If your home is older than 15 years, you are probably asking yourself this question: “Is it Time to Replace Your Windows?”. It is time to check and make sure your windows are fit to keep your home functional, warm, and beautiful. Are your windows opening and closing properly? Are there moisture on your windows’ interior? Wear and tear is normal and over time, your windows and doors need to be replaced. To help you through the replacement process, let me, Sam Crupi – Ottawa Doors and Windows Professional, conduct a free home assessment to determine what the best type and style of windows and doors will give your home a fresh new look and a stronger exterior.

Many older homes still use their original windows built with single-pane glass. These old windows often freeze open or shut, and they feel cold or icy to the touch. They’re also known to develop frost on the inside of the window, which increases the chances of breakage, ultimately causing damage to your home. Does this happen to you?

Here at Ottawa Doors & Windows, we use energy efficient windows to improve the comfort of your home, while saving you money on your energy bills.

The windows we use are from VinylBilt, don’t just trust our word on it, here’s what VinylBilt says on their website about the quality of their windows:

Vinylbilt high performance offers a range of energy efficiency options from the minimum standards set by NRCAN to the most energy efficient as recognized by Energy Star Canada. Our windows and doors are designed to provide the optimum room side comfort, while keeping the elements where they belong – outside.

Vinylbilt offers a range of energy efficient glass and gas options from glass with single coating of LoE up to 3 coats.  LoE is a coating applied to the surface of the glass that reduces heat loss while maintaining room side comfort.  Choose the right LoE for your specific situation – more LoE when you need more protection from the heat and cold and less when you don’t.

PRODUCT EFFICIENCY

Energy Rating System (ER)

A window’s ER rating is a measure of windows overall performance based on several factors:

Solar Heat Gain – The amount of solar radiation that enters a building as heat.
Heat flow through the frames and glass – This represents the heat flow through a window expressed in BTU’s.
Energy Ratings(ER) –  windows overall energy score set by Energy Star Canada.
Visible Light Transittance (VT) – The amount of visible light transmitted through a pane of glass.  The smaller the VT, the less visible light is transmitted through the product. The higher the VT, the greater the potential for day lighting to offset the need for electric lighting.
U Value –  describes how well a product prevents heat from escaping a home or building. U-value ratings generally fall between 0.2 and 1.2. The lower the U-value, the better a product is at keeping heat in. U-factor is particularly important during the winter heating season.
R Value –  Represents the resistance a material has to heat flow. It measures the effectiveness of insulation in stopping heat flow. The higher the R-value, the greater the better resistance.