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As the weather starts to cool, it brings to mind many pleasant thoughts such as fall leaves, hot cocoa and holiday gatherings. And then there are some not so pleasant aspects of the cooler weather – such as your monthly heating bill. Before the mercury drops too far this year, it’s a good idea to consider how you might save on energy this winter. One way that you might make your home more energy efficient – thereby saving money on your heating bill – is to replace older windows with new energy efficient ones. Read up more on the benefits of replacing your windows before this winter.

Do I Need New Windows?man installing a window

A leaky or drafty window is a sure way to waste energy this winter. Using storm winters, weatherstripping and caulking can help but if your windows are very old, you are likely better off simply replacing them. Look for windows with an ENERGY STAR rating on them to help you maximize your home’s efficiency.In addition to the rating itself, modern windows come with a number of other features and benefits that you may want to consider including

In addition to the rating itself, modern windows come with a number of other features and benefits that you may want to consider including type of glazing, gas fills, spacers and frame materials. A window expert can help you choose the features that are right for your home based on your home’s construction, which direction the windows are facing, climate, etc.
On average, a household can expect to save between $126-$465 per year by replacing single pane windows or between $27-$111 per year when replacing double-pane windows.

Installing Your Windows

Even the best windows are not going to save you much money on heating if they are not properly installed. For this reason, it is best to leave installation to the professionals.
The method of installation is going to depend on a number of factors including the type of window, the construction of the house and the type of exterior.

Are There Grants Available for Energy Efficient Windows?

Over the years, the provincial and federal governments have offered a wide range of incentives and grants for homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient – and yes, this has included grants for new windows.

Because programs are constantly changing, however, we encourage you to speak with one of our customer service representatives about grants available at the time of your purchase or you may browse available government grants here.

What Are The Other Benefits of Replacing Your Windows?

Replacing windows is not an inexpensive home improvement, but for many homeowners it just makes sense. In addition to adding warmth to your home and taking the chill out of opening your energy bill, new windows look great and can make you feel better about your home in general.They also add value to your home. In fact, according to the Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors, when homeowners replace older windows with.

They also add value to your home. In fact, according to the Remodeling Impact Report from the National Association of Realtors, when homeowners replace older windows with high quality energy-efficient ones, they can expect to recoup about 80% of their investment when they sell their home.

Jans Awning Products offers Window Replacement Services to homes in the Burlington, Oakville, Mississauga, Hamilton, & Brantford area.

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If you’ve recently decided to sell your house, you know the long list of things that need to be done around the house in order to get it ready for the sale. Moving is a huge endeavor. Getting your asking price on your home can help ease the amount of stress and work moving can prove to be. But first, the work needs to be done. If you haven’t already considered it, window replacement can go a long way in updating your house, making it more appealing to potential buyers.

Home with New Windows Seen from Yard

 

There are two main reasons why you might want to invest in replacement windows for that home, even though you may never have the chance to enjoy them yourself. You will find a number of things that will need to be done for resale. Things that you wished you’d done while you lived in the home. Things that you’ll be putting money and time into for someone you’ve never met. This investment of time and money is indeed for you. When that money and time are invested in the right project, you will benefit in the end when your home sells at a premium price and in a timely manner.

Replace your Windows Sooner Rather than Later

Replacement home windows can raise the value of your home in more than one way, but many are only interested in knowing if they’ll get their investment back when it comes time to sell. The return on investment for replacement windows are high. This is good news but it’s important to do your research before making such a big purchase. The sooner you replace those old windows the better, but take the time needed to get the job done right. New owners will appreciate the energy saving potential that new windows bring, but wouldn’t it be great if you got the opportunity to enjoy these savings for a time as well? There is no difference in the ROI for windows that are anywhere under five years old. Even if you don’t have plans to sell for five years, if your home needs replacements windows, consider making the investment now. All home improvements can add value for both you and the new owners when it comes time to sell.

Sell your House Faster with Replacement Windows

Replacement home windows are one of the big ticket items potential buyers want to see. Replacement windows not only increase the actual market value of your home but will add curb appeal that will ultimately sell your house faster. Selling your home is bound to be stressful. Having it sit on the market for any length of time, is downright nerve racking. Replacement windows will have your house looking its best and give potential buyers confidence in the idea of your home becoming their home.

Replacement windows are a great investment any time. Before you put that house on the market, consider replacing any or all of those old windows. If you haven’t already made this investment in your house, doing it for resale purposes will give you an advantage in the market and quite possibly see multiple offers rolling in.

