What's to know about windows

If you are in the market for windows, perhaps for the first time ever, or new to it within the last 10 years, then you'll want to take look at our "What's to know about 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.

Vinyl 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 could be a trade-off - broad colour selection vs durability.

The Bayview Windows colour picker tool

Sample from our colour options tool

Sometimes it takes a little more than a colour swab to spark the imagination.

Check out the Bayview Windows colour picker tool.

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.

What is an Energy Star Energy Rating?

The higher the ER rating number, the more energy-efficient the window or door.
Although windows and doors do not consume energy, they can be a significant source of energy loss. If you are buying windows with energy efficiency in mind, then the ER will help you make standardized window product comparisons.

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.

What are Energy Star climate zones

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.

Balancing energy costs and comfort - 3 Scenerios

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.

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.