5 Reasons It’s Best to Get Your Windows Changed BEFORE Winter Hits

Windows in edmontonThe Edmonton winters are harsh. It’s a time of year where we need all the home insulation we can get— and our windows are a huge part of that.

Well insulated windows can make the difference between a cosy winter indoors and a frosty one. So if your windows are in need of replacement, don’t wait for winter to strike.

Not convinced? Read on to find out why preparing for winter really is the smartest choice.

Why Replace Windows Before Winter?

The ideal time of year to get your windows replaced is spring, early summer or fall. And we’ll explain why.

  • Better Caulk Adherence

Caulk is an integral part of a home’s insulation. Creating an airtight seal between the windows and wall, well-caulked windows keep the cold and moisture out. In winter though, the cold weather makes it very difficult for the caulk to adhere. Latex Caulk typically adheres in temperatures of 4 to 27 degrees Celsius. This means that a tight seal on your windows will be very difficult to accomplish in temperatures below that range. And in Edmonton, winter temperatures are more often below freezing than not.

  • Better Fitting Windows

Even window frame materials are susceptible to the cold and do not do well when fitted in winter. Some, particularly PVC and aluminum, contract in cold weather and expand in the heat. Fitting in winter increases the risk that they will expand in the summer, causing the caulk to crack and lose integrity. Meaning more costs and hassle for you.

  • Less Disruptive Fitting Period

Contractors will do their best to make window fitting as pain-free as possible, leaving as little of your home exposed to the elements as they can. But in the Edmonton winter, this is difficult to do. At minus temperatures, even if your home is only exposed for 30 minutes at a time per window, the accumulative heat loss will be much more severe than they would be in other seasons.

  • Increased Winter Comfort

Entering the winter months with new windows will make you feel like you’re living in a brand new home. Chances are, you’ll realise just how much temperature loss was occurring from your older windows. The insulation that newly fitted windows provide means that the warmth will be kept in, and the cold kept out, turning your home into a cosy winter haven.

  • Cut Your Bills

Of course, better insulation translates into increased savings for you! Changing your windows before the temperature begins to plummet will mean less money spent on heating your home as less heat escapes. If you know your windows are in need of replacement or repair then don’t wait until winter hits to take action.

So that’s our short manifesto for ensuring you replace your windows before winter sets in. We hope it’s helped you to plan your window replacements accordingly.

And of course, at Weather Pro Windows and Doors Edmonton, we’re always here to help. Why not give us a call today at 780-884-6772 to book your free in-home consultation?

Windows and Doors: Key Metrics You Should Look at When Comparing Options

replacement windows in edmontonIf you’re weighing up whether to get new windows and doors for your home, there are many factors to consider. Often, replacing your old and inefficient ones, though it may seem costly up front, can save you money in the long run.

Windows and doors are a key component not just in your home’s overall look, but also in its insulation, energy efficiency and comfort level. They’re an important investment for any homeowner.

That’s why we’ve written this guide to help you weigh up your options when contemplating getting new windows and doors.

Windows and Doors: What to Consider

These are some of the many factors to consider when choosing new windows and doors for your Edmonton home.

  • Style

The style of your home will dictate what windows and doors you choose to replace your old ones. You want them to tie in with the current décor and of course boost your curb appeal. More traditional homes will probably steer clear of less traditional materials such as Vinyl whereas more modern homes can afford to more experimental with materials.

  • Security

Well-made, secure windows and doors increase the security of your home. Steel or Fiberglass doors are more secure than wooden, for example. And windows can be fitted with safety glass, locks and other burglar deterrents. The sturdier these are, the less likely you are to be burgled.

  • Energy Efficiency

To guard against the cold winters in Edmonton you want windows and doors that insulate well. Most these days are built with energy efficiency in mind. And not only is energy efficiency good for the environment, but also translates into massive savings for you. For windows, the glazing, design, glass type and seals can determine how energy efficient it is. And the insulation value of doors lies in their material.

