LIFETIME ENTRY DOORS AT WINDOW CITY – WATCH OUR VIDEO AND GET A GLIMPSE OF THE FEATURES OF OUR Elegant front DOORS

Check out our elegant front doors feature video to find out if our LifeTime Collection should be part of your new construction or renovation project.

 

Our Lifetime Entry Door incorporates superior structural integrity with our exclusive all uPVC, aluminum reinforced frame system for your front doors.

A truly unique front door system that offers full customization, including: size, configuration, hardware, colour and glass selection. A selection that is unmatched in the industry today.

Lifetime Entry Door Collection Feature & Benefits:

▪6 ⅝” x 1½” all uPVC welded frame including sill with full aluminum reinforcement

▪Exterior vinyl brickmould to match frame finish

▪Steel / Fiberglass (smooth or textured) or Wood panel

▪Weeped sill with offset drainage channels with a clear aluminum anodized sill cover

▪Adjustable self-draining sweep with superior multi-bulb fin system and exterior cover

▪4 Ball Bearing Hinges standard on 6’8″ height doors & 5 Hinges on 8″ height doors in ultra-steel finish

▪Foam Compression Weather Stripping

Our Lifetime Front Doors Collection incorporates our exclusive all uPVC and aluminum reinforced frame system. Offering endless customization options:

Frame colours available: Full White Vinyl Frame, Exterior Capstock Vinyl Frame (comes in Sandalwood, Sandstone, Dark Bronze, Black)

Hardware finish options: Satin Nickel, Polished Brass, Antique Brass and Dark Bronze.

See all of our paint, and hardware options here

Window City has been a leading manufacturer of front doors for many years which include Steel, Fiberglass and Wood panel front doors. We strive to build the finest quality entry doors in the industry.

We are the largest front door manufacturer in Canada with a 500,000 sq.ft facility and we offer one of the best warranties in the industry. This allows us to provide products to meet your needs and your budget without sacrificing quality because every Window City window and front door is custom made just for your home.

See our LifeTime Entry Door Collection here

CLASSIC ENTRY DOORS AT WINDOW CITY. WATCH OUR EXCLUSIVE VIDEO ON OUR MOST POPULAR ENTRY DOOR

 

Watch our Classic Entry Doors video on the extensive features and benefits our our entry door system.

Window City’s Classic Entry Doors Collection has been built with care using the latest innovations in today’s door construction technology.
This entry doors collection is available with a variety of frame systems which satisfy customer requirements. Like traditional entry doors they come with solid wood frames (finger joined pine wood, white oak and mahogany as well as solid composite with a stainable oak woodgrain). For customers who prefer low maintenance of the frame system, Window City offers the solid finger joined wood frame with an exterior vinyl wrap in various finishes with the inside in finger joined pine (unfinished).

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The Classic Entry Door Collection is a fully customized entry system where you can choose from several panel options. There are many styles, options and accessories to choose from including sidelites, transoms, decorative glass, hardware, paint or stain to create the best looking entry door to suit your beautiful home, explore their feature and benefits below. Visit our Classic Door Collection page right here on our website to see all of the features and benefits of our entry door collection.

If you would like more information about our entry door collections please click HERE. We have created videos for all of our product lines. To see more videos about other products or care and maintenance please visit our VIDEO page!

We are a windows and doors manufacturer

Window City has been a leading manufacturer of entry doors for many years which include Steel, Fiberglass and Wood panel doors. We strive to build the finest quality entry doors in the industry.

We are the largest window and door manufacturer in Canada with a 500,000 sq.ft facility and we offer one of the best warranties in the industry. This allows us to provide windows to meet your needs and your budget without sacrificing quality because every Window City window and door is custom made just for your home. So whether you’re looking for the best money can buy or something a little simpler, we’ve got you covered.

 

 

Window City Manufacturers Inc. receives 2013 Canadian Excellence Award

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Each year the USTCI conducts business surveys and industry research to identify certain international companies that have achieved demonstrable success in their local business environment and industry category. They are recognized as having enhanced the commitment and contribution of small businesses through service to their customers and community. Companies of this caliber enhance the consumer driven stature that the Canadian economy is renowned for.

Window City Manufacturers Inc. has consistently demonstrated a high regard for upholding business ethics and company values. This recognition by USTCI marks a significant achievement as an emerging leader within various competitors and is setting benchmarks that the industry should follow.

