Renovator Spotlight: Peter’s Windows and Doors, Expert Exteriors, and Avalon Windows 

Here at Gentek, we’re proud to be partnered with top renovators to ensure our customers are 100% satisfied with our products and the installation process. Today we’re highlighting three of our amazing Premium Renovators to show you how easy it is to work with quality renovators in your area. Don’t settle for less than the best when it comes to your home. Each of these renovators carry Gentek windows and install them with the finest craftmanship to provide your home with the beauty it deserves. 

With window options ranging from bay and bow to casement and awning, double-hung, picture windows and more, any windows you choose will be classically styled, high performance and durable windows that will elevate your exterior. And these three renovators will ensure your windows are installed with care and professionalism. Plus, they can help you with other renovation projects too! Take a look at these three awesome renovators and make sure to call them up if they’re in your area!

Peter’s Windows and Doors (Kelowna)

Located in Kelowna, BC, Peter’s Windows and Doors offers start-to-finish solutions for every project. With over 50 years of experience, they’re a family owned and operated company that performs all levels of building and remodeling. They offer free estimates for every project and offer full design services, so are here for you, whatever your needs. Specializing specifically in windows and doors, you’re sure to get high quality construction for any project with Peter’s Windows and Doors.

Expert Exteriors (Windsor/South Western Ontario)

Whether you’re looking for assistance with windows, doors, roofing or siding, Expert Exteriors has you covered. With 20 years of experience and a selection of products from the world’s best manufacturers, you’ll be getting the highest possible quality at the most affordable price point. With over 65 combined years in the professional installation of windows, doors and exterior renovations, and a roster of trained professionals, you can rest easy knowing that Expert Exteriors will finish your project with the utmost care and professionalism. 

Avalon Windows (Ottawa)

If you’re looking to do a home renovation in the Ottawa area, Avalon Windows is the renovator for you. They’re known and loved for their expert installation of windows and doors and are a top local source for high quality products from some of the industry’s top manufacturers (including Gentek!). They also specialize in prefabricated and custom built sunrooms, decks and fences, kitchens and baths, and any other exterior or interior renovation you may need. Avalon Windows is equipped with a staff of expert craftsman with skills, product knowledge and positive attitude that makes working with them a breath of fresh air!

If you live in Kelowna, Windsor or Ottawa and are looking to upgrade your windows, doors or have another renovation project in mind, these three Premium Renovators will get the job done with professionalism and ease!

Premium Renovator Spotlight: Cormack Builders Limited

Here at Gentek, we pride ourselves on working with the top home renovators across the country, and we’ve selected the best of the best to be part of our Premium Renovators. Today we’re shining the spotlight on one of our top Premium Renovators- Cormack Builders Limited. Gentek’s Premium Renovators gain their status by working hard for their customers before, during and after every installation. They’re the top quality renovators across the country, and Cormack Builders Ltd. is no exception. 

Offering incredible products and unbeatable services, they’re the place to go if you need renovation services in Cape Breton and Eastern Nova Scotia. Take a look at what makes Cormack Builders Ltd. such a standout and why we chose them as one of our top Premium Renovators to highlight! 

About Cormack Builders Ltd.

Cormack Builders Ltd. has specialized in interior and exterior renovations since 1973. Serving Cape Breton and surrounding areas of Eastern Nova Scotia, they’re committed to providing complete customer satisfaction as well as superior products. They have a qualified staff who are committed to perfection, and offer expert installation for residential and commercial buildings. 

Cormack Builders Ltd. continually wins the trust of Canadian homeowners, and have an above standard warranty that’s well-known in the construction industry. They’re all around a trust-worthy, reliable and professional company to work with, and we’re proud to call them one of our Premium Renovators! 

Cormack Builders Ltd. Products 

Cormack Builders Ltd. uses and recommends only the best products for your home renovation or building project. They offer a wide range of products to improve and beautify your home, from doors and replacement windows, to custom colour shutters, to long lasting roofing materials. 