  • Materials

Materials have a direct effect on the look, feel, security and energy efficiency of your home.

For window frames, the most common choices are between fiberglass, wood, vinyl, composite and aluminum. Choose fiberglass, vinyl or wood for energy efficiency, composite is an eco-friendly choice and aluminum stands up to rough weather conditions. Window glass can be found in single, double, triple, even quadruple, glazed. And now there are countless other variations to increase efficiency and security.

Many people tend to go for wooden doors which look beautiful but require a lot of upkeep and aren’t as secure as doors in other materials such as steel. They are also poor insulators when you compare them to their fiberglass or steel equivalents, which can be made to mimic wood very closely.

We hope we’ve given you an idea of what to think about and look for when contemplating new windows and doors for your Edmonton home.

At Weather Pro, we understand how much there is to think about when making an investment in your home.

That’s why our in-home consultations are free—giving you the information you need to make a decision that’s right for you. Call our Edmonton office today at 780-884-6772 for expert advice and guidance.

Caulking Around Windows and Doors: A Guide to the Hows and Whys

Window Replacement in WinnipegSo what is caulking, why do we need to do it and how? It’s a subject we get quizzed about a lot about in Winnipeg.

So read on, and we’ll take you through the why, when, where, how and which of caulking.

Caulking Around Windows and Doors

Caulking is one of those things that needs to be done right, otherwise you waste a lot of time and money. And that’s what this guide is hoping to help you avoid.

  • Why Apply Caulk at all?

Caulking your windows and doors is one of the easiest and cost effective ways to improve the energy efficiency of your home, in preparation for winter. The gaps between windows, doors and the walls of your home are the most vulnerable to leaking air and moisture. This is where caulking comes in—it seals the gaps, making them airtight.

  • When to Apply Caulk

As caulk typically adheres in temperatures of 4 to 27 degrees Celsius, it’s best to apply before the Winnipeg winter strikes, preferably in Fall. Any later, and you risk the caulk not curing properly. So apply caulk during dry weather, with the temperature in the above range. Low humidity is essential to avoid cracks from swelling due to moisture.

  • Where to Apply Caulk?

On windows, we caulk in two places—where the trim on the inside of the window meets the pane, and behind the window trim where it attaches to the interior and exterior walls. With doors, caulk the gap between the doorframe and the drywall.  We would not recommend you caulking a gap that exceeds half an inch wide at its midpoint.

  • Which Caulk?

Caulking compounds come with different strengths, prices and properties. The two most typically used for homes are Silicone and Latex. Silicone caulks are durable and more expensive, have excellent adhesive properties, little shrinkage and allow for expansion and contraction as temperatures change. It’s limitations—Silicone doesn’t adhere well to wood, cannot be painted over and isn’t as easy as Latex to apply and remove. Whereas Latex is cheaper, can be painted over and is easier to apply and remove, it’s also liable to between 5% and 10% shrinkage, and is less durable.

  • How to Apply Caulk

First, remove old caulk using a razor blade. This rids the area of any old mold or mildew. Clean the area with rubbing alcohol and a clean cloth or wire brush. It’s essential that the area is clean, dry and free of dirt, dust, soap and grease. Next cut the hole in your caulking tube—it should be roughly the same size as the joints. Then apply the caulk with a steady hand, a little bit of “tooling” (smoothing with your finger) to make an even line that fully seals your window or door. Make sure it has time to set (up to 24 hours depending on the caulk used) before being exposed to the elements.

So that’s our short guide to caulking around windows and doors. We hope it’s given you an idea of what’s involved in caulking, and why it’s important.

At Weather Pro, we’ve been fitting Winnipeg homes with windows and doors for years now and have a wealth of expertise in the field.

If you have any questions or would like a free in-home consultation then call our Winnipeg office today at 204-583-6163. We’d love to hear from you!

