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Glazed doors: style and natural light

Whether for a front door, a patio door or even a garage door, a glazed door will enable you to let more natural light into …

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Wooden doors: the numerous possibilities

Front doors, which are a major feature of the façade of any home, are generally made of one of two different types of materials …

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Front doors: welcoming visitors in style

A front door is much more than just the main entrance to your home. Its color, style and dimensions are an integral part of the design of your …

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Steel doors and their advantages

Solid, durable and virtually maintenance-free, steel doors are a popular choice for front doors. Steel doors are energy efficient …

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Portes et Fenêtres Verdun: Quebec-based window manufacturer

These days, it’s more important than ever to buy locally. Given the current health crisis, when it comes to improving their lifestyle, Quebec residents are increasingly …

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Enlarging your window openings: dare to go big!

Window formats have evolved. Current trends favor oversized windows that make your rooms feel more spacious and give you a greater sense of connection with the outdoors. To make the façade of a home more appealing and give the rooms a more streamlined appearance, enlarging the window openings—as well as the door openings—has become an increasingly popular solution.

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Popular PVC windows

PVC doors and windows are becoming more and more popular. Generally used in pipes and profile applications, PVC (polyvinyl chloride) is molded using an extrusion process in which the PVC powder is brought to the melting point and then pushed through a die to create walls. This is why a PVCwindow frame is full of tiny air chambers.

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Hybrid PVC-aluminum windows combine performance and strength

With a density twice as high as PVC, a hybrid PVC-aluminum window allies performance and durability. Thanks to its contemporary looks and revolutionary design, it offers exceptional quality, regardless of the size or style of the window you’re replacing.

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Custom doors and windows for your home

When it comes to windows, customization allows personalizing products in numerous ways, especially with regard to sizes, colors, pane dividers, frosted glass, materials and hardware. Customization is an ideal option for all sorts of projects because, when the products are made to measure, by definition, they fit perfectly in their openings.

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Custom Garage Doors

Garage doors are usually made of aluminum or steel, depending on your specific needs. Because of its light weight, aluminum is an ideal choice for larger garage door openings. Steel, on the other hand, offers a reasonable price and enhanced energy-efficiency. The steel sheets are assembled on wooden frames and the interior is insulated with urethane foam spray. Regardless of the material, every garage door comes with flexible weather-stripping, which molds perfectly to the contours of the concrete floor to prevent heat loss.

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The return of renovations: Portes et Fenêtres Verdun is here for you

We’re back! After a temporary halt in activities because of the confinement situation, our construction worksites and undertakings have resumed operations, as we adjust our way of working in order to protect everyone involved and avoid any risks of propagating COVID-19. With an ever-growing demand for our services since we’ve resumed our activities, at Portes et Fenêtres Verdun, we’re happy that we can once again offer clients the incomparable products and service that have earned us our reputation. The requests for estimates are streaming in, and we’re ready, willing and able to improve your comfort in your residence.

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Patio doors and garden doors

A patio door is synonymous with a panoramic view of the outside world. An indispensable link between your home and your back yard, a patio door is a way of welcoming nature inside. Portes et Fenêtres Verdun can design your patio door to suit your needs, whether you want a door that’s country style or modern, small or oversized.

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Different types of doors

Portes et Fenêtres Verdun offers a wide range of doors of every kind. Whether you need a front door, a patio door or a garage door, we’re sure to have just the right product to satisfy your needs.

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Interior and exterior door maintenance

When periodic housekeeping and cleaning duties are performed, the doors are often overlooked. Whether they’re interior or exterior, they need to be maintained to prevent the accumulation of dirt and grime so you can enjoy them for many years to come. First of all, check all of the sealant joints once a year, including the ones around your front door and the ones around your garage door. If they’re worn, cracked or damaged, it’s important to take care of the problem right away to prevent water from leaking in.

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Garage doors and fire doors

Your garage door is one of the first things people see when they look at your home. It needs to be well-insulated and secure, while sporting a style that matches the rest of the home. A garage door can be single, double or triple and can be fully glazed or have no windows at all, although it’s more common to have some windows, as they let in natural light and lend a more modern look to the façade of your home. Garage doors can be textured or embossed for a more classic appearance and they’re available in a variety of dimensions to fit in with your home’s architecture. They’re also offered in a large selection of colors.

