Snow Accumulation & Your Cottage

The Muskoka region and much of the province has seen record amounts of snowfall this winter, settling on roofs, window wells, and the rest of your property until the springtime arrives. With heavy snow accumulation comes the risk of significant damage to your cottage, especially to your roof and windows. It’s important to know how snow accumulation can affect your cottage during winter months, and what precautions you should take in order to avoid damage and to reduce risks for future winter seasons.

 

Snow accumulation can cause significant damage to your cottage

After a winter full of heavy snow and freezing rain, there’s a very good chance that your cottage roof has accumulated large amounts of heavy snow. While it’s difficult to determine exactly how much snow your roof can handle, it’s important to understand that it’s not the depth of the snow you need to be concerned about, but rather the weight of the snow. Building code requirements make it necessary for roofs to be able to support 21 pounds per square foot at a minimum, with larger buildings designed to accommodate larger loads. Snow accumulation can cause catastrophic damage to your cottage or home, often causing the roof to collapse under the weight of snow and ice.

Another often overlooked area that is affected by snow accumulation are the window wells of your cottage. With their out of sight design, it’s easy to overlook window wells when clearing snow from your property in order to ensure that water does not pool outside your window. Pooling water from melting snow and ice greatly increases the risk of water entering your home, causing damage to your basement. Snow buildup inside window wells can also add unnecessary stress to your windows, and even reduce its accessibility in the event of an emergency.

 

When should you be concerned with snow accumulation

If you’re concerned that the roof of your cottage may be feeling the effects of heavy snow accumulation, there are a number of things you can look for. One of the most significant signs of snow damage to your roof is the presence of unusual sounds coming from your roof and supporting walls – if you hear anything out of the ordinary, it may be a good idea to contact a professional.

Other major signs of snow accumulation include things like sagging ceilings, cracking in drywall or plaster, water leaks following snowfall or rain, and doors that suddenly begin to jam. Leaks emanating from basement windows can indicate that water is entering because of accumulation in window wells. You should also be checking your window wells for buildup of snow or ice, as well as any obvious signs of damage to windows and window frames.

 

How to protect your cottage from snow accumulation

In order to avoid damage caused by snow accumulation, you’ll want to have the snow and ice cleared from the roof of your cottage. It’s important to do this safely, which means hiring an insured snow removal company with the equipment and experience needed to effectively and safely remove snow from your roof. Attempting to clear the roof yourself can lead to damaging the shingles on your roof, and can result in injury if proper precautions are not taken. Cottage owners can clear snow using a shovel or rake from areas where the roof is easily accessible, but this can still be dangerous and harmful to the integrity of your roof in some cases. Additionally, next time you’re shovelling your driveway or simply clearing snow and ice buildup from around your cottage, remember to clear snow and ice buildup from in and around window wells.

 

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

Visit Muskoka Window & Door Centre at the 2019 Spring Cottage Life Show

The Spring Cottage Life Show is a staple of the cottage lifestyle, bringing together exhibitors from around the country to show off the latest and greatest in cottage products and services. Once again, the team at Muskoka Window & Door Centre are proud to announce that we’ll be attending this year’s Spring Cottage Life Show, bringing with us a wide array of our architectural and contemporary window and door units for display. This is the 26th annual Spring show, and is shaping up to be one of the best ones yet.

This year’s Spring Cottage Life Show

Is there a better way to kick off the 2019 cottage season? This year’s Cottage Life Show will bring together over 600 of Canada’s best cottage industry exhibitors, showing everything from windows and doors to boats, docks, and green solutions that are sure to transform your cottage inside and out. In addition to the many exhibitors in attendance, this year continues the tradition of featuring arts and crafts, food and entertainment, and even water toys – you can bring the entire family out for a full weekend of fun! This year’s show is once again spread out over four action-packed days:

 

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019 – 12:00pm to 7:00pm
  • Friday, March 22, 2019 – 10:00am to 8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 23, 2019 – 9:00am to 7:00pm
  • Sunday, March 24, 2019 – 10:00am to 5:00pm

 

Outside of the exhibitors and family fun, this year’s Spring Cottage Life Show also features a variety of events including the Family Activity Centre for your little ones, a Cottage Workshop for answers and demonstrations to any DIY questions you might have, the Cottage Life Real Estate Centre with more than 400 realtors from around the province, and a Dock Party in support of the Cottage Dreams Cancer Recovery Initiative. No matter what you’re in the market for, the 2019 Spring Cottage Life Show is sure to kick off the cottage season with a bang.

