Spring is the perfect time to replace windows from Ostaco
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Why Spring Is The Perfect Time To Replace Your Windows

When it comes to replacing your windows, it can really be done at any time of year. It’s important to replace your windows as soon as they begin to break down, so you can keep your home safe and comfortable.

However, if you’re more flexible and replacing your windows is not an emergency, spring is the perfect time of year to replace your windows:

1. The weather is mild

One of the main reasons that makes spring the perfect time to install new windows is that the weather is mild, and tends to be predictable. The chance of snow has likely passed, and your home won’t be exposed to extreme cold or heat while the installation takes place.

2. The days are longer

During the spring and early summer, we get longer days, with more hours of sunlight than in the fall and winter. While that doesn’t mean you can’t install windows during the rest of the year, spring days give your installers more daylight hours to work and, as a result, the installation may take fewer days to complete.

3. Ideal for caulking

Installing new windows involves caulking, and caulk can be susceptible to extreme weather. Spring temperatures are mild and are not typically extremely hot or extremely cold, which allows the caulking to easily adhere to the windows and your home.

4. Longevity

Weather can also impact the window material itself. Most new windows are made of aluminum and vinyl, which expand in warm weather and contract in cold temperatures. This can cause movement of the substrate, which can weaken the integrity of your windows. Installing windows in the spring can avoid this issue.

Hiring a reputable and experienced window installation company means that you can have windows installed at any time of year. Find an Ostaco Windows & Doors dealer near you.

Benefits of investing in new windows and doors from Ostaco
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Top Benefits of Investing In New Windows & Doors

If you’re a homeowner, investing in new windows and doors is one of the best things you can do for your home. From increasing your curb appeal to improving your energy efficiency, here are the top benefits of installing new windows and doors:

1. Safety and security

If your home’s windows and doors are old and beginning to show signs of wear, they could be making your home more susceptible to break-ins. Replacing damaged windows will help provide you with more security. Modern windows and doors also come with more security features, like multiple locking systems, which can make your home even safer.

2. Curb appeal and resale value

Damaged and old windows and doors can look unsightly, detracting from your home’s overall appearance and curb appeal. New windows and doors will help to give your home a refresh and can increase your home’s resale value. In fact, investing in new windows can result in 84% of a return on your investment if you decide to sell your home.

3. Improved energy efficiency

Old windows and doors are not as energy efficient as newer models. New windows are typically made of multiple panes of glass and special glazing to prevent heat loss, and energy-efficient materials like vinyl. Old windows and doors may also be beginning to break down and letting air out through cracks and broken seals. Upgrading your windows and doors can help you save money on your utility bills.

4. Fewer repairs

As your windows and doors age, they will typically require more maintenance and regular repairs to keep them in good shape. With advancements in technology, newer windows and doors require less maintenance, so installing new windows and doors will help you save valuable time and money.

5. A more comfortable and quieter home

Your home should be a place where you can relax, but if you have older windows and doors, that’s not always the case. Investing in new windows and doors can help block out noise from outside, reduce dust and allergens and maintain your desired temperature, giving you a more comfortable and quieter home.

Need new windows and doors? Find an Ostaco dealer near you.

Vinyl replacement windows from Ostaco Windows & Doors
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Benefits of Vinyl Replacement Windows

Vinyl windows have overwhelmingly become the go-to choice for today’s homeowner, because of their performance benefits and value. There are a few key reasons why vinyl windows are a great choice when considering upgrading or replacing:

1. Energy Efficiency

Vinyl windows are proven to be much more energy efficient than wood or aluminum windows, because of their design. Vinyl has cells (like a honeycomb) and is engineered to transfer hot and cold more gradually than a solid (like wood) or highly conductive material (like aluminum). Combine the performance of the vinyl frame with a LoE insulated glass unit and over time you will notice considerable savings on the heating and cooling your home.

2. Durable & Long-Lasting

Other window materials are too rigid, or absorb moisture. Vinyl is able to breathe and is much more pliable. Some windows will split or even separate in the corners when a home shifts, or even when there are fluctuations in the temperature. Vinyl windows are welded as a solid unit and are forgiving. They will hold up well in almost any kind of weather, from hot, humid summer days, to frigid and icy winter months. Vinyl will expand and contract just the same as your home.

