March 2015 Entries by Northern Comfort Windows and Doors in Aurora

Maintain Your New Garage Doors

Posted by Northern Comfort on March 25, 2015

Once you have installed your new garage door, you feel a sense of relief. Your old garage door might have squeaked and squealed its way up and down. Perhaps you had to hit your garage door opener repeatedly to get the door to raise or lower even a few centimeters. Now, with your new garage door, all your problems are in the past—it moves smoothly and quickly, and it beautifies your home's exterior.

Once you have installed a new garage door, though, you need to make sure it lasts. To help your new garage door work properly and look good, take good care of it in turn. Protect your garage door investment with our cleaning and maintenance tips below.

Clean Your Garage Door

Your painted steel door will complement your home if it stays clean and dirt-free. Cleaning your garage door also prevents rust and stains from developing, which eliminates structural problems in the future.

Follow these steps to clean your garage door:

Wash the Outside

Fill a bucket with lukewarm water. Add a few drops of dish soap or detergent. The water should only have a few suds in it. You might be tempted to add more soap, but resist the urge—you want just enough soap to gently cleanse the garage's surface, not so much that it coats the garage door and leaves unsightly residue behind.

Before you start with the soapy water mixture, rinse your garage door off with a hose. Don't point the hose directly at the garage, and turn down the water pressure first. You want to rinse any dirt or dust off the exterior, not damage the paint.

Next, dip a rag or cloth in the soapy water, then use it to scrub your garage door's surface. Start at the top and work your way down. When you finish, use the hose to rinse the soap off the door, then let it dry.

Wash the Inside

Fewer people will see the inside of your garage door, but keeping this part of the door clean prevents rust as well. Plus, grime can build up in your tracks over time, which can slow the garage door down or cause more extensive problems.

Start by removing cars or other objects that could get dirty during the cleaning process. Next, dust the garage door's tracks. Remove any objects stuck in the tracks, such as branch clippings or grass, then repeat the cleaning process described above.

Organize the Garage

Keep your garage safe by taking care as you reorganize after the cleaning. The way you organize your garage can either shorten or lengthen your door's lifespan. As you move items back into your garage once the door dries, take particular care with items you place near the garage door. Don't precariously stack boxes or lean any heavy objects against the wall by the door. These objects can topple over and dent your new door, damaging the aesthetics and parts.

Maintain Your Garage Door

Apart from cleaning your door several times per year, you should also regularly inspect it and take care of any developing problems. While your new door shouldn't have any issues right after you install it, you'll extend its lifespan if you catch potential problems before they cause any damage.

Inspect Key Parts

Every three months, you should take the time to visually inspect some of your garage door's most crucial components. Check the rollers, cables, springs and tracks. Do you see signs of wear or damage? Do you note any broken parts?

If you do your own household repairs, you might be able to fix minor problems with the rollers or tracks on your own. However, apart from visually inspecting them, you should stay away from the springs. Your garage door's springs are some of its most vital components, and include two types:

  • Extension springs, or long springs mounted horizontally over the tracks
  • Torsion springs, or the round, tense springs above the garage door

Garage door springs require high tension to work properly, which makes them dangerous to touch or remove. If you notice a problem with the springs, don't attempt to fix it yourself. Always call a garage door professional to deal with spring problems.

Lubricate Moving Parts

Your garage door's moving parts require constant lubrication to work well. You should apply an aerosol lubricant to:

  • The combination hinge and rollers
  • The hinges in the center of the door panels
  • The door's lock

Don't apply too much lubricant at once, since it can attract dirt. Instead, apply the lubricant precisely and in small quantities. Always follow the directions on the lubricant can, and consult your garage door owner's manual before applying lubricant.

When you properly clean, inspect and maintain your garage door, you can look forward to enjoying its positive effects on your home for several years. Use these tips to help your garage door work and look its best, and contact Northern Comfort today in Aurora, Barrie and Newmarket for more advice on your new garage door +1 888-220-2221.

How to Maintain Glass Windows and Doors in your Barrie Sunroom

Posted by Northern Comfort on March 17, 2015

You have just finished installing your sunroom, and you couldn't feel more thrilled. You already know exactly what you want to do with it, whether you plan to turn it into an exercise room, a sitting room, a greenhouse, or an extension of your kitchen.

However, as you have started repurposing it, you have discovered something a bit unfortunate. That glass gets dirty really quickly!

The grime could come from dust and paint as you remodel. It could come from outdoor moisture after it rains. It could even come from noses and fingers as your children press up against the glass. Your new sunroom could lose its transparent, clean lustre in minutes if you don't maintain it.

Luckily, the glass in your sunroom doesn't take much to maintain, and you will find it well worth the effort. Use the tips below to get started.

Clean the Windows

Most of the time, you will only have to worry about cleaning the windows. You won't have to worry about other problems. These steps will help you restore your windows' shine in no time.

Equipment

Gather the following before you begin:

  • Bucket of water
  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Lint-free/microfibre cloth
  • Squeegee
  • Steel wool
  • Stepladder (only if your windows stand so high that you can't reach the tops)
  • Strip applicator

Instructions

Once you have assembled your equipment, you can start cleaning. If possible, do this task in the morning or evening so the sun won't heat the windows and dry the soap before you can wipe it off. You can also wait for a cloudy day if you don't have time in the morning or evening.

In your bucket, mix just enough of the dishwashing liquid with water to create lather. You don't need a strong soapy mixture, but it should still contain enough soap to get all the grime off your windows.

Once you have mixed the soap and water, dip the strip applicator into the water. You can use a sponge if you don't have a strip applicator, but strip applicators suck up more soapy water, so you won't have to re-dip them as often. A strip applicator can also reach farther and clean better than a sponge.

