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26
Aug
2016

Window replacement FAQs


Whenever considering replacing your old windows, it's understandable for property owners to have several questions. Here are some of the most common questions and responses to help you make an informed decision:

 

Do my windows need replacing?

There are a number of factors that will determine whether or not your windows need to be replaced. If a window is broken, then it quite obviously needs to be replaced. If the window is leaking or if condensation is forming inside the window, then these are also good reasons for replacing your windows. If you have single pane windows, you should definitely look into a more energy efficient option.

 

Do I need to replace all of my windows?

If some of your windows are relatively new and in perfect working order, then there may be no reason to replace them. Replace the windows that are showing signs of wear and tear or those that are old or of inferior quality. If all of your windows are old, for example, then they might all need to be replaced.

 

Is vinyl for me?

Windows are available with metal, wood, and vinyl frames. Metal has become incredibly unpopular due to the fact that they are poor insulators. Wood is popular for its appearance and great insulation. Vinyl also offers superior energy efficiency and, although some might think that it only comes in white, they are available in several colors. You can even order varieties that resemble wood which means that you get the energy efficiency of vinyl with the aesthetic appeal of wood!

 

Should I get professional installation?

In order for your windows to perform well for years to come, you will need to make sure that they are perfectly installed. Window installation requires some experience, know-how, and the right tools. You could perform the job yourself, but the best results are achieved by the pros. Not to mention the fact that professionals get the job done that much faster.

 

When should I get my windows replaced?

Windows can be replaced whenever the need arises. Of course, the best time to do so is when the weather is at its best. Window installations in the rain or during a snow storm are not ideal for obvious reasons. In fact, it's usually best to cover the window with a durable sheet of plastic until the weather is more suitable. The last thing you want is for rain or snow to fill your room when replacing a window! If you are planning the replacement of one or more windows, it's a good idea to do so during the warmer months. Late spring, summer, and early fall are usually best.

 

Do I need UV protection?

UV protection is a great feature for any window. When you block the UV rays from entering your home, you can relax beside the window without worrying about UV exposure. It's also good news for your furniture since UV rays are known to damage and discolor all forms of materials.

 

For more information and window replacement advice, contact our helpful NorthShield Windows and Doors team at Winnipeg (204) 272-3725 / Toronto (905) 326-3444. We are always happy to assist, and we also offer free in-home quotes!

 

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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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