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.

7 Reasons to Invest in a Window Replacement in 2016

Window Replacement in Saskatoon When most homeowners think renovation they think kitchen or bathroom. This is understandable since those big ticket projects tend to receive the lion’s share of the remodeling press. But when it comes to creating value there’s another type of project that’s unmatched yet often overlooked: window replacement. Anyone serious about wanting to make an investment in their home that will pay dividends for decades needs to put window replacement at the top of their wish list for 2016.

Why Window Replacement in Saskatoon Makes Sense

Window replacement in Saskatoon is the type of home improvement project that isn’t glamorous but makes sense on just about every conceivable level. Below are 7 reasons why:

  • Airtight efficiency – New vinyl replacement windows will turn your leaky windows and frames into impermeable extensions of the wall itself. No more window insulation kits. No more stuffing rags and paper towels into cracks around the window frame. No more wearing sweaters to the dinner table.
  • Energy savings – When you replace your leaky old single-pane windows with new, double-pane vinyl replacement windows reduced energy bills will become the new normal. Your new windows could actually pay for themselves in only a few years just with the money you’ll save on your heating bills.
  • Enhanced curb appeal – Your new windows will immediately add significant curb appeal to your home. Replacement windows don’t advertise themselves the way landscaping or even new siding will but the impact they have on the way people perceive your house from the street is every bit as significant.
  • Reduced noise – Another benefit of replacing your old single-pane windows with new double or triple pane windows is the reduced amount of street noise that will permeate the house. Many homeowners are shocked at how much quieter their home is once they’ve installed vinyl replacement windows.
  • Greater security – Old, loose, single-pane windows with rotting casements are the number 1 target of opportunistic burglars. When you replace your old wooden windows with new vinyl windows you remove the ‘welcome’ mat for thieves and make your home a safer, more secure place for everyone.
  • Easy maintenance – New, double-hung windows can be easily tilted inward to clean up in a snap. No more having to hire window cleaners to reach those inconveniently placed 3rd storey windows. Now, cleaning is as easy as 1,2,3 and you can spend the money you save on window cleaners on something more interesting.
  • Improved air conditioning efficiency – When they think of window replacement most people focus on how much they’ll save on their heating bill. But the fact that your home is no longer the neighborhood’s largest block of Swiss cheese also means your air conditioning system will work more efficiently as well.

Before you start drawing up plans for a bathroom renovation think about the one project that will not only add market value to your home today but save you money every day for years to come: window replacement. Then call Weather Pro to find out just how fast and easy window replacement in Saskatoon can be.

Special Considerations When Buying Replacement Windows for Your Basement

replacement windows calgaryIf you are thinking of upgrading the windows in your basement, take a look at our short guide to make sure you choose a suitable type that will perform well over a long period of time. Although you can use windows similar to those in above grade rooms, there are certain special considerations you need to think about when dealing with a below grade space.

 
Buying Replacement Windows in Calgary for Your Basement

Local homeowners, and those in other parts of the country, may wish to refer to the tips below before they go shopping for new basement windows.

  • Safety – To ensure you are able to exit your basement quickly and easily in the event of a flood, fire or other disaster, the windows you buy should be wide enough to enable an adult to climb through them without getting stuck. While some of the windows could be of the block type, which do not open, you don’t want to use this type exclusively, for the same reason. Safety is an important concern, which is why it appears at the top of our list.
  • Insulation – Double or triple-glazed units are a good choice because they will reduce the energy you use to heat and cool your basement throughout the course of each year. The position of basements means that they are often cheaper to heat and cool than other parts of residential properties but this advantage can easily be lost through the fitting of windows that offer inadequate insulation.
  • Ease of Installation – Before you start looking at replacement windows in Calgary or any other part of the country, make sure you have precise measurements to hand for the windows in question. The ones you buy will need to be an exact fit if they are to perform well and keep out water. This is desirable for all areas of your home of course but is especially important when dealing with the basement.

If you have any questions about the type of windows that are suitable for basements or you would like to request a quotation for replacement windows in Calgary, please do not hesitate to get in touch with our local office on 403-607-6163. Our range includes some of the highest quality windows in the country, built to last for many years and designed to outperform any others you may come across while searching for a good deal.

Don’t Let These Questions Go Unanswered When Investing in Window Replacement

Window Replacement in CalgaryBefore you decide to replace the windows in your house you’ll want answers to some key questions. This will help ensure you’re making the right decision to replace your existing windows and that – if you do decide to replace them – you’re choosing appropriate replacement windows. These questions should include:

  • Do I really need to replace my windows?
  • Should I buy double or triple-pane windows?
  • Which manufacturer makes the best windows?
  • What is the best material for Calgary?
  • What are my financing options?