How Worn Doors Could Be Affecting Your Home’s Value

doors in ReginaWhen people think about projects that affect the value of their home they think kitchen and bathroom remodeling then check down from there: new windows, backyard deck, finished basement etc etc. Something that almost never makes the average homeowner’s list of projects that will bump up their home value is the door. But replacing an old worn out door should be at or near the top of their to-do list because a new door can be an incredibly cost-effective way to add to a home’s bottom line. In this post we’ll talk about the whys and hows of entry door replacement.

The Value of New Entry Doors for Regina Homes

You pass through it every day on the way in and out of your home but chances are you don’t give it much thought. It’s the door. It’s supposed to look a little worn. No, actually it isn’t and if you take the time to replace it you’ll be doing your entire home a favour. Here’s why:

  • Aesthetic Value: The entryway is the focal point of your home’s exterior. It’s the place the eye is drawn to by both sightlines and intuition. It’s also the first close up experience visitors have with your home. They walk up to the front door, ring or knock, and take the measure of the entryway while they wait for the door to open. If the door is in shabby shape it will drag down the impression of the entire exterior.
  • Security Value: An old weathered door is the burglar’s best friend. Police stats from around the country show that nearly ⅓ of all home intrusions occur through the front door. An old, worn out door on a rotting wooden frame is incredibly easy to kick in or pry open using a crowbar. When you install a new steel door and frame from Weatherpro you eliminate one of the main entry points for criminals and make your family’s life safer and more secure.
  • Bottom-line Value: A new entry door is the most cost-effective home improvement project you can undertake, with an ROI of nearly 100%. That’s a better ROI than kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, basement remodeling, a new roof or any other home improvement project. That’s because a new door, particularly a new steel door, makes the home more physically attractive, more energy efficient (oh, we didn’t mention that?) and much safer.
  • Final thought: When some homeowners hear what a great, cost-effective project entry door replacement is they try and maximize their return by installing the biggest, fanciest door they can find. Mistake. The door needs to blend in aesthetically with the rest of the home or it becomes a drag on value instead of an enhancement. Keep that in mind when shopping for new doors in Regina.

For more information about the best selection of entry doors in Regina call the folks at Weatherpro on 306-700-5175. They’ll help guide you to the perfect door or doors for Regina homes and take everything into consideration, including your budget and the weather. Call us today.

How Bay Windows Can Improve Your Home Both Inside and Out

bay windowsThe windows in your home set the tone for how you communicate with the outdoors. Small windows or windows hidden behind elaborate treatments create separation between the internal world of the home and the external world of the yard and beyond. Big, generous windows on the other hand integrate the interior and exterior of the house creating an expansive experience and flooding the interior with warmth, air and natural light. In this post we’ll take an appreciative look at the bay window, which is one of the best ways to join the interior to the exterior of your home.

Big Beautiful Bay Windows Winnipeg

More people are holding on to their homes longer these days and as a result they’re looking for ways to get more from the entire property. One of the best ways to do that is to install a big beautiful bay window in your home. The advantages of bay windows for Winnipeg homes are many and include:

  • Boatloads of natural light: The most fundamental change you can make to any interior space is to open it up to natural light. Installing a bay window in the living room or kitchen will completely change your experience of that space to the extent that it will seem like the whole room has undergone a renovation. Natural light has the added benefit of being beneficial to overall mental and physical health.
  • Increased curb appeal: Installing a bay window in a home is the kind of thing that neighbours and passers-by notice. As such it’s the kind of thing that tends to catch on. A bay window in house A suddenly begets a bay window in house B and so on. This is not simply a matter of keeping up with the Jones’ but a matter of others recognizing a good thing when they see it.
  • Savings on your heating bill: It may not be an obvious benefit but installing bay windows in Winnipeg homes can actually help save on heating bills. All the wonderful natural light we mentioned above can also bring a bundle of warmth with it on those bitterly cold but sunny winter days. Letting Mother Nature heat your home is always preferable to paying someone else to do it.
  • Increased home value: New windows always add to the bottom line value of a home and bay windows are no exception. Home buyers today want houses that don’t close themselves off to the world. They want the kind of light and air and contemporary feel they get with bay windows. Potential buyers often light up when they enter a kitchen with a bay window that provides a panoramic view of the yard. It’s the kind of thing that can seal the deal.

