fixed Windows

Named after the imposing creature of legend, Ontario-based Bigfoot Door specializes in the design and manufacturing of exceptional XL and XXL architectural windows and doors. These large windows and doors have allowed countless cottage owners to get the absolute most out of their scenic views, without accompanying worries about sacrificing performance, privacy, or comfort. Muskoka Window and Door Centre is proud to work with Bigfoot – we are an official dealer of Bigfoot architectural window and door products.

Some of the most consistently impressive Bigfoot products are their fixed window units. Fixed windows are the best way to unlock the beauty of your surroundings while still being able to maintain your cottage’s energy efficiency. These windows are designed to perform to the highest standards in any weather conditions, making them a perfect year-round solution for the Muskoka climate.

Bigfoot Door – exceptional Canadian window and door products

Based in Mississauga, Ontario, Bigfoot Door has over 30 years of experience in the window and door industry, carving out a reputation for consistently high performance products. Bigfoot Door is a leader in designing custom XL and XXL window and door designs, creating the perfect products for your home, cottage, commercial property, or architectural project.

Bigfoot is a family run business, and has worked to create and maintain healthy relationships with suppliers throughout North America and Europe. The company holds itself to its mission and core values, ensuring that their window and door products are of the highest quality, and that industry standards are met with every project and customer undertaken. Whether you’re looking at a new build, or want to replace the windows or doors in your home or cottage, Bigfoot has you covered.

Bigfoot fixed windows – architectural grandeur in every room of your cottage

Fixed windows are a great way to frame your picturesque Muskoka views, increase your home’s energy efficiency, and allow plenty of natural light into your cottage – their practicality has led to fixed windows being a staple in millions of homes. Bigfoot fixed windows feature unrivaled architectural grandeur, letting you get a complete unobstructed view of your surroundings without sacrificing thermal efficiency or safety. Bigfoot fixed windows are available with both double and triple glazing, with a thermally insulated facade system faceted both inwards or outwards.

Not only are these fixed window units thermally efficient, but they add a great deal of aesthetic value to your home or cottage – these XL and XXL windows look sleek, and ensure that every room in your cottage will be bright and beautiful. Bigfoot fixed windows are handmade by a world class team of engineers renowned for their attention to detail, and ability to customize units to meet your style and performance preferences. These fixed windows are available in a variety of anodized and painted finish options, letting you match the rest of your home or cottage. These coatings are resistant to peeling, fading, and chipping, and protect your windows against environmental stresses like UV rays and dirt.

Muskoka Window and Door Centre is an official dealer of Bigfoot window and door products, including their fixed window units. For more information about Bigfoot fixed windows, as well as the full line of Muskoka Window & Door Centre’s high quality line of window and door products, visit our website or contact us today.

4 Great Ways to Repurpose Your Old Windows and Doors

If you’re planning on replacing your old windows and doors this summer with something more energy efficient and higher performing, be sure not to throw them out. There are many things you can do with old doors and windows, giving you an opportunity to create eye catching and practical crafts, furniture, and more. Not only will these projects give you something fun to do during the summer season, but they’ll look great, catch the attention of visitors and passersby, and are a great way to improve your environmental footprint by recycling and repurposing. Here are some of the many great ways to repurpose your old windows and doors.

1. Potting shed made with recycled doors

If you’ve replaced a number of doors around the house or cottage, this is one of the best ways to repurpose them and create something practical in the process. This repurposed door design lends a brilliant rustic aesthetic to traditional potting sheds, which can be unsightly and as a result, tucked away out of sight. This project can be completed by just about anybody, and the end result is both stylish and versatile.

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2. Homemade headboard using old windows

Who says you can’t bring your repurposing projects into the bedroom? Turning your old wooden windows into headboards is extremely easy, and allows you to be creative in your approach. You can either replace the glass panes with fabric for an artistic touch, or leave the glass in for a unique look. This project works best with one large window or multiple smaller windows, and if you touch up the frame before mounting it – some stain or paint should do the trick.

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3. Make window chalkboards for organization and planning

Keep the family organized and on the same page by turning your old windows into a chalkboard. This can be used as a calendar, planner, or even just as a space for your family members to leave notes and reminders for each other. Of course, this project works best with windows that feature a large grid, as it’ll give you the room to create weekly planners and calendars.

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4. Homemade garden gate

This is one of the most unique things you can do with your old doors. Using barn door hardware (which can be purchased online), you can create a fully functional entryway to your home or cottage garden. Homemade garden gates look great, gives you some increased backyard privacy, and with the right hardware can be genuinely useful in keeping out pests and other unwanted garden visitors.

