An Update on COVID-19

The safety and well-being of our customers, partners, and employees remain our primary focus. Our thoughts are with those directly impacted by the outbreak, and the individuals and organizations on the front-lines. We have been closely monitoring the situation and following the guidance, advice, and direction from the government, healthcare professionals in Canada, and the World Health Organization. Sunview has taken precautionary measures and adjusted our operations to ensure the health and well-being of our employees are maintained as we remain fully operational. Some of these adjustments include: Limiting entry to our buildings to allow only essential personnel Increase in frequency of our sanitation and cleaning processes Internal communications stressing the importance of proper hand washing and social space Instructing all staff to stay home if they or anyone they are in direct contact with has experienced symptoms or COVID-19 or if they have recently traveled outside of Canada for at least two weeks Our top priority is continuing to serve our customers and conduct “business as usual” as best we can and without interruption. Still, we realize that the situation is rapidly evolving, and we may be required to take additional action to protect our employees. We will be sure to provide you with prompt communication as the situation continues to change. Please do not hesitate to reach out to our team at this time if you have any questions. Tony MargiottaPresident, Sunview Patio Doors, Ltd. UPDATE TO OPERATING HOURS During these unprecedented times of adversity and hardship, we are working hard to support one another and to make a difference. As news about coronavirus (COVID-19) grows, so...

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...

Sliding Patio Door Security – The New Reality!

When selecting a new patio door, it’s important to find a product that not only looks good but also doesn’t compromise on security. After all, a patio door, like any exterior entrance, can be an attractive target for thieves. That’s why patio door security is such an important topic and should be a key consideration when buying or upgrading. Decades ago, as patio doors started to become a standard feature in backyards everywhere, there were several issues with security. The glass and materials used to build doors were not as strong as today, and standard locking systems back then were less effective. As well, specialized security options were still being developed. Sliding patio door security, in particular, was a challenge in years gone by. The glass could often be easily and quickly broken. Armed with a crowbar, forced entry was possible by lifting the panels out of the door, or breaking the locking mechanism. However, things have changed drastically since then. Over time, many enhancements have been made to deter would-be burglars from trying to break in through sliding patio doors. From kick locks that prevent panels from being lifted to security bars, to advanced multi-point locking systems, patio door manufacturers and their suppliers have figured out how to build rock-solid security into their products. Another development has been the use of laminated glass. This approach not only makes breaking the glass panels more difficult but also provide higher levels of thermal efficiency, energy savings, and reduced sound transmissions. According to law enforcement people we’ve spoken with, time and noise are two key factors that a would-be thief is...

A Brief Guide for Buying a New Patio Door

A patio door is not just any point of access in a home, it’s a special gateway to the great outdoors, such as your patio, pool, garden or balcony. Buying a patio door isn’t something you do every day, and the purchase needs to offer a combination of style, cost-effectiveness, and functionality in a single package. As simple as the buying process may seem, there are many variables to consider, all of which are important in selecting the best choice to meet your needs. Let’s explore some key areas to keep in mind when making your decision. Material Options Patio doors can be made from metal, wood, plastic, or a combination of these materials found in a new class of doors called hybrids. The right choice can greatly depend on the geographic location and the typical weather conditions in your area. Style preference and budget are also key factors in the equation. Vinyl: The majority of patio doors sold in North America are referred to as “vinyl” since they are made using polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastic. Vinyl doors are extremely durable and long-lasting which makes them a good return on the investment. This material is strong, resilient and easy to maintain. Plus, they are generally less expensive than doors made from other types of materials and vinyl offers superior energy efficiency. Aluminum: Aluminum-made doors are also prominent in the marketplace.  Although aluminum doors generally offer lower thermal performance then vinyl, they are often used in condominium and other commercial developments because of their strength and fire ratings.  Aluminum doors have also become popular since they are lighter than steel,...

Patio Door Test Wall – A Valuable Investment in Quality

Have you ever wondered how patio door manufacturers test and perform quality control on their products? Well, the more sophisticated ones deploy what’s commonly referred to as a test wall.  A test wall is a high-tech and expensive piece of equipment. One expressly designed for simulating how the patio door will stand up to different weather conditions. Test Wall Benefits At Sunview Patio Doors, we constructed the test wall pictured here several months ago. As a result, we have been able to see first-hand, how our doors will perform in real-life situations. Water Resistance There are three primary functions served by the test wall. The first has to do with water resistance. This particular test wall has 240 high-pressure spray nozzles that can simulate a severe storm with horizontally driving rain. By running these tests, we can tell if water is seeping through the seals on the top and sides of the door. Also, we can assess water issues from the seal at the bottom. It reassures us that our doors have been optimally assembled and that the seals are at the level of quality we expect. Air Infiltration The second variable tested with the wall is air infiltration.   The test accurately measures the amount of air leaking through a door at a designated wind speed.  Air resistance is an important part of the energy equation when measuring the efficiency of a patio door. More importantly, it will help with heating and cooling bills. High-Wind Impact Finally, we use another process that simulates the effect of high winds.  These tests allow us to measure how the door behaves in extreme wind conditions.  This test is...