As part of the industry research and business surveys, various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the selected companies in each category. This research is part of an exhaustive process that encapsulates a year long immersion in the business climate of the Canadian economy.


Window City Manufacturers

We are the largest window and door manufacturer in Canada with a 500,000 sq.ft facility and we offer one of the best warranties in the industry. This allows us to provide windows to meet your needs and your budget without sacrificing quality because every Window City window and door is custom made just for your home. So whether you’re looking for the best money can buy or something a little simpler, we’ve got you covered.

Your Sliding Door Tune up Guide

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You don’t have to use much effort to get your sliding door to glide along its track.

Ideally, you should use one hand to open it easily. Sliding doors get stuck due to various reasons such as dirty rollers, worn out rollers and poor installation.

If your door has become more of a sticker than a gliding door, you can fix the problem by following these simple instructions.

Remove the Door

Start by removing the two plugs that cover the roller adjustment screws at the bottom of the door frame. Using a flathead screw driver, turn the screws counterclockwise. This will pull back the rollers thus lowering the door. Make sure that you have some sawhorses with pads. Remove any drapes or shades and open the door slowly. Use a screwdriver to loosen the screws on the head stop. A Sliding door is heavy so ensure it doesn’t fall. Tilt the top of the door panel towards you and raise the door from its track. Gently place the door panels on the sawhorses.

Clean and Grease Tracks and Rollers

Gently remove each roller from the pocket in the bottom of the door; it’s easier if you used a flat head screwdriver. Replace the rollers if they are worn out or bent; they cost $10 or less. Remove dirt from the wheels and use alcohol to clean them. Use silicon spray to grease the rollers; silicone spray is preferred because it doesn’t hold dirt. Replace them by placing each roller adjustment screw with its entry hole and tap in the assemblies with a hammer.

Once they’re positioned, pull back the rollers. Use alcohol to clean the head track and the head stop then grease it using silicone spray. Use a stiff brush to remove debris from the bottom track, and then clean it using denatured alcohol. It’s unnecessary to lubricate the lower track but if you have to, you can rub it a little with a block of paraffin wax.

Weatherstrip and Reinstall

Examine the weather stripping to check if it’s torn or cracked. Using a flat head screwdriver, back out the screws, hold one end and pull it off the door. Use pliers to pull out the remaining staples and then use a hammer to flatten the broken ones. If you want to replace the strip on the jamb side, hold one end and pull it off. This strip is usually glued; therefore, you need to use a putty knife to remove the remaining part. Ensure that you do it gently to avoid scarring the finish.

At the point where the sliding panel frame overlays the fixed panel, align the stripping with the flap facing the direction indicated on the instructions. Position the top end with the shadow line of the head stop and then fasten the internal ridge along the door’s edge. Drill a 1/8 inch wide hole adjacent to each of the holes on the internal ridge and drive the screws. Repeat the same process on the fixed panel so that the strips interconnect. Use the plastic adhesive to glue the jamb side strip. If there are any blotches or fingerprints on the panel, you can use alcohol to clean it up.

Place the door on the bottom track and incline it upwards. Use your body to support the door and then fix the head stop. Roll the door and make sure that it stands parallel to the jamb. If the latch does not match to the receiver on the jamb, tune the receiver by loosening the screws and turning it clockwise or counterclockwise.

If you follow these steps and your door doesn’t slide smoothly, it may be due to a construction problem or poor positioning. You can hire a contractor to check your door and have the problem fixed.

The Best Front Door Colors for Your Home

Many people fret at the idea of having their homes painted in bold colors. They are aware that whichever color they choose, it will stick with them for a long time. Your front door is the first thing people will see when visiting your home. Before you settle for a specific color, picture the kind of statement you want to make.

You need to consider the style of your Front Door Colors together with its siding and trim. You can either use for a color that matches the general style of your home or choose to go bold.  You can add some personal touch to your entry door to make it stand out. A fun doormat, a decorative door knocker or a wicker basket with fresh flowers could make the difference. An impressive shade can make a typical door look elegant and sophisticated. If you want your front door to be the envy of your neighborhood, you can select any of these fresh and inviting options.

Dark Blue

Architectural color consultants advise that dark blue creates the feeling of calm and peace in our homes. Plus, did you know that different hues of blue are thought to create lots of positive energy in to any space?

