How to Choose the Best Windows for Your Home - Ecoline Windows

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At Ecoline Windows we strive to educate our clients in order to ensure they make the best decision when it comes to replacing the windows in their home. Watch our educational video that explains how to navigate our website and to get the most value out of the information provided.

Questions to Ask During Your In-Home Consultation

1. Ask the product consultant to explain windows and doors operation.
Make sure you understand all the available options and how these windows work. Ask the consultant about the windows efficiency ratings and whether they comply to international energy standards.

2. Ask the product consultant to explain interior and exterior finishes for vinyl windows.
There are many options when it comes to matching the look of your new windows to your home. Custom colours, casing styles, and grills are all options to consider for a replacement you envisioned.

3. Ask the product consultant to explain egress windows (fire code).
If you are changing windows in any room that is a bedroom, the windows have to be a certain minimum size in order for someone to be able to get out in case of an emergency. This is especially important in basement window replacements. It is also often possible to cut out or expand the window in order to meet fire code requirements.

4. Ask the product consultant about hidden fees.
A lot of factors go into determining the final price of your replacement. Make sure the project consultant is able to explain all the costs that go into manufacturing and installing your custom windows.

5. Ask the product consultant about planning around other contractor’s services.
Often, when homeowners decide to replace their windows it is part of a greater renovation that may include a complete kitchen makeover, new siding, and a new roof. With the exception of the roof, the other two projects are greatly dependent on the installation of the windows. This is because windows (and doors) are part of the building envelope, meaning that they seal the indoors from the outdoors. The various projects like kitchen renovations and siding replacement are cosmetic in nature and should always be done after.

6. Ask the project consultant about hardware and installation warranty.
Different companies offer warranties on their product and installation. Be sure to clarify exactly what the individual warranties are, and what aspects of the installation are covered. Remember that lifetime warranty usually means the lifetime of the product. In case of window hardware it is usually five years.

7. Find out which windows are best for what room.
The geographical location of our country means that it is possible to capture the heat from the low hanging winter sun through a south-facing window. You may want windows with higher solar heat gain potential there. West or East facing Calgary windows naturally get a lot of light. Consider windows with good thermal protection but lower heat gain properties. Windows at the North side of the house receive the least amount of light. You want windows on this side of the house to have the best heat gain and thermal insulation properties.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages to triple pane windows over double pane?

Triple pane windows offer superior energy efficiency. They are better suited at keeping cold air from entering your home and warm air from escaping it. By adding an extra pane of glass triple pane windows also allow for more additional features to be used on your windows.

To learn more check out our:
Energy Efficiency Page
“Triple Pane vs. Double Pane” Blog Post
“5 Benefits of Triple Pane Glass” Blog Post
 

How much does a replacement window project cost generally?

The price of windows depends entirely on the options you choose for your replacement. Treat buying new windows like a long-term investment. You want to do the job once and not worry about it again.

To learn more check out our:
Pricing Page
“Cost of Replacement Windows” Blog Post
 

Are there payment options?

We offer financing options in partnership with Manitoba Hydro and SNAP Financial. You could be eligible for up to 12 months payment deferral and low-interest financing in your area.

To learn more check out:
Replacement Window Payment Options and Time Frames
What You Should Know About Financing and Loans
 

How long does the project take to complete?
A standard project takes around 6 to 10 weeks from the day the contract is signed.

To learn more check out our:
Window Replacement Infographic
Payment Options and Time Frames Blog Post
 

Where are your windows manufactured?

Our windows are manufactured in Ontario to meet our stringent quality requirements

What warranty does Ecoline offer?

We offer 25-year warranty on hardware and window components, and five years on all labour issues with your installation.

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