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5 Reasons to Choose Glass For Your Deck Railing

April 19, 2017

There are many reasons to choose a glass railing system for your patio or deck. Besides the obvious reason of enjoying an unimpeded view, here are 5 other convincing attributes, which make a great case  for choosing glass.

1. Versatile. A glass railing blends well with any style of architecture, adding elegance to a contemporary design, or minimizing the appearance of structures in a rustic design. While there are glass railing styles that have top railings that can be matched to your home exterior, a topless glass railing system takes all of the guesswork out of finding a complementary style.

2. Easy Maintenance. Compare the easy maintenance of glass with having to repaint or re-stain your wooden railings every few years and you can easily see the savings in cost and effort. Other than washing with a squeegee and a bit of soap, a glass railing is practically maintenance free. The tempered glass that's used in glass deck railings can last a life time with proper c…

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Renovation Windows Save Money

February 23, 2017

If your resolutions for 2017 included saving money, you may want to consider adding renovation windows to your savings plan. The recent cold weather was certainly a reminder of how efficient or maybe inefficient your current home energy is. Vinyl windows can replace single pane, or double pane glass in an older home or upgrade less efficient windows. This can prevent the warm air you've already paid to heat from escaping outside.

Canada uses the same standards as the US, determined by the NAFS (National Fenestration Rating Council). These ratings measure the performance of windows by region and by the application. 

When we say that our windows are designed for the west coast, it's because performance ratings are specific to location. The amount of wind pressure a building experiences in one region of Canada will be different from other regions. Likewise, the amount of driving rain that we experience here on the coast is significantly different from other regions. Modern renova…

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Seamless Gutter Installation

October 1, 2016

 seamless gutter installation with Modern gutter truckIt's the rainy season here on the coast, and your home should have a well working drainage system to minimize the effects of winter. An effective gutter system is an integral part of keeping your foundation and basement dry, and maybe even your neighbour's basement too! Modern offers gutter installation services to make it easy, so all you have to do is choose the style and colour. Modern has 15 colours to choose from so you can match your trim to perfectly complement your exterior.  If you're in the do-it-yourself camp, here are some tips on fascia style gutter installation that will help.

Modern offers seamless gutters so that you can get the lengths you need, with minimal hassle. We can produce them on site so they're ready to hang without the need for creating and sealing seams. It's much easier than creating each seam with screws or rivets and creating watertight seals. 

First things first:

1. Make a plan. Measure the length of all sloped roof edges where water will nat…

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French Doors vs Sliding Patio Doors

September 6, 2016

We're routinely asked to provide quotes for French doors to people planning their home renovation projects. As much as we love the look of French doors we will sometimes recommend installing a sliding patio door instead. We carry great options on both of these products, but here's an insider's look at the pros and cons and why you might consider installing a sliding patio door instead.

  1. The Look: People love the look of a traditional French door. It has an undeniable elegance that's mainly associated with the grid pattern. Did you know that we also have sliding vinyl patio doors that have this same pattern? So if it's just the look that you find appealing, read on.
  2. Grids: Sure, the grids on a French door are classy, but they can also be a bit of a pain to clean. With a vinyl patio door, the grid pattern is actually sandwiched between the sealed units, so there are no edges to collect dirt. You get the look you love, and they're a breeze to clean. 
  3. Space Saving: French doors t…

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How to Choose An Awning Fabric

August 2, 2016
Many people don't realize what a difference deck awnings can make to increase the summer comfort of their home. Awnings are as functional as they are decorative so don't let the good looks minimize their impact. They can block both the heat of the sun and the intense sunlight that can fade your deck furniture over time. If you're fortunate enough to live near the water, you know that the glare of the sun on the water can make it harder to enjoy the view. A retractable awning can be there when you need it for shade, and rolls right out of the way when it's not.
Choosing the fabric is the fun part, and should complement the interior and exterior of your home. Sunbrella fabrics have teflon woven right into the fabric to make them water and mold resistant, so whatever pattern or colour you choose (and there are 100+ to choose from) you know it will last. 
1. Pull or blend? You can use the awning fabric colour to blend with your deck furnishing or pull out accents to acce…

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Online Photo Contest

July 15, 2016

We have an online photo contest happening now where you can upload any of your photos that might be captioned with the our tagline "Great Taste In Windows". What that looks like is up to you, and we can let the voters decide! We ran a similar contest several years ago, and which resulted in our featured Modern  "STARS",  a dog named Spencer and a boy named Scott.