Bay windows from Weatherpro Windows and Doors display state-of-the-art construction techniques, a high degree of energy efficiency, peerless design and are easily installed by our highly trained team of professionals. If you’d like to give your entire property a boost consider bay windows. Winnipeg will be more beautiful for it.

Replacement Windows: Why it’s an Investment You Can’t Afford to Put Off

as replacement windows. WinnipegThe only things standing between you and the outside world as you watch TV, surf the net or sleep are the windows. If your windows are in excellent shape and have double or triple pane glass then you’re in good shape too. If, however, your windows are relics of the post WWII era that allow more heat in than they retain and rattle when the wind picks up you’re at the point that they need to be replaced. Replacement windows for Winnipeg homes is one of the few improvements that carries with it not only an aesthetic imperative but financial, health and security ones as well.

The Wisdom of Replacement Windows for Winnipeg Homes

Old worn out windows negatively impact your home in multiple ways. They’re not only an eyesore, they’re a danger to your family’s health and much more.

  • Heat loss: Old rickety windows leak heat like a sieve. They also allow for cold drafts in the winter time. It’s a fact that a cold, drafty home will make it harder for people to stay healthy and, if they get sick during the cold and flu season, extend their recovery time. On a practical note all the heat loss is money that’s coming out of your pocket and just disappearing into thin air without you ever seeing any benefit. Perhaps you have so much money you don’t care. If not, it’s time to replace the windows.
  • Curb appeal: You may think that no one notices your old worn-out windows except you but you’d be wrong. Every one of your neighbours notices as well and while they might not say anything directly to your face you can bet they have some pretty interesting conversations over their dinner table about how your house is dragging down home values in the neighbourhood.
  • Resale value: Few home improvement projects will add the same kind of value as replacement windows. Winnipeg homes with new, energy efficient windows become more valuable the minute the installation is complete and will retain that increased value for many years to come. Replacement windows typically provide a 90% ROI which is better than everything but a front entry door replacement and a major kitchen remodel.
  • Security: Old, broken down window frames are one of the easiest weaknesses for a burglar to exploit. It doesn’t take much effort to pry open a window that’s anchored to a weak, rotting frame and gain entry. By contrast, new aluminum or vinyl windows provide a unified front against intruders. There’s no weak frame to be exploited and the locking mechanisms on new windows are many times more secure than those on old wooden windows.

Replacing your windows is one of the smartest, most cost effective decisions you can make. It will help you protect the value of your largest single investment while at same time securing your family from unwanted intrusions and excessive energy bills. Call the experts at Weatherpro Windows and Doors today for more information about the many benefits of replacement windows in Winnipeg.

Don’t Make These Mistakes When Shopping for Vinyl Windows

Vinyl Windows in SaskatoonIf you have decided that it is time to install replacement windows in your home but you would like to make sure you don’t make any big mistakes, this article is especially for you. In it, we are going to take a quick look at some of the more common mistakes that homeowners in this part of the world have made in the past when installing vinyl windows in Saskatoon. Having acquainted yourself with these basic errors, you will be able to ensure that you do not make them too.

Buying and Installing New Vinyl Windows in Saskatoon: Avoid These Mistakes

Consider the questions below carefully, before you buy your new windows, and you can look forward to a pleasant, hassle free experience.

