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4 Different Types of Window Glass

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Choosing a new type of window for your home involves several factors. Besides the price, you want to be sure that the window glass provides insulation and is energy efficient. Many window glass types even help block harmful UV rays, as well as act as a sound buffer to the outside world. These are 4 of the main types of window glass you will have to choose from when installing new windows in your home, and each type offers different benefits that need to be taken into consideration. Here are 4 different types of windows and what they can do for you!

Insulated Glass Windows

Insulated glass windows are made up of two or more panes. These panes are separated by spacers and sealed hermetically. The space between the glass panes insulates the window. These are excellent for regions where extreme cold or hot temperatures are experienced. While an excellent option, insulated glass windows do cost up to twice as much as other window options.

Gas-filled Windows

A gas-filled window is another type of pane. The gas used is often argon or krypton. They offer much more insulation than the insulated panes described above. When combined with Low-E glass and heat-absorbing tints this type of window has an incredibly high R-rating. The gas does leak out, however, at around a rate of 1% per year.

Heat-Absorbing Tint Windows

If you want to get glass that reduces glare, look for a type of window made with heat-absorbing tint. It keeps out solar heat and makes an excellent choice for office environments. It can be combined with gas-filled and insulated windows.

Low-Emissivity Windows

Low E glass or Low-emissivity panes are coated with a special coating that helps control heat as it comes into the window. These are great for cold climates. You would be able to use less heat with the help of these windows so they are an excellent investment.

There are two basic types of Low-E products. One is a reflective coating glass which reduces the amount of solar light that transmits through the window. This reduces glare as well as the transfer of solar heat indoors. Another type is spectrally-selective, a coating which filters about 70% of heat without blocking any light.

When you choose the glass you want, you want to think of your home’s needs for heating and cooling. Insulation panes make good sense for any climate that experiences both hot and cold weather while the Low-E glass products are superb for cold climates.

You also want to think of the lighting that you need in your home. Different types of glass will allow more or less light into the home. If you have furnishings or carpets that could become bleached by the sun you will want to purchase a window that deflects the sun’s UV rays.

Many of these types of windows can also be combined, to get the R-rating that you’re looking for while also balancing cost.

For more information, consult Northern Windows and Doors. We can help you determine which type of window is right for you, as well as what frame styles, materials, and colours you like best.

 

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Bow and Bay Windows

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Let’s take a look at two of the most popular types of windows – bow and bay. It’s not uncommon for homeowners to be unaware of the difference between the two, so here’s a breakdown of these in-demand styles.

How are Bow and Bay Windows Similar?

Unlike most windows, bow, and bay windows literally, add space to a room. This is because both of these two styles protrude from the side of a house. Bow and bay windows are designed with multiple window panes that are connected together at a wide angle. This creates a round “window box” which brings in more sunlight to fill your room.

What are the Differences between Bow and Bay Windows

  • A bay window has three openings, which are available in angled projections, whereas a bow window usually has four or five.
  • Bay windows generally protrude farther out from the wall, meaning that they are useful if you are really looking to add a little bit more space to your interior.
  • Bow windows tend to allow more light to come into the room than bay windows do. This is because they have more glass panes than bay windows.
  • Because bay windows only have three panels, they are usually not as wide as bow windows.
  • A neat feature about bow windows is that they can be wrapped around the corner of a building. This forms a neat turret shape on the outside and a beautiful nook on the inside. This is not something that bay windows can offer.

Is There a Difference in Cost?

The difference in cost between bow and bay windows is usually pretty small.  Many manufacturers will charge more for a bigger window, but the difference between a bow and a bay is typically not a large price driver. A bow window with five panels will typically cost more than a bay window with only three panels. You may see a cost difference of a few hundred dollars, but not much more than that.

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If you’re interested in adding space and light to your home and increasing your home’s value, Northern Window’s bow and bay windows are excellent choices. Our windows are Energy Star approved and designed to thrive in Canada’s changing climate. Northern Window offers free in-home estimates and a 20-year guarantee on all installations. Contact Northern Window today to learn more about bow and bay window options available to you.

