Five Ways To Prevent Birds From Flying Into Windows

There are a lot of advantages in having an urban forest, and Winnipeg is no exception. One of the biggest draws is the abundance of wildlife, and that includes a variety of different birds in summer and winter. Many Winnipeggers love to attract these birds to their yards using bird feeders, houses, baths, and other accessories.  That’s all well and good – until the birds fly into your window. Hundreds of millions of birds die from window collisions in the United States alone – we can extrapolate from that and guess pretty confidently that billions die from window collisions each year. Fortunately, there are a few ways to prevent these deaths. 

 

  1. Rearrange Your Home’s Interior

 

There are a number of reasons why birds might fly into your window – one of them is that they see plants inside your home, and don’t realize that the window is an obstacle. They fly towards the plants and hit the window. Moving your plants away from the window, and thus away from a bird’s view, can help limit collisions. You can also focus on putting the blinds down in order to deter birds.

 

  1. Rearrange Your Home’s Exterior

 

This one is a bit counterintuitive, but hear us out: move your bird feeder/house/bath closer to your window. Birds are very precise flyers, so there’s no real risk of them overshooting and hitting the window. Should they decide that your window looks appealing, they won’t be flying fast enough to hurt themselves if what they’re perched on is only a few feet away. This solution means you can keep attracting birds to your yard without risking damage to them or your windows.

 

  1. Stick Stuff On/Near Your Windows

 

The reason birds are flying into your windows is because they don’t realize there’s a solid object between them and the inside of your house, or because they see a reflection of the outside in the window. Sticking tape or decals onto your windows will dissuade birds from flying into them. You can also put wind chimes right outside your windows as an obstacle between them and the birds.

 

  1. Netting and Exterior Shutters

 

There’s exterior netting available to stop birds from colliding with your windows; the stuff is relatively inexpensive and it can be custom-fit to your windows. You can also get shutters installed and they double as a great way to conserve energy. Close them when you’re away and there’s no chance birds will fly into your windows.

 

  1. Get Patterned/Tinted Windows

 

One of the most permanent solutions is to purchase windows with patterns on them, so it’s obvious to birds that they can’t just fly through them – this can be one of the more aesthetically pleasing options, too. We offer window replacement in Winnipeg, so if you’re interested in what patterns we can offer and how they can help deter bird collisions, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us! 

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6 Tips For Decorating Your Windows For The Holidays

It’s a tell-tale holiday feeling to drive down the street and see silhouetted trees and lights adorned in neighbouring windows. Dressing your own windows is easy, takes just a little bit of work on your part, and yields a gorgeous result.

Here are a few ways to safely decorate your windows for the holidays.

1. Shutters

Your shutters, if you have them, are decorative pieces you can make all the more festive. You can go as complex as running a string of outdoor lights around them, or as simple as popping on a single red bow and calling it a day!

2. Overhangs

Reading near the window

If you already suspend a curtain rod over your window, take advantage and hang ornaments neatly in the window with clear fishing wire. It’s a different sort of look, but if you use the right colours and ornament shapes together it can make a real statement.

3. Window Frames

Decking out the inner frame of your window with some garland will give you that festive shade of green, and you can tuck in some colourful ornaments or wind a string of fairy lights around it to complete the look.

This idea works both indoors and outdoors. Just make sure your lights can handle the cold.

 

4. Panes

Window clings are a quick and aesthetically pleasing way to decorate your glass panes. Clings are typically made of vinyl, and the adhesive on them allows you to remove and reapply them easily and without a sticky residue to clean.

5. Wreaths

Window Wreath

Wreaths can work pretty much anywhere: centred in windowpanes, hung on doors, or even lain on a coffee table as a centrepiece. It’s also very difficult to overdo it with wreaths. If you have a room with a lot of windows, hanging matching wreaths in each one can make the room feel instantly cosier, and without sacrificing any natural light.

6. Sills

Your windowsills are blank canvases—go ham! Feel free to lift from any idea we’ve listed above. But if you need a place the start, you can’t go wrong with a string of garland, some pinecones and a few tea light candles (the flameless variety, to be extra safe.) If you have any dainty gifts you’ve already wrapped, consider putting them in the window too.

If you’re in need for some brand new windows to decorate this winter, take a look at Polar’s line-up of quality offerings.

 

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How Do Polar Windows Compare To Standard Vinyl Windows?