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The wonderful world of front doors

The façade of your home features an indispensable decorative and architectural element: the front door. As a veritable opening to your residence, it can ensure your security and privacy, in addition to enhancing the value of your home. Its esthetic appeal is only equaled by its design, which offers a barrier against the elements. A front door should be chosen with care, depending on the style of your home, your needs in terms of security, privacy and natural light, and the dimensions of the opening.

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New Energy Star requirements for 2020

Energy Star standards were implemented years ago to recognize residential products that respond to stringent criteria in terms of eco-responsibility, with the goal of significantly reducing energy waste. Since then, numerous products ranging from doors and windows to home appliances have been Energy Star certified. Effective January 1, 2020, the Canadian government has implemented new specifications that are much stricter than before. This will make it easier for consumers to ensure that they’re getting maximum insulation, which, in turn will save them even more money on their utility bills.

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Crank windows: features and advantages

Crank windows include casement windows, which pivot on a vertical hinge, and awning windows, which pivot on a horizontal hinge situated at the top of the window. Versatile and modern, they offer several advantages, both esthetic and practical, making them equally popular for use in new constructions and renovations.

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Increase the energy efficiency of exterior doors

The measurement of energy efficiency in an exterior door is slightly different from that of a window. In fact, whether a door receives Energy Star certification or not can be a simple matter of the manufacturing procedure that’s used. These procedures are audited by Canada Natural Resources to respond to strict criteria in order to ensure that every door provides good energy efficiency.

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When to replace an exterior door

Esthetics: Considering that your front door is an important part of the façade of your home, you might want to replace it to update the style of your architecture. When purchasing a new property, it’s also common to replace the front door to fit in with your preferred style. In fact, a new exterior door can completely alter the look of a home.

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Doors and windows: double and triple glazing

Every window and door window is either double- or triple-glazed. The panes of glass are separated by spacers, and the area between them is filled with argon, a gas that’s heavier than air and that considerably reduces heat transfer from the inside to the outside. The thickness of the panes plays a role in the window’s energy efficiency, sound absorption and weight. A low-emissivity (“low-e”) film can be applied to the internal wall of one of the panes of glass. This nearly invisible film blocks out some of the heat emitted from the sun—a major advantage during the summer months. You’ll also find glazing with one or two low-e films, offering maximum efficiency, but reducing solar heat gain during the winter.

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Door and Window Installation in Winter

Many believe that installing doors and windows in winter isn’t recommendable because of the possibility of significant heat loss or a substandard installation. However, for various reasons, the cold season is actually an ideal time to have your doors and windows installed.

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Sash Window Maintenance

A sash window is characterized by two panes—or sashes—with the bottom one sliding upward. Of British origin, sash windows were at one time equipped with a system of pulleys to raise the bottom portion effortlessly. Today, more advanced spring systems are used to raise the lower sash or lower the upper one.

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Basement Windows

Basement windows literally remain in the shadows. Barely visible, their value is more practical than esthetic. In fact, most basement windows are sliding windows, which are convenient and affordable. In basements, you’ll find few casement windows, even fewer awning windows and virtually no sash windows. The advantages of sliding windows in the basement include the fact that they let in a lot of light, thanks to their unobtrusive frames and absence of visible hardware, and that they respond to certain regulations, thanks to the way they open.

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Windows: Maintenance Tips

Adequate maintenance will help you ensure that your windows last for 5 to 10 years, so it’s well worth the trouble! Here are a few tips to help you conserve them as long as possible.

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Patio Doors

A patio door is essential. It’s the entrance to your yard, your outdoor space, your little corner of paradise. It offers you a panoramic view of the outside world. Extra-large patio doors that accentuate this link with the outdoors have become very popular these days. By letting in as much natural light as possible, large patio doors eliminate boundaries.

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The advantages of a company that offers the largest selection of products

The decision to purchase doors and windows is no trifling matter. With an average price tag of $5,000 or more, it’s only natural to look for high-quality products that suit the clients’ budget and desires, as well as the specific needs of their home. Imagine a multi-brand company with doors and windows from a variety of reputable suppliers. You’d be able to compare and contrast all of the products available in the market—a genuine one-stop shopping experience. You are practically guaranteed to find the windows and doors that best suit your needs, in a variety of colors, materials and styles and at a wide range of prices.

