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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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Sanjay Tamang
a month 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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