  • What Style of Windows Will Suit Your Property? – Some homeowners spend so much time thinking about energy efficiency, security, and cost that they forget to consider how their new windows will look once installed. Whilst these other factors are of vital importance, style is a critical consideration too. For example: fitting floor-to-ceiling patio doors on a period property could look rather odd so it is a good idea to spend some time thinking about the best style of windows for your home.
  • How Much are You Willing to Spend? – You can save yourself a lot of time and effort by deciding on the amount you are willing to spend on new vinyl windows in Saskatoon before you approach any local suppliers. With a firm figure in mind, you will not waste time considering quotes that are too expensive and can instead focus on those that are within your price range.
  • How Experienced Are the Companies You Are Thinking of Approaching? – A company with little to no experience of supplying vinyl windows for Saskatoon properties may have good quality products and a capable installation team but it isn’t worth taking a risk when there are other more experienced contractors from which to choose.  If it turns out that the company you work with are not up to the job of fitting your new windows, or they sell substandard products, you will have wasted a significant amount of money.
  • Will Your New Windows Provide Adequate Soundproofing? – Many homeowners have made the mistake of choosing windows based on their looks and energy ratings alone, only to find they do not provide the level of sound isolation they had expected. When shopping for vinyl windows in Saskatoon, be sure to ask about this factor before you make your final choice.
  • Energy Efficiency – We’ve mentioned it a couple of times already when talking about other factors being equally important but you will of course need to make sure that your new windows provide a decent level of insulation. Failure to do so could lead to unnecessarily high utility bills in the future.

For further information on choosing the right windows for your property, call Weather Pro whenever you have a moment to spare. We would be delighted to assist you in any way we can.

Exterior Doors: Do Yours Need Updating?

Exterior Doors in SaskatoonOver the years, our homes tend to deteriorate and lose their curb appeal, due to the battering they take from the elements. With a little care and attention, many of the effects of ageing can be reversed but sometimes it is necessary to spend a significant sum of money to achieve the desired results. If your home no longer looks as fresh and attractive as it did the day you moved in, a new coat of paint and exterior doors in Saskatoon could make all the difference.

Exterior Doors in Saskatoon: Is It Time You Replaced Yours?

We have compiled a list of telltale signs that now is a good time to be thinking about replacing your doors with some brand new ones. If you have already spotted more than one of these in your home, call Weather Pro today and we will be happy to prepare a competitive quotation for you to evaluate.

  1. Visible Deterioration – If the surfaces are cracked and chipped, or the hinges are starting to rust on your old-fashioned doors, you do not need an expert to tell you that it is time to look for replacements. Any visible deterioration in the appearance of your doors should be investigated to see whether it is reversible and if not, you should start to request quotes from local suppliers and installers.
  2. Drafts – If you can feel cold air in the wintertime when you stand anywhere near your exterior doors in Saskatoon, it is most probably because there is a gap between the doors and the doorframes. Another possibility is that your doors do not provide adequate insulation so the air around them becomes colder in cool weather conditions. In either case, replacement is normally the easiest solution. Gaps between doors and their frames are normally a sign that the material from which the doors were constructed has warped over time.
  3. Difficulty Opening and Closing Your Doors – This is another clear sign that the material used to make your doors has warped over the years. This is normally due to the continual process of expansion and contraction that some materials undergo as the temperature and humidity of the outside air changes. If you are planning to replace your exterior doors in Saskatoon, be sure to pick a quality brand that can withstand the local weather conditions.
  4. Light Seeping Through – If you can see any light between your doors and the doorframes, this is yet another sign they have become misshapen over the years due to continual expansion and contraction.

If you are not sure whether your doors need replacing, please feel free to call and ask for advice during office hours. We specialize in exterior doors in Saskatoon and the surrounding area, and would be happy to advise you if desired. In the event that you require new doors, we can provide you with a proposal covering the supply and installation of whatever you need, and carry out all the necessary work if the proposal is to your liking.

The Importance of Insurance When Having Replacement Windows Installed

 replacement windows in SaskatoonWhen you are evaluating quotations for replacement windows in Saskatoon, one factor you must consider is what kind of insurance the companies that supplied the quotes currently have. As you will see in the section below, there are a number of very good reasons why you should only work with contractors who have comprehensive liability insurance. If it is not clear from their websites, do not be afraid to ask: every customer has the right to ask about the type and level of cover that contractors have arranged because it could be very important in the event that something should go wrong during the installation process.