Questions to Ask Prospective Contractors When Contemplating Window Replacement in Calgary

Once you have answers to your first round of questions and are ready to choose a contractor you’ll want to present them with a different set of questions. These 5 questions are designed to help you determine whether they’re the right contractor for your window replacement project.

  1. Are they fully licensed and insured? – If they’re not, don’t even consider working with them. Anything that goes wrong will wind up coming out of your pocket and that could include personal injury lawsuits.
  2. Do they have a proper business address? – If the company address is a post office box, take a pass. No address means no accountability. If they’re serious about what they do they’ll have a proper business address.
  3. How long have they been in business? – You don’t want to be someone’s first or second window replacement project. The more experience the better as proper window replacement in Calgary comes with its own unique set of challenges.
  4. Do they have references? – If they don’t, walk away. If they do, follow up with phone calls and pay a visit to some previous customers of theirs. It’s usually well worth it for your own peace of mind.
  5. Do they guarantee their work? – While the hardware will come with its own warrantee, you should make sure the company guarantees their workmanship as well. Most will for up to a year. If they don’t, consider someone else for the job.

Weather Pro Windows and Doors are the dependable choice for window replacement in Calgary. We’ve been in the business for years and have scores of satisfied customers in the metro Calgary area. Call us today on 403-607-6163 to ask us any and all questions you may have and to schedule an appointment to come in and discuss replacing your old windows and doors with new, energy efficient ones from Weather Pro.

What Can Happen When Window Replacement Isn’t Approached in the Right Way

You’ve done a thorough assessment of your home and determined it’s time to purchase replacement windows. Great! Some time later, however, after the new windows are leaking water during rainstorms, rattling in the wind and fogging up on humid days you’re left with another kind of assessment: the kind where you have to determine what mistakes you may have made during the replacement process that undermined your efforts and led to this unhappy situation.

Replacement Windows: Live and Learn

Everybody makes mistakes. That’s why we have erasers on pencils and the ‘undo’ command on most computer apps. Figuring out where the mistake occurred is what turns a disaster into a learning opportunity and now we’ll try and figure out what happened with your window replacements.

  • Revenge of the Bargain Basement – Maybe, like a lot of folks, you decided that windows are windows and went for the bargain bin at the big box. Mistake. Contrary to popular belief all windows are not created equal, though the difference can be hard to see with the naked eye. It usually has to do with the quality of the materials and things like tolerances that don’t raise their ugly head until the rain begins pounding against the window pane.
  • The DIY Trap – Hey, if that guy can install vinyl windows then I can do it too. Right? After all, how complicated can it be? Well… how complicated can it be to be really good at chess? Not very; if you know the 4 billion possible moves involved. Same with window installation. There aren’t 4 billion variables but there are enough that if you aren’t aware of them you could wind up in a real pickle, real fast and… checkmate.
  • Revenge of the Subcontractor – Sometimes when you contract someone to work on your home they’ll hand off aspects of the work (sometimes the whole job) to subcontractors you never met and who aren’t exactly experts in the field. If the person you signed the contract with is not the same person who showed up to do the work this might have happened to you. Better read the fine print again.
  • A Tale of Two Contractors – On the other hand, if you failed to perform due diligence on the contractor you may get the guy you signed for but he may turn out to be something less than he claimed to be. During negotiations he said all the right things but when it came time to install the windows you overheard him on the phone several times asking his buddies for help and advice. Did you make sure the contract you signed had specific clauses detailing the contractor’s liability?

While we understand replacement windows can be a sizeable investment, in the long run top quality aluminum and vinyl windows are worth every penny. They’ll add real world value to your home while cutting your utility bills and making your house more secure. If you’re considering replacement windows for your home try and take the long view by purchasing high quality products and having them installed by trained, reputable installers.

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Important Questions to Ask When Buying Replacement Windows

If you want to get the best possible replacement windows for the budget you have available, thorough research is a must. Not only will it ensure you get the best value for money, but it will also help you to stay well clear of scams and poor quality products. But where do you start? What questions do you need the answers to? Selecting new windows for your property isn’t a decision you have to make every day, and it’s decision that you will probably have to live with for 10-15 years (or hopefully longer) and the process can be particularly overwhelming if you have never been through it before.

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner who has done it all before, to find the perfect replacement windows that meet all their needs. Here are the top questions we recommend you think about before making a decision.

