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By Nigel F. Maynard 

Of all the windows manufacturers shipped in 2019, there is a good chance that one particular style dominated the rest. Window experts are happy the category is growing, but they say there are many other window styles that builders could be using.

When it comes to windows, American home buyers and builders have traditionally been, well, traditional, selecting the window style that ranks head and shoulders above the rest—the double- or single-hung.

“Hands down, double hung windows are the most popular,” Auburn, Mass.-based Rescom Exteriors, says on its website. The window and door replacement company says double-hung windows are easy to spot and are well-liked by home owners and buyers because the units are great for ventilation and easy to clean from inside the house.

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How Weather Affects Your Home

(And What You Can Do About It)

Written and Submitted by Natalie Jones of Home Owner Bliss

Weather is a fickle thing. It can be bright and sunny one day, and wet and dreary the next. Because of these ever-changing conditions, homebuilders must design structures that can withstand everything from extreme cold to oppressive heat. But, without proper maintenance, Mother Nature can easily find her way into the nooks and crannies of your home where she can cause all sorts of damage.

The Wind And Rain

When you think about inclement weather, rainstorms are probably what pop into your mind. There is a good reason for that. Rain and high winds are a recipe for disaster if you are not careful. And these elements take a toll where it hurts the most: the roof.

Your roof is your home’s first and most effective line of defense against the elements. Unfortunately, Esurance explains windy conditions can leave this vital component weak and in need of attention. One way that wind causes damage is by ripping the shingles off of your roof. Despite the different styles available, shingles are not a decorative feature. They work to keep water from touching the sub-roof, which is the wood paneling that attaches to the frame of the structure.

If you are planning to sell your home, keep in mind, too, that the condition of the roof can have a profound effect on your home’s selling price and speed. Have any suspected or known damage inspected, but look into replacement if leaks are a continued problem. Damage left unrepaired can quickly tank the value of your investment and make the house unsafe for an abundance of reasons, including wood rot and mold.


The rain and wind are not the only dangers to your roof. It is worth noting that snow and ice can also cause significant damage. Before the snowy season kicks in, check your roof for missing flashing or exposed sub-roof. Ice and snow can get into these areas and lead to cracks. Depending on the age of your house, you might also want to ensure that it meets current guidelines for today’s weather patterns, which the National Research Council of Canada updates every few years. The next update is expected in 2025.


As beautiful as it is, the sun also has a sway on the condition of your house. RISMedia explains that an abundance of solar radiation can cause siding to deteriorate and can also discolor wood surfaces, such as the deck. Some parts of Canada enjoy more than 300 days of sunshine every year. If you live in Ontario, Québec, or Saskatchewan, you’ll definitely want to pay attention to all the light touches. Make sure your wooden surfaces are coated with a protective stain, install new, UV-rated windows (especially in areas that receive direct sunlight), and remove any valuable works of art that might be exposed or have them reframed with specialized glass.

Before you start shopping for windows, however, make sure to visit Natural Resources Canada online. Here, you can find information on your specific climate zone so that you have a better idea of the type of windows that are right for where you live. Make sure to find a licensed and certified contractor (Check the SAWDAC site to locate an independently audited service provider) to ensure your windows are installed correctly. Another resource is Fenestration Canada, which sets industry standards for proper practices. Keep in mind that windows are a significant investment; all three of the above-mentioned resources are free to use and will ensure you have the most up-to-date information available. It is worth a few minutes of time to ensure you get the most out of your home renovation budget.


Droughts are not uncommon throughout Canada. And just as too much rain can cause trouble, so too can a lack thereof. Drought can compromise your home’s foundation; dry soil can lead to cracking, and tree roots hidden well below the ground may inch closer to the structure to compete for all available moisture. Long-term drought conditions can also lead to warped floors, cracked asphalt, sticking windows, broken pipes, and, once the rains return, basement or crawl space leaks.

Protect your home by planning to moisten the soil around your foundation during times of drought. You can also plant small trees and shrubs to offer a bit of shade. Be cautious, however, and ensure trees are far enough from the home that their roots won’t add to the problem down the road. Untamed roots can damage your home’s foundation and cause plumbing problems, up to and including a sewage backup.

If minor foundation problems occur, you might be able to mitigate some damage by adding root barriers and/or cutting down trees that grow too large too fast. Severe foundation failure requires a structural engineer for inspection and repairs. Unfortunately, roots in your plumbing system is also not typically a DIY repair, and it is in your best interest to contact an experienced plumber to rectify the problem once the offending foliage is removed.

Your home is your castle, but it is not an impenetrable fortress. Mother Nature can take advantage of conditions if you aren’t careful. Thankfully, with a bit of maintenance and a professional touch where you need it, you can prevent or reverse issues caused by rain, snow, sun, wind, and heat.


By Tamara Sheedy

It was announced on June 19, 2018, the GreenON program was terminated effective immediate. Any signed contracts in the works would be honored PROVIDING the installation was completed by August 31, 2018 and all rebate applications are submitted by September 30, 2018. Any new contracts would be discarded. Please see for continued postings and updates. 

This will require contractors to double down and hustle. In a world with immediate needs and wants being fulfilled at the simple push of a button, the fenestration industry has continued to be a custom based industry. The expectation to be able to wrap up or complete jobs in a 10 week time frame is unrealistic. The normal and realistic time would be closer to the 12-16 weeks period however with this incentive...

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Pella now offers built-in security sensors for several of its window, patio door, and entry door lines, giving homeowners peace of mind without detracting from the units' appearance. An expansion of Pella’s Insynctive smart solutions line, the factory-installed sensors are available for Designer Series windows and patio doors and Architect Series and Pella entry doors. A Status Indicator lets homeowners know at a glance... 

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Canadian Company Develops New High-Performance Building System

By Nigel F. Maynard

Quebec, Canada-based BONE Structure says it has developed a new building system that constructs stronger, more energy-efficient homes than the industry currently builds. “We have been building houses the same way for 400 years,” says Marc A. Bovet, founder and president of the company.The cost keeps going up and the quality down. A BONE Structure custom home is one that is healthy, energy efficient, and built to last generations.” BONE Structure homes are made primarily from laser-cut-steel components with pre-planned, ready-made highways” to accommodate plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems. Precut insulation panels clip into place between the steel columns and soya-based foam insulation is sprayed on the exterior to seal the building and act as a vapor...

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CODES AND STANDARDS - Can Licensing Be Fixed?

By John Caulfield

The first question that the Mark IV Builders website advises homeowners to ask before hiring any contractor is “Are you licensed?” Yet it’s clear that this Maryland-based company’s owner, Mark Scott, a builder-turned-remodeler with 35 years of experience, has lost faith in the value of a license as a credential. “While the intent [of a license] is to protect the homeowner, the reality is nowhere near that,” Scott says. He believes licensing has little influence on homeowners in a state where 5,000 licensed contractors, he says, capture only about 40 percent of the available work. Unlicensed contractors operate in virtually every nook and cranny of... 

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