Why Many Homeowners Still Prefer Fiberglass Exterior Doors in Canada

When they were first introduced a few decades ago fiberglass doors were so easy to spot they were sort of laughable. Oh how the times have changed. Today’s fiberglass doors are virtually indistinguishable in appearance from their real hardwood counterparts. I say “in appearance” because, while it’s true that today’s fiberglass exterior doors look virtually identical to hardwood doors, they outperform them in just about every other way and have gained a commanding upper hand in the entry door market.

Fiberglass Exterior Doors – The New Standard of Excellence

So how could fiberglass doors move in and become the new standard and why do so many homeowners in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary swear by them? Here are just some of the reasons:

  • Style and Appearance – As mentioned, today’s fiberglass exterior doors can stand toe to toe in the looks department with any other doors on the market. They embrace more sophisticated styling than ever before and the artificial surface textures of today’s doors are as close to natural as is possible to achieve.
  • Energy Efficiency – Fiberglass is non-conductive. That means that extreme temperatures won’t seep into your house through the door itself the way they can with wood or metal. Keeping the heat and cold outside means less energy used to heat or cool your home inside. Fiberglass entry doors also seal up tight so you’ll never feel a breeze leaking in around the edges.
  • Durability – A major selling point to our customers is the fact their new Weather Pro fiberglass exterior doors won’t ever warp, rot or crack like wooden doors during the brutal Canadian winter. And even if they’ve been pelted with rain, snow and sleet for years they’ll never rust or show the slightest hint of corrosion like a metal door.
  • Ease of Maintenance – Not only will fiberglass doors stand up to the worst Mother Nature can throw at them, they’ll do so without requiring any sort of maintenance. Simply hang the door and let it be.
  • Versatility – If you’re concerned about matching your new Weather Pro fiberglass door to your home’s existing colour scheme you can buy one that’s been primed and then have it custom stained to achieve a perfect match.
  • Security – Fiberglass doors present would-be intruders with a much more formidable obstacle to overcome than a standard wooden door. Your door is only as secure as the frame it hangs on after all and a fiberglass frame is typically stronger than a standard wooden frame. Also, since they don’t rot, neither the door nor the frame will become a security concern over time.

Fiberglass entry doors from Weather Pro provide all the beauty, charm and style you love about real hardwood without the often significant drawbacks. They provide the same high level security of a metal door without conducting heat or cold like metal and they’re more durable and better insulators than aluminum or wood. With all those things going for them it’s no wonder so many homeowners in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg swear by their fiberglass exterior doors.

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

How to Match the Right Material to Your Property When Buying Patio Doors

You’ve become tired with the dingy, cramped feeling of the space leading out to your patio and have finally decided to replace the old doors there with beautiful new patio doors from Weather Pro. The additional light they’ll allow into your home will brighten up that whole end of the house and make the space feel considerably larger by tying it in with the outdoors. The challenge now is to make sure the new doors look like they belong to the house by choosing the right materials.

Making Your New Patio Doors Fit Right In

In order to determine the right material for your new patio doors you need to take into consideration existing colours, shapes, volumes and materials and keep several design principles in mind such as:

  • Achieving Balance – Though most people never give the concept of visual balance a second thought, everyone knows imbalance when they see it. Your home’s facade needs to make sense with the size and shape of different elements working off each other to create harmony. Keep this in mind when selecting the size of your new doors.
  • Respecting Existing Lines – Your home has an existing set of lines that were created by the architect to move the eye across the surface in a pleasing way. If you disrupt these sightlines with poorly placed exterior doors the perception of your home will change, and not for the better. Take the time to study your home and try and determine the underlying sightlines. This should help you determine exactly where to place the new doors.
  • Colour – If your new patio doors are the only addition you’re making to your house be sure the colour of the framing matches the colour of the existing window and door frames. If you’re changing all the windows and entry doors they’ll have to work with the established palette of the rest of the home.
  • Selecting the Right Materials – Now you can think about materials. Vinyl doors may work fine with wood or vinyl siding but will simply not hold their own when surrounded by cedar shingles. Likewise wood may seem out of place on a home with vinyl siding, unless that siding is textured: then it may be an excellent fit. If your home is a showcase of innovative design and materials, aluminum doors may be your best choice.
  • Materials Part II – It’s also important to remember that material considerations extend beyond the boundaries of the door frames. Plants, shrubbery, decorative stone work and lighting around the home are invaluable tools for introducing different material effects to a setting. They can play off elements like siding and trim and work as bridge materials that create a cohesive effect.

