What is a window 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.

Understanding the R-value

The R-value which has actually been around for some time now has become an increasingly popular measurement for the use in window sales. How come?

What is a 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.

Understanding visual transmittance in windows

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.

Typical door installation

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.

Typical 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.

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.

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.

Anatomy of a window - interior view

Anatomy of a window - interior view
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 and thingamajigs that make it impossible to convey to others.

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.