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Everything You Need To Know About Folding Doors

Folding doors turn walls into windows. They seamlessly allow you to enjoy nature without being exposed to the elements. And if you choose to open your doors, you have almost instantly extended your living space into the great outdoors.

In this blog, we outline some of the key benefits of our folding doors and how they can help create the space of your dreams.


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How To Pick The Perfect Front Door For Your Home

The front door of your home makes a first impression and sets the tone for guests as you welcome them into your personal space. For this reason, it’s important to homeowners that they have a front door that reflects the character of their home and the personalities of their family.

In the past, when a homeowner wanted a new front door, they would have had to decide on a style and colour, usually from a magazine or brochure, and then purchase a door hoping that it turned out as they imagined. Fortunately, times have changed and today’s homeowner (with the help of technology) has, the ability to pick the perfect front door for their home.

The DoorWays App

sample of the doorways appAvailable on both Google Play and the App Store, the DoorWays app helps you easily visualize how a wide selection of doors, sidelights, and colours would look at the front entrance of your home.

Using your phone’s camera, you are instantly able to select from a variety of styles to suit your unique tastes and personality, without having to purchase products hoping that they’ll look good on arrival.

The DoorWays app features doors available in stainable, wood-grained, and paintable-smooth finishes. The app also features door styles that will match the architecture of your home. From a ranch to a Victorian to a contemporary-styled home, the perfect door is literally just a click away.

Once you’ve chosen the front door and window glass that you like, you can save each combination to your phone to show to other decision-makers in your home, and your contractor.

Or, if you’re looking for a wide range of feedback, you have the ability to share your potential designs in an email or on Facebook.

Finally, regardless of what style of door you select, the app will find you a dealer in your area who can supply you with the perfect front door for your home.

Download the DoorWays app and, when you have a style of door in mind, don’t hesitate to reach out to the professionals at Ostaco Windows and Doors for feedback and to find a qualified installer near you.

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Annual Maintenance Tips For Windows & Doors

The spring season is a great time for homeowners to begin doing some much-needed maintenance around the house, from spring cleaning to fixing up winter storm damage outside. Spring is also the perfect time to perform your annual window and door maintenance, to ensure your fenestration is in great shape for the year ahead!

1. Check for damage

First, you’ll want to make sure your windows and doors don’t have any visible damage. This can include damage to weatherstripping, as well as damage to the exterior and interior finishes. Be sure to inspect and address damage by re-sealing exterior caulking.

2. Secure loose screws and hardware

On first look, you may not be able to tell whether your windows or doors have loose screws or hardware. Take a close look at the interior and exterior of your doors, and test the screws and hardware to ensure that they’re still tight and in proper working order. Have a screwdriver handy so you can fix any loose screws.

3. Clean your windows and doors

Dirt, dust and debris buildup on and around your windows and doors isn’t just unsightly — it can also lead to damage. Check the hinges, sills and tracks for buildup, and vacuum or wipe down any dirt you find. Once you’ve done this, be sure to check that your windows and doors still open and close smoothly. If they don’t, they may require some additional maintenance by a professional.

4. Be aware of shifting

Changes in the weather from season to season can cause shifting in your doors, but it’s important to understand that this is perfectly normal. Shifting can cause doors to get too tight in the summertime with all of the excess moisture, but most doors will have adjustability in the hinges and sills to accommodate. If you can no longer open your doors, this may be the sign of a bigger problem that will need to be addressed by a professional.

5. Follow maintenance instructions from your dealer or manufacturer

The most important part of window and door maintenance is to follow any maintenance instructions provided by your dealer or manufacturer. Since windows and doors come in a range of styles and materials, your particular windows and doors may require specific maintenance each year. Pay special attention to the types of cleaners they recommend to ensure you don’t damage the glass, wood, aluminum or other materials.

Your windows and doors may have certain tolerances and limitations. Your dealer and manufacturer will be able to tell you what to expect from your product in terms of natural wear and tear or colour fade.

If you have questions about maintaining your Ostaco windows and doors, contact us for tips and guidance to keep your windows and doors looking and performing their best.

Questions for your window and door dealer from Ostaco
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Top Questions To Ask Your Window & Door Dealer

Installing new windows and doors in your home can add style and boost your curb appeal — it  can even help to lower your utility bills. But choosing the right window and door dealer is essential for any installation process.