The importance of creating visual harmony on the exterior of your home involves more than 1 element. By making sure your new patio doors fit smoothly into the existing volume patterns, colour scheme and sightlines of your home your choice of material will be that much simpler to determine.

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Entry Doors and the Local Climate: The Importance of a Good Match

A lot goes into finding the right entry doors for your home: the style of the house, the location of the door, security, budget and more. One thing that often gets overlooked, however, is climate. A cold wind pounding your exterior doors with snow, rain, sleet and hail can drastically reduce the life of a door if it’s not made of the right material. Same with direct sunlight. Natural wood finishes don’t like direct sunlight any more than your skin does. The bottom line is this: just as the climate influences the type of roof you have it’s also important when selecting doors.

Choosing the Right Material for Entry Doors

The two most important factors when determining a door’s effectiveness and longevity are material and placement. First we’ll look at materials.

  • FiberglassFiberglass doors present a solid front against heat, humidity, snow and rain without ever cracking, warping or rusting. They can also be stained to look like natural wood and are extremely secure. If you think a door that can do all that is probably expensive, well, you’re right. They’ll typically cost more than other doors, but they’ll also outlast them.
  • Wood – Even in a harsh climate natural wood entry doors will look great; for a while. And if you put a ton of effort into maintenance they may even look great for years. But who has time for that? In a dry climate they’ll hold up better but will still require maintenance. So it’s up to you. You can have the cache, but it will cost you in upkeep.
  • Steel – Thunderstorms, blizzards, tornadoes and hurricanes are generally no match for a properly installed steel door. However, steel conducts heat. So if you live in an area subject to extreme heat a steel door may not be right for you.
  • Aluminum – Aluminum is generally desirable if you want a secure, low maintenance door that never needs painting and can be custom fitted to your particular needs.

Placement and Protection

You also need to consider where a particular door will be placed in relation to the sun and prevailing winds and what, if any, supplemental protection will be available.

  • Placement – Any entry doors facing south are facing the sun. Direct sunlight is brutal on lots of things and doors are no exception. If your entryway faces south you might want to consider a fiberglass or composite door. If it faces north natural wood doors may work fine.
  • Protection – If your exterior door faces south but is set back on a deep, covered porch you probably don’t have to worry. In fact, a generous overhang of any kind will help protect your door from nature’s most destructive elements and prolong its life.

You’ll want the doors you choose to provide you with a level of protection from the elements that’s appropriate for your location. But you’ll also want them to last. For that reason make sure that when considering which entry doors to buy climate is one of the things you take into account.

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Windows and Doors: Just How Important Are They to Your Home?

Edmonton Windows and doorsWindows and doors are not a part of your home that you probably spend a lot of time thinking about until something goes wrong and the freezing winter air in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg starts pouring into your personal space; but maybe you should. That’s because windows and doors are so much more than simply coverings to the openings to your property. They can have a significant impact on your property in numerous ways and it’s vital that they are kept in good condition and replaced when necessary. If you’re wondering whether the window replacement you’re contemplating is “worth it,” or if you should invest in the entry doors that you’ve been meaning to buy for months, keep reading and you might find that your mindset shifts somewhat.

