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Window Wise Certified Contractor

Karen Steinmann - Friday, October 23, 2015

When considering whether to replace all of the windows in your home, choose a Window Wise Certified Contractor.  Window Wise is a nationally recognized quality assurance program designed to give homeowners peace of mind that their window investment will be a lasting one.  Window Wise approves window replacement manufacturers like North Star Windows and replacement window installation contractors like S.I.S. Exterior Renovations.


The five components of the Window Wise program:


1.    Approved windows:  S.I.S. must install windows that are Window Wise certified.  Window Wise enforces rigid quality standards before granting their seal of approval to a window manufacturer.  North Star windows are Window Wise certified and are the window of choice for all S.I.S. projects.
2.    Certified Contractors:  S.I.S. is a Certified Window Wise contractor.  S.I.S. meets the strict Window Wise standards and is subject to random inspections from Window Wise.
3.    Trained and Certified Installers:  All S.I.S. installers are trained and certified by Window Wise.  The Window Wise program insists that a certified installer must be present at every job.  For certification, an installer must successfully complete the comprehensive Window Wise installation training program. 
4.  Random Job Inspections:  S.I.S. is subject to random job inspections by Window Wise.  Window Wise randomly inspects certified installations to ensure standards are being maintained.  Window Wise installers know they are being continually monitored not just for workmanship but also for professionalism, work ethic and customer service.
5.  Quality Assurance Guarantee:  Your windows will be registered with the Window Wise program.  Your investment is insured for 5 years against failure by a transferable warranty.  This is in addition to the waranties provided by North Star Windows and S.I.S.


If you are looking to replace your windows, call a Window Wise Certified Dealer like S.I.S. to ensure that your investment is guaranteed and will last a lifetime. Contact us for a FREE quote at 403-640-1334 or e-mail us at contact@sisltd.ca.






Portatec Front Entry Doors at S.I.S. in Calgary

Karen Steinmann - Friday, October 23, 2015

Are you looking to replace the front door entry system on your home?  Are you looking for something upscale with classic styling or perhaps something very modern and minimalist?  Look no further than our Portatec custom exterior doors manufactured in Canada.  A beautiful Portatec entry door will give your home that distinguished look and style that you desire.

Portatec doors come in steel, wood or fibreglass.  Choose a painted steel door for the exterior of your home with a wood laminate on the inside. One look to match the outside of your house and an entirely different look made to coordinate with the interior style of your home.  Portatec steel doors are 22 gauge steel, which is significantly thicker than the other steel doors offered on the market.  All Portatec wood doors are protected with a factory applied stain available in 10 standard colours or clear varnish to protect the natural beauty of the wood.  Colour matching to your own stain sample is also available.  Choose from the following wood species: oak, birch, pine, mahogany, cherry and cedar.

Other options available are the exclusive line of decorative glass created by the Portatec team of experts, Noblesse mouldings, Granite Sills, and venting sidelights. Open the new door to your home. 

To view call us at 403-640-1334 or stop by our showroom.  For questions or comments e-mail us at contact@sisltd.ca.

For additional Portatec Door photos see our "Portatec Doors" album on Facebook.  "Like" us while your there!







Replace Your Windows and We'll pay your Heating Bill for the month

Karen Steinmann - Friday, October 23, 2015
Looking to have your windows replaced but concerned about replacing them during the winter weather?  Do WE have an offer for you!  Buy your North Star windows from S.I.S. before November 1st and we will pay your heating bill for the month your windows are installed. Simply provide us with a copy of your gas bill for the month that your windows were installed and we will reimburse you the amount of the natural gas.  It's just that easy.

Want a closer look at the North Star vinyl replacement windows?  Visit our showroom and speak to one of our experienced Renovation Consultants.  North Star Windows are manufactured in Canada and are an attractive, high-quality, energy-efficient replacement window product that have an excellent reputation in the window replacement industry.  Call now at 403-640-1334 or contact us by e-mail at contact@sisltd.ca.