Raspberry

This color is inspired by the fresh flavors of the farm. It is bright and stands out when compared to other shades. It creates the feelings of excitement and fun for your home.

Empire Yellow

This shade pops out when paired with most of the darker shades of grey and blue. It complements and creates a sense of balance between nature and modernity.

Purple

This color exudes royalty, energy and creativity. In some cultures, purple is thought to bring good luck. Some people paint their front doors in purple to invite lots of opportunities to their home.

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Orange

Orange lightens up somber colors and evokes wisdom, warmth and mental clarity. If you want to add some pop of color to your curb, this is an ideal color. There are different shades of grey; therefore, you should choose the ideal orange shade that would complement the rest of the colors in your home.

Reddish Brown

This resembles the color of natural wood and complements nature. If you prefer a traditional décor, this color is ideal for you.

Sage

Sage is a soft and subtle color which is ideal for homes located in the coastal regions. This color evokes balance, calmness and comfort. It’s often used to soften bold hues of colors or bring contrast.

Sea Foam Green

This color is popular in homes found in the coastal areas. It is similar to mint green and provides a softer contrast when paired with lighter shades of blue and gray.

White

White is ideal when you want to create a classical style to the general look of your home. This is a neutral color, therefore, it is likely to complement every other color or create clean, sharp contrast. You can add gold or silver door handles to finish the classic look. Add colorful mats for some pop of color on your porch. It exudes purity, virtue and tranquility.

Deep Red

Red is a vibrant and attractive color. In the early American tradition, a red door meant ‘welcome’. In some cultures and faiths, a red door symbolized various beliefs. For example, in Scotland, home owners paint their doors red to show that they have paid off their mortgage.

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Green

Green is a rich color inspired by nature and is preferred by people who love and care for nature. There are different shades of green; hunter green is featured on many front doors though this has changed over time. Lighter shades of green have been trending as most people are choosing brighter colors for their front door.

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Black 

Black is a versatile color and makes your front door chic and sophisticated. If you choose to have a black front door, you should ensure that the back drop color is light. Darker shades may hide your entry door or make your curb less appealing.

 

 

 

 

Steel vs. Fiberglass Doors Which is Right for You?

The front door plays an immense role on the first impression people get when they walk to your doorstep.

It portrays your personal style and what people should expect when they enter your house. The front door must be firm enough to resist scorching sun, strong wind, rain and potential intruders. Plus, did you know that the front door has a great significance on the value of your home? Replacing your old front door with an energy efficient door adds to the value of your home. Wood, fiberglass and steel doors are the three most common. Nowadays, most people prefer steel or fiberglass doors because they are energy efficient.

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Fiberglass Doors

Home experts recommend fiberglass doors for homes situated in harsh and humid climates. These are low maintenance doors which could last for years. The biggest advantage of these doors is that they are strong and resemble real wood. Fiberglass doors can be stained to resemble the grain of wood such oak, walnut, cherry, or mahogany.

A new technology known as Accugrain has enabled experts to replicate the grain of any wood type. These doors are relatively expensive; a 3foot wide, 6 foot and 8 foot tall paneled door could cost you $200. A fully loaded fiberglass door could set you back $4,000, but this could save you half the cost of a real oak or mahogany door.

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These doors don’t warp or rust in cold and humid conditions and may never need maintenance. They are more secure when compared to wood doors. For example, if someone tries to kick the door or punch through with a sharp object, the surface will not dent. When it comes to energy efficiency, fiberglass may be a better option. These doors respond well to humidity and temperature change, plus, they prevent condensation.

Steel Doors

If durability and security are your top priorities while selecting an entry door, a steel door is the perfect choice. This door is the strongest when compared to wood and fiberglass doors. A steel door does not warp or dent easily; any mark or dent on the door can be repaired easily.

This door is the cheapest when compared to wood and fiberglass. A 3 foot wide, 6 foot, 8 foot tall door costs $150 while the same size of fiberglass door goes for $200. However, a steel door system with extra hardware and sidelights could cost as much as a wood door. The inner frame of a typical steel door is made of wood though you can use steel if you want to make it stronger.

