Yes. High quality replacement doors, properly sealed and installed, can have a significant impact on your heating and cooling costs. According to the latest National Research Council of Canada report, replacing all the windows and doors in your house by high energy efficiency products can reduce your energy bill by up to 16%. For an average home with 150$ energy bill per month and an annual increase of 7.5% in energy cost in the last 10 years, the saving equals 12,000$ over 20 years.
The short answer is yes – depending on the condition of your existing windows and doors. They can reduce or eliminate uncomfortable drafts, allow you to have a higher indoor humidity during the winter and keep your home cooler in the summer.
You should only buy windows or doors that are ENERGY STAR certified. ENERGY STAR is a program administered by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) where manufacturers submit their products to be tested and certified as ENERGY STAR compliant. Typically, an ENERGY STAR certified product is in the top 15 to 30 percent of its class for energy performance. Saving energy saves you money and reduces your impact on the environment. For more information on the program and testing methods please visit this website: http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/energy/products/energystar/12519
Most older doors are primarily wood construction. Today, the most popular entry doors in Canada are steel construction doors. Steel is highly durable and won’t crack, warp or come apart and steel doors provide the highlest level of protection from severe storm damage including heavy winds, rain and flying debris. If security and durability are top priorities for your home’s entryway, a steel door is your best choice. A steel door is far stronger than either fiberglass or wood. Steel provides unmathed protection from burglary and forced entry. Steel doors are also very cost-effective to manufacture and offer significant cost advantages over wood and fibreglass doors.
To know whether a new door or window is needed or a replacement part (glass unit, hardware, etc) is all that is required, contact your local window and door company. Look for a company with a solid reputation that will offer a free in-house estimate and that won’t try to get you to change windows or doors unnecessarily.
Our typical appointment lasts approximately 30 minutes. That includes discussing your needs, taking measurements, answering your questions, discussing options and providing you with a written quote before we leave. Of course, if you have more questions or you need more time for the consultation, we will be there for as long as you need. Watch this video to learn what to expect during your in-home consulation.
Our quotes are good for a full year and we will never use high-pressure tactics to push you into making your decision. You will not be required to come to a showroom for another appointment. We do not have time-limited deals and we offer the same volume discount to each potential client. Purchasing doors and windows is a big decision and you should never feel pressured to make a decision.
There are a wide variety of styles, configurations, colours and options available when chosing doors. Our in-home consulation process is designed to make it as easy as possible for you to make the right choice for your home.
We install runners and dropcloths on the floor of your home wherever we walk and we clean up carefully at the end of each installation. Although we try our best to keep your home as clean as possible during the installation, we are doing a renovation and opening walls. As such, you may find that your house will require a light cleaning to remove the last bit of dust after the installation.
Our low expansion foam is designed specifically for window and door installations. It expands to fill voids that fibreglass batt insulation may not effectively reach. Unlike fibreglass, foam acts a vapour barrier that seals openings/gaps and reduce leakage. Stuffed into gaps, compressed fibreglass insulation loses its insulating value. It is also susceptible to moisture that penetrates gaps in the form of water vapour or liquid water from rain, snow and condensation. Over time, that moisture can lead to hold growth. In contrast, insulating foam sealant fills gaps with a water-resistant seal. It expands to take the shape of cracks and voids, forming a long-lasting airtight bond to the vinyl, wood, composite and metal surfaces.
Installing your own doors is always an option. The doors you purchase at a hardware store are typically new home construction grade doors and are generally a lower quality than replacement doors because contractors are typically looking for the cheapest option. You also should consider the benefits of a warranty. We manufacture and install doors backed by an industry leading warranty that covers all labour and parts.
That one’s easy… we have the best warranty in the business. No bull, no tricks or hidden clauses, just a complete fully comprehensive warranty that covers all parts and labour. Click here to find out more.
We are a family owned business that opened our doors in Ottawa in 1982. We started by manufacturing PVC windows under the brand name Nordik Windows and we’ve been installing our windows since 1996 under Lambden Windows and Doors. To learn more about our company history, click here.