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What’s the deal with energy efficient vinyl windows?
Jul 21 / 14

What’s the deal with energy efficient vinyl windows? Are they really worth it?

If you are a homeowner, you may be interested in energy efficient vinyl windows. A big benefit of using them is the fact that they put money right back into your pocket via savings on heating and cooling costs. These savings go beyond lowering your annual heating and cooling costs. In fact, not installing these modern windows will cost you money every month and every year in heating and cooling costs. Although initially they will cost you a bit more than standard windows, they pay for themselves within the first few years you enjoy them in your home. (more…)

Cheap Windows vs High Quality Windows
Jul 17 / 14

Cheap Windows vs High Quality Windows

Choosing inexpensive or poor quality windows over top quality windows from a reputable company, will cost you in the long run. Cheap windows will cause problems in the future whether it is from breakage, low energy efficiency allowing in drafts, flaws, poor hardware such as clasps and handles, and could be a security risk for your home or cottage.

What are “cheap windows”? In a general sense, windows that are poorly constructed and with little or no extras are considered bargain windows. You get what you pay for! But with a little research, and some ingenuity, you can find something more in line with your budget.

No house has just one window – in fact, somewhere in the neighbourhood of twenty is typical in most dwellings. A difference in price of say fifty dollars may be easy to digest in one item, but multiply that by all the necessary windows that need replacing and you are looking at much bigger costs. (more…)

Great Reasons to Hire a Professional Window Installer
Jul 14 / 14

7 Reasons to Hire a Professional Window Installer

Repairs and renovations to your home are important, timely, costly and critical. Cutting corners for the sake of saving money can actually cost more in the long run. Short term fixes such as using caulking or sealant on leaks, or applying weather stripping, may do just that, short term fixing. But to replace a whole window, and to ensure it is sized and sealed expertly, takes an industry professional to eliminate the guesswork, the mistakes, and the potential extra cost it might lead to have the job done again.

Poorly installed windows can end up being the cause of a lot of trouble, not only financially, but also in terms of your safety and security, creating easy entry points for intruders and animals.

Window installation requires a great deal of detailed work. A person trained with a high skill level in this ability is necessary for it to be done properly. Understandably it may be more economical to do this task yourself, but errors are costly. It is highly likely poorly installed windows can cause damage to the structure of your home. If your home is not properly sealed, more problems will undoubtedly ensue.

In the Greater Toronto Area, there are plenty of professionals who can properly install new windows in your home or cottage for numerous reasons: (more…)

When should I replace the windows in my house?

When should I replace windows in my house?

Your home. Your abode, your palace, your haven. Likely the biggest investment you will ever make. And as with any investment, you want to keep it in top shape, not just for function but for esthetics as well.

If you are pondering whether or not to replace windows in your home, cottage or vacation property, it can be as big an undertaking as you decide. There are factors that can help you with this decision, and criteria in making the right choices.

Deciding whether or not to replace any windows begins with assessing the current windows you have. In some case, windows can be repaired or reused in other places. Knowing which replacement projects will get you the most value in terms of costs and deficiency, is critical.

Efficiency – A window that allows in a draft is not doing its job. Measuring the amount of draft isn’t even necessary. If you can feel it, it is there. Or, bring a candle nearby to see if there is evidence of air movement. When there is, the window likely needs replacing. A little weather stripping might be a short term fix, but your heating bill can reflect and measure either a poorly running furnace, poor window efficiency, or both. Windows working with efficiency will also create some adequate barrier to outside noise.

Understanding what allows drafts to penetrate may help in deciding whether to replace the window. Wood windows can become warped. This is due to moisture in the wood and can even make the window seem tight, or difficult to open and close. When the window frame expands, the gap it creates allows for a draft. Weather stripping or sealants can be a short-term fix, but it too can contract and expand which means the problem will likely return.

Hot or cool spots near the inside of the window can be detected on the glass itself which is another indicator your windows are not working to the best ability. (more…)

Low-E, Low-E2, Low-E3 Windows?
Jun 15 / 14

Low E Glass

Low-E, Low-E2, Low-E3 Windows: Which Should I Choose?

The ratings for glass are a bit more complicated than ones we are used to for insulation qualities. With insulation, we expect the higher R value to be a better insulator than one with a low. This is a fairly normal industry standard that has been around a good many years. The problem with window technology is that it is continuously changing and advancing. In recent years we have seen the gain of greater energy efficient models that meet a variety of goals for home owners in different climates. These ratings are not as simple as an insulator that just requires the manufacturer to increment the number to reflect effectiveness. In addition, more have been added. Understanding these values as a consumer and homeowner will ensure you do not end up spending money on features for windows you do not really need. While most windows sales representatives are not out to rip you off, you can still approach the purchase with a good amount of research and knowledge behind you. (more…)

Pros and Cons of Triple-Pane Windows

Triple Pane Windows

What’s the difference between single, double, and triple-pane windows? Not surprisingly, windows with one layer of glass are called single-pane, two layers are referred to as double-pane (or double glazed), and finally, triple-pane windows have three layers of glass. What are the benefits and drawbacks of one more incremental glass sheet? Most people are already somewhat familiar with single and double-pane windows, so let’s talk about the pros and cons of triple-pane glass.
Pros of Triple-Pane Glass (more…)

uPVC Windows

uPVC (un-plasticised Polyvinyl Chloride) windows can be an excellent addition to any home providing a low cost, secure and durable solution to your window needs. In recent years, the use of uPVC has grown rapidly and is now one of the most popular materials used by double glazing companies nationwide. (more…)

Difference between uPVC and PVCu?

It is the same thing. uPVC changed it’s name to PVCu (you may also see it as PVC-U) in the late 1980s to fall in line with Europe. It is called PVCu there because most European languages place the noun (the word PVC in this case) before the adjective (U).
The ‘PVC’ part of it stands for Polyvinyl Chloride. The ‘U’ stands for Un-plasticised. (more…)