They also offer gutter cleaning systems, soffit systems, roofing and siding panels, and roof windows, to name a few. If you’re looking to remodel with Gentek products, they offer Gentek Bays and Bows Windows, Gentek Casement Windows, Gentek Regency Premium Vinyl Replacement Windows, Regency PVC Vinyl Casement & Awning Windows, along with Gentek’s Quality Vinyl Soffit System. 

Cormack Builders Ltd. Services 

Cormack Builders Ltd. provides top quality services, offering professional installation of a wide range of residential and commercial home improvements. They offer services including, but not limited to: Complete renovation services from start to finish, kitchen and bathroom renovations, deck renovations, roofing services, vinyl and steel siding, hardwood and ceramic flooring, plumbing and electrical services. Whatever you need for your home renovation, Cormack Builders Ltd. has you covered!

Why Hire a Gentek Premium Renovator 

When you hire a Premium Renovator like Cormack Builders Ltd., you’re investing in a standard of excellence in service, workmanship and professional business ethics. You can rest assured that your project will be completed with only the highest quality products and services, and you’ll receive workmanship and products that will enhance your home for years to come. Investing in quality always pays off, and you’re sure to love the look and comfort of your home once Cormack Builders Ltd. is done with it! 

If you’re in the Cape Breton or Eastern Nova Scotia area and are looking to renovate, look no further than our Premium Renovator, Cormack Builders Ltd.! 

Why Hire a Premium Renovator? 

Undertaking exterior renovations is no small feat. Unless you’re a contractor yourself, it’s highly recommended that you hire a professional renovator that is expertly skilled and has the technical knowledge needed to get the job done. Even better, hire one of Gentek’s Premium Renovators. All our Premium Renovators meet strict quality, performance and insurance rules, and help ensure your product choices and installation meet your needs and expectations. With 200 premium renovators across the country, we’re very selective of who we work with, so hiring any of them will ensure your renovation project goes as smoothly as possible!

Here are 6 reasons to hire a Premium Renovator. 

1. Expertise 

Our Premium Renovators will ensure your project goes off without a hitch. They’re skilled at generating ideas, recommending products, and designing a finished product you’ll love. From start to finish, they know how to put all of the pieces together and will help you transform your ideas into a beautiful end result. 

2. Technical Knowledge

Premium Renovators have the technical know-how required to complete your renovation without any serious hiccups. Renovations require technical skills that are extremely valuable and shouldn’t be underestimated. Premium Renovators understand building science and technicalities and can create a safer, more livable home for you and your family. 

3. A Team of Tradespeople 

Having a team of bonded tradespeople or subcontractors is a must for professional renovators. Having connections to electricians, carpenters, painters and more, ensures your home is renovated properly, safely and in a timely manner. 

4. Accurate Pricing 

Gentek’s Premium Renovators will give you a detailed estimate letting you know the price, work to be done, and estimated time frame of the project. They’ll ask for a deposit, but won’t ask for you to pay in advance. They know what it costs to do the job right, and if you’re open about your budget with them from the start, they’ll be honest with you about what you can afford to take on. 

5. Verified History and Referrals 

If a contractor won’t let you speak with past clients or confirm their work history and credentials, it’s a big red flag. Premium Renovators have a verified work history and won’t be scared to show you their track record. You can speak with other clients, get testimonials and possibly even be able to see previous work so you can feel confident in your decision. 

6. Insurance and Contracts 

Gentek’s Premium Renovators all carry third party insurance and injury insurance, and have a long and successful track record for installing Gentek products. When it comes to working with a renovator, always make sure to have everything down in writing. A professional renovator will not shy away from having a detailed contract. These details should include a description of the work, start and finish dates and the price and payment schedule. 

Ready to hire a Premium Renovator? All you have to do is use the contractor locator tab on our website to find a Premium Renovator in your area! 

Renovating – Finalizing Your Contract

If you’re set to undertake an exterior renovation, your finalized contract is not something you should take lightly. Depending on the size and scope of your project, the intricacies of a contract will vary, but there are certain points that should pretty much always be covered. Without a proper contract, you could be in for a rude awakening with your renovation project, so make sure you’re aware of what your contract should cover before you finalize it.