Once you’ve decided to replace your windows, you must make sure to choose suitable replacement home windows and that they are installed professionally. Jans Awning Products carries the North Star line of quality vinyl windows and flawlessly installs them. Contact us and our team of experts will be ready to help you start your project today.

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It can be very annoying when you have a beautiful day, a stuffy house, and a window which is stiff or hard to open – if at all. We all need fresh air and ventilation, so what can you do to help open your hard-to-open windows?

Wooden Frame Window

 

There are a number of different reasons why windows stick, so the first step is to discover the root of the problem. Typical problem areas include:

  • The hinges
  • Another problem in the window’s mechanism
  • Expansion of the window or frame
  • Paint

Once you have figured out where the problem is, you can now go about solving it!

Hinges

It is common that window hinges can rust. The fact that they are exposed to wind and rain means that they can rust easily. First, clean the hinges so that you can see how bad the damage is. Use a household cleaner, then silicon or a dry Teflon spray lube, and then try to move the window a little to see how the mechanism is working.

Look at the top and bottom of the hinges especially, from that you will have to decide whether you would be better off replacing the whole hinge (or hinges).

To replace the hinges, take out the screws and remove the hinge – you might need to use a knife to get through any dried paint that may have sealed shut. Then screw in the replacement hinge.

If you decide to stick with your existing hinges, you might want to keep an eye on them and check that they aren’t getting too rusty. Unfortunately, once corrosion has occurred, it is likely to happen again.

Other Mechanism Problems

Depending on the kind of windows you have, you might have corrosion or other mechanical problems. In which case, you should do the same as above – clean and see if you can save the mechanism or if you think that you would be better off replacing it entirely.

Expansion of the Window or Frame

If you have windows and frames which are made of wood, it is possible that time and the elements have warped the wood. Especially water causes wood to expand and the effect can be that your window won’t open or close. This can often change with the weather – so if it is a particularly moist period, with a lot of rain or dampness in the air, it is more likely that your wooden windows might expand.

If you don’t want to wait for the weather to change, and the swelling to go down, you can try and use a chisel to pry open the window and if the problem persists, you may want to think about sanding down one side of the window or frame.

Paint

Especially In older properties, a common problem is that windows get painted many times and the paint can seal the window shut. So how do you un-stick a window? First, try using a Stanley knife to run around the edge of the window and break the seal. If that doesn’t work, try a flexible steel scraper to get in deeper, and only as a last case scenario, try gently with a chisel.

The jamming of windows is a common problem, especially in older properties. Windows which are fitted today are a lot better protected against the elements and therefore much less likely to have problems.

For more information about caring for your windows and window frames, or inquiring about purchasing new windows, get in touch with us today!

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You need new windows but it’s not clear which style of window will fit your space and you’re just not getting the picture. Educating yourself on the styles, quality, and elements available in the window industry will give you a better view of your window preferences and your window needs.

Home Windows

Bay Windows

Bay windows increase space and often can create a seating area in a room. Bay windows are generally made of a least three separate window casements that come together into one frame. A bay window will let in more light than a traditional window but will also cost more than a traditional window. It’s important when having bay windows installed that they are properly insulated as they do actually extend beyond the exterior of the home and are therefore exposed to the elements.

Picture window

A picture window is any window that is situated at the front of the home. It is often the largest window in the house and, therefore, provides the biggest picture. Again, picture windows can be more expensive than others because of their size. There is an abundance of design options for picture windows and picture windows will define a large portion of the home. Due to the size of the window, you may want to also consider getting an awning, to help control the climate in your home.

Bow Window

A bow window does just that, bows. Unlike a bay window that has hard angles, a bow window has gentler curves that still let in loads of light. Bow windows can look a lot like bay windows. Like a bay window, bow windows will open up a room and give it flair. A bow window, however, typically has three to five windows while the bay has only three. Any or all of the windows in a bow design may open or be fixed.

Casement windows

Casements windows are popular for basements and bathrooms. Traditional casement windows slide open but with recent technology, many can now swing open or open like an awning would. Casement windows can turn a small basement window into a legitimate exit when needed. Casement windows are very streamlined and because of this, are often more affordable. Casement windows have come a long way and where they once lacked many insulating capabilities, double and triple pane glass has made them much more efficient. They have found a new following among the lineup of replacement windows.