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Window Materials | PVC, aluminum, wood

At Portes et Fenêtres Verdun, we offer several choices in window materials to respond to every need, budget and taste. Here are the primary materials that are available, as well as the characteristics of each one.

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Different door materials for different needs

When the time comes to purchase your next doors and windows, the choice of materials is an important element to consider. Here are the principal door materials that are offered at Portes et Fenêtres Verdun.

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Trust the pros for exterior doors installation

The proper installation of a door, whether a front door or a patio door, is essential. A faulty installation can lead to premature wear and tear on the components, reduce the efficiency of your heating and air conditioning, and shorten the life of any product, regardless of its quality. This is why you should entrust the installation of all your doors and windows to professionals. A properly installed door is level, square and plumb. As a result of these adjustments, the door will be supported evenly on its frame, will close easily and won’t be prone to opening by itself.

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Door and Window Installation

Having your doors and windows installed by a team of professionals is essential for ensuring the optimal durability and performance of the products. When you purchase your doors and windows from Portes et Fenêtres Verdun and entrust us with their installation, you can count on us to schedule the installation at the time that’s most convenient for you, while also taking weather constraints into consideration. It’s nice to know that it’s entirely possible to get your doors and windows installed 12 months a year, even during the winter. In fact, our installation techniques are designed to ensure that every product is placed in its opening as quickly as possible, thus minimizing heat loss. Here are the steps to correctly installing your new doors and windows.

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Know when to replace your doors and windows

Did you know that you can save more than 10 percent on your electricity bill by replacing your doors and windows? When talking about insulation, doors and windows shouldn’t be ignored. Their effectiveness is determined by their age, their installation and their manufacture. Do you know the signs that tell you it’s time to replace them?

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Choose the perfect front door

A front door can be a symbolic architectural detail, a design element or an accent. Whether it blends in with the architectural style of the façade or whether it’s eclectic to provide a little extra punch, your front door gives you the opportunity to add a personal touch to your home.

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Glazing, grilles and glass frosting for your doors and windows

Your doors and windows can be personalized in a number of different ways. Not only does Portes et Fenêtres Verdun design every product to order, but you can also add decorative elements and choose the type of glass to match your decor, your tastes and your needs in terms of efficiency.

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Aluminum Windows

Aluminum has been used in windows for a very long time. This strong, durable material can be used in the manufacture of casement windows, awning windows, sliding windows and sash windows of all sizes, thanks to its rigidity. Because aluminum conducts heat, a thermal break (usually made of PVC) is installed in the middle, preventing the transfer of heat between the inside and the outside. Aluminum door and window frames are manufactured using a high-temperature extrusion process, similar to that used to make PVC frames.

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The energy efficiency of your doors and windows

You’ll often hear door and window companies bragging about how incomparably soundproof their products are. But you shouldn’t count on doors and windows alone to ensure the sound insulation of your home. The fact is that the quality of the walls, window frames and other components of your home also come into play in providing an optimal barrier against noise. Doors and windows can also provide solutions to make your home more soundproof, but they, alone, aren’t responsible for that quest.

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Doors and Windows: Obtaining Permits

The purchase of new doors and windows for your home typically entails obtaining a permit to have the work performed. Having to submit an application to the city is often a source of frustration for homeowners, who view the process as interfering with their right to do what they want with their property. However, when you live in a historical neighborhood with its own unique character, it’s only natural to want to conserve the old-fashioned charm of your own property, as well as that of your neighbors. In most neighborhoods, the application for a permit to replace doors and windows is nothing but a formality to ensure that the work is performed up to code. In a historical neighborhood, on the other hand, several additional regulations will apply in order to ensure that the neighborhood’s beauty and uniformity are preserved.

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The top five things to know about new wood windows

Walk down any street in Westmount, NDG or Montreal West and you’ll be struck by the number of beautiful older homes with original wood windows lining the way. Despite their charm, many of these old windows are also drafty, some won’t budge when you try to open or close them, and they aren’t as energy-efficient as their newer counterparts. What to do?

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Wood doors and windows

Of all the materials offered in the door and window market, wood is without a doubt the one with the most character. While wood has good insulating properties in general, its energy efficiency varies literally from tree to tree. Most wood doors and windows are made from resinous trees, such as pine, western hemlock, Douglas fir or cedar, all of which are hard and dense, offering good dimensional stability. Hardwood, such as oak, mahogany, walnut, maple, cherry wood and eucalyptus (which quickly recovers), is also used in the manufacture of wood doors and windows.