Why Keeping Your Home’s Windows and Doors in Top Condition is Essential

Most parts of your home only have a single role to fulfil, but windows and doors have several. Here’s why it’s so important that they’re kept in pristine condition and that you don’t put off replacement or maintenance when it’s necessary:

  • Aesthetic Impact On Your Home – No one can deny how big of an affect that windows and doors have on the appearance of your property. Not only are they parts of the home that are clearly visible from the exterior, but they occupy a considerable surface area of that exterior. Poorly maintained windows and doors can make the entire property look worn and aged, while those in peak condition attract compliments. Hence the reason why estate agents will often recommend a thorough clean and a new coat of paint on window and doors when preparing a property for sale.
  • Maintain a Comfortable Environment – Your home is your own personal retreat from the outside world and you have a right to expect a certain level of comfort. Your property´s windows and doors should prevent cold air from entering during the winter and warm air from entering during the summer, thus ensuring a pleasant temperature indoors and not forcing your home´s heating systems into overdrive to achieve the same result.
  • Ensure Your SafetyWindows and doors aren’t there just to “look pretty” and keep your home warm though; they are also tasked with keeping unwanted intruders out. Personal safety is of the utmost importance and high on many peoples’ list of priorities nowadays, and windows and doors paired with advanced locking systems will protect the most vulnerable parts of your home.
  • Large Potential Savings – We’re referring to the environmental and financial savings that windows and doors can provide when in good condition. As already mentioned, windows and doors can prevent HVAC systems from having to work so hard and have been found to reduce bills by as much as 25 percent. But that doesn’t just produce a personal financial benefit; it lowers your carbon footprint and helps to protect the environment too.

Whether you’re in the market for some new exterior doors or a window replacement, contact Weather Pro today on 1-855-814-1PRO.

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Important Questions to Ask When Buying Replacement Windows

If you want to get the best possible replacement windows for the budget you have available, thorough research is a must. Not only will it ensure you get the best value for money, but it will also help you to stay well clear of scams and poor quality products. But where do you start? What questions do you need the answers to? Selecting new windows for your property isn’t a decision you have to make every day, and it’s decision that you will probably have to live with for 10-15 years (or hopefully longer) and the process can be particularly overwhelming if you have never been through it before.

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner who has done it all before, to find the perfect replacement windows that meet all their needs. Here are the top questions we recommend you think about before making a decision.

Replacement Windows in Edmonton and CalgaryDo I have to replace all my windows at the same time?

No. That’s the simple answer. A professional window installer will typically install anything from a single window to a re-fit of the entire property. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind though. When a contractor replaces all the windows at your property in one go, it’s far more time efficient than coming out to your property on numerous occasions to fit one or a few windows at a time. And because it takes them less time, the cost to you is lower. If you do only replace a few at a time you also have to consider the difference in appearance between your old and new windows. Even if you want to keep a similar style it could prove difficult to find an exact match, and any noticeable difference could give your house a very uncoordinated look. We understand that new windows require a sizable investment and we often work with clients who don’t have the budget to buy replacement windows for their entire house in one go, and in this scenario we recommend you have them replaced in sections, i.e. the front of the house first, then the back or the side etc. Start with the windows that are in the worst condition.

What material will best suit my local climate?

Window frames are exposed to the elements year round and the kind of conditions they will have to endure need to be considered. How cold does it get in winter? How warm does it get in summer? Does your local area receive a considerable amount of rainfall each year? After you have worked that out, you need to look at the characteristics of each of the available materials and see which one matches up best. For example, wood frames are not a good choice for climates that either have significant shifts in temperature or a high level of humidity, as these conditions both cause the wood to warp. Vinyl windows are generally a good choice in colder climates, although they can be prone to cracking in extremely low temperatures, while aluminium frames equipped with low-e glass are one of the better options for warmer climates.

How much money can I spend on replacement windows?

While this isn’t something you need an expert for, it’s important to ask yourself this question at the start of the process to avoid making huge mistakes later on. replacement windows are a big commitment and you need to be fully aware of what you can, and what you can’t afford at this point in time. At the same time, don’t try to save money if you can afford to buy higher quality windows, as the savings you make in the long run through lower energy costs will far outweigh the initial investment.

Which windows represent the best option in terms of energy efficiency?

