Installing new windows and doors can instantly improve the appearance, functionality, energy efficiency and ultimately the value of your home. Before making a decision it is a good idea to understand your requirements so you can focus on getting what you want and need as opposed to what someone wants to sell to you.
Different window types offer different views and ventilation characteristics and can alter your home’s appearance. Style may also have an impact on price. Consider your design, function and performance needs and choose the appropriate style. Common windows styles include:
DOUBLE HUNG OR SINGLE HUNG
SLIDING OR GLIDING
Glass is a major part of any window and can make a big difference in thermal performance, comfort and safety. Modern insulating glass is offered in a number of different specifications that each offer specific performance benefits.
Modern high performance glass systems are comprised of 2 or 3 separate panes of glass connected by a perimeter spacer bar. These sealed units provide superior insulating compared to single pane glass.
High performance window and door glass includes a low-emissivity ( Low-E ) coating which is a microscopic layer of metallic particles that control the passage of radiant heat and light through the glass. Different types of Low-E coating options are available to maximize cold weather performance (allow solar heat in while keeping interior heat in), warm weather performance (reflecting solar heat away and preventing it from entering while keeping cool air in) as well as a blend of both for year round performance and comfort.
The bars that separate the panes of glass in an insulating unit. Low conductivity spacers employ materials and design that minimize heat and cold transfer around the perimeter of the glass while maintaining a long term thermal seal.
The use of a safe inert gas such as Argon in the space between the panes of glass to slow down heat and cold passing through the unit and further improve insulating value.
Heat strengthened safety glass for applications where potential glass breakage of regular glass could cause personal injury. Tempered glass although stronger than regular annealed glass can still break but will shatter into small less harmful pebble size pieces and not large shards. Tempered glass is used exclusively in all Dashwood Entry Door and Patio Door glazing.
Two layers of glass with an interlayer of PVB ( Poly Vinyl Butyral ) sandwiched between. If laminated glass breaks, the vinyl interlayer remains intact and the glass fragments adhere to it. The interlayer prevents objects from passing through just like typical windshield glass in an automobile. Laminated glass has the added benefit of providing excellent sound dampening in high noise areas.
It is important to consider the glass manufacturer when comparing different window brands. Some companies’ actually make their own insulating glass for reasons usually associated with cost while others like Dashwood use insulating glass units made by companies that specialize in its development and production like Cardinal Glass Industries.
WINDOW FRAMES and SASH MATERIAL TYPES
Vinyl is the most popular material for windows due to its durability, superior weathering properties and affordability compared to other materials. Vinyl is fully maintenance free and does not require painting. With proper design vinyl components offer excellent structural and insulating properties. Vinyl is also fully recyclable.
Dashwood manufactures vinyl windows for replacement with a wide variety of design and performance options.
Real wood offers traditional style and beauty along with strength and natural insulating value. The addition of durable maintenance-free exterior cladding protects the wood from deterioration to provide the best of both worlds.
Dashwood manufactures windows with durable vinyl exteriors and a selection of real wood interior options to suit most replacement requirements.
When it comes to replacing existing windows there are generally two methods to consider.
Dashwood vinyl windows are designed for renovation or replacement applications with glass, colour and accessory options to suit any number of style and performance requirements. Complete your project with Dashwood entry doors, terrace doors and patio doors. Find out more about how our windows and doors can make your home better.