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May 18, 2018 0

Does the pollen during the spring make you wish you could rip your nose off and claw your eyes out? Ok, that may sound dramatic to someone who doesn’t experience allergies—but it’s not. Sometimes, I feel like I can’t get away from it and it’s absolutely maddening. Last spring was especially difficult.

In 2017, after an exceptionally uncomfortable spring with all the sneezing, coughing, and eye-itching I went through (which no amount of over-the-counter allergy medicine could temper), I got to thinking: what can I do to shield myself from the pollen better?

Staring out my window at the thin layer of yellow pollen on my car, it hit me: this old house has VERY old windows… what if the pollen is somehow getting indoors? If it is… I have nowhere to hide…

Well, THAT was a bit dramatic; sure. But, really, the house I bought five years ago here in Brampton, ON is rather old and the windows were original to the home. So, I called my local window and door installation professionals.

After a free in-home meeting with an expert from Brock Doors and Windows, I learned my windows were single-pane glass and warped in many places. No, pollen can’t seep through the single panes (though, my heating and air conditioning sure can), but it can make its way indoors through small leaks around the windows caused by warped and rotting frames—which was apparently an issue for 90% of my windows.

At that point, I had two motivators to get my windows upgraded: my poor sinuses and my heating and air conditioning bills! For so long I didn’t realize I was probably paying a lot to keep my indoors at a comfortable temperature. I had to do something about it.

At first, I was worried about the integrity of the home’s character. But, once I began looking through Brock’s countless options, that worry was silenced. There were so many options for me and so many options for any style home. I chose:

  • Vinyl slider windows for all the bedrooms
  • A new bay window for the kitchen
  • A sliding vinyl patio door with white trim and white hardware
  • Large picture windows for the living room and den with flanking casement windows for added airflow (obviously, not for airflow during the “pollen weeks”)
  • Two side-by-side casement windows over the sink, facing the backyard
  • A skylight for the bathroom

I went all-out. I just couldn’t fathom another pollen-filled spring knowing my windows were warped, costing me extra money on my energy bills and exacerbating my allergies.

So, this spring, my allergies are still an issue from time to time—but my home is a safe haven for me, finally. If you are in the same boat, I would recommend contacting Brock Doors and Windows to see if replacement windows in Brampton, Ontario might help shield your home, too. I’m so glad I did!

Brock Doors and Windows Ltd. | 278 Orenda Road | Brampton, ON, L6T 4X6 | (905) 791-2850

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