The installation of doors and windows can represent a step just as crucial as – if not more than – their purchase. If improperly installed, even a high-end premium door will unfortunately not perform as expected. And frustrating, indeed, it can be to have a brand spanking new door functioning poorly!

Accordingly, in your next renovation project, how will you ensure your door and window products are correctly installed?

To help guide you, Portatec offers these 10 door and window installation tips.

10. Complete Visual Inspection

Once your door installation – or window installation – completed, take the necessary time with the installer to perform a thorough visual inspection to check the quality of the work done and also to discuss care products specifically recommended for your fenestration product. Pay attention to details and don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as needed.

9. Complete Interior Finish

As part of the buying process with your door and window provider, make sure their installation also comprises the interior finish, door trims included. Nothing is more irritating than a magnificent new door, or window, lacking interior finishing trims. Avoid potential pitfalls and incomplete jobs by doing business with a specialized door and window manufacturer and their team of professional installers.

8. Top Quality Sealant

Faulty installations may occur from the use of cheap low-end installation products, as can be the case with sealants. It is truly essential to use top quality sealants in order to have top quality caulking joints. These sealing joints play a major role in making your door or window system airtight and waterproof, which is why they definitely cannot be neglected.

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7. No Air Infiltration

A quick way of detecting an air leak problem is to pass a lighter or match around your door and window frames. If there is an infiltration of air, the flame will start to move or even get blown out.

6. Quiet and Effortless Operating

All new doors and windows should operate normally, i.e. you should be able to open and close them (and lock them, if applicable) effortlessly and without any unexpected sounds.

Once again: the final performance of any fenestration product, regardless of the quality of its materials and assembling, greatly depends on the quality of its installation. Even a signature luxury entry door, if improperly installed, will not operate easily and quietly.

So do not skip this step in your installation verification checklist: make sure to open and close your door or window several times before your installer takes their leave to ensure your standards are met.

5. Level and Square

Always verify the horizontal alignment of your fenestration product using a level. For an entry door, the height difference between both sill ends should be no more than 2 mm (1/16 in.).

Doors and windows must also be installed square (height and width). A space of 1/8 in. must be left around a door slab or window frame to ensure proper functioning and, as such, avoid long-term damage to the product.

4. Prevent Water Infiltration

In order to prevent water infiltration, it is important to create a 5-degree downward slope toward the exterior for every opening. Additionally, an insulating waterproof self-adhesive membrane must be installed across the sill and up the lower part of the jambs (over 12 in.).

3. Insulating Materials

For top quality insulation, use both mineral wool and polyurethane spray foam.

The mineral wool must not be compacted, otherwise it will lose its primary function, which is to insulate. If too compact, it may also exert pressure on the frame. The wool must also be applied in successive layers. For polyurethane spray foam, it must be applied at least 40 mm (1½ in.) thick to prevent water vapour. The foam should not exert any pressure on the frame either.

2. Taking Accurate Measurements

This installation tip might seem obvious, yet it must still be followed carefully. It is crucial to take accurate measurements, both inside and outside, for an optimal door and window installation.

To ensure sufficient space between the frame and the opening, it is important to first measure both diagonals to verify that the opening is square (they should be equal).

You must then measure the opening vertically at three different points. The product’s final vertical dimension must correspond to the smallest opening dimension minus the required tolerance.

Finally, you must measure the opening horizontally at three different points. The product’s finished horizontal dimension must correspond to the smallest opening dimension minus the required tolerance.

1. Call on the Professional Installation Team of a Specialized Door and Window Fabricant

Ultimately, if we only had one tip to offer to ensure a proper installation, it would be to call on professional installers! Contact a specialized door and window manufacturer and ask for the help of their installation experts. This way, your product will be installed correctly, meticulously, and quickly, in accordance with the best construction and renovation standards.

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For more information on door and window installation, contact Portatec. A fabricant specialized in premium custom entry doors since 1984, Portatec offers a wide selection of unique superior quality fenestration products.

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Decorative door glass has evolved greatly over the last 25 years, both in terms of design and assembly techniques. Door glass inserts now constitute architectural elements of their own, without any compromise in light, safety, or eco-energetic performance.

The arrival of contemporary-inspired textured door glass has rejuvenated the market of architectural glass and decorative patterned glass products.

To enhance the look and value of your home – and maximise its curb appeal -, find out about the latest trends in textured glass and patterned glass.

Zoom in on the Top 5 textured glass inspirations of 2019!

5. Square-Pattern Textured Glass

Unquestionably more modern, these textured glass models, such as the Soft or MSoft models, feature a contemporary square pattern. Their refined detailing and texture provide remarkable character and light.

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4. Wavy-Pattern Textured Glass

These modern textured glasses, such as the Fluid or Grain models, are valued for their more natural and organic contemporary looks, their fresh flowy lines reminiscent of the movement of water or tree bark. Simple and soothing, these patterns surely never fail to please.

3. Screen-Like Glass

An extremely fine square pattern defines this glass, giving it a clean look with a slight industrial touch. An elegant and smart choice for a front entry door requiring both light and privacy.