3. Low Maintenance

Vinyl windows are one of the easiest types of windows to clean. Aside from wiping down the surfaces every spring, they require little to no maintenance. They won’t warp or crack, and do not need annual upkeep like other types of windows. They will continue to look as good as the first day you installed them.

4. Customizable & Affordable

Homeowners like choices, but also don’t want to break the bank. With vinyl windows you have the ability to select a particular style, or match a specific colour. The options to customize are almost unlimited, and can be made to fit any budget. Whether you are replacing a double-hung or casement, or any type of window in your home for that matter, there is a vinyl window solution for you. The design can be clean and linear as with modern homes, or ornate and detailed for a more classic look. You can spend as much or as little as you want to fit your design and functionality needs.

At Ostaco Windows & Doors, we design a wide selection of vinyl windows to suit your home. Find a dealer near you.

Annual maintenance tips for windows & doors from Ostaco Windows & Doors
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Annual Maintenance Tips For Windows & Doors

The spring season is a great time for homeowners to begin doing some much-needed maintenance around the house, from spring cleaning to fixing up winter storm damage outside. Spring is also the perfect time to perform your annual window and door maintenance, to ensure your fenestration is in great shape for the year ahead!

1. Check for damage

First, you’ll want to make sure your windows and doors don’t have any visible damage. This can include damage to weatherstripping, as well as damage to the exterior and interior finishes. Be sure to inspect and address damage by re-sealing exterior caulking.

2. Secure loose screws and hardware

On first look, you may not be able to tell whether your windows or doors have loose screws or hardware. Take a close look at the interior and exterior of your doors, and test the screws and hardware to ensure that they’re still tight and in proper working order. Have a screwdriver handy so you can fix any loose screws.

3. Clean your windows and doors

Dirt, dust and debris buildup on and around your windows and doors isn’t just unsightly — it can also lead to damage. Check the hinges, sills and tracks for buildup, and vacuum or wipe down any dirt you find. Once you’ve done this, be sure to check that your windows and doors still open and close smoothly. If they don’t, they may require some additional maintenance by a professional.

4. Be aware of shifting

Changes in the weather from season to season can cause shifting in your doors, but it’s important to understand that this is perfectly normal. Shifting can cause doors to get too tight in the summertime with all of the excess moisture, but most doors will have adjustability in the hinges and sills to accommodate. If you can no longer open your doors, this may be the sign of a bigger problem that will need to be addressed by a professional.

5. Follow maintenance instructions from your dealer or manufacturer

The most important part of window and door maintenance is to follow any maintenance instructions provided by your dealer or manufacturer. Since windows and doors come in a range of styles and materials, your particular windows and doors may require specific maintenance each year. Pay special attention to the types of cleaners they recommend to ensure you don’t damage the glass, wood, aluminum or other materials.

Your windows and doors may have certain tolerances and limitations. Your dealer and manufacturer will be able to tell you what to expect from your product in terms of natural wear and tear or colour fade.

If you have questions about maintaining your Ostaco windows and doors, contact us for tips and guidance to keep your windows and doors looking and performing their best.

Questions for your window and door dealer from Ostaco
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Top Questions To Ask Your Window & Door Dealer

Installing new windows and doors in your home can add style and boost your curb appeal — it  can even help to lower your utility bills. But choosing the right window and door dealer is essential for any installation process.

From choosing the windows and doors to the installation, make sure you are asking your window and door dealer these important questions:

Choosing Your Windows & Doors

1. What are the options for interior and exterior finishes?

Choosing your windows and doors begins with aesthetic considerations. Make sure you are aware of all of the finishes available, both inside and outside, and ask to see samples so you can choose the door that will help you achieve the right look.

2. How do the windows and doors operate?

Not all windows and doors open and close the same way. Double-hung windows open differently than casement windows, and sliding doors open differently than hinged patio doors. It will be important to understand exactly how the windows and doors you’re choosing will operate, as the architecture of your home or the layout of your furniture may impact your options.

