Make Your Windows Shine with These Tips!

 

Your windows are the eyes to your home, so you want to make sure they’re always in tip-top shape. Washing them may not be the most glamorous chore, but if you want squeaky clean, streak-free windows, you have to know how to do it right. Skipping a step could result in a poorly done job and windows that need to be cleaned over again.

You should deep clean your windows at least twice a year, or more if they need it. Whether it’s time for spring cleaning or you notice your windows need some sprucing up, take a look at 5 tips to make your windows shine!

And if you’re in the market for brand new windows, Gentek has a beautiful selection of vinyl and aluminum windows to choose from!

1. Get the Right Supplies

To clean your windows and make them shine, you’re going to need the right products and equipment. Make sure you have a window washing solution and window scrubber to apply it, a bucket or spray bottle, a squeegee, towels to catch drips, and cloths to wipe your squeegee between uses. These supplies will ensure smooth sailing for your window washing session!

2. Clean at the Right Time of Day

Did you know you’re not supposed to wash your windows when the sun is shining directly on them? When the sun is shining on your windows, it accelerates the drying of the window solution, which can cause streaks. Clean your windows early before the sun comes up or once it goes down at night. No one wants streaky windows, and if you’re not careful, you’ll have to wash them again to make them shine.

3. Top to Bottom

There is a proper direction to ensure your windows are clean as can be. Always wash your windows from the top to the bottom. This prevents dirt dripping on the parts of the window you’ve already washed. When you go from top to bottom, you can catch the dirty drips on the way down.

4. Where to Wash

Wash your windows on the inside and outside for ultimate shine. If you only wash one or the other, dirt and grime will still be noticeable and build up more and more over time. You won’t be able to get a squeaky-clean look unless you clean the inside and out each time you wash your windows.

5. Don’t Forget to Pre-Clean

Both the outside and inside of your windows need a pre-clean before you fully wash them. Vacuum or dust your inside windows, including the frames and tight corners to prevent dirt from dispersing when you’re washing them. For the outside windows, make sure to clean stains from hard water run-off, minerals and other elements that can lead to grime.

Keep these tips in mind the next time your windows are in need of a wash. The right supplies and guidelines will ensure your windows shine inside and out!


How to Know if You’re Windows Need Replacing

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Your windows are one of the most important elements of your home. They let light in, add character to your abode and balance your indoor climate. So it’s important they’re up to date and that you replace them when need be. If you don’t replace your windows when they need it, it can cause harm to the rest of your home. Rot and mold can make their way into the structure of your house, and cracked caulking can lead to worrisome drafts.

Investing in new windows not only ensures your house is strong and stable, it also enhances your home’s curb appeal and adds to its aesthetics. Pairing the right windows with your exterior materials and colours can bring your home together in a beautiful way. Whether you’re planning to stay in your home, or renovate for resale, masterfully crafted windows will give your home the lift it needs on the inside and out.

How to Know if Your Windows Need Replacing

There are a few key things that can happen to your windows that signal they need replacing. If your windows are broken or warped, it’s definitely time to replace them with something new. If you feel a draft coming from them or if they fog up or condensate, you shouldn’t let the problem persist. You may also notice your windows starting to rot or mould, which is never a good sign. And if there’s cracked caulking, it’s time to replace your windows!

Another sign you need new windows is that your current ones have become difficult to open or close, or if you’re hearing loud outdoor noise when your windows are shut. If you notice an increase on your energy bill, it’s likely your windows aren’t providing enough insulation, and if there’s chipping, deterioration or water stains around the window, it’s a sign that your windows should be next on the list for a renovation project.

Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency should be top of mind when replacing your windows. Not only are energy efficient windows great for the environment, they will also cut costs when it comes to heating and cooling your home. If you notice that your windows are drafty, this could be increasing your energy bill up to 25%. Replacing your drafty windows with energy efficient ones ensures you’re not over-paying.

Gentek Vinyl Replacement Windows

If you’re looking to replace your current windows, make sure to check out Gentek’s selection of Vinyl Replacement Windows. Not only are they Energy Star Rated, they’ve been on the Energy Star Most Efficient List for the past 6 years! They’re at the top of their game when it comes to craftsmanship and are made with superior engineering, innovation, and rigorous testing and quality control. They combine beauty, strength and energy efficiency so you can have quality windows that look great too!

     

You have tons of options to choose from and Gentek offers superior service to make sure everything runs smoothly from start to finish.

Are your windows experiencing any of the problems listed above? If so, it’s time to replace them! Click here to find a dealer near you!

