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What to Consider when Installing Windows and Doors in Canada

With Canada’s climate being temperamental with extreme seasonal swings, there are many issues to take into account when considering new windows and doors for your home. Choosing windows with aesthetic appeal is important, but, for budget conscious homeowners, reliability and energy efficiency is important. It is crucial that heat can be effectively kept inside your home to reduce your energy bills in the winter months.

If improperly installed, even the best windows and doors can be wasteful and may have excessive heat loss.  In houses with older or inefficient heating systems, poorly installed windows and doors will not perform as intended and as a result will not keep the heat in or have any benefit.

Would it surprise you to know that many installers who consider themselves to be “pros”, because they have been installing windows “the same way” for decades, don’t know that windows are more energy efficient when they are set in from the exterior of the building by at least 20mm and ideally at 75mm. This results in more efficient heat flow in your home across the glass surfaces.. This method of recessing windows, also greatly enhances the physical appearance of the property, adding depth of shadow and traditional styling.

Consider the type of glass used. In recent years, many companies have started to offer “intelligent glass” options. Traditional glass is a comparatively poor insulator.  These new types of glass can offer better insulation and help keep a home warmer in winter and cooler during the summer months. While there are a variety of “Low E” glasses available, all have better U values for insulation and heat reflection. You have a choice between glasses that will allow more incoming solar heat depending on your concern of summer comfort vs your level of heat cost savings and comfort in the winter.

You have a good variety to choose from that are right for your requirements and budget.
Double and even triple glazing options are available
When adding other glazed installations to your home, such as skylights, the need for insulated glass is even greater, due to the large and exposed surface area, as we know heat rises. Skylights are a beautiful addition to a home but it is important to ensure that they are energy efficient

Replacing your windows as we all know can be quite a process. Finding a good contractor can take up your time.  The windows in your home do not only add beauty to its outer appearance but they offer protection for your family. The right choice of windows can make a difference in your family’s quality of life.

Knowing when to replace your windows:
• If you have frost building up during the winter and the temperature of your windows are very cold to the touch is a good indicator that it is time to replace them.
• Windows designed to operate that don’t move are more than an annoyance.  When windows get jammed and difficult to open or close  is an additional consideration why you should consider replacing your windows.

 Repairing broken windows can take a toll on your finances and there is no guarantee that everything will work perfectly.

 Considerations and benefits from Replacing Your Windows
• As a homeowner who cares about long term costs, you want to find windows that are energy-efficient. This will help you save money on your utility bills.
• Windows can be custom manufactured to fit perfectly, leaving just the right amount of space for all important insulation between the new window and the rough opening.  Properly measured and installed, you can be sure that your home will remain in tip-top shape and that the whole family will be safe and protected at all times.
• New windows are visually appealing; they add beauty and elegance to your home, not to mention the fact that the re-sale value of the property can be higher as a result.
Hiring the right company to do the job is critical. Installers with many years of “experience” often are simply repeating the same mistakes they learned in what we like to call the “Tim Horton’s University of window installation when they were hired as an assistant to an equally untrained individual who also thought he knew everything!  

You have a lot of options when it comes to replacing your windows. We hope this information can serve as your guide resulting in your complete satisfaction.

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