Featured Product: Ostaco Muskokan Folding Door

Since 1981, Ostaco has specialized in the design of exceptionally high quality window and door units. Ostaco is a family owned and operated window and door manufacturer based out of southern Ontario. As the official Muskoka dealer of all Ostaco windows and doors, we’re proud to display their line of high quality products in our showroom.

One of our favourite Ostaco products is their Muskokan Folding Door, a unit designed specially for Muskoka applications, offering cottage owners a high performing alternative to traditional doors, maximizing viewing areas and adding flare to any property.

Why choose Ostaco?
Ostaco is a family-run business through and through. The company takes pride in being able to stay completely family owned and operated as they grow and evolve, retaining a long-standing team of window and door experts.

For over 35, Ostaco has focused on putting customers first, building a highly responsive customer service network that has earned them the trust and admiration of customers around the province. The team works tirelessly to ensure that all window and door units are manufactured to the highest standards. Ostaco is constantly on the cutting edge, focusing much of their efforts on research and development, allowing them to offer Ontario dealers the most advanced window and door products available.

Maximize your living space with convenient folding doors
The Ostaco folding door is the perfect way to maximize your living space and get the most out of that gorgeous Muskoka scenery. The folding door features a sleek 6 9/16” super-duty frame with a slim welded sash that has been specifically designed to take up less space, letting you get the most out of your living space.

A unique multi-panel design fits rooms of any size, making it perfect for cottage projects of any scope. When the folding door is fully retracted, cottagers have direct access to the outside world. In addition to opening up your home or cottage, the Muskokan Folding Door is also a low-maintenance solution. The door’s PVC material makes it virtually maintenance free, with all exposed aluminum being anodized to prevent corrosion. Additionally, the door features sill with a high drain threshold that makes for great water drainage.

A focus on energy efficiency and security
For cottage owners looking to reduce their utility bills, Osctaco folding doors units are extremely energy efficient, having achieved R-Values of 6 and qualified for Energy Star certification. Energy efficient doors reduce the amount of energy loss, keeping your home warmer in the winter time, and cooler in the summer.

Each unit features a multi-chambered mechanically fastened frame and heavy-duty weather sealant around the door’s frame and sashes, which ensures optimal air and water tightness all year long. Security is also a major focus for Ostaco, with all Muskokan Folding Door units featuring an advanced 3-point locking system, with independent locking systems featured on every other panel to keep you and your family safe and secure.

Muskoka Window and Door Centre is the official Muskoka dealer of Ostaco vinyl window products. For more information about the Ostaco Muskokan Folding Door, as well as the full line of Muskoka Window & Door Centre’s high quality line of window and door products, visit our website or contact us today.

Preventing Fires at Your Cottage This Winter

Fire Prevention Week might be over, but the focus on fire safety and prevention should continue all year round. Fires can have life-altering consequences, especially when your personal property is involved. Accidents at your cottage can occur anytime during the year, especially in the winter after you’ve closed your cottage. Being away from the cottage for the season means that you have to think ahead when closing the cottage, taking the proper precautions to avoid the very real threat of fire.

Take a walk around your property

Before leaving your cottage for the season, take a walk around your property and perform an inspection. You should be paying particular attention to any power lines surrounding your home. If these lines look like they’re being threatened by growing tree branches, you’ll want to have them professionally cut or trimmed before you leave. If you don’t own the utility poles on your property, you’ll have to contact your hydro provider to trim branches for you. While you’re considering branches that are at risk of interfering with power lines, remember that they’ll be weighed down by accumulating snowfall and may pose more of a problem than they might currently appear to.

Turn everything off and clean up the cottage

The biggest cause of winter cottage fires is baseboard electric heaters that have been left on over the season. It’s important to turn your baseboard heaters off before leaving for the season to eliminate the threat of fire. If your cottage is heated using central heating or any other type of heating, remember to turn your system down to the lowest setting, or turn it off completely. Take a walk around the interior of your cottage and unplug any appliances that don’t need to be on over the winter.

If you plan on keeping the heat running at a low temperature or appliances plugged in, be sure to clear away any flammable material that may pose a hazard. Fire hazards might include papers, rags, clothing, fuel, firewood, combustibles, and anything else that could catch fire while you’re away. It’s also wise to clean your fireplace, chimney or wood stove if applicable, as it’ll save you time in the spring and reduce the chances of a fire breaking out after you reopen the cottage.

Consider a remote alarm system and proactive road maintenance

For Muskoka cottage owners who are still worried about the possibility of fire over the winter season, a number of alarm systems offer remote fire monitoring that can detect the outbreak of fires and alarm the nearest fire department. Taking proactive measures like this can greatly minimize damage to your property in the event of a fire. It’s also a good idea to consider what might happen if the road to your cottage isn’t taken care of over the season. Snow blockage can slow the approach of the fire department and other first responders to your cottage. In some cases, cottage country fire departments lack the equipment entirely to get into an unplowed road. If your road isn’t currently plowed during the winter season, it might be worth looking into regular road maintenance after storms and major snowfalls to ensure accessibility.

No matter what precautions you’ve taken before leaving your cottage for the winter, it’s recommended that you take photos of everything in and around the property. Doing this will make insurance claims far easier in the event of a fire, theft, or damage to the cottage.

For more information about the high-performance window and door products offered by Muskoka Window & Door Centre, visit our website or contact us today.