 

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Why Hiring a Professional Window Installer is The Right Choice

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When it comes to your home, you want nothing but the best in every regard. From the garden outside to the bathrooms, bedrooms, and living room inside, you want to make sure things are in tip-top shape at all possible times. Among the things you should be caring for are your home’s windows, which are prone to all sorts of problems should they be overlooked and neglected. This is why windows should be cared for professionally right from the start with their installation being handled by an expert. Here are some of the best reasons to have your windows installed by a professional window installer.

Save Money in the Long Run

Professionally installed windows are far more likely to last and function properly in the long run, making them a much better investment today. Windows that are not installed by an expert are definitely at greater risk of problems such as poor functionality, damage, and poor temperature control. When your windows are installed professionally, you can be sure that it will be done right the very first time, and that they are going to last for years and years. Over their increased lifespan you can expect to not pay anything in terms of repair fees.

Energy Efficiency

Professionally installed windows are going to function properly for years to come. When windows are done right, they do an excellent job of properly controlling your home’s temperature. Sometimes, windows can have small gaps or cracks that may cause warm air to escape during the winter and air-conditioned air to find a way out in the summer. Either way, your home’s furnace or air conditioner is going to be working harder than it needs to in order to keep your home cool or warm, resulting in a higher electrical bill. Well-installed windows are guaranteed to save your home a good chunk of energy by never allowing heat or cool air to escape.

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Increase Your Home’s Value

If you should ever decide that you want to sell your home, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and take steps to increase its value. One of the ways you can drive up the value is by having your windows installed professionally. Professionally installed windows are a huge plus that will contribute to an overall great value for your home. In addition, windows that have been done right are going to simply look better, making the curb appeal of your home go up as well.

More Free Time

Installing one or more windows yourself can be really a time-consuming task, giving you less time to be doing the things you want to do with your family and friends. Letting a pro handle the work for you is going to be much more convenient and is going to free up a lot of time for yourself. It’s a beautiful thing to know that the work is being handled in a timely manner that is not at all interfering with your daily life.

 

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Windows and Doors Winter Checklist

Winter is here, and it’s cold. Hopefully, you’ve already taken precautions to keep your home safe and warm, but if you haven’t, it’s not too late. With a few small maintenance checks on your doors and windows, you can winterize your home and reduce heating costs. Your doors and windows are important as they are a major cause of heat loss- particularly in homes that were built a long time ago.

Get the Right Equipment

Your safety should be the top priority when engaging in activities around your house. Make sure you’re using the right cleaning equipment when cleaning or servicing your windows, particularly windows that are very high. You need to be cautious when using high-power cleaning equipment, so be sure to read the product manual and follow all directions. Wear goggles and a face mask if possible and make sure your rooms are well ventilated. Wipe spills and stains as soon as they appear and refer to your cleaning product’s instructions for proper disposal.

Check and Clean Your Glass

Get the right glass cleaning product for your window panes. Do not use acidic or abrasive products on your glasses they are capable of destroying the surface of the glass and its frame. Do not wash glass under direct sun rays and do not use power washers to wash glass as this can damage glass as well. If you see little drops of water or fog between glass panes of an insulated glass unit, this may be a sign of seal failure. Always inspect glass panes for cracks or scratches.

Clean the Areas Around Your Glass

Extract dirt and particles stuck in the moving parts of windows, windowsills, and door jambs. Clean up any spots and tighten your window and door seals with caulk if necessary. Check your windows and doors for debris or scratches on the frames. To clean clay, beige, or white PVC frames, use a gentle household cleaner and a soft, slightly wet cloth.

Winterize Your Doors

Inspect the insulating weatherstrip around your doors. Close the door and run your hand along the edge from the inside. This inspection is best performed on a windy day to identify if air is escaping from your house. If you detect any leaks, you can improve the seal by applying weather stripping around your doorframe, applying caulking around your doorframe, or installing a draft guard at the bottom of your door. Also, consider purchasing a storm door. They offer extra protection during harsh winters by acting as secondary barriers.

 

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Choosing Energy-Efficient Doors

When choosing a door for your home your initial thoughts probably turn to size, color, and how many windows or panels you’d like.  One very important aspect of choosing a door is, unfortunately, not often at the forefront of our minds; its energy efficiency.  A door presents an opportunity for warm air to leak out and colder air to leak in (or the very opposite during our air-conditioned summer months).  You probably already pay enough for heating or cooling bills; your door can be a great team member when it comes to reducing those bills and keeping your home at ideal temperatures.  Not sure what makes a door great when it comes to energy efficiency?  We’ve got a few tips to help you along the way.

