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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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Chris Cornell
3 weeks ago
Great work. Outstanding results. Would recommend. The best skilled installers in the industry. With the best reviews. The only call I will make in the future, will be to northshield!
Eugene Rabinovich
2 months ago
This the second time I used Northshield. They replaced five windows and two doors. Work was done efficiently and accurately. Would recommend it to all my friends and family.
Ross Apperly
7 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.
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