For most of us, buying new windows is not a very common thing to do. Because of this, we never become truly familiar with how to do it well. If you’re in the market for replacement windows in Winnipeg, MB, there are several important questions you should ask before you make a purchase decision. Our experts can help you think through the details. We specialize in windows and doors and can help you find the best solution to meet your needs in our climate region. However, smart homeowners always ask the following five questions about replacement windows they are considering to buy:
1. What material is this window frame and sash made of?
These days there are many different material options used in window fabrication. These include materials such as vinyl, wood, aluminum, or composite materials. Each material has its own unique benefits and drawbacks. Be sure to consider your needs before you make a choice.
2. What are the advantages and disadvantages of this material in our climate region?
Vinyl is very low maintenance because it does not rot or deteriorate, but it is not as robust or reliable as wood. Wood requires more care and upkeep to prevent rot and decay, but when crafted well, it is a beautiful and strong material with reasonable insulating value. Some companies manufacture proprietary composite materials for their window fabrication to combine the best properties of other materials to create windows that are both strong and low maintenance.
3. What type of glass is used in this window?
Well-made glass is an important part of a quality window. Double or triple paned window glass, filled with an argon or similar gas can significantly improve insulation. Adding a thin Low-E coating to the surface of the glass will reduce 84% of UV rays from penetrating your windows without reducing visible, natural light. This coating protects your carpets and furniture from color fade and damage.
4. What is the overall energy efficiency of this window?
Be sure to check the energy efficiency ratings for the replacement window product you are considering to buy. A third party organization called the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) provides an excellent comparison of energy rated windows and doors. Look for the lowest “U-Factor” which is a measurement of insulation quality.
5. Does the window have a warranty?
Window replacement companies and manufacturers often provide a product warranty in some form or another. However, be sure to read and understand the fine print because more often than not, there are limits to what is covered by the warranty. Warranties may be limited in duration, may not include coverage for installation problems, material failure under certain conditions, etc.
If it’s time for replacement windows in Winnipeg, MB, our pro staff can guide you through the options and help you find exactly what you need. Come see us at Pioneer Window & Door Mfg Ltd. We are located at 8 Fast Lane Headingley, MB, R4H 0C5. Or if you would like, you can call us to set an appointment for an in-home consultation with one of our experts to evaluate your home: (204) 889-8422