Windows are an important part of any home, providing ventilation, warmth, and light. Over time, however, windows can become outdated and inefficient, leading to increased energy costs and potential safety risks. For homeowners looking for an upgrade or replacement for their windows, there are a few key points to consider.
Depending on the location, new windows can increase the value of your property as well as offer the benefit of energy savings. It is a generally accepted fact that replacing old windows with new energy-efficient models can reduce annual household energy costs by an average of 7 to 15%.
The first choice to make in replacing windows is determining the type of window(s) needed for the project. If a full window replacement is required, then it’s important to determine what type of window frames suit the home best. Steel frames are more durable and can provide superior insulation compared to wood or aluminum frames while being more affordable in the process. Vinyl frames also offer good thermal resistance at an affordable price point but can be prone to cracking over time. Aesthetics play an important role as well, so consider the look of the new windows and how they may enhance the appearance of the home.
Once the type of frame has been determined, homeowners should start researching which brand offers high-quality products that fit within their budget. It’s important to read reviews from prior customers and compare the various warranties offered on different brands before deciding on which ones to install in your home. It’s also essential that homeowners get accurate measurements before purchasing any replacement windows, as they need to fit correctly into existing openings, otherwise, extra framing or even reconstruction may be required if these measurements are incorrect.
In some cases, a simple window repair is all that’s needed without opting for a full replacement, so it’s important for homeowners to determine whether that’s an option for them before committing to a full replacement process. This could involve fixing loose door hinges, changing out broken panes, replacing faulty sashes, or other minor repairs, depending on what needs fixing with the current window set-up in place. Simple repairs can help save homeowners money if those are still feasible instead of having to do a full replacement project with potentially more expensive materials involved in the bargain.
Finally, hiring professionals like contractors, remodelers, or window manufacturers who specialize in repairing and/or providing new installations of windows may be worth the investment. In this way, projects would be completed safely, with no mistakes made along the way. This is particularly important in cases where a larger scale construction project, such as replacing all the windows throughout the house, is being considered.
Professional installation is highly recommended when undertaking this task, as the selection of quality materials matters heavily in how successful your installation turns out in terms of performance pertaining to both efficiency (cost savings) and aesthetic concerns over time following completion of the work (reducing the future need for repairs/replacement). In addition, considering salient issues related to building codes and regulations will ensure that you do not run afoul of local laws and will have no surprises post installation.
We have windows to accommodate the project requirements whether you are planning new construction, historic renovation, or renovating. The majority of Marvin Canada’s windows are suitable for home renovations, and we also have products designed for true replacements, such as pocket windows and double-hung sash replacement kits. Our experts are experienced in working with architects, builders, contractors, and homeowners to ensure your vision becomes a reality.
As you may understand, the possibilities when it comes to windows are nearly limitless. Because the appearance and performance of the windows can have a significant impact on your home’s overall style, comfort, and energy efficiency, it’s critical to consider the following factors.
When selecting complementary or coordinating window materials, keep your home’s architecture in mind.
Wood Clad: A wood clad window has a wooden frame, but its outer surfaces are normally covered with vinyl, aluminium or even fibreglass. Clad windows are more desirable for many people because of the reduction in exterior maintenance. A choice of durable exterior colours and finishes can ensure that the exterior should never need repainting.
Wood: Wood windows allow you to enjoy the warmth and beauty of real wood without ever having to worry about wood rot. These windows are easy to clean and come unfinished, so you can give them any look you choose by staining, clear coating, or painting them.
Fibreglass: Fibreglass windows offer a number of advantages over traditional window materials, including superior energy efficiency, durability, and weather resistance. They also require less maintenance than other types of windows and can be custom-crafted to fit any size or style.
Colours: A spectrum of vibrant hues can liven up your window treatments. For the majority of window types, there is a diverse palette of colour options available to enhance or emphasize your home’s appeal.
Hardware: Choosing one of the many available hardware finishes to complete your design scheme is a simple process. From classic to contemporary, there are a variety of finishes available to match your home’s style.
Grilles: Many homeowners include grilles with their windows to accent the architecture of their homes. Grilles (aka grids) are decorative pieces that divide the window into panes. Common types of grilles include simulated divided lites, which adhere to the surface of the glass, and grilles between the glass (where the grille bars are sandwiched between the panes of glass. Other options may include full surround removable grilles and grilles in different profiles and bar widths.
Glass: The glass you choose for your windows can add both style and functionality. The effects of hurricane-force winds and intruders will be impeded by impact-resistant glass. Low-E glass will provide energy efficiency benefits as well as UV fading protection. Decorative and textured glass adds charm while providing varying degrees of privacy. There are literally hundreds of varieties of high-performance glass types available today!
Types of windows include casement, awning, single-hung, double-hung, and sliding. Fixed windows don’t open, and they come in many different shapes, both straight and curved. When choosing a window type, think about the style of your home’s architecture as well as how much ventilation you need. For example, a casement window lets in the most air, while a sliding window only lets air in through half of the opening. Windows that tilt in are easy to clean, whether they are double-hung or single-hung.
We hope that you find the information in this article helpful in increasing your knowledge of the numerous features and options that are available for windows. The experts at Marvin Canada look forward to working with you to bring your vision to life. For inspiration, our website offers a guide to design options to help you make your selections.
It is important that you keep in mind that not all the information presented on this page may be relevant to all of our products or to your specific situation. An authorized builder or contractor, an architect, a dealer, or an official familiar with local building codes may be able to supply you with information that is pertinent to your location and project. Guidance and advice in this regard are readily available from Marvin Canada.