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15
Dec
2016

Do Your Windows Need Replacing?


Windows are the eyes to home, but they’re also a key source of vulnerability for your property. Windows are one of the main sources where your home is losing its valuable energy.

 

Every winter, heat is lost through your windows like cash into the drain. Worn and deteriorated windows are also potentially a security risk for break-ins. This is why it’s so important that your windows are not just in working order, but that they’re truly top-of-the-line.

 

Here’s a checklist of five signs to watch out for to know if your windows need replacing.

 

 1.Outside Caulking

One of the easiest ways for heat loss to occur is by the seal outside of your windows to be broken. Go outside and double-check that the parameter of caulking enforcing your windows is healthy and stable. Caulking is usually the first aspect of your window to begin to deteriorate, especially if your home undergoes especially tough winters. 


2.Operation

Does all of the hardware for your window work properly? Take a good check to see if all aspects of your windows are working. The damp weather can easily create rust on the inside of the windowpane, making it difficult to open or close. Temperature changes can also cause your window to slowly warp if left uncared for. 


3.Quality of Glass

Even if your window’s glass is slightly broken or cracked it can cause permanent damage to the rest of the frame. A crack is definitely more than just a visual issue and should be taken care of as soon as possible. Your window needs to be fully sealed to ensure energy efficiency. If your window is older, it often means that it will require replacing. 


4.Framing

Quick changes in temperature will cause warping in the wood of your window frame. Keep a close eye on the frames, as over time they will begin to change shape – making it difficult to open and close properly. The most important place to keep your eyes on is the corners and joints of the wooden window frame. Vinyl frames won’t have this issue, as the corners are completely attached and act as a single item. 

 

5.The Draft Test

This is the final and ultimate test to see if your windows may need replacing. It’s sort of like holding a séance: close all of the windows and doors in your room. Once you’re sure you’re good and sealed inside, light a candle and hold it up to the window you’re testing. If there’s any sort of draft, you’ll notice the candle begin to flicker. If there’s no flicker after a minute or so, then your window is probably good to go.

 

Your windows and doors can leave your home vulnerable to unnecessary loss of heat and energy, while also acting as a security risk if they’re not properly taken care of.

 

Do you need to replace any of the windows in your home? NorthShield has you covered. Call us today for a free, no obligation quote on your new windows or doors! NorthShield is Canada’s premier window and door installation service, offering the best and most reasonable rates you’ll find.


 

Contact us today for more information:


 

NorthShield
Windows & Doors Inc.
https://www.northshield.ca/
Winnipeg (204) 272-3725
Toronto (905) 326-3444

 

 

 

 

 

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Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
Oai Truong
a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
emily s
3 months ago
Professional, clean, good customer service. Fast and efficient. No surprises or hidden costs, did not try to upsell me and worked within my budget. Very happy with the finished product and will continue to use in the future for replacing my remaining windows.
Patrick Touchette
4 months ago
Alex our salesman was great to work with and gave us very good information about our windows. The installation went smoothly and the windows look great and function well. Great customer service!
Albert Giesbrecht
a month ago
We had 4 windows installed by this company. The windows were installed in no time at all, and the guys were very professional and efficient. Love the windows and would recommend this company to anyone.
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