Since 1984, the door and window specialist designers at Portatec have been designing custom premium entry doors which distinguish themselves by their uniqueness as much as their unparalleled superior quality. Portatec’s mission: creating distinctive doors, exclusive doors.

Successfully combining innovative designs and state-of-the-art assembly techniques, Portatec continues to set itself apart in the industry thanks to its unrivalled ability to produce truly “custom-made” exterior doors. All of its door models can effectively be modified, adapted, reinvented, recovered (you name it!) during the initial – and oh! so very crucial – step of creation.

Whether you are a trend-setter or you wish to celebrate the traditional prestigious character of your home, Portatec’s home entry doors will indubitably meet all of your needs, no matter how particular they may be.

In this respect, read on about these 5 exclusive Portatec products which you won’t find anywhere else.

1. Steel Arched Door

Portatec is the only specialized door manufacturer offering custom steel arched doors. Visit its website to look at past creations and appreciate its unrivalled original work. For example, notice the double front entry French steel doors with an arched top frame, or the front entry steel door with a ½-round head frame.

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2. Wood-Finish Steel Door (Exterior and/or Interior)

Only one manufacturer in Québec can provide you with a steel door with each side featuring a different wood finish. Thanks to a unique process developed in-house, its craftsmen can effectively apply two distinct wood species finishes on the steel slab’s exterior and interior surfaces in order to fulfill all of your style and design needs, yet without any compromise on durability.

3. Fiberglass Doors With Solid Wood Door Frames

Another Portatec exclusivity! For an authentic and refined look, consider installing a fiberglass door with a solid wood door frame stained to colour match the door’s stain. The very best of both worlds: the durability and solidity of fiberglass combined to the richness of wood.

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Portatec is a company specialized in creating superior quality entry door and door window systems.

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4. 100% Custom Designs (Hybrid Doors)

On the exterior door market, Portatec is the only supplier having the full capacity of designing a door exactly as per the client’s wishes, whichever way they want it. Customers can follow their inspiration and coordinate various materials, models, colours (paints and stains), styles, and accessories, both inside and outside (hybrid door). Portatec truly offers a creative fresh slate. Forget about uninspiring bland models commonly offered in big-box stores; instead, meet with one of our specialists to create your original dream door. Note that Portatec also offers a wide selection of contemporary doors that can be entirely customized.

5. Unique Surface-Applied Decorative Moulding and Panel Designs

The custom door expert, Portatec has developed over the years its own extrusion process (steel, wood) and moulds in order to create exceptional decorative moulding, shelf, and panel designs that are applied on the surface. For example, a door can feature both a decorative dentil shelf and a decorative wainscoting panel, in addition to a custom-made decorative glass unit. If you can imagine it, Portatec can make it.

For more information on exclusive exterior doors, do not hesitate to contact Portatec. Come visit its factory showroom located on the South Shore of Montreal.

Door specialist for more than 30 years:
Portatec is a specialized custom front door, window and superior ornemental door window manufacturer.


A Quebec door and window manufacturer specialized in premium custom entry doors, Portatec has been the leader in the industry and continuously distinguishing itself since its establishment in 1984. Their unique and refined high-quality products are carefully designed to meet every client’s specific needs and wishes.

In greater details, here are 10 reasons why you should always choose a door fabricated by Portatec.

10. The Possibility of Visiting the Manufacturing Plant.

Located on the Montreal’s South Shore in Sainte-Julie, Portatec is proud to be able to welcome you directly to its design and manufacturing site. You can always expect a warm welcome and personalized service as well as the opportunity to visit the facility in person, where all of the craftsmanship takes place. Transparency and integrity are both core values of Portatec’s business philosophy, which is why you are always welcome in their facility.

9. Made in Québec.

Portatec doors are fabricated entirely in the province of Québec, in Canada. Through the years, their local designers and craftsmen have developed a coveted “know-how”, innovative assembly techniques as well as inspiring and stylish designs, working always with high-quality durable materials suitable to Québec’s climate.

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8. A Professional and Competent Team All Around.

Portatec’s sales team cumulates numerous years of experience in the door and window business. Over time, their sales representatives have reached an unparalleled level of expertise and competency. Their seasoned expert installers also have all of the training and qualifications required to perform efficient, conscientious installations.

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Portatec is a company specialized in creating superior quality entry door and door window systems.

