FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Company

Pickles Home Exterior has been supplying quality windows doors and siding in the Kitchener Waterloo region and surrounding areas since 1999.

Windows and doors have a lead time of 6 to 8 weeks.

Yes we offer a plan through financeit to give your affordable monthly or biweekly payment plans.

Our inhouse warranty is offered for 10 years on any installations that were done by our Pickles Crew. Any warranty issues with the products will be covered by the manufacturers.

Windows

Some signs that your windows need to be replaced would be visible damage or decay like rotting, warping or deterioration of the window frames are signs that your windows are to old.

Condensation on windows can occur when there is a temperature difference between the inside and outside of the window. High-performance windows are designed to be more energy-efficient, which means they have better insulation. When warm, moist indoor air comes into contact with the cold surface of the window glass, it can condense into water droplets. To reduce or prevent condensation on high-performance windows, you can:

1. Maintain proper indoor humidity levels by using a
dehumidifier or ventilation.
2. Ensure good ventilation in your home to help reduce
indoor moisture.
3. Use insulated drapes or blinds to create a barrier
between the indoor air and the window surface.
4. Consider a heat recovery ventilator (HRV) to exchange
indoor and outdoor air while retaining heat.

The ideal humidity level for your home may change as the seasons change and outdoor temperatures fluctuate. Certain areas of the country, especially those in the South, typically experience higher humidity levels.

The chart below offers a good place to start if you’re trying to create a comfortable atmosphere.

Outdoor temperatureOptimal indoor humidity level
Higher than 10°C (50°F)       Max. 45%
-4°C (25°F) to 10°C (50°F)       Max. 40%
-18°C (0°F) to -4°C (25°F)      30% – 40%
-30°C (-20°F) to -18°C (0°F)      20% – 30%
Below -30°C (20°F)      15% – 20%

If you have condensation or fogging forming between your double or triple pane windows then it is a sign that there is a seal failure and this will reduce the windows insulation capability.

Yes, upgrading your windows to a newer modern window will help improve energy efficiency and reduce your heating bills. Upgrading your single pane windows to double or triple pane is one of the best ways to help with this along with other new technologies we see in newer windows with improved sealing to reduce drafts throughout your home.

The most obvious signs of mold include black, green or brown spots that form up around the edges of your windows and trim. These may be slimy or fuzzy in texture. Some other signs are discoloration or water stains on the window frames, sills or nearby walls are a result of water absorption and can create mold buildup. Mold can lead to the deterioration, warping or rotting of your windows, not to mention can cause serious health risks if left so replacing your windows is highly recommended when encountering mold.

The benefits of going with a vinyl window are…

  • Energy efficiency.

 Vinyl is known for their excellent thermal performance that will keep your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer resulting in saving on your heating bills.

  • Low maintenance. 

Vinyl windows are virtually maintenance free and do not require painting or staining to repel rot, corrosion and insect damage. Regular cleaning is typically sufficient to keep them looking new.

  • Durability. 

Vinyl windows are more resistant to moisture making them less susceptible to warping, cracking or rotting over time increasing the life span of your windows.

  • Affordability. 

Vinyl windows are often more cost effective than other window materials such as wood or fiberglass.

  • Noise reduction.

 Vinyl windows are particularly beneficial if you live in a noisy area due to their ability to contribute to sound insulation.

  • UV resistance. 

Vinyl windows are resistant to UV rays and do not fade, discolor or deteriorate when exposed to sunlight over time.

  • Easy installation.

 Vinyl windows are lightweight and make it easier to handle and install resulting in quicker installations and less cost.

  • Environmental impact.

 Vinyl is a recyclable material making them a more environmentally friendly choice. The longevity of vinyl and energy efficiency of them also contributes to the reduced environmental impact over time.

  • Customization options. 

Vinyl windows offer a range of customization options allowing you to choose from features such as grid patterns, decorative glass and multiple hardware styles to suit your home’s aesthetics.

