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Who doesn’t love a room with multiple windows allowing for natural light, the sun’s warmth, and of course ventilation? While windows can enhance the ambiance of your home, if not properly installed or of the right quality, those windows can be wreaking havoc on both your energy efficiency and your utility bills come winter. Though it’s never too early to install energy efficient windows, here are a few tell-tale signs that it’s time to upgrade your home’s windows to help reduce the stress on the environment and your pocketbook!
1. You feel a breeze. Yes, windows are designed to allow for air flow and ventilation to travel through your home to allow for a more comfortable indoor environment—but not when they are CLOSED! If you can hold your hand six inches from the pane and feel or hear a draft an unwanted cold air in the winter months, chances are the panes and surround seal are not up to par. You may notice yourself adding extra logs to the fire or increasing the temperature to heat the house without a huge change in the overall room temperature. You are losing the heat and will continue in that constant battle of energy loss until the window have been re-sealed or replaced to help better serve your needs. The same way they will keep you warm in the winter, the energy efficient windows will keep you cool in the summer keeping the sunlight in but the excessive heat out!
2. You see water damage. Have you noticed dried water stains around the frame of your window, on the ledge or wall? Are you looking for a faulty toilet upstairs or an unexplained leak in the roof? It may be the windows and their lack again of proper glass, construction, and installation. Like the unwanted air, rain, snow, and condensation have a way or making their way into old windows and can ruin more than aesthetics. Water damage leads to rot, mould, and more. If you start to see moisture droplets or the unmistakable brownish stain of water, it’s time for an upgrade!
3. You are noticing loose caulking or paint cracking. Now it could be age, the initial craftsmanship, sloppy caulking, or too many coats of paint piling up, but if you start to see the paint cracking or caulking peeling away, you may have issues again with the window and seal. Exposure to extreme temperature of hot or cold can cause drying, along with moisture that gets in and again dries repetitively can cause unnecessary wear and tear on your window structure.
4. You are preparing your home for re-sale. If you are thinking of putting your home on the market, one thing potential buyers are looking for is high-efficiency and how they can save money both on the cost of the home and in the long run with upgrades. Most home inspectors are quick to start with the exterior or the home, followed by the exterior walls to insure proper insulation and protection from the outside world. Increase the value of your home and the likeness of a sale with the installation of high-efficiency windows and doors.
5. They have become an eye sore. You have added granite to the kitchen, redid the powder room, added hardwood floors, but your old windows remain untouched and rather ugly. To complete the makeover of your home, trying changing the windows and doors to reflect a more modern look while saving energy and money in the long haul.
Clera Windows makes replacing your windows as easy one, two, three. Allowing you to choose your style, glass, and colours to match you individual home and unique taste. Call us today! 1-888-738-0738
In its simplest form, a casement window is a window that attaches to its frame by hinges installed on the side. This allows the windows to open outwards instead. Casement windows, however, can differ significantly. Before you choose casement windows for your home, explore your options to decide which one you like most.
Opening Casement Windows
Casement windows often have cranks that control how far they open. The crank also prevents strong winds from blowing windows shut. That’s an important aspect of casement windows. If a strong wind slammed a window shut with great force, then it could damage the frame or cause the glass to break.
With the crank (some have cam handles or levers), people remain in control of the window.
Out-Swinging Casement Windows
Out-swinging casement windows have hinges located on the outside. Placing the hinges in this location allows them to open into the outdoors without damaging the frame.
This is the most popular design for a casement window. Windows that open outwardly take up less interior space than those that open into the home. There are some casement windows, however, that do open inwardly. Regardless of which way the window opens, they are both considered “casement windows.”
Energy-Efficient Casement Windows
Casement windows with two or more frames in them might qualify as energy-efficient windows. Manufacturers often fill the spaces between glass panes with argon gas. This gas creates an additional barrier that prevents the outside temperature from affecting the temperature inside the house. Since homes with these windows don’t have to use as much energy to maintain a constant interior climate, they can lower bills and help protect the environment.
Decorative Casement Windows
Some casement windows have decorative glass that adds something special to homes. Decorative glass can refer to all types of designs. Some casement windows have colored glass. Others have multiple pains held together by iron or other metals. When done well, this can make a typical window look luxurious.
A lattice pattern, for instance, can make a casement window more ornate without creating a fussy aesthetic. Instead, the pattern has a homey, comfortable feel that could belong in practically any kind of house.
Different Types of Casement Windows
Standard casement windows always have hinges built into their sides. Whether they open to the left or right, they rely on properly placed hinges. Similar windows, however, open by lowering the top of the window or lifting the bottom of the window.