 


7 ways your home saves with Regency 400 Series windows

GTK_Ph_ATMOS_Cover_House2_Jan16Canada’s weather can be one of extremes. Either blazing hot under our summer sun, or down right frigid with our infamous winters. Either way, your energy bill suffers and that’s exactly why you should consider Gentek’s Regency 400 Series Windows. It comes as no surprise that a home’s windows, which are about 80% glass, can be a significant source of energy loss, so choosing the right windows are critical.

 Here are 7 energy saving features that result in both comfort and savings:

  1. heavy-duty 4 ½” welded rigid vinyl multi-chamber frame construction
  2. welded sashes with triple weather-stripping for superior insulation
  3. available in 7/8” double glazed Low-E argon (standard)
  4. triple glazed units up to 1 3/8 “ thick Low-E argon or krypton for ultra energy efficiency (optional)
  5. EnergyPlusTM  and Solar Shield glass packages available
  6. environmentally friendly – designed for superior thermal performance and a smaller carbon footprint
  7. contemporary sash for a modern look

With the Gentek Regency 400 Series, the precision-engineered Low-E (low emissivity) glass technology features a virtually clear, metallic coating that acts as a thermal mirror to keep warm air in during the winter and solar heat out during the summer. So when it’s time, get the windows that are both easy on your eyes and your energy budget.

Get Gentek Regency 400 Series and save.

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.


4 Clear Signs Your Windows Need To Be Replaced

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You know that today’s high-efficiency windows make sense for so many reasons — comfort, appearance, energy savings and resale value high among them. But windows are a big investment, so when do you know that the time has come to replace them?

If your home is older and has original single pane windows, you’ll benefit greatly by replacing them with a superior product like Gentek’s Regency high-efficiency windows. Single pane windows do little to keep out the cold in the winter and the hot sun in summer, so replacing them will substantially boost your home’s energy efficiency.

High-efficiency, ultra-violet ray-blocking windows can also help reduce fading of your furniture, carpet, window treatments and artwork — and extend their life.

Another thing to remember: not all of your windows need to be replaced at the same time. Every one you replace will add comfort to your home, so if you can’t afford to do it all at once, start with the ones that most need replacing.

Here are four clear signs that it’s time to replace your windows:

1. Wet Look: Condensation is a big tell. Water droplets or frost on the glass usually mean the window’s interior seal has failed, and your air conditioner or furnace is having to work extra-hard to cool or heat your home.

2. Blow Out: Drafts mean cool air is escaping from your home and hot air is getting in. Slowly wave a lighted candle around the edges of your windows. If the flame flickers, it’s a signal that your windows are drafty and it’s time to upgrade to more energy-efficient windows.

3. Sticky Situation: Windows that don’t open easily or no longer open at all can pose a   significant danger in case of an emergency. Rollers and guides wear out over time and it’s no fun fighting with a window every time you want to open or close it.

4.  Peace & Quiet: Can you hear too much outdoor noise when you’re in the house? New windows with two panes of glass and an energy-efficient air space in between help deaden the outdoor noise.

If you think it’s time to replace some or all of your windows, you owe it to yourself to check out Regency High-Performance Windows from Gentek. For the fourth straight year, Regency windows are among the select windows designated by the Canadian government’s ENERGY STAR program as ‘Most Efficient,’ for meeting rigorous ENERGY STAR performance criteria.


Still An Energy Star: Gentek’s Regency Windows Make The Grade

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Even though windows, doors and skylights do not consume energy, they can be a significant source of heat loss in your home. That’s why when Canadians want to reduce energy use and save money, they look for the ENERGY STAR symbol to identify energy-efficient products.

A 2012 survey shows that 88% of Canadians found ENERGY STAR to be the most useful tool in finding energy-efficient products. That followed a 2009 study that found 7 in 10 Canadians choose ENERGY STAR qualified products over non-qualified products.

Energy Star compliance continues to be an important criterion in the vinyl replacement window industry and as of February 1, the federal government made notable changes to the requirements for products to be ENERGY STAR certified.

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Canada has now been divided into three climate zones based on heating-degree days, a measure of average annual temperature. Each zone has efficiency level requirements based on how well a window, door or skylight insulates against the cold and how well it uses the sun’s heat to supplement the heating system of a home or building.

Because the climate becomes progressively colder from Zone 1 to Zone 3, the levels are more stringent for each successive zone. This means that models that qualify for Zone 3 also qualify for Zones 1 and 2.

ENERGY STAR® Qualified Windows, Doors & Skylights

Here’s the great news:

Gentek’s Vinyl Replacement Windows meet the 2015 Energy Star requirements TODAY!  Regency, 70 Series and 80 Series Windows currently meet the new criteria with a qualifying glass package.

More good news: ENERGY STAR qualified products from Gentek save you money by reducing overall annual energy costs by about 8%. They also help keep your home more comfortable year-round. That’s what we call a win-win.