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Hardware Retention Vinyl on its own has the same screw retention capacity as cardboard. Standard vinyl window frames are 100% vinyl, which can lead to screws loosening or stripping over time. Polar has developed a patented process by hand inserting galvanized steel reinforcements into each window so screws will hold. As a result, our hardware outperforms any other operation window—even wood—in longevity, security, overall performance and sustained value.
Thermal Transference When interior and exterior temperatures differ by more than 40°, insulation efficiency suffers. Many vinyl window manufacturers are content to offer hollow-framed windows. Hollow frames can lead to more heat loss than energy lost through glass. Polar fills the gaps in vinyl window frames with high-density, closed-cell, high-impact foam, resulting in superior thermal performance while increasing the structural integrity of your home’s envelope. Because of this we can offer you a lifetime guarantee on our windows.
Weather Seals Most vinyl window manufacturers create frames with their weather seals permanently attached. This leads to two problems:

  1. If the seal fails, the entire window is compromised.
  2. Failed seals can never provide fully sealed mitered corner joints.
Polar uses Santoprene™, a superior composite product that we apply by hand to all windows and doors. If a seal ever fails, it takes only minutes for our certified technicians to replace it. This ensures your window will perform like new for up to 35 years.
Colour Choice Many vinyl windows are available in only white or off white, which doesn’t offer much in the way of architectural design options. We have developed a proprietary process with our vinyl frame manufacturer that lets us bond any one of 18 different colours of paint to our frames. We offer an industry-leading guarantee on vinyl window colour.
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5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Old Windows

Windows play a big part in the comfort of your home. They let in sunlight and refreshing outdoor air, and they enable the beautiful views of your neighbourhood. But eventually, your windows wear down. We know it can be difficult to tell just how much life your windows have left in them. Here’s a short list of telltale signs that you should move “new windows” to the top of your summer renovations list!

 

  1. Your Windows Won’t Function

 

Do you dread opening your windows? If they get stuck on their tracks, require a lot of jiggling, or don’t stay where you leave them, that’s not normal. Windows, especially wood ones, can warp over time as they take in moisture, causing them to function irregularly or not at all.

You can trust that if your windows don’t lock when they’re closed or require assistance to keep open, they are not properly sealed in the frame and require replacement.

 

  1. You Have High Energy Bills

 

If you had a hole in your house, you would patch it. When your windows aren’t properly sealed and insulated, the controlled air inside your home escapes through these unsealed spaces. Visible spaces in your windows are one thing, but you can detect any unseen drafts in your windows by slowly running your hand or a candle flame around the frames of your windows.

All that extra air your home requires to heat and cool adds up, the result of which is the number you’ll see on your energy bill. New windows seal these gaps properly and for the long term.

 

  1. There’s Noticeable Condensation, Leaking, and Decay

 

Windows are meant to keep the moisture out, not soak it in. You’ll need new windows if you’re noticing an excess of peeling paint, spots of wet wood, and mould. Condensation between the panes of glass in a window is a sign the seal has failed and needs replacing.

The other plus to replacing old looking windows is a significant bump in your home’s general curb appeal. People tend to notice the sharp look of new windows.

 

  1. You Can Hear Everything Outside

 

Your home is your temple. It should keep you comfortable and make you feel relaxed. If you can clearly hear traffic noise, lawn mowers, and noisy neighbours, your home may feel less private than it truly is. Your windows are to blame.

Windows transfer the vibrations of sound outside into your home, and when they’re not thick or properly sealed, they let in a lot of sound pollution. New windows with a professional seal virtually soundproof your home from outside noise. In addition to a visual improvement, you’ll be able to hear the difference too.

 

  1. They Look Awful

 

Because they’re constantly exposed to the elements, your windows require attention and maintenance year-round to ensure they’re performing correctly. However, those frames won’t last forever in the sun and rain. If you’re spending a lot of your time cleaning, scraping, and repainting your windows just to have them look only passable presentable, you may fair better with new windows. You’ll be able to save time, clear away any rusted and rotting materials, and they’ll present beautifully.

 

If your windows are looking a little worn, we can help. Book us for a hassle-free home estimate today.

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Dead as a Doorknob? Yes, in Vancouver

 

From wheelchair ramps to braille on ATMs, society is becoming more inclusive by making the world accessible to individuals with disabilities. The next change will open many doors–literally. Vancouver has amended its building code to require buildings to use levers instead of doorknobs. This will make the city more accessible for the elderly and anyone who suffers from arthritis or weakened hands. This shift follows other changes in architecture and infrastructure, such as cut curbs at sidewalk corners. The aim is to make the city “universally accessible.”

Universally accessible design has the needs of the whole population at its core. Traditional architecture includes adaptations like ramps or external lifts that make structures accessible for individuals with disabilities. On the other hand, universally accessible design makes life easier for able-bodied people as well–consider the times you’ve tried opening doorknobs with your hands full of grocery bags. The mechanics of a lever make this task simpler for all.

While there is a change, it is not necessarily a ban. Old structures with round knobs will be grandfathered in. However, all new structures will be required to use door levers instead of knobs. Structures ranging from homes to government offices will have to comply with the change. Still, many people aren’t accepting this change with open arms. Doorknobs do have aesthetic value, and many old homes have valuable historic hardware.