If a casement window has hinges at the bottom, then it is considered a “hopper.” If it has hinges at the top, then it is called an “awning window.” Other than the hinge placement, it is nearly impossible to tell the difference between these windows.
Casement windows have been popular for hundreds of years. Today, many people prefer windows that slide. Still, these crank-controlled windows fill a unique niche in modern architecture by adding an extra layer of decoration that can turn a house into a home.
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Homeowners have several types of windows that they might choose when remodeling their homes. Before you start your remodeling project, learn about some of these window types. Doing so should help you choose options that match your unique sense of style.
Casement windows have one or more hinges attached to the side of the frame. These windows often come in pairs so that each one can open in a different direction. Many of the windows have cranks or levers that one must turn to open them. This system prevents the windows from slamming shut when a strong breeze comes through the opening.
Awning windows are essentially the same as casement windows. The major difference is that awning windows have hinges located at the top instead of on the side.
Hopper windows are another version of casement windows. Hopper windows, however, have hinges located at the bottom rather than the top or side.
Double-hung windows have two sashes that can slide up or down the frame. These are extremely useful for people who want to leave windows open without creating significant security risks. By lowering the top sash, homeowners can enjoy cool breezes while making it difficult for trespassers to crawl through the opening.
Many of today’s double-hung windows have hinges that let owners clean the panes easily. Once unlatched, the panes can fold into the home, where it is simple to clean the outside area without using a ladder.
Instead of lining up with the wall, bay windows jut outwards. This adds an interesting aesthetic element to the home’s interior and exterior designs.
Many people use bay windows as sitting areas. By installing a bench along the window, they can look out of the window comfortably. Those with benches may also have storage spaces located under the seat. Still, some people prefer bay windows that stretch uninterrupted from the floor to the ceiling.
Picture windows do not have hinges. Instead, they remain closed at all times.
Some people prefer tall picture windows that let them see outside easily. This is especially common in houses surrounded by woods or other beautiful environments.
In some cases, picture windows can dominate entire walls. This gives the people inside an open view of the outside.
Transom windows are horizontal windows usually located above a door or larger window. Transom windows let small amounts of light into rooms. They can also help circulate air through a single room or a house.
While some transom windows are built into the wall, making it impossible to open them, others have hinges that let the windows open. Hinged transom windows are most commonly found inside a house, such as above a bedroom door.
Now that you know more about different types of house windows, you can choose an option that appeals to you. Which types do you think would look good in your home?
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Whether you are looking to save the world, or your pennies, here are some tips on draft-proofing your home to help increase the energy efficiency!
We all look forward to the holiday season. We love the family and friends, the big meals, decorating, and some of use even love the cold—but with that cold comes the harsh reality of increased heating bills and more energy consumption. Let this checklist below help you prepare your home from outside and in…because winter is coming!
Be safe, prepared, and enjoy the winter months! For all of your Window and Door needs, contact us today! 1-888-738-0738
Architectural windows do more than let light enter buildings. They form major pieces of buildings. If you have ever seen a building with a wall made of glass, then you have seen an example of what architectural windows can do.
These stunning architectural window examples will show you some of the coolest ways designers use glass when making buildings.
Building a Wall of Glass
This small building’s entire front is made of glass (except for the door that occupies one corner). The combination of light and the building’s shape create an interesting aesthetic that you don’t see often.
Since the architect placed such a large window on the buildings front, it doesn’t need windows on the side. This contributes to the building’s minimalist design while bringing out the wood’s beauty.
Architectural Glass Can Bring the Outside In
This room has so much architectural glass that it’s difficult to tell whether you are inside or outside. By replacing walls with windows, the architect has created a unique space that lets people enjoy a view of the trees and lake while sitting on comfortable couches.
While this room might not offer much privacy, one can imagine that there aren’t many people around. The owner likely has a large plot of land that makes this type of room elegant and useful.
Modern Designs Can Emphasize the Role of Windows
These large windows feel like two giant goggles installed into the side of a building. The people inside should have an uninterrupted view of their surroundings. The windows also add a unique design element to the building. How often do you find windows that stand taller than the walls?
This modern design stands out for its boldness, simplicity, and uniqueness.
Bi-Fold Designs Blur the Line Between Doors and Windows
These folding windows (or are they doors?) merge inside and outside areas. When closed, people inside the building can enjoy the surrounding view with very little disruption. Even with the doors closed, they can feel like they’re standing on a balcony that overlooks the city.
When open, the line between inside and outside disappears. These folding window-doors make a great architectural tool for designers who like to play with interior and exterior spaces. It’s also a great option for a variety of climates. When closed, people inside the room can enjoy the outside without feeling winter’s cold. When open, people can enjoy the pleasant temperatures of spring and fall.