Why Insurance Is Vital for Customers Buying Replacement Windows in Saskatoon

If you work with a company that does not have a reasonable level of cover in place, you could leave yourself open to major liabilities:

  1. Accidental Damage to Your Property – A contractor that damages your home while in the process of installing new windows is obviously liable for the cost of repairs but unless they have adequate insurance, they may be unable to pay for the repairs in question. If this is the case, you could end up having to foot the bill yourself.
  2. Injuries to Contractor’s Employees – In the event that a member of the installation team is injured while working on your property, any resulting medical costs and compensation will normally be covered by the contractor’s insurance policy. However, if you hire a company to install replacement windows in Saskatoon and they have no liability insurance, you, as the property owner, could be liable for all these expenses.
  3. Future Problems Due to Incorrect Installation – If mistakes are made during the installation process, mistakes that cause damage to your property in the long term, any necessary repairs should again be covered by your contractor’s insurance. If they do not have any insurance, you can guess who is going to have to fork out for the repairs that are needed: you!

You can probably see a pattern forming already so we will not beat you over the head with numerous examples. The message is quite simple: if you are going to the expense of having all the windows in your home replaced, don’t risk tens of thousands of dollars in an effort to save a couple of hundred. Only deal with fully insured contractors who will be in a position to pay for any mistakes they may make.

In an ideal world, your chosen installation team will neither damage your property nor injure themselves whilst fitting your replacement windows in Saskatoon. However, we think you will agree that it is far better to be safe than sorry when it comes to your home and your personal finances. If you would like a competitive quotation from a reputable local firm that has a great deal of experience in the area, along with the necessary insurance just in case something should go wrong, call us today and let us know what you need.

The Weather: An Important Factor When Buying Windows and Doors

windows and doors WinnipegWindows and doors are designed to do two things: allow people and light in and keep unwanted intruders and weather out. Therefore, when selecting new windows and doors for your home it’s imperative that you look beyond pure aesthetics and consider how your choices will serve you in regard to dealing with the weather. In this post we’ll look at some of the most important weather-related factors to consider when purchasing new windows and doors in Winnipeg.

New Windows and Doors in Winnipeg Keep the Outdoors, Outdoors

The weather will play a large role in determining the right windows and doors for your home. Below are just some of the ways the weather will, or at least should, impact your door and window choices.

  • Humidity – While humidity can be an important consideration in the selection of appropriate windows and doors in some area’s it’s not such a big deal in Winnipeg, where the climate is fairly dry year round. Because of this vinyl, aluminum and even wood will be acceptable materials for your windows and doors; which is good news for those who value choice.
  • Temperature – While humidity is pretty much a non-factor in Winnipeg temperature takes the stage front and center. It gets cold on the Alberta prairie; really cold. And it stays cold for months at a time. For this reason you may want to tilt your material preference toward vinyl replacement windows since vinyl, unlike aluminum, has little ability to conduct heat or cold.
  • Sunlight – The Alberta climate is one where sunshine often wins the day. So while it’s dry and cold outside it will often be sunny at the same time. If you have many windows in your home that face the sun at some point during the day you may want to select windows with UV filters in order to protect your rugs, furniture and artwork.
  • Wind – The wind can work up quite a head of steam as it comes barreling down across the plains of Alberta. You need to make sure your new windows and doors are capable of standing up to the onslaught. Casement windows have proven time and again to be a particularly good choice for windy climates like Winnipeg.
  • Proper installation – You can buy the best windows on the market but if they’re poorly installed it won’t matter. Whether or not your windows and doors win the battle of the elements is largely dependent on the quality of their installation. If windows aren’t properly mounted you’ll get drafts inside the house on windy days and lose heat on the coldest nights.

Weatherpro Windows and Doors Winnipeg are the area’s most experienced window installation company with scores of satisfied customers and a reputation for solid, dependable workmanship. We have the right windows and doors to protect your home from Winnipeg’s arctic extremes and you’ll never have to worry about whether the installation will fail you when the weather is at its worst. It won’t. We’ll do the job right the first time.