Blog > Category Post > Updated: 2020-May-28

Windows, you've got options

Thinking about purchasing new windows for your entire home? You've got options, lots of them. But often these options are left to the homeowner to figure out. This comprehensive guide will help you think about your options.

Options are not just there to increase your costs, choosing the right options will increase the comfort and value of your home. Knowing your window options will help you get EXACTLY what you are looking for and ensure that there are no second thoughts after your windows have been installed.

Before you buy new windows for your home, take a walk around the house and think about what is happening in each room at different times of the day. Is it too hot? Is there enough light? Is the view obscured by a modular window design or grills? Remember, the builder of your home probably didn’t give much thought as to how the windows being installed will affect the comfort of your a room. This is your chance to correct that.

Enhance your room

Ventilation

Ventilation from windows can be tricky depending on the layout of a room, where the window is located and whether there are other windows present. Some window types do offer better ventilation than others, so be sure to let your window consultant know of any ventilation concerns.

Interior window finishing (trim)

Most window installers use a standard in-house trim to finish the interior of a window during installation. However, these companies will often substitute other styles as requested by their customers.

Be sure to ask to see a sample before you contract for new windows.

Jam extensions

Many manufacturers provide jam options to match the style of a home or a customers request.

Interior colours & faux wood

Wood windows offer the most interior and exterior options for colour, but all manufactures have their own colour and paintable options and warranties. Vinyl windows are usually available in multiple interior faux wood and stainable/paintable finishes.

Grills

Grills are a great way to add style and elegance to your windows. And with today’s multiple window pane technologies, many manufacturers offer standard and custom configurations between the panes and simulated exterior dividers that provide a more traditional look.

Are grills right for you? Ask your window consultant about grill customization and current trends.

Window Grills

Brightness

Getting too much, or too little light in a room? Or too much heat from the sun. What about that beautiful view that is obstructed by the modular construction of the window, grills or sash?

Transoms

Transoms are often placed over patio doors and high on walls where privacy is desired. Depending on the location of your transom, it will allow a considerable amount of light into your home, a sashless transom will let even more light in.

Because transoms over doorways often do not lend themselves well for simple window shading treatments, the light passing through them can be overpowering, especially if the transom faces the sun in the late afternoon. Aftermarket films can help fix the issue, but this is where factory window tinting might be a better solution.

UV protection

Too much UV light can damage the interior of your home and too little will make it difficult for your indoor plants thrive. Low Emissivity (Low E) glass is available in several configurations to produce the desired balance between solar gain (heat), light transmittance infrared and UV blocking.

Ask your window consultant what glass is right for you.

Glass

Advancements in window technology, have taken window selection for the home to a whole new level by providing options and solutions that can be applied on a per room basis. Glass can be ordered in various thicknesses, tints, coatings and strengths.

Privacy

Many window manufacturers offer an assortment of obscure glass options to provide privacy. There are 4-5 standard patterns, but many manufacturers offer more.
Privacy

Tints

Tinted glass (grey, green, bronze & blue ) is produced by adding metal oxides to float glass (untreated glass) during manufacture. Tinted glass absorbs and re-radiates light and solar energy reducing heat, brightness and glare in the summer, but lose heat in the winter at the same rate as untinted windows.

Tints

Safety & Security

In today’s window market, dual pane glass is pretty much the standard for a new home and replacement windows. Dual pane, also known as double-glazed makes entry into a house difficult and loud. Some window providers will provide even more window safety and security options by providing options for safety glass and laminates.

Most installers offer standard locking mechanisms, however in most cases, as an option, you can order multi-locking mechanisms.

If security is a prime concern be sure to ask your window consultant what options are available.

Glazing (glass panes)

Window glazing refers to the glass-framed within a window (IGU’s - insulated glass units). In Canada, double-glazed glass is pretty much the standard, but triple-glazed windows are also available. The more layers of glass the higher the thermal insulation factor, (R-value) which can save money on energy costs. However, not all insulated glass windows are created equal, be sure to compare ratings.
glazing

Noise

To reduce outside sound, a barrier must be created between the sound and ear that captures the sound. Window manufactures are able to help reduce noise through the window by using multi-glazing, thicker glass, increasing the distance between window panes and laminates.

Most window manufactures to not get their windows rated for sound.

Ask your window consultant about the options available to block sound and increase its Sound Reduction Index (ISO) rating. If a window has been rated for sound reduction, the higher the ISO level the better.

Enhance your homes curb appeal

Window style

Choosing the right style of window is more than about how they look, they need to be functional, attractive, easy to use and look right, especially at the front of your home. Check out the pros and cons of various window types casement vs hung vs sliding vs awing windows.
Window Types

Exterior finishing

There are many ways to finish the exterior of a window. Choosing the right finishing option could dramatically change the way your home looks. Check out our Window & door finishing options story.

Exterior colour

Adding colour to your windows may be a great way to update the look of your home. Many manufacturers offer a plethora standard and even colours, but not all window manufacturers use the same process, and there could be a trade-off - broad colour selection vs durability. Learn more about exterior window colour

Grills

Grills will affect the look and character of your home from both the inside and outside. Be sure to ask your window consultant about current trends that won’t date your home. (See more grills above).

Brickmolds

A Brickmold is a window trim finishing option in which the trim is attached to the outside of a window and is designed to cover the gap between the window frame and the exterior of the home (vinyl siding, brick, stucco, wood…). Various widths and styles of Brickmolds are available to accommodate every installation application. Learn more about Window finishing options.

Window materials

Windows can be manufactured in several materials including full wood, vinyl, aluminium, wood clad and vinyl clad. Choosing the right option depends on the budget, the desired effect and how much maintenance you are willing to undertake.
Window Materials

Although some materials insulate better than others, its the combination of material and the glass options chosen, that will make the real difference if your goal is energy efficiency.

Window operating hardware

Standard and optional window hardware are usually offered by most window manufacturers. Standard hardware comes in white only and performs basic functions such as locking and opening.

Optional hardware is usually available in metallic finishes such as nickel, pewter, and brass, nested handles remove clutter and self-locking locks ensure ease of mind locking with a click, or a colour indicator.

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Warranty

There are many window replacement and installation companies in and around the Ottawa area that claim they have the best window warranty in the business. Every window company is different and even companies that sell and install the same product will offer differing warranties. Learn more - Finding the best window replacement warranty...

Window energy efficiency

There are lots of ways that window manufactures can improve energy efficiency in windows. These include materials used, spacers between multi-glazed window panes, the gas between the panes, window design, seals and installation processes.

Ask your window consultant what options you can choose to improve the energy-efficiency of the window you are buying.

If you have questions about the available options offered by Bayview Windows, we’d love to hear from you.

We carry a wide selection of North Star, Del, Strassburger, Lepage and Martin window products that are loaded with custom options to meet our customers’ discerning aesthetic tastes and requirements.