We heard that the only way that Spencer would lick the window for the photo was if there was some olive oil in it for him. Only then would he start licking the glass with that goofy dog grin we've become so fond of. What motivated the youngster in the Oshkosh overalls to do the same, we'll never know. What we do know is that Scott is considerably taller now, and likely has great taste in a whole lot of other areas besides glass.

If you have a photo that you think would say someone you know has "Great taste in windows" let us know! The winner will be the photo that gets the most votes after July 26th so upload your…

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Lifestyles and Deck Railings

July 2, 2016
Lifestyles and Deck Railings - 4 Considerations to Help You Make the Right Choice
How do you make the right choice for upgrading your back deck? Here are a few scenarios meant to bring some considerations to mind and help you decide which deck finishing options are the best for you.
1. Your neighbours' lifestyle is like a controversial 24/7 reality TV show. Or, maybe you've always gotten along great with your next door neighbours, and back yard privacy hasn't even crossed your mind for years. Having visual privacy can feel more important to some people than others. If it feels important to you, installing opaque glass panels can add a decorative and private enclosure.
2. You're a handy person. You like projects and don't mind sanding and refinishing your wood railings every couple of years. Not you? Picket railings may be the way to go. The 5 step powder coating process finish is maintenance free and comes with a 20 year limited warranty. Which means you can …

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Patio Covers - Made in the Shade

June 1, 2016

glass patio coverMade in the Shade with Modern.

Add style and function to your outdoor living space this summer with a new patio cover from Modern. Modern offers some attractive options that can help you enjoy the great outdoors even if the weather isn't cooperating. A covered patio is the perfect place to enjoy some quiet time or all of that summer barbecue entertaining you've been looking forward to. You can choose from glass patio covers or aluminum patio covers, both are sturdy enough to handle the weight of the wet coastal snow.

Here's an overview of what our customers love about these products, and some of the most popular features.

1. There are a variety of ways you can choose to attach a patio cover to your home so the installation is pretty straight forward. You can choose fascia, under soffit or a roof mounted model, all of which have a hidden gutter to redirect water into your existing eaves trough system so that you don't have roof run off to worry about. (If you choose to attach …

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Duradek - We've Got You Covered

May 2, 2016

vinyl deck covering using Duradek productDuradek Vinyl Deck Covering
We have a lot of great products available at Modern, including Duradek vinyl deck covering.  As many homeowners are getting ready for the outdoor season and the weather conditions for refinishing your outdoor deck are becoming more cooperative, we thought we’d offer a few tips.
If you’re not already familiar with it, Duradek vinyl deck covering is a great addition to the value of your home for more reasons than that it looks really great.  The vinyl coating offers year round waterproof protection to protect the structure of your deck from the effects of the wet coastal weather we get at other times of the year. It also offers a slip resistance surface for a safer outdoor area and comes in a variety of colours and textures so that it matches perfectly with your existing décor.
 It used to be that having an outdoor deck meant that you had a guaranteed maintenance project every year, but Duradek vinyl deck covering offers a low maintenance alt…

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Aluminum Windows Make A Big Comeback

April 14, 2016

Who chooses to build with aluminum windows in 2016? They're making a big comeback and for good reason! Although people think aluminum windows are a product of the past, we still make them and we're busting all the myths about them not meeting energy standards. In fact, aluminum windows are the new sleek and sexy when it comes to modern home design. 

With an ultra-thin profile that shows off all that beautiful glass without the bulk of frames, Modern aluminum windows are the perfect way to give a classy look to your new home construction. These thermally broken windows have more than just good looks though, they're smart too with an NAFS approval and Energy Star certified rating to conserve energy. 

Seriously though, there are more great reasons to choose aluminum windows from Modern.

1. Local. Our aluminum windows are manufactured right here in Powell River and that's a pretty cool thing that we're very proud of. It means that you're supporting a local manufactu…

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