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Learn the Basics of Windows and Doors

New windows and doors can be one of the best ways to improve the appearance, energy-efficiency and value of your home.

However, installing new windows and doors is a big undertaking and investment. The more you understand about windows and doors, the more confident you'll be in making your decisions about window type, size, style and brand.

To help you learn more about the basics of windows and doors, check out the information below that is a great starting point for any homeowner or contractor.

Energy Star Canada is a complete guide from Natural Resources Canada to window and door efficiency information.

Window and Door Consumer Guide is another great guide from Natural Resources Canada related to buying energy efficient windows and doors.

Sill to sash is a another great resource for understanding the basics for windows and doors.

When to Replace?

There are plenty of reasons to replace your windows and doors. And while improving the energy efficiency of your home is always a priority, new windows and doors also enhance the appearance of your home which, quite frankly, makes it a nicer place to live.

The key signs that it's time to replace your windows include:

  • Old, single-pane glass
  • Moisture damage and rotting wood
  • Noticeable air leaks
  • Cracks in your sashes and sills
  • Condensation or fogging between glass panes
  • Excessive noise from outside
  • Windows or doors do not open and close easily
  • ..

Building a Home?

You've chosen the perfect location. You've picked the ideal floor plan. Now it's time to choose windows. What should you look for? Well, your best investment is to install high-quality windows that suit the design, color and style of your new home.

Energy-efficient windows save you money in the long term by keeping your home cool in summer and warm in winter. Look for durable vinyl windows with, at minimum, double-glazing.

Vinyl is an attractive and low-maintenance option because they're easy to clean, energy efficient and built to last, while "glazing" refers to the number of panes of glass in the window. Double or triple glazing provides excellent energy efficiency in colder climates.

The size, shape and location of your home's windows can help you maximize sunlight and airflow, and increase privacy.

Because there's no single solution to fit every home's need, North Air offers a range of windows and doors. Built with the best materials, they not only enhance the look of your home, but improve its energy efficiency.

Your North Air dealer can help you select the ideal windows and doors for your new home.