Architectural Windows for a Futurist Aesthetic
This small building shows how architectural windows can fit into practically any aesthetic, even those that embody futuristic concepts. The windows create a clean division between the interior and exterior while giving owners the opportunity to shut out the world or open themselves to it.
The metal casements that house this building’s window panes create an architecturally sturdy design. Even though it relies so heavily on glass windows, the building has a sturdiness that makes it able to withstand inclement weather.
Creating Divisions With Architectural Glass
These stunning pieces of architectural glass create a more defined line between interior and exterior. The heavy lines between each pane of glass make it obvious that the outside stays outside while the inside stays inside. Thick columns separating the windows from each other further emphasize this design choice.
As this picture shows, though, the glass doors that separate interior and exterior can be opened when appropriate. While doing so will not create the same blending of spaces as the folding windows above, it still adds an element of ambiguity.
On a practical level, these doors make it easy for those using the building to adjust its spaces for their intended purposes. Someone hosting a large wedding reception might want to open the doors to create a larger space for the festivities. Someone holding a conference, however, could close the doors to seal off the outside world while attendees concentrate on presentations.
Decorating With Architectural Glass
Here is an example of architectural glass that adds a decorative element to its building. The large window installation provides a glimpse inside the building, where arches and a painted ceiling are visible. The iron work on the window’s exterior also adds to the building’s beauty.
While some pieces of architectural glass try to dominate buildings with their huge sizes and unique designs, this window becomes a complementary part of the building’s overall design. It doesn’t feel aggressive at all. Instead, it create a visual path into and out of the building.
Architects can use glass in many different ways. Even though the above examples might seem extremely diverse, it’s just a small sample of ways that designers use glass windows and doors. What types of architectural glass inspire you the most? What are the features that you find most impressive in these examples of architectural glass?
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You know the value of a great deal. So if you know you could be saving on your utility bills while saving the planet at the same time, would you do it? By simply replacing your old and drafty windows and doors with high efficiency ones you will start saving immediately and here’s how!
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So you’ve decided to take the plunge and replace your home’s windows – great! Your worn-down, water-leaking drafty old window is one step closer to being swapped out for a superior window.
But there’s one thing you’re likely chewing over- which type of window material to go with: wood or vinyl? It’s not an easy choice, but there are some key points to remember for each window type. Wood windows may appear to be the perfect match to your house. They provide a look that appears more traditional than modern windows. But keep in mind that wood has its downsides. Meanwhile, vinyl windows come in a good range of styles and offer several things that wood windows don’t.
Wood windows may seem more historic, and have a timeless look. They can add a warmth or richness to a room. Condensation is also minimal with wood windows, and they offer good insulation against the elements. But they require a much higher level of maintenance than vinyl.
Wood windows, for example, are guaranteed to crack and chip as time goes by. This means that you’ll need to regularly paint wood windows, and reseal their inside frame. This isn’t always the easiest thing to do, depending on the shape of the windows and where on the home they are placed.
Wood windows also need another bit of regular physical maintenance: painting or staining. And if you don’t keep up with the regular upkeep of a wooden window, there can be major consequences: rotting and weathering. In addition, wooden windows can absorb moisture into their materials. As a result, they can swell up, making them very tricky to open or shut.
Vinyl windows are the solution for those looking to do minimal maintenance. Unlike wood, vinyl windows are largely self-maintaining, though in need of some minor care once in a while. Unlike wood windows, the material vinyl doesn’t crack, meaning they don’t need regular painting after they’re installed.
Vinyl windows are also available with an insulated core, which adds superior protection against heat transfer, and blocks out exterior sounds. Those looking for a high level of energy efficiency should seriously consider going with vinyl.
Unlike wood, vinyl windows are not prone to damaging condensation, with properly designed vinyl windows not susceptible to being infiltrated by moisture. Depending on the type of window frame, vinyl makes tilt-in cleaning easy, keeping your view of the outside clear.
That being said, there are a few minor points to keep in mind with vinyl windows.
Though they don’t force a homeowner to constantly maintain them, such as with wood, they do need a bit of loving care from time to time, with their hardware generally requiring a bit of spot lubrication occasionally.
One of the biggest benefits of getting replacement windows is the increased energy efficiency the new windows bring. That’s great for not only the environment, since you use less resources such as natural gas for heat and electricity for air conditioning – it’s also great for your home energy bill!
But you’ll also want to pick the right window for your home to match the type of climate you live in. Depending on the climate, you may want to choose a different glaze or insulation.
We’ll start with some general guidelines, and then discuss specific made-in-Canada climate considerations for windows.
