Welcome to Gentek Canada’s MyDesign Home Studio, our home exterior improvement blog

Get tips and colour choices from our designers and learn about our latest windows, siding and home exterior products.

Here’s how to see your house reno, before you reno



If you’ve been imagining how your home might look in a different colour siding or with different windows or stone cladding … you don’t have to imagine anymore.

GTK_Blog_March_BeforeAfterNow, with the NEW Gentek Visualizer, you can actually see your home in the colour you choose, with the windows and doors you select, even with a different siding profile all together… and yes eaves, soffits and down spouts.

It’s fun and as easy as 1… 2… 3.

Simply go to gentek.ca, click on “My Design Home Studio”, click on Gentek Visualizer and you’re good to go. You can either select a similar style house to yours from our library or you can upload a photo of your own home.

If you choose a “similar house”, you can use your curser to highlight various areas and explore different colours and product offerings.

GTK_Blog_March_BeforeAfter_BIf you choose to use “your home”, simply upload your photo and our team will do all the work so you can view any of our product offerings on your actual house.

So let your design flair come alive and enjoy exploring how great your house will look using the Gentek Visualizer and all the Gentek products.

Tired of chasing drafts around your house?



Tired of chasing drafts around your house? Wondering what you can do to achieve some semblance of efficiency in this challenging Canadian climate? There’s only so many times one should suffer the trial and tribulations, not to mention the profanity, of the “hair dryer and plastic window sealing kit” routine.


Efficiency is king! Especially during a time where homeowners are spending upwards of 40% of their yearly energy budget just on heating and cooling. Let’s take a look at how Gentek’s Regency and Regency 400 windows series can help out.

First and foremost, it is important to recognize the quality and efficiency behind the Regency line of windows. For over 5 years now, Gentek’s Regency series has settled in comfortably atop ENERGY STAR’s Most Efficient list, with the Regency 400 series topping the 2016 list in its first year on the market. If you’re asking yourself “what’s ENERGY STAR?” The short answer – one of the best and most reliable go to resources for home owners interested in gathering information about energy rated efficiency across a range of products, including windows. Have no fear, you can learn more by visiting their site at www.energystar.gov

A question we hear a lot is, “when is the best time to replace windows?” Generally, any time before the leaves of autumn hit the ground. Now, if you’ve found yourself in the grips of winter, it is worth considering a “sooner rather than later” approach. If you wait until spring, you may miss out on keeping some of that hard-earned heat inside your home, which can, in the long run, affect your bills.

Last but not least, REMEMBER: It’s always important to place your installation in the hands of a trustworthy contractor. Need help finding one? No problem, simply click on our “Contractor Locator” section to find the perfect Premium Renovator in your area, to fit your perfect windows.

Regency and Regency 400 series from Gentek are a great option if efficiency is at the top of your list. Speaking of lists, they also top ENERGY STAR’S!

At a loss for picking a colour for the doors




We will be installing new windows and doors (including garage door). I’m at a loss for picking a colour for the doors – including garage door. The vinyl siding is, I believe, Gentek Maize. The roof is green. The brick is “red”. Soffits are white as are the gutters and downspouts. Can you help?

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If you wanted to go with a colour for your windows, I would suggest you go with a neutral tone like Gentek’s Almond or Wicker.  Either of these colours will look good with the Maize siding as well as the red brick. I would also suggest that you change the shutters to match the window colour. As for the front door, I would suggest something darker like Gentek’s Pebble or Dark Drift to make it a focal point. For the garage door, I would stick with a dark colour like you have now, so it does not stand


6 reasons why January is the perfect month to talk exterior renos

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After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, NOW is the perfect time to plan that exterior reno you’ve been talking about… and that’s where it starts, planning.


