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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.

Window Maintenance

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.

Windows Installation

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.

Vinyl Windows

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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05
05
2014

Everything You Need to Know About Awning Windows


The Big Stuff

  • Awning windows are a type of casement windows, self-contained double- or triple-paned windows that are cranked shut and lock with a firm thermal seal. As a result, they are much more energy-efficient than many other types of windows.
  • Awning Windows


  • Unlike most casement windows, awning windows open vertically, from the bottom.
  • Awning windows can look a little unusual. Simply put, it’s because they are unusual. Since windows were invented, many windows have opened outwards. However, without the crank system of casements, windows that opened outwards could not be propped up vertically, and so only opened horizontally. Casement windows mostly mimic the old horizontal style, but there is no reason other than style for them to do this.
  • Awning windows can be installed higher than many other types of windows, improving ventilation. Even better, while ventilating your home, the window pane also directs moisture away, preventing it from seeping in.

Where to Use Awning Windows

  • Upper floors. When it comes to providing ventilation to a hot house, the higher, the better. Awning windows up high keep the air flowing without letting the rain in.
  • Bathrooms. Ventilation in bathrooms not only makes them more comfortable, but also prevents steam damage and long-term decreases in property value.
  • Children’s Rooms. Awning windows are constructed in a way that makes both entry and exit difficult. This helps in home security in general, but is most useful in preventing children from opening and falling out.
  • Living Rooms. Awning windows in living rooms are an exception to the usual rule of placing them high for ventilation. Most windows experts will place several awning windows below a fixed bay window. This gives a home a more modern look from the outside and makes it easier to keep windows open during a light rain.

Where Not to Use Awning Windows

  • Anywhere overlooking a path, patio, or play area. The supports of awning windows are hard to see and jut out below the window. These are unfortunately often in the way of people’s heads, at the worst possible times. Keep safe by keeping awning windows away from places people walk or run.
  • Anywhere very hard to reach. Unfortunately, awning windows are more vulnerable than most to dirt and grit blown by the wind. Their supports and latches need to be cleaned more often than casement windows. Save yourself some trips up 12-foot ladders and place them within easy reach.
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24
04
2014

Why Do Most Homeowners Prefer Vinyl Windows?


It wasn’t too long ago that every window you saw on a house was bordered by a wooden frame.  These wooden windows were painted to match the colour of the rest of the house, and in most cases they added quite a lot of aesthetic value to the home.

Vinyl Window

Of course, wooden windows aren’t used nearly as much these days, as they have been replaced in the marketplace by vinyl windows.  This trend is anything but a “new fad” and many homeowners prefer vinyl windows over the traditional stuff, for a variety of reasons.

Saving Money

Saving money seems to be a great reason for liking most things, and vinyl windows are another one to add to the list.  Vinyl windows are energy efficient windows, which means you will save on your energy bills.  Less heat will escape in the winter and less cool air will escape in the summer.

Durability

Vinyl is strong and it is adaptable and it this type of window will last longer than wood in the vast majority of cases.  Wood has a tendency to decay over time and vinyl does not, which means a longer lifetime and fewer replacements or repairs.  The durability factor is also another example of saving money over the long term.

Affordability

Vinyl windows are usually available in prices that meet a variety of different budgets, making them affordable to most homeowners.  Prices will vary depending on the type of windows you prefer, but since vinyl windows are available in so many different styles, the savings are there.

Maintenance

Vinyl windows don’t require painting every couple years, the rain and snow won’t damage the frames and termites will never try to call them home.  The extremely low level of maintenance required for vinyl windows is a big factor in why so many homeowners prefer them to other styles.  They will always look the same, and you can spend your time doing other things.

Noise and Wind

Rattling windows, hearing noises from the outside and feeling the wind from the outside are all issues that happen from time to time, but not with vinyl windows.  They provide a greater level of insulation and the way they are made creates an effective barrier between you and the outside world, when you want a barrier in place.  Quiet when you want quiet, warm when you want warm and cool when you want cool.

