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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

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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

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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.

 

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†See printed warranty for complete details.


Here’s how you make summer last longer

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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

 

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Darker Colour: The New Master of the House

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Taylor Red, Watermill Blue, Iron Ore and Sable. Each of these rich colours captures your attention with a bold statement of style. They also make it easy to transform an ordinary home into something extraordinary!

With Sierra™ Steel siding from Gentek, you’ve opened your home to an inspiring palette of high-style colours with rich architectural appeal. Whether the design of your home is a classic colonial, modest bungalow or sleek contemporary structure, this premier siding will redefine the appearance with superb quality and upscale finished look.

Consider, for example, the powerful allure of Taylor Red siding. The luxurious, striking hue lends itself to wide-open design possibilities. Create a dramatic effect with trim or decorative accents in strong colours, such as deep brown, charcoal or black. Darker colour combinations can achieve the essence of exceptional style, from modern grandeur to historic charm. Or, choose softer accents in ivory, light gray or beige tones to add casual sophistication to your home while showcasing architectural details. With a darker siding colour as the backdrop for your exterior design, your home is certain to have that perfectly pulled together look that truly stands apart.

Once you’ve achieved your ideal design, Sierra Steel takes your happiness a step further by ensuring your home will keep its beautiful appearance year after year with very little upkeep. The heavy-duty Galvalume® AZ-50 steel construction features best-in-class KYNAR® PVDF coating technology for maximum durability and resistance to fading, chalking, chipping, pitting and mildew growth. This highly durable siding never needs to be painted – just simply rinse with a garden hose to restore the siding’s like-new beauty.

With a full array of versatile colours and profiles, Sierra Steel has everything you need to debut the newly inspired you. So say goodbye to worn-out white or boring beige – and say hello to the refreshing new colours of Sierra Steel!


Home Design Trends: Take the Longboard® View

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Home design is being influenced by environmental challenges, changes in lifestyle and the

re-purposing of urban spaces. The desire to have a sustainable/energy efficient home is becoming more mainstream as modern designs have become more appealing. The home is fast becoming a central hub of activity and the incorporation of the outdoors into the overall home design creates more space by blurring and in some cases erasing the gap between inside and outside.

Inside and outside have become one.

What used to be a very defined line, or wall, is now blurred. Living spaces now blend into the outdoors without worrying about a solid distinction.

Lifestyles have become more informal and the need to de-stress and relax is permeating both residential and office spaces. Formal living rooms, dining rooms and meeting rooms are disappearing and are being replaced with open concept spaces.

Smaller spaces, better design.

As urban centers increase in population density, families are getting creative when living in small spaces. This has influenced the creation of homes that are small in scale but are innovative and stylish.

Softening Modern Severity

While modern design is appealing and popular, nobody wants their home to look like a medical clinic or a lab. Adding natural building elements helps soften the modern look while also giving the overall design a more personalized look as many contemporary designs tend to look cookie-cutter.

Sustainability is King

Saving time and reducing the numbers of to-do’s on your list is the number one challenge for most families. No one wants to clean gutters, paint the fence, replace the roof, repair the siding. More homeowners are thinking about long term solutions, life time roofing, no-maintenance siding, vinyl fencing to name a few. Longboardâ has the warm look of wood without the maintenance, it’s highly durable extruded aluminum siding with a wood grain finish.


Introducing 3 new colours from Versetta Stone®

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You spoke and we listened.  Canada’s requests for a Versetta Stone® product showcasing a more rich and dark colourway have been answered.  Gentek is pleased to announce the introduction of three fresh NEW Versetta Stone® colours Graphite, Mission Point, and Northern Ash. 

Offered in both the Ledgestone and Tight-Cut textures, the new Graphite colour is a subtle blend of charcoal tones with contrasting pops of white and yellow hues.  Graphite is an extremely versatile colour option that is equally at home in rustic or modern design applications.

Also available in both textures, Mission Point complements almost any design style and colour palette.  With its weathered edges and colours ranging from platinum, steel, and brown tones, Mission Point is aligned with the demands of today’s consumer.

Currently produced in the Ledgestone texture only, the new Northern Ash colour  is a sleek monochromatic blend of black and charcoal tones.  Designed exclusively for the Canadian market, Northern Ash is an ideal finish for both commercial and residential projects.

When using either Graphite or Northern Ash colours be sure to consider Charcoal, the new dark Wainscot Cap and Trim Stone option from Versetta Stone®.  Charcoal’s varying shades of black are the perfect complementary look to any Graphite or Northern Ash project.


NEW… windows with the designer’s touch

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Gentek’s Regency 400 Series of windows, widely recognized as offering home owners amazing energy efficiency through superior construction and window technology, is available in a variety of designer’s colours.

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Your Regency 400 windows, which come in our standard colours: Maize, Pebble, Wicker, Sandalwood, Storm, Chestnut Brown and Commercial Brown, are available in a wide variety of custom colours such as: Gentek’s popular Iron Ore, Dark Drift and Venetian Red.

One of the strongest selling points of any home is curb appeal and there is no better way to increase the curb appeal and presentation of your home than with the extraordinary style, quality and colour of Regency 400 windows.

Get the best of everything. Cut down on your energy bills and boost the value and appearance of your home with the newest trend in home fashion and the designer’s touch of coloured Regency 400 Series of windows from Gentek.


50 Years Strong…and Better Than Ever!

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Some things get better with age. And it couldn’t be truer for Gentek Building Products. This leading manufacturer and distributor of building materials is celebrating its 50th Anniversary of beautifying homes from coast to coast with premier quality siding, windows and other exterior products.

Combining superb style and performance with easy upkeep and lasting value are key distinctions of the Gentek brand. A vast selection of siding, including insulated panels and specialty cladding, will create a beautiful exterior that’s virtually maintenance-free. Gentek windows – in every style and configuration – are performance-engineered for increased energy savings as well as long-lasting beauty that will enhance your home both inside and out.

Gentek’s extensive selection of decorative options and colours further boosts this brand as a stand out choice for today’s homes. Everything from neutral hues to deep, rich architectural colours makes it easy to achieve custom elegance and give your home a style all its own.

Above all, Gentek has earned a reputation for outstanding service through a companywide commitment to make each project a positive experience from day one. Gentek proudly stands behind its products with some of the strongest warranties in the industry – further assurance you have made an excellent selection for your home.