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What to look out for when buying new window frames?

Window frames

Choosing new windows is a decision that’ll affect your home’s comfort, efficiency and appearance for decades to come. And with so many window styles and materials to choose from, it can be challenging to know what’s best. Here’s some helpful information on what you should look for when choosing new window frames.

1. Energy efficiency

Most importantly, choose a window frame with the Energy Star seal to confirm high energy efficiency. Look for high-quality sealing systems, low-E coatings and insulated vinyl frames. Also, opt for double-glazed or triple-glazed glass for maximum efficiency. Keep in mind that triple-glazed windows are much heavier and require thicker frames.

2. Frame material

The most common frame materials are PVC vinyl, wood and aluminum. PVC is a popular choice for contractors and homeowners because it’s easy to install, energy efficient and requires little to no maintenance.

3. Rain resistance

You want your windows to keep the rain out. Windows are rated for rain resistance on a scale from B1 to B7. Windows with a B1 meet minimum building code requirements in Canada.

4. Security

Look for high-quality latches and locking mechanisms, especially for windows that will be on the ground floor or at basement level.

5. Air leakage

Windows are tested for how much air can leak through the frame and assigned a rating of A1, A2 or A3. A3 is the highest rating, with the least amount of air leakage.

6. Ease of use

Ensure the type of windows you choose will be easy to open and clean. A casement vinyl window that operates with a crank is an excellent choice for an area in your home where you have to reach to open it, like over a kitchen sink. Hopper windows are perfect for small spaces like bathrooms and basements.

Double- and single-hung casement and awning windows allow you to clean both sides of the sash from inside your house.

7. Weather and wind resistance

Windows in Canada take a beating, from blizzards and freezing temperatures in winter to baking heat and storms in summer. Look for windows that have a wind-resistance rating of C2 or higher.

8. Warranty

Any window you buy should have a comprehensive, lifetime transferable warranty. Even the highest-quality window frames can have defects, and you don’t pay out-of-pocket for repairs or replacements. Also, look for a guarantee on the installation labour.

Window replacement in Ottawa

At Canadian Comfort Windows & Doors, we have one of the largest selections of high-quality, warrantied PVC windows in the Ottawa area. Contact us today to learn more about our products and get a free quote on a window replacement in Ottawa.


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