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Window & Door Renovations

Windows and exterior doors are subject to the wear and tear that comes from constant use and exposure to the weather. Over time, weatherstripping, hardware and the door and frame materials can deteriorate or fail. Homeowners can either repair or replace window or door units. Repairs can be inexpensive, but may not give good long-term results. Replacement will provide cost savings in energy use, make your house more comfortable and add to the resale value.

Common Situations

There are a number of factors to consider before making the decision about whether your windows or doors need to be replaced or whether they can simply be repaired.

Some important areas that you will want to consider include:

  • Style and design — your existing windows and doors may not fit the style of your house or give you the features that you want. There may not be enough glass area to provide adequate natural lighting to the living space.
  • Components and hardware — the components of windows and doors wear out over time. Failed seals on thermal pane window units, poorly operating windows or doors, damaged screens or hardware and air leaks are common problems. Older door and window hardware may not offer much protection against forced entry.
  • Structural problems — there may be structural problems that are affecting the operation of doors and windows. Installation of larger units or units in new locations will probably also require structural changes.
  • Moisture — windows and doors often deteriorate due to moisture problems, which will not necessarily go away if you install new units. In fact, moisture may even get worse, due to reduced air leakage.
  • Heating and ventilation — the glass area of windows and doors accounts for a high degree of heat loss at night or heat gain when the sun is shining. Energy efficient glazing can reduce heat loss. Heating system modifications or some type of shading may be needed to improve comfort near large window areas.

CMHC, "Before you start Windows and Doors renovation", Retrieved from http://cmhc.ca/en/co/renoho/refas h/refash_023.cfm. Click here to read the full article.

Controlling heat loss will save money, add comfort

Natural Resources Canada’s Consumer’s Guide points out there are several processes at work that influence rates of heat loss through window components. These processes follow the basic law of nature: heat energy tends to move from warmer areas to colder areas. There is no way to get around this fundamental principle - all we can do is slow the process down. Technological advancements in frame materials and glazing systems used in manufacturing today's windows make this possible.

Supreme Windows’ high-performance “Legacy Series” replacement windows are a prime example of how energy - efficient new - technology windows can be. Manufactured using premium quality, 100% vinyl extrusions and the latest in Low-E glazing technology, Supreme’s “Legacy Series” is designed to ensure total home comfort year-round.

Vinyl frames are precision engineered with hollow core construction, which traps air inside. An effective insulator, this sealed air works with the very low conductivity of vinyl to produce a highly energy-efficient barrier against heat and cold. In addition to delivering superior thermal performance, this trapped air also contributes to a noticeable reduction of exterior noise.

The operating sash utilizes an exclusive 3-point weather stripping system to eliminate air and water infiltration and premium quality Truth hardware to ensure ease of operation and maximum security.

With vinyl framing material for windows, customers also enjoy the added advantage of having extremely low-maintenance windows. They require no painting (wood windows normally require painting at least every two years in Calgary’s climate) and are highly resistant to scratches and dents.

Also key to the high performance of “Legacy Series” replacement windows is our Solarguard glazing system incorporating the latest in soft-coat Low-E technology and a warm edge spacer bar. Available in both dual and triple pane, this glazing system combines to retain heat in the winter months (more than double the insulating value of dual pane standard glass) and keep heat out in the summer months (reduces solar transmission by approximately 50% compared to standard glass), all with minimal loss of natural light transmission.

An added bonus is that fewer UV rays make it through the glass, minimizing fading of carpets and furniture.