Use your strip applicator to spread soapy water all over your windows. Do one pane or section at a time so that you have time to clean the soap off before it dries. Scrub at any problematic spots. If they still won't come off, gently use the steel wool to wipe them away. However, you should not use steel wool if your windows have a film. The steel wool will scrape it off.

Let the soap sit for a minute, but don't wait so long that it starts to dry.

Other Window Maintenance Tips

Grime and fingerprints only constitute a couple of risks your sunroom windows have to deal with. They also experience dangers like falling furniture, thrown objects, or wrestling children. Something could fall into the glass and break it if you don't take a few precautions. We have given you a few tips below.

Give Your Children Rules Concerning the Sunroom

Glass can chip, crack, or even break in pieces when things hit it. And even if your windows have a protective film, a particularly powerful blow could still crack it. That means your children shouldn't wrestle, fight, throw objects, or lift objects over their heads while they occupy the sunroom.

Place Heavy Items Away from the Windows

If you have a larger sunroom, you have the option of placing furniture and other objects away from the glass so they don't crash through it. Keep bookcases, cabinets, desks, chests of drawers, floor lamps, globes, tables, large books, tools and other heavy items far from the glass. This will prevent any unfortunate accidents.

Bolt Heavy Furniture Down

You can also bolt heavy items to solid walls if you absolutely must have these objects in your sunroom. Use screws to mount your bookcases or cabinets to nearby solid walls. You can also use custom, bolted doors to keep books, tools and other items from tumbling off their shelves.

As long as you maintain your sunroom, it will boost your home's aesthetic value forever. Use these tips to keep your sunroom pristine, and call your installer or manufacturer if you have any questions about your particular sunroom. Contact Northern Comfort today to speak with a professional to answer any questions you have about glass windows or doors in Barrie (Newmarket and Aurora) +1 888-220-2221.

The Top 5 Reasons to Get a Porch Enclosure in Barrie, Aurora or Newmarket

Posted by Northern Comfort on March 12, 2015

Some people call it a solarium or a sun porch while others refer to it as a Florida room. Whatever you want to call them, porch enclosures are a great way to add flair and fun to your home. Porch enclosures can denote any specific type of structure built around a porch or outdoor area near the home. These structures vary in size, expense and purpose. That's why a porch enclosure is such a wonderful thing—it can be customized to your needs.

Some people prefer to go the aesthetic route. This could include a beautiful enclosure of glass and aluminum to enjoy the outdoors in comfort. Others opt for practical uses like a mud room for the storage of rain gear and similar items. Whatever your motivations, think about what a quality porch enclosure can do for you and your home.

What Can a Porch Enclosure Do for You?

Porch enclosures act as both a barrier and an opening to the outside world. The truly wonderful thing about them is that you can decide what purpose to use them for.

Sometimes you just need a little something to brighten up your home, especially when it comes to the front view and exterior. Why not consider something both you and a potential buyer would love? Extra space and aesthetic beauty are just a couple reasons why porch enclosures are enjoyable.

Are there actually legitimate reasons to get a porch enclosure, other than promoting a stylish look for your home? The short answer is yes. The long answer includes plenty of measurable benefits, including the following:

Added Security

With a porch enclosure, you can see any and all visitors that approach your home. It's also one more barrier between you and potential thieves. With a trusty lock on the entry door and your own front door, you will have more peace of mind and space to enjoy it in.

Added Space (and Value)

Do you ever find yourself tripping all over shoes and coats in your front entryway? Simplify your life and the look of your home by investing in a porch enclosure. Your enclosure can add a little extra utility space for boots, umbrellas and the like.

You can use this extra space in any way, but the fact is that you will have much more usable living space at your disposal. This space counts when you are trying to increase the value of your home.

Protection from Bad Weather

If you live in a wet climate, you know how difficult it can be to justify a porch. Any furniture you purchase will quickly deteriorate because of its exposure to the elements. You want to enjoy the open air and nature's beauty, but you worry about heat and cold. However, with the right porch enclosure, you can enjoy all the benefits of the natural world without the pitfalls.

Rainy days wreak havoc on your carpets and floors, but they don't have to. You can keep bugs and undesirable temperatures away with a sensible porch enclosure.

Comfortable Outdoor Enjoyment

Homes vary in style, size and price. But one thing every home needs is a place of calm serenity, where you can do your best work. A porch enclosure is the ideal place for a morning meditation, a comfortable book nook or a relaxing guest entertainment area.

Have you ever thought about having a meal outdoors and then regretted it later? It's hard to be the perfect hostess if your locale is lacking in comfort. Bugs, heat and cool temperatures all contribute to a less-than-ideal al fresco lunch. But there is a way to enjoy the beautiful outdoors: porch enclosures use just the right materials to promote enjoyment and a beautiful outdoor view.

Increased Insulation and Savings

For many, porch enclosures provide added energy efficiency to your home. Let your porch enclosure keep the heat in during winter months and the cool air inside for the summer seasons.

Materials Matter

All of these goals and benefits are within your reach, so don't miss the opportunity to experience it all for yourself. A quality porch enclosure can achieve what your heart desires. But, it's important to note that not all enclosures are created equal.

A low-quality roof enclosure can create even more energy issues. These could include poor materials and craftsmanship that leads to a loss of cool or heated air. When it comes to constructing your perfect dream porch, don't make it a gamble. Choose a company you can trust to build your dreams.

Research the materials your provider will use to create your porch enclosure. Are they energy-efficient and friendly to the environment? Will they keep temperatures regular within the structure? Make sure to get an enclosure that meets rigorous safety and efficiency standards, and you will enjoy your porch enclosure all year round. Contact Northern Comfort today to speak with a professional +1 888-220-2221.

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