With so many great options for window replacement, homeowners no longer have to settle for anything less than the best. Color, glass, style and energy-efficient options offer endless possibilities when it comes to window installation. In fact, with so many options, it can be difficult to find the best fit. That’s why we asked window installers in Edmonton and Alberta to help us out. Here are their window replacement tips:

Reasons Why You Should Replace Your Windows

If you think it’s time to replace your windows but are struggling to decide, here are some things to keep in mind

  1. Thermal efficiency – Window replacement experts say the best time to replace your windows is when you feel you are losing energy. If you are experiencing high electricity bills, your windows could be the cause of the energy loss. In particular, this could be due to air leakage or low thermal efficiency. Low-quality windows have poor insulating properties, so it is important to assess the age and timing of window installation based on their insulating properties.
  2. Single pane windows – Single pane windows are not enough to keep energy inside the home, especially in cold climates like Edmonton. Single-pane windows do not provide enough insulation to keep homes comfortable in both the warm and cold seasons.
  3. Poor window condition – In addition to energy loss, poor window condition can cause serious problems in the home. In particular, poor window conditions can lead to water leakage, pest infestation and moisture problems. Rotten frames, sills or sashes, or cracked window panes are good reasons to replace windows.
  4. Safety issues – Windows that are too loose or do not open and close properly pose a safety risk to everyone in the household.

Having covered some of the most common reasons why you might consider replacing your windows, we will now discuss the main factors to consider when choosing the best replacement windows for your home: glass, frame, installation and design.

Window Glass

The importance of good window frames will be discussed later, but for now we want to focus on the inside of the window. This means looking for double or triple glazed windows filled with argon gas. Argon gas is lighter than air and insulated rooms filled with argon gas help reduce heat transfer. However, in cold climates like Edmonton, windows with triple panes and two insulated chambers will provide maximum thermal efficiency during the freezing winter months. These two types of windows provide much better insulation than single-pane windows. In addition, these windows protect the interior from the sun’s UV rays in summer. From an energy saving point of view, these windows are undoubtedly the best.

How to Find Energy Efficient Windows?

Today, windows undergo rigorous testing to ensure the best protection and energy efficiency. To find energy efficient windows, simply look for the Energy Star blue label. The Energy Star program is run by the National Fenestration Rating Council, and to be certified, windows must meet high standards set by the organization. These include U-values (which measure the heat loss of the window) and solar heat gain coefficients (which measure the amount of heat that comes through the glass).

Window Frame

Most homeowners know that aluminum frames transmit heat and cold faster than other types of windows. Here are the four most popular frame types:

Vinyl windows: Modern technology has made vinyl windows the most popular and smartest choice regardless of climate. If vinyl windows are installed correctly, the benefits are enormous. With airtight construction and insulated glass, vinyl windows offer the best energy efficiency.

Wooden windows: These are very popular window frames, not only for their functionality but also for their aesthetics. The only downside is that wooden windows usually require more maintenance, as wood can rot and warp.

Aluminum windows: Aluminum windows are very practical in wet and humid climates, but they are not always at the top of the list in terms of preventing energy loss. However, due to their high strength, they meet the strictest building codes in coastal areas where hurricanes are frequent.

Composite windows: Made from wood shavings and plastic resin, these windows are usually installed when the natural look of wood is desired without the maintenance requirements of real wood windows.

Window Installation

While there are many windows that can bring significant benefits to a home in Edmonton, our experts have chosen casement and awning windows as the two best performing windows.

Casement windows:

These windows are very popular in cold and windy climates because of their very convenient crank-opening system. The window opens outwards and closes tightly when the wind blows towards the house. Read more about outward opening windows. The main advantage of sweep windows is that they can be installed in combination with other windows (usually fixed sweep or picture windows that cannot be operated), allowing plenty of natural light into the home.

Awning windows:

These windows are hinged at the top and can be opened from the bottom. This prevents leaks and controls air flow more easily.

Window Design

Today, there are many options when it comes to window design. Depending on how much natural light you want, it is very easy to mix and match windows. It all depends on your preferences. Often, a combination of operable and non-operable windows can be used to achieve the desired style without sacrificing comfort.

Some Final Words:

With over 20 years of experience, Northtechwindows window installation experts have helped many homeowners find the best and most durable windows for their homes. If you are thinking of replacing your windows, here are some of their recommendations:

  • Never choose windows that are not energy star rated.
  • Opt for full installation instead of retrofitted.
  • Ask about the warranty.
  • Ask the installer if they do window installation estimates for free.
  • Ask if you can pay off your windows in installments.

If you’d like to know more about finding the right windows and the right installers for your home, feel free to call our team : +1(780)298-1471  and we’ll be more than happy to help you out.

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