The benefits of going with wooden windows are…

  • Natural Aesthetics.

 Wooden windows have a warm and natural appearance that can give your home an enhanced look compared to vinyl.

  • Customization. 

Wood is highly customizable allowing for a variety of shapes, sizes and designs to better match your home’s architectural style. They often have a thinner profile than vinyl which allows for a bigger window pane to increase visibility.

  • Energy Efficiency.

 Wood is a natural insulator that provides effective thermal performance to help regulate temperature in your home and reduce your monthly heating bills.

  • Durable and long lasting.

 High quality wooden windows when properly maintained can be durable and long lasting. Regular sealing, staining and painting will help your wooden windows resist the elements preventing decay and extend their lifespan.

  • Reparability. 

Wooden windows are often easier to repair than vinyl windows. Small damages such as scratches or minor dents can be sanded and refinished where vinyl might crack or break and need to be completely replaced.

  • Environmental sustainability.

 Wood is a renewable resource and many manufacturers use sustainably sourced timber. Additionally wooden windows can be recycled or repurposed at the end of their life span which reduces their impact on the environment.

  • UV resistance.

 Some types of wood when properly finished are resistant to UV damage which helps to prevent fading and discoloration over time allowing them to maintain their original appearance.

  • Versatility in finishes.

 Wooden windows can be stained or painted in a variety of colours to match your interior or exterior design. The versatility of wood also allows for an easy change of style in the future.

Deciding to replace all your windows at once or deciding to phase them out over time ultimately comes down to the condition of the existing windows, your budget and your overall plans for your home renovations.

The U-value is a measure of the windows thermal transmittance or the rate at which heat transfers through. When it comes to windows the lower U-value indicates better insulation resulting in a more energy efficient product.

Low-E glass or low-emissivity glass is a type of glass that has a special coating designed to reduce heat transfer through the glass. The coating applied to the surface of the glass reflects heat radiation and will improve your windows energy efficiency.

Argon glass is commonly use4d as a fill between the panes of insulating glass in windows. When used with double or triple pane windows, argon glass can enhance the thermal performance and energy efficiency of the windows.

A leaking window can cause serious damage to your home and health if mold is allowed to grow, you should prompt and repair or replace them asap. Some reason why it has leaked would be due to poor insulation, cracked or missing caulking from the outside, damaged or deteriorated windows seals, faulty weather stripping, window frame damage and poor window design.

Doors

Some signs that your doors need to be replaced are visible damage, difficulty opening or closing, drafts coming from the sides, visible water damage or sagging or loose hinges are all signs that it’s time to get a new door.

The lifespan depends on the material used and how often it is used. Wood doors may last about 30 years while steel or fiberglass doors are known for their durability and can last decades.

The benefits of fiberglass doors are…

  • Durability.

Fiberglass doors are known for their durability and resistance to wear and tear. They are less likely to dent war or rot compared to wood doors.

  • Low Maintenance.

Fiberglass doors don’t require regular painting or staging as wood doors would and they are resistant to rust and corrosion.

  • Energy Efficiency.

Fiberglass offers good insulation helping to regulate your home’s indoor temperature contributing to its energy efficiency and reducing your monthly heating bills.

  • Weather Resistant.

Fiberglass is highly resistant to harsh weather conditions such as rain snow and extreme temperatures which will maintain its appearance longer.

  • Security.

Fiberglass doors can be designed to have security features such as reinforced cores and multi-point locking systems that will provide your home with an extra layer of protection.

  • Lifespan.

Due to the durability of fiberglass your doors will last long making them a good cost efficient investment over time.

  • Lightweight.

Fiberglass is a lightweight material, making it easier to handle and reduces stress on the hinges.

  • Bug resistant.

Unlike wood doors fiberglass is not susceptible to insect damage such as termites and other unwanted pests.

  • Varying Designs.

Fiberglass comes in a variety of styles and finishes that allow customization to match the style of your home. They can mimic the look of wood or have a sleek modern design.

