Swinging Patio Doors -
Exploring configurations

Swinging patio door configurations offer a delightful way to blend indoor and outdoor living spaces while maintaining a strong connection with nature. These doors, which can be single swing, double swing, or French doors, provide convenient access and allow an abundance of natural light to flow into the interior.

Sliding Patio Doors -
Exploring options

image of white sliding patio door from inside home
Thinking about replacing your patio door or looking to install one in a new home? There are plenty of patio door options to consider – whether it's aesthetics, functionality, security, energy efficiency, or costs. Here are some tips to help you get exactly what you are shopping for.

*Swinging Patio Doors -
Exploring options

This Story is not yet complete. Looking to enhance your indoor-outdoor living experience with a patio door? Swing open the possibilities with swinging patio doors, also known as garden doors. These elegant additions not only add charm to your home but also offer functionality, security, and energy efficiency. Here's everything you need to know to make the right choice for your space:

What is an R-value?

Move over, traditional window specs - the R-value is taking over the world of window sales! This rating, which has been around for a while, is becoming increasingly popular as a measurement of window efficiency. But why the sudden surge in popularity? Keep reading to find out.

What is a U-factor?

The lower the U-value, the better the window is at keeping the heat in during the winter and the better it insulates
In Ottawa, our windows lose heat to the outside during the colder months and gain heat from the outside during the warmer months. U-factors allow consumers to compare the insulating properties of different window products in order to optimize home comfort.

What is the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient?

the higher the SHGC, the number, the greater the solar gain
Let the sun shine in, or not. The Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) measurement can help you achieve a desired increase or decrease in the amount of solar radiation (heat) passing through a window into your home.

What is visual transmittance?

Understanding Visible Light Transmittance
The amount of light you let into your home is a matter of personal taste. When replacing your windows, understanding the VT will help you get it right.

What is Low-e Glass?

LoE glass, also known as Low-emissivity glass or low-E glass, is a glass with properties that reflect radiant heat, thus potentially improving the thermal efficiency of a window. Emissivity is a measure of how much a glass surface transfers radiant heat through it.

Energy efficiency - breaking down energy ratings

Energy Rating Example
Navigating window and glass ratings can be perplexing, as higher numbers are preferred in some cases while lower numbers are preferred in others. To assist you, here are some helpful tips.

Keeping your energy costs down and comfort level up

Window Optimization - Maximizing comfort and energy efficiency
Windows provide light, warmth and ventilation, but they also decrease home energy-efficiency and can affect the comfort in your home. Choosing the right glass option will allow you to find a balance between energy costs and the desired level of home comfort.

Condensation's year-round semblance - Unmasking a mystery

4 Seasons of condensation
Have you ever wondered why your windows get all fogged up or drippy? It's not just a winter thing! From humid summers to chilly winters, condensation can form on your windows any time of the year.

Today’s window technology fights the climate

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, potentially providing heating, cooling, and lighting. How efficiently they do this can have a profound effect on your home energy costs. There are a lot of things a window manufacturer can do to make windows more efficient, but it's up to you to decide which ones are worth the cost.

Winter humidity and temperature guidelines

Image of optimal thermo-hygrometer reading
As the winter chill settles in Ottawa, maintaining a cosy and healthy indoor environment becomes paramount. Your home's temperature and relative humidity are not just matters of personal preference; they play crucial roles in both your well-being and the integrity of your living space.

Understanding what causes window condensation

In Ontario, winter can bring beautiful sights, but not when it comes to the condensation and ice that forms on your windows. This visible issue can be uncomfortable and even harmful to your home's energy efficiency. Let's explore the common causes of this problem and learn how to prevent it with our expert advice.

Why should you take condensation seriously?

Ice buildup on patio door due to condensation - hard wood floor damage
It's tempting to downplay the effects of window condensation as just a small amount of water, isn't it? However, in reality, these seemingly trivial water droplets can slowly seep into hidden spaces, where they can wreak havoc that may lead to home damage and health issues over time.