What you see and feel through your new North Star windows glass depends on what you are looking for, and with North Star, there are plenty of options to help you get there.
North Star offers several unique glass coating types which help to keep your home warm in the winter and cooler in the summer. These special coatings reflect heat back to its source, whether the sun or your furnace. And they are near-invisible - letting in maximum light while saving the most energy.
Find out which windows are best for the Ottawa area climate, and ask us how you can warm or cool a room, just by choosing the right window options.
Thermal performance is improved by replacing the air between the panes of a window with Argon gas, an inert, slow-moving gas. Argon gas helps prevent heat loss to improve energy efficiency.
Krypton gas is an inert, slow-moving gas that improves thermal performance. Denser than Argon, Krypton gas does an excellent job of preventing heat loss. Available exclusively in North Star triple-glazed windows.
Glass that features a bronze tint can cut down on the amount of glare and heat entering a home
LoE 366 is recommended when cooling costs outweigh heating costs, or where summer discomfort from heat build-up is a concern. It has a lower Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) and a very high reflection rate in order to minimize radiant outside heat, preventing heat gain in the summer while still retaining radiant heat in the winter. LoE 366 is the best glass for areas of direct sunlight and most applications in a southern climate.
LOF – Pilkington Energy Advantage Low-E is the best glass for most applications in a northern climate. It has a very high retention rate of the heat in your home in winter and prevents heat gain from outside in summer. Energy Advantage Glass has a higher Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) than Low-E glass designed for more southern climates, providing free winter heat for your home. Since as much as 95% of your energy expense for heating and cooling combined is for heating, this glass is more cost effective than glass without a high SHGC.
Obscure glass provides an effective shield without shutting out the sun. Obscure glass is particularly useful for bathrooms, basements or along walkways. North Star offers several obscure glass finishes. Contact Bayview for more information on obscure glass window finishes.
A unique treatment that allows the glass to breakdown organic dirt that collects on the OUTSIDE surface. Dirt washes away with the next rain or hosing, leaving no streaks or spots. Pilkington Activ™ Self-Cleaning Glass is available in every North Star window as an option.
Tempered glass offers added strength that is up to four times greater than conventional glass so that when shattered, it breaks
Triple-glazed windows utilize three panes of glass to dramatically reduce condensation and thermal transfer while insulating as much as 60% better than double-glazed windows. North Star’s optional triple-glazed windows offer incredible energy efficiency.