7. Manufacturing Autonomy.

Portatec holds a great level of autonomy and flexibility over its production capacity as every step of the fabrication process is carried out under one single roof, including the paint and stain application. By eliminating possible subcontractors or intermediaries, Portatec chose to be self-sufficient in order to reduce cost, for its clients’ greatest benefit. Highly valued at Portatec, manufacturing independence benefits all.

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6. Unique Materials.

Specialized in custom exterior doors, Portatec offers a wide variety of high-quality materials to meet all of your needs in terms of style, size, and colour, while also taking into account your budget and environment. For example, Portatec makes textured wood-grain finish fiber-glass doors that truly resemble solid-wood doors but that are less costly, more durable, and much easier to maintain, with the possibility of selecting a solid wood frame unique to Portatec. Whether it is a steel door, wood door, or fiberglass door, Portatec assuredly has the solution for you.

5. Custom Manufacturing.

Therein lies the true expertise of Portatec: fabricating personalized door products created and designed as per your exact wishes. All of your front entry door’s features can be selected independently: the model, the style, the material, the colour, the size, the accessories, etc. If you can imagine it, Portatec can make it for you.

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4. Design Flexibility (Hybrid Doors).

Portatec is particularly proud to be the only door manufacturer in all of Québec to offer exterior hybrid doors that can integrate two completely different looks inside and outside. For example, imagine a painted maintenance-free steel door on the outside combined with a stained wood door on the inside as part of a modernized country home’s renovation project. Or else, a “country chic” textured, durable wood-grain finish fiber-glass door combined with an ultra crisp, contemporary interior. Options are truly limitless and bound only by your imagination.

3. Unique Designs.

Portatec’s design team is always at the forefront of the door industry and never hesitates to develop bold new stylish products. Special attention should be drawn, for example, to their European-inspired contemporary steel doors collection, which proposes refined esthetics featuring wood and metal elements. Portatec is successful at continually improving and distinguishing itself by creating innovative products positively different from those offered traditionally on the market.

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2. Professional Craftsmanship.

Every manufacturing step of a Portatec entry door is carried out in the factory by professional and passionate craftsmen, who have committed over the years to making premium quality products. Day after day, they accomplish accurate meticulous work, from the assembly and the paint or stain and to the final packaging. This highly successful fabrication process is the result of continuous development and improvement over decades of door-making.

1. Specialized Door Manufacturer Since 1984.

Portatec’s long-lasting success and its capacity to remain at the cutting-edge of the industry are the result of its incessant eagerness to distinguish itself and innovate. Since 1984, Portatec has been building its name and credibility one door at a time, one client at a time.

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For all of these reasons, and much more, contact Portatec or visit its website today to design the perfect door to meet your greatest aspirations.

Door specialist for more than 30 years:
Portatec is a specialized custom front door, window and superior ornemental door window manufacturer.


Smart phones, smart thermostats, smart alarm systems, smart smoke detectors… these days, everything is seemingly becoming “intelligent”!

The door and window industry also plays an active role in this technological progress with the installation of smart door locks.

Smart locks, electronic locks, Bluetooth locks, Wi-Fi locks, electric locks, intelligent handles… What exactly are we talking about?

What is a Smart Lock?

A smart door lock, also called connected lock, is an electronic lock that can be locked and unlocked using a wireless signal sent from a remote control accessory such as a smart phone or an electronic key fob.

Different communication protocols can be chosen according to your needs, for example, Bluetooth or Z-Wave for a short-range connection or Wi-Fi for a long-distance connection.

Installed on your door, the smart lock device includes a battery-powered electric motor which, upon receiving a signal, operates a lever and engages the deadbolt. Rest assured, using a traditional physical key always remains a possibility and several locks also include a numeric keypad or a fingerprint reader. Some even integrates a voice control function (Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant).

Thanks to their mobile application, most smart locks allow you to, among other things, remotely monitor entries and exits (with push notifications), distribute virtual “e-keys” to guests, and remotely lock/unlock the door.

Here is a list of popular smart lock brands and models: Baldwin Evolved, Schlage (Encode, Sense, and Connect), Kwikset KEVO, August (Pro, Bluetooth, and 3rd Gen), Yale, and Gate Labs.

Is This Domotics?

Home automation, or domotics, refers to all of the techniques aiming to integrate and centralize all automated building functions pertaining to safety, energy, communication, etc. in a home or a business.