  • Environmentally friendly.

Fiberglass is recyclable material allowing for less landfill waste when replacing your doors.

The benefits of going with a steel door are…

  • Durability.

Steel doors are highly durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions like rain, snow and extreme temperatures. They are less prone to warping, rotting or cracking compared to other materials.

  • Security.

Steel doors are known for their strength and durability making them a great option for enhancing security. They are resistant to forced entries and are a solid barrier against intruders.

  • Lifespan.

Steel doors have a long lifespan, require minimal maintenance and are less susceptible to damage overtime.

  • Fire Resistant.

Many steel doors are fire-resistant, providing an additional layer of safety in case of a fire. This feature is more common among commercial and industrial buildings.

  • Energy Efficiency.

Some steel doors are designed with insulation features that will contribute to your home’s energy efficiency. Insulated steel doors can be particularly beneficial in regions with extreme weather conditions.

  • Low maintenance.

Steel doors are relatively low-maintenance. Due to their resistance to weather and insects they do not require the same level of care as a wood door would need.

  • Versatility.

Steel doors come in various design styles and finishes that allow for you to find the right door to fit your home’s aesthetic.

  • Sound Insulation.

Steel doors can provide good sound insulation helping to reduce noise from outside contributing to a quieter indoor space.

  • Environmentally friendly.

Steel is a recyclable material making steel doors an environmentally friendly choice.

  • Aesthetic Appeal.

Wood doors are valued for their warmth, character, and natural beauty. They greatly enhance the overall aesthetic of a home and come in many different types of woods.

  • Customization.

Wood doors can be easily customized to match a specific design preference. They can be stained, painted, or varnished to achieve the desired colour and finish.

  • Insulation.

Wood is a natural insulator providing good thermal performance that helps your home to be more energy efficient and lower your monthly heating bills.

  • Repairability.

Unlike other materials wood doors are generally easier to repair. Scratches, dents and minor damage can often be sanded or filled allowing for restoration without the need for a complete replacement.

  • Environmental Sustainability.

When sourced from responsibly managed forests, wood can be a sustainable and renewable resource. Look for doors with certifications from organizations such as the Sustainable Forestry Initiative to ensure responsible sourcing.

  • Weight.

Wood doors are generally lighter than steel doors making them easier to handle and install which can be an important consideration for larger custom sized doors.

  • Versatility in style.

Wood doors come in a variety of styles, from traditional to contemporary. Different wood species and finishes offer a wide range of options allowing you to find the right style for your home.

  • Classic and Timeless.

Wood has been used for centuries when it comes to doors and its classic and timeless appeal can add a sense of tradition and authenticity to your home.

  • Sound insulation

Wood doors have natural sound dampening properties that help to reduce noise from the outside environment.

  • Curb Appeal.

A well-maintained wood door can significantly enhance a property’s curb appeal and potentially increase its overall value.

When considering security for your front door look for a solid construction, quality locks and reinforced strike plates. You should also consider upgrading to smart locks or security systems for added protection.

The maintenance of your front door is dependent on what material you decide to go with. Wood doors may require more upkeep like painting and staining to provide a longer lifespan. Regular cleaning and lubrication of hinges and locks are generally recommended.

Some of the advantages of going glassless are.

  • Privacy and Security.

Solid doors have no risk of someone looking inside or breaking the glass to get inside.

  • Energy Efficient.

Solid doors generally offer better insulation compared to glass doors.

  • Versatility in Design.

Solid doors come in various materials. Styles and finishes offering versatility to match different architectural designs.

  • Reduced maintenance.

Solid doors require less maintenance due to the lack of having to clean the glass surfaces.

  • Traditional look.

If you have a more traditional or classic home style a solid door might be a better fit to maintain the authenticity of the design.

Some of the advantages of having glass in your panel are…

  • Aesthetic appeal.

Glass doors can enhance the visual appeal of your home by providing a modern and stylish look. They come in various designs and patterns and you can even get custom glass made to suit your home’s needs.

