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Need new windows? Consider these things before you buy…

Need new windows? Consider these things before you buy…

If you’re planning on making improvements to your Calgary home, window replacement may loom in your not-too-distant future. New windows can both beautify your abode and provide much sought-after energy efficiency. Although there are a slew of different choices available to today’s consumer, not all of them will be right for you. Much depends on the particulars of your home, your stylistic preferences, and your personal priorities. Here then are a few things to consider when choosing new replacement windows for your Calgary home or business.

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The glass

The heart of any window is the glass. Letting light in and keeping the elements out are its crucial functions. But not every piece of glass is created the same. For example, to improve its ability to insulate, some glass is treated with a thin and invisible coating of metal on one side. Inert gases can also be fabricated into the glass for the same purpose. When you’re shopping around, ask about these features. They can impact your home’s overall energy efficiency. You should also consider whether you want double or triple paned windows. Triple will up the energy efficiency once again, but will be more costly.

The frame

If glass is the heart of a window, then the frame is its skeleton, the very bones that keep the rest in place. There are several basic choices when it comes to window frames. They are as follows:

  • Wood. This material is attractive and is particularly well suited to older or traditional homes. It insulates well and is a handsome choice that’s easy to customize with paint and stains. However, wood frames require regular maintenance.
  • Aluminum. Long lasting and durable, these frames require minimal upkeep. They come in a wide variety of colour options. However, Aluminum windows are better suited to commercial store fronts or offices buildings
  • Vinyl. Cost-effective, long lasting, easy-to-maintain, and a great insulator, vinyl is the most popular choice made for window frames. They come in very few colours and cannot be painted.
  • Fiberglass. It has all the benefits of vinyl but is twice as expensive. Also, unlike vinyl, they can be painted.

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New Windows & Installation

Whether you’re in the market for buying new residential or commercial windows, or looking to install already purchased windows, be sure to give us a call at Economy Glass. We offer many different commercial and residential glass products from the best brands in the industry. We’re also professional installers servicing Calgary and surrounding areas. We’ve been providing a full range of glass and window replacement services to Calgary since 1970 and guarantee all our workmanship. Contact us today for a free quote.