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Builders grade windows vs premium grade windows

Builder grade  verses Premium grade vinyl windows - can you tell the difference?

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?

Energy Star window specifications - Comparing Products

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.

Anatomy of a window interior

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.

The science of window cleaning?

Window cleaning - Is it science?

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.

Having trouble reading window ratings?

Energy Rating Example

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.

Everything you need to know about windows

Everything you need to know about windows PDF

If you are considering replacing the windows in your home, protect your investment before you make the purchase. Download our complimentary guide about the important window technology factors that will help you get the most out of your window purchase.

The anatomy of a entrance door - hundreds of years in development.

anatomy of an entrance door

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.

Shaping up your windows - typical custom window shapes

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.

The anatomy of a vinyl sliding patio door

Anatomy of a vinyl patio door

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.

What does it take in today’s window technology to become a climate fighter?

What does it take in today’s window technology to become a climate fighter?

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.

Anatomy of a window - exterior view

anatomy of and exterior window.

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.

What's to know about buying vinyl sliding patio doors

What's to know about sliding patio doors

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.

What's to know about buying windows

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.

Choosing a window type, a practical guide

Ottawa, Kanata, Stittsville, Manotick Window Types

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.

Time to replace your windows?

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.

Professional Window Installation, does it matter?

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?

About being in the zone

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.

Pins to spark the window imagination


Thinking about replacing your windows, here's a bunch of ideas that may spark your Pinterest!

Imagination-aid, a window colour tool

Sample from our colour options tool

Sometimes it takes a little more than a colour swab to spark the imagination. Check out our little window colour tool.

Vinyl exterior window colour, there is a difference!

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.

Typical door installation

Bayview Windows Installers

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.

Will new windows solve your condensation problems?

If you have taken recommended steps to reduce the humidity in your home and continue to experience condensation problems, other problems may exist.

Typical window installation

David Fenn, give thumbs up to completed window installation

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.

How to avoid condensation issues?

Three top steps that you can take to prevent condensation problems from occurring in your home.

Ideal temperature and humidity levels for the Ottawa area


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.

Why it's important to take condensation seriously?

Ice buildup on patio door due to condensation - hard wood floor damage

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.

What causes window condensation?

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.