  • Natural Lighting.

Glass doors allow natural light to enter your home creating a bright and welcoming atmosphere. If you have a darker entryway with no windows going with a glass door could be a great option to brighten up the area naturally.

  • The Views.

Glass doors offer a visual connection between the interior and exterior allowing you to enjoy the view of the neighborhood.

  • Illusion of Space.

Glass doors can make a space feel more open and spacious which is an advantage to a smaller entryway.

  • Customization.

You can choose the level of transparency or opacity of your glass such as clear, frosted or textured glass allowing for customization based on your privacy preferences.

Yes, a well-chosen and well-maintained front door can enhance the curb appeal potentially increasing your home’s resale value.

Siding

Some signs that it’s time to replace your home’s siding would be visible damage like warping or buckling, Fading or peeling of paint and rotting wood or mold growth underneath your siding from water damage which leads to serious structural issues.

The life span of your siding would depend on the material used. Common materials like vinyl, wood and fiber cement can last anywhere from 20 to 50 years with proper maintenance.

The ability to paint siding depends on the material used. Wood siding is often paintable while vinyl is not recommended to be painted. It’s best to check with the manufacturer’s guidelines for the type of siding you have.

Some siding materials offer better energy efficiency like insulated vinyl or fiber cement which will help you reduce your monthly energy bills. You also have the option to add an insulation board underneath your siding to increase the efficiency even more.

In some cases it’s possible to replace individual damaged sections. However the decision depends on factors like extent of damage, the age of the existing siding and the availability of the materials you currently have.

Detecting rot beneath your home’s siding isn’t always noticeable at first glance and may need you to give a thorough inspection. Things to look for include soft or spongy siding when pressing on it, discoloration, peeling or bubbling paint which is a sign of possible water damage, Musty or unpleasant odor, gaps and separations between siding panels, warped or buckled siding, visible mold or mildew building up on your panels and the presence of insects like termites or carpenter ants which are attracted to moisture damaged wood.

Some of the benefits of Vinyl siding are…

  • Affordability.

Vinyl siding is often more budget friendly compared to other siding materials making it a good cost effective option for homeowners.

  • Low maintenance.

Vinyl siding is low maintenance and doesn’t require painting or staining. It is resistant to rot, insects and water damage which will help protect your home and increase its life expectancy.

  • Versatility in Design.

Vinyl siding comes in a wide variety of colours, styles and textures allowing homeowners to choose options that suit their architectural preferences and personal taste.

  • Durability.

Vinyl is a durable material that can withstand various weather conditions like rain snow and UV rays and also doesn’t rot overtime.

  • Energy efficient.

Insulated vinyl siding options are available which will enhance your home’s energy efficiency by providing extra insulation.

  • Resistant to Insects.

Unlike wood siding vinyl is not susceptible to termite infestations or other incest damage.

  • Longevity.

When properly installed and maintained, vinyl siding can have a long lifespan and is known for retaining its colour and structural integrity over many years.

Some benefits of going with steel siding include…

  • Durability.

Steel is highly durable and can withstand various harsh weather conditions like heavy rain, snow, hail and strong winds. It is resistant to rot, warping and insect damage providing a long lasting protection for your home.

  • Low maintenance.

Steel siding is low maintenance and requires minimal upkeep compared to other siding materials. It does not need to be painted and can resist fading and discoloration over time.

  • Fire Resistance.

Steel is non-combustible and offers excellent fire resistance.

  • Pest Resistance.

Steel siding is not attractive to pests like termites or other insects that may try to damage your home. This will add to the long-term integrity of your home’s exterior.

  • Rot Resistance.

Steel is a great choice when wanting to repel water from your home and should be considered in regions with high humidity or frequent rain.

  • Energy Efficiency.

Insulated steel siding options are available adding an extra layer of thermal insulation for your home. This will contribute to its energy efficiency and lower heating and cooling costs.

  • Design Versatility.

