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28
03
2016

Windows and Doors Job in Toronto


White windows, brick to brick installation with no brick mould, black exterior doors with 3/4 glass inserts.

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14
03
2016

Retrofit Window Installation


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14
03
2016

Building Vinyl Window Extrusions


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14
03
2016

Brick to Brick Window Installation


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14
03
2016

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19
10
2015

3 Warning Signs that Your Windows are Costing You


Thermometer on a frozen window and cold weather in spring forestThe ultimate heat conductor is glass and this allows the energy to escape easily. Many old or traditional windows are designed with single panes which are placed in aluminum frames and this further lessens their already dreadful energy efficiency.  These days, residential areas can lose almost 20 to 30 percent of cooling and heating energy through their doors and windows. For this reason, replacement windows were designed to solve such problems encountered from older windows.

Since glass conducts heat efficiently, experts in the industry linked an old window to a two inch gap in homes wall which freely allows air to escape and which seriously compromises energy efficiency. Inefficient windows cause cooling and heating systems to work overtime just to make the area comfortable. The HVAC systems guzzle excess energy which leads to a much higher utility cost.

U-factor measures emissivity and R-value measure heat loss resistance. Many old windows hold poor U and R values since these are made of untreated single pane glass which is highly vulnerable to heat absorption and transfer. Low emissivity energy efficient windows put off heat energy from escaping through the window, separating your conditioned indoor environment from ambient outdoor temperatures.

You have to understand that old windows constantly transfer energy and conduct heat.  You can make use of replacement windows since these are designed to prevent absorption and transfer, to preserve home interior temperature while resisting various changes because of outside weather. Bear in mind that replacement windows have the ability to make you more comfortable while allowing you to save a great sum of money too.

If you’re considering replacing old windows to improve energy efficiency of your home, you’re not alone. This is one of the best ways to cut back cooling and heating costs and vital for retaining hear in the cold months. If you’re still puzzled, below are three warning signings which clearly indicate that you need replacement windows:

  • Once your windows encounter frost build up or condensation, touch the glass. If it feels freezing cold in the winter or hot to the touch during summer, this indicates that it requires replacement.
  • During winter, sit beside your window for a minute. If it feels much cooler compared to other parts of the house, this is a clear sign that you are losing heat due to inefficient windows.
  • When window panes start to crack or window frames start rotting or cracking.

A number of homes are still using old or original built windows with single pane glass because of their fear of spending great amount of money. But keeping old windows which are no longer energy efficient can end up costing more over time than replacing your windows now.  The 3 mentioned signs above clearly indicate that your window badly requires replacement. If you’re already encountering these indicators as the winter season is approaching, you should consider getting replacement windows now before temperatures drop even further. Don’t let your old windows hike up your bills and waste energy – get replacement windows now and start reducing your costs!

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14
10
2015

The Secret Weapon Against Winter Heating Bills Revealed!


If it’s too chillwinter windowsy inside your house during winter season and you’re having a hard time in dealing with it, you must not blame the weather because the old window is the one causing it. You have to understand that poorly constructed or old windows can create drafts and transfer all of the heat built up in your house out into the cold, which serves as the ultimate reason for replacing them. The most common cause of excessively high heating bills in the winter season is old windows! New windows are the secret weapon against your winter heating bills, and they’re not just beneficial during colder months but have advantageous all year round.

If you’re thinking that it’s time for you to replace your old windows, you need to give great thought on things you exactly want from it. Do you want something modern like white gleaming vinyl window or traditional with wooden sashes or bay windows? Apart from that, you also need to consider the cost and the amount of money you can save out of monthly energy cost because of improved insulation.

