Nothing can enhance the curb appeal of your home quite like upgrading to new windows, adding a new entry door, or installing a patio door for your backyard. With so many different window possibilities and manufacturers out there, how can you be sure what is the right product choice for your home? Consider these five essential factors when choosing the right window or door:
Factor #1: Quality
It should go without saying that quality is the most important factor for any new door or window. Choose a manufacturer that takes pride in quality craftsmanship, uses only the highest quality materials, and places an emphasis on expert manufacturing, installation, and quality customer service above all else. Quality parts, quality manufacturing, quality installation, and quality customer service – that says it all, doesn’t it?
Factor #2: Durability
The last thing you want to do is spend a fair bit of change on a new set of windows, only to have to repair or replace them in five or ten years because they are drafty, provide poor insulation, have warped, lost the glazing seal or they simply don’t look attractive anymore. The right replacement door or replacement window is built to last and withstand the tests of tough Canadian winters and humid summers. Vinyl (PVC) windows are cost effective and durable, as are steel and fiberglass replacement doors.
Factor #3: Energy-Efficiency
Living in the Ottawa area, energy-efficiency is an extremely important factor especially in the chilly winter months. All Scheel windows and patio doors are Energy Star® certified, meaning they pass rigorous standards for efficiency and our products are at the top of the class in terms of energy performance. According to 2015 testing, Scheel casement windows exceed Energy Star high-efficiency ratings by 20% and fixed windows exceed the standard by 60%, our operating & fixed casement windows are rated “Most Efficient for 2016” by NRCAN. High-efficiency windows and doors keep your home warm and comfortable and put money back in your wallet – what’s not to love?
Factor #4: Safety
Look for windows with technical specifications that prioritize safety. For example, double-walled sashes provide superior strength and rigidity, while enhanced interior glazing beads ensure the glass can withstand wind speeds of up to 350 km/h.
Factor #5: Style
Performance and reliability are important, but not at the expense of curb appeal. Look for window and door designs that are as beautiful as they are functional. At Scheel, we pride ourselves on designing and manufacturing windows and doors that enhance the look of your home and give you the view you deserve. In addition to beautiful vinyl windows, consider a hybrid option. Scheel offers a hybrid window with interior PVC and exterior aluminum cladding, available in a wide range of colours to suit your style.
If you are in the market for replacement windows or a new front door, there are many factors to consider. When you account for quality, durability, energy-efficiency, safety, and style, Scheel Window & Door has been the choice of knowledgeable homeowners and contractors since 1948.