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Where does the name JELD-WEN come from?

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JELD-WEN was founded in 1960 as a small Oregon millwork plant with 15 employees. Founder and shareholder, Dick Wendt, wanted a name without conventions such as a city name or a specific product reference, because he didn’t want to limit the companies potential for growth. Drawing from a treasured childhood memory, Wendt recalled that his father had bought a small Iowa farm in the early 1930s so that the entire Wendt family would have a productive relaxing place to live during the Depression. When the family held a contest to name the farm, the winning entry was JELD-WEN Acres. It was an acronym for the names of Wendt’s immediate family. “J” is for Jewel, Wendt’s sister; “E” is for Evelyn, his mother; “L” is for Lester; and finally “D” for Dick. The “Wen” is a shortened version of Wendt.

Today, JELD-WEN has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of windows and doors. But we haven’t forgotten about the humble roots and family values that this company was founded on. To learn more about JELD-WEN’s history, visit www.jeld-wen.ca

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What is the purpose of tempered glass?

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Tempered glass is heat-treated to withstand greater pressure, making it less likely to be broken. If it should break, tempered glass will fracture into tiny pieces intended to not seriously cut anyone who should come into contact with it. This makes tempered glass ideal for areas where a person may walk or fall into windows, such as on a patio door or a window where the glass reaches the floor. Building code typically requires tempered glass for areas such as this.

Another area where you will find tempered glass is in large windows next to bathtubs. If you slip in a tub or bathroom and fall through a window that does not have tempered glass, the results could be tragic. Tempered glass is also used in the side windows of cars to reduce injury in the event of a collision. Tempered glass is just one of the many ways that innovative technology is being used to keep us safer in our homes.

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How can windows help keep my home cool during the summer?

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Air conditioning is fantastic on a hot day, but the cost of cooling can add up. Filling an inflatable pool with ice in the backyard isn’t the only way to beat the heat. Windows can play a significant role in the temperature of your home.

Invest in New Windows

Running the AC on high with older or ill-functioning windows in the house can be costly. With all the air that is escaping, your bill is bound to be higher than it needs to be. Replacing those windows with new, energy-efficient models is an excellent way to improve your home’s insulation, keeping cool air in and warm air out.

Consider Low-E Glass

Got a big south-facing window that is generating heat in the home? By choosing a Low-E glass coating that blocks UV rays, you won’t need to run the AC as high to compensate. Comfort engineer your entire home for maximum comfort and energy savings.

Be Energy Smart

If you have a big family, it can be tricky to make sure the windows and doors are closed when they ought to be, but do your best. If you run the AC, make sure all windows and doors are firmly shut. Then, once it cools down in the evening, don’t forget to turn off the AC when you start opening screen windows and patio doors to let a comfortable breeze in. Follow these tips and you can minimize your cooling bill while cranking up the comfort.

FAQ Friday is a weekly feature where we answer Frequently Asked Questions about our products, service or industry. To see other FAQs we’ve answered, visit our FAQ page. If you have a question you don’t see an answer for, just ask in a comment or contact us.

Which is the best time of year to replace windows & doors?

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Summer is considered “busy season” in the world of home renovations. Though this may make it more difficult to book a contractor and ensure the work is done on time, there are certainly some perks to replacing your windows or doors in warmer weather. Depending on where you live, having a big hole in your front door or living room might not be an ideal situation in the middle of January. However, skilled professionals should take measures to minimize heat loss in your home while renovating.

Most window installers will work year-round, even in cold climates. Another reason why you may choose spring or summer to renovate is that it gives you the opportunity to show off your brand new upgrade. Not only do homes tend to look their best in the summer, but people are more likely to be outdoors and take note.

The verdict? Pick a season that works for you and your family. You may have an easier time booking a contractor in the winter, but you’ll get to enjoy the results sooner in the spring. To guarantee your renovation is completed in a timely fashion, book well ahead of time. And, give yourself enough time to shop around for the right contractor.

Can I view the latest JELD-WEN product guides online?

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The short answer: YES!

JELD-WEN takes pride in providing product guides in both traditional and digital formats. This way, whether you want to head down to your local JELD-WEN dealer and flip through a print copy of our latest windows an doors, or feel like hitting the recline handle on your easy chair and looking our products on your tablet or mobile device, the choice is yours.

Our JELD-WEN interactive brochures are also…well, interactive. This means you can click on links, flip to the page of your choice, or enlarge photos or text for easy viewing. Our interactive product guides are optimized to be viewed on tablet, mobile or your home computer. Visit our website to access our brochures online. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the MyJW App.

View the latest JELD-WEN product guides online today at www.jeld-wen.ca

How can I increase my curb appeal on a budget?

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Make your home stand out with a curb appeal boost.

Increasing the curb appeal of your home is one of the hottest trends of summer. Curb appeal refers to making upgrades or improvements to the front, or “curb” facing area of a home, in order to increase its perceived value. Curb appeal improvements can include everything from adding lawn ornaments to completely overhauling your front windows. Here are some quick, on-budget curb-appeal boosters that you can do while considering larger upgrades.

