New Window Installations for Your Home or Business
Many home owners do not realize the full impact of windows on their house. New
windows can alter the venting, lighting and heating/cooling efficiencies in your home and all of this affects the
comfort level for you and your family. Windows also contribute to the esthetic appeal of any home highlighting
the period your home was built, the architectural identity and design. It is important for you to select a
style of new window that matches your house both practically and visually.
New Window Designs
Choosing the new window that is right for you can be an overwhelming process. You need to decide on several
designs, materials of construction, sizes and technological features. One suggestion for you is to first establish
your budget, consider your home's design and the purpose of the window. You may also want to consider ongoing
maintenance and cleaning issues, venting requirements and overall protection and security. Also, will your window
be a centre piece in the esthetic appeal of your home or is functionality more important?
You have a choice between set windows or operable windows. Set windows are immobile units that are installed
inside a body containment. Typical examples are the front living room windows or ground floor windows. They
contribute to the style and look of the home but do not provide any venting capabilities. Another option that is
gaining popularity is the Octagonal option which is a corner window that incorporates and single pane curved in a
90 degree angle.
As for the operational options available to you as a home owner, here is a list of what you can choose from:
Flat Sliders: Flat sliders will retain the energy in your home and provides great insulation. You have
the options of one or more fixed panels. These panels will open on horizontal tracks. If desired, half the
window can be opened at one time.
Double Hung: Double hung windows are traditional in design. They are constructed with a top, outside
sash that slides down and a lower, interior sash that slides up. Hidden springs, weights or friction devices
help with raising, lowering and placing the sash. With some double hung windows, the sash may be removed,
rotated or moved for proper cleaning and maintenance.
Awning: An awning window is similar to a flat, top-hinged casement. It tilts away at the bottom in an clear
view, providing partial ventilation and a reasonable sense of security. A top-opening design is often referred
to as a hopper window.
Casement : Hung alone or in sets of two or more, a casement windowpane is run by cranks that swing the sash
outward or inward. Casement windows open completely for simple cleansing and provides superb venting when
Bay Windowpane: A bay window projects out of the wall of the building and it has a middle window parallel
to the wall flanked by two windows connected at an angle, generally opening casements or double-hungs. Box bays
have the side windows at a 90-degree angle.
Bend Windowpane: A bow window projects like a Bay Window, but has a lot more than three areas joined to
create a gentle bend. Center windows are usually fixed while side sashes are commonly casement windows.
As you can well appreciate, there are many
new window operational styles for you to consider.
Call us at (613)
so that we can provide you with the assistance
to guide you in making a decision
you are happy with for years to come.
New Window Supplies
The materials available for the manufacturing of new windows include wood, plastic, vinyl, fiberglass and metal
or a combination of any of these. When it comes to purchasing new windows for your home, the old saying applies,
"You get what you paid for!" Investing more up front for your new windows most often provide a return on your
investment in energy savings, reduce maintenance needs and overall longevity of the window unit. We will discuss
some of the materials available to you in more detail.
Wood – Wood is the most commonly used window material, especially for the components of the window which
can be observed from inside. Unlike other components wood doesn’t run cold or permit condensation as much.
Nevertheless, timber is susceptible to shrinking and swelling, so it’ll twist and decay with time —
particularly around the outside — unless it’s guarded. Timber windows commonly come bare unless they are
ordered by you otherwise. Save time and energy by buying them already primed on the outside or interior floors
of the body, if you intend to paint them. Painting can be eliminated by you entirely by purchasing them
prepainted in some conventional colours by particular makers.
Clad-Wood – You’ll discover that a lot of today’s windows are timber inside and dressed on the exterior
with a rigid, appealing outdoor coat of extruded aluminum or vinyl. The cladding, available in several stock
colours, covers both the sash and frame; keeping windows almost maintenance-free for decades. With vinyl, the
material is permeated by the color so scratches don’t reveal themselves. Aluminium will scrape, however it’s
stronger, available in a broader selection of colours and easier to paint. (Vinyl and Aluminum should not need
painting.) Neither will rust or rot.
