If you are a contractor or a client, here is the information that you need to know:
YOU ARE A CLIENT
Check with your provincial authorities to find out about current recommendations for renovation projects. In some parts of Canada, contractors are allowed to present quotes and carry out renovation projects starting in the upcoming days and weeks.
For example, in Quebec, all renovation projects will be allowed to start on May 11th 2020. In Ontario and Alberta, there is no set date for construction and home renovations to be relaunched. As such, strict guidelines are still in order. Please consult your provincial government website for specific information.
In the meantime, RenoQuotes is here to put you in touch with our network of contractors. We encourage clients and contractors to follow the rules and guidelines enforced by provincial authorities.
Consult our article for tips on how to organize your project remotely: How to Receive Quotes Remotely
Be sure to check out the following article for general information about renovations during this extraordinary situation: Renovation projects in the time of COVID-19
YOU ARE A CONTRACTOR
Guidelines vary from one province to another. As the information is changing daily, we encourage you to consult your local government website for specific information.
In any case, you will have to adapt your practices when presenting quotes and carrying out the work. In some areas, only remote communications are permitted. For advice on how to present a quote remotely, check out this article: 3 tips to present quotes remotely
If you meet with a client in person and start working on a project, strict hygiene and social distancing measures must be adopted. Here's another article that could interest you: What you need to know about construction sites reopening
Do you need financial help for your renovation company? Check out this article: Guide to financial assistance programs for Canadian businesses
Last modified: 2020-03-06 | Approximate reading time 4 mins
Your windows make up an integral part of your home, keeping the air inside fresh as well as offering ample light and views of what lies outside. But, what if your windows no longer fit in with your home décor or maybe they’re not performing as efficiently as before? In any case, it’s important to know when to change your windows.
So, if you’re in a position where you’re seeing signs that it might be time to switch up your windows, then you’ve come to the right place. Luckily, we’ll share a few tips on how to recognize when windows need to be changed while also offering an overview of the different materials available to replace them, so keep on reading!
As we mentioned in our introduction, windows stand to serve many purposes. They let outdoor light into your home, making your rooms bright, warm and comfortable during daytime hours.
When the weather is chilly or stormy, they block those unwanted elements from entering your house. Of course, if your windows are damaged, ill-fitted or old, they may not be able to fulfil their role. This could lead to grave problems including heat loss, water damage, increased energy costs and so forth.
On average, most windows last approximately 15 to 20 years. However, if you weren't the owner of the house when the windows were installed, chances are it might be time to upgrade them. There are some fairly easy ways to determine if your windows need to be changed or are nearing the end of their life cycle, and this includes the following:
If you stand next to your windows on a cold day, what happens? Try touching the glass of your windows. If it feels significantly colder by the window and the glass is freezing, these are telltale signs of a problem.
If air is able to escape in and out of your windows, either from spaces around the frame or through the glass itself, then you’ll likely notice it on your energy bills. Older windows might be single paned and in this case quite susceptible to leaks. Leaky windows can easily be replaced by energy-efficient models that are designed to prevent air from escaping.
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If you find certain windows are sticking when you try to either open or close them, it’s likely you’ve got a problem on your hands. If windows need to be forced open or they won’t stay open themselves, these are concrete signs of ageing. If your window frames are wood, they can be quite susceptible to growing and shrinking over the seasons and will need to be replaced as a result.
A telltale sign that your windows definitely need to be replaced is decaying frames. As we mentioned above, this is especially true for wood frames, as any water damage will lead to warping as well as mould and mildew growth.
Not only will this affect how your windows perform, but it will also impact the quality of air inside your home. Mould and mildew growth are serious health risks that need to be dealt with. If you notice that your window frames are showing any signs of decay, you’ll need to replace them.
If your windows have been incorrectly installed, chances are they’re letting a lot of air escape and compromising your indoor air as well as your heating and cooling bills. If this is the case, then you may be required to replace the entire window.
If the leaks around the frame aren’t too drastic, we’d suggest attempting to seal the windows before going forward with an entire renovation. However, this could lead to problems later and if you’re considering new windows, now is the time to take the project on.
When you finally decide to change your windows, the material you choose for the new ones will be quite important. There are three major types of materials on the market, each containing their own advantages and inconveniences
PVC is the least expensive option on the market right now. For this reason, it is widely used for home renovations. It's not the prettiest material out there and colour choices are limited. However, PVC is easy to clean and maintain, as a few swipes using a damp sponge will do the trick.
Aluminium windows are very elegant and modern. They look good on most types of houses, especially those which are adorned with stone sidings. This type of material is especially well-suited for large windows.
In terms of price, aluminium window frames are nearly equivalent to those that are made of wood, but they tend to be more durable. You'll find a wide array of colours from which to choose.
Are you looking for an idea of the prices for installing a window? Check out "Price guide: How much does it cost to install a window" and "7 different window styles to consider for your home".
Are you still hesitating about the type of window that you prefer? Check out "How to choose your windows".
RenoQuotes.com will put you in contact with 3 reliable contractors to replace your windows. Fill in the form on our homepage (it only takes a few minutes), and you will receive quotes from trusted professionals operating in the window business.
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