Home Repair

How to Choose the Right Replacement Windows for Your Home

Choosing the right replacement windows for your home can be a difficult decision. For one thing, it is a long-term investment, and second, there are so many variables to consider. New windows can help block out noise, make your home look more attractive, decrease drafts, and reduce your carbon footprint. However, not all windows are alike and choosing the right ones for your home and your needs is key in ensuring you are happy with the final result.

Here are 3 major factors to consider when choosing replacement windows:

Don’t overspend on options.

It’s easy to get caught up with upgrading, but keep in mind that upgrades can easily add fifty percent or more to the base cost of the window. Rather than purposeless add-ons, focus on features that add value. Since most people aren’t proficient in the vast variety of features available, it’s important to hire a contractor you trust to explain what types of add-ons are beneficial and which are unnecessary based on your needs.

Match windows to climate.

Since Canadian winters tend to be cold and snowy, it’s important to choose windows with good insulation capabilities as this helps reduce heating costs and prevent cold air from seeping in. If you live in a region that is especially cold and very windy, you want to make sure you choose a design that provides good wind resistance.

Price doesn’t indicate performance.

Many people are under the misconception that higher prices guarantee better quality, however, this is simply not the case. While there are certainly good quality windows that come at a higher price point, there are many very good more affordable options as well. Do your research and hire a contractor who is trustworthy to ensure you are getting the best for your dollar.

If you live in Burlington, contact Custom Window Designs for all your window replacement needs.


The Importance of Egress Windows

Selecting windows can aid in the aesthetic appeal of your home. Today’s selection presents many options, which can be tailored to meet a particular aesthetic look and feel: casement, awning, bay, triple slider, and specialty shaped are just a few options available to those looking to replace or install new windows. However, windows are not utilized to merely enhance the curb appeal of a home. In fact, there are strict regulations around Egress windows and the placement of them in a home. Here are a few facts on Egress windows:

  1.  Egress Windows provide emergency exits in case of a fire
  2. Windows should be easy to operate and obviously operable
  3. The Public Health Act states “For buildings of 3 stories or less and except where a bedroom door provides access directly to the exterior, each bedroom shall have at least one outside window which may be opened from the inside without the use of tools or special knowledge*.” *special knowledge refers to if a window requires several steps to operate.
  4. A recommendation is that the sill of the window, used for emergency exits, be no higher than 1.5m off the floor. Basement bedroom windows should have improved access, such as built in furniture below the window to provide easy exit access.

If your current windows do not meet the recommendations, then contact Custom Window Designs. As an expert in egress window requirements, their skilled staff will ensure your investment and home is safe