When looking for replacement windows it’s vital you look for windows that not only look good aesthetically, but that are also energy efficient. As you well know, energy costs are constantly rising, and by selecting new windows with a high energy efficiency rating you could potentially save hundreds of dollars every year. There are a number of factors that can affect a window’s energy efficiency rating, including: the material used to construct the window frame, the type and number of glass panels, the insulation filling used and the type of hardware that is installed. All windows now have to meet a minimum standard, but look out for those that bear the Energy Star symbol, as this means that the window meets or exceeds higher levels of energy efficiency.

How long can I realistically expect my windows to last?

One common mistake many homeowners fall victim to is the belief that all windows are the same. And therefore every window will have roughly the same lifespan — right? Wrong! Windows are like everything else; there are various grades of quality, from poor quality through to extremely high quality. While it’s true that you could save a significant amount of money by selecting a lower quality window, don’t expect them to last anywhere near as long as a higher end option. The actual lifespan of your windows obviously depends on a number of factors, but all types of replacement windows that Weather Pro Windows & Doors sell can be expected to last a minimum of 10-20 years.

What warranty do you offer on your windows?

When making enquiries with a windows installation company, as well as seeking advice to determine the best type of replacement windows for your property, you also need to learn about the warranty they come with. Less reputable companies use clever wording in the small print to misguide prospective clients and make them believe they are getting something they are not. We never do this and always encourage you to read all the small print before committing to a purchase; it could save you a great deal of hassle further down the line if something goes wrong.
Choosing the right replacement windows isn’t easy, but we are here to help. With extensive knowledge about all types of windows and doors, we are the people to call. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation or for further information relating to the products we offer.

For quality replacement windows, call Weather Pro today.

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Wrought Iron Entry Doors: Are They Right For You?

Wrought Iron Entry DoorsWhat qualities do you look for in an entry door? If you said beauty, quality, durability, and security, then we have already have a few things in common! At Weather Pro Windows & Doors all the entry doors that we manufacture and install meet these high standards. Wrought iron doors are among the products that we offer, in addition to patio doors, decorative glass doors, fibreglass doors, and a wide selection of window options. There is no product we sell that we do not believe in, and our wrought iron entry doors are no exception.

If you are trying to decide whether or not wrought iron doors are the right choice for your new entry doors, then you have come to the right place. We will walk you through some of the facts and benefits of wrought iron doors, plus analyze how they compare to other quality entry door options.

Should you decide to consult with Weather Pro Windows & Doors about your plans to replace your old entry doors or simply want to purchase new ones for your home or business, our experts will sit down to have a conversation with you. We will begin the process by analyzing your goals and requirements, and provide you with all the information necessary to help you figure out whether wrought iron doors would be the right choice for you, or whether another option would be more suitable.

Features & Benefits of Wrought Iron Entry Doors

Why wrought iron? There are many reasons which make them a good choice, including the key factors we mentioned earlier: beauty, quality, durability, and security. Read on to see how our wrought iron entry doors meet these standards and more.