For more information about Muskoka Window & Door Centre’s high quality line of window and door products, visit our website or contact us today.

Featured Product: Phantom Executive Screen

Since 1992, Phantom has been manufacturing and selling high quality retractable screens around the world. Phantom has earned a reputation for delivering excellent service to all of its customers, going the distance to truly make a difference in the lives of all those who purchase and use its products – and by going the distance we mean keeping bugs out of your life as much as humanly possible.

What makes Phantom executive screens unique?

With many framed screens, cottage owners don’t have to choose between functionality and good looks. Other screens excel in just one area, offering functionality at the cost of your view, or a gorgeous view at the cost of functionality. Phantom specializes in versatile screens that offer both functionality and attractive design, letting you get the absolute most out of your view while enjoying the luxuries that a functional screen offers. Phantom offers a number of screens that can be used in just about any window or door opening, helping you keep insects out, increase the airflow of your home or cottage, and open your property up to the outdoors.

Bring the beauty of Muskoka indoors

Phantom executive screens are the best way to get the most out of your cottage’s porch or patio, bringing the beauty of the outdoors inside and keeping out bugs and inclement weather. Phantom screens are also a great way to enjoy the view while enhancing your privacy. Phantom’s executive screens can be seamlessly rolled away when not in use, disappearing out of sight and preserving the clean look of your windows and doorways – these versatile screens can be easily designed to recess into cavities, or can be surface mounted.

These convenient screens are engineered to fit window and door openings of almost any size or type, available in sizes up to 25’ wide and 16’ tall. Executive screens are designed to be easily retracted and adjusted at your will, letting you get the most out of your cottage views. Phantom executive screens feature automated controls, allowing users to control their screens via smartphone app, or by using mounted and handheld remotes. Impress your guests with the cool factor of controlling your screens with your phone!

Also available to cottage owners is a unique mesh and vinyl combination roll screen that perfectly complements the executive screen, giving you the option to use them in tandem or individually. Phantom’s line of executive screens are manufactured with only the highest quality materials, including fabrics, vinyl, and a variety of strong mesh options specifically designed to keep out pests, block out heat and glare from the sun, or enhance your privacy and block out UV rays. A number of signature and custom colour options are available to help match the screen’s frame to your home.

Muskoka Window and Door Centre is an official dealer for Phantom executive screens. Our expert team is highly experienced in their professional fitting and installation. For more information about Phantom executive screens, as well as the full line of Muskoka Window & Door Centre’s high quality line of window and door products, visit our website or contact us today.

Andersen Named Readers’ Choice Greenest Window And Door Brand 2018 For The Seventh Consecutive Year

 

For the seventh consecutive year, Andersen Windows & Doors have been voted the greenest window and door manufacturer in North America by Green Builder Media in its 2018 Readers’ Choice Awards. This honour again shows that Andersen is committed to consistently providing their customers with the highest quality window and door products while maintaining a focus on sustainable and high performing energy options.

GREEN BUILDER MEDIA’S READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS

The annual Readers’ Choice Awards selected by Green Builder Media spotlights superior products manufactured by building professionals with a focus on renewable energy, recyclable materials, energy efficient and water smart products. Each year, Green Builder Media selects the greenest building professionals who manufacture a wide variety of products, including decking, building wrap products, HVAC units, window and door products, and even work vehicles. Green Builder Media is dedicated to being an advocate for sustainability and highlighting organizations who consistently put a focus on green building and responsible growth.

READERS’ CHOICE AWARDS – GREENEST WINDOW AND DOOR PRODUCTS

Andersen Windows & Doors are one of the largest window and door manufacturers in North America, winning the 2018 Readers’ Choice Award with 23.6% of the vote, almost 6% more than Pella, the runner-up for the award. The 2018 award marks the seventh year in a row that Andersen has won the votes of green building enthusiasts around North America, proving just how dedicated Andersen is to provide their clients with the greenest building options available.

More than 320 of Andersen’s window and door products are Energy Star certified in at least one climate zone, giving customers a wealth of green window and door options at all price points and styles. Andersen has also proven their dedication to environmental stewardship time and time again through its signing of agreements like the Ceres Climate Declaration back in 2015, where they have pledged to help reduce the carbon impacts of homes and buildings around the continent.

