Top Mistakes to Avoid When Replacing Windows

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Replacing your windows and doors may feel like an insurmountable task. First, you need to find a way to get the thing off its hinges, contact a supplier to find a window pane and frame that perfectly suits your home as well as the type of window to give you the lighting and feel you want.

Add to all of this, the weeks of uncertainty of waiting, shipping, and fragile handling where even a slight mistake might result in a crack in your window pane and you need to order an entirely new replacement for a window that might only last you a couple of years before it needs to be maintained again.

Choosing A Reliable and Durable Brand

When choosing the right windows and doors for your home, you’re concerned not only with style and grace but with functionality, maintenance costs, durability, and energy efficiency. Installing windows alone or picking a second class contractor to install a subpar replacement might seem easier in the short run but only complicates things in the long run.

Subpar windows may result in:

  • Blistering cold and sweltering hot drafts coming into your home when you least want them to (i.e. mid-January or mid-July)
  • Weak thermal insulation and thus low energy efficiency, this results in higher costs for your energy bill
  • Fading, discolouring, cracking or peeling from being exposed to UV rays after a couple of years
  • Hard to take out, difficult to perform maintenance on
  • Poor, dim lighting or excessive, blinding lighting
  • Causing issues with AC
  • No warranties! If a problem occurs with your window, the responsibility is always on you to fix it

What To Avoid When Replacing Windows

Saving Money to A Fault

When looking to replace windows, people too often turn to the price tag. There are many who claim to offer the best price for their product yet we need to consider what they mean by “best price”. A price is only good if the money spent on the product is worth it. Perhaps another company might offer lower rates but at what cost? Whether it’s a weaker sash or fewer glazed panes which reduces impact resistance and/or thermal efficiency, lower energy efficiency ratings or less durable material prone to fading and discolouration after a mere year or two.

Not Reviewing Your Options

When you find yourself desperate, you tend to pick at the first thing you find. When it comes to these people, companies take advantage by approaching individuals and offering to help while not offering any alternatives. It’s always key to study the differences between companies such as receiving at least 3 quotes from 3 different companies before coming to a decision. This also has to do with design features on your windows. Not specializing your window features for each room in your home might lead to distorted lighting, poor ventilation as well as poor home design which can make your home attractive to buyers.

Feeling Rushed and Desperate

Feeling rushed is never a good thing and when coming to the first company you see down the street and asking for a window replacement, you may very well get taken advantage of. This is because without reading through the fine print, you can discover a lot about the quality of service you’re getting. For one, cheaper companies might save by hiring less experienced workers, giving workers less hours and thus making communication between client and company more difficult as well as poor warranty on products which might only last a year or two before expiration.

Only Going with Standard Models

Standard models of windows are the most commonly produced styles, designs and sizes of windows of any variety. They are usually produced en masse and are thus cheaper. The problem is assuming that your home will fit these standard models. A subpar window company might force you to do your own measurements and send them back your results without advising you on the proper procedure. It is entirely possible that you can have windows delivered on the day of installation only to find out they don’t fit. On the other hand, Canadian Choice offers personalized support and customizable windows of any size, variety and design to suit your needs and urgers you not to make mistakes when replacing windows.

Choosing the Right Window Design for Your Home

It’s important to recognize the difference between various window designs as each one comes equipped with its unique technical specifications which result in different lighting, energy efficiency and overall style and feel in the home.

Canadian Choice Windows and Doors specializes in its Vinyl-Pro series windows. All our Vinyl-Pro windows are composed of a 100% uPVC compound which is also 100% eco-friendly and recyclable. What this compound does is create our revolutionary DraftLock Plus window technology which:

  • Reinforces windows with its fusion welding corners
  • Provides elite insulation due to our windows having the greatest amount of internal air chambers which is certified by Energy Star as one of the most energy efficient models on the market (save up to 31% on annual energy bills!)
  • Has excellent sound proofing qualities to keep the 3am party outside of the bedroom
  • Incorporates security features with a high security multi-locking system to give you peace of mind

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Making Your Life Easier: Canadian Choice Windows

After going through all your options, it may seem overwhelming, it may seem like too tall a feat for you to accomplish, but not to worry. At Canadian Choice, we specialize in sending our team of experts to make your life as easy as possible and put you at ease.

What to Expect:

  1. Consultation Phase:
    After signing up for your free consultation, we will provide accurate measurements for your windows and allocate you an expert in the field of home improvement as your service representative which will discuss your design and financing options alongside the estimated length of the project.

  2. Design Phase:
    Our experts will consult with you from start to finish to ensure that you’re never left in the dark and all your concerns are put to rest. Whatever design you favour, whatever finishing and window panes, we’ll make it happen. Use our expansive in-person and virtual showrooms to browse through your selection and observe a virtual 3d layout of the finished windows to make sure you’re getting what you want.

  3. Communication Phase:
    We’ll always stay in touch with you to inform you of any updates with scheduling or if applicable, any issues with the supply chain. If you ever have concerns, contact your service representative who will get back to you right away either through phone, email or zoom, whoever you feel most comfortable with.

  4. Installation Phase:
    Once our suppliers have delivered your windows, our crew will come in and make sure that your windows are installed to last. We will instruct you on how to use the various unique features of each window and make sure you’re fully satisfied with the product before we leave.

How is Canadian Choice Different?

Besides the aforementioned reasons, Canadian Choice strives to make itself a reliable business contractor available for each and every family from B.C to Ontario. With tens of thousands of satisfied clients and the 2021 winner of the Best of HomeStars award, Canadian Choice works to not only meet customer expectations, but to surpass them.

And in the rare case that something goes wrong, all our products come with a lifetime transferable warranty free of charge meaning if something happens, we’ll take responsibility. If you’re curious and want to learn more, don’t hesitate to visit us at to book your free consultation or contact us at your local office today!

Julia Gurevich
Julia Gurevich

Julia Gurevich is a versatile content writer with a passion for delivering captivating narratives through a diverse and attentive approach. Her eye for detail helps her craft content that resonates with audiences across varied home improvement industries, capturing the perfect balance between information and entertainment. As a content coordinator, Julia takes pride in delivering content that leaves a lasting impact through her ability to navigate seamless content strategies and collaborative projects between teams. In her free time, she enjoys exploring Toronto’s cultural landscape, visiting local parks, and getting to know members of the community through events and activities.

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