Contract Basics

Some of the basics that need to be included in your contract are: The parties (you and the contractor), including street addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and the renovator’s business or GST number; addendums or all attachments that are part of the contract, such as blueprints, a list of materials and products, and change order forms; a description of work to be done and not to be done by the renovator; start and completion dates; and terms of payment.


Always ensure holdbacks are written into the contract. On each payment you make to your renovator, you can hold back a certain percentage for a certain period of time to protect yourself against subcontractors. Holdbacks are put into place in the case that the contractor doesn’t pay the subcontractor, and they end up placing a lien on your property.

You also need to write change orders into your contract, which are write ups that must be signed by both parties to accept changes in work once the renovation has already started. Changes to the contract price and schedule should be written on the change order. Allowances are a sum in the contract price allotted to the homeowners to select things like sidings and windows, and contingencies are a sum set aside to deal with unexpected issues with the home.

Standards of work also need to be written into the contract. This covers the renovators commitment to performing their work to their best ability, causing minimum inconvenience to your household, protecting your property and neighbouring properties, and their responsibility for daily clean up. The renovator’s liability insurance and the workers’ compensation coverage has to be paid up to date and proof of coverage must be attached to the contract.

Finishing Touches

Your contract should specify who will obtain the municipal and/or utility permits, inspections and approvals required for the renovation. It should also have the renovator’s warranty that describes what is covered and for how long. The subcontractors that are going to do work on your home can be listed and you should outline the use of facilities and utilities such as water, electricity and washroom. Finally, you should include a dispute resolution in the incident of a conflict.

Finding a Reliable Renovator

If you want to ensure you find a reliable renovator, take a look at our list of Premium Renovators. Gentek works with leading contractors across the country and only partners with those who meet strict quality, performance and insurance rules. These renovators will help ensure your product choices and installation are exactly what you have in mind. Your written contract will always specify the price, work to be done and a time frame, so you’ll know exactly what to expect. Use the Contractor Locator to find an elite contractor in your area!

If it’s time to sign the contract for your exterior renovation, make sure these details are outlined and in place. If you have any concerns, may sure to take it up with your renovator before signing! Happy renovating!

Spotlight! Beingessner Home Exteriors – A Gentek Premium Renovator

Here at Gentek, we think it’s important to highlight the premium renovators we love and trust. High on that list is Beingessner Home Exteriors, an exterior renovator based in St.Jacobs, Ontario. They’re a Gentek Premium Renovator and have been servicing Kitchener-Waterloo, Cambridge, Guelph and surrounding areas for over 60 years.

Beingessner has made a name for itself as one of the most respected locally-owned and operated installers of custom-made vinyl windows and entry doors. They carry all of Gentek’s cladding, window and door products, and have a strong reputation in the exterior renovation industry. The fact that they get most of their business from referrals and repeat clients talks to the exquisite products and services they offer.

What Makes Beingessner So Awesome?

Beingessner is known and loved as a family company. Three generations strong and over 60 years of knowledge and expertise in the window and siding industry, they can be trusted with your exterior renovation needs. Their expert staff is always prepared to help you plan your project and listen to your design and budgetary needs, and you can explore their wide selection of manufacturers’ products in their newly renovated contemporary showroom.

Beingessner provides high quality products that are professionally installed at reasonable prices, so you can rest easy with a worry-free renovation. Their workmanship is fully guaranteed, and financing options are available for any job, no matter what size.

Beingessner Services

Beingessner’s main goal is to elevate the process of your home exterior renovation. They provide expert window installation to ensure your new windows are installed according to manufacturer specifications and offer a full Lifetime Workmanship Warranty on all installations. They also offer exterior design consultations to help you bring your vision to life, and free written estimates for your exterior renovation projects.

On top of that, they also offer Renoworks, an exterior home design software that allows you to select exterior design elements for your home and bring your vision to life before investing in your remodel. And if you want to tackle your renovation project yourself, they’re more than happy to offer free and honest advice!


Beingessner has numerous certifications to back their superior quality, products and service. They’re a registered certified Window Wise contractor for the supply and installation of energy efficient windows, as well as an Energy Star certified contractor. They have been rated A+ with the Better Business Bureau of Greater Southern Ontario and are a supporting member of the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada (S.A.W.D.A.C.). They’re also a member of the Greater K-W Chamber of Commerce.