Steel siding comes in a variety of colours, textures and profiles allowing homeowners to choose a style that suits their home’s architectural aesthetics and preferences.

  • Longevity.

Properly installed and maintained steel siding can have a long lifespan, providing durable protection for your home for many years.

Some benefits of going with aluminum siding include…

  • Durability.

Aluminum siding is highly durable and can withstand various weather conditions like rain, snow and UV rays. It is also resistant to rot, rust and corrosion providing long-lasting protection to your home.

  • Low maintenance.

Aluminum siding is low maintenance and requires minimal upkeep. It does not require to be painted and can resist fading chalking and discoloration over time.

  • Lightweight.

Aluminum is a lightweight material making it easier to handle and install which can contribute to lower installation costs.

  • Pest Resistance.

Aluminum siding does not attract pests such as termites or other insects which helps maintain the integrity of your home’s exterior.

  • Rot Resistance.

Aluminum does not rot or decay making it a good choice for homes located in regions where there is high humidity or frequent rain.

  • Energy efficiency.

Insulated aluminum siding options are available that will provide an extra layer of thermal insulation to your home contributing to improved energy efficiency and lower heating and cooling costs.

  • Fire Resistance.

Aluminum is non-combustible and offers good fire resistance.

  • Longevity.

Properly installed and maintained aluminum siding can have a long lifespan providing your home with protection for many years.

Some benefits of going with wood composite siding include…

  • Natural appearance.

Wood composite siding often replicates the look of natural wood providing a warm and aesthetically pleasing appearance that can enhance the curb appeal of your home.

  • Versatility in Design.

Wood composite siding comes in various styles, textures and finishes offering homeowners flexibility in choosing a look that will compliment their home’s architectural style.

  • Durability.

Wood composite siding is engineered to be durable and resistant to many of the issues that can affect natural wood such as rot, decay or insect damage offering a long lasting protection for your home’s exterior.

  • Moisture resistant

Wood composite siding has good moisture resistance making it less susceptible to rot and mold growth compared to natural wood. These characteristics are beneficial in humid and rainy climates.

  • Insect Resistant.

Wood composite siding is not attractive to termites and other wood-boring insects offering a level of resistance that natural wood lacks.

  • Energy Efficiency.

Insulated wood composite siding options are available that provide additional thermal insulation for your home contributing to improved energy efficiency and lower heating and cool costs.

  • Colour Retention.

Wood composite siding can have a good colour retention, resisting fading and maintaining its appearance over time.

Some benefits of going with faux stone siding include…

  • Cost-effective

Faux stone siding is generally more affordable than natural stone. It provides a similar aesthetic at a fraction of the cost making it a good option for those on a budget.

  • Lightweight

Natural stone can be heavy and may require additional structural support, faux stone siding is extremely light weight making it easier to handle and install and does not require additional structural support to be installed.

  • Easy installation

Faux stone is designed to be easy to install and is quicker to install due to the interlocking pieces that will reduce labor costs for your project.

  • Versatility

Faux stone siding comes in a wide range of colours, styles and textures giving you a variety of design options.

  • Low maintenance

Faux stone siding typically requires less maintenance than natural stone. Its resistant to mold, mildew and pests and doesn’t require sealing or regular treatments. Cleaning is straightforward and can be done with mild detergent and water.

  • Durability

Faux stone siding is durable and can withstand various weather conditions including rain, snow, extreme temperatures, moisture, and UV rays. It doesn’t chip or crack easily and many products come with warranties to guarantee their longevity.

  • Energy Efficient

Some faux stone siding products are designed with insulation properties that can contribute to improved energy efficiency and help to reduce your home’s heating and cooling bills.

  • Consistent Quality

Faux stone siding is manufactured to ensure consistent quality across all pieces. This can be an advantage over natural stone where variations in color and texture are common.

Some benefits of going with faux wood siding include…

  • Cost-effective

Faux wood siding is generally more affordable than natural wood. It provides a similar look and feel to real wood at a lower cost making it a great option for someone on a budget.

