Buying doors and windows (D&W) can be tricky…and if it’s the first time that you’re looking to purchase them, knowing where to start is not easy. I’ll share a few of my findings to assist your D&W shopping experience.
Generally D&W are made out of the following materials (Aluminium, PVC, Wood or Fiber Glass) and they each offer different benefits. I would separate these benefits in 4 categories: ease of maintenance, energy efficient, affordability & design. (+: least, ++: good, +++: best)
- Aluminium/PVC combo or PVC only*: ease of maintenance +++, energy efficient++, affordability ++, design++
- Wood: ease of maintenance +, energy efficient++, affordability++, design+++
- Fiber Glass**: ease of maintenance +++, energy efficient+++, affordability +, design++
Once you know which material you want, then you need to understand the technical element that goes in window fabrications. What makes a window more or less energy efficient? The following two questions/links will help you find the answer:
- What zone are you in?
- Are the windows offered by your supplier registered with natural resources canada?
If you don’t feel like doing all the research, then I’d recommend the following:
- Select a D&W base on your zone + LoE/ARGON which is designed to reduce the impact of outside climate on indoor climate of your home
When it came to my project, I needed to change 3 doors and 10 windows. As previously mentioned I always get several quotes, due to privacy I wont mention the name of the companies below…if you want to know were I got my doors & windows, send me a note and I’ll share with you.
- Company A: 25K – Company B: 12K
- Company C : 9K – Company D: 5K
- ease of maintenance ++, energy efficient+, affordability +, design+++
- was offering the Gaudi of windows…but surprisingly least energy efficient. They were ruled out.
- ease of maintenance +++, energy efficient+, affordability +++, design+
- off the shelves D&W..while the product was available and ready to go, it wasn’t energy efficient and didn’t include LoE Argon.
Company C & B:
- ease of maintenance +++, energy efficient++, affordability ++, design++
- were offering comparable products. Company C was slightly more energy efficient and could deliver in 3-4 weeks. Company B was able to deliver in 6-8 weeks. Winter was approaching and I really needed my windows installed asap. B was ruled out & C was the winner.
This post is probably the most technical one, therefore If you have questions don’t hesitate to message or email me.
*:when you take the Aluminium/PVC combo you have a wide range of colour available and does increasing the pricing. If you take PVC only then the design & cost element would be reduce to just one +.
**Fibre Glass is one of the most energy efficient material, often used in Arctic climate, but all the most expensive. This option is like the Maserati in windows.