The battle of the panes - double vs triple glazing

triple-glaze vs double-glaze
If you are going through the process of having your windows replaced, you'll hear conflicting arguments for or against triple-glazed verses double-glazed windows.

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.

Free exterior colour!!! Coming in April

Free North Star Exterior Colour
Thinking about taking advantage of the Green Ontario window rebate? What about changing your exterior window colour? If you’re considering both, your timing couldn’t be better.

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.

Is it time to replace your windows?

Understanding windows - Is it time to replace your windows?
In the last 15 years, window technology has advanced dramatically offering energy efficiencies that can save heating & cooling COSTS and increase the year-round comfort level within the home. If big energy is running off with your money, maybe its time for a change?

Everything you need to know about windows

Everything you need to know about windows PDF
Considering replacing the windows in your home? Protect your investment before you make the purchase. Our informative complimentary guide will help you get the most out of your window purchase.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.