If you are looking to replace your windows and you're shopping around, you may have heard the terms "Builders Grade Windows" and "Premium Grade Windows". Can you see the difference?
When making decisions on who to buy your windows from, the comparative information is easy to find. However, it can be a little overwhelming to deal with.
Although at first glance a window seems like a relatively simple concept, when breaking it down for the purposes of describing the individual components, a window can become a complex grouping of whatchamacallits that make it impossible to convey to others.
OK, THE SCIENCE might be a little too technical sounding, after all, window cleaning is a no-brainer.
However there are a few non-obvious tips that could help make your window cleaning more efficient, easier and safer.
Reading window and glass ratings are easily confusing, sometimes the high number is better and sometimes the lower number is better. Here are a few tips to help you out.
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Whether you are looking at a steel, fiberglass or wooden door, the basic parts and terms used have a long historical foundation that goes back hundreds of years.
Most window manufacturers offer a plethora of custom window shapes (architectural windows) to replace existing windows or accommodate new home window installations. Check out our window shape diagram.
When looking at vinyl sliding patio doors, there are lots of options to choose from, this diagram labels most of the common components of a patio door.
Windows are an important element in the passive solar management of your home, providing heating, cooling, and lighting. The basic strategy is to maximize solar heat gain in winter, minimize it in summer, and decrease the annual cost of heating, cooling and electricity.
When looking at the exterior of a window, there are more parts than you’d probably care to remember, and to make things more confusing, there are multiple terms that can be used to describe the same components. This diagram labels the most common terms.
The same technology that has evolved vinyl windows over the last 10 years, has also evolved vinyl sliding patio doors. There's so much more to offer in sliding door options to make maintenance easier, make doorways safer and more secure. And increase the aesthetics in your home. Here's a quick guide to what you should know when buying vinyl sliding doors.
It's not surprising that technology has caught up with something as simple as a window, after all energy-efficiency is a huge concern these days. But the technology has gone far beyond energy efficiency. Want to know more? Check out our "What's to know about buying windows" Info-graphic.
So you’ve finally decided to replace the windows in your home. Often existing windows types are placed in your home based on a generic architectural plan that may not provide you with optimal home functionality.
In the last 10 years, fierce window replacement competition has lead to the development of superior window product offerings that can dramatically save heating and cooling expenses as well as increase the year-round comfort level within the home.
This is definitely the era of the do-it-yourselfers. With on-line videos, tutorials and step-by-step installations that guide you every step of the way, it's hard not to consider taking tools into your own hands. After all, in theory, how hard can it be?
ENERGY STAR qualified products in Canada can be classified into 3 climate zones. To qualify for a zone, a product must meet a minimum set of specifications. But to maximize energy cost-saving efficiency, there are other factors to consider.
Thinking about replacing your windows, here's a bunch of ideas that may spark your Pinterest!
Sometimes it takes a little more than a colour swab to spark the imagination. Check out our little window colour tool.
If you are considering the purchase of exterior colour vinyl windows, not all window manufacturers use the same process, and there is a trade off - broad colour selection vs durability.
Considering door replacement in the Ottawa area. Here's a little video that shows some of the steps from the removal of an old door to the installation and finishing of the new Dimensions steel entrance door.
If you have taken recommended steps to reduce the humidity in your home and continue to experience condensation problems, other problems may exist.
Considering window replacement in the Ottawa area. Here's a short video that shows some of the steps. From the removal of an old window to the installation and finishing of the new North Star vinyl casement window.
Three top steps that you can take to prevent condensation problems from occurring in your home.
Home interior temperature and relative humidity (RH) is often a matter of personal preference, but exceeding recommended humidity levels for extended periods of time can lead to a higher risk of condensation problems on your windows and in your home.
It's easy to ignore the effects of condensation on windows, after all what's a little water? Although sometimes it looks like nothing is happening, it is only a matter of time before the compounding little droplets of water make their way into places you cannot see.
Condensation is a visible condition that can be characterized by fogging and ice formation on the inside of windows. In Ontario, we most often see condensation on windows in extreme temperatures during the winter months.
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