Winter is coming! Are your windows ready for cold, inclement weather? Not all windows are created equal and it’s important to make an informed decision when purchasing new windows for your home. Recently, we spoke to Gus George of Platinum Home Design & Renovations about what to consider when shopping for new windows and how Platinum can help.
First and foremost, all of Platinum’s window projects are registered with Window Wise, a nation-wide quality assurance program with the Siding and Window Dealers Association of Canada (SAWDAC).
Low-E glass can keep your home warmer this winter
Windows with a Low-E coating on the glass reflect the UV rays from the sun in the summer, and similarly in the winter. “They help keep the heat on the inside of your home,” says George. The money that you spend heating your home will stay indoors, especially when your windows are sealed properly.
Neat glass helps keep your windows clean
Neat glass is a self-cleaning glass treatment on the exterior panel of the window. “It constantly repels dirt using rain water to wash it away. It’s a really neat feature and people love it.”
Stubborn stains like bird droppings are easy to remove with the help of a garden hose.
A self-cleaning window that doesn’t require cleaning should be top priority on your window shopping list. “It comes with every window we offer at no extra cost,” says George.
Platinum uses argon gas in between the glass units
George explains: “Argon gas is heavier than air and it takes longer for the temperature to transfer in between the units.”
Platinum uses foam to insulate the perimeter of a new window, ensuring there’s a proper seal and preventing cool air from entering your home, and warm air escaping.
All Platinum window installers are Window Wise certified
“Installation is just as important as the quality of the window,” says George. That’s why his company’s window installers have received training and certification from Window Wise, a training program that educates installers on how to properly install a window. “They make sure the windows are installed in a uniform manner to the specs outlined in the Window Wise program,” George explains. “Ten per cent of registrations have a random audit. One in 10 of our customers will be audited to make sure the window has been installed properly.”
Platinum offers a lifetime warranty on all windows
“A window is only as good as its warranty,” says George.
That’s why his company offers a lifetime, non pro-rated warranty that covers vinyl frames, vinyl sashes and sealed units, a rarity in the industry.
“If there’s condensation between the glasses, the window seal is broken,” he says. “It’s covered for a lifetime and is also transferrable.” That means a homeowner can transfer the warranty to new homeowners upon selling their home.
Visit Platinum Home Design & Renovations in the Enerview showroom at the Improve Canada Home Improvement centre, opening next month!