HIGH-PERFORMANCE WINDOW AND DOOR PRODUCTS FOR EVERY BUILDING PROJECT

Muskoka Window and Door Centre is dedicated to providing our customers with the highest quality window and door products available for your cottage or home. Andersen Windows & Doors offers a wide range of eco-friendly window and door products, backed by more than 100 years of dedication and expertise. Andersen offers a number of product series to match your cottage including the architecturally sound A-Series, the custom-crafted E-Series, the timeless 400 Series, and the low maintenance 200 Series.

ANDERSEN WINDOWS & DOORS – A HISTORY OF SUSTAINABILITY

Andersen Windows & Doors has been dedicated to sustainability for much of its 100 years in business, providing customers with high-performance window and door units and receiving praise from a number of sources. Andersen has also recently received the 2018 Energy Star Partner of the Year Award for Sustained Excellence, and have also committed themselves to reducing their own energy, waste, and water use by 20% per unit by 2020.

Muskoka Window and Door Centre is the exclusive provider of high-performance Andersen Window & Door products in the Muskoka area. Contact the experts at Muskoka Window and Door Centre today to find out what Andersen’s energy efficient products can do for your home or cottage.

How Changes To The Ontario Building Code Impact Window Installation And Renovation

As of January 1, 2017, a new window building code brings significant changes to window installations and renovations in Ontario. More insulation, improvements to the efficiency of furnaces and hot water tanks as well as ‘better windows’ are expected to increase the energy efficiency of new homes and cottages by 15% and large buildings by 13%. The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing estimates that the new standards will make houses built this year 50% more energy efficient than a home constructed in 2005. For renovations, the code changes only affect any additions that you might make to your cottage or home.

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Why the emphasis on windows? According to Natural Resources Canada, windows can account for up to 25% of the total heat loss in a home, with air entering through cracks and crevices around them driving up your energy consumption. Energy-efficient windows provide better insulation, reducing heat loss or gain and lowering your energy bills.

If you require new windows and installation, or are planning an addition to your cottage, familiarise yourself with the window building code changes. Our experts have provided an overview of some important amendments below.

Important changes in door and window building code

  • Basement windows do not need to be rated
  • West and east-facing windows can have lower ratings which allows for the remaining to have a higher rating.
  • One exterior door does not have to meet the minimum rating
  • Door leading from a non-heated space to a heated space (or vice versa) must have an insulated core with a weather strip.
  • Windows and doors have two ways to qualify for energy efficiency, using either the ER (higher # is better) and/or U value (lower number is better)
  • Do not remove labels until after inspection
  • Window area rules
    • Includes skylights
    • Measure at RSO (rough opening for a window or door)

Note: Zone 1 includes most of Southern Ontario while Zone 2 covers the area north of Huntsville.

Trusted Window Renovations And Replacements, Consult Our Experts

UNIQUE 5-YEAR WARRANTY ON NEW WINDOW INSTALLATION

Window And Door Renovation

The experienced installers at Muskoka Window and Door Centre stay up-to-date on building codes ensuring safe and efficient completion of projects in your new home or cottage. Expert installation and a unique 5-year warranty on your new windows and doors protect your investment and assure you of our workmanship quality.

Planning window renovations? As official suppliers for leading manufacturers, we offer access to the best replacement windows in the country. Our installers know exactly how to measure for replacement windows, minimizing common operational issues and air leaks which tend to drive up your energy bills. Incorrect or unprofessional installation will void most warrantees, so partnering with Muskoka Window And Door Centre from product purchase through installation is a key feature of customer satisfaction and peace of mind.

Window Replacement in Muskoka

Visit our showroom to view an extensive selection of the best quality windows and doors. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is happy to discuss your new construction or renovation project and help find the best fit for your home or cottage.

You can count on us for window renovation and installation services that will enhance your curb (and lake) appeal and importantly, the value of your property.

Give the experts at Muskoka Window and Door Centre a call today. T: 705.645.3057 | Toll Free: 800.461.5495.

“Our Business is Satisfied Customers”

Andersen E-Series Windows And Doors – Our Best Seller

Why? Read On!

Andersen E-series windows and doors offer you the unique opportunity to create the home of your dreams. The biggest variety of options in interior and exterior colours, a choice of exotic woods, dynamic shapes and unique sizes have made this line of windows and doors a hot favourite with hundreds of home and cottage owners. Read why it is our best seller at Muskoka Window and Door Centre.