If you’re in the market for an exterior renovation, make sure to go with a renovator you can trust. To find a Gentek Premium Renovator in your area, check out our Find a Contractor page to find a leading contractor that meets strict quality, performance and insurance rules for your renovation!

Tips to Avoid a Renovation Nightmare

If you’re investing in a home renovation, the last thing you want is problems stacking up on top of one another. It’s becoming increasingly common to buy fixer-uppers in today’s real estate market, which means renovations are on the rise. Many home owners see the value in buying an older, run down property in an ideal area, and sprucing it up with their tastes and needs in mind.

Your home renovation experience should be enjoyable and rewarding. The only problem is, renovations aren’t always easy, and if you don’t plan properly, there’s a big chance it could turn into a renovation nightmare.

Here are 4 tips to ensure your renovation runs smoothly.

1. Hire the Right Help

You may be a pro when it comes to choosing paint colours and matching hardware with cabinets, but if you have no idea how to tear down walls and replace tile, it’s time to enlist some help. A professional designer and contractor are two of the most essential players to your renovation, and you don’t want to rush the hiring process. The right designer will help you design your space properly to maximize the function of your home. And a good contractor will ensure there are no loose ends when it comes to the integrity of your house.

Don’t know where to find a contractor? Gentek works with professional contractors across the country to ensure your renovations meet all your expectations!

2. Be Picky When It Comes to Your Home Exterior

You want the best of the best when it comes to your building materials, especially for your home exterior. Choose a siding that’s weather resistant, durable, eco-friendly, and low maintenance, so you don’t have to worry once the siding’s installed. Gentek has a selection of siding options from aluminum siding, to fiber cement siding, specialty siding and more. Your local Gentek retailer can help you find the best siding for your home reno to make sure it doesn’t turn into a renovation nightmare!

3. Know and Stick to Your Budget

If you’re not strict on your budget, your renovation has the potential to land you in mountains of debt. There are many affordable, quality products available these days, whether you’re looking for light fixtures, windows, siding, or kitchen backsplash. Create a budget for each room in your house, and make sure you do as much research as you need to find products that fit your budget.

4. Determine Your Home Style

Working with a professional designer/decorator to determine your ideal home style is key to a successful renovation. Without having a vision for what you want your home to look like, a lot of time and money can be wasted trying to figure things out. The right designer will direct you so you’re using proper colour palettes, maximize spacing and lighting, while also keeping your personal style at the forefront.

Are you planning a home renovation? Make sure to take these tips into consideration to avoid a renovation nightmare!

5 Tips to Picking the Right Colour Scheme for Your Home Exterior

The exterior of your home is the first impression your guests and neighbours get of your residence. It’s important to keep curb appeal at top of mind, and that’s where choosing the right colour scheme for your home exterior comes in. Picking colours that complement each other, as well as your neighbourhood can be the difference between getting stares that are flattering and not so flattering.

At Gentek, you have your choice of exterior colours, from your siding to your doors. Plus, you can get the ICI/Dulux paint codes to complement your Gentek siding to a T! If you’re stuck on how to pick the right colour scheme for your home exterior, check out these 5 amazing tips!

1. Look to Your Neighbours

You don’t want to copy what your neighbour has done with their home exterior, but you can look to them for inspiration. You may want to use similar colours or contrast them completely. You want your home to stand out, without clashing with the homes around you. If your home is on a huge lot, with trees and nature surrounding it, borrow from nature and let it influence your exterior colour scheme.

2. Consider What You’re Not Changing

Aspects of your home exterior such as your roof shingles and driveway likely won’t be changing unless you’re doing a complete exterior renovation. Plan your exterior colour scheme around these aspects as they can help inform your palette. For instance, if you have dark roof shingles, you may want to contrast with a lighter siding colour for your exterior. Or if your roof shingles and driveway both have grey undertones, you can consider using contrasting grey tones throughout your exterior colour scheme.

