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The Different Models and Prices for PVC Windows

The Different Models and Prices for PVC Windows

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Windows are an important component of your home, serving as a point of entry for natural light into your space and allowing you to ventilate the rooms. There are several options available on the market, but today we are focusing on PVC windows.

You'll find out about the different models and prices available on the market to make an informed choice, suiting both your budget and the needs of your home in terms of natural light and energy-efficient performance.

PVC windows and their specific features

What is a PVC window?

PVC refers to the material used for the window frame and shutters. It is an acronym for polyvinyl chloride: this affordable material has helped reduce the cost of manufacturing windows, which in the past were often made of aluminum. PVC helps avoid several issues often associated with windows: it is easy to clean, does not conduct cold or heat and unlike wood, it doesn't rot. Also, unlike aluminum, it won't be affected by rust.

PVC is a good quality material that also offers reliable energy efficiency, a vital characteristic when choosing a window. A nice window with poor energy efficiency will cost you a lot more money in the long run!

Let's take a look at the different types of PVC windows available, as well as their prices.

PVC windows: the different models

If you want to know more about the criteria you need to consider to select the right window, you can refer to our article on how to choose the right window.

Casement windows

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Casement windows (also known as ''crank windows'') operate somewhat like a louver shutter, which opens outward, horizontally and along its entire length.

These are highly airtight windows that perform well in periods of high winds because closing the sash (the moving part of the window) and locking the window with a crank creates effective pressure on the window seals. A casement window is a classic choice that blends well with any type of architecture. The only downside is that you can't install a window air conditioner.

The price of casement windows, also known as "French" windows, is around $300 for entry-level windows, this amount can go up to $950 for high-end models.

Awning windows

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An awning window also opens outwards, but horizontally. It provides good protection against rain because the position of the open window lets outside air in without allowing bad weather to enter your home.

If overhead space is limited, but you still want good ventilation, an awning window may be a perfect choice. It is most often used for rooms like the basement and the bathroom.

An awning window can cost between $600 and $900.

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Hung sash windows

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The sash window opens from bottom to top. This type of window is popular because the outside part of the window is easy to clean from the inside: most sash windows can be pivoted inward to clean them. This window can be partially or completely opened depending on the need for ventilation and it has a large glass surface to let in the sunlight.

The sash window can be single or double. The single hung window opens from a lower panel that slides along the outer panel, which is set in a closed position. A double-hung window, on the other hand, opens from both the interior and exterior panels.

The price of these windows varies between $200 and $500 - note that the cost may be higher if you opt for a double-hung window.

Sliding windows

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A sliding window can be opened on both sides of the frame to allow ventilation around the whole window.

A clasp that is located in the middle of the window can be snapped on to fully lock the window. Sliding windows are known for being adaptable and modular according to the space required and your needs.

The cost of a sliding window can vary from $200 to $600 depending on its size.

Still wondering whether your windows need to be changed? Check out our article: How to Know When you Should Replace your Windows

Summary of PVC window prices

Below is a summary of the costs for different types of PVC windows. Don't forget that these prices are only for one window: the ammount will vary depending on the size, the desired performance, installation costs and other actions that may be necessary as the project is being carried out.

Architectural windows have been deliberately excluded from this summary because their installation is very specific to the size and shape of the windows already in place.

Window type Price per window
Casement $300 to $950
Awning $600 to $900
Sash $200 to $500
Sliding $200 to $600

