Window Replacement Georgina

 

Window Installation

New windows? No problem! Window replacement Georgina is not as daunting a task as many people think and once our friendly staff can step in with helpful advice and guidance, no homeowner will have to worry about how to go about making excellent decisions about windows, installation process, framing choices and energy savings tips & tricks! A good plan of attack is to ascertain how many windows you wish to replace, then create a strategy, like which rooms require fresh air ventilation, which rooms only require natural light without ventilation? Once you have narrowed down which room needs what, that is half the battle won, and makes the next few steps far easier! Working out a good budget to cover the expenses of window replacement can also make all the difference for homeowners and the choices that they can make for their home, cottage or office new windows.

Window Styles

When it comes to the different windows styles, there are some exciting options that comes with picking out new windows. You will see that certain windows (custom made or stock windows) can have ‘extras’ applied, like texturing the glass in panes, tinting the glass, adding glazing layers, selections in grills and much more. You should also know that if you are going to alter the area in the wall where your new window(s) will be installed (this is called a full-frame installation), you are less restricted on how many or how large your new window(s) can be. If you want a similar window to replace the old one and you are happy with having the same size, then a retrofit installation will suffice, providing there is zero damage to the existing frame. If you wish to change up the framing materials used around your windows (both interior and exterior) now’s the chance (wood, vinyl, aluminium, composite and fiberglass are the trendy options for framing materials).
 

Windows Options

Just like anything else that you purchase for your home, windows replacement Georgina come in a variety of options, that can also be mixed to provide an ‘exclusive’ look to your home. For windows that slide up and down, you can look at single hung and double hung windows. Hand crank windows are trending right now (casement windows and awning windows) because of their added security & tighter seal when in the closed and locked down position (great safety feature for families with curious young children). Windows that slide back and forth can be found with end vent slider windows, single slider & double slider windows. Then you have other options like fixed windows that do not open or close at all, they are meant as a means of letting in lots of outside light into a room (picture windows and fixed casement windows). Larger windows like bow windows and bay windows provide you with larger swaths of glass and you can even opt to have fixed panes in the middle with working windows at each end like casement windows (the whole bay or bow window can be designed with all working windows if you prefer, there are many ways to create your own collection!).

Windows Performance

Each rating tells you if your window is going to perform in the correct manner for your home, and as Canada has three climate zones, your new windows must have the appropriate ER (energy rating) to match that zone. Some ratings you can look for are air leakage (measurement of the susceptibility to heat loss and gain), STC rating (sound transmission class), VT (visible transmittance/amount of light that can penetrate through a window), ENERGY STAR certification (energy efficiency), U-factor or U-value (resistance to heat loss), SHGC (solar heat gain coefficient) and R-value (ability to retain heat). You may be curious as to why new windows come with various ratings, and the answer to that is very important…each window manufactured comes with a ‘menu’ of performance factors, so you know exactly what to expect from your new windows.
Windows Glass Performance
 

Window After Care & Maintenance

Your fantastic new windows require a little bit of maintenance that you should attend to at the turn of each season, to keep your windows in peak condition. A little bit of gentle soap and some warm water is all you require to wash your windows, frames and screens, and taking precautions that you properly rinse afterwards, to ensure there is no soapy residue left behind. Windows that have moveable parts (the hardware) also need a bit of extra care besides a good cleaning. Our window specialists will guide you on how to properly lubricate this hardware, what types of lubrication you should use and how often.
S