  • Low maintenance

Unlike natural wood which may require regular staining, painting or sealing to protect it from the elements, faux wood siding is low maintenance and is resistant to pests, rot and decay.

  • Durability

Faux wood siding is designed to withstand various weather conditions like rain snow and UV exposure without the risk of warping, cracking or splitting. It is also resistant to pests and insects unlike real wood siding.

  • Variety of styles

Faux wood siding comes in a variety of styles, colours and finishes to mimic the appearance of real wood giving you many options to choose from to complement your home’s design. 

  • Moisture Resistance

Engineered wood siding is often treated or manufactured to resist moisture absorption, reducing the risk of swelling, decay or mold growth. This makes it a good choice for regions with high humidity or areas with heavy rainfall.

  • Consistent Quality

Faux wood siding provides consistent quality and reduces the likelihood of defects or irregularities. This can be an advantage over natural wood where variations in grain colour and texture can be common.

  • Ease of Installation

Faux wood siding is often lightweight and comes in convenient panels or planks making it easier to handle and install. This installation process can be more straightforward than natural wood and can lead to reduced labor costs.

  • Fire Resistance

Some types of faux wood siding are treated to be fire resistant providing an additional layer of safety for homeowners.

  • Energy Efficient

Some faux wood siding products are designed with insulation properties that can contribute to improved energy efficiency and help to reduce your home’s heating and cooling bills.

Some benefits of going with cement board siding include…

  • Durability

Cement board siding is highly durable and resistant to many common issues that affect other types of siding such as rot, pest and moisture damage. It can withstand harsh weather conditions like heavy rain, snow, wind, and hail.

  • Low maintenance

Cement board siding requires minimal maintenance compared to some other siding materials. It does not rot, warp or crack over time and is resistant to pests reducing the need for regular inspection and repairs.

  • Long lifespan

When properly installed and maintained cement board siding has a long lifespan able to last for several decades making it a cost effective option in the long run.

  • Fire Resistance

Cement Board siding is non combustible and has a high fire resistance. This is advantageous for homeowners looking for enhanced fire safety for their property.

  • Resistance to termites and insects

Unlike wood siding, cement boards do not attract termites and other insects.

  • Moisture Resistance

Cement board siding is resistant to moisture preventing issues such as rot, mold and mildew making it a great option for homes located in regions with humid climates or heavy rainfall.

  • Colour Retention

Cement board siding holds paint well and the colour tends to remain vibrant for an extended period of time. This reduces the frequency of repainting and maintenance that is usually associated with other siding materials.

  • Versatility

Cement board siding is available in a variety of styles, textures and finishes giving you many options so you can find the right one for your home’s style.

  • Weather Resistance

Cement board siding is resistant to damage for UV rays making it a good choice for homes located in places with intense sunlight. They also hold up well against freeze-thaw cycles without cracking or deteriorating.

Patio doors

Some signs that it’s time to replace your patio door are visible damage like cracks dents or warping. If you feel a draft to see a leak around the door it could mean that there is a damaged weatherstripping or seal. Condensation between the glass panes or rot or decay are also some signs that a replacement is needed.

Modern patio doors often come with advanced security features like multi-point locking systems, impact-resistant glass and reinforced frames. Adding a security bar or a door sensor/alarm system are also good options.

To ensure a better energy efficiency from your patio door, modern models will have high quality seals and weatherstripping around the doors frame, insulated frames and low-E coating on the glass to minimize UV and infrared light that passes through. Upgrading to multiple panes of glass will also help with the energy efficiency of the patio door.

Some of the benefits of sliding patio doors are…

  • Space efficiency

Sliding patio doors are space-saving since they don’t swing open like traditional hinged doors. This makes them a great choice for rooms with limited space.

  • Natural light

Sliding doors have large glass panels that allow for plenty of natural light to enter your home creating a bright and airy atmosphere.