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Cremone bolt windows

Cremone bolt windows are, without a doubt, the type of window that best recaptures the historical charm of older buildings. Also known as vintage windows, cremone bolt windows take their name from the city of Cremona, Italy, where they were invented. Their uniqueness lies in the metal mechanism, a latch situated in the middle of the window, which opens the two tongue-and-groove panes toward the inside. Also called a French casement window, this type of window can be manufactured from various materials, including wood and PVC. Cremone bolt windows can be paired with a transom window or fanlight for increased luminosity. They come in a variety of colors and sizes to complement the style of the home or to suit the homeowners’ tastes.

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Sash windows

Among the various types of windows, sash windows have a classic elegance that harmonizes perfectly with a traditional-style home. This unobtrusive window has two panes, the lower of which opens upward to let air in through the bottom. In some sash windows, both panes can open to let warm air move through the top and cold air through the bottom for optimal circulation and indirect ventilation.

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Sliding windows

Efficient and practical, sliding windows are an affordable, cost-effective choice for your home. Perfect for openings of all sizes, this basic window has two panes that slide from right to left to let air in at each side of the frame. Some sliding windows only have one sliding pane; the other one remains stationary, but can be temporarily removed for cleaning. Available in PVC, aluminum or hybrid (a combination of aluminum and PVC), a sliding window locks by means of a latch generally situated at the center of the window on one of the panes.

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Awning windows

Among the various models of crank windows available in the market, the awning window is the most popular, come rain or come shine. It pivots on a horizontal axis and opens outward in order to create a current of air through the bottom part. With this design, you can keep the window partially open to circulate air through the house even when it’s raining. The pane opens and closes with a crank and locks with a latch. Multiple anchorage points ensure that the window closes securely and hermetically, providing optimum weathertightness by preventing any air or water from entering.

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Lepage Millwork at portes et fenêtres Verdun in NDG : The beginning of a new partnership

The decision to purchase doors and windows is no trifling matter. It’s only natural for clients to look for high-quality products that suit their budget and desires, as well as the specific needs of their home. Imagine a multi-brand company with doors and windows from a variety of reputable suppliers. You’d be able to compare and contrast all of the products available in the market.

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Casement windows

Commonly called crank windows, casement windows, which have become very popular in recent years, pivot on a vertical axis. These windows open outward and have a screen installed inside the frame. They can reach a maximum height of around 72 inches.

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Wich window should you choose?

Here is a useful grid of the different types of windows and the many materials available on the market. Whether it is a hung, casement, awning, cremone or sliding window, you will know how to make an informed decision.

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Doors and windows: 10 tips for getting the most for your money

When it comes to home renovation projects, replacing your doors and windows implies a significant investment. How do you make the right choice? Which models are best? What materials are preferable? Who should you hire to do the installation? Here are a few tips on getting the best value for your money, courtesy of the experts at Verdun Doors and Windows.

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Expert consultants to better serve our clients

On the average, replacing doors and windows is something that only happens about 1.2 times in a lifetime. Therefore, it’s an important purchase that should be made from a trusted company that can give you sound advice and guide you in the right direction. Although this process can be a source of concern or even anxiety, you can make it a lot less stressful by following the wise recommendations of the expert consultants at Verdun Doors and Windows.

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The Verdun guarantee on all our products

Replacing your home’s doors and windows isn’t something you do very often. That’s why it’s important to opt for a high-quality product, to do business with a reputable company and, last but not least, to get a good warranty on the products. While many distributors and suppliers claim to have an unbeatable warranty, the fine print may surprise you. To make the best possible choices, here’s a little preview of what you can expect.

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Value for your money at Portes et Fenêtres Verdun

The competition is stiff in the world of doors and windows. There are numerous suppliers in the market, presenting specific products and offering incredible discounts. Portes et Fenêtres Verdun, a manufacturer, distributer and retailer, offers you excellent value for your money on all of our products and services, promising you the best possible transaction. Imagine a multi-brand company with doors and windows from a variety of reputable suppliers. You can browse and compare all of the products available in the market.

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How to choose the right window

Replacing your windows is no small task. A large-scale purchase like this must be carefully planned to prevent any regrets and enjoy peace of mind for many years to come. Here are a few tips to point you in the right direction when the time comes for your next window purchase.

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