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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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4.8
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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