Replacement Windows in Edmonton and CalgaryDo I have to replace all my windows at the same time?

No. That’s the simple answer. A professional window installer will typically install anything from a single window to a re-fit of the entire property. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind though. When a contractor replaces all the windows at your property in one go, it’s far more time efficient than coming out to your property on numerous occasions to fit one or a few windows at a time. And because it takes them less time, the cost to you is lower. If you do only replace a few at a time you also have to consider the difference in appearance between your old and new windows. Even if you want to keep a similar style it could prove difficult to find an exact match, and any noticeable difference could give your house a very uncoordinated look. We understand that new windows require a sizable investment and we often work with clients who don’t have the budget to buy replacement windows for their entire house in one go, and in this scenario we recommend you have them replaced in sections, i.e. the front of the house first, then the back or the side etc. Start with the windows that are in the worst condition.

What material will best suit my local climate?

Window frames are exposed to the elements year round and the kind of conditions they will have to endure need to be considered. How cold does it get in winter? How warm does it get in summer? Does your local area receive a considerable amount of rainfall each year? After you have worked that out, you need to look at the characteristics of each of the available materials and see which one matches up best. For example, wood frames are not a good choice for climates that either have significant shifts in temperature or a high level of humidity, as these conditions both cause the wood to warp. Vinyl windows are generally a good choice in colder climates, although they can be prone to cracking in extremely low temperatures, while aluminium frames equipped with low-e glass are one of the better options for warmer climates.

How much money can I spend on replacement windows?

While this isn’t something you need an expert for, it’s important to ask yourself this question at the start of the process to avoid making huge mistakes later on. replacement windows are a big commitment and you need to be fully aware of what you can, and what you can’t afford at this point in time. At the same time, don’t try to save money if you can afford to buy higher quality windows, as the savings you make in the long run through lower energy costs will far outweigh the initial investment.

Which windows represent the best option in terms of energy efficiency?

When looking for replacement windows it’s vital you look for windows that not only look good aesthetically, but that are also energy efficient. As you well know, energy costs are constantly rising, and by selecting new windows with a high energy efficiency rating you could potentially save hundreds of dollars every year. There are a number of factors that can affect a window’s energy efficiency rating, including: the material used to construct the window frame, the type and number of glass panels, the insulation filling used and the type of hardware that is installed. All windows now have to meet a minimum standard, but look out for those that bear the Energy Star symbol, as this means that the window meets or exceeds higher levels of energy efficiency.

How long can I realistically expect my windows to last?

One common mistake many homeowners fall victim to is the belief that all windows are the same. And therefore every window will have roughly the same lifespan — right? Wrong! Windows are like everything else; there are various grades of quality, from poor quality through to extremely high quality. While it’s true that you could save a significant amount of money by selecting a lower quality window, don’t expect them to last anywhere near as long as a higher end option. The actual lifespan of your windows obviously depends on a number of factors, but all types of replacement windows that Weather Pro Windows & Doors sell can be expected to last a minimum of 10-20 years.

What warranty do you offer on your windows?

When making enquiries with a windows installation company, as well as seeking advice to determine the best type of replacement windows for your property, you also need to learn about the warranty they come with. Less reputable companies use clever wording in the small print to misguide prospective clients and make them believe they are getting something they are not. We never do this and always encourage you to read all the small print before committing to a purchase; it could save you a great deal of hassle further down the line if something goes wrong.
Choosing the right replacement windows isn’t easy, but we are here to help. With extensive knowledge about all types of windows and doors, we are the people to call. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation or for further information relating to the products we offer.

For quality replacement windows, call Weather Pro today.

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Signs that a Contractor Isn’t Qualified to Carry Out Your Window Replacement

Replacement Windows CalgaryA window replacement is not a project that is undertaken very often. In fact, you may never have had to buy new windows before at all. If this need has arisen recently, maybe due to an unexpected breakage or just because one or several of your windows have finally succumbed to the harsh weather conditions they are subjected to in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg every year, selecting a qualified contractor is something you absolutely must get right. While many articles talk about things you should look for during the hiring process, in this article we’re going to outline a few signs that indicate a contractor isn’t qualified to complete your window replacement project.