3. Do the windows and doors adhere to fire safety?

One of the most important considerations for your new windows and doors are their safety features. Do they adhere to fire safety standards? How do they operate in an emergency? Do they have child safety locks? Asking these questions will help you and your family have peace of mind.

4. How much maintenance is required?

New windows and doors are likely to involve less maintenance than your old ones, but certain materials demand a higher level of maintenance after installation than others. Ask your dealer about the maintenance requirements of the windows and doors your are considering so you’ll know what to do after installation to keep them looking their best.

5. What product and service warranties are available?

New windows and doors almost always come with warranties, but what the warranties will cover can vary. Some warranties only cover certain aspects or features of the window, while others are more comprehensive. You’ll also want to ask your dealer about after-care service and what you can expect from them following your installation.

Questions To Ask About Installation

Choosing the right windows and doors is the first step, but it’s also important to ensure that you’re asking your dealer the right questions about the installation process.

1. Are there hidden fees in the installation cost?

Some window and door dealers don’t include certain costs in the installation quote. It’s important that you ask up-front if there are hidden costs so you’re not caught off-guard when the installation is completed.

2. What can I expect during the installation?

As with any renovation, you should ask your window and door dealer what you can expect during the installation process. How long will it take? What do you need to do to prepare? Knowing the answers to these questions will ensure that you and your installation team are on the same page from the beginning.

3. What kind of insurance or qualifications do they have?

While most window and door dealers and installers are reputable, there are a handful of underqualified companies. Be sure to ask your dealer if they have insurance so that your home is protected during the installation, and ask for qualifications so you know they’re legitimate.

4. Ask for references and reviews.

Many window and door dealers have an online presence, whether it’s a Facebook page or a website. Check out any reviews you can find (a quick Google search is sure to yield some reviews), or ask the dealer directly for references or referrals.

For more information, check out our latest tip video on asking the right questions when purchasing new windows. If you’re considering Ostaco Windows & Doors, find a dealer near you.

Change the look of your home with windows from Ostaco
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Windows Can Change The Look Of Your Home

Homeowners, and homebuyers for that matter, tend to overlook their windows. They are an afterthought, more a functional feature than an aesthetic one. Yes, windows contribute to your home’s energy efficiency, can be opened to let the summer breeze in, and keep out the cold, but that doesn’t mean they can’t look good too.

The fact is, your windows can have a dramatic impact on your home’s appearance. If you’re considering replacement windows, here’s how to change up the look of your home:

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are the highest-selling residential window on the market, and for good reason. Ostaco windows are made to order, and can come in any shape, size, and colour — within reason of course. So whether you are a designer, architect, contractor, or DIY’er, you can have the window that fits your style. And unlike wood, you won’t have to repaint your new vinyl windows.

Window Styles

What are you looking for? Windows are everywhere, and we are sure you can recognize the differences, but never knew what to call them. If the traditional look appeals to you, double-hung or Single hung windows are the standard. Simply put, it looks like one large window divided into two sections called sashes. In the case of double-hung, both sashes can travel up and down, whereas with a single hung, only the bottom does. For the homeowner looking for a classic look. 

Single-hung window from Ostaco

 

If you were wanting to go modern, and needing to compliment that new stuccoed extension, casements or awning windows are the way to go. Clean hard lines maximize the amount of glass, which means more light, and large, unobstructed views. Like opening your windows to enjoy the fresh summer air? These windows open just like a door, hinging on either the left, the right, or top, bringing the great outdoors into your living space. 

Big casement window from Ostaco

 

Without a doubt though, there is no better way to change the appearance of your home, and add some character to the interior than by adding a bow or bay window. Both styles of window add an interesting architectural detail to any facade. A bow window can be made to bend around the corner of your kitchenette, whereas a bay window will create a small seating area. Now imagine filling that nook with pillows, grabbing a book, your favorite hot beverage, and enjoying your new bay window. Sounds nice and comfy.