 

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Advantages Of Andersen E-Series Windows And Doors:
  • Vast selection: From double-hung, awning (or push out awning), casement (plus French casement or push out casement), gliding and specialty windows to hinged, gliding and French gliding patio doors E-Series makes it is easy to find the style of your choice.
  • Long-lasting aluminum clad wood: An extruded aluminum clad sash and frame protects your beautiful Andersen E-series wood windows from the elements, abrasion and impact. An ideal choice for waterfront properties which constantly battle wind, rain and lake-effect spray. Your windows will look good in all seasons and last for years.
  • Dramatic shapes: Elegant arches, striking angle or compelling curve—you have a choice of several unusual shapes to distinguish your home while maximizing your view and curb appeal.
  • Custom sizes: In addition to having the freedom to combine any style or shape, you are not restricted by size either. You can custom order any size for an Andersen E-Series door or window.
  • Unlimited colour choices: E-Series offers a choice of 50 exterior standard colours plus custom colour matching. You could design two, three and four-tone exteriors, from fire engine red to forest green and stormy blue—you can have any colour you want.
  • Interior wood finish options: E-Series has one of the most varied selections of interior wood finishes ranging from white and birch bark to honey, cinnamon and espresso. You also have the option of custom staining window and door interiors to match your décor.
  • Range of glass options: You can choose from a stunning selection of glass (bevelled, frosted, coloured, textured, etc.) and divided lights. You can also design your own glass and light style and size.
  • Finest hardware: Strong but finely-crafted window and door hardware adds an elegant touch to your home or cottage interior.
  • E-Series windows and doors come with a wide selection of insect screens including wooden, prefinished and retractable options that blend seamlessly. Andersen’s Industry Leading Tru-Scene window screens are the most transparent screens available in the industry. You can also opt for blinds or shades that are convenient, protect your privacy and reduce your cleaning time.
  • Increased security and energy efficiency: Patented VeriLock® sensors indicate whether your windows and patio doors are open as well as if they are locked or unlocked, thus providing you with optimal security and energy efficiency. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized Andersen Corporation with a 2016 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year – Product Brand Owner Award for its outstanding, energy-efficient products and efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • Exceptional value: With windows and doors being a major home investment, you want to select a manufacturer you can trust. Andersen’s high-performing products are supported by exceptional service and last for years. Aesthetics, quality and durability make this brand a preferred choice of homeowners, builders and architects.

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Professional Installation Of Andersen E-Series Windows And Doors

UNIQUE 5-YEAR WARRANTY

As an official supplier of Andersen E-Series windows & doors, you can expect exceptional service at Muskoka Window and Door Centre. Expert installation backed by a unique 5-year warranty on your new windows and doors will safeguard your investment and assure you of our workmanship quality. Our manufacturer-trained installers ensure correct fit and installation, minimizing common operational issues and protecting your manufacturer warranties.

 

Visit our large showroom to view an extensive selection of Andersen E-series doors and windows. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff is happy to discuss your new construction or renovation project and help to find the best fit for your home or cottage.

You can count on us for windows and doors that will enhance the curb appeal and value of your property.

Give the experts at Muskoka Window and Door Centre a call today. T: 705.645.3057 | Toll Free: 800.461.5495.

“Our Business is Satisfied Customers”

 

Start Saving Energy Right Away With Winter Window Replacement

Expert Installation By Muskoka’s Most Trusted Window And Door Company

In our experience, around 30% of energy loss can be attributed to old windows in many Muskoka homes. If your windows are not opening and closing properly, showing signs of rot, or have moisture buildup, these are clear indications that they need to be replaced. The drafts, hot and cold spots you feel are make your heating and cooling systems work longer and harder driving up your energy bills, which today is more important and relevant than ever.

If you are wondering when the best time is to replace your windows, we advise that you get it done as soon as possible. Why? The energy savings are virtually immediate and will continue long after your investment is made on your beautiful new energy-efficient windows. While it might not be on your radar, this winter is an excellent time to enhance your heat protection efficiency.

At Muskoka Window and Door Centre, we have a wide range of products to suit the design, style and requirements of your home or cottage. As one of the most trusted window and door companies in Ontario, you can count on our professional, experienced staff to help you find and install the right window replacement products for your property.

Before And After Use Of Thermal Imaging Technology Confirms Your Window Replacement Energy Savings

We are one of the few window and door companies to offer a Thermal Imaging service. This is an advanced technique that measures the energy efficiency of your home. A totally non-invasive process, it makes use of a sophisticated lens with an infrared detector to check for air leaks and drafts.