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The Energy Star

This is probably the easiest way to ensure that the door you’re buying is rated well for energy efficiency.  Look for the telltale Energy Star logo, which is a sure sign that your door meets or exceeds industry standards in this category.  The Energy Star program takes into account many factors when coming up with a doors rating; the insulating properties, the glass’s energy performance, and whether or not the glass has multiple panes or includes a glazed coating.  (A glazed coating is one way that a manufacturer can help the glass panels reduce heat loss or heat gain).

What is the Best Door Material?

We all know that doors come in all shapes and size and that they can be made of a variety of materials.  Usually we choose a door based on its curb appeal, and certainly, that should be an aspect of determining which door works best for your home.  Here are some of the most common types of doors available and some pros and cons of each.

Wood

For a traditional look, you can’t go wrong with a classic wooden door.  These are distinctive, and will definitely add beauty to your doorstep, no matter which type of hardwood it’s made of.  On the plus side, most wooden doors now are pumped up with a good weather stripping system, but on their own, wooden doors aren’t wonderful at insulating, making them less efficient overall than other options.

Fibreglass

A fibreglass door sports a great insulated core and can come in a wide variety of finishes, meaning that your personal style and decor can certainly be achieved.  They are also durable and can stand up well against all types of inclement weather.

Steel

For home security certainly, a steel door comes at the top of the list of options.  They are good insulators, are financially feasible compared to some other options, and are made of a strong material that will last for years to come.

No matter what material you ultimately choose, the installation process is also part of the big picture when it comes to energy efficiency.  If you’ve purchased a good quality door, chances are the weather stripping system will live up to the elements, and some doors even sport other features to keep the weather at bay.  Adjustable thresholds and water channels help your door serve its purpose, and having your door installed by a professional will mean less chance of having a door hung that is not quite plumb and level.

 

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Taking Care of Your Windows in The Fall

Fall is almost upon us, and that means the weather is going to start getting colder the closer we get to winter. With the changes in weather we experience in the fall, it’s important to make the proper preparations in and outside our homes. One of the areas you should be focusing on is your home’s windows; preparing your windows for the fall is a great way to ensure any problems they may have do not get worse as we go into the cold winter months. Here’s a quick look at some of the things you can do to get your windows ready for fall.

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Take Care of Drafts

All homeowners have probably at one point or another felt a cold draft in their home due to a door or window that is not closed properly. The last thing you want is for those drafts to continue into the much colder winter months. Fall is the perfect time to start taking care of any drafts in your home by fixing the problem at the source. Though it may be an improperly closed door, oftentimes an improperly closed window is the culprit. Dirt and debris are usually the cause of a window that will not close properly, so it’s a good idea to clean your windows through and through. If it’s not dirt or debris causing the problem it may be that your window is simply in need of repair. One way to fix a draft is to apply weatherstripping to seal any gaps or cracks that are letting cold air in. Self-adhesive foam weatherstripping is fairly inexpensive and is easy to come by, so use it to seal up those drafts!

Fix Glazing Problems

Many older windows have glazing putty to hold their glass in place. Over time, this putty can crack and break, which results in the glass panels wiggling loosely in their frames. This is another common cause of drafts in the home. Re-glazing needs to be done properly in order to be effective and not ruin the look of the window. You should start by scraping out the old and loose glazing putty, and then ensure the glass and frame are nice and dry before inserting glazing points to secure the glass in place. Lastly, lay down one or two beads of silicon to seal the glass properly.

Give Your Windows a Fall Cleaning

It’s a good idea to give your windows a thorough cleaning before winter sets in. Start by using a vacuum with a dusting brush attachment to vacuum the interior of the window’s sills and frame. Then use a cleaning sponge or soft cloth with a cleaning solution to wash the windows. Scrub using circular motions and wash from the outer perimeter and corners of the window towards the centre. Once you wash and rinse, dry the window using a squeegee, paper towel, lint-free cloth, or newspaper. Make sure to apply all of your strokes in the same direction when drying. For washing the exterior of your house’s windows, repeat the same steps, with the exception of vacuuming.

By following these tips, your windows will be much better prepared for both the fall and winter weather, and you’ll be much more comfortable in your home seeing as drafts will not be a problem.

 

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