As the temperature finally begins to turn for the better and the snow melts, it can expose some ugly truths about your house. Spring is an ideal time to plan renovations, because it not only shines light on the problems, but gives you time to plan all the projects for the months ahead.
It is also a time when most window companies begin to ramp up their business for a year. As your house sometimes literally thaws from the clutches of a bitter Canadian winter, your windows often carry the brunt of the changes in the climate.
If you have decided it is time for a replacement, now is the perfect time to consider the right company for your project. Modern energy-efficient vinyl windows don’t only keep your house warm in the winter, they also keep the cool air in, in the heat of the summer.
But what kind of company is the best fit for you? Ideally one with superior product and excellent customer service when it comes to your installation and potential warranty concerns. But all companies do better in one area of their business than the other.
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Just like our customers, we constantly read our and other companies reviews to see what today’s customer demands from their Calgary window companies. It is helping us grow and get better, and hopefully it will help you make the right decision.
One of the older companies in Canada, All Weather has been in business since 1978. This window company has two manufacturing facilities with a head office in Edmonton.
All weather carries a wide selection of standard vinyl windows. They also manufacture and supply entry, garden, and patio doors. They also have some options when it comes to hybrid windows with aluminum cladding.
– CSA certified and Energy Star rated
– Window Wise and Installation Masters Certification for installers
– Best of Homestars ’10, ’11, ’12
The company offers a 20 year comprehensive transferable warranty on their sealed units, and a 5 year warranty on installation labour. You can find their full warranty package information in this guide.
All Weather Windows have their own production line and focus on a more narrow line of product. This may have both positive and negative results. Companies that do fewer things, also tend to do them better and to a higher standard. The biggest areas where customers in Calgary felt All Weather could improve was following up, scheduling, and providing service on damaged product.
Established in 1947, Gienow is one of the oldest functioning window and door replacement companies in Alberta. The company operates a manufacturing plant in Calgary and services most of Western Canada.
The company carries all the standard styles of windows in vinyl. They also carry aluminum clad wood windows. For customers with budget options, Gienow carries two different lines of windows, with different performance ratings. The company also manufactures and installs a variety of patio and entry doors.
– Canadian Home Builders Association Calgary member
– Energy Star Rated
Depending on the type of window, Gienow offers sealed unit warranty for ten or twenty years. Vinyl extrusions and components are under warranty for twenty years. The company also offers a two year warranty on installation labour.
Gienow has a lot of online reviews that range from horrible to great. Most often, customers cite issues with the product itself, or problems as a result of improper window installation.
Both of these companies are worthy of consideration for a quote. Gienow seems to have more problems with their product, while All Weather has more issues with performing and following up on services and warranty. Remember though, all online reviews are entirely subjective, and one customer’s experience won’t be the same as another’s. As you are lining up some quotes for your custom window replacement, make sure you find out about what each company excels at. Asking the right questions at your consultation, can go a long way toward ensuring you get exactly the windows you want with quality workmanship, whether in installation or in the event any issues arise down the road.
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