Don’t Work With a Window Replacement Contractor That…

Windows play several vital roles in the standard home and must be energy efficient, secure and attractive. Even if you select and purchase top of the line frames and glazing, if the contractor you work with doesn’t meet certain minimum standards, few to none of the aforementioned objectives will be met. Look out for the following red flags:

  • Unwilling to Show Their Business License – Why? Well, maybe because they don’t have one to show. The ease with which individuals can now advertise their services using the internet and the high levels of people struggling to make ends meet has led to a considerable rise in unqualified handymen advertising various kinds of trade services, including window replacement. These “contractors” likely have no experience of installing windows and doors and should not be trusted with your project.
  • Won’t Show Insurance or Bonding Documents – Again, these are things that any reputable windows and doors contractor should have and if the contractor refuses to show you them when you ask, you can only assume that they don’t have these documents. This automatically makes them a contractor that you shouldn’t work with, since if something goes wrong and they damage your property or get injured on the job, you’ll be the one that has to foot the bill.
  • Demands Payment in Full or Large Cash Advance – A window replacement project can cost a lot of money (thousands depending on the type of windows selected and the number) and any contractor that demands full payment upfront will likely “cut and run” as soon as they receive it. Likewise, a contractor asking for a significant cash advance is likely a scammer. You should agree on a payment schedule prior to agreeing to work with a contractor and you should only have to make a small deposit in advance.
  • Low Bid, High Pressure Tactics – This is an old favourite of unqualified or untrustworthy window replacement contractors. They will low ball you with a bid that is much, much lower than any other quote you receive and then tell you that the offer is only valid today, hoping that this combination will prompt you into acting without assessing all of the details.

To work with a window replacement contractor that is as honest as they are qualified, contact Weather Pro today on 1-855-814-1PRO. We also supply and install a wide range of exterior doors, including front entry doors and patio doors.

Contact us for window replacements in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Why Instant Quotes for Replacement Windows Aren’t Always the Best

Replacement Windows Calgary We live in a world of instant gratification and, ideally, transparency. Going to the supermarket, we can see the price of the milk on the shelf, the fruit in the basket, the jam in your cart, and know what it will all add up to at the checkout. When it comes to home improvement projects, we like things to add up the same way; that the price we are quoted is the one that we pay. But because replacement windows aren’t “one-size fits all” products, and they don’t just come off a shelf, how can we budget for them? There are many different variables, including size, material and glazing option, that can result in different charges and costs. An instant quote, while it gives you the assurance of a price tag, may not be accurate, and may later be adjusted. Would you like the price tag of an item to change when you’ve already put it in your cart?

What Doesn’t an Instant Quote for Replacement Windows Account for?

1. The Best Window for the Project

When you ask for an instant quote, you get exactly that. A quote for explicitly the good which you request- even if you are mistaken, or the previous contractor was mistaken. Windows and doors come in all shapes and sizes, with varying technologies, types of glass, and types of framing, types of sealants, and different themes for different climates. Even if you have enough details to provide a description of your current windows for an exact replacement window, there is potential that you are missing out on a window with greater air tightness, water tightness, ease of operation, or many other factors that contribute to determining the best window for your needs.

2. The Exact Goals of the Renovation

A phone call or an online submission can only be one dimensional. Your goals for beautiful exterior doors, or replacement windows that perfectly complement your patio doors, may not translate well in an email or online form. The instant quote is based entirely off whatever information you may provide. While you may be incredibly competent, an expert opinion and consultation can add dimensions and recommendations that will likely result in a superior end result.

3. Degrees of Customization

A consultation or further discussion provides opportunity for customization. By engaging in a conversation, you can discover new possibilities for your replacement windows, whether that be an ornate trim, a special fit and shape, or extra wind load resistance for harsh winters in EdmontonCalgary and Winnipeg.

4. They are Just Focusing on Your Contract

When you ask for an instant quote, you must also think about the motives of the company giving it. If the only information you request is the cost, they may manipulate the quoted cost in order to appeal to your interests. That can mean a ridiculously low price for the perfect replacement windows, then during or after the installation, tacking on additional fees and costs. It could also mean a very high quote, in the hope that they can do whatever they want with that budget, and figure out your needs down the road. The concern with an instant quote is that it makes money the first priority- when really value should occupy that role. A low price tag and a product of shoddy quality is no replacement for a job well done.

While it may be convenient to get an immediate price listing for replacement windows, be wary of all of the factors such quotes may fail to take into consideration. It may be worth it to hold back a bit, and focus on transparency. Good communication and open conversation help to create a greater confidence in your budget than that fickle price tag you were once quoted. To start your own conversation, and begin your replacement window project, contact Weather Pro Windows & Doors or call toll-free at 1-855-814-1PRO.