Aluminum – Aluminum windows are far stronger than simple wood, on top of that, they’re also lighter,
thinner and easier to manage. They’re protected with a winter break of extruded plastic and occasionally also
froth, which decreases heat loss and condensation. Finishes protect the metal from deterioration, but degrade
in coast areas because of the salty atmosphere.
Vinyl – Vinyl windows are created from rigid, impact-resistant polyvinyl chloride (PVC), with areas inside
to make sure they are resistant to heat loss and condensation. Affordable plastic windows have a tendency to
pose when subjected to chilly weather and intense heat, permitting oxygen loss and making them tougher to use.
Plastic windows cannot be painted, and darker tones might diminish or fade with time.
New Window Building
Most timber windows come pre hung in entire structures that squeeze into a rough opening in the wall. They’re
connected with nails driven through the exterior covering, or brick mold, on the outside and through the jambs on
the interior. Plastic or metal windows, and some timber windows with a vinyl or aluminum cladding, have a
factory-installed nailing flange about the exterior that you affix to the margin of the window’s rough framing.
Window Pane Hardware
All operable windows come outfitted with hardware – - – the systems utilized for opening and shutting the sash
and latches. Here’s a deeper look at crucial types of window hardware:
Cranks – Casement, awning and hopper windows use cranks for opening and shutting; older kinds used push-bar
operators. Some producers offer churns in nonmetallic finishes (notably white), and some fresh kinds have
fold-down crank handles which make them less noticeable.
Latches and Tresses – Latches on the body are utilized to keep the window firmly shut and secure. On hinged
windows, two are suggested on tall or wide frames. On double – hung windows, sash locks pull together the lower
and top sash to reduce drafts. Security can be improved by keyed sash locks. On sliders, look for safety locks
to keep the operable sashes from being jimmied open by unwanted intruders.
Counterbalances – On double-hung windows, the sash is counterbalanced on the side by weights or other
counterbalancing mechanisms. In some alternative windows, friction might be all that retains the sashes in
Sliding Systems – Most sashes of plastic and metal windows are light-weight enough to slide in the sill
tracks however large, door-height sashes should be supported with rollers.
New Window Glass Options
You will need to select the type of glass you want for your window installations. Even here, you have several
choices to make regarding style, security and functionality. Here’s a closer look at the options available for
Low-Emissive (or low-E) Glass — Low-E glazing has a film placed on one of the glass areas or suspended
between the panes. This covering or film lets light in, but some solar rays are prevented from being carried
through the glass. A Low – E layer may help to keep your house comfortable on a warm day by preventing longer –
wave radiant heat from entering, and the radiant interior heat can be prevented from escaping through the glass
on a chilly day. Some Low-E coatings merge these two functions. Low – E coatings also prevent uv rays and
decrease the diminishing of furniture and carpets. Low – E with argon has the exact same unique surface
covering as Low – E but with the improvement of an invisible argon gas between both panes to give a level
greater insulation value to it.
Tinted Glass - Generally given a brown or grey cast, tinted glass minimizes glare and restricting the
amount of heat and light from sunlight (solar gain) inside your house.
Safety Glass - Demanded by certain neighborhood building codes for certain situations, safety glass is
definitely a great choice if there’s a chance of someone walking through your window. Safety glass is available
tempered, laminated or wire-reinforced. Tempered glass is heat-treated throughout the production procedure and
crumbles if damaged instead of shattering. Laminated glass has a film of plastic that holds the glass together
As you can see, your options are
Give us a call at (613) 699-7083
and we will assist you with your decision making process.
Window Medics Ottawa
#310 - 900 Greenbank RoadOttawa, OntarioK2J 4P6
Window Medics serves Ottawa and the following areas: Gloucester, Nepean,
Vanier, Rockcliffe Park, Blackburn Hamlet, Orléans, Kanata, Stittsville, Barrhaven, Manotick, Riverside South,
Greely, Metcalfe,Cumberland, Blossom Park, Fallowfield, Stittsville, Richmond, South March, Carp, Osgoode,
Kars, North Grover and Crystal Bay.
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