  • Ventilation

Sliding doors have large operable panels that can be partially opened to allow fresh air into your home helping with your home’s ventilation while keeping out pests with a screen door.

  • Easy of operation

Sliding doors are easy to operate with a smooth gliding motion that requires little effort.

  • Low maintenance

Sliding patio doors typically have fewer moving parts than hinged doors reducing the risk of wear and tear. They are also easy to clean due to their simple design.

  • Energy efficiency

Many sliding patio doors are designed with energy efficiency in mind, features like double or triple pane glass, low-E coatings and effective weatherstripping will minimize the heat transfer from the home.

Some of the benefits of Bi-fold patio doors are…

  •  Maximum Opening Width.

Bi-fold doors can open the full width creating a wide and unobstructed passage between indoor and outdoor living spaces.

  • Versatility in Configuration.

Bi-fold doors consist of multiple panels that fold and stack against one another. This allows you to configure the door according to your preferences.

  • Panoramic views.

Like sliding doors bi-fold doors have large glass panels providing expansive views of the surrounding landscape.

  • Natural lighting and ventilation.

The wide opening of bi-fold doors allows for an abundance of natural light and fresh air to enter your home.

  • Architectural Elegance.

Bi-fold doors add a touch of architectural elegance and modern style to your home. Their sleek and contemporary design enhance the overall aesthetic of both the interior and exterior of your home.

  • Energy efficient.

Many bi-fold doors are designed with energy efficiency in mind. Going with a model that has thermal breaks, double or triple glazing and low-E coatings help to minimize heat transfer and improves your home’s insulation.

  • Customization options.

Bi-fold doors come in various materials, finishes and configurations allowing you to customize the appearance of the door to match your home’s style.

  • Increased property value.

Bi-fold doors can enhance the resale value of your home. Their modern design and appeal are attractive features for potential buyers.

Some of the benefits of life and slide patio doors are…

  • Seamless operation.

Lift and slide doors are designed for smooth and effortless operation. The hardware allows the door panels to be easily lifted and moved along the track providing a seamless transition between indoor and outdoor spaces.

  • Large opening widths.

Similar to bi-fold doors, lift and slide doors can create expansive openings. They can be designed with multiple panels that stack or slide away allowing for wide and unobstructed passages when fully open.

  • Versatility in Configuration.

Lift and slide doors offer versatility in how you configure the door panels. You can partially open the door for ventilation or fully open it to create a wide entrance giving you a seamless transition from indoor to outdoor.

  • Improved Weather Sealing/

Lift and slide doors typically provide excellent weather sealing when closed. This helps prevent drafts, water infiltration and dust from entering your home.

  • Enhanced Security.

Lift and slide doors often come with robust locking systems. The lift and slide mechanism when engaged creates a secure seal making it more difficult for unauthorized entry.

  • Modern Design Aesthetics.

Lift and Slide doors have a sleek and modern design adding a touch of sophistication to your home with their large glass panels that provide panoramic views of the outdoors.

  • Energy Efficiency.

Many lift and slide doors are designed with energy efficiency features such as double or triple pane glazing, low-E coatings and thermal breaks. These features help to minimize heat transfer and contribute to a more energy efficient home.

Garage doors

Some signs that it’s time to replace your garage door would be visible damage such as rust warping and dents, excessive noise during operation, does not operate smoothly or you find yourself doing frequent repairs on it to keep it going.

If the door doesn’t close all the way, check for obstructions in the door’s path. If the problem persists it could be due to misaligned sensors, worn-out rollers or issues with the opener.

Garage door spring replacements can be dangerous and it is best left to a trained professional. The high tension in the spring poses a risk of injury and incorrect installation can lead to further problems.

Garage door openers usually last anywhere from 10-15 years depending on how often it’s used.

Insulating your garage door can improve energy efficiency especially if your garage is attached to your home or used for an alternative living space.

Many garage doors can be painted but it is best to check with the manufacturer’s guidelines and use the appropriate paint. Some doors come pre-finished and may not require painting.