3. Choose 3 or More Different Paint Colours

3 is usually the magic number when it comes to filling in a colour scheme for your home exterior. The exterior scheme has three different parts: field color, which is the dominate colour; accent colour, usually found on the doors and shutters; and trim colour, used for things like window casings, railings and trim work.

Field colour and trim colour work best when contrasted. If you choose a light dominate colour go with a darker trim colour. Your accent colour can be bold, think: a deep red or pastel blue door that pops against a white house with black trim.

4. Look to Your Interior

A great place to find inspiration for your exterior colour scheme is your interior colour scheme. Your interior and exterior should look and feel like they’re a whole. Your goal is to harmonize your home and it should flow smoothly from the outside in. If your interior is filled with white and grey furnishings with a pop of black here and there, think about using these three colours for your exterior as well.

5. Experiment

Never leave your choices to chance, and never rely on paint chips alone. Bring home paint and siding colour samples to see how they look on a bigger scale. Just like you wouldn’t paint your entire living room without sampling the colour, you’ll want to experiment with your exterior colour scheme as well. Make sure the colours you’ve chosen work well together before you go full force with the updates.

From Dingy Garage to Tiny House: An Amazing Transformation

Do you have a dingy shed in your backyard? Why not transform it into a tiny home for a friend or family member? Tiny homes are all the rage right now, and for good reason. The typical tiny house is 100 to 400 square feet and they’re made for easy and more minimalistic living. With environmental and financial concerns as two of the top reasons for tiny house living, the trend shows no signs of slowing down.

With the right planning, upgrades and décor, you can turn your garage into a cozy abode someone will be happy to call home. One of the best parts? It’s an affordable way to repurpose an old garage with beauty and functionality.

If you’re looking to transform your dingy garage into a tiny house, check out how to do it effectively with these 5 awesome tips!

The Ground Work

Even if your garage has good bones, you’ll have to do some updates to make it a livable home. You’ll likely need upgraded ceiling panels and flooring, and be sure to install new insulation and indoor siding. You can use speciality siding from Gentek for walls and ceiling application. It’s maintenance free, highly durable and will look amazing in your tiny home.

A Green Door

The door for your tiny home can totally transform the exterior and make it evident that it’s no longer a garage. At Gentek you can customize your tiny home door with an energy efficient First Impressions’ door. With a built-for-you door, it will be fit precisely to your door opening and elevate the quality and comfort of your tiny home. They’re also designed to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels, so you can rest assured your tiny house is green.

Exterior Siding

Along with a new door, you may need to update the exterior siding of your garage to give it a more homey vibe. Whether you want vinyl, aluminum, steel, fiber cement, or specialty siding, you can have your pick at Gentek! Figure out what’s most important to you in terms of insulation, energy efficiency, durability maintenance and aesthetics, and your Gentek retailer can help you choose the best siding for your tiny home!

Think Big and Maximize Space

Just because the house is tiny doesn’t mean you want it to look tiny. Make it look as big as possible by maximizing space and keeping the walls and ceilings white. This will enhance the light in the space, making it appear bigger. Another way to do this is with mirrors. Multifunctional pieces will also be key to maximizing space in your tiny home. Get baskets that fit on your bookcase for extra storage, or an ottoman with built-in storage.

Keep the Windows Simple

The last thing you want in a tiny home is big weeping drapes on your windows. This will make it look cramped and busy. Keep the window coverings simple and let the light shine in to give your tiny home some depth.

Ready to transform your dingy garage into a tiny house? Get to it!

How to Replace an Exterior Door (The Right Way)


Is it time to replace your exterior door? Whether you’re switching things up for aesthetic reasons or your door is in serious need of improvement, there’s a right way to replace your exterior door. Your exterior door is a key part of your home, when it comes to both design and durability, so it’s important to do it right. A problematic door can let in drafts from poor insulation and even start deteriorating.

Luckily for you, you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking to replace your exterior door! Gentek has a selection of gorgeous exterior doors, so you’re sure to find the perfect replacement for the one you have now!