Muskoka Window & Door Centre at the 2019 Spring Cottage Life Show

Muskoka Window & Door Centre has the distinct honour of being among the 600 or so exhibitors at the 2019 Spring Cottage Life Show. We’ll be displaying some of our finest window and door products and giving you a chance to see them in action up close and personal. Our great team members will be in attendance at this year’s show, letting you speak one-on-one with our experienced team of window and door experts about your upcoming projects.

On display at the show this year will be some of our very best window and door units, including Andersen’s industry-leading E-Series windows and doors, giving you the design freedom you desire with dynamic shapes and sizes, vibrant custom colors, and much more. Andersen’s A-Series Architectural window and door units will also be featured at our booth, letting you design the project of your dreams with high architectural appeal in mind.

Centor’s line of bifold doors will also be on display, featuring a unique weather-sealed design that helps cottagers enjoy their surroundings, but keep the elements and bugs outdoors. Additionally, the Muskoka Window & Door booth will feature Centor’s integrated sliding door system, maximizing both your living space and your view. Last, but certainly not least, Bigfoot Door systems will return to the Spring Cottage Life Show. Its unique brand of high quality door products are the perfect way to get the most out of your view, while adding a bold aesthetic touch to your cottage.

For more information about the 2019 Spring Cottage Life Show, visit its website.

For more information about Muskoka Window & Door Centre’s high quality line of window and door products, visit our website or contact us today. Those who can’t make to this year’s show are always free to come and view our full selection at our showroom in Bracebridge, conveniently located just five minutes away from Muskoka Brewery.

Come see us in Hall 3 at booth #1816 at the Spring Cottage Life Show! 

Muskoka Window & Door Centre At The 2018 Spring Cottage Life Show

For more than two decades, the Spring Cottage Life Show has been one of the cottage industry’s biggest annual events, bringing with it exhibitors from all around Canada to showcase a wide variety of high quality building products, window and door systems, boats, builders, and contractors. The Muskoka Window & Door Centre is proud to announce its participation in the 2018 Spring Cottage Life Show, where we will be displaying some of our finest window and door products during these these four days of fun.

THE 2018 SPRING COTTAGE LIFE SHOW

The best way to get prepared for the 2018 Spring cottage season is by attending the Spring Cottage Life Show, being held in Mississauga, Ontario and hosting more than 600 professional exhibitors from all around the country. Taking place since 1994 over three days, the 2018 show is the very first time that the event will be spread over four exciting days:

  • Thursday, March 22nd, 2018 – 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Friday, March 23rd, 2018 – 10:00am – 8:00pm
  • Saturday, March 24th, 2018 – 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • Sunday, March 25th, 2018 – 10:00am – 5:00pm

The addition of an extra day to the Cottage Life Show goes everybody a chance to take a look at the incredible products, styles, decor, innovative green solutions, arts and crafts and much more. The 25th annual event promises to be fun for the entire family, with two hours of free child minding services at Camp Mini-Yo-We for all ticket holders, and a whole host of events and entertainment including face painting and live-animal shows hosted by Wild Ontario and Scales Nature Park that are sure to be fun for the whole family. Muskoka Window & Door Centre will be at Booth# 1432, in Hall 2 to show off our most exciting window and door products.

MUSKOKA WINDOW & DOOR CENTRE AT THE COTTAGE LIFE SHOW

The Muskoka Window & Door Centre will be one of the more than 600 exhibitors at the 2018 Spring Cottage Life Show, showing off a wide range of the very best window and door systems for cottagers. Muskoka Window & Door Centre wants to give show attendees a chance to see the very best products available and meet our team of experienced and knowledgeable experts.

Three of our leading window and door product lines will be on full display at the Muskoka Window & Door Centre booth.Centor’s uniquely designed weatherproof bi-folding doors will be on display, as well as its brand new versatile sliding door system. The Andersen Architectural Collection will alsomake an appearance at the 2018 Spring Cottage Life Show. In addition,Bigfoot’s innovative and high-quality sliding door systems will also be featured at the Muskoka booth. Bigfoot has just joined the Muskoka Window & Door Centre family as one of our high-end suppliers, and we’re proud to debut some of its products at the Cottage Life Show.

