Yes. High quality replacement windows, 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.
Today’s high-performance windows and doors are far more energy-efficient than products built 25 years ago. Today’s products are more airtight, with advanced technology such as low-emissivity (low-E) glass, inert gas between the panes and better-designed hardware.
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
Vinyl is by far the most popular type of window because of it’s energy efficiency, durability, cost and because it is virtually maintenance-free. Many companies use high quality virgin powder vinyl that is resistant to moisture and will never crack, peel, fade or need to be re-painted or stained.
A vinyl frame with multi-chamber construction and fusion-welded corners is one of the most energy efficient windows available. A wider frame (i.e. 4 1/2 inches versus 3 1/4 inches) is also better because it provides more strength and allows the glass unit to sit closer to the inside wall, increasing the energy efficiency of the window. Finally, on windows with multiple panels, a one-piece frame will provide you with more visibility and less air leakage than a window that consists of multiple panels that are glued or screwed together.
To know whether a new window or door 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.
Replacement grade windows and doors are typically higher quality products than New Home Construction (or Contractor) products. The reason is that new home builders and contractors are looking for the cheapest products they can buy to maximize the return on their project and they usually only offer the minimum warranty by law which is 2 years. Most companies offering replacement windows offer a warranty of 15 years or more because their products are better designed, built and installed.
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 windows and doors is a big decision and you should never feel pressured to make a decision.
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 mold 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 windows is always an option. The windows you purchase at a hardware store are typically new home construction grade windows and are generally a lower quality than replacement window because contractors are typically looking for the cheapest option. You also should consider the benefits of a warranty. We manufacture and install windows backed by an industry leading warranty that covers all labour and parts.
If there is ever a problem with one of your windows just give us a call and we’ll come right over to fix the issue. Our warranty covers 100% of both parts and labour, no questions, no hassles, no bull!
Low-e (Low-emissivity) coatings have been developed to minimize the amount of ultraviolet and infrared light that can pass through glass without compromising the amount of visible light that is transmitted. Low-e glass has a metallic coating on the inside surface to reflect the sun’s rays and to reduce damaging UV rays. Follow this link to find out more about how low-e glass works. http://educationcenter.ppg.com/glasstopics/how_lowe_works.aspx
Argon is an inexpensive, non-toxic, odourless gas that is used in residential windows to insulate the two panes of glass. Argon gas helps to prevent frost from occurring at the bottom of windows and also helps to increase sound proofing characteristics of your window. Argon gas is heavier than air and as such it offers increased R-values and minimizes heat exchange through windows. Argon gas usually improves the u-value by about 10% in a window.
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.