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2. Striped Glass

Several textured glass models featuring a horizontal strip or vertical strip pattern are available on the market, among others the Masterline, Mline, Linea, and Linata. Alternating often times between clear glass and Screen-type glass, these glass models are the perfect complement to contemporary modern entry doors with sophisticated linear designs.

1. White Sandblasted Glass or Satin Glass

White sandblasted or satin textured glass models are greatly appreciated thanks to their timeless clean look and the greater privacy they provide. Several variations exist, all very soft and sleek, such as Satin Glass, which as the name implies is smooth and glossy, or Sandblasted Glass, which has an elegant soft grainy texture. For its part, the newer Edge model reinvents the Sandblasted Glass model by adding a clear border around the edge, for maximum privacy and visibility, appealing equally to both classic and contemporary styles. A refined look synonymous with success, assuredly. Finally, classic frosted glass, which is either sandblasted or acid-etched, also creates a satin effect, but it is much more translucent, making it much less private.

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For more information on textured glass or to create a truly unique personalized front door, contact Portatec, a Québec door manufacturer specialized in premium custom entry doors since 1984.

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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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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.

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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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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.

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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.

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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

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.

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Portatec is a specialized custom front door, window and superior ornemental door window manufacturer.

A front door represents a great deal more than a mere utilitarian entrance gate.

Rather, it is testament to its residents’ personality, in addition to setting the “tone” for the entire front facade.

This is why doing business with a specialized door and window manufacturer is the key to obtaining a premium quality custom product that will meet all of your needs. Only an entrance door maker specialized in custom-made entry doors has the ability of designing a product of such a high quality that it will leave your guests in total awe.

Read on to discover the 10 main reasons why your new entry door will impress your family and friends

10. Accessories.

Accessories allow you to personalize your front door and improve its functionality even more specifically. Accessories include decorative panel mouldings, bells, knockers, door viewers (peep holes), German letter box (mail slot), and distinctive framings. An efficient accessory choice can definitely help your front entry door stand out and enhance not only its esthetics but also its practicality.

9. Hybrid Product.

A Canadian exterior door manufacturer has successfully mastered the art of designing hybrid entry door systems. This means two completely different design styles inside and outside. For example, a more traditional country look on the outside combined with a sleek contemporary look inside. Your wish can now become reality! Or, what if you want the sturdiness of an exterior steel entry door, yet would prefer the beautiful character of wood inside? This is also now possible. In short, your options are truly limitless and bound only by your imagination. When you don’t know what to choose, choose a hybrid door.

8. Size.

If space and volume allow for it, consider buying an oversized product. When done tastefully, it’s not only your entire front facade that benefits from it, but also your overall home value. Seek the help of a specialized manufacturer to create a spectacular door that will undoubtedly make a statement.

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7. Ease of Operation.

It’s well known, premium quality doors designed by specialized manufacturers operate exceptionally well. Opening and closing are carried out effortlessly, without any friction. Your guests will definitely notice your front door’s smooth performance, a clear indicator of a superior quality product.

6. Uniqueness.

You dream of an original one-of-a-kind entry door? You have a very clear and specific idea for your door, but such model doesn’t exist in the traditional “off-the-shelf” market? Then call upon door experts! Their team of designers will help you create your dream door, the one that you will meet exactly all of your needs. Dazzle your guests with an exceptional door.

5. Door Handle.

If there is one thing your friends and family will certainly manipulate during their visit, it’s your door handle! Impress them with a tubular or rectangular pull bar handle or an ultra-safe yet easy-to-operate multi-point handle set system. To ensure optimal performance, have it professionally installed by experts in the factory.

4. Type of Glass.

We are not talking about classic thermopane windows here, but rather stained glass windows, these coloured pieces of glass often assembled in a lead framework. Very few manufacturers these days still offer the option of inserting stained glass in a door window. Yet, this thousand-year-old art tradition has no equivalence when it comes to light fluctuations and decoration.

3. Colour.

It is commonly said that your entry door colour is a reflection of who you are. So what does your door say about you? Are you composed and subtle like gray? Optimistic and surprising like yellow? Energetic and nostalgic like red? Traditional and calm like blue? Or, rather chic and classic like black? Dare to be bold. Some specialized door and window manufacturers are even capable of creating customized colours based on a sample.

2. Material.

Why not be charmed, day after day, by a high-quality door material? Solid and sturdy, a 22- or 24-gauge galvanized steel door coated with an ultra-resistant paint exhibits a nice sleek and polished finish. Wood, with its character and unequalled richness, will always remain a coveted material. Durable and extremely resistant to shocks, fiberglass doors with a textured wood-grain finish that can be painted or stained distinguish themselves by their high level of refinement and sophistication. With all of these available options, do not hesitate to innovate and differentiate yourself from the generic bland doors sold in big box stores.

1. Look.

Finally, choosing adequately the right front door style for your house is vital. Contemporary or country? Classic or avant-garde? The architectural style of your entry door must absolutely fit with your house’s architecture. When building a new luxurious contemporary home, make sure to choose wisely: opt for a door manufacturer specialized in contemporary style designs. Do not let a common and insignificant door ruin your front facade. There must be concordance in both the looks and the quality.

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.

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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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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.

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Portatec is a specialized custom front door, window and superior ornemental door window manufacturer.