 

All of the above windows may come double hung, with triple pane glass and with technology that will make your new windows energy efficient. Though the space you need to fill is unyielding in its parameters, what you ultimately fill that space with, doesn’t have to be. Be creative, match existing architecture and make sure you respect your budget. Choosing a window style that suits your space and your personality will leave you confident in your picture perfect choice.

 

Whether you’ve done the research or are starting from scratch, contact Jans Awning Products today and our team of professionals will be ready to help you through every step of the way, from choosing a window that will suit you and your home’s needs to installing the windows.

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Windows can have a huge impact on the look and feel of the rooms in your home. Large windows looking out onto a scenic view can bring the outdoors in while making a space feel bigger and brighter. That being said, you do not want your windows to literally allow the outdoors in! Old or damaged windows can let in air, moisture, dirt and unwanted pests. Often times, homeowners will overlook replacing their older windows for years, but the results of new, professionally installed windows are always a worthwhile investment.

A window in need of replacement

 

Many homeowners will notice in the colder months of the year if their windows need replacing. A cold draft in the winter is usually a tell-tale sign of a window that needs replacing. Snow resting on the windowsill might prove to turn into moisture on the inside. In these types of cases, can your windows be replaced in the winter? Or, is it best to wait until the spring and summer months to upgrade?

The simple answer is that windows can be replaced at anytime. The winter season can actually be an advantageous time of year, because special promotions are often offered at this time of year. Many home owners have concerns such as:

  • Will our house be affected by snow or cold temperatures throughout the process?
  • Will heat loss cause my monthly bill to skyrocket?
  • Will there be damage to my belongings because of water or snow in my home?

With professional installation, none of these factors should cause concern. Windows are replaced one at a time in the most efficient way possible. Special floor coverings are provided to make sure that moisture is under control during the whole process.

One important factor to consider in the winter, however, is the type of sealing product used throughout installation. Some products will shrink when they freeze, allowing holes to open. In these cases the windows can be re-sealed in the spring and most warranties will cover this type of repair.

Water based sealants usually freeze at temperatures below 0 degrees Celsius, and can cause problems if proper temperature recommendations are not taken. Due to a reduced evaporation rate, solvent based sealants cure at a slower rate and at lower temperatures. Moisture cure sealants are often made of polyurethane and silicone and also cure at a slower rate as the temperature drops. Ask your installation professional what type of sealant they are using to ensure weather conditions are being considered in your home.

If you are in Burlington or surrounding areas and need to have your windows replaced by people who know what they are doing, and at a modest price, please Contact Jans Awning Products and speak to the professionals today.

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As winter approaches, many homeowners face the problem of condensation building up on their windows and patio doors. Oddly enough, much of the problems associated with condensation stem from advancements in building technology. If you’re having trouble with window condensation, the chances are that you are living in what is called a tight house. This is a house that cannot adequately breathe and moisture is trapped inside. Although older homes may actually cost more to heat, the house is more breathable, cleaner and more comfortable.

Condensation

Harmful Moisture

A little fog on the lower corners or window portions during the winter months is of little concern, but the excessive fog that blocks whole windows is a major headache. The excess water can run down and damage woodwork, wallpaper, paint or plaster. It’s a problem you should pay attention to and take very seriously. Noticing it on your windows or patio door is enough for concern, but you should be more worried about where you can’t see the condensation buildup. This excess humidity may be affecting the insulation in your attic whereby it freezes and then melts when warm weather comes. It may even be forming blisters beneath your siding and under your exterior paint.

All forms of water such as humidity, water vapor, moisture, and steam are present in varying degrees in nearly all air. The moisture in wet air tries to flow toward drier air and mix with it, which scientists describe as vapor pressure. Vapor pressure can act independently of the flow of the air. It can force moisture easily through wood, plaster, brick and cement. Vapor pressure is precisely what happens when moisture seeks to escape from the humid air usually found inside your home to the drier winter air outside.

Glass is one of the building materials that stop water vapors and vapor-seal insulation. It is designed specifically to stop the escape of water vapor and protect the insulation and your walls from the ravages of water. However, increased use of these moisture trapping materials has created the modern “tight” home where moisture created by bathrooms, kitchens and laundry rooms can no longer flow easily to the outside. This trapped effect keeps cold air outside and moisture in, so it is very easy to build up excessive and even harmful moisture levels in a home.

