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26
Mar
2015

Is It Time To Replace Your Old Windows?


NorthShield is a Winnipeg based windows and doors company, so we know how harsh the extreme Canadian seasons can be, and understand the effect this has on your home. Windows are often overlooked as important components of a secure home, and regularly don’t get the maintenance they need. You as a homeowner should familiarize yourself with the warning signs of degrading windows, and recognize when it is time for an upgrade.

Leaks

Discovering leaks near your window is a definite red flag, and an indicator that you need to take action in improving your home. Leaks are never a good sign, whether you find discoloured patches forming at the top, bottom, or where the frame meets your wall. When windows are exposed to and soaked with water, it can lead to mould and bacteria formations. This is especially true with wooden windows, as they absorb liquid easier than other materials. Having mould-infested windows can put the occupants of your house in danger, with many health risks linked to bacteria and mould exposure. It is wise to investigate even the smallest of leaks as quickly as possible, to ensure a healthy home environment. In some cases, window leaks can be caused by a poorly constructed or degrading home structure. With that said, replacing your old windows will allow an opportunity for inspection, to determine the root of the problem. Don’t wait until the damage is done, and consider replacing older windows, ASAP.

Determining Energy Efficiency

Winnipeg bears the brunt of cold Canadian winters, making it all the more important for residents to keep their homes secure, comfortable, and warm, with high-quality windows. Heat produced inside the home can be lost through poorly insulated windows, even without visible cracks, gaps, or leaks. This lowers the temperature inside, giving Canadians no escape from the cold. Cranking the heat higher will only raise your energy bills, costing you more money. Older windows designed with a single pane and no protective coating are even more vulnerable to heat loss. There is no safety in the summertime either, as harmful UV rays easily radiate through single paned windows. This can both damage furniture and raise in-home temperatures. This, again, costs you money in cranking your air conditioning to cool down your increasingly warmer house. Not only are older windows inconvenient and costly to homeowners, but they are also bad for the environment. All the overcompensating for in-home temperature control expends energy that should be retained for other use.

Upgrade from Wood to Vinyl

The material a window is made of is the most important factor to consider when upgrading from an older style. Vinyl windows offer the most value for their cost: they are affordable upon purchase, offer savings in energy bills, and need far less maintenance than wooden alternatives. Wooden windows tend to be more expensive up front, and don’t offer long-term cost-cutting solutions. Paint coatings peel and chip away, requiring frequent paint jobs to avoid a dingy-looking home. Wood as a material is more vulnerable to the elements, warping and rotting with exposure to water and snow. Older wooden windows are commonly found with a single pane separating the indoors and outdoors. The standard today is double, or triple paned windows, to ensure the preventionof leaks and to reduce heat loss.  Vinyl windows not only offer better value, but also can give your home an easy makeover, increasing curb appeal and upping the value of your home.

Upgrading your windows is an easy way to secure your home from the harsh Canadian elements, and prevent damage to your home, your wallet, and your family.

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Sanjay Tamang
2 months ago
Love our new windows and doors. We had all our windows replaced on the main floor, side door and front door, as well as the storm doors. The installation team was great. They removed the existing awning and were really great at cleaning up after the work. There were a couple of issues after the install, but the after sales service team of Alex and Walter were able to resolve it promptly. Great advice from Walter about keeping the humidity inside the house to maintain the windows, and also how to operate them properly. And thanks very much Alex and team for buying the doorbell and installing it for us, as well as fixing the bottom part of the door frames to cover holes on the flooring. Appreciate all your hard work and for going the extra mile. Will definitely recommend your company to friends, neighbors and family.
Thomas Carlyle
a week ago
NorthShield did an excellent job with our house. They were the lowest price our of 4 companies I contacted for quotes. The windows look beautiful, and the molding is very well done. The installation was very quick, they replaced all of the windows in our house in about 4 hours. They cleaned up everything completely afterwards inside and outside, you can't even tell they were here! Very professional, very high quality installation, materials and work. I would highkly recommend them.
Courtney Schappert
2 months ago
Likely a good company for windows, installers seemed competent. However for doors they seemed to have much less experience. My salesman left the company midway through the process and I wasn't informed, and turns out some miscommunication between him and I led to a product I didn't want. The door is nice, just not what I had thought I ordered, and it took about 4 months to get, so I accepted it. The paint also chipped after they left, which leaves a bad feeling (even though that's more of a manufacturer issue than NorthShield issue). I'm not saying these guys are going to be bad for you, but I'm not thrilled with my result. REPLY December 5, 2018: I had called about the paint chip and wrong door options already at the time and was told there was no recourse for me. The paint chip was there when I came home from work after the door was installed, but you provided a picture the installers took before the paint was chipped, so at that time I was told there was no recourse. The wrong options I was told was due to a salesman who took my order having left the company, and there was no paperwork showing my chosen option (no door handle hole to be cut). I will call again tomorrow and update this with the results of that conversation.
Carl To
4 months ago
Alex and the team at north shield were amazing. Great customer service, along with a great team of installers. North shield replaced my 2 front living room windows in 1 day. They even took away my awning! Highly recommended
Lois
3 months ago
Very professional workers that despite finding, no vapor barrier and wood rot on our deck, fixed it right and continued to install our very beautiful door and side light without complaint. I would highly recommend Northshield to any friends, neighbors or anyone else. I am a very Happy, Happy Gal with my beautiful new door!
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