For more information about the events and entertainment being offered at the 2018 Spring Cottage Life Show, visit its website.

For more information about Muskoka Window & Door Centre’s incredible line of window and door products and for details about our booth at the 2018 Spring Cottage Life Show, visit our website or contact us today by email at info@muskokawindowanddoor.ca, or toll free at 1-800-461-5495. Those who can’t make the show are always free to come and view our full selection at our store in Bracebridge, conveniently located within a five-minute drive from Muskoka Brewery.

Explore Window And Door Styles At The Spring Cottage Life Show 2017

Exciting New Centor, Andersen And Synergy Products From Muskoka Window And Door Centre

It’s almost Spring! The perfect time to plan your renovation and new construction projects. Let’s get together at the Spring Cottage Life Show to explore the exciting possibilities Muskoka Window and Door Centre has to offer. We have 1,000 square feet of booth space dedicated to turning your dreams into a reality. Our experienced staff will walk you through a wide range of window and door options. You can count on our attractive and long-lasting products to enhance your property’s curb appeal and value.

Visit Muskoka Window and Door Centre

At The International Centre
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8
Entrance 3
Booth 1372, Hall 2
how dates are March 31 to April 2, 2017

On display in our booth are some exclusive window and door products by trusted manufacturers like Centor, Andersen and Synergy, for home and cottage owners that are looking for the latest and best solutions in the market. Here is a sneak peek at some of them.

Beautiful New Sliding Doors From Centor

Enjoy your beautiful landscape with the OX and XOX integrated sliding doors from Centor. Designed for a greater flow between the inside and outside, the glass panels slide effortlessly to expand your living space and view. Integrated insect screens and shades come in a variety of patterns and configurations to provide you with the level of privacy and protection you desire

Centor Sliding Door 1   Centor Sliding Door 2   Centor Sliding Door 3   Centor Sliding Door 4

Highlights:

  • Available with a wood interior and aluminum exterior
  • Built-in screens and shades
  • Narrow framed sliding panel aligns with a frameless fixed panel for a clear view
  • Wood trim is matched to your door’s frame finish
  • The SafePull™ (patent pending) exterior handle provides safe operation of the door

Watch this video to see Centor’s OX and XOX integrated sliding doors in action.

Bold Contemporary Window And Door Designs From Andersen

The simple lines, thin profiles, natural materials and dark accents of Andersen windows and doors enjoy the attention of builders, architects, and home and cottage owners alike. A diverse and high-quality custom line offersendless possibilities allowing you to bring your vision to life on any scale and budget.

Highlights:

  • Andersen® E Series Windows and Patio Doors: The manufacturer’s most-customizable window and door series reflects your unique style. Imagine windows in any size, shape, color or combination and Andersen will make them for you. Choose from a plethora of wood species, glass, grilles and hardware to complete your design vision.
  • Andersen® A-Series: An upper-end line with a lot of style, this series of fiberglass-clad windows and patio doors has an old-world look and charm. Choose from 11 exterior colours and 6 interior wood colours as well as a selection of grilles to match the décor of your cottage or home. One hand-operation makes them easy to open and clean.
  • Andersen® Architectural Series: Research and design combines to create architectural mastery. Every sash, every piece of hardware and every accessory easily comes together to allow you to create the home style you want.

Watch this video to view Andersen’s stunning collection.

Synergy:

Synergy is our Ontario window and door innovation company that brought us the Power Drop Down Window and the thumb print Biometric Door and lock we had last year at the show. This year we have their newest manual drop down window for everyone to see. Check out Synergy’s new simple action and clean lines.

Come see these new windows and doors first hand at the Cottage Life Show. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions as well as provide more details about our products and installation service.

“At Muskoka Window and Door Centre, “Our Business is Satisfied Customers”.