How to Reduce Humidity

David Bareuther, Associated Press Building editor states that there are only three ways to reduce humidity:

  1. Get to the source: Venting all gas burners, clothes dryers, etc., to the outdoors, including the use of kitchen or bathroom exhaust fans.
  2. Ventilation for winter: Since outside air usually contains less water vapor, it will dilute the humidity of this inside air. This takes place automatically in older houses through constant infiltration of outside air.
  3. Heat: The process of heating your home will reduce the relative humidity, providing its dry heat. It will counter-balance most of the moisture produced by modern living.

To test the humidity in your home, be sure to use an accurate instrument like a sling psychrometer.

Outside Air Temperature Inside Relative Humidity
70 F Indoor Temperature
-20 degrees F or below not over 15 percent
-20 degrees F to -10 not over 20 percent
-10 degrees F to 0 not over 25 percent
0 degrees F to 10 not over 30 percent
10 degrees F to 20 not over 35 percent
20 degrees F to 40 not over 40 percent

 

Here are 7 practical steps to control condensation on your windows or patio door.

  • Install storm windows or replacement windows with double or triple glazing.
  • Shut off furnace humidifier and any other humidifying devices in your home.
  • Be sure that louvers in attic or basement crawl spaces are open and that they are large enough.
  • Run kitchen or other ventilating fans longer and more often than has been your custom.
  • Open fireplace damper to allow easier escape for moisture.
  • Air out your house a few minutes each day. Air out kitchen, laundry, and bathrooms during use or just the following use.
  • If troublesome condensation persists, see your heating contractor about an outside air intake for your furnace; about venting of gas-burning heaters and appliances; or about the installation of ventilating fans.

Because of so many variables, a condensation problem can sometimes be very tough to solve and that’s why you may have to call in an expert to work on your problem if the simpler steps to reduce humidity doesn’t work. If you feel that the problem might be caused by your windows or doors, contact us and our team will be ready to help.

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Sliding patio doors allow a tremendous amount of natural light to filter into the house and offer good access to the outdoors; however, when the glass in a patio door breaks, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible. You have the option of calling a glass company to come in and replace the pane or you can consider doing it yourself, which is significantly cheaper. It isn’t as big of a job as you might imagine and with the right instructions and a couple of hours of your time, you can get your patio door repaired. By following some simple steps to replace the glass in the patio door, you can get back to enjoying your view from the comfort of your home once again.

Broken Glass

Your Supplies:

To successfully replace broken glass in a patio door you will need gloves, a hammer, pry bar, putty knife, measuring tape, permanent marker, replacement glass, glass cutter and caulk. You do not have to remove the entire door, but it is advisable to always wear gloves to prevent cuts from the glass.

Trim

You can replace the glass on sliding patio doors with the door in place. It doesn’t need to be removed. First remove the trim around the glass by using a putty knife between the trim and the door. Next, use a small pry bar and hammer to ease it off, carefully avoiding bending the trim as you work.

Removing the Glass

When you have finished removing the trim, take out the old glass from the sliding patio doors. Remove any bits and pieces that will inevitably remain stuck to the frame. You can use the putty knife to remove these remaining pieces and take off the caulk around the trim.

New Glass

Once the opening is completely clear of any lingering debris, use a tape measure to calculate the size of replacement glass for the sliding patio doors. You need to measure both height and width of the opening. Now, subtract ¼-inch from each measurement to obtain the size to buy and go to any glass shop that will be able to cut to size.

Fitting the Glass

When the glass arrives give it a thorough inspection. Trim the edges if they are not completely straight. Gently scribe using a straight edge where needed using a glass cutter. Avoid making deep cuts because this can break the new glass. Check the measurements and the edges one more time to be certain that everything is straight and that the glass will fit the opening.

Finally, put a bead of caulking around the inside of the frame. Gently ease the glass into place and then put another thin bead of caulking on top of the glass. This will hold it against the trim.

Replacing the Trim

You can begin to start replacing the trim you’ve removed and push it back into place. Start at one corner and gently, but firmly press into place. After it is positioned in place, make it secure with tacks down into the door.

Finish up by removing any of the caulking with a putty knife that might have squeezed out under the trim. Clean the glass of the sliding patio doors with glass cleaner and then go outside and repeat the cleaning process there.

