If you are considering replacement windows in Winnipeg, there is a very good chance you have some questions about the process. Here, we at Canadian Choice Windows & Doors™ have provided the answers to some of the most common questions surrounding Winnipeg windows replacement.
Which type of windows do you recommend for Winnipeg weather conditions?
Because winters in Winnipeg can be quite cold and harsh, it is important to choose replacement windows that maximize comfort and energy efficiency while remaining user-friendly. For this reason, we often recommend casement windows above all other types. These windows attach to their frames with hinges at the side and open outward, though some may also open inward.
Is it possible to repair cracked glass, or will I need a replacement window?
If the frame surrounding the window is wooden, and if it is in good condition, it is possible to replace the glass with a new pane. However, if your window is newer, you may need to replace the entire unit. Many of today’s windows are double-paned, and as an added layer of insulation, the space between the panes contains air or gas. Once the window cracks, this gas escapes, which dramatically lowers that window’s efficiency – even if you replace the glass. In this case, you should consider a replacement window.
Is there a dramatic difference between double- and triple-pane windows?
When choosing your new windows, you will have many options available to you. Triple-pane windows offer the absolute best in terms of insulation from the cold outdoors, and they will reduce your energy bill more than single- or even double-pane windows. Triple-pane windows can be costly, though, so they are not the right fit for every budget. We have found that double-pane windows are sufficient for providing comfort and energy savings in Winnipeg.
Will you need to add insulation when your company replaces my windows?
This depends on the existing insulation, but in most cases, when you have your windows replaced, it is a good idea to add additional insulation. The best way to do this is with foam insulation applied during the Winnipeg window installation process. The foam expands between the stud and the new window frame, creating a tight seal that will save you money and protect your windows and your home over time. Keep in mind that your new windows may be slightly smaller than your old ones to make room for this additional insulation.
Do my frames need to be replaced along with the windows?
This depends on your frames. Retrofit replacement is possible if you have wooden window frames that are still in excellent condition. If your frames are made of any other material, or if the wood has splits, cracks, or rot, then a retrofit is not enough. You will need to consider replacing the frames alongside the windows.
Will replacement windows really save me money?
This depends on the insulating power of your existing windows, the presence of insulation between the window frame and the stud, and even the type of existing Winnipeg windows you have in your home. In a home with 10 windows, you can expect to spend anywhere from $2500 to $7000 to replace just the glass, or a minimum of about $5000 to replace the windows and frames. Be sure to check for government Energy Star rebates, which can offset some of these costs. If the replacement windows are a significant upgrade, you can save several hundred dollars per year in energy costs alone, too.
If you have more questions about replacement Winnipeg windows, or if you are interested in obtaining a free estimate for your project, contact us at Canadian Choice. With our years of experience, we can provide you with valuable information to help you make better decisions that will serve you well for decades to come.
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