COVID-19 Update: Muskoka Window & Door Centre Open, Showroom Temporarily Closed

We are Temporarily Closed. Email Us for Estimates or Questions.

On Tuesday, March 17th, the Ontario government declared a state of emergency in the wake of COVID-19’s spread throughout the province. The Premier ordered that all recreational centres, schools, public libraries, daycare facilities, theatres, restaurants, and bars be closed to the public immediately, effective until at least Tuesday, March 31st. While we are not one of these facilities, we want to continue to keep our staff and our clients safe and healthy.

Following the government’s unprecedented announcement, Muskoka Window & Door Centre has made the decision to remain open, but close our showroom and service departments to the public until further notice. While our facilities will remain closed until the risk minimizes, our team continues to operate behind closed doors and remotely where possible.

We’re dedicated to seeing all projects to the end with the same quality we always have, and will continue to take on new projects. When working on window and door installations in and around your home or business, our team will take care to follow proper hygiene and social distancing protocols. Our team will continue to work in the safest manner possible until the threat of COVID-19 dissipates, or until otherwise instructed by the provincial and/or federal government.

The health and safety of our customers and employees is our primary concern. We feel that closing our showroom to the public is the most effective way to flatten the curve and minimize the threat of COVID-19 to the people of Muskoka while still keeping our business open to serve our clients.

If you have any questions or concerns about what this means for you, contact the team at Muskoka Window & Door today, or give us a call toll free at 1-800-461-5495.

Featured Product: Centor S4 Retractable Screen System

With more than six decades in the window and door industry, Centor has deservedly earned a reputation as one of the leading names in high quality door and window design and manufacturing. The third-generation family business specializes in integrated doors, which has earned them universal acclaim throughout the industry. Centor believes that well-engineered products can connect homes and businesses to the world around them, and have made it their mission to make this possible for homeowners everywhere.

Centor recently unveiled the latest in their line of impressive retractable screens – the Centor S4 Screen. The new S4 System provides major improvements to the S1 Screen and Shade, including larger sizes, shade and blind options, postless corner options, seamless operation, discreet retraction, and a durable new frame that can be personalized to your liking. The Centor S4 System is set to debut in the coming months, replacing the S1 retractable screen system which has reigned as one of the industry’s most acclaimed products for over a decade.

The Centor S4 Retractable Screen System
The all new S4 Screen and Shade System is already an award-winning product. Centor was awarded with a Red Dot: Best of the Best 2019 for the Screen and Shade System, recognizing only the most outstanding products in the category. Muskoka Window and Door Centre is proud to be one of the first to offer it in Ontario.

The new S4 Screen System gives homeowners with large door openings everywhere the opportunity to enhance their enjoyment of the outdoors without letting insects in, compromising privacy, or having to deal with heavy glare.

This retractable screen system features unique load balancing technology that allows it to be operated with just a single fingertip. The Centor S4 Screen System glides seamlessly across your entire large door opening, resting at any position you wish. When you’re not letting the outdoors in, the S4 System can discreetly retract into the frame, ensuring that you won’t have any unsightly distractions from your beautiful view when the system isn’t in use.

The discreet retraction protects the screen from dust and dirt, and minimizes the chances for damage, making it perfect for seasonal use. For easy cleaning, the system’s sill cover can be quickly removed.

Unmatched versatility and durability
The S4 System features a screen and shade that are fully retained within its frame, secured in place by tabs in the top and bottom that prevent blow-outs in windy weather. The S4 System screens and shades are available in four different configurations that will suit any style. Homeowners can choose between three different weave styles for the screen mesh, and the luxury shade fabric comes in light-filtering and blackout styles, with a variety of patterns and colours available. Surrounding the screen and shade is a durable aluminum frame, which comes in a wide variety of colours for maximum personalization.

Muskoka Window & Door Centre is a premier installer of Centor door and window products, serving as the manufacturer’s Eastern Canadian distributor. Our close relationship with Centor allows our team to get hands-on training for new products, including the new S4 Retractable Screen System. To find out more about the services offered by the experienced team at Muskoka Window & Door Centre, contact us today.

Opening Your Cottage Early

Spring is finally here – the snow will soon begin to melt, and cottagers from all around the province will soon descend upon the Muskoka region to kick off cottage season. At this point in the season, it’s natural for you to be feeling a little antsy. You might be looking for an opportunity to get away from the city for a while, and as a result, might be considering heading to the cottage a little earlier than you normally would.

Opening your cottage early can have many benefits, allowing you to get ahead of the game so you can start soaking up the sun earlier than everybody else. Opening the cottage early can also present a number of challenges on top of the usual cottage opening checklist that you’ll have to deal with before you can kick back and relax at the cottage. Here’s what you need to know about opening your cottage early this year.

Make sure your road is accessible and you bring shovels and salt
The first thing you’ll need to do before heading out to your cottage is ensure that your road is actually accessible. Check in with your road association or neighbours (if applicable) before you head out.

The last thing you want is to be forced to turn around because you can’t get your vehicle on the road. Roads can be very icy, wet, and slushy during the late winter and early spring, making salt and a shovel a necessity if you wish to get to your cottage without incident. Even in the event that your road has been cleared, be prepared for the last bit of winter to hit and make sure you’re ready to clear snow away.

Will your water still work in colder temperatures?
Just because springtime is upon us, doesn’t mean that subzero temperatures aren’t here to stay for a while longer. Ensuring that your water pumps and lines will work as intended in these temperatures is essential.

These pieces of equipment should be able to function properly around freezing temperatures, but it’s important to stay prepared nonetheless. You’ll have to inspect your water lines, put your pump in the water if it isn’t permanently installed in the lake, and perform other typical cottage opening tasks. Bring the appropriate gear for the occasion such as waders, as snow, ice, and cold temperatures will continue to be present for at least a few weeks.

Keep an eye on your septic system
Snowmelt can lead to excessive water building up in your septic or sump pit, which can lead to backups in tub drains – especially if your septic is only sized for seasonal use. This isn’t usually a problem during the traditional May long weekend cottage opening season, so keep in mind that you’ll have to change your habits slightly to ensure that water does not back up into your home. Doing things like limiting laundry loads, washing dishes by hand, and conserving water in other ways will help prevent backups.

The best time to take care of upgrades and maintenance
Settling in ahead of the May long weekend gives you the distinct advantage of being able to tackle upgrades and maintenance around the cottage. Since few others will be around before the May long weekend, local companies and contractors will have the time to book your projects in. Waiting until the snow has melted means that you’ll be at the back of the line, potentially forcing you to wait all summer before a spot opens.

Opening the cottage early gives you the perfect opportunity to upgrade your windows, doors, and insulation to ensure that the cottage is comfortable all summer long, or you can tackle that nagging maintenance jobs and yard work you’ve been wanting to get around to.

Stay ahead of the game by booking your window and door upgrades with Muskoka Window & Door Centre today.