Congratulations! By this point you should have some brand new glass installed in your patio door and you have successfully saved yourself a good chunk of change in doing so. If you’re reading this you’re probably a DIY kind of person who loves to get into new home renovations. Lucky for you Jans Awning Products has a wide selection of products available for you to purchase and install yourself. Take a look at our selection of products or come in and visit us.

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A common question we receive when people are looking into purchasing new windows is whether or not there are government grants available to homeowners who upgrade. It is understandable that Ontario residents would be confused about this issue. Federal and provincial programs such as the Ontario Home Energy Audit Program and the ecoENERGY Home Retrofit Program have come and gone and come and gone again.

government cash back grant

Unfortunately, at this time neither the Feds nor the Province are offering grants for new windows. That’s not to say that they won’t again in the future, but as far as we know there are no plans for that currently in the works.

Are Eco-Grants Effective?

When these programs were in effect, many Ontarians took advantage of this financial incentive to upgrade their furnaces, get new insulation and yes, get more energy-efficient windows. While it’s fair to say that some of these people would have got the upgrades regardless of the incentive, for many more these renovations may not have been possible without these programs.

Another advantage of such programs was that a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions had to be proven before the grant would be given. That meant that homeowners had to have an energy audit conducted on their home both prior to and following the renovations.

This helped to give homeowners insight into where the real problems were and where to concentrate their renovation spending. A homeowner who wanted to replace their front windows may well have discovered that the front windows were fine, but the back ones were leaking air.

These grants and the types of audits associated with them clearly reduced the amount of GHG emissions among Ontario households.

Should I wait for grants to be re-introduced before I replace my windows?

If we knew for certain when and if the grants were coming back, the answer to that question might be yes. But the fact is, it may be years – or never – before we see those programs again in Ontario.  And while it might be nice to get a refund for making an investment that is as significant as new windows, you also have to consider how much you are losing by not getting new windows.

Did you know that up to 25% of a home’s heat loss can be due to inefficient windows? If air is leaking through your windows, it is going to show up either in the form of an uncomfortably cold, drafty or humid home, -or you are going to be spending an awful lot more to heat and cool your house.

Can I still get an energy audit?

Even though the grant programs are not currently in existence, there are still companies that provide energy audit services. An energy audit blow test is conducted by setting up a large air-tight seal over one of your doors that has a fan attachment. The fan then blows air out of your home so that the air pressure outside the home is greater than the air pressure inside the home.

This causes any air leaks around doors or windows to become very obvious so that they can easily be identified.

Of course, if you have windows that are already noticeably drafty, you don’t need an energy audit to tell you that they need replacing!

While the Governments of Canada and Ontario do not currently offer grants for new windows, there are still many good reasons to ensure that your home is as energy efficient as possible. Reducing your greenhouse gas emissions, reducing your utility bills and having a more comfortable home top the list.

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Windows have a tough and important job. Without them, our homes would be devoid of natural sunlight, and we would miss having that all important view to the outdoors which allows us to see whether or not it’s raining, check up on our children in the backyard, or simply see what is happening in the neighbourhood. But windows must also provide a measure of security and protection from the elements. When they begin to falter in any of these functions, it may be a sign that you need to replace your windows.

old window

So what exactly should you look for when determining whether or not you should start your search for new windows? Here are some of the most common signs:

Sign #1: Trim is starting to rot, crack or fall apart

If the trim around your windows is showing signs of damage, there is a good chance that this is being caused by water from the outside. This can lead not only to the unsightly appearance of rotten frames, and peeling paint, but can also be a breeding ground for mould spores.

This is a problem that is not going to get any better on its own. In fact, it will get worse. The best way to prevent further damage is to replace your windows as soon as possible.

Sign #2: You can feel drafts coming through your window

All windows are going to allow some air to get through. This becomes a problem however when the drafts become noticeable as it could be a sign that the window frames are starting to warp.
While you may be tempted to simply apply some weather stripping and be done with it, drafts can often be an indication of a more serious issue. Weather stripping may have its place but is best considered as a temporary solution.

Sign #3: Windows are difficult to open or close

There are two potential problems here. One is a window that “sticks” and requires an unreasonable amount of force to move, and the other is a window that is too lose and is prone to slamming shut even when no one is touching it.

This type of problem may be caused by an improper paint job, rot or rust. But regardless of the cause, this poses a risk to safety and security – not to mention, the fact that this problem is just plain frustrating!

Sign #4: Condensation or “fog” is forming between the panes

If your home has windows that are double or triple paned, one of the signs that they may need to be replaced is the appearance of fog between the panes. When this fog dissipates, it can leave a telltale white calcium deposit behind.

