Clera Windows + Doors Blog

How is tempered glass made?

If you have ever seen a window break, you can appreciate the tempering. When a normal piece of glass breaks, the shards are jagged and can be very dangerous. Consider what happens when a home is subject to a tornado or hurricane. When subject to high winds, windows will shatter.…
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The Canadian Energy Rating (ER) system and vinyl windows

The final piece of the puzzle of window purchasing is actually a performance standard that wraps the U-Value and solar heat gain co-efficient and Canadian Standards Association (CSA) A440 standard for vinyl windows into one. It’s called the Canadian Energy Rating (ER) System for windows and doors. The window or…
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The basic facts about vinyl windows and doors

There are so many technical terms being used by vinyl window manufacturing and installation companies in their sales and marketing literature that the typical homeowner can’t possibly know what they are being told. The purpose of this article is to simplify and explain some commonly used terms relating to vinyl…
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Smarter vinyl windows and doors

It is a universally accepted fact that the vinyl windows and doors that are available on the market today are a vast improvement over the wood and aluminum replacement windows and doors that were commonly used only twenty years ago. But what vinyl window and door technologies can we expect…
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Should you repair or replace your windows?

How do you know if the windows in your house are beyond repair and need to be replaced? Here are a few things to consider and a few tests you can do to help you answer that question: Too much noise Old windows made with single glass allow too much…
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Principles for Installing Vinyl Windows

The installation of your new vinyl windows is as important to the proper performance of the window as is the entire window manufacturing process. Aside from seal failures, replacement window industry statistics tell us that over 80% of service problems with vinyl windows are the result of poor installation techniques.…
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Installing vinyl windows using the complete tear-out method

The retrofit method of installing replacement vinyl windows was discussed in a previous article.In this one, we will summarize the installation instructions for what is known as a complete tear-out method of installing vinyl replacement windows. This installation style, as the name indicates, involves removing the old window entirely, right…
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Are your windows air and water tight?

The difference between a properly installed window and one that is performing insufficiently can end up costing a homeowner hundreds of dollars in utility bills. When buying new windows or serving existing ones, making sure they are properly sealed from the onset is imperative. This job is a simple one…
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Why wind resistant windows are important

Not all windows are the same. If you live in a windy climate, or have a home that is situated in a zone where these conditions are common, having wind resistant windows is a must have. When manufactured, all windows are tested for their ability to withstand direct contact. In…
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