  1. Planning takes time but in January, you probably have more time than you’ve had in the past many months. You can collect your thoughts, talk with your significant other and discuss wants, needs and budgets.
  2. Talk to a pro. If there’s a quieter time for reno professionals, January is it. Whether you’re considering new windows, doors or siding, now’s the time to reach out to local professionals and get their input on products, pricing and timing.
  3. Where do you find a pro? This where the Gentek website really can help you find a local professional. Simply go to gentek.ca, click on the “CONTRACTOR LOCATOR” button and a map will appear highlighting the Gentek Premium Renovators in your area. You will see a portfolio of completed projects, reviews and all their contact information.Concept of home renovation with architecture /interior drawing and material sample background
  4. Speaking of timing, by starting in January, you will be higher up on the contractor’s “to do” list and have a far better chance of booking the professional you want, the products you need and the timing that suits you best.
  5. Budget, after the “giving and getting” of the holiday season, the word budget may seem only vaguely familiar, but more time in January gives you more perspective on what you want, what you need and what you can afford… so take the time and budget now.
  6. Inspiration, this is the fun part. You’ve done all the work, all the “due-diligence”, now comes design time. There are so many places to look for great ideas… Pinterest, Houzz and all social media are terrific ways to get started. And don’t forget to flip through designer / decorator magazines for project and colour tips and insights to help you with your exterior renovation, but above all enjoy your exciting project.





In today’s modern design world, it is no secret that architects and designers alike, are placing more and more value in a projects exterior curb appeal. Whether it be a multi-million dollar commercial hub or a single/multi-family home, one of the many ways to achieve a contemporary yet modern exterior design, is by using wood or wood-like features to accent the exterior facade.

GTK_Blog_Oct_Sagiper_4This is where we would like to introduce to you SAGIWALL and SAGIREV. Highly durable, maintenance free panels that offer the distinctive look of natural wood, yet is a cost effective alternative to real-wood and other aluminum wood-like panel competitors.

Although everyone would love to have the beautiful ultra-modern California style real wood feature in Canada’s diverse climate, the use of real wood on building exteriors is simply not conducive. Not to mention the constant upkeep and high costs associated with repainting, varnishing or lacquering. Look no further and invest in your curb appeal with Sagiper today!

Check out our website for additional information, recent projects and FAQ’s.



The Best of the Best: Gentek Windows Recognized as ENERGY STAR® Most Efficient 2016

Regency_ES_WindowYou probably don’t need reminding, but Canada has one of the most challenging climates in the world for trying to save energy – long, cold winters and hot, muggy summers. And with an average household spending more than 40% of its annual energy budget on heating and cooling, it’s essential to choose new windows that will keep your home comfortable while reducing energy consumption year-round.


With a long-standing reputation as a premier window manufacturer, Gentek proudly offers two complete window lines recognized as ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016. Their newest product, Regency 400 Series, made this elite product list its first year on the market. It joins the original Regency window, now recognized 5 years in a row for excellence in energy efficiency.


A Top Energy Performer

ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016 designation identifies products that rank at the very top of their ENERGY STAR category for the year. These products have been rigorously tested and proven to save energy – which can save you money on your utility bills while helping to protect the environment.


Both Regency 400 Series and Regency are precision-engineered specifically for demanding northern climates, incorporating double-glazed, insulated EnergyPlus™ glass with Low-E and argon gas, as well as the Super Spacer® structural foam spacer for added insulation and strength. The thermally optimized construction features fusion-welded masterframes and sash corners, multi-layer weatherstripping and integrated insulating components to help seal out energy loss while providing superior durability and easy upkeep.


Both windows can be customized with insulating glass packages for greater energy savings and solar control to meet the latest ENERGY STAR requirements for your home’s climate zone. A variety of frame colours, decorative glass and grids, and installation accessories also are offered. Your windows, your way!


Is It Time to Replace Your Windows?