Essentially, domotics allow you to possibly control everything in your home or other (lighting, heating, locks, blinds and curtains, appliances,… etc.) using a smart phone, computer or interface (e.g. tablet).

Installing one smart lock by itself does not constitute domotics, yet it could represent a component of it when integrated to a centralized management system, integration being the key concept here.

Smart Doorbells

Yes, smart doorbells also exist!

Fitted with a wireless camera, smart doorbells allow you to see clearly and in real time the action taking place before your entry door. Some also include a directional audio function, enabling you to even communicate verbally with your guests using your smart phone.

A Few Other Considerations

Find out about the battery life of your smart door lock, which may vary anywhere between 2 and 12 months depending on your communication protocol and level of use.

Finally, when purchasing a new entry door, if you are considering the installation of a smart door lock, it is best to opt for a specialized door manufacturer offering factory installation. This way, the installation will assuredly be done by professionals and as such carry fewer risks.

For more information on smart door locks, communicate with Portatec, a premium door and window manufacturer specialized in custom entry doors since 1984.

Door specialist for more than 30 years:
Portatec is a specialized custom front door, window and superior ornemental door window manufacturer.


In Canada, our winters can be long and cold. Although many among us have come to appreciate their harshness, either through picking up skiing or having learned to build impressive snowmen, for some others, however, the cold climate is still and foremost synonymous with energy losses, energy costs, and discomfort.

According to Natural Resources Canada, space heating represents on average 63% of the energy used in Canadian homes. Moreover, they specifically identify windows as being responsible for up to 25% of all heat losses in our homes. In the case of an older house, overall air leaks can even account for up to 40% of total heat losses.

So, what can you we do to maximise our home’s energy performance? Which energy labels and programs exist to help us ensure a successful energy transition?

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ENERGY STAR® Doors and Windows

When buying new doors and windows, make sure to look for the ENERGY STAR® certification, an international label guaranteeing high-energy efficiency.

In Canada, the ENERGY STAR® name and symbol are managed by Natural Resources Canada and used to certify a wide selection of products meeting the strictest technical criteria with regards to energy efficiency. An additional designation, ENERGY STAR Most Efficient, is also awarded every year to products showing the very best energy performance in their category.

All ENERGY STAR® doors, windows, and skylights reduce energy loss and condensation. According to Hydro-Québec, these energy-efficient models are effectively 20% to 40% more efficient than traditional ones. Financially, this higher efficiency represents savings of up to 10% on heating costs.

Natural Resources Canada attests that windows which received the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation (and met the highest performance specifications) are up to 40% more efficient than standard double-pane windows. Choosing higher-efficiency ENERGY STAR® windows hence represents a smart financial decision.

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The RénoVert Tax Credit

The Québec Government is still offering its refundable tax credit for eco-friendly home renovation work: the RénoVert Tax Credit.

The eligibility period for recognized renovation work has been extended to March 31, 2019. The product order must be completed before this date; however, the installation, itself, can be done later. As expected, the replacement and addition of doors, windows, and skylights with ENERGY STAR®-certified models appear on the recognized renovation work list.

The maximum amount you can claim is $10,000, which represents 20% of the portion of your expenses exceeding the first non-admissible $2,500 and paid between March 17, 2016 and January 1, 2020.

All work must be completed by a qualified contractor. Finally, this program is open to owners and co-owners of a single-family home, prefabricated house or mobile home, condominium, or winterized cottage, among others.

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The Rénoclimat Program: Advice and Financial Assistance

Created by the Gouvernement du Québec in 2017, the organization Transition énergétique Québec (TEQ) initiated the Rénoclimat Program with the aim of helping citizens improve their home’s energy efficiency.

The advisory portion of this Program includes, among others, home visits and personalised consultations to help reduce energy consumption as well as pre/post-renovation-work energy evaluations.

In particular, a blower door test can be carried out using a special device to assess the airtightness of your home. With the resulting measures, air leaks can easily be located, thus enabling owners to better seal their house. And better airtightness not only means greater comfort, it also implies lower energy bills.

The financial assistance portion of the Program, if you are eligible, can be applied toward improving insulation or airtightness, replacing doors or windows, and installing or replacing mechanical systems (such as ventilation or heating systems). The same renovation work could also be eligible to the RénoVert Tax Credit mentioned above: make sure to inquire.

