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Calgary Replacement Window & Door Reviews

  • After a competitive evaluation of three potential suppliers we chose Calgary Window Renovations to replace 11 windows in our home. We were very impressed with Rick's knowledge and experience as well as the excellent reviews of his company. Kyle and his crew of installers did a first class professional and timely job taking care to minimize any disruptions.

    Calgary, AB

  • Great service, great price, professional and knowledgeable installers. Installers worked on an extremely cold January day and took the time to explain how windows work and asked if we had any questions before they left for the day. Will recommend to others and use them again without hesitation for our future window needs.

    Calgary, AB

  • We have been completely satisfied in dealing with Calgary Window Renovations to replace our windows and have had previous windows replaced with them as well. Always efficient and dependable! We love our new windows!!

    Calgary, AB

  • Service and Quality are what Calgary Window Renovations Windows and Doors provided for the installation of 10 windows on our main floor. Now the cold weather has arrived I cannot believe what a difference these new windows make. I found this companies name on Home Stars and they truly deserve the high star rating they presently have.

    Calgary, AB

  • I couldn't be happier with Calgary Window Renovations from start to finish. I had three estimates and Calgary Window Renovations was very competitive. What impressed me the most and made me choose Calgary Window Renovations was the professionalism and customer service from the first time I called to request an estimate. I'm so glad I chose Calgary Window Renovations because of their professionalism and quality of work.

    Calgary, AB

  • We replaced 5 old windows in our century home with white vinyl casements. Rick was very patient with us as we shopped around and tried to make a decision and always responded to emails quickly. He was also able to speed up the installation with an earlier than planned date and Jeremy and his great team of quiet and tidy installers completed the job in a single day.

    Calgary, AB

  • We were very pleased with Calgary Window Renovations Windows & Door Ltd. right from the start to finish. We can honestly say that our experience with Calgary Window Renovations was the most amazing and satisfying contract work we have ever had done. We would recommend Calgary Window Renovations to anyone who is contemplating replacing windows in their home.

    Calgary, AB

  • Very pleased with the entire process! As indicated in previous reviews, Rick is extremely professional and knowledgeable. He works with you to find the best window options that will meet your needs without any sales pressure - incredible that the company owner has such a "hands-on" approach with customers.

    Calgary, AB

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Everything you need to know about
buying new windows in Calgary!

Replacing the windows in your home offers many benefits. New windows can improve your home's curb appeal and increase the resale value. Modern, energy efficient windows lower heating and cooling costs and make internal temperatures more stable and comfortable. New windows also block out more noise and virtually eliminate ongoing maintenance. Investing in new windows is a great investment in your home and your quality of life.

Here is a handy buyer’s guide to help you navigate all the options you have when purchasing new windows.\

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Window Installation is Paramount

Choosing a quality window installer should be your primary consideration when replacing your windows. Poor installation can negate the energy efficiency and insulating qualities of new windows. Gaps around the window frame can let in drafts and even lead to water damage of the walls of your home. The performance of the window can also be hampered with incorrect installation.

Window installation is a craft that requires professional training and extensive experience to truly become proficient. Beware of companies offering discount installation services. You want your windows to last. Many window contractors cut costs by hiring outsourced and inexperienced installers. While everyone wants to get the best price possible, those initial cost savings can be quickly erased if your windows need to be replaced again in the near future to fix shoddy installation.

At Calgary Window Renovations, we never hire outside contractors. All our window installers are trained employees. It takes years to become a quality installer so we don’t take any chances hiring outside contractors. We are so confident in our installers that we offer an industry leading 10-year installation warranty.

 

Window Manufacturer

Reputable windows installers typically will get windows through one supplier. The windows contractor you choose will generally decide the brand of windows you’ll get. If you choose a reputable installer, you’ll very likely get top quality windows.

Talk to the window company you choose to hire about why they use that particular brand of windows and ask them about any past problems. While all windows may look similar at first glance, there can be large variations in quality, durability and functionality.

 

Getting Window Replacement Quotes

Take time to search for reputable window installation companies on sites like the Better Business Bureau. Narrow down your window company search to three or four top companies and contact them all for a quote. Use every interaction you have with the company as your final evaluation process. Here are some factors to evaluate the company:

  • Do they respond to your inquiry promptly?
  • Are they professional? 
  • Do they have a quality website? 
  • Does the salesperson listen and respond to all of your questions?
  • Do their vehicles look professional?
  • Do you trust them?

Here are some questions you should ask:

  • How long has the company been in business?
  • What is their windows installation warranty?
  • Will they provide references from past customers? 
  • Do they hire outside subcontractors for the installations or are the installers all employees? 
  • When willthe windows be installed? What happens if there is a delay?
  • How long the installation will take?

Your window quote should be very detailed including:

  • number of windows with sizes and types
  • the brand of windows (manufacturer)
  • extra features or requirements
  • total labor and material costs
  • the exact cost 
  • amount of deposit required

Make 100% sure that everything is clear and upfront in the quote. You don’t want any surprises after the work has begin.

 

All About Windows

There are almost endless options on choosing windows for your home. Your window installation company will help explain all the different types and features of windows available, but here is a quick overview to get you started. 

Window Efficiency Ratings

Your new windows will have standard industry ratings of efficiency. Some of the common ratings you’ll see are:

R-Value - Range 2.00 to 7.69 - Higher is Better

R-value is a measure of resistance to heat loss. The R-value typically ranges from 2.00 to 7.69. Higher numbers mean that the window offers better protection from outside heat in summer months and cold in winter.

U-factor - Range 0.13 to 0.50 - Lower is Better

U-factor, sometimes called U-value, is the rate of transfer of heat or heat loss. The U-factor typically ranges from 0.13 to 0.50. A lower number is better, meaning that less heat is lost. 