Aside from rising energy bills and harder-to-maintain home temperatures, there are some obvious signs to look for if you think you might need to replace aging windows. With our apologies to the 7 Dwarfs, these include:


  • Frosty  Water droplets or frost on glass are sure signs that your windows’ interior seals have failed and your AC or furnace is working overtime to cool or heat your home.
  • Drafty  Drafts mean air (and energy) is escaping from your home and the outside air is getting in. Wave a lit candle slowly around the edges of your window to see if it flickers with the escaping air drafts.
  • Sticky  In addition to safety concerns related to windows that won’t open, sticky windows can also pose issues when they no longer close properly.
  • Noisy  Your home should be a calm oasis. If you can hear too much noise in the house and your kids and dog are outside, it’s time to replace your windows.
  • Grumpy  You know it’s time for new windows when you’re tired of scraping and painting your old windows every spring.


Compare Specs and Savings

As one of a very select group of windows to qualify for ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2016, Regency 400 Series and Regency windows must have an Energy Rating (ER) of 36 (unitless) or higher, OR a U-factor of 1.14 W/m2∙K (0.20 Btu/h∙ft.2∙°F) or lower and have an ER of 26 (unitless) or higher.


In simpler terms, be sure to look for the ENERGY STAR label. Replacing your old windows with ENERGY STAR-qualified windows can help cut your energy spending and put more money back in your pocket!


Saving Energy Can Be a Beautiful Thing

Windows are major focal point for your home. New windows are a smart investment that will deliver greater energy savings and help maintain your home’s resale value. Regency 400 Series and Regency windows from Gentek not only can help reduce your energy bills and add value to your home, they’ll also preserve the environment by reducing the fossil fuels consumed for heating and cooling. For added peace of mind, these high-performance windows are highly durable, low maintenance and backed by a lifetime limited warranty.


Make a wise window choice for your home. For enduring beauty, excellent value and award-winning energy-efficiency – check out Gentek Regency and Regency 400 Series!

Ways to make your home stand out and your neighbours jealous

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Whether you’re staying, moving or just trying to make the neighbours jealous, now is the time to upgrade your home’s curb appeal, but it doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. Sometimes, it’s just a little TLC.

It’s all the little things that make your home even more attractive.

  • Pull out the garden hose and give your siding a good scrub.
  • Make sure your windows, screens, and doors are sparkling clean.
  • Keep your gardens looking great with beautiful seasonal flowers. Adding cedar mulch on flowerbed adds a clean finishing touch to your gardens. Think contrasting colours too – natural, black, warm red or other stain options are available to match your exterior home colour.
  • If you have a porch or balcony add a wicker chair and small table.
  • Maintain your driveway and walkways… nothing is more unwelcoming than cracked and chipped pavement and cement.
  • Your lawn may need special attention, especially in the heat of summer.  Watering, trimming and cutting makes a world of difference.
  • Repaint your front door with a fresh new colour. Make sure you choose colour that compliments the body of your home.
  • Great lightning up walkways and on your house makes your home very welcoming to visitors.
  • Make sure your house numbers are easily seen and clean. Change them up or polish them, it makes them more visible from the street.
  • Don’t forget the doormats – they make a welcoming entrance and should be changed up periodically for all doors that lead to your home.

Other things to consider for attention are a clean garage, patios and outdoor entertainment areas and yes, even “good neighbourly” fences need maintenance.

Giving your home more “curb appeal” can be a bit of work, but the results are oh so worth it…enjoy.



Colour & Design Inspiration Starts Here

From the front door of your home to the siding and roof, colour is the key in achieving your ideal exterior design. And while a classic colour palette is a safe choice, today’s design options are alive with designer colours that will add eye-catching drama and depth.


It’s Your Home – Make It Shine


Gentek’s Sequoia Select EnFusion insulating siding system makes it easy to transform your home from basic to beyond beautiful.


When choosing your colour scheme, a good starting point is to first consider what type of exterior design appeals to you. Do you prefer monochromatic designs in a neutral shade, or are you drawn to bold colours with contrasting accents? Stand back and take a fresh “first look” at your home. Starting from the top down, consider the colour of the roof, siding, windows, trim, accents and front door. It’s also a good idea to take a look at your landscaping and even the neighbors’ homes next to yours to determine if anything might impact your colour choices.