From choosing the windows and doors to the installation, make sure you are asking your window and door dealer these important questions:

Choosing Your Windows & Doors

1. What are the options for interior and exterior finishes?

Choosing your windows and doors begins with aesthetic considerations. Make sure you are aware of all of the finishes available, both inside and outside, and ask to see samples so you can choose the door that will help you achieve the right look.

2. How do the windows and doors operate?

Not all windows and doors open and close the same way. Double-hung windows open differently than casement windows, and sliding doors open differently than hinged patio doors. It will be important to understand exactly how the windows and doors you’re choosing will operate, as the architecture of your home or the layout of your furniture may impact your options.

3. Do the windows and doors adhere to fire safety?

One of the most important considerations for your new windows and doors are their safety features. Do they adhere to fire safety standards? How do they operate in an emergency? Do they have child safety locks? Asking these questions will help you and your family have peace of mind.

4. How much maintenance is required?

New windows and doors are likely to involve less maintenance than your old ones, but certain materials demand a higher level of maintenance after installation than others. Ask your dealer about the maintenance requirements of the windows and doors your are considering so you’ll know what to do after installation to keep them looking their best.

5. What product and service warranties are available?

New windows and doors almost always come with warranties, but what the warranties will cover can vary. Some warranties only cover certain aspects or features of the window, while others are more comprehensive. You’ll also want to ask your dealer about after-care service and what you can expect from them following your installation.

Questions To Ask About Installation

Choosing the right windows and doors is the first step, but it’s also important to ensure that you’re asking your dealer the right questions about the installation process.

1. Are there hidden fees in the installation cost?

Some window and door dealers don’t include certain costs in the installation quote. It’s important that you ask up-front if there are hidden costs so you’re not caught off-guard when the installation is completed.

2. What can I expect during the installation?

As with any renovation, you should ask your window and door dealer what you can expect during the installation process. How long will it take? What do you need to do to prepare? Knowing the answers to these questions will ensure that you and your installation team are on the same page from the beginning.

3. What kind of insurance or qualifications do they have?

While most window and door dealers and installers are reputable, there are a handful of underqualified companies. Be sure to ask your dealer if they have insurance so that your home is protected during the installation, and ask for qualifications so you know they’re legitimate.

4. Ask for references and reviews.

Many window and door dealers have an online presence, whether it’s a Facebook page or a website. Check out any reviews you can find (a quick Google search is sure to yield some reviews), or ask the dealer directly for references or referrals.

For more information, check out our latest tip video on asking the right questions when purchasing new windows. If you’re considering Ostaco Windows & Doors, find a dealer near you.

How to choose a new front door for your home from Ostaco
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How To Choose A Front Door For Your Home

Making a good first impression with your home is important, whether you’re wanting to upgrade the look of your entryway, make your home more inviting, or are planning to sell in the near future. One of the most important parts of your home’s first impression is the front door, so knowing how to choose the right front door is crucial.

1. Cost

Doors come in a wide range of styles, materials and colours, and all of these factors can influence the cost of a door. But whatever your budget, there’s a door out there for you. If your budget is on the lower end, consider a steel door; mid-range budgets may want to consider fibreglass or aluminum; while wood doors are higher-end options.

2. Material

While the material is a major consideration when it comes to your budget, it’s also important to understand the benefits. Steel doors, for example, are primarily chosen for their cost effectiveness, but the benefits don’t tend to go much beyond that. Steel can be high maintenance and damage easily.

If you’re looking for a door without any maintenance, fibreglass is a great option. Fibreglass won’t warp, and the finish will stay true with very little maintenance. You can even find fibreglass doors that look like wood, without the high price tag. A fibreglass door will also provide you with better insulation value than steel or wood.

Aluminum doors can be on the more expensive side, and they’re poor conductors of heat and cold. The limited finishing options may also not be what you’re looking for.

Wood doors are an attractive option for your front door, but beware of their maintenance requirements. Wood doors warp more easily and may require yearly maintenance and upkeep.

3. Style

Your personal style and the style of your home are likely to be the most influential factors when you choose a front door. With plenty of options for both traditional and modern looks, your front door is a great opportunity to show off your style. Rustic, traditional, Colonial, American Craftsman, modern and shaker are just a few of the styles to choose from for your front door.