Customers that opt for this service can see the measurable difference their new windows have made. Our expert installers perform the scans both before and after Window Replacement, thus, making clear the energy savings your investment has begun to realize.

Plan Your Window Replacement Project Now

ENJOY CONTINUED ENERGY SAVINGS + A 5-YEAR WARRANTY ON YOUR NEW WINDOWS

Start planning your window replacement project now, so that installation can be completed this winter. At Muskoka Window and Door Centre, our customers are treated to first class products with Expert Installation and exceptional service. As authorized distributors of well-known manufacturers, we provide a wide choice of the latest and best windows and doors. Our skilled installers work efficiently and safely, with minimum intrusion or disruption to your activities. We treat your home or cottage like ours!

Being manufacturer-trained, our Window Replacement team ensures proper fit and calibration; eliminating common operational issues, helping you optimize the lifespan of your investment. For your complete peace of mind, we provide a unique 5-year warranty on all new installations. A proven record of doing our work correctly the first time guarantees your complete satisfaction. You can rely on us for window systems that enhance your curb appeal and comfort while providing you with substantial energy savings every year.

Give the experts at Muskoka Window and Door Centre a call today. T: 705.645.3057 | Toll Free: 800.461.5495.

“Our Business is Satisfied Customers”

Replace Old Cottage Screen Enclosures With The Weatherwall

ADVICE FROM MUSKOKA WINDOW SYSTEMS EXPERTS

“It’s time to stop covering up those old screen enclosures in your porch or Muskoka room with heavy plastic or ugly shutters every time the season changes”, says Randy Hodges at Muskoka Window and Door Centre. “When you invest in Weatherwall window systems, you will enjoy unobstructed views with maximum ventilation and protection from the elements at your fingertips. There’s no need to install Plexiglas. Realizing the benefits of Weatherwall, many home and cottage owners have asked our expert installers to help them upgrade to this convenient and smart-looking window system”.

Advantages Of A Weatherwall Screen Enclosure:

  • It converts easily from a screen to a weatherproof haven (and vice-versa) at the press of a button. The four-track system, consisting of four panels nestled one behind the other and each in its own track, can be pushed all the way to the top, down to the bottom or in the middle—just the way you want.
  • It is customized to fit the unique dimensions of your window or door openings; high ceilings and extra-wide or tall windows and doors are no problem at all. You also have a choice of four colours for the window frames with an option of clear or tinted glass (in bronze or Muskoka blue).
  • Weatherwall can be installed almost anywhere—in porches, sunrooms, balconies, vestibules, gazebos, cabanas, or even a mobile home.
  • Its heavy-duty construction withstands normal wear and tear to deliver years of trouble-free service.
  • The elasto-vinyl window glazing withstands any challenge and returns to shape if pushed or stretched.
  • It’s easy to maintain and can also be removed for cleaning.
  • An extended 10-year warranty provides you with complete peace of mind.

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Don’t Be Fooled By Weatherwall Imitations!

The popularity of Weatherwall window systems has resulted in imitations flooding the market and creating plenty of problems for unsuspecting consumers. The three most common ones being:

  • Challenges with installation and removal because panels have exposed spring tension only on one side
  • Window vents slipping down and falling out of the tracks as a result of poorly-constructed frames and inferior-quality jams that warp
  • Difficulty with cleaning as the plastic track chips or bends

If you are looking to create a sunroom or enjoy beautiful Muskoka views all year round, we are happy to help. As an official supplier, we provide you with direct access to original Weatherwall screen enclosures and window systems. Visit us atMuskoka Window and Door Centre to evaluate your options. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff are always happy and willing to help.

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Enjoy A 5-Year Warranty On Your New Weatherwall Window Systems

At Muskoka Window and Door Centre, our customers are treated to premium products with expert installation and exceptional service. Our manufacturer-trained installers ensure proper fit and calibration of your Weatherwall screen enclosures, eliminating common operational issues and helping you optimize the lifespan of your investment. Whether you need a new installation or a window replacement, we get the job done correctly and efficiently. You can count on us for window systems that look great, perform seamlessly and last for years. For your complete peace of mind, we provide a unique 5-year warranty on new installations.

Give the experts at Muskoka Window and Door Centre a call today.T: 705.645.3057 |Toll Free: 800.461.5495.

