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Investing in efficiency: Choosing the right windows

Windows are an important part of any home; they enhance and make it more comfortable. spoke to Gus George, owner of Platinum Home Design & Renovations Inc., about what you need to know when it comes time to replace your old windows.

Do your research

Whatever the reason for replacing your windows, first you have to start by calling a company you’ll feel comfortable with. Visit dealer showrooms, home renovation websites or ask for recommendations from friends or neighbours. You should research the history of the company and make sure that you’re dealing with a reputable one. “There are different organizations that a well established window company should be members of, such as the BBB (Better Business Bureau), SAWDAC (Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada) and Window Wise,” says Gus of Platinum Renovations.

Energy savings

Energy Savings is one of the most important factors in selecting your windows. New windows are meant to last for years, so the decision you make in the selection of your windows will help define energy efficiency and comfort levels in your home for years to come.


“High performance windows are a must for your investment, offering significant improvements in solar control, thermal comfort and energy efficiency,” says Gus. Manufacturers do this by incorporating low-E coatings, inert gas fills and better edge spacers and frames. Price may not always be the determining factor. The cheapest window you find may not perform at the level you want and could cost you more in the long run.

Don’t forget the warranty

Warranties are a large part of your window investment. Your new window warranty is only as good as the manufacturer behind it. Dealing with well known brands is a good idea. Make sure that you get your warranty in writing from the dealer you purchase from.

Proper installation

When you are buying new windows you are also purchasing the workmanship that comes with them. Ask the representative about the installation and the types of materials that are used for the job, such as insulation and interior trims. This is crucial as to how well the window will perform. Ask about the clean up after the installation and what kind of labor warranty is given.

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