5 signs you need new windows from Ostaco Windoors

Improve Your Home With New Windows

No matter what style of window you choose, new windows will spruce up the look of your home, increase it’s value, and invite you to infuse a bit of personality.

Make a statement that people will notice. Let Ostaco Windows and Doors will make the windows, doors and patio doors for you.

How to choose a new front door for your home from Ostaco
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How To Choose A Front Door For Your Home

Making a good first impression with your home is important, whether you’re wanting to upgrade the look of your entryway, make your home more inviting, or are planning to sell in the near future. One of the most important parts of your home’s first impression is the front door, so knowing how to choose the right front door is crucial.

1. Cost

Doors come in a wide range of styles, materials and colours, and all of these factors can influence the cost of a door. But whatever your budget, there’s a door out there for you. If your budget is on the lower end, consider a steel door; mid-range budgets may want to consider fibreglass or aluminum; while wood doors are higher-end options.

2. Material

While the material is a major consideration when it comes to your budget, it’s also important to understand the benefits. Steel doors, for example, are primarily chosen for their cost effectiveness, but the benefits don’t tend to go much beyond that. Steel can be high maintenance and damage easily.

If you’re looking for a door without any maintenance, fibreglass is a great option. Fibreglass won’t warp, and the finish will stay true with very little maintenance. You can even find fibreglass doors that look like wood, without the high price tag. A fibreglass door will also provide you with better insulation value than steel or wood.

Aluminum doors can be on the more expensive side, and they’re poor conductors of heat and cold. The limited finishing options may also not be what you’re looking for.

Wood doors are an attractive option for your front door, but beware of their maintenance requirements. Wood doors warp more easily and may require yearly maintenance and upkeep.

3. Style

Your personal style and the style of your home are likely to be the most influential factors when you choose a front door. With plenty of options for both traditional and modern looks, your front door is a great opportunity to show off your style. Rustic, traditional, Colonial, American Craftsman, modern and shaker are just a few of the styles to choose from for your front door.

Another consideration for style is choosing between a single door or double doors. We’re seeing more homeowners opt for a single door with larger sidelights to make more of a statement and bring additional light into their home.

Depending on your personal preference, there are plenty of options for customization as well, like colour, stain, hardware and more.

Not sure what kind of look you want? Try Therma-Tru’s Design Your Door app to find the perfect door, and find out how much value it could add to your home.

At Ostaco Windows & Doors, we offer a wide range of front doors to suit your home. Find a dealer today.

Bold statement windows and doors from Ostaco
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Window & Door Trends for 2019

Your home is so much more than a living space; it’s a personal expression of what’s important to you. That’s why Ostaco & Therma-Tru continuously updates our products to evolve with the style that speak to you the most, and celebrate your individuality and creativity.

With a new year fast approaching, we’re looking ahead to some exciting new trends for windows and doors in 2019. If you’re considering a replacement or installation in the near future, consider some of these great options:

1. Modern, sophisticated design

Unleash your creative confidence with bold statements, a striking modern design trend. Push boundaries with minimalistic, geometric and dramatic styles — all warm and approachable, with a touch of luxe. Get eclectic by mixing up colours, shapes and materials to create a bold look and feel that’s arresting and share-worthy.

Transform your entryway into a bold focal point with Therma-Tru’s new Shaker-style Classic Craft American Style Collection and Smooth-Star doors, Pule doors and Geometric glass.

2. Balance with classic styles from the past

Classic style windows from Ostaco

If you long for a relaxed atmosphere and authentic craftsmanship, you’ll feel right at home with the casual comfort trend. Rooted in heritage, but updated to accommodate modern technology, it features welcoming entrances, layered textures and clean and simple design with artisan style factors. Its inviting, cozy nature is just the thing to balance your busy life.

Capture the inviting, homey look and feel of simpler times with Therma-Tru’s new Shaker-style Classic Craft American Style Collection and Smooth-Star doors.

3. Reinventing traditional styles

Modern traditional styles from Ostaco Windows & Doors

Want to honour historic design, but personalize it in a new way? Renewed classics is the style trend for you. Embrace the soft, refined design elements of the classics and add a modern twist that creates an easy elegance with relaxed formality. Inspiration is everywhere for how to apply a fresh, customized approach to the traditional homes you love.