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04
04
2014

How to Know When It’s Time to Replace Your Windows?


Even though it may not seem like it, the windows on your home are a lot more than accessories to make it look pretty and a way to see outside.  They provide you with physical comfort and quiet and protection, and even help you to save money.  Faulty windows can cause a host of problems, but many homeowners aren’t sure when they should replace them and when they should just let them be.
Deteriorating Window
Here are some common signs to help you figure it out:

Ease of Use

Quite often, your windows will stop functioning easily when it is time to have them replaced.  They may not open and close all the way, or they do but they’ll stick at some point along the way.  If this is happening to you, get an expert in there to have a look.

You Feel the Breeze

It goes without saying that you shouldn’t feel a breeze through a closed window.  When you’re sitting there watching television or reading and you can feel the wind from the outside but the window is closed, it may be time for a replacement.  Not only is it uncomfortable in the winter, but your energy bill will take a big hit.

Visible Signs of Decay

Visible deterioration of your windows is more evident with wooden windows than modern vinyl windows, but it’s still a big sign that yours need replacing.  With wooden windows, the frames that surround the glass will decay and rot over time, increasing the likelihood of mold.

Condensation and Frost

Condensation and frost build-up on the inside of the glass are two other signs that your windows are ready for replacement.  Write down what the weather conditions were like when you noticed the frost or condensation and be sure to share when with the technician.

Older Styles

Sometimes, your windows are working just fine and there isn’t any damage to speak of, you just want a new style.  This is common when renovations are being done, so the windows don’t lag behind in the style department.  If you have a new roof, siding and doors, old windows will stand out and drag down the aesthetic value of your house.

A full window replacement isn’t always necessary, but the only way to know if it’s a repair or replacement that you need is to call in an expert to have a look.  Give us a call anytime and we’ll let you know what you need.

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06
12
2013

U-Factors for Windows Explained


Energy-Efficient WindowsChoosing an energy-efficient window is not as easy as one might think. There are many factors and ratings to consider. One of these factors is called the U-factor, which refers to the rate of heat loss. Find out more about this measurement and how it can affect your window shopping experience.

What is a U-Factor?

A U-factor is a rating given to energy-efficient windows. The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) created this rating method to help consumers and inspectors determine the window’s insulation value. The Energy Star Program uses the window’s U-factor when evaluating it for certifications and rebate programs.

When it comes to U-factors, lower is better. Windows that are able to insulate a home better by resisting heat flow tend to have a lower U-factor, which is preferable. A U-factor of 0.30 is very good. This rating is typically given to double-paned windows. Some triple-paned windows have U-factors of 0.15, which is even better. The U-factor can apply to just the window glass or to the entire window. When the NFRC rates windows, it rates the entire window, including the spacers, glazing and frame.

Low U-factors are preferable in all types of climates, but even more so in hotter climates. However, cold climates can benefit from them as well, especially in the winter. There are recommendations for U-factors based on climate in the United States:

  • Cold climates in the North: Equal to or less than 0.30
  • Mixed climates in North and Midwest: Equal to or less than 0.32
  • Mixed climates in the central and South regions: Equal to or less than 0.35
  • Hot climates in the South: Equal to or less than 0.60

The U-Factor’s Relationship to R-Value

There are many ratings used to determine how good a window is at preventing heat loss, but many peopleconfuse U-factor with R-value because both are used to measure energy efficiency and insulation value. However, the main difference is that while the U-factor measures a window’s values, the R-value measures the insulation in other areas of the home, such as the roof, under the floor and behind walls.

U-factor and R-value are also related in terms of mathematical equations. If you know a window’s U-factor, you can figure out its R-value; just turn it into a fraction by dividing 1 by the U-factor. If the window, for example, has a U-factor of .25, the R-value would then be 4.

Get the Best Windows for Your Home

If you’re ready to upgrade your windows, let Window Choice help. There are many types of energy-efficient windows available, and some insulate better than others. Our helpful and informative staff can help you choose the right windows for your needs. We have spent more than a decade helping Ontario residents save money on their energy bills. Contact us at (905) 461-2267 or (866) 230-5115 for a quote.

