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July 7th, 2016 by Eco Choice

Shopping for New Windows?

Replacement windows

 

Windows are the eyes to the soul of every home. The outside track? Whether traditional, contemporary, rustic, Art Deco or urban modern, windows are designed to complement, accentuate and enhance the look and feel of a home. They are the link between outside and inside, providing a public or private viewing and protection from weather and uninvited guests.

 

The inside track? Windows add character and personality to the exterior while creating fresh and unique looks to the interior. Adding a focal point to each room, windows also create the illusion of having more space. And if home improvements are in the forecast to upsell your home, new windows give it curb appeal and boost its value—the ultimate goal before that FOR SALE sign gets staked into the ground.

 

According to Canadian Home Builder Magazine, with energy prices on the rise, homes with new, updated windows sell for more money. Hence, new windows, whether traditional or trendy, will be an attractive highlight for sellers, buyers, home stagers and agents.

 

Aside from adding aesthetic and monetary value to any home, windows are functional and perform in different ways. So before you invest, here are some window features and new trends to look out for:

Double-hung windows: a traditional but popular choice; both sashes in the window frame move up and down and tilt in for easy cleaning.

 

Single hung windows: the top sash does not move or tilt in; the bottom sash is operable.

 

Casement windows: allows for full ventilation from top to bottom of the window; attached to its frame by one or more hinges; hinged at the side, at the top (called awning windows) or at the bottom (called hoppers).

 

Big replacement windows: allow more sunlight to enter; increase light; reduce electricity bills; create bright, airy spaces; fuse the interior with natural exteriors; bring nature inside; provide animated art to any interior.

 

Coloured window frames: enhance interior and exterior brickwork; add a new and updated design element to interior décor.

 

Smaller architectural windows: ideal for home interiors with high ceilings; for higher placement on walls; add more interest and dimension to walls.

 

European tilt turn windows: European styling and craftsmanship; two distinct functions: swing it in like a door or tilt the top of the sash into your room for ventilation; one handle controls both operations; allow air to flow; easy to clean; ideal for controlled ventilation or access.

 

Wood vs. replacement vinyl windows: wood is prone to rotting, warping and needs consistent maintenance; vinyl is energy efficiency, durable and cost-efficient.

 

Energy-efficient windows: maintain the flow of hot and cold air; allow heating and cooling systems to work more efficiently.

 

Double or triple glass window panes: separated by a vacuum or gas filled space to reduce heat transfer; vinyl or wood-framed; reduce energy usage by up to 24 percent in cold climates and by up to 18 percent in hot climates; and reduce outdoor noise pollution.

 

For more information on choosing the right windows for your home, based on style, functionality, size and aesthetics, please call our window replacement office in Toronto or Vaughan at 1-855-273-3261

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