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Everything You Need To Know About Folding Doors

Folding doors turn walls into windows. They seamlessly allow you to enjoy nature without being exposed to the elements. And if you choose to open your doors, you have almost instantly extended your living space into the great outdoors.

In this blog, we outline some of the key benefits of our folding doors and how they can help create the space of your dreams.

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What Are PRISM Windows?

The PRISM window line by Ostaco is at the leading edge of window technology and design. In this blog, we are going to go over the benefits of PRISM windows and why you’ll want to consider using them for your next project.

PRISM

Our engineering team had one objective — less frame and more glass than any other vinyl window.  PRISM is progress.  Some of the structural upgrades to the PRISM window include:

  1. Fusion-welded vinyl chambers.
  2. Internal steel reinforcement channel.
  3. Mullion pocket to facilitate structural reinforcements when combining large units.
  4. Santoprene bulb seals improve the sash/bulb contact area for a consistent season and improved performance.
  5. Commercially rated structural performance designation (Results available upon request).

Energy efficiency

PRISM windows are rated most efficient by ENERGY STAR®.

Available in either ⅞” dual-glazed or 1-⅜” true triple-pane glazed. Our customers get industry-leading energy performance and sound reduction, especially with true triple-glazed.

The PRISM window also has self-adjusting weatherstripping that provides the highest possible resistance to air and water infiltration (Results available upon request).

Finishing touches

All PRISM hardware is supplied by the industry-leading manufacturer, TRUTH HARDWARE. With the new TRUTH Contemporary Handle and Lock, you can choose from white, black, and satin nickel — it is the ideal option to complement the low-profile window design. PRISM windows also come with a heavy-duty, multi-point locking system that will provide your home with the safety and security that you want.

And lastly, colour options. You will be able to choose from Ostaco’s standard colours or you can supply a colour swatch for matching. Whatever theme or character you want your home to have, colour makes all the difference.

If you’d like to know more about the benefits of PRISM windows or if you’d like to get a quote, please don’t hesitate to contact our expertly-trained staff.

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How To Pick The Perfect Front Door For Your Home

The front door of your home makes a first impression and sets the tone for guests as you welcome them into your personal space. For this reason, it’s important to homeowners that they have a front door that reflects the character of their home and the personalities of their family.

In the past, when a homeowner wanted a new front door, they would have had to decide on a style and colour, usually from a magazine or brochure, and then purchase a door hoping that it turned out as they imagined. Fortunately, times have changed and today’s homeowner (with the help of technology) has, the ability to pick the perfect front door for their home.

The DoorWays App

sample of the doorways appAvailable on both Google Play and the App Store, the DoorWays app helps you easily visualize how a wide selection of doors, sidelights, and colours would look at the front entrance of your home.

Using your phone’s camera, you are instantly able to select from a variety of styles to suit your unique tastes and personality, without having to purchase products hoping that they’ll look good on arrival.

The DoorWays app features doors available in stainable, wood-grained, and paintable-smooth finishes. The app also features door styles that will match the architecture of your home. From a ranch to a Victorian to a contemporary-styled home, the perfect door is literally just a click away.

Once you’ve chosen the front door and window glass that you like, you can save each combination to your phone to show to other decision-makers in your home, and your contractor.

Or, if you’re looking for a wide range of feedback, you have the ability to share your potential designs in an email or on Facebook.

Finally, regardless of what style of door you select, the app will find you a dealer in your area who can supply you with the perfect front door for your home.

Download the DoorWays app and, when you have a style of door in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Ostaco Windows and Doors for feedback and to find a qualified installer near you.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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