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06
12
2013

What Windows are Right for Your Climate?


Energy Efficient WindowsThe type of climate that you live in should affect the kind of windows that you have installed in your home. Use this guide to help you choose the right type of windows so you can reduce your energy consumption and lower your bills.

Windows for Cold Climates

If you live in a cold climate, you should choose windows that will keep the cold air out and the warm air in. The best framing materials for this kind of weather include:

  • wood
  • fiberglass
  • vinyl

You do not want to choose window frames made of aluminum. Aluminum is a conductor that will let the cold air into your home. Even wood is about 18,000 times more insulating than aluminum.

You should also look for windows that have two or three panes of glass. A single pane doesn’t offer you much protection for the outdoors. When you add another pane of glass, you get a little more insulation. More importantly, you get a chamber that window manufacturers can fill with an insulating gas like argon.

Windows for Hot Climates

People who live in hot climates should also look for windows that offer plenty of insulation. The hot temperatures, however, will force you to choose materials that won’t warp in the middle of summer.

You’ll also want double- or triple-insulated glass filled with argon or a similar gas. Since you probably have a lot of sunlight in your area, though, you’ll want to look for windows that have a UV coating. This coating prevents the sun’s rays from entering your home. The more heat and sunlight that you keep out of your home, the less you’ll need to use your air conditioner.

Windows for Rainy Climates

If you live in a region that gets a lot of rain, then you should look for a window that can repel moisture. Many of today’s window manufacturers treat wood so that it doesn’t get wet, even in the rainiest areas. However, vinyl windows provide the best protection.

You want to keep moisture away from your windows and window frames because water can cause damage. Common damage includes:

  • stains
  • decay
  • mold
  • mildew

You’re looking at a big remodeling job once your windows succumb to one of those problems.

What experiences have you had with windows in your area? Do you think your windows match your climate, or should you replace them to improve your home’s efficiency and avoid costly repairs in the future?

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30
11
2013

Wood vs. Vinyl Replacement Windows


Vinyl Insulated WindowsWhen you decide to replace your home’s windows, you’ll find yourself faced with a big question: wood or vinyl? Window manufacturers use a variety of materials to make their products. Today, though, wood and vinyl stand out as two of the most popular options. Before you take a side, you’ll need to compare the benefits of wood and vinyl to decide which one will work best for you.

The Cost of Wood and Vinyl Windows

There’s no contest when it comes to affordability. Vinyl replacement windows almost always cost less than wood windows. The material costs less and the windows are easier to install. That means you can save hundreds of dollars when you get new windows.

Vinyl windows will also help you save money by lowering the amount of energy you use heating and cooling your house. Vinyl windows often have an interior honeycomb structure that offers better insulation. That means you lower your household bills so you can save money for years to come.

Wood and Vinyl Appearance

Some people feel that wood windows look better than vinyl windows. That’s an aesthetic choice that doesn’t have anything to do with whether one type of window works better.

Wood windows can look very attractive. So can vinyl windows. People who say that vinyl windows don’t look nice are usually thinking of the vinyl windows first made during the 1970s. Today’s manufacturers, however, have learned to produce vinyl windows in a variety of styles. No matter what kind of look you want for your home, you can probably find vinyl windows that match your preference.

Maintaining Wood and Vinyl Windows

Wood windows require quite a bit of upkeep. If you don’t repaint them at least once every few years, water can damage the frames. That can quickly lead to mildew, termites, and other problems that cost a lot to repair.

You never have to paint vinyl windows. They don’t require any paint at all. Vinyl products naturally resist the negative effects of moisture. This helps them look nice and protect your home for decades with little to no maintenance.

That’s a great option for busy families that don’t want to spend time and money painting windows.

Wood and vinyl windows both have their places. Most people, however, find that they get the best experience when they choose vinyl. Once they look at the lower costs, improved efficiency, and low maintenance, they know that vinyl is most often than not the right choice.

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