No matter what trend or style you’re interested in, Ostaco has the windows and doors to suit your needs. Browse our gallery or find a dealer near you.

Elevate your home with sliding glass doors from Ostaco
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How Sliding Glass Doors Can Elevate Your Home

At Ostaco, we believe that doors can, and should, be more than simply functional. While they provide a great deal of security and protection for your home, the style of door is just as important as the practicality.

If you’re looking for a simple and effective way to elevate your home, look no further than sliding glass doors for your patio.

What Are My Options For Sliding Glass Doors?

There are three main types of sliding glass doors for patio applications: standard, bi-folding and European-style.

Standard sliding doors are likely what we all think of when we picture sliding glass doors: a door with a large, sliding panel on a track.

Bi-folding doors are made up of several panels that fold together when opened.

European-style sliding doors are European-inspired with European hardware, a slimmer profile for larger openings, with more glass and easy operation

Standard sliding, bi-folding and European-style sliding doors are excellent options for creating the airy, light-filled space you’ve been dreaming of.

Why Should I Choose Sliding Glass Doors?

1. Embrace Natural Light

Windows aren’t the only way to bring natural light in your home! Sliding glass doors will add beautiful natural light to any room, and are most often seen in a dining room or living room. Even on the darkest day, your space will feel light and airy.

2. Create A Transitional Space

Sliding glass doors create a transitional space in your home by bringing the outside in and vice versa. Instead of feeling closed off from your garden, you’ll be able to see it and appreciate it from inside, even in the dead of winter. In the summer, throw the doors open so you can easily move between your garden and your living area and make the two feel like one.

3. Add Some Style

Adding style to your home and living spaces is easy with the incorporation of sliding glass doors. Sliding glass doors come in a variety of styles, whether you want to add a touch of modern cool to your home or prefer a classic elegance.

No matter what type of door you’re looking for, sliding glass or otherwise, we have a wide range of door options to fit your design style and needs. Find a dealer near you!

5 signs you need new windows from Ostaco Windoors
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5 Signs You Need New Windows

Your windows are part of your home’s defence against the elements. But if your windows are starting to get old and are past their prime, they may be less effective in protecting your home.

Luckily, there are a few signs that you can watch for to know when it’s time to replace your windows:

1. Higher Than Normal Utility Bills

As windows begin to age, you may start to notice higher than normal utility bills. Over time, your windows may start to let in drafts and, as a result, lose more cold and warm air from your home. If you start to notice a steady rise in your utility bills and you know your windows are starting to age, consider replacing them. The investment will save you money in the long run!

2. Cold & Drafts

During the winter, you may feel cool gusts of air blowing into your home from the area around your windows. This is a tell-tale sign that your windows need to be replaced.

3. Windows Don’t Close Or Lock Properly

Windows aren’t just essential for keeping your home safe from the elements — they also play a major part in your home’s security. That’s why it’s important to ensure your windows always close and lock properly. Old casement windows may start to lose their ability to close if the window sash begins to droop, while others may lose their seal. If your windows no longer close and lock the way they should, consider a replacement as soon as possible.

4. Your Carpet Or Furniture Is Fading

Window glass is more than just regular glass. Window glass is made with reflecting properties that help to limit the amount of solar radiation that enters your home. Older windows may not have enough reflection, or it may have lessened over time, resulting in your furniture and carpet beginning to fade wherever the light hits. In this case, it may be time to replace your windows so you can protect your home’s interior and extend the life of your carpet and upholstered furniture.

5. The Window Glass Has Changed In Appearance

Over time, the finish on your windows may begin to change in appearance, whether it’s the colour of the finish or discolouration of the glass. While this is a normal chemical reaction, it is also a good indication that your windows may be getting old and needing to be replaced.

New windows bring a lot of value to your home, from helping you save money on utilities to adding to the curb appeal. If your home needs new windows, check out Ostaco’s gallery for some inspiration.