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

Important Questions to Ask When Buying Replacement Windows

If you want to get the best possible replacement windows for the budget you have available, thorough research is a must. Not only will it ensure you get the best value for money, but it will also help you to stay well clear of scams and poor quality products. But where do you start? What questions do you need the answers to? Selecting new windows for your property isn’t a decision you have to make every day, and it’s decision that you will probablyhave to live with for 10-15 years (or hopefully longer) and the process can be particularly overwhelming if you have never been through it before.

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner who has done it all before, to find the perfect replacement windows that meet all their needs. Here are the top questions we recommend you think about before making a decision.

Do I have to replace all my windows at the same time?

No. That’s the simple answer. A professional window installer will typically install anything from a single window to a re-fit of the entire property. Here are a few things you need to keep in mind though. When a contractor replaces all the windows at your property in one go, it’s far more time efficient than coming out to your property on numerous occasions to fit one or a few windows at a time. And because it takes them less time, the cost to you is lower. If you do only replace a few at a time you also have to consider the difference in appearance between your old and new windows. Even if you want to keep a similar style it could prove difficult to find an exact match, and any noticeable difference could give your house a very uncoordinated look. We understand that new windows require a sizable investment and we often work with clients who don’t have the budget to buy replacement windows for their entire house in one go, and in this scenario we recommend you have them replaced in sections, i.e. the front of the house first, then the back or the side etc. Start with the windows that are in the worst condition.

What material will best suit my local climate?

replacement windowWindow frames are exposed to the elements year round and the kind of conditions they will have to endure need to be considered. How cold does it get in winter? How warm does it get in summer? Does your local area receive a considerable amount of rainfall each year? After you have worked that out, you need to look at the characteristics of each of the available materials and see which one matches up best. For example, wood frames are not a good choice for climates that either have significant shifts in temperature or a high level of humidity, as these conditions both cause the wood to warp. Vinyl windows are generally a good choice in colder climates, although they can be prone to cracking in extremely low temperatures, while aluminium frames equipped with low-e glass are one of the better options for warmer climates.

How much money can I spend on replacement windows?

While this isn’t something you need an expert for, it’s important to ask yourself this question at the start of the process to avoid making huge mistakes later on. replacement windows are a big commitment and you need to be fully aware of what you can, and what you can’t afford at this point in time. At the same time, don’t try to save money if you can afford to buy higher quality windows, as the savings you make in the long run through lower energy costs will far outweigh the initial investment.

Which windows represent the best option in terms of energy efficiency?

When looking for replacement windows it’s vital you look for windows that not only look good aesthetically, but that are also energy efficient. As you well know, energy costs are constantly rising, and by selecting new windows with a high energy efficiency rating you could potentially save hundreds of dollars every year. There are a number of factors that can affect a window’s energy efficiency rating, including: the material used to construct the window frame, the type and number of glass panels, the insulation filling used and the type of hardware that is installed. All windows now have to meet a minimum standard, but look out for those that bear the Energy Star symbol, as this means that the window meets or exceeds higher levels of energy efficiency.

How long can I realistically expect my windows to last?

One common mistake many homeowners fall victim to is the belief that all windows are the same. And therefore every window will have roughly the same lifespan — right? Wrong! Windows are like everything else; there are various grades of quality, from poor quality through to extremely high quality. While it’s true that you could save a significant amount of money by selecting a lower quality window, don’t expect them to last anywhere near as long as a higher end option. The actual lifespan of your windows obviously depends on a number of factors, but all types of replacement windows that Weather Pro Windows & Doors sell can be expected to last a minimum of 10-20 years.

What warranty do you offer on your windows?

When making enquiries with a windows installation company, as well as seeking advice to determine the best type of replacement windows for your property, you also need to learn about the warranty they come with. Less reputable companies use clever wording in the small print to misguide prospective clients and make them believe they are getting something they are not. We never do this and always encourage you to read all the small print before committing to a purchase; it could save you a great deal of hassle further down the line if something goes wrong.
Choosing the right replacement windows isn’t easy, but we are here to help. With extensive knowledge about all types of windows and doors, we are the people to call. Get in touch with us today for a free consultation or for further information relating to the products we offer.

For all your replacement windows needs in Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg, trust Weather Pro

About Weather Pro Windows & Doors

Weather Pro Windows & Doors has years of industry experience and our goal is to use our expertise to help each and every client that approaches us, whether a first time buyer or a long-time homeowner, to find the perfect windows and doors that meet all their needs. We specialize in Replacement Windows, Vinyl Windows, Entry Doors, Exterior Doors and Patio Doors. Weather Pro Windows and Doors proudly serves the Calgary, Edmonton and Winnipeg areas. Visit us on Google+.

