4 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Patio Door

The lightly falling snow of winter can make for a beautiful outdoor scene, but when colder temperatures arrive the last thing you want is for that scene to make its way inside through your sliding glass door. Glass patio doors allow for outdoor views which are second to none, and because insulated glass (multiple panes) are good insulators of heat you can enjoy the view no matter the weather. Many of today’s modern patio doors – including Sunview’s – are manufactured using multiple panes of glass. However, in the depths of winter, even the highest quality patio door can struggle to retain heat when faced with bone-chilling temperatures as low as -30º C. In such cases, you’ll want to winterize your patio door, adding an extra layer of protection from the harsh outdoors. Winterize Your Patio Door Fortunately, we’ve put together a list of four simple ways to winterize your sliding glass door. Don’t get left out or in the cold this winter! Stick to this easy-to-follow guide and keep warm. consult your manufacturer prior to replacing/removing any weatherstripping on your doors 1. Clean the Track The first step you should take to winterize your patio door is to make sure the existing seals aren’t compromised. Every time a person passes through a sliding glass door, there is a possibility that dirt, small rocks or other particulates will land in the door track. Regardless of winterizing or not, throughout the year you should periodically clean out the track so that nothing obstructs or dislodges the door’s bottom seal. The easiest way to clean the door track is to vacuum...

Cleaning Aluminum Patio Doors – A Step-by-Step Guide

Patio doors aren’t like other entrances in a home. While they offer style and functionality, they also act as a gateway to the great outdoors - your backyard, patio, pool, garden, or balcony. To keep your patio door looking and operating its best, you need to ensure you’re performing regular cleaning and upkeep. Whether your door is relatively new or you’re beginning to notice some wear and tear, this guide will provide quick and easy tips on what, when and how to clean your aluminum patio door to extend the value it can provide over the years. What Makes Aluminum So Great? The use of aluminum in manufacturing and construction has been widespread since the early nineteen hundreds. Manhattan’s Empire State Building was the first structure in history to make major use of aluminum components and fabricated structures. The metal was used instead of steel or iron because of its durability and strength; aluminum offers excellent structural integrity but weighs anywhere from 35-65% less than other metals, and aluminum will not rust. A highly durable material, when aluminum is well-maintained, it can keep the same finish and look for decades. However, aluminum is not impervious to damage. Things like exposure to flames, excessive heat, scraping, concrete spillage, stucco, paint, and other harmful construction materials or processes will damage your aluminum patio door and should never come in contact with the glass, frame, and hardware. While resistant to rust and corrosion, exposure to acidic or caustic chemicals can discolour aluminum or ruin the door’s coating or finish. Don’t panic though! We’ll walk you through how to safely and easily clean...

Sunview Patio Doors Celebrates 40th Anniversary as the Company Continues to Accelerate Growth

WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO — December 13, 2018Sunview Patio Doors Ltd. (Sunview) announced today the official celebration of its 40th year in business. The company has grown from a small family-run operation serving Toronto and surrounding areas, to a leading patio door manufacturer with customers across Canada and the United States. With four decades behind them, the team at Sunview proudly reflects on the long, storied history of the company. Originally founded as Sunview Doors in 1978 by the Di Iorio family, the company started with eight employees in a 10,000 sq. ft. facility north of Toronto. In its infancy – and with only a single three-panel aluminum door to sell – the company found early success in the Toronto high-rise development boom of the 1980s. Sunview secured its first international clients in the 1990s with notable sales in Japan, South Africa, and the United States. The company’s performance caught the attention of Canadian extrusions pioneer Vic De Zen who, in 2008, purchased Sunview and brought it into the Vision Group of Companies (Vision Group). “When we decided to buy Sunview Doors in 2008, we knew we were acquiring a company with strong potential for future growth,” said Vic De Zen, Chairman, and Founder of the Vision Group of Companies. “As a member of the Vision Group of Companies, Sunview has been able to turn our world-class extrusion capabilities into high-quality and durable end-user products. The spectacular growth that Sunview has experienced since 2008 is in large part thanks to its vertical integration within our family of companies.” Before becoming a member of the Vision Group, Sunview offered three products (two...

The Vision Group of Companies Announces the Launch of Vision Coatings Limited

WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO — November 05, 2018The Vision Group of Companies (Vision Group) announced today the official launch of a new division within its expanding family of companies, called Vision Coatings Limited (Vision Coatings). The new entity, which is an offshoot of Sunview Patio Doors (Sunview), will provide high-volume finishing services for extrusion companies, window fabricators, and others in the industry. Demand for colour and finishing options in fenestration markets has escalated in recent years. However, many manufacturers struggle to deliver coated components on time and with consistent quality. Over the years, Sunview has offered these services externally on an “as available” basis. However, with the continually growing demand, the Vision Group decided to establish a separate organization focused on finishing as a service in the largest dedicated coating facility in the country. Located in the heart of Vaughan’s business park, in the Greater Toronto Area, Vision Coatings is strategically situated among the Vision Group’s other Ontario-based subsidiaries and just minutes from major highways allowing shorter lead-times and faster delivery. The company operates in a brand new 50,000 sq. ft. facility with a proven high-volume workflow; a 2,000 sq. ft. custom-designed spray booth enclosure to handle virtually any colour or size requirement; and a robust materials handling system. The facility also features its UV ToughCoat technology, a state-of-the-art, automated coating system that is AAMA 615 certified and offers high-volume production, superior heat-resistance, extreme durability, and a broad spectrum of colour choices. “Vision Coatings is a high-growth opportunity for the Vision Group and aligns perfectly with the expanding needs of the markets we serve,” said Vic De Zen, Chairman, and Founder of the...

Sunview Patio Doors’ Leggera Glass Wall System Continues Momentum with Growing Industry Excitement and Accolades

WOODBRIDGE, ONTARIO — October 15, 2018Sunview Patio Doors Ltd. (Sunview) proudly announced today that its Leggera Glass Wall System continues to receive industry praise and recognition in the lead-up to its release early next quarter. Since, it’s official pre-launch at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Convention in New York City in June, pent-up demand from architects and developers across North America has steadily grown. Most recently, the Leggera, which was developed in partnership with Savio Thesan USA, was awarded the prestigious Crystal Achievement Award for Most Innovative Multi-Panel Door at the GlassBuild America conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Crystal Achievement Awards are an annual event organized by Window & Door, a leading trade media organization for the fenestration industry. Nominations for innovative product designs are submitted throughout the preceding year and assessed by an expert panel of judges who select winners across 7 unique categories. This year, Sunview’s Leggera system was considered alongside nearly 100 other nominees, ultimately taking the top prize for the Most Innovative Multi-Panel Door. One Crystal Achievement Awards judge noted: “The use of magnetic levitation is revolutionizing rail transit, and its application to large/heavy sliding door systems will also be revolutionary. The ability to easily move large door/window glass panels holds great potential to increase the market for these systems.” Eliminating rollers and track systems entirely from the design, the Leggera effectively allows for frictionless movement, meaning people can easily slide panels that weigh in excess of 1,000 pounds. This lack of resistance, coupled with its minimal sill height design, also means the Leggera can be easily configured for ADA (American with Disabilities Act)...