Which Window Best Suits You?

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Considering New Windows?

There are a variety to choose from. They can be made from wood or vinyl, amongst other materials. They can be double-pane, triple-pane, even have a frosted exterior! Which type of window fits your budget? Which is best suited for your home? It can be overwhelming to consider window types, material, colour, budget, quality, style, associated warranty(s) etc but luckily for you we’re here to help. Whether it’s new construction or replacement windows, Northridge is able to do it all. The first step is deciding on material.

Type

This is where the real decision making comes into play. You want something that will look great from the inside and out while also providing functionality and aesthetic. The most common window types are hung, sliding, and casement.

Single/Double Hung: As the name suggests, these windows are specifically designed to be hung allowing them to slide vertically. The difference between single hung and double hung is how many moving parts there are. Single hung windows only have one sliding component compared to double hung. These windows are also more efficient however when it comes to cleaning, double hung windows allow you to pop out both components to clean 100% of the window; inside and out. These types of windows are perfect for areas where the exterior of the window is not easily accessible (i.e second floors)

Single/Double Sliders: Single sliding windows, offer greater thermal efficiency than hung windows and also include self-locking mechanisms. These could come in handy in various situations. Perhaps you have children running around or worry about locking all the windows in your home after leaving. Depending on which configuration you buy, these windows also pop out or tilt inwards for easier cleaning. These are by far for the most popular choice for our customers given how many features they offer.

Casement: These windows are attached to its frame by one or more hinges along the edges. They generally have lower air leakage than sliding windows because of the sash closing and pressing against the frame. In addition to this, casement windows are excellent for managing airflow more precisely, making it ideal to install in hotter climates. They can be hinged to open outwards or angled in order to allow breezes into the home.

Conclusion

In conclusion, once the material, style, and finishes you desire are established, you’re one step closer to giving you home a newer, sleeker, and refreshing look. At Northridge, we pride ourselves on our customer service and knowledge and will be by your side every step of the way. We encourage you to drop by our show room to see these styles and finishings in person. Our team of experts and salespeople would be more than happy to help you narrow down any concerns or hesistations you might have. Be sure to check out our contact page to see how to get in touch with us.

Material

Wood: These window frames provide good insulation, weather-resistance, and eco friendly but don’t last as long compared to other types. The average life span of these frames are 10 to 20 years on average. Although they can be painted to match your home, they are susceptiable to cracking, bending, and warping.

Vinyl: Vinyl is the most affordable framing material out there. They’re energy-efficient, available in a variety of colours and finishes and last between 20 and 40 years with the proper care. Made from PVC, it never needs to be painted and doesn’t fade in comparison to other materials.

Panes, Moulds, & Casings

After choosing the type of window you would like, it all comes down to choosing the right pane(s) and brickmoulds for your home. There are double and triple panes which improve thermal and sound insulating power. Low-E coating are designed to block unwanted heat and UV rays from the sun. There are different combinations of Low-E panes to achieve whichever level of performance you desire. Lastly, Argon and Krypton gas are the ultimate combination for reducing heat loss, condensation, and cold weather when paired with triple pane glass. It conducts up to 50% less heat than air allowing for increased performance. Less heat loss equals more energy savings for you!

Brickmoulds are pieces of vinyl that are used to close the gap between your exterior wall and the frame of the window. This moulding provides a seal repelling both water and air infiltration. They are lightweight, durable, and easy to work with; not to mention that it comes in a variety of colours to easily match the exterior colour scheme of your home. Similarly, casings are the interior moulding that goes around window frames. In this way, they provide the same benefits are brickmoulds and are the finishing touch for completing a window installation. There are multiple to choose from to help match your windows to the doors and baseboards in your home.