When are Replacement Windows Necessary?

Windows are an integral part of any home and getting replacement windows installed is one of the best value home improvements a homeowner can make, with a full set of shiny new windows often increasing the re-sale value of the property. But that’s not the only reason to have your windows changed. Windows and window frames are exposed to a vast range of weather conditions, ranging from the summer heat to pouring rain to the sub-zero temperatures we experience during winter, and it is therefore not surprising that their performance will deteriorate over time. But when exactly should you have your windows changed? Should they be taken out and replaced after a set number of years or will it become apparent when the time is right? As one of Canada’s finest windows and doors suppliers, we can tell you that based on our experience, there is no universal answer to that question. There are however a number of things to watch out for that can help you determine when replacement windows are necessary, which we are going to explain below.

Replacement Windows EdmontonSigns that You May Need Replacement Windows

The following are simple tests and observations that the average homeowner can make on their own without any special equipment to assess the condition of the windows at their property.

Drafts Through Closed Windows

One of the main things to look for is an unwanted flow of air through your windows when they are closed. To do this, either work your way around each of your windows, using your hands to feel for drafts or hold a candle up against the frame of each window, and if it flickers this is a sign air is blowing through the window. Not only will this result in heat loss during the winter, and an unwanted increase in temperature during the summer, but it could also let moisture into your home which will encourage the growth of mold and cause the frames to rot if they are made of wood.

Peeling Paint

As you can’t paint vinyl windows, this step is only applicable if you currently have wood or aluminum windows. If your windows are particularly old, they are more vulnerable to this and peeling paint is a sign that they are not able to repel moisture. While this can be solved by simply repainting the frames and applying a stain, if the frames have absorbed too much moisture they may have begun to rot or rust, which can only be solved with replacement windows. You should also be aware that rot can spread from one frame to the next, and will severely affect both the appearance and performance of your windows.

Tough to Open and Close

Windows should be easy to open and close. You shouldn’t have to have a battle with them every time you want to use them. If this sounds familiar then if could be time for a change. There is a slim chance that they might just need a little oil, but more often than not, if it takes a considerable effort to push them open they will be beyond anything simple maintenance can cure.

Frequent Window Fogging

If you often notice the window clouding up as you sit down to watch your favorite TV show in the living room, it could be a cause for concern. I say could because it really depends on where the fog is forming. If it is forming on the exterior surfaces of your window panels, it is because there is a contrast in the temperature outside your home and inside your home, leading moisture to condense on the coldest available surface – your windows. This isn’t a scenario that will result in you needing replacement windows, but if the fog is forming on the interior surfaces of your window (between the panes), it could be a different story. Many times when a homeowner notices this problem, their windows are fairly old, and often the condition of the seal has deteriorated, allowing moisture to get inside. As the expression goes, “nothing lasts forever”, and when this occurs you will probably need to call a windows specialist to help you select a set of replacement windows that not only integrate well into your home’s existing decor, but that insulate your home efficiently too.

Hot in Summer, Cold in Winter

While a window’s primary role is to let light into your home, it should also keep your property properly insulated. If your windows are failing to do this, you could be paying over the odds to heat and cool your home each year. One easy test you can do to check whether your windows are sufficiently insulating your property is to simply touch the glass. If on a warm day the glass is especially warm, or on a cold day the glass is especially cold, this is a sign that your windows are not performing as they should and you might want to look at replacement windows that are more energy efficient.

Icy Build-Up on Windows

This is another sign that your windows aren’t sufficiently insulating your property. In winter, if your windows allow heat to escape from your property, the rapid change in surrounding temperature when this heat reaches the outside can cause condensation, which then freezes on the outside of your windows.

Can You Hear Noise Clearly?

Windows aren’t only designed to block heat loss, they should also minimize the amount of noise that you hear from outside your property. If noise becomes particularly apparent, which is often the case if you have old, single pane windows, then it might be time to get some new ones fitted.

If you go round each of the windows at your property and notice any of these tell-tale signs, then the investment required to purchase replacement windows in the short term, is almost always more cost efficient in the long term than sticking with windows that are in poor condition and are not able to properly insulate your property. Weather Pro has been supplying, fitting and maintaining high quality windows for a number of years and is a BBB accredited business. Whether you want a quote for some new replacement windows, or you want us to come out to your home and professionally assess the condition of your existing windows, give us a call today.

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