  • The general framework of our wrought iron doors look like this: a wrought iron design, set within a door and door frame made of another strong material like wood or fibreglass. Although still known as “wrought iron” due to the way that the material is manufactured and shaped, today’s wrought iron inserts are actually made of steel. Steel has all the structural benefits that traditional wrought iron offers.
  • The steel that our wrought iron designs are made of is extremely durable and long-lasting. You will not need to worry about the material rusting or corroding; it stands up to the elements well, and can take more of a beating than wood or fibreglass can.
  • The wrought iron structure and design can take an infinite variety of shapes and forms. You may choose to have the wrought iron design take up the whole surface of the door, or may choose to have it be set in just the top half of the door, for example. Different shapes like ovals, triangles, or circles are all possible, as well as additional options like wrought iron transoms, arches, and sidelights.
  • The addition of sidelights and transoms, in particular, can greatly enhance the elegant visual impression that a wrought iron door will lend to your entryway. Without question, a wrought iron door will tremendously add to the beauty of your home. If you want to make a lasting first impression, this is a sure way to go about it.
  • Besides adding aesthetic value to your home, investing in wrought iron entry doors also adds concrete value to your home, easily upping your curb appeal. If you do happen to sell your home at some point in the future, you will be able to recoup the investment you made in these quality wrought iron doors.
  • We offer an incredible range of wrought iron designs, ranging from classic to contemporary. No matter what type of style you are interested in, we will have something to offer you, be it inspired by nature, abstract motifs, farmhouse architecture, or a Mediterranean feel. We also complete custom work for clients on a regular basis, and would be happy to work with you to create your ideal wrought iron door design.
  • Any wrought iron entry doors you order will be professionally fabricated by blacksmiths who have years of experience. Rest assured that their work will leave no rough edges, sharp corners, or other signs of shoddy craftsmanship.
  • After fabrication, the wrought iron is powder coated. Powder coating is a type of “painting” that is used to finish metal; it undergoes very high temperatures and leaves the final product with a completely even and very durable surface finish.
  • If you want to sleep peacefully at night, it is a fact that wrought iron doors offer greater levels of security. It is simply not that easy to get through a wrought iron door. However, you must also be sure that all your door and window hardware is of corresponding quality, to prevent easy break-ins via other means.
  • Like all our other doors, Weather Pro’s wrought iron doors meet Energy Star standards, meaning that the doors and frames are properly insulated. Weather stripping is also standard. The glass used in our wrought iron entry doors is always tempered and insulated; additionally you may select between coloured and textured glass if you so desire.
  • For easy maintenance, the glass panels on your wrought iron doors will open independently, allowing you easy access to all surfaces that may need to be cleaned.

Doors & Windows Experts

Are you still hesitating? That is quite understandable, as making decisions regarding entry doors is not always a simple or straightforward process. Make an appointment with one of our experts today to ask for more information about the various entry door options that we have available.

Weather Pro Windows & Doors guarantees you the highest quality materials and workmanship in all the doors and windows that we offer. All our products are made in Canada, and we are a fully licensed and accredited business. If you want quality and excellent customer service at a decent price, we are the company to come to.

For all your entry doors, come to Weather Pro; We sell entry doors in Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Our Top 5 Tips When Shopping for Vinyl Windows

Edmonton Vinyl WindowsIt’s widely known that vinyl windows offer a great number of benefits to any property that they’re installed in. They typically boast much higher R-Values (insulation levels) than rival materials such as wood and aluminum, and they are also much more adept at tolerating extreme weather conditions, making them perfect for any property located in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg. But does that mean that any window replacement “will do” when shopping for vinyl windows? Of course it doesn’t! You need to shop wisely to ensure that you get the best possible value for your money and we’re going to provide you with a few of our top tips to help you achieve that today.

Getting Value for Your Money When Buying Vinyl Windows

Going into this process ill informed is the worst thing that you can do and will leave you open to being persuaded into making a purchase that doesn’t represent good value for the investment made. To avoid this scenario, always keep the following points in mind when investing in a vinyl window replacement.

  • Check They Are ENERY STAR Certified – Many people think that it’s just a given that vinyl windows will be energy efficient, but you have to be aware that not all vinyl windows are manufactured to the same standards. Check that the windows installed by the contractor you contact have been independently assessed by the National Fenestration Rating Council and that the Energy Star certification was given. This ensures you can expect a certain level of performance from your new window replacement.
  • Ring Several Contractors – Buying from the first windows and doors company that you get in touch with is a big mistake. They might offer you a good deal, but how do you know that another contractor might not be able to offer you an even better deal?! We would recommend you contact at least three or four companies and compare their quotes. Don’t just look at the cost of the vinyl windows either; the installation is just as important and one company may even offer free add-ons, such as additional repair cover, in order to try and secure the job.
  • Carefully Read the Warranty – The warranty is something that less reputable contractors will try to use to take advantage of unsuspecting homeowners. Before you say “yes, I’ll take them” to any contractor in a conversation about vinyl windows, you need to be sure of exactly what the warranty covers. Will the company repair the windows if their condition deteriorates very rapidly? What about if poor installation leads to high rates of air leakage (which will increase your energy bills and make it uncomfortable inside your home)?

