If your home is not keeping you warm in the winter and cool in the summer, or if it feels drafty when you stand near your windows or patio doors, it may be time to replace your windows in Guelph.
Hartmann Windows & Doors offer a wide variety of services. No job is too big or small. We treat each project with the same meticulous attention to detail and have proudly served the Guelph area for over 19 years
In some cases you can repair windows, however, there are several reasons why you should replace your windows instead, including:
- Save on energy bills
Older windows and doors may allow air to escape resulting in your HVAC system needing to work harder to keep cooled or heated air inside your home. You should look for ENERGY STAR certified models, which can save you an average of 8% on your energy bills as compared to a standard window. And windows that qualify for the ENERGY STAR Most Efficient designation are up to 40% more efficient than a standard window.
- Noise reduction
If you can hear noise from outside when your windows are closed then your windows may not have enough acoustic insulation.
- Improve resale value
Modern, energy-efficient homes are a large factor in the decision making process of buying a home. If your windows are old, this will reduce the value of your home.
- Windows are beyond repair
Windows that are damaged, warped or with broken window sashes should be replaced instead of repaired.
Selecting New Windows
When selecting new windows, consider the frame materials, the glazing or glass features, gas fills and spacers, and the type of operation. You will also need to consider design, energy use and labeling, warranties, and proper installation.
There are advantages and disadvantages to all types of frame materials, but vinyl, wood, fibreglass, and some composite frame materials provide greater thermal resistance than metal.
- In colder climates, consider selecting gas-filled windows with low-e coatings to reduce heat loss.
- Choose a low U-factor for better thermal resistance in colder climates; the U-factor is the rate at which a window conducts non-solar heat flow. The lower the U-factor, the more energy-efficient the window, door, or skylight.
- Select windows with both low U-factors and low SHGCs to maximize energy savings in temperate climates with both cold and hot seasons.
Hire A Professional To Install Your New Windows
A poorly installed window, door or skylight may not work properly and could allow drafts, even if the product itself is energy efficient. Poor installation may also allow water to leak into the wall cavity, which could lead to costly damage.