Premium steel doors have a steel frame and a 24 gauge skin. Traditional steel doors had a gray industrial look. This has changed over the years. Normal steel doors feature a smooth surface or resemble a real wood finish. The polyester finish on most steel doors wears off with time and may need occasional repainting. Premium steel doors have a vinyl coating which can weather harsh climatic conditions such as scorching sun and rain.

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Depending on your budget, you could choose a steel door which has wood fiber coating, or the laminated wood veneer which is the most expensive. Most modern doors are pre-hung which means that the door hangs on hinges on a new frame. Pre hung doors are a good option when you want to replace the old frame or enlarge the opening. Steel doors come with fixed hinges or predrilled holes for the hinges. You can opt for the extra pre-drilled hole which allows you to make minor adjustments when hanging the door. If you opt for a steel door with the wood finish, ensure that the wood grains run horizontally on the rails and vertically on the stiles.

 

Hear About the New Home Energy Loan Program? Well Listen Up!

If you have yet to hear about the Home Energy Loan Program, we can HELP. The innovative public-private partnership is aimed at lowering the costs for home energy efficiency improvements. HELP is a single family residential program that seeks to not only improve your home’s energy efficiency but also allows you to save some money while at it. A good example of the cost effective home improvements that HELP intends to achieve include; upgrading your insulation together with replacing your old furnace.

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In most cases people consider retrofitting as an expensive affair. Hence the reason why it is rarely practiced. Therefore, HELP is dedicated towards removing all the barriers. It offers all the solutions to the stumbling blocks. By providing low interest loans to qualified homeowners, HELP assists in improving the energy and water efficiencies in their residence. The cities are given the mandate to provide all the necessary funds to facilitate the improvements by the homeowner.

The repayment process works in such a way that the homeowner is required to repay the amount due in instalments to the City over a given period of time. The homeowner is charged on their property tax bill.

How Exactly Does It Work? 

As an alternative to traditional financing, HELP has made some improvements. It allows a homeowner to enter into an agreement with the City in which they reside. You will be required to submit an application to the City’s Program. In the agreement, the City undertakes qualifying water conservation and energy efficiency improvements on a named property.

The City in turn imposes a special charge together with interest and other administrative charges that it are likely to incur in the course of making the improvements. In most cities, payment is made over a period of 15 years as a special charge which is indicated on your property tax bill. Since all the payment obligations are attached to the property and not the owner, a change in ownership means, the new owner assumes the repayment obligations. HELP is secured by the so called City’s priority lien status.

The Benefits of the Home Energy Loan Program

HELP was designed to take care of the following issues:

  • Prevents the homeowner from incurring high initial costs associated with home energy improvements. The repayment process is spread over a long time, cushioning the owner.
  • The fact that HELP financing is strictly attached to the property and the owner, once the property is sold all the payment obligations are transferred to the new owner.
  • Payment can be made at any time as there is no penalty for delayed payments or default payments.
  • As compared to other conventional financing options, HELP uses lower interest rates and allows you to repay your balance over a longer period of time.
  • By increasing access to home energy efficiency retrofits it reduces utility burden and leads to an increased disposable income for working families.

Eligible Home Energy Improvements

HELP supports the following improvements:

  • Furnace/boiler improvements
  • Central air conditioner improvements
  • Water heater improvements
  • Window/door replacements
  • Energy recovery ventilators
  • Exterior wall insulations
  • Toilet replacements
  • Basement insulation

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Application process

Before one begins to reap the benefits of HELP, they need to go through the application process:

a)  Pre-Qualification

A home owner is provided with a Pre-Application Form which they need to fill. From your application, the City will then determine your eligibility and the maximum amount of funding available to you.

b)  Home Energy Assessment and Funding Request

Find a certified Energy Advisor to conduct the home energy assessment which in most cases includes: basement to attic assessment, assessing the heating and cooling systems, leak detections among others. Once it is done, you’ll get a full report on the energy efficiency levels of your home and the proposed recommendations.

c)  Property Owner Agreement 

The City will only send you this once your funding request is approved. You’ll be required to sign the POA and return it to the City.

d)  Complete the Improvements

Hire a contractor to complete the improvements. Once this is done, request the Energy Advisor to conduct a final assessment and make a report to be submitted to the City for final disbursement.

e)  Time to repay your loan

Once the project is complete, the City will demand that you honour the agreement and make payments appropriately.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How to Pick a Front Door

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How to Pick a Front DoorThe front door of a home welcomes friends and family. It has the power to add or detract from the house’s curb appeal. It must also act as a barrier to the outside elements as well. A person must learn how to pick a front door that will be functional and safe. Here are some things to consider.