You should also ask to see samples of the vinyl windows that the company could install for you, allowing you to personally check the quality of their construction, and you should choose a window style that is going to be easy for you to maintain, i.e. tilt and turn windows are often easier to clean than other styles. For more advice about vinyl windows or to contact our team for a quote, please call 1-855-814-1PRO today.

Contact us today vinyl windows in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Signs that a Contractor Isn’t Qualified to Carry Out Your Window Replacement

Replacement Windows CalgaryA window replacement is not a project that is undertaken very often. In fact, you may never have had to buy new windows before at all. If this need has arisen recently, maybe due to an unexpected breakage or just because one or several of your windows have finally succumbed to the harsh weather conditions they are subjected to in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg every year, selecting a qualified contractor is something you absolutely must get right. While many articles talk about things you should look for during the hiring process, in this article we’re going to outline a few signs that indicate a contractor isn’t qualified to complete your window replacement project.

Don’t Work With a Window Replacement Contractor That…

Windows play several vital roles in the standard home and must be energy efficient, secure and attractive. Even if you select and purchase top of the line frames and glazing, if the contractor you work with doesn’t meet certain minimum standards, few to none of the aforementioned objectives will be met. Look out for the following red flags:

  • Unwilling to Show Their Business License – Why? Well, maybe because they don’t have one to show. The ease with which individuals can now advertise their services using the internet and the high levels of people struggling to make ends meet has led to a considerable rise in unqualified handymen advertising various kinds of trade services, including window replacement. These “contractors” likely have no experience of installing windows and doors and should not be trusted with your project.
  • Won’t Show Insurance or Bonding Documents – Again, these are things that any reputable windows and doors contractor should have and if the contractor refuses to show you them when you ask, you can only assume that they don’t have these documents. This automatically makes them a contractor that you shouldn’t work with, since if something goes wrong and they damage your property or get injured on the job, you’ll be the one that has to foot the bill.
  • Demands Payment in Full or Large Cash Advance – A window replacement project can cost a lot of money (thousands depending on the type of windows selected and the number) and any contractor that demands full payment upfront will likely “cut and run” as soon as they receive it. Likewise, a contractor asking for a significant cash advance is likely a scammer. You should agree on a payment schedule prior to agreeing to work with a contractor and you should only have to make a small deposit in advance.
  • Low Bid, High Pressure Tactics – This is an old favourite of unqualified or untrustworthy window replacement contractors. They will low ball you with a bid that is much, much lower than any other quote you receive and then tell you that the offer is only valid today, hoping that this combination will prompt you into acting without assessing all of the details.

To work with a window replacement contractor that is as honest as they are qualified, contact Weather Pro today on 1-855-814-1PRO. We also supply and install a wide range of exterior doors, including front entry doors and patio doors.

Contact us for window replacements in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Why Instant Quotes for Replacement Windows Aren’t Always the Best

Replacement Windows Calgary We live in a world of instant gratification and, ideally, transparency. Going to the supermarket, we can see the price of the milk on the shelf, the fruit in the basket, the jam in your cart, and know what it will all add up to at the checkout. When it comes to home improvement projects, we like things to add up the same way; that the price we are quoted is the one that we pay. But because replacement windows aren’t “one-size fits all” products, and they don’t just come off a shelf, how can we budget for them? There are many different variables, including size, material and glazing option, that can result in different charges and costs. An instant quote, while it gives you the assurance of a price tag, may not be accurate, and may later be adjusted. Would you like the price tag of an item to change when you’ve already put it in your cart?

What Doesn’t an Instant Quote for Replacement Windows Account for?

1. The Best Window for the Project

When you ask for an instant quote, you get exactly that. A quote for explicitly the good which you request- even if you are mistaken, or the previous contractor was mistaken. Windows and doors come in all shapes and sizes, with varying technologies, types of glass, and types of framing, types of sealants, and different themes for different climates. Even if you have enough details to provide a description of your current windows for an exact replacement window, there is potential that you are missing out on a window with greater air tightness, water tightness, ease of operation, or many other factors that contribute to determining the best window for your needs.