Choose Darker Colours with Confidence


Never fear, darker siding colours will keep their beautiful appearance, thanks to fade-defying colour technology. Gentek’s darker sidings are fortified with ChromaTrue® to ensure superior colour retention and a highly weatherable finish. This advanced copolymer compound provides a strong layer of protection against fading while also resisting chemical stains, dings and abrasions. For added peace of mind, Sequoia Select EnFusion carries a lifetime limited warranty against fading – see printed warranty for complete details.


Ready, Set, Go!


Once you have a few inspiring designs in mind, let Gentek Sequoia Select EnFusion take the lead with its beautiful array of colours and trim accents. From neutral Almond and Canyon Clay to richer hues in Harvest Wheat and Moonlit Moss, Sequoia Select EnFusion has everything you need to give your home the perfect measure of personality and style.


For example, pairing deep Venetian Red siding with a soft shade of trim in beige or gray can achieve classic elegance with a refreshing twist. Or go in the opposite direction, matching Venetian Red siding with bold architectural accents in deep brown or dark gray for an infusion of historic character and charm. With Sequoia Select EnFusion’s versatile colour palette, the design possibilities are wide open and ready for you to explore!


Added Bonus: Not only will this ultra-premium insulating siding system wrap your home in a superb finish, it will enhance the energy efficiency year-round – keeping you warm and cozy in the winter and refreshingly cool in the summer with less energy usage!



Superior Beauty and Energy Savings for Your Home



When you consider what you want – and need – in a home exterior, you’ll see why Gentek’s new Sequoia Select EnFusion insulated vinyl siding is an excellent choice. This innovative building envelope combines an extra-strong vinyl panel with fully integrated, custom-contoured expanded polystyrene (EPS) rigid foam insulation for superior beauty and year-round energy savings.



A Thermal Wall of Protection

Sequoia Select EnFusion is precision-engineered to help keep your home warm and cozy in the winter and refreshingly cool in the summer – with less energy usage. The high-performance siding and high-density insulation (up to 1-1/4” thick*) create a strong thermal shield against energy loss. The cladding system also helps minimize any imperfections in your home’s substructure to ensure smooth, straight wall lines and a superior finished look.


The Best of Both Worlds: Beautiful and Energy-Smart

Built with today’s lifestyle in mind, Sequoia Select EnFusion incorporates advanced technology and design innovations that achieve the perfect balance of timeless style and modern practicality.

  • Low-gloss finish and natural cedargrain texture for a true-wood look
  • Wide array of beautiful colours, including darker hues
  • Authentic profile designs and extra-long panel lengths for handcrafted elegance
  • Superior 3/4″ lap height for enhanced shadow lines
  • Full-roll nailing hem for double-strength wall attachment
  • Laboratory tested to withstand winds up to Category 5 Hurricane rating
  • Resists impact damage, noise infiltration and termite nesting
  • Virtually maintenance-free; never needs to be painted
  • Environmentally friendly!


Added Peace of Mind

Sequoia Select EnFusion is backed by 50 years of manufacturing expertise and a lifetime limited warranty† including lifetime fade and hail protection – further assurance of excellent quality and lasting value for your home.



†See printed warranty for complete details.

Here’s how you make summer last longer


For Canadians, enjoying our great outdoors shouldn’t be limited to our “ever-too-short” summer season. Now you can extend that enjoyment while extending your living and entertaining area at the same time by enclosing your porch or deck area with a stylish and comfortable porch enclosure from Gentek.

Gentek porch enclosures are manufactured from custom made enclosure panels which are specifically designed to fit into existing openings. Each panel is made from 1 ¾” aluminum enclosure rails and is assembled on site with slip channels to accommodate both even and uneven openings. Storm doors are then installed to complete the enclosure, providing you with year-round beauty, versatility and comfort.

So put more summer between you and winter while enjoying these added benefits of your Gentek porch enclosure:

  • protection from the elements
  • a winter and summer buffer zone
  • ventilation
  • added security
  • extra living/entertaining space
  • virtually maintenance free