Wood is not just heavy in weight, but especially in maintenance since this requires staining, paint or varnished. This also has the ability to swell or expand under numerous weather conditions and fail to close correctly. On the other hand, metal windows are similar to wooden windows since this can also chip once painted or lose shine if not.
Majority of individuals considers vinyl windows because of ease of maintenance when planning to have their windows replaced. This type of window has the ability to look good even if they have been used for several years. The only thing needed is occasions wipe-down using “vinyl cleaner” to keep it sparkling clean. Below are some other reasons why many people prefer vinyl windows:

  • This type of windows is basically multi glazed and since double-glazed windows are considered as best insulator; triple glazed windows are becoming increasingly popular offer because of the unbelievable energy cost savings they offer. This can keep heat during winter season and increases cooling effect of air condition during summer. If double glaze window is offering one air layer among two panes, the triple glaze windows is providing 2 layers which offer much higher insulation degree.
  • Replacement windows out of vinyl materials are practically scratch free and do not require maintenance. To keep it functional and last for a longer period of time, the only thing needed is to regularly clean and wipe it with vinyl cleaning products, water and plain old soap can also do the job perfectly. NO scrapping or painting, vinyl window don’t age compared to other window materials.
  • Vinyl windows come in wide variety of sizes, colors and styles. Regardless if you prefer sliding or casement windows, there are fascinating colors and sizes that can perfectly suite your need, taste and home style. Double hung or also referred to as sash windows, replicate tradition wooden sashes style in vinyl but with stunning and cleaner sharp lines. Apart from that, you can also make use of bay or bow vinyl windows to maximize room space.
  • When it comes to price, the amount of money you will spend with vinyl windows are much lower compared to other materials. It’s quite unbelievable that you can get immense benefits out of lower price. This type of window is truly fascinating bargain since this does not only save on cooling and heating bills but it saves you from frequent replacement window cost.

 

So what more do you need to know? If you’re looking to reduce your heating bills this winter, new windows are your secret weapon!

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14
07
2014

Tips to Make Your Windows Last


As with any other part of your home, you want your windows to be built to last. Maintenance problems that start out small have a way of snowballing into larger problems. One day it’s a small leak, the next it’s become severe water damage. In short, repairs can be an expensive hassle. However, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Follow these tips to make sure your windows will stand the test of time so you won’t be in need of costly repairs any time soon.

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If you plan on replacing your windows in the very near future, there’s a lot you can do upon installation to make your new windows last a long time.

  • First and foremost, take the time to make sure they are both air and watertight. Seal the opening with waterproof membrane, flashing, and caulk to keep out the water, and seal any air leaks with insulation.
  • Invest in high-quality, modern windows. Double or triple-paned windows will provide much better insulation than single panes.

However, if you do not anticipate replacing your windows any time soon – perhaps you want to keep the charming, historic windows you currently have – that doesn’t mean you are out of options! There are still steps you can take to improve the functionality and extend the lifespan of your current windows.

  • Install storm windows. A good storm window can really boost the energy efficiency of your existing windows, as well as providing a layer of protection. Just make sure not to caulk the bottom edge when you install them, because you want any water that gets in there to drain instead of collecting and causing damage.
  • If you live in an area prone to severe storms, consider getting protective hurricane shutters. These come in a number of different styles, some of which remain installed at all times and some of which are removable.
  • Old window painted shut? Don’t give up hope! You can still return some functionality to that window. Use a utility knife or some similar blade to cut along the seam that has been pained over. If the sash is still stuck, try laying a piece of wood against the frame and whacking it with a mallet. When re-painting, you can avoid this sticky situation by opening and closing the window before the paint finishes drying.
  • Check for air leaks and seal them. Even if the windows were installed years ago, it is never too late to patch up any air leaks. You may be able to feel them with your hand, or use a candle to detect a stream of air moving through. Caulk, fiberglass, or foam insulation are all good options to fill the gap, depending on the location of the leak.
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18
06
2014

Home Window Installation Tips


Every once in a while it comes time to install new windows. Perhaps your current ones are damaged, or maybe they’re old single-pane windows and you want to boost the energy efficiency of your home. Whatever the reason for the new windows, the installation process is an opportunity to really ensure that you have a well-sealed and secure window for years to come. Or, if you are not careful, it’s an opportunity for a lot to go wrong that could cost you in future repairs and headaches.