The Benefits of James Hardie Siding

Karen Steinmann - Thursday, October 22, 2015


Are you considering re-siding your home?  Do you like the look of wood but don't have the time or energy to maintain it?  If so, you might consider James Hardie siding or Hardie Board siding as it is sometimes referred to. Wood siding makes a great first impression, but Hardie Board (also known as Hardie Plank) siding makes a great first impression and an impression that lasts.

Some of the attributes of James Hardie siding are as follows:

1.    James Hardie siding is non-combustible and approved for fire-rated construction.
2.    James Hardie siding resists rotting, warping, cracking, hail and high winds up to 150 mph.
3.    The exterior finish on Hardie Board is a baked on paint finish which provides up to 30% better fade resistance than competitive products.
4.    Hardie Board siding is resistant to woodpeckers and other pests that are known to cause damage to wood siding.
5.    Hardie Board siding is twice as thick as vinyl, providing deeper shadow lines and a more natural wood grain texture.

If you would like more information on some of the projects we have completed with Hardie Board siding or would like to schedule an appointment for an estimate, please click HERE, contact us at 403-640-1334 or e-mail directly at contact@sisltd.ca.  Visit our facebook page for more James Hardie project photos.  






RenoMark™ Renovators - Renovators You Can Trust!

Karen Steinmann - Thursday, October 22, 2015

Are you familiar with the Canadian Home Builders Association's RenoMark™ Program?  Did you know that S.I.S. is a RenoMark Renovator?  Only RenoMark Renovators are allowed to use the RenoMark symbol.  This symbol identifies those renovation contractors who have agreed to the Canadian Home Builder's Association - Calgary Region Code of Ethics as well as a renovation-specific code of conduct, who provide warranties, who understand the value of customer service during and following projects, and who are constantly exposed to information on current trends, the latest materials and new regulations.

There are many good reasons to hire a RenoMark Renovator to complete your home renovation project including the following:

A RenoMark Renovator will:

1.    Be a member in good standing of the Canadian Home Builders' Association - Calgary Region.
2.    Abide by the Canadian Home Builders' Association - Calgary Region Code of Ethics.
3.    Provide clients with a detailed, written contract/scope of work for all jobs.
4.    Provide a minimum two (2) year warranty on work (excludes minor home repairs & items covered by manufacturers warranty).
5.    Carry a minimum of $2 million liability insurance.
6.    Have Worker's Compensation Board ("WCB") coverage where required and/or work only with subcontractors who have WCB coverage.
7.    Carry all applicable business licences, as required.
8.    Maintain a professional level of knowledge of current building codes, permit procedures, safety acts and technical skills through continuing education via attending a minimum of four (4) Canadian Home Builders' Association - Calgary Region breakfast sessions per year.
9.    Maintain a safe and organized worksite.
10.   Return phone calls to clients within two (2) business days.

Whether you are looking to change a kitchen window or to add an addition onto your home, we have the expertise and experience to complete any size project.  If you are looking for a competent company for replacement windows, doors, siding (including James Hardie siding), stone, stucco, soffit, fascia, and exterior insulation you are looking at the right company.

Contact S.I.S. at 403-640-1334 for a free quote or e-mail us at contact@sisltd.ca for questions or comments.

Thank you for considering S.I.S. for your exterior renovation project.





How to eliminate condensation on your new windows

Karen Steinmann - Wednesday, October 21, 2015



Having condensation problems on your newly installed replacement windows?  Often times, after installing new replacement windows in a home, customers will contact us wondering why they have condensation build up on their windows.  This is because new replacement windows are airtight and this makes the excess humidity impossible to escape. In comparison, your old windows were probably draughty and the slight cracks that allowed outside air (cold air in winter and hot air in summer) to infiltrate into the inside of your home also allowed the excess moisture in your home to escape.  Your new replacement windows, on the other hand, are energy efficient windows and do not have the same air leakage as the old ones.  There is no draught coming through your new windows to help the moisture build up on the inside of your windows evaporate.  You therefore need to use other measures to reduce the moisture build up in your home.