How to Pick a Front Door

Front doors are available in numerous materials. Wood doors are extremely common. They offer natural beauty with a stained finish or can be painted to match the siding. These are usually the most expensive doors, but they can add great elegance to any entryway, especially when they are custom carved. On the downside, wood doors require a high amount of maintenance. They will need to be refinished every few years to prevent warping.

Fiberglass Doors

Fiberglass doors are available in numerous styles. Some may effectively mimic the appearance of real wood. The biggest benefit of fiberglass doors is that they are easy to maintain. They will also last longer than other choices. They are not affected by weather and act as a solid deterrent from intruders. Fiberglass doors commonly have a foam core that provides good insulation as well. These doors fall in a middle price range that is less than wood but higher than other options.

Steel Doors

Steel doors are ideal for people who are concerned about durability and security. Steel is one of the strongest front door options. Steel doors will never warp or crack, and dents will be simple to repair. Steel doors come with the least expensive cost but will have a shorter life than fiberglass or wood. Steel doors tend to rust, so they may not be the ideal choice for homes that suffer with harsh weather.

Colour Options

There are many colour options for a front door. Before choosing a colour, it is important to consider the home’s colour, style, and the statement that a homeowner wants to make. To begin, the colour must blend well with the home’s siding or brick. Next, the colour must go with the home’s style. For instance, when a person lives in a older cottage home, a bright orange door may not be a wise selection. Finally, a person must consider how bold the door should be. If a person has a muted sense of style and wants to blend into the neighborhood, it is wise to choose a subdued tone for the front door. If a person wants to add dramatic flair to the home, a bold colour will be better.

Decorative Glass Accents

Adding decorative glass to a front door may create a focal point of elegance. It is possible to include textured or beveled glass to maintain privacy. This will bring a piece of art to an entryway as well. Some people will incorporate glass right into the door. Others will use glass in side panels. There are endless design options to choose from.

Hardware

One final part of choosing a front door is selecting the best hardware. Today, there are a great deal of hardware accents that will provide style and security to a house. The hardware must match the home’s architecture. A very modern handle may not be the best choice for an older home. Fixtures come in various designs for individual preference. A simple door knob may be preferred over a more complicated knocker and knob combination. It is essential to consult with a locksmith to assure the hardware will provide adequate safety to the home.

When a person is learning how to pick a front door, the above items will need to be considered. After speaking with a team of window and door specialists, a person will be able to examine all of the possibilities.

How to Find the Right Patio Door for Your House

Patio DoorWhether you have recently done some remodeling and need to replace the patio door or you simply want to replace the door due to wear and tear, it’s important to know how to find the right patio door. From sliding glass doors to classic French doors, it’s helpful for you to look into the different styles that will suit the existing furnishing.

Swinging Patio Doors for Larger Entryways

Our swing door collection provides several fantastic options that are of the quality that you would expect, but vary in appearances so that you’re able to choose the style which works best in your home. By taking the time to ask questions regarding the sizes and unique appearances of swinging doors for your patio, you can determine if you would rather choose an existing door or opt for a custom built door.

Sliding Doors are Ideal for Tight Spaces

If you would like patio doors that don’t take up a lot of room, then you should go for the sliding door. Sliding doors are also quite appealing due to their modern and simplistic design, often in the appearance of glass sliding panes that are easy to open and close without any trouble.

Choosing the Ideal Style for Your Home

Whether you have a very specific idea of how you would like your home to look with a new patio door installed or you would rather choose a door that is going to stand out as a focal point in a room, it’s best to browse through the various styles so that you can have a new door that improves the appearance of a room. It’s best to choose a door that is timeless so that it appeals to future home buyers as well. By selecting a door that is durable and appealing in style for a variety of decorating schemes, you should notice the largest improvement in the value of your home.

What to Consider Before Ordering a New Door for Your Patio

  • Size of the Entry to Your Patio
  • Locking Features
  • Airtight Seal to Provide the Most Energy-Efficiency
  • Design

As you compare available patio doors, you should come across several styles which stand out. Along with considering which doors are the most functional for your home, whether that is a sliding door or a swinging door, you should consider the durability of the door.