In the case of door or window replacement, the new ones must absolutely be ENERGY STAR®-certified and note that their frames must also be replaced in order to benefit from the $60 per rough opening provided in this Program.

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Novoclimat Program: Construction of New High-Energy Performance Homes

TEQ also created another program, the Novoclimat Program, this one to encourage the construction of new, high-energy performance homes. The immediate financial assistance offered as part of this program can be quite interesting.

Long-term advantages of new Novoclimat houses also are numerous and include, among others, greater comfort as well as 20% savings on energy bills.

You probably guessed by now – and rightly so – that only the installation of ENERGY-STAR®-certified doors and windows is authorized, due to their greater airtightness and energy efficiency.

For more information on TEQ’s Rénoclimat and Novoclimat Programs, and to find out whether you are eligible, visit http://www.transitionenergetique.gouv.qc.ca/en/home.

To purchase energy-efficient doors and windows, do not hesitate to contact Portatec, a Canadian manufacturer specialized in premium door and window since 1984.

In need of inspiration for your front entry door? Contact Portatec, a Canadian premium door and window manufacturer specializing in custom entry doors for the last 35 years.

Door specialist for more than 30 years:
Portatec is a specialized custom front door, window and superior ornemental door window manufacturer.


It would be easy to think that all outdoor construction and renovation work comes to a complete halt once the cold season arrives. Many people would hesitate to install, say, an exterior door or exterior windows at the end of fall or in the midst of winter.

Yet, it is possible!

And there are numerous advantages to changing your fenestration products during this industry’s slow season. Notwithstanding a few minor limitations, benefits are more than interesting and definitely worth taking into consideration. You be the judge!

Advantages of Installing a Doors or Windows During the Winter

1. Better Installation Price:

The first advantage to choosing to install your doors or windows during winter is the lower installation price you will likely obtain. This is a simple matter of “Supply and Demand”: since professional installers are not as busy, they’re often more open to negotiate their price. And, rest assured: professional installation teams easily adapt to all conditions, including cold winter ones.

2. Competitive Pricing for your Fenestration Products:

When you do business with a specialized door and window manufacturer, it is often possible to negotiate the price of your purchase during winter. Indeed, during their quieter season, local manufacturers regularly offer discounts on their products. Since the cost of a new exterior door or new windows can sometimes represent a substantial investment for some, waiting for competitive winter pricing can be a wise choice.

3. Shorter deadlines:

Again, since winter is quieter in the fenestration industry, you often enjoy tighter deadlines all around, be it for production, delivery, or installation. The entire timeline shrinks: your products are manufactured faster, thus they can be delivered faster, and they can often times be installed… faster. A substantial advantage, assuredly!

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Portatec is a company specialized in creating superior quality entry door and door window systems.

Limitations to Installing a Door or Window in Winter

Are there any real drawbacks to going ahead with the installation of exterior doors or windows when it’s cold outside?

No. Products will fulfill their function just as well, and their installation, if done by professionals, will be just as good and efficient. Nevertheless, two minor limitations must still be taken into consideration.

First, the temperature. The minimum temperature threshold required for the installation of a door in winter, or the installation of a window in winter, is minus 10 degrees Celsius (-10 ˚C), because of the sealant which must be applied on the products’ outer periphery. Below this temperature, sealants do not adhere properly, rendering caulking joints inefficient.

Second, bad weather. In the event of a big winter storm or if a heavy snow fall is forecasted, it is most likely that your installation will be rescheduled (for your own good). Yet, keep in mind that the risk of bad weather exists all year long. Indeed, heavy rain falls in the spring or searing summer heat waves could also cause one’s installation to be postponed.

Installing Doors and Windows During Winter? Yes!

So, to the question “when to install doors and windows?”, the answer is now clear: anytime all year around, even during winter! But only as long as you do business with professional manufacturers and hire professional installers, as they will be able to accomplish the work required efficiently and quickly.

Note that the period of exposure to the cold only lasts approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Competent installers know how to best prepare their worksite in order to limit the duration of this brief discomfort and rapidly seal the product. The indoor and outdoor finishing typically requires the longest amount of time… but, by then, the “hole” is already closed!

For additional recommendations regarding the installation of doors or windows – even in winter! –, do not hesitate to contact Portatec, a Canadian premium door and window manufacturer specializing in custom entry doors for the last 35 years.

Door specialist for more than 30 years:
Portatec is a specialized custom front door, window and superior ornemental door window manufacturer.