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Follow these tips for a top-notch DIY window installation!

Choose windows with multiple panes. Windows with multiple panes will be much better at insulating your house and saving on heading and cooling costs.

Make sure you get a window that fits your opening! It might seem like an obvious step to take to some, but it is undoubtedly an important one. Take the measurements of your opening before you go out and buy the new window. As an added precaution, it’s good to dry fit the new window in the opening before you start squeezing in the caulk.

Take measurements and check for level and plumb edges frequently to avoid crooked or bowed windows. At the beginning, measure the height and width of the rough opening along all sides as well as across the middle of each side. Again, after you’ve tentatively situated the window frame but before you secure it in place you should check vertical, horizontal and diagonal measurements as well as checking for plumb and level sides.

Don’t skimp out on waterproofing. If you cut corners when sealing your installation against water leaks now, you run the risk of serious water damage down the road. Go all-in to seal the opening to avoid future headaches and expensive repairs. Using a waterproof membrane and metal flashing along with plenty of caulk is a good idea, because if any one of these barriers fails in some spot, the other two are there to back it up.

Pay attention to those seams! You always want water to be directed out instead of in, so when you are putting in the flashing and waterproof membrane, make sure that it is layered so that the seams face down.

Precise fit is important. Just like with waterproofing, you want to guard against air and heat leaks from day one. Any gaps should be sealed with either expanding foam or fiberglass insulation. If you are using fiberglass, cover it with aluminium tape after fitting it in. In the long run this investment will save you money by being more energy efficient.

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12
05
2014

Why Vinyl Windows Are Simply Better


Vinyl windows are the new trend in windows, and with good reason. They’re just better. At everything. Here are some of the ways in which they rule the windows world.

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Vinyl Windows are Better at Insulation

For some bizarre reason, the standard window frame in North America is made out of thin aluminum. Now, as everyone who took chemistry in high school knows, metal conducts heat. Aluminum in particular is a strong heat conductor. Vinyl, on the other hand, is an excellent insulator on par with thick wood.

However, the advantages go beyond the insulation in the material itself. Vinyl allows for a very tight seal, making it possible to prevent any air from moving into the space between panes of glass. This creates a perfectly insulated space, with dramatic results.

To compare vinyl windows to aluminum-framed windows, let’s look at the science. A typical aluminum-framed double-paned window has an R-value of 0.81, meaning that it allows a transfer 0.81 units of heat per unit of time. By contrast, an aluminum-framed double-paned window has an R-value of 0.39, meaning it allows less than half the heat out or in. Whether you splurge on air conditioning or overspend on heating, it pays to keep the heat where you want it. This advantage is even more apparent when vinyl windows are vacuum-sealed and contain an inert, low-conductivity gas, like argon or krypton. These gasses can bring the R-value down to 0.22, letting past a quarter’s worth of energy for every dollar wasted through aluminum windows.

Vinyl Windows are Easier to Install

Unlike wood or aluminum, vinyl windows come pre-coloured, pre-polished, and pre-assembled. All that is needed is a relatively simple installation process. There is no need to paint or otherwise coat the finished product; it is already prepared to deal with the elements and look great doing it.

Vinyl Windows Last Longer

Unlike other oil-derived polymers, vinyl does not photo-degrade. This means it will retain its shape, strength, and colour even in the face of years of direct exposure to sunlight. While the paint around it fades, the vinyl will remain bright and fresh.

This durability is not just about appearances. Vinyl also expands and contracts much less than wood and aluminum, and also holds up better when exposed to moisture. While other windows become warped and corroded, eventually compromising the seal and allowing heat to cross freely, vinyl windows keep doing the job for decades.

In short, vinyl windows are more efficient, less costly in the long run, safer for the environment, easier to install, easier to maintain, and more long-lasting than any other window frames. They’re just better.

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