When to Replace an Exterior Door

If you’re replacing your exterior door for aesthetic reasons, it’s another story, but there are signs that you need to replace your door for practical reasons. Your exterior door likely needs replacing if the wood has started to deteriorate or rot, or if the exterior of the door won’t hold a finish. If your door is uninsulated or doesn’t provide a good seal, it can lead to trouble for your home. And if the joints on your door are coming loose, it’s certainly time to replace it.

Steps for Replacing Your Exterior Door

1. Measure Your Existing Door

You want to make sure you’re replacing your door with a new door that’s the correct size. Measure the width and height of your old door, rounding up to full inches. Then measure the width of the door jamb between the interior and exterior door casings. Finally, measure the exterior door casings around the door frame.

2. Choose Your New Door

Is there anything better than a custom door? At Gentek, you can select a First Impressions’ door specifically built for you. They’re custom made to fit your door opening, so once you have the measurements, you’re good to go! With elegance and strength, you’ll get all-weather protection and interior comfort. You’ll also enjoy low maintenance upkeep without having to worry about rot, split, corrosion or warping. Plus, they’re energy efficient! Whatever style you want your exterior door to be, you can easily have it with Gentek.

3. Remove Your Existing Door

You can always get a handyman to help you with this, but if you want to remove your door yourself, make sure you do it right! Before getting started, protect your floor with a drop cloth. Using a hammer and nail set, tap the hinge pins loose, swing the door open and lift it off. Remove the old interior trim and pry off the exterior trim with a pry bar. Next you want to remove the jambs. You can do this with a handsaw by cutting through the side jamb, prying the jambs loose and pulling them out.

4. Insert Your New Door

Once you’ve chosen your First Impressions’ custom door, it’s time to place it in your door opening. You can hire a professional contractor through Gentek to help you with this so that your new door is replaced without flaw.

In four simple steps you can replace your exterior door with ease!

Buying a Cottage and Plan to Renovate? Build the Right Team, First!



Having a cottage is the dream for many, and as we head into the warmest season of the year, many are planning their summer retreats. But if you’re thinking of buying and renovating a summer getaway home, make sure you’re prepared with a team of knowledgeable experts so there are no hidden surprises.

Having a cottage comes with its own unique group of issues, some which don’t apply to your house in the city. There are costs and concerns related to your cottage, such as figuring out your sanitation infrastructure and form of heating that you must make sure are covered.

You don’t have to do it all on your own, though. Just make sure to build the right team so buying and renovating your cottage goes off without a hitch and it’s transformed into the dream retreat you’ve always wanted.

Wondering where to find the professionals? Gentek is partnered with elite contractors and renovation professionals to ensure your remodel goes smoothly. Take a look at how to build the right team for your cottage renovation!

A Home Inspector

Hire a home inspector that has experience with cottages and other recreational properties. They’ll know what issues to look for when you’re purchasing, and will be able to identify any problems that could arise during your renovation concerning your heating, cooling, plumbing and electrical systems. Getting your cottage inspected by a professional will save you from unseen costs and surprises down the road.

A Design Team

The design you want for your cottage will likely be a different style from your city home. Hire a design team that can capture your cottage vision and bring it to life with colours, furniture, décor and the perfect finishes. A great design team will help you get your dream cottage at the right cost and will make sure to take the inspector’s notes into consideration.

Whether you’re renovating the interior, exterior, or both, Gentek has gorgeous siding, window, door and colour options to choose from!

A Contractor

Once you’ve nailed the home inspection and have decided on your summer getaway home, make sure to find an expert contractor. The right contractor will ensure your renovations are smooth sailing from start to finish. They won’t cut corners and will make sure that your expectations are blown out of the water. They’ll take the designs and bring them to life with quality craftsmanship and detail.

How to Choose Your Team


To decide on the right inspector, designer and contractor, conduct interviews and meet up with your top choices face to face. Make sure to ask for specifics on budget and schedule, and get references from past clients. You want to ensure the team you hire is the right team for you from beginning to end of your purchase and renovation process.

If you’re buying a cottage and plan to renovate, make sure you build the right team first. A team of qualified professionals will ensure you get the cottage you’ve always dreamed of with minimal problems popping up along the way!