Show Dates/Hours

Friday, March 31, 2017 – 10:00am–8:00pm
Saturday, April 1, 2017 – 9:00am–7:00pm
Sunday, April 2, 2017 – 10:00am–5:00pm

Ticket Prices:

Adults: $20
Youth (13-17): $10
Children under 13: FREE
Weekend Pass: $28
Senior (65+): $15 (Friday only; not online)

Come Visit Muskoka Window And Door Centre At The 23rd Spring Cottage Life Show

EXCLUSIVE PRODUCTS ON DISPLAY FROM SYNERGY AND CENTOR

Spring is here and it’s time to explore your renovation and new construction options. Come see the new and exciting products being displayed by Muskoka Window and Door Centre at the 23rd Spring Cottage Life Show. Our experienced staff will walk you through our wide range of window and door options that can be tailored to your needs. We have 1,000 square feet of booth space to give you a glimpse of the many possibilities.

VISIT MUSKOKA WINDOW AND DOOR CENTRE

At The International Centre

6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON L4V 1E8
Booth 2517, Hall 5
Show dates are April 1 to 3, 2016

On display in our booth are some exclusive window and door products by trusted manufacturers like Centor and Synergy, for home and cottage owners that are looking for the latest and greatest in the market. Here is a sneak peek at some of them!

CENTOR INTEGRATED BI-FOLDING DOOR

Designed to fit in a standard 2×6 wall, Centor’s Integrated Bi-Folding Door is an all-season solution that conceals both a full cover screen and blind/sun shade in its frame.

  • It has large openings
  • Blinds and sun shades
  • Custom exterior colours
  • 5 standard interior finishes
  • Customization options

Centor bi-folding door

SYNERGY DOORS WITH BIOMETRIC THUMBPRINT DOOR HANDLE

With stylish modern designs, a stainless steel exterior and hi-tech biometric thumbprint door handle, this line of doors was created to push the imagination of homeowners, architects and designers to their limits.

  • It is available in copper, black steel, zinc, bronze and brass
  • Almost any design and size
  • Is capable of tying into smart home technology for unlocking from anywhere in the world
  • Mahogany interior
  • Acid etched insulated glass with ½” clear boarder
  • 6’ custom laser cut pull bar
  • Heavy duty, fully adjustable concealed hinges
  • Biometric security access with a fingerprint reader on the box to the right
SYNERGY POWER-OPERATED DROP DOWN WINDOW

This drop down window is the only aluminum clad wood product on the market with a manual or power-operated option. Come see how the window sash drops down below the sill, leaving a wide open, screened view.

  • It is available in standard and custom colours, and interior woods
  • Offers a choice of single, double or triple sash
  • Has a power operation option for larger sizes and easy operability
  • Flush sill when open
  • Smart phone app for power operators and intelligent home integration

Come see these new windows and doors first hand. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions as well as provide more details about our products and installation service.

Show Dates/Hours

  • Friday, April 1, 2016 – 10:00am–8:00pm
  • Saturday, April 2, 2016 – 9:00am–7:00pm
  • Sunday, April 3, 2016 – 10:00am–5:00pm
“Our Business Is Satisfied Customer”

Visit Muskoka Window And Door Centre At 12th Annual Fall Cottage Life Show!

This is a great time visit the 12th Annual Fall Cottage Life Show!  With over 225 exhibitors there is a lot to see. While at the show, please come and visit us the Muskoka Window and Door Centre’s display.  Our team has over 1000 square feet of working windows and doors located at Booth 533, inside Hall Five.  Show dates: Friday October 23rd to Sunday October 25th.  We will be presenting a world Premiere sneak peek of Synergy’s fully automated disappearing drop down window! Also come to check out Centor’s new integrated Bi-folding door with integrated screen and blind.  Any questions? Our skilled and knowledgeable team will be happy to assist.  See our products first hand!

Muskoka Window and Door Centre

The International Centre
6900 Airport Road, Mississauga, ON  L4V 1E8
Entrance 5
Booth 533 in Hall five
Points of interest.
1000 square feet of working displays

New Product Launch:

#1  – World Premiere Sneek Peek at Synergy’s fully automated disappearing Drop Down window

#2  -Industry Leading Centor integrated Bi-folding door with integrated screen and blind

Show Hours:

Friday, October 23 – 11:00am–8:00pm
Saturday, October 24 – 9:00am–6:00pm
Sunday, October 25 – 10:00am–5:00pm

2015 Fall Cottage Life Show