In hot climates, keeping your home cool and keeping heat from transferring from the outside to the inside is key. One term to keep in mind is the window’s Solar Heat Gain Coefficient. This commonly refers to how much energy a window transfers, including all components such as the glass, frame and sash. SHGC values range from 0 to 1. The lower the value, the less solar heat gain.
So, in hot climates, look for windows with a lower solar heat gain number. Also consider windows glazed with tinted glass to cut down on how much heat gets in your home.
In cold climates, the no. 1 thing to keep in mind is preventing heat loss from your home. This is tracked with what’s called a window’s U-factor, a rating system set up by a national council of window makers. The U-factor generally ranges from 0.25 to 1.25. The lower the U number, the less the heat transfer. For colder climates, try to keep the U-factor under or equal to 0.30. Also, consider windows that are double-glazed or have insulated glass units.
In mixed climates you are dealing with both hot and cold, making it somewhat more of a challenge to keep your home comfortable. Keep your eye on the Solar Heat Gain Coefficient, which should be between 0.35 and 0.40. Meanwhile, the U-factor should be less than or equal to 0.32 to ensure maximum comfort.
Energy Star windows in Canada come in four different standards, depending on the climate zone. Zone D is the coldest, covering the country’s North; zone C runs across the middle of the country; Zone B includes southern B.C., Ontario and much of the Maritimes; while Zone A covers only the southern coastal region of B.C.
Windows can be rated with more than one of those zones. The more zones it’s qualified for, the greater the energy efficiency, so consider getting a window graded for a zone cooler than the one you live in.
Replacing home windows is a relatively simple upgrade that can yield big results for your house.
Older windows – such as the ones that have been around since you first moved in – can fall prey to a string of problems as a result of the aging process.
They can become worn, faded or just look out of date. They can physically change, bowing, warping and bending, deformities that can create pockets for air to get in. And older windows can develop leaks that letwater in when it’s raining, and also facilitate frost and condensation build-up.
Finally, aged windows can be a liability for your heating and cooling bills due to poor energy efficiency. A U.S. government department has estimated that energy loss from problematic windows can make up between 10 and 25 per cent of your heating and cooling bills!
Chances are, if your home’s windows date back more than 15 years, they’re likely experiencing a few or more of these problems. And while you can work around the edges to fix these problems by repairing poor-fitting frames and putting spray foam or caulking on gaps and voids, installing new, energy-efficient replacement windows is the best way todeal with faulty window problems.
Replacement windows from Clera Windows come in many shapes and sizes
Horizontal sliders or gliders
These windows have sashes – double panes of glass suspended in frames — that close and open when you slide them back and forth horizontally along a window frame track.
One of the most popular window types, double hung windows feature two sashes that overlap and can be moved up and down in the window frame. Sometimes, the upper sash – or glass pane – is fixed in place, leaving only the bottom sash to be opened. These are called single hung windows.
Envision a casement (crank out) style of window turned on its side, so that the window opens to the outside, ‘hinged’ at the top.
These open opposite to awning windows. Hopper windows open inwards from ‘hinged’ at the bottom. This type of window is named after traditional chute hoppers for coal furnaces, which open at the bottom.
These windows swing open outwards from the side of the frame, just like a door opens, normally using an interior-frame mounted mechanism. A common feature that makes these windows easy to recognize is the use of a crank handle positioned on the bottom of the window frame.
Bow or bay windows
This type of window is defined by their frame structure the juts out from a home’s exterior. Bay or bow windows can add a few more square meters to a room. The result is the illusion of a much bigger living space which was quite popular in homes in the late 1800s.
As their name suggests, once installed these windows remain in place and cannot be opened. The upside of these windows is that they’re a great way to let light into a home, brightening rooms that may need a bit of sunlight.
Going along with the world of window types is a wide range of materials windows frames are made from, each with its own pros and cons.
Vinyl or PVC
Vinyl and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) windows are tough and unlike other materials, such as wood, don’t need constant painting. They’re a popular choice that don’t come at a high price and usually last for years. Some vinyl and PVC frames have insulated window cavities, aiding energy efficiency.
A big benefit of replacing your house’s windows is to make your home more energy efficient. When picking windows, look for the Energy Star label – this means the windows have been tested and meet or exceed minimum standards for energy efficiency. There are some energy-efficient features you can keep your eye out for, too.
Low-emissivity or low-E coatings
Windows with Low-E coatings have a glass coating that cuts down on heat transfer, keeping your home warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
These windows have more than one pane of glass, resulting in a layer of insulation between the window panes. The sealed layer of gas or air between the panes reduces heat transfer.
Some window makers produce insulated windows filled with inert gasses, instead of air. It’s important to remember that these gases, being inert, don’t react to other substances. A benefit of these windows is superior thermal resistance to air and better energy efficiency.
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