Paint the Front Door

Red, yellow, neon-green, what’s your favourite bright colour? People are painting their front doors every colour of the rainbow in order to make their home stand out. This is an easy, cost-efficient upgrade that can have big results.

Clean up that Yard

Are out of control shrubs and hedges making your front lawn look like a labyrinth? A little bit of trimming and yard clean-up can drastically improve the appearance of your home. You may also consider hiring professional landscapers to really make your home’s façade shine.

Just Hang it 

It could be a festive wreath, a strand of flowers or a vintage birdcage brimming with greenery. Decorative ornaments may seem tripe, but they can be the icing on your curb appeal cake. Follow these three tips, and you will be well on your way to boosting your home’s curb appeal. If you’re interested in making a more substantial investment, such as installing new windows or a new entry door (huge curb appeal boosters!), visit jeld-wen.ca to learn more.

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What is the difference between Single-Hung and Double-Hung windows?

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Suppose you’ve decided on hung windows for your renovation. These windows are a traditional style, reminiscent of simpler times when pies cooled on windows sills and clothes hung on the line. This traditional window style has recently seen a surge in popularity, as buyers are looking to retrofit character homes. So what exactly is the difference between Single-Hung and Double-Hung? Aesthetically, they are nearly identical., there are some functional differences that are worth noting. Here are some key factors to consider:

Cost:

Single-Hung windows tend to cost less. However, Double-Hung come with additional features that may be worth paying for, depending on what you require.

Maintenance:

Single-Hung windows feature one slidable sash. You can open and close the bottom sash, where the top sash remains stationary. Double-Hung windows feature sliding bottom and top sashes. Depending on where your window is located, it can be difficult to clean the exterior glass of a single-hung window. Where cleaning and maintenance are concerned, Double-Hung windows have some distinct advantages.

Ventilation:

Because they have two sliding sashes, instead of one, Double-Hung windows are the superior choice for increased airflow and ventilation. Position the two sashes how you wish to customize your airflow. To summarize, Single-Hung windows have one sliding bottom sash, where Double-Hung have sliding bottom and top sashes. Double-Hung are potentially easier to clean and maintain and are the superior choice for ventilation. However, Single-Hung windows may save you a few bucks. As with all things JELD-WEN, the choice is yours.

Regional Availability:

Double-Hung vinyl windows are currently only available in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada, as part of the DF vinyl collection. Single-hung vinyl windows are available Canada-wide. Siteline® double-hung wood windows are available in all regions.

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What should I do if I Have a Broken Window?

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It’s baseball season, which means lookout, glass! If your home has a broken window, whether it be the consequence of a fastball that got knocked out of the park, or just wear and tear due to old age, it is best to take care of it before it causes injury or leads to further maintenance and repair concerns.

To avoid injury, we strongly advise against trying to remove or repair the window yourself. It is recommended that you speak to a representative at your local JELD-WEN dealer instead. Depending on the make, age and severity of the damage, they will be able to guide you towards a sensible solution. For advice on how to dispose of broken glass, check out the JELD-WEN blog.

To find a JELD-WEN dealer in your neighbourhood, use our handy dealer locator tool. Punch in your postal code and voila! The tool will indicate the closest certified JELD-WEN dealer to your place of residence and even give you directions on how to get there. It’s really that simple. If you find yourself in this situation and are thinking about taking the window replacement route, you can view our vast catalogue of window styles and features at jeld-wen.ca

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Should I choose GBGs or SDLs for my windows?

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Traditionally, windows were made up of small pieces of glass separated by wood mullions, creating the familiar checkered pattern that homeowners know-and-love. Today, we have found a way to preserve the character and style of traditional windows while avoiding certain maintenance concerns. Two popular, modern grille options include Grilles Between Glass (GBG) and Simulated Divided Lites (SDL). Which one is right for your window?

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GBG are a non-removable feature built within the glass, making them an attractive zero-maintenance option. They create the luxurious appearance of traditional grilles, while offering easy cleaning for both interior and exterior glass surfaces.

SDL

 SDL are installed directly on the exterior and interior surfaces of the glass (non-removable), boosting your windows curb appeal potential while re-creating the traditional appearance of a true divided lite. Install an optional shadow bar to complete the authentic look.

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What is a French door?

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A French door adds charm and personality to the home. Commonly thought of as a pair of swinging, glass-panelled doors, a French door refers to any door with glass panels throughout its length. They are commonly positioned in pairs for aesthetic reasons, though sometimes make an elegant addition as a single panel.

JELD-WEN offers a variety of French door glass insert styles, including everything from elegant custom designs to traditional grille patterns. Each glass insert is available in a range of privacy options, from transparent to opaque.

French doors make a classy addition to any bedroom, bathroom or office. They increase the amount of natural light allowed into a room, while adding an eye-catching decorative feature within the home.

To learn more about French doors, speak to your local JELD-WEN dealer. Find a dealer near you.