Most frequent questions and answers
Basically the older your windows and doors are, the more money you’re losing in energy bills on a monthly basis. This isn’t just due to modern products being of a higher quality with better thermal resistance, but the natural shifting of your home that occurs over the years causing gaps and voids. The very first thing that a new window and door installation does is reduce that heat loss through the window glass itself. The added advantage is when we open up the walls and siding, we can reapply and upgrade insulation while identifying exactly what’s going on with the ‘innards’ of your home.
The savings are real too. The National Research Council of Canada reports that upgrading all the windows and doors in your home can result in a 16% reduction in utility bills.
The immediate answer is yes! Just how much savings is hard to determine because there are other factors that go into utility bill costs such as the level of insulation in your home and the climate you live in. A good rule of thumb is that the older your current windows and doors are the more savings you’ll achieve with a new installation. Modern products have evolved even from those manufactured 15 years ago. If your windows and doors are 25 years or older or more you’re likely experiencing a very significant amount of heated and cooled air loss. It should also be noted that new windows and doors not only reduce utility bills, they also save wear and tear on your HVAC system which in turn allows it to last longer.
All Energy Star products have a symbol and label on them that indicates they have been certified to meet stringent technical requirements. Always look for the Energy Star label when browsing for replacement windows.
Vinyl windows are one of the most popular in the industry because they are the ideal combination of performance with price. Vinyl windows are virtually maintenance free and can have excellent energy efficiency. Vinyl is also very durable. Vinyl is resistant to moisture and will not crack or peel even when exposed to the elements.
Steel doors are known for their strength and durability and they are also your best choice if security is a priority for your home. Steel doors have become the most popular entry door in Canada because more people prefer not to have to deal with the need for regular staining, painting, and other maintenance. Steel doors protect against the elements while maintaining bright, contrasting aesthetics that improve your home’s curb appeal.Accordion Content
You can actively identify if your windows need to be replace by being aware of the following:
- You notice a fog, condensation, or moisture on your glass consistently. When the view through your window becomes hazy like this it usually indicates that a seal has failed.
- Certain areas of your home become faded from where the sun enters the window. This could be furniture, carpeting, or even hardwood and it means you need to upgrade windows because your current models are allowing harmful UV rays to enter your home.
- Your current windows are not rated for the new climate regulations. Colder climates require a higher ER rating to satisfy energy efficiency recommendations. Your windows are grandfathered in and a replacement isn’t mandatory, but just know the amount of energy you are losing by having these lower quality units installed.
- If your windows are having difficulty opening, closing, and locking it could be time for replacement windows or at the very least a repair. Having a window that doesn’t properly open is a violation of building codes and is a huge safety risk in case of a fire.
- Rotting or pealing wood means the windows are past their prime and ready for a replacement. The older your windows are, obviously the more likely this occurrence will be.