The biggest step that you can take to reduce the humidity in your home is to lower the setting on your humidifier.  We have found that the most common culprit is the humidifier being set too high coupled with blinds being closed all the way to the bottom and/or curtains drawn.  This combination of events, restricts air from circulating around the window and results in a cooler glass surface which causes condensation to form on the surface of the window itself.  Lower your humidifier setting and open up your blinds and curtains.  These three steps will be the biggest help in eliminating the condensation on your new replacement windows.
 
Click HERE for more detailed information from our window supplier, North Star, on ways to reduce the moisture in your home.  

Call us at 403-640-1334 to answer more questions or to speak to a S.I.S. Renovation Consultant.  E-mail us at contact@sisltd.ca.





How It's Made - James Hardie siding

Karen Steinmann - Tuesday, October 20, 2015

We often have customers ask us how James Hardie siding is made and what raw materials actually go into this product to make it so durable.  James Hardie siding is a fiber cement product made from silica sand, cement and wood pulp and is highly recommended for the Calgary and area siding markets.  Calgary, being geographically situated in hail alley, is prone to receiving sometimes devastating hail storms that cause excessive damage to siding, roofing and windows on residential homes.  Hardie Board siding is extremely tough and is resistant to hail damage, insects and is also non-combustible.  Compare this to vinyl siding which will crack or actually break when impacted by hail stones or other hard objects.  In this regard, Hardie Board siding is definitely superior to vinyl siding.  And for this reason, the James Hardie product has become extremely popular with Calgarians that wish to avoid having their siding replaced every time a hail storm passes through their community.

Are you familiar with the "How It's Made" series on Television?  Click the YouTube link below and watch how James Hardie siding is actually manufactured in the James Hardie factory.  You can see for yourself why this product is so resilient and suited to our Calgary climate. 

Call us today at 403-640-1334 for an estimate on replacing your vinyl siding or stucco with James Hardie siding or e-mail us at contact@sisltd.ca.  You'll be happy you did.

Click HERE for more information on S.I.S. and James Hardie siding.



S.I.S. is a James Hardie Preferred Contractor!

Karen Steinmann - Saturday, October 10, 2015

We are extremely excited to announce that we have recently been granted the "Preferred Contractor" status in the new 2015 James Hardie Contractor Alliance™ program!  In order to be granted this status, we have had to meet specific criteria stipulated by James Hardie Building Products Inc., including providing experienced and professionally trained installation crews and having an extremely high level of customer satisfaction (as determined by Guild Quality surveys).

 



James Hardie siding, otherwise called fiber cement or cement board, is increasingly popular with homeowners considering the undertaking of an exterior renovation on their home.  It is a low-maintenance, durable siding option and one that we recommend as being your best Calgary siding option.  James Hardie siding (also known as Hardiplank or Hardie board siding) is a permanent product that is both beautiful and affordable.  It is also specifically engineered for our northern Calgary climate with superior paint adhesion and moisture resistance as well as a drip edge to provide improved water management.

James Hardie siding resists warping, cracking, hail and high winds up to 240 km/h.  It is also a non-combustible, flame resistant material that is approved for fire-rated construction.  As well, it is insect and woodpecker resistant.  Its appearance can be made to mimic just about any other siding material, including wood lap boards, shingles, wood shake siding, and is currently available in 26 ColorPlus® Technology colors as well as 10 colors of Hardie Trim.

Also available is the HardiePanel® Vertical Siding in the following: smooth finish, stucco finish, Sierra 8" and Cedarmill.  The HardiePanel® can be used in various applications starting from the classic and stately "board and baton" style to the ultra contemporary combination with Easy Trim Reveals panel trims systems. Whatever your look, a combination of James Hardie low maintenance products can be combined to suit your style and taste.
 
For more information, questions or comments, please contact us at 403-640-1334 or contact@sisltd.ca.

 


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