New windows help homeowners cut energy bills

As warmer weather approaches, many homeowners in Durham Region will be planning renovations and upgrades, and Royal Windows and Doors in Whitby gears up for its busiest season.

Supplying fully installed windows and doors to homeowners for nearly 20 years it’s been in business, the Whitby-based company prides itself on going the extra mile for customers and on its Energy Star-rated products.

“Taking care of the customer,” says company owner Melanie Hodgson promptly, when asked to describe her business philosophy. “We go out of our way. We try to go out of our way to help people.”

The Royal Windows and Doors showroom at 1380 Hopkins Street in Whitby will give customers a good idea of the array of products and choices available, and they can view windows and doors fully installed. The company can then send someone out to the customer’s house to provide an estimate. All windows and doors are fully installed by Royal Windows and Doors, which supplies an experienced installation crew with more than 10 years’ experience.

The company’s Energy Star-rated windows are manufactured by Vinyl Window Designs, and casement windows come with a patented, magnetic screen. Other choices include sliders, picture windows, bay and bow windows.

Those shopping for exterior doors can choose between fiberglass or steel, and will find a vast selection of sidelights, transoms and hardware to complete the new look. Royal Windows and Doors also carries and installs vinyl patio doors.

Some homeowners will choose to replace all windows in the house at once, while others may decide to do half now and half later, says Mrs. Hodgson. A smaller job might take the installation crew a day, while replacing all of a home’s windows could take three or four days, depending on the size of the house and the number of windows.

Typically, a single door can take three hours to install while a double door entry is a job that can take up to five hours, she adds. Installing a door includes inside trimwork, adjusting the sweep and ensuring the entire door system is airtight and working properly.

Window products carry a lifetime manufacturers’ warranty, and if a customer experiences any issues it’s typically a seal failure with the glass, says Mrs. Hodgson. The manufacturer covers any service cost for the first year, and Royal Windows and Doors covers the cost of a service call for its customers for an additional four years beyond that.

The glass in Energy Star windows deflects the heat of the sun, which reduces the demand on the house’s air conditioning system and saves customers’ money on their energy bills, adds Mrs. Hodgson.

Royal Windows and Doors can be reached at 905-720-1818, or 905-427-1877. Visit the showroom at 1380 Hopkins Street, Whitby.

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