What this condensation means is that your windows have broken seals and air is being allowed between the panes. This means that your windows are no longer protecting your home from the cold outdoor air.

Sign #5: You have a higher than normal energy bill

If your energy usage and behaviour has not changed and you notice a sudden spike in your heating or cooling costs, the culprit may be windows that are no longer doing their job.

In this case, you will need to ensure that it is in fact your windows (and not your HVAC or insulation) that are to blame, and this can be done with a simple energy audit. The sooner you determine the source of the problem, the sooner you can get those bills back in line with where they should be.

Replacing windows that are no longer performing their function is an important part of home maintenance. If you have seen any of these signs in your home, it is best to have them evaluated by one of Jans’ window experts.

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There is no question that new or replacement windows can make a dramatic impression on any home. Although this is a costly investment, it is one of the most essential because it affects the overall value of your home while providing your family with daily comfort and security. Surveys from remodelers and real estate agents indicate that window replacement has an 80 percent return on your investment if you plan on selling your home in the foreseeable future.

vinyl windows

 

Whether you’re trying to improve your home’s curb appeal, expand a spectacular outside view or simply upgrade old, degraded windows, energy-efficient and stylishly updated windows will serve you well. However, when you start looking at new and replacement window options you might find it confusing for deciding which type of window is best for you, vinyl or aluminum.

Since replacement vinyl and aluminum windows have a wide range of costs depending on their features, such as style, glaze and shape, it’s important to choose the best quality your budget allows. If you plan on staying in your home for a long period of time, avoid low-end and single pane windows that offer little energy savings. The higher the quality window, the better it will perform with upgraded hardware and a better guarantee.

Vinyl windows have grown in popularity for residential use over the past fifteen year. They have certain advantages over aluminum, especially for primary windows in comparison to secondary windows. However, if they’re used as the secondary window, many of the advantages are negligible because both vinyl and aluminum are used to improve the insulation values of a primary window.  However, aluminum windows have more mass versus vinyl windows and stop more external noise from getting into the house since they’re almost three times heavier and stronger than vinyl.On the other hand, aluminum windows have one huge drawback. They are less energy efficient because they are conductors of heat and cold, resulting in energy loss.

Durability:

Regardless of age, vinyl windows always look great and they are extremely easy to maintain. They are durable, low maintenance and the standard you’ll find in most of today’s new homes. In addition to their modern look, they are the most energy-efficient windows on the market. They will not rust, warp or corrode and remain almost 100 percent scratch free.

Aluminum windows are also known as a durable product and exceptionally resistant to moisture. They are resistant to dents and cracks and appealing in their appearance. Because they are extremely light-weight, they are the most common choice for high-rise apartments, condos and commercial buildings. Their one drawback is a poor energy efficiency rating in extreme climates (like the cold snap in Burlington this February of 2015) unless extra precautions are taken to insulate them properly.

Style:

Vinyl is a favorite in this category because you can create any look with different colours and a wide assortment of styles. Another bonus with vinyl is that the colour is part of the vinyl material, making them scratch resistant. There is never a need to scrape or paint. You can also match the window frame colours to most other paint colours you’re using on the house.

Aluminum has a variety of colours as well, but unlike vinyl, aluminum frames may be painted if you choose to go this route.  Since aluminum windows are similar in look to steel, they offer a sleek, contemporary and industrial look. The sleek frames are simple in appearance and perfect for a modern loft, home or residential building.

Costs:

The cost of vinyl runs the gamut and they’re made to fit any budget; however, even though the lower-end vinyl windows are cheaper yet durable, it’s best to step up to a mid to high-end window. This is a long term investment that is geared to reducing heating and cooling costs, so for the best energy-efficiency, invest for the future.

Aluminum windows are seen as an economical choice. They are also affordable and their cost is mid-range, somewhere mid to upper range for vinyl. However, because their energy efficiency is less than vinyl, they can typically be more expensive if you get anything other than a bottom-line product.

Your Choice:

Like everything in life there are pros and cons to anything. What type of windows you decide to install will be determined by many factors, including price, climate, esthetics look of your home, maintenance requirements and energy-savings features. Do some research ahead of visiting your local retailer’s showroom so that you will a more informed consumer in making your final determination. Jans Awning Products can answer any questions concerning windows you may have concerning whether you should get vinyl or aluminum.