2. The Exact Goals of the Renovation

A phone call or an online submission can only be one dimensional. Your goals for beautiful exterior doors, or replacement windows that perfectly complement your patio doors, may not translate well in an email or online form. The instant quote is based entirely off whatever information you may provide. While you may be incredibly competent, an expert opinion and consultation can add dimensions and recommendations that will likely result in a superior end result.

3. Degrees of Customization

A consultation or further discussion provides opportunity for customization. By engaging in a conversation, you can discover new possibilities for your replacement windows, whether that be an ornate trim, a special fit and shape, or extra wind load resistance for harsh winters in EdmontonCalgary and Winnipeg.

4. They are Just Focusing on Your Contract

When you ask for an instant quote, you must also think about the motives of the company giving it. If the only information you request is the cost, they may manipulate the quoted cost in order to appeal to your interests. That can mean a ridiculously low price for the perfect replacement windows, then during or after the installation, tacking on additional fees and costs. It could also mean a very high quote, in the hope that they can do whatever they want with that budget, and figure out your needs down the road. The concern with an instant quote is that it makes money the first priority- when really value should occupy that role. A low price tag and a product of shoddy quality is no replacement for a job well done.

While it may be convenient to get an immediate price listing for replacement windows, be wary of all of the factors such quotes may fail to take into consideration. It may be worth it to hold back a bit, and focus on transparency. Good communication and open conversation help to create a greater confidence in your budget than that fickle price tag you were once quoted. To start your own conversation, and begin your replacement window project, contact Weather Pro Windows & Doors or call toll-free at 1-855-814-1PRO.

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Sliding Patio Doors or French Doors: Which Option Wins?

patio door in Edmontonwe’ve been tasked with installing patio doors at many Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg properties since we started operating, and the two main options are sliding patio doors and French style patio doors. Many of our clients struggle to choose between these two options, wondering if one slightly edges the other in terms of the benefits it provides, and this is a subject that we get asked about a lot, so we thought we would put together a blog post about it.

The Pros and Cons of Sliding Patio Doors

You are probably already aware of what sliding patio doors are (the name is quite self explanatory), but just in case you’re not, sliding doors slide horizontally along a track that is installed parallel to the wall. They generally produce somewhat of a modern aesthetic when installed.

One of the main advantages of sliding patio doors is that they take up very little space, which is ideal if the room in which they are installed contains a considerable amount of furniture or the area immediately outside the door contains some landscaping features. One of the other big advantages of sliding patio doors is that they are relatively easy to adjust should the foundations of your home shift (this is not as uncommon as you might think) and it’s likely that no expensive modifications will be required. Additionally, sliding patio doors are often available at a considerably lower price point than French doors, which is great if you’re on a budget.

In terms of shortcomings, sliding patio doors aren’t a great fit for older homes that boast a more classic or traditional aesthetic, and when they are installed in such a setting it can make the overall design feel a bit disjointed. Additionally, if you’re likely to need to be able to move large items or will have a lot of foot traffic through this door, the wider opening that French doors provide might be more suitable.

How Do French Patio Doors Compare?

French patio doors are much more like the doors that you have installed inside your home in terms of how they function. They are mounted on hinges and will swing either inwards or outwards (the latter option is usually preferred) to open and close.

In terms of how they measure up to the sliding option we mentioned above, we’ve already touched upon some of their benefits. They offer a wider opening when both panels are opened, which may or may not be important to you, and due to there being no track that the doors run along, you are less likely to trip over when stepping through the opening. French patio doors are probably the better choice if you’re looking to achieve a classic look and feel, but that will come at added cost.

Many homeowners in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg that contact us for help are often initially worried about installing either type of patio door due to concerns about security and how vulnerable these doors appear. However, owing to improvements in the strength of the glass used (shatterproof varieties are available) and the widespread use of multiple-point locking systems, modern patio doors are far more capable in terms of security.

Contact us today for Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg patio Doors

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.