“Our Business is Satisfied Customers”

How To Choose The Right Windows For Your Home Or Cottage

5 Tips From The Experts At Muskoka Window And Door Centre

Your Cottage Country windows do more than provide you with a view to the outside. They play a critical role in maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures and the energy-efficiency of your home or cottage. So how do you choose a window when you really don’t know anything about them? “It happens all the time.” says Jeff Hodges – partner at Muskoka Window and Door Centre: “Our clients, whether owners, builders or architects, need and expect assistance.  There are many excellent options for both windows and doors, and we help with that.  We work hard to simplify the decision making process.”

Here Are 5 Tips For Our Experts To Help You Make The Right Choice:

    • Select the right window material: Windows are available in a wide variety of materials. Understanding the pros and cons of each type will help you make an informed decision.
      • Wood: Offers the best insulation but is also high-maintenance
      • Vinyl: An affordable alternative to wood, with increased energy-efficiency when paired with high performance glass options
      • Aluminum: A practical choice for areas of high humidity as well as hurricane-prone areas
      • Clad-wood: A low-maintenance exterior  of vinyl or aluminum combined with a wood interior that is resistant to temperature transfer
      • Fiberglass Composite: Energy-efficient, strong and durable with enhanced resistance to twisting and warping. Eco friendly and is virtually maintenance free.

PICKING A WINDOW MATERIAL THAT IS SUITED TO YOUR CLIMATE AND LIFESTYLE WILL OPTIMIZE THE RETURN ON YOUR INVESTMENT.

  • Determine your window style: Your choice of windows influences the curb appeal of your home or cottage as well as its functionality. A variety of styles including casement, awning, hung, fixed/picture, sliders, and tilt and turn, etc. allows you to choose the best fit. Many property owners combine multiple window styles to complement the different areas of their home. For instance, if you want a view but not necessarily ventilation, a fixed/picture window is ideal. On the other hand, if you like to leave your bedroom or living room windows open for fresh air, casement windows offers both easy operation and cleaning. A choice of glass, grilles and colours allows you to further personalize each style.

Randy Hodges – Partner Muskoka Window And Door Centre:  “Awnings are back with the renewed demand for natural airflow. The contemporary design world has rediscovered awning windows for great viewing and continued ventilation even in inclement weather. The top hinging action provides rain protection and ventilation. Big view fixed bottom units with manual or motorized operating top units brings natural ventilation back without compromising the view.”

Jeff Hodges on choosing the right window:  “Form and function are two concepts that need to come together to choose the right window for the right application. For example an out swinging casement window is not practical over stairs or a short deck where people could walk into them. But casements have maximum view and ventilation for anywhere else on your home or cottage. We can help with those designs.

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  • Choose energy-efficient windows: As an important component of your building envelope, windows impact indoor temperatures and consequently your heating and cooling expenses. By ensuring your windows are energy efficient, you will be able to improve the comfort of your home or cottage without increasing utility bills. Look for ENERGY STAR® qualified windows that are tested and certified by The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) for their R-value and visible light transmittance. To learn more about ratings for energy-efficient windows, click here.
  • Value for money, rather than price: Don’t base your selection solely on price. The most expensive window doesn’t necessarily provide you with the best protection and performance, while a cheap product will likely need replacement soon and may even cause damage to your home. Look for a trusted manufacturer with a proven track record. Many homeowners choose Andersen windows for their style, performance and durability. Additionally, Andersen’s energy-efficient windows are backed by the most comprehensive warranty on the market, providing their customers with absolute peace of mind.
  • Hire an experienced installer: Many operational problems are caused by improper installation techniques and inexperienced installers. To protect your investment, look for dealers like Muskoka Window And Door Centre that have manufacturer-trained window installers on their team, so you can expect efficient, safe and timely window installation.

Visit us at Muskoka Window and Door Centre to see and evaluate your options. As an official supplier of many trusted brands, including Andersen windows, we offer a full range of quality products. Our knowledgeable and helpful staff are always happy and willing to help. We can assist you in selecting and installing the best products for your cottage or home.

Enjoy A 5-Year Warranty On New Installations

At Muskoka Window and Door Centre, our customers enjoy quality products, expert installation and exceptional service. Whether it is a new installation or a window replacement, our manufacturer-trained installers ensure proper fit and calibration for trouble-free operation. Walk through our huge showroom in Bracebridge to see what we have to offer. You can rely on us for stylish, energy-efficient windows that look great and last for years. For your complete peace of mind, we provide a unique 5-year warranty on new installations.

Give the experts at Muskoka Window and Door Centre a call today. T: 705.645.3057 | Toll Free: 800.461.5495.

“Our Business is Satisfied Customers”