Vancouver is the only city in Canada with its own building code, which makes it both a building code trend-setter and laboratory for change. It is yet to be seen whether other areas of the country as a whole will embrace the change from round handles to levers.

Thanks to Elvert Barnes for the image.

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Who says paradise can’t be found in your own backyard?

 

The D’Abramo’s were sold on investing in energy efficient windows, so they decided to install nine Polar Windows in their Charleswood home.

Installed was a combination of casement and picture windows as well as a patio door.

Their beautiful back terrace was unusable, as they had no way to access it! With the addition of a patio door they can now enjoy plenty of cold beverages in the hot sun all summer long.

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“The installation went very well.  The fellas were more than accommodating, courteous and very tidy. We are very happy with all aspects of the install and products.”

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Sliding Patio Doors for Your Home

If you have a gorgeous outdoor space, you need the perfect patio door to set the tone and create an inviting entrance for you and your guests.

Usually, the decision comes down to terrace doors, which open and close via hinges, or sliding patio doors, which open and shut horizontally along a sliding track.

While these doors can be more expensive than the typical single exterior door, the payoff is usually 100% worth it.

What Are Sliding Patio Doors

Traditionally, sliding doors consist of two large glass panels; one panel remains fixed and the other slides open and closed, providing a wide entrance to a yard, patio, or deck.

Polar Windows sliding patio door is made from high-performance PVC material. PVC is an excellent choice for sliding patio doors. It is exceptionally energy efficient – complete with all the benefits of our Window Powered Home Technology™ including Power Glass™, Gold Power Spacer™ insulated frame.

For more information call us today!

 

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Patio Doors for Your Home

Patio doors are an attractive door style, incorporating a generous amount of window space to allow access to and from a lovely landscaped space. Typically, they open directly onto a deck, patio or garden. There are usually two options for an exterior entrance to a yard space: sliding patio doors or terrace doors.

Terrace doors are a good option for a smaller room, to conserve wall space, or because you simply enjoy their elegant appearance.

What are Terrace Doors?

Terrace doors, also called patio or garden doors, can come in a variety of sizes, materials, and colors. Polar Windows terrace door units are custom designed to fit any opening, with the option to select an inswing or outswing door as well as having the ability to choose to have your stationary door become a venting opening. In most cases, they are dominated by window space, which allows natural light to come in and provides an inviting view of your outdoor space.

Special features include:

·       Window Powered Homes™ sealed unit

·       Polyurethane core

·       Multi-point stainless steel lock bar

·       Energy rating: U-factor down to 0.17

·       Warranty available on glass and frame

For more information call us today!

 

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How to Measure a Door for Replacement

Spring is right around the corner so you may be thinking about adding some curb appeal by replacing that old worn out door. Here’s some tips on how to measure your door so you can get a quote on the correct sized replacement the first time around.

Once you know how to measure a door, you’ll be able to call in an order in no time, but don’t worry Polar will also measure so we eliminate any sort of error.

Follow the simple steps below:

Step 1: Figure out is the door is a right- or left-hand door and in-swing or out-swing.

Step 2: Draw a diagram to write the appropriate measurements. Take a measurement of the width, height, and thickness (or edge) of the door. Make sure you do not include any other features, like weather stripping or the door sweep, ONLY measure the door. Write down the exact measurements and, in parentheses, round them up to the nearest inch.

Step 3: Measure the width of the door jamb. Again, do not measure any of the trim materials. When you face the jamb, you will take the measurement from the back of the interior trim piece to the back of the exterior trim piece.

Step 4: To be on the safe side, it’s worth measuring the height and width of the framed door space – not including any trim materials.

Now you’re an expert in how to measure a door for replacement!

 

Thanks to https://www.flickr.com/photos/hortulus_aptus/ for the image.

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When is it time to replace my home entry door?

Purchasing a home is an exciting time for most buyers. They may be caught up in the excitement of their new purchase or feel stressed due to their new responsibilities. Fortunately, many homeowners are learning easy ways to increase value and curb appeal on their home. Replacing their home’s entry door is a great option, but most homeowners do not know the signs of a necessary replacement.

Enhance the Home’s Look

Of course, curb appeal is essential for having a beautiful and valuable home. The front entrance is what people first see, so creating a good first impression is key. Fortunately, there are many options in beautiful entry doors that offer a new look with quality construction. Homeowners can choose a traditional steel door painted in a color to match the home, or a more dramatic front door with glass and elaborate hardware. The possibilities are endless.

Lack of Function

After a while, many homeowners will have to deal with improper function in their front doors. The locks may be outdated, worn down, and the hinges may be rusting in dramatic ways. The replacement of these entry doors can offer a suitable solution to a front door that is not easily opened.

Proper maintenance of a home is imperative. Not only will homeowners see the added value to the home, but they will also be able to protect this expensive investment.

 

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