Replacing your windows can be a big undertaking, so it is important for homeowners to understand the processes and costs involved before diving in. Below, you will learn more about replacement windows installation in Ottawa, including the options available to you, additional repairs that might be required, and the different choices you can make when you choose Canadian Choice™ for your replacement windows.
Repairs, Retrofits, and Full Replacements
When you have a drafty or broken window, there are several options available to you depending on the exact situation.
- Repairs – In some cases, you can simply replace panes of glass or seal off drafts with simple repairs. This is usually a great choice for homeowners who have issues with only one or two windows. Repairs are only viable if the window frames are in good condition.
- Retrofits – A retrofit occurs when we utilize your existing frames but replace the sashes and glass. This is especially helpful for homeowners who have wooden window frames that are still in good condition overall. Not only can you save money on the cost of replacement windows installation in Ottawa this way, but you can maintain the look of your wood frames.
- Full Frame Replacement – If your window frames are decades old, or if they are no longer in good condition, you will need a full frame replacement. In this case, we take out the entire window unit – frame and all – then replace it entirely. This is the costliest of the options, but it is also the best way to ensure energy efficiency and solid workmanship.
Repairs & Insulation
Aside from the replacement windows installation in Ottawa, your home may need some additional attention. If you will have a full frame replacement, we will need to completely remove the entire window from the wall, which will expose the studs in the wall and provide us a glimpse at their condition. This may reveal some underlying problems, such as studs that are broken, warped, or even rotted. If this is the case, repairs will be required before the new windows are installed.
Insulation is also a very important factor to consider when it comes to replacement windows in Ottawa. Aside from the insulation in your walls, there should also be insulation between the studs and the window frame. In most cases, full frame replacement involves applying new foam insulation which provides a comfortable barrier between your home and the outside air. When you get a free estimate from us, the cost of insulation is included, but additional repairs that we may need to complete are not.
Timeframe and Expectations
It takes roughly six to eight weeks for the windows you order to arrive. At this point, once you have a project start date, you can expect that each window takes roughly 30 minutes to an hour to install depending on whether additional repairs are necessary. Adverse weather conditions may postpone your installation; heavy rains make it difficult for us to replace windows, and subfreezing temperatures will not allow sealants and foams to set as they should. Keep these things in mind when planning your replacement windows installation in Ottawa.
If you are considering replacement windows installation in Ottawa, it is helpful to keep this information in mind. Here at Canadian Choice™, we can help you understand whether you need a retrofit or full replacement, and we can discuss everything included in your free estimate to help you feel more at ease along the way.
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