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Your Replacement Window Checklist


When you were in the market for a home you knew exactly what you were looking for. You probably hired a home inspector to make sure everything was in good condition, but you still started out knowing what you wanted. From the right number of rooms to great flooring to windows that allow you to enjoy a great view and some fresh air, you knew the qualities you desired in a home.

Now that it's time to replace your windows, you have some learning to do. You've spent most of your time looking through your windows, not at them, so you might not know what makes a high quality window.

Before you go out and purchase window replacements or finalize a contract with your chosen window installation company, make sure your window replacements meet the following criteria:

 

Quality framing

One of the most important aspects of your window is how it is framed. Vinyl is the most cost effective option for your window frames, but poorly made vinyl window frames can cost you thousands on your energy bills. That's why it's important to do your research and make sure you choose a respectable window replacement company before finalizing any purchases.

 

Energy Star Certification

Energy Star Certified projects are all inspected by independent professionals for a number of different things that make them more energy efficient than other windows. Energy Star Certified windows can save you 7-15% on your energy bills, which doesn't sound like much but will add up over the years.

 

Zoning

Energy Star Certified products will be certified for a specific "zone". There are four zones in Canada. Winnipeg falls into zone C, which covers the prairie province. This means the product has been assessed and is ideal for energy efficiency in Winnipeg. This is crucial because each "zone" has significantly different weather patterns.

 

Glazing

"Glaze" really just means layers of glass. The more layers of glass your window replacement has, the more energy efficient the window is. A double or triple-glazed window is a unit sealed with Argon gas, which is a better insulator than air. If you consider energy efficiency to be one of the most important factors in your window replacement choice, you'll want to purchase triple-glazed replacement windows.

 

Style

A window's style impacts more than how it looks. Casement style windows usually offer the tightest seal, which means they provide the highest energy efficiency. Sliding style windows are generally the least energy efficient option. Of course, style is also partially about how your windows look. You want to choose windows that fit with your home. You might love modern windows, but if your house is over a hundred years old, there's a good chance they'll look out of place.

 

Locally made

If you're serious about energy efficiency, you want to make sure your windows are made locally. Most reputable window replacement companies near Winnipeg offer locally made window options. Make sure to ask where your company of choice had their windows made before you finalize the purchase.

 

Choosing window replacements shouldn't be a daunting task. Know what you're looking for before you call your window installation company of choice and you'll save yourself a lot of trouble.

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Jeff Love
a week ago
11 new windows, 3 entry doors, 2 patio doors, phenomenal look and installation. Hydro bill dropped significantly even with the increase in rates. Team was fast and efficient. Broke one window and had it ordered and installed within a few days! Will use these guys for all my future window and door needs! A++++ experience.
Sanjay Tamang
4 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.
Nadine D
in the last week
Jim came by to give us a quote on a window and door he was very friendly until we sat down and decided what we wanted in are window and door. He was saying that are home was not are forever home. Insulted our house how does he know this is not our forever home very rude. Then he ask us the other company that came by we told him and the quote that they gave us, and he started being argumentative saying that it cant be its too low they cant be cheaper then me. And also pushing us to get a storm door which we said we just want a door then he said if we go to home depot there doors are not good. Sorry but dont want someone that insults are home and is rude instilling are window and door.
Thomas Carlyle
2 months 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.
John Rawson
3 weeks ago
Firstly, I received a quote from Northshield in September - When I called to go forward with the windows it was early November and the price had jumped up close to $1,000. We had many quotes for windows, Northshield was not the cheapest but I went with them due to good reviews. They seem to have an issue with customer service as my windows were ready for over a month with no installation date in sight. I called and left several messages trying to get an idea of installation date before anyone called me back. The only reason I am giving more than 1 star is because the final product and installation team was good, aside from the slight crack in one of my frames and the mess left behind in my yard including many cigarette butts. In the future I will be going with a different company and would not recommend them.
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