Apr 2

2014

Four Amazing Windows from Around the World


It’s easy to take windows for granted, but it’s interesting to note that it took about 1,000 years for windows to be fitted with glass that was thin, flat, even, and clear. Windows have changed over time, and in combination with architecture, technology, and art there are amazing constructions across the world. Nanotechnology and windows The rapid develop of nanotechnology has led to interesting applications. In the photo below, the glass repels dirt, which is easily removed with plain water. That is one example of the fascinating ways this type of technology is used. In Waterloo, a small startup has…

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Mar 31

2014

The 3 Step Process for ordering new Windows


Replacement windows should be custom made to fit the openings in your home, so proper sizing is extremely important. Buying a replacement that doesn’t fit is simply a wasted investment. It’s critically important to get the measurements right and you  should probably hire a professional to measure and install. However, once you determine the features, needs, and rough measurements of your windows, then you can browse designs and styles freely and be able to compare companies more easily. Step 1 – Examine the window Looking at the window, be sure you can identify the different parts that form the window.…

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Mar 28

2014

The Benefits of Having your Windows Replaced


Your home is perhaps one of the largest assets in your personal wealth. Taking care and maintaining your investment now will pay off in the future when it is resold. Whether you intend on passing it on to your children or if it’s in your financial plans to move for retirement, you will see immediate benefits and can expect to see positives in the future as well. Also, if you’re concerned about the environment, the less energy used, the lower your carbon footprint. Save in energy costs Regardless of where you live, some utilities will go to cooling, heating, or…

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Mar 24

2014

When Were Windows Invented?


Primitive homes were made to meet the basic need of shelter. Because of crude tools and architecture, windows were simply holes in the wall. Over time, different materials were used to cover these holes to allow sunlight to pass through. Animal skins, cloth, and wooden window dressings were the technology available early on. Windows that are most similar to ours today was first used by Romans. Fitting glass in windows has been traced back to 100 AD, in Alexandria. Ancient glass making The windows were small and the glass was thick. The method for making sheets was to blow a…

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Mar 21

2014

What is Smart Window Coating?


A breakthrough new material is looking to change the way we look at windows, heating, and lighting in our homes. By dynamically modifying sunlight as it passes through the window, this coating will allow us to control light and heat levels independently in order to gain greater control over the environment indoors. Window settings are customizable depending on climate, season, and time of day and can increase the energy efficiency and comfort of any home. Designed by researchers in the US Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, this electrochromic material changes its light transmission properties when affected by electricity, changing…

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Feb 26

2014

What Makes a Secure Front Door?


Security is an important consideration for every home owner and the most obvious concern is the security of the main entrance to their home: the front door. There are several factors which contribute to a secure entranceway and many of them have to do with the physical properties of your door and locks as well as the installation of both. Here we will break down these factors into several categories: door materials and installation; locks; and window placement. Door Materials and Installation It stands to reason that the stronger your door is, the better it will stand up to attempts…

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Feb 21

2014

The Pros and Cons of Winter Window/Door Replacement


While it may seem like a great deal to get replacement door and window services during the off-season, there are also several additional factors to consider such as time, safety, and temperature concerns. Good sales can make it worthwhile but it is important to understand the pros and cons of requesting these services when conditions are not ideal. Pros Discounts: December typically accounts for less than 3% of annual sales. January less than 4%. As a result, great deals can be had when buying directly from the manufacturer. This is because we try not to lay factory workers off during…

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Feb 17

2014

How to Prevent Winter Window Condensation


The trick to preventing condensation from forming on your windows is to understand what causes it in the first place. Condensation builds up on the windows due to too much humidity in the air inside your home and this is the issue that needs to be addressed. We are not talking about a little bit of condensation that forms occasionally after cooking but rather excessive condensation which blocks most or all of the window with fog or frost. This level of condensation indicates dangerous levels of moisture in the air which can cause a variety of problems in your home.…

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Feb 11

2014

How Long Does a Typical Windows and Doors Installation Take?


There are many factors that can contribute to how long the installation of a replacement door or window will take to complete. At Clera, we randomly inspect dozens of jobs every week and use this checklist to measure installation quality. Installers get a copy of each report and we will note deficiencies in their file, talk to them about them and then do follow-up inspections to ensure that the same issues don’t persist. Most companies don’t even bother to inspect and, unless you’re looking at the installation while it’s happening, you can’t see what went on underneath. That’s when you’ll…

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Feb 5

2014

How many years do vinyl windows last?


The lifetime of a window frame depends on factors including the quality of the product and the track record of the company that installs the window. Home owners and contractors looking for a trusted vinyl company should consider Clera Windows + Doors, a family-owned company operating in Ontario since 1978. Our products are guaranteed to last a lifetime. Quality manufacturing Not all vinyl windows are created equal. It’s important to consider whether you are outfitting your building with windows that meet the certification requirements of the Canadian Standards Association. This helps to determine whether the windows are built to withstand…

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