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.

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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.

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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.

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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”

Expert Installation By Muskoka Window And Door Centre

Premium Products And Service For Your Home And Cottage

Door and window installation is a highly specialized job. Many common performance issues are caused by improper sizing and faulty installations. In addition to selecting a quality product from a trusted manufacturer, always ensure that your installers have the right training and experience. It will help secure a longer lifespan for your investment.

Advantages Of Skilled Door And Window Installation
  • Saves time and money: Trained professionals are more efficient and install doors and windows quicker. This helps builders, architects and homeowners complete projects on schedule. Reduced installation time also means lower cost.
  • Fewer performance issues: Installation quality not only impacts performance but the lifespan of your windows and doors as well. This begins with correct sizing and fit. Proper alignment of your new doors or window replacements, ensures they operate seamlessly now and in the years to come. Qualified installers will make sure that your doors and windows fit right, stay secure and are properly sealed. This helps avoid injuries and product damage as well as improves energy efficiency and indoor comfort. Detailed attention, like concealing fasteners and screws makes your windows and doors look good inside and out.
  • Avoids leaks and property damage: Inexperienced and incorrect installation is among the main reasons for leaking doors and windows. This reduces the lifespan of your products and can cause substantial damage to your beautiful wood or carpeted floors. Floor replacement expenses aside, you are also faced with the risk of mold and the additional cost of getting rid of this health hazard.
  • Protects your warranties: Using the wrong products can damage your new doors and windows, and nullifies their warranties. One of the most common examples is misuse of low expansion foam products resulting from the lack of knowledge on the part of homeowners and contractors. Manufacturer-trained technicians at Muskoka Window and Door Centre will prevent these unnecessary complications.
Why Hire Muskoka Window And Door Centre For New Installation And Replacement

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The installation team at Muskoka Window and Door Centre is manufacturer-trained to ensure precision perfect installs for your cottage or home. Intensive onsite training familiarizes us with how the products are manufactured and the finer nuances of the installation program. Our technicians are also engaged in continuous education to be updated on the latest technology. How does this benefit you as our customer?

Professional installation and finish enhances product lifespan

“When we are doing a replacement installation on a cottage or home, our team of specialists are experts at caulking all the products we sell.  This may not seem a significant item, but when you see a poor job, it stand out like a sore thumb, and often that installation will not last.  The product will leak air or water.  Our experts will not allow that to happen,” assures Rob Kennedy

Saves thousands of dollars in repair and replacement

“Often, when we are called in to replace and repair a poor install, we find patio doors not leveled, or the head of the door has been ‘over foamed’.  The foam expands and the door is crushed. No surprise that the door will not slide. Sounds simple, but it is this type of experience that can save thousands of dollars,” adds Rob.

Reduces common performance issues

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“Smart home tech has evolved into our business.  We have many new and innovative products such as motorized drop down windows, doors with concealed screens built right into them and wireless sensors for security locks.  These are great examples of why you want experts installing these products.  Not only must they look perfect from inside and out, within the architecture of your building, but they must operate with ease, smoothly and efficiently,” Rob explains further.

Enhances customer confidence and peace of mind

“Our suppliers also invest in our people every year to ensure we know exactly what is involved with installation procedures.  You might be surprised how critical it is for the products to arrive at the site at the right time, with our crew arranging a complex install high up on a granite face, or within a heavily treed lot.  Make no mistake, experience matters. This is a key reason whycottage country builders, contractors and architects count on us.  It’s very difficult to put a price on that confidence and comfort knowing that what we install is going to endure the Canadian climate. It’s a generational experience.  We have almost thirty years of satisfied customers to generate that confidence,” says Jeff Hodges.

Our business is satisfied customers

“This is a significant investment that we make in our people. Products are changing, with more sophisticated technology and component parts, our installation team members must be on the leading edge of installation techniques.  One aspect of our business is selling windows and doors, but professional,expert installation is crucial to the completion of the work.  Our business is satisfied customers,” says Randy Hodges.

ostaco new construction

A unique 5-year warranty on new door and window installation demonstrates exceptional customer service and the confidence we have in our workmanship quality.