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5 min read 19 Jul 2023

Why and How to Weather Seal Your Garage Door

Threshold seal, weather stripping, insulation kit, etc., the methods of weather-sealing a garage door surely aren’t lacking. Learn why it’s beneficial to insulate your garage door, and most importantly, how to proceed. Benefits of Insulating a Garage Door with a Weather Seal Source: Canva Weather sealing your garage door has numerous benefits. Here are the main three: 1. Limit heat loss A garage door is always a point of weakness when it comes to a home’s overall insulation. On average, the R-value of a garage door, which indicates the material’s effectiveness in terms of insulation, is only between 0 and 20. Why’s that, you ask? Because the material’s effectiveness is based on 2 factors: type; thickness. Regardless of their type, garage doors aren’t especially thick. Therefore, it’s best to focus on insulating the sides of the door as effectively as possible to limit drafts and cut back on heat consumption during winter and air conditioning during summer. 2. Limit noise pollution The gaps between the garage door, the frame and the wall should also be packed to limit any noise pollution. Materials designed for weather sealing are rarely the same as those used for soundproofing. However, there are materials that garner these 2 features. It so happens to be the case for: aerogels; cellulose insulation; cork; wood fibre. 3. Improve indoor air quality Albeit we rarely think about it, indoor air quality can be significantly influenced by the quality of the outdoor air. In 1997, as part of a study done by a Canadian research institute on indoor air quality, a residential garage door was insulated to help the homeowner alleviate their asthma symptoms. At cause? Motor vehicle traffic, especially. Therefore, even if improving indoor air quality in your home isn’t at the top of your list when it comes to insulation-related work, you’ll still breathe better. Are you looking for general contractors for your renovation project? Fill in our form to be connected with top-rated contractors! How to Weather Seal a Garage Door Source: Canva Here’s a 5-step guide to weather sealing your garage door: Step 1: Choose the right material The most commonly used insulation material for PVC or sheet metal garage doors is polystyrene or polyurethane sheets. However, you can also opt for wood fibre panels or thermal shield insulation. Choosing a material doesn’t mean solely focusing on its insulation-based qualities but more on the type of garage door that’s in question. For example, while wood fibre is the best insulation material out of the three, its weight doesn’t suit an overhead garage door. Step 2: Seal around the frame Typically, garage doors are retailed according to standard sizing, which can increase the gaps between the frame and the walls. As such, the first thing to do to insulate your garage door is weather-seal said gaps. To that effect, there are two solutions available: adhesives; expanding spray foam. Based on the size of the gap between the frame and wall, adhesives can effectively fill in the cavities. However, if the gaps are too big, instead opt for expanding foam. Step 3: Insulate the garage door Garage doors are more often than not made with one or more very thin panels. Therefore, as above-mentioned, the thinner a material, the less effective it is, insulation-wise. To enhance the insulation properties and render it more effective, now’s the time to use the material you selected in Step 1. There are also insulation kits sold in all hardware stores. These kits include thin insulation panels, which can either be in the shape of: a roll or; panel. To install these, you can simply apply a double-side adhesive to the surface of the garage doors. Step 4: Install threshold strip This element is near-invaluable for overhead garage doors that close vertically. Without a threshold strip, there’s an entry point for air between the bottom of the door and the ground. To insulate this entry point, threshold strips are available in 3 different materials: steel: very resistant but oxidizes over time. aluminum: doesn’t oxidate and is rather rigid when extruded. synthetic materials or rubber. The only issue in regard to this solution is that repetitive vehicle traffic can damage your door’s threshold strip and limit, or render useless, its insulation properties. This is often the case when it comes to threshold strips made of rubber or synthetic materials. Step 5: Install weather stripping An add-on or straight-up alternative to the garage door threshold strip, a weather stripping is a U-shaped seal that runs along the bottom of the garage door. When the door is shut, it applies pressure onto the stripping, which then creates a seal between the door and the ground. Weather stripping for doors is available in hardware stores for less than $50 and can be fitted without the need for tools. Simply apply lubricant to the gaps at the bottom of the garage doors, then slide the strip in place. Allow for half an inch of excess material to overhang on either side and, if it gets in the way, trim part of it and tuck the excess length inside. Garage Door Weather Stripping Models Garage door weather stripping prices range from $30 to $70. Here’s why the pricing differs: Thickness (starting at ¼ in. to 1 in.); Length (9 in. to 10 in.); Width (2 ½ in. to 3 in.); The size of the gap to seal; Installation system (slide-on or screw-in).

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