Another consideration for style is choosing between a single door or double doors. We’re seeing more homeowners opt for a single door with larger sidelights to make more of a statement and bring additional light into their home.

Depending on your personal preference, there are plenty of options for customization as well, like colour, stain, hardware and more.

Not sure what kind of look you want? Try Therma-Tru’s Design Your Door app to find the perfect door, and find out how much value it could add to your home.

At Ostaco Windows & Doors, we offer a wide range of front doors to suit your home. Find a dealer today.

Bold statement windows and doors from Ostaco
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Window & Door Trends for 2019

Your home is so much more than a living space; it’s a personal expression of what’s important to you. That’s why Ostaco & Therma-Tru continuously updates our products to evolve with the style that speak to you the most, and celebrate your individuality and creativity.

With a new year fast approaching, we’re looking ahead to some exciting new trends for windows and doors in 2019. If you’re considering a replacement or installation in the near future, consider some of these great options:

1. Modern, sophisticated design

Unleash your creative confidence with bold statements, a striking modern design trend. Push boundaries with minimalistic, geometric and dramatic styles — all warm and approachable, with a touch of luxe. Get eclectic by mixing up colours, shapes and materials to create a bold look and feel that’s arresting and share-worthy.

Transform your entryway into a bold focal point with Therma-Tru’s new Shaker-style Classic Craft American Style Collection and Smooth-Star doors, Pule doors and Geometric glass.

2. Balance with classic styles from the past

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If you long for a relaxed atmosphere and authentic craftsmanship, you’ll feel right at home with the casual comfort trend. Rooted in heritage, but updated to accommodate modern technology, it features welcoming entrances, layered textures and clean and simple design with artisan style factors. Its inviting, cozy nature is just the thing to balance your busy life.

Capture the inviting, homey look and feel of simpler times with Therma-Tru’s new Shaker-style Classic Craft American Style Collection and Smooth-Star doors.

3. Reinventing traditional styles

Modern traditional styles from Ostaco Windows & Doors

Want to honour historic design, but personalize it in a new way? Renewed classics is the style trend for you. Embrace the soft, refined design elements of the classics and add a modern twist that creates an easy elegance with relaxed formality. Inspiration is everywhere for how to apply a fresh, customized approach to the traditional homes you love.

No matter what trend or style you’re interested in, Ostaco has the windows and doors to suit your needs. Browse our gallery or find a dealer near you.

Elevate your home with sliding glass doors from Ostaco
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How Sliding Glass Doors Can Elevate Your Home

At Ostaco, we believe that doors can, and should, be more than simply functional. While they provide a great deal of security and protection for your home, the style of door is just as important as the practicality.

If you’re looking for a simple and effective way to elevate your home, look no further than sliding glass doors for your patio.

What Are My Options For Sliding Glass Doors?

There are three main types of sliding glass doors for patio applications: standard, bi-folding and European-style.

Standard sliding doors are likely what we all think of when we picture sliding glass doors: a door with a large, sliding panel on a track.

Bi-folding doors are made up of several panels that fold together when opened.

European-style sliding doors are European-inspired with European hardware, a slimmer profile for larger openings, with more glass and easy operation

Standard sliding, bi-folding and European-style sliding doors are excellent options for creating the airy, light-filled space you’ve been dreaming of.

Why Should I Choose Sliding Glass Doors?

1. Embrace Natural Light

Windows aren’t the only way to bring natural light in your home! Sliding glass doors will add beautiful natural light to any room, and are most often seen in a dining room or living room. Even on the darkest day, your space will feel light and airy.

2. Create A Transitional Space

Sliding glass doors create a transitional space in your home by bringing the outside in and vice versa. Instead of feeling closed off from your garden, you’ll be able to see it and appreciate it from inside, even in the dead of winter. In the summer, throw the doors open so you can easily move between your garden and your living area and make the two feel like one.

3. Add Some Style

Adding style to your home and living spaces is easy with the incorporation of sliding glass doors. Sliding glass doors come in a variety of styles, whether you want to add a touch of modern cool to your home or prefer a classic elegance.

No matter what type of door you’re looking for, sliding glass or otherwise, we have a wide range of door options to fit your design style and needs. Find a dealer near you!