For new installations, or door and window replacement, give the experts at Muskoka Window and Door Centre a call today. T: 705.645.3057 | Toll Free: 800.461.5495.

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When Is The Best Time For Window Replacement In Muskoka

Great Tips From Window Installation Experts

Here is an important piece of advice: If the windows in your home or cottage are more than 15 years old, or show any of the 7 signs below.  Replace them now! Far better to replace right away and save now. The amount you immediately start saving on your energy bills is a big incentive not to wait for a day, week or month, even in winter. Each season has its replacement pros and cons. While spring weather may be more conducive to window renovations, demand is typically higher in this season which means longer wait times.

7 Signs it’s time for window replacement:

  • Moisture on the inside of your windows
  • Rot, cracks or warping
  • Drafts
  • Increased outside noise levels
  • Sudden increase in energy bills
  • Windows don’t open or close properly
  • There is visible damage on the outside

Come to our beautiful showroom in Bracebridge for a selection of products from trusted window companies plus our expert installation. We will be happy to help you with your choices.

Take Advantage Of Our Thermal Imaging Offer During Window Replacement

Thermal imaging is an important tool that measures the energy efficiency of your home or cottage windows and doors. At Muskoka Window and Door Centre, we offer this valuable service so that you can clearly see the difference your window replacements have made. Our before and after scans leave little doubt about the benefits of installing new windows both with regard to your heating and cooling bills and comfort. Why wait to realize these important benefits?

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As official suppliers for industry-leading window manufacturers, we offer the widest selection of designs, colours and finishes. Browse our extensive range of high-quality windows to find your style. When you need guidance, we are happy to help you choose the best windows to fit your architecture.

Enjoy Expert Window Installation Service With A 5-Year Warranty

When you visit to Muskoka Window and Door Centre, you will enjoy a wide variety of affordable products and professional service. Our window installation experts ensure correct sizing and fit to eliminate common operational issues. We are confident of our workmanship quality and provide a unique 5-year warranty on new installations for your complete peace of mind. You can rely on us for expert window replacements that will enhance your cottage or home design and improve your energy savings.

Now is the perfect time for window replacement. 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”

Choosing The Right Windows For Your Home

Selecting the perfect windows for your cottage country home can be quite a challenge; especially when you are looking for both style and performance. Each brand claims to be the best but which one is really the best fit for you?

Here are three important points to keep in mind:

  • Choose a style that accentuates or complements your home’s architecture
  • Get energy-efficient windows for optimal comfort and to lower your heating and cooling bills
  • Ensure your new or replacement windows will stand up to the harsh Canadian climate

Making the correct choice comes down to having the right options.

Muskoka Window and Door Centre offers the finest products to dress up your home and protect it from the elements. We will present you with our extensive line up as well as guide your selection towards the most satisfying results.

Enjoy A Range Of Options With Muskoka Window And Door Centre

As one of the most trusted window companies in cottage country, we only work with proven products. Our customers enjoy a wide choice from the most trusted names in the market:

  • Andersen WindowsOne of the largest manufacturers in North America with several lines to suit your needs, each backed by over 100 years of exceptional performance
  • Western Window and Door SystemsEngineered with cutting-edge technology and custom-crafted to match your unique style, colour and size requirements
  • Eagle Windows: Andersen’s premium architectural collection designed to help you make a striking statement while enhancing the view and comfort in your home
  • Ostaco WindowsMade to create a lasting impression with a choice of colours and styles while significantly improving your energy efficiency

You can count on us for style, quality and performance!

Premium Window Installation Service Backed By A 5-Year Warranty

Muskoka Window and Door Centre provides you with premium products and service. Our expert installation ensures a perfect fit and problem-free performance as well as optimal comfort and energy efficiency. For your total peace of mind, we also offer a 5-year workmanship and materials warranty on all new installations.

Not sure what type of window you need? Call us at 705-645-3057 and let us help you make the right decision.