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or (SHGC) - Range 0.32 to .0.75 - Lower is Better

Solar heat gain coefficient is a measure of how much heat from the sun is blocked. The number is typically between 0.32 and .0.75. Lower numbers mean the window blocks more heat from the sun. 

Visible transmittance (VT) - Range 57 to 81 - Higher Numbers Mean More Light is Allowed In

Visible transmittance measures how much light a window allows in. The VT is typically between 57 and 81 with higher numbers allowing more light in.

Air Leakage - Range 0.1 to 0.3 - Lower is Better

Air Leakage is a measure of how much outside air comes through the window frame. Air leakage rates are usually between 0.1 and 0.3. Lower numbers mean the window is better at keeping air out. It’s not a common rating so you probably won’t see this number on your window rating.

Condensation Resistance - Range 1 to 100 - Higher is Better

Condensation Resistance measures how well your windows resist condensation. Condensation resistance is between 1 and 100, with higher numbers having more resistance to condensation. Again, this is not commonly rated on windows so you may not see a condensation resistance rating.

Window Frame Materials

There are three main types of window frames used in Calgary’s climate:

  1. Wood
  2. Metal clad / wood or vinyl
  3. All-vinyl frames
  4. Fiberglass

There are also aluminum windows, but they are not so common in Canada so they are not included in this list. Aluminum windows are not suited for Calgary’s winters.

1. Wood-Frame Windows

If you have older windows in your home, it’s very likely that they are wood-frame windows. Wood is not used very much for window frames any longer largely due to the maintenance requirements. Wood is susceptible to weather and requires regular painting to protect.

Solid wood frames are also more extensive, If a real wood interior window frame is desired for design or aesthetic reasons, the exterior is usually metal clad (covering in aluminum) or vinyl clad. The clad offers better protection and eliminates the need for painting.

For the interior wood, there is often a selection of wood types offered like pine or fir which can be painted or stained to match your home decor.

2. Metal Clad Windows

Cladding simply means that the wood or composite core is covered by a material like vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass. This cladding protects the wood from the outside weather so that it doesn’t need to be repainted. The metal in metal clad windows is typically aluminum. Wood can be used on the interior for aesthetic reasons. 

Although they metal clad windows are more expensive than vinyl, they are also more durable on the outside and allow for a traditional wood frame on the interior. 

3. Vinyl-Frame Windows

Vinyl windows are the most common now because they are the least expensive and are largely maintenance free. That means they won’t need to be painted on the exterior. Most vinyl window frames come in white with many hardware options, but they can often be painted if desired.

4. Fiberglass-frame windows

 

Fiberglass windows are the latest innovation in window design. With up to 9 times the strength of PVC, high insulation factors and low energy requirements for construction, fiberglass is a great choice for environmentally conscious home owners.

 

Window Features

Double or Triple Glazed Windows

'Glazed' simply refers to the number of panes of glass in the window. Double-glazed windows have two panes of glass with a sealed space between the panes filled with air or gas. Gas has become the standard because of its better insulation qualities.

Triple-glazing, means there are three panes of glass. The extra pane of glass improves energy efficiency and helps to reduce noise. Triple-glazed windows are great for keeping the out the cold of Calgary’s winters. 

Low-E Glass

Low E or Low Emissivity coatings are transparent treatments that reflect ultraviolet and infrared heat to improve the insulating properties of windows. There are different coatings on each side of the window to achieve different heat and cold reductions. In Calgary, we want to keep the cold out and heat in. In hotter locations, the opposite is true. 

Gas Insulated Windows

Virtually all modern windows have an insulating gas pumped into the chambers between window panes to increase energy efficiency and minimize heat transfer. Argon is the most commonly used gas because of it's insulating qualities, safety and low cost. Krypton gas is often found in more expensive, triple glazed windows. Krypton is a better insulator than argon, but it is also more expensive. 

Window Types

When changing your windows it's important to remember that you don't need to keep the original window type. Installing new windows is a great opportunity to really improve the look of your home. Bigger, more functional windows can transform a dark room into a bright, open and more spacious family area. A great example is replacing an older kitchen window with a large patio door. 

Here are some of the common window types to choose from.  

Awning Windows

Awning Windows open outward on a top hinge.

 

Casement Windows

Casement windows have side hinges that can open outward or inward. 

 

Single Hung Windows

Single Hung Windows have a bottom section that slides up to open.  

 

Double Hung Windows

On Double Hung Windows both the top and bottom sections slide vertically to open.

 

Single Slider Windows

Single Slider Windows have one section that slides open sideways. 

 

Double Slider Windows

On Double Slider Windows both sections slide open sideways.

 

Fixed Windows

Picture Windows are also fixed windows, in that they can't open, but they are typically much larger.
  

Bay Windows

Bay Windows have three sections that extend out from the wall of your home to let in more light and extend your view. 

  

Bow Windows

Bow Windows are like Bay Windows, but they have extra window sections to have a more circular shape.

  

Custom Windows

Custom Windows can be created in almost any shape and configuration imaginable. 

  

Combination Windows

There are a wide variety of window type combinations available. Here are just a couple:

 

Double Hung with Picture Window

This window combines both a picture and double hung window. 

 

Double Hung with Picture Window

This window combines both a picture and double hung window. 

 

Picture Over Double Slider Window

In this configuration the picture window is above a double slider. 

  

There are many more configurations available. Your window company can help you choose the best for your particular needs. 

Conclusion

Thank you for reading the Calgary Window Buyer's guide. This should give you a good overview of everything you'll need to consider when replacing the windows in your home. 

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