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Calgary Window Replacement and Installation Specialists

Old West Windows and Doors has been helping Calgarians pick the perfect windows for their homes for over 20 years. We know windows, and we specialize in replacing and installing only the top products backed up by the industry's best 12-year installation warranty. Whether you are installing new windows or are looking for replacement windows in Calgary, make Old West Windows and Doors your first choice.

Choosing the perfect new windows is no small task. New replacement windows represent a major upgrade to your home, increasing it's value and curb appeal as well as making it more comfortable and energy efficient. If you need assistance getting started or making selections, contact us today at (403) 262-3933 and we'll send a windows expert to your home to answer all of your qustions. 

In case you are interested in doing some windows research before reaching out to a Calgary new windows installation company, we've compiled some important information to help get you started. 

 

Choose Your Window Types

The type of windows you choose will impact their cost, look, function, and security. Window type is always a good place to start … Read More

Choose Your Frame Materials

Each frame material, whether it be wood, vinyl, metal, or hybrid, has it's own unique set up benefits and caveats. There is no 'right' choice … Read More

Glass & Energy Efficiency

There has been giant strides made in recent years in energy efficient windows, starting with glass, which also impacts aesthetics & … Read More

Finishing Touches & Accessories

Choose your colours and stains as well brockmoulds, jambs, and hardware to give your new windows a personal touch and added resale value to … Read More

Top Window Brands

We only carry window products manufacturored in Western Canada. Windows built here are made for and by people that understand our climate … Read More

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Window Installation is Paramount

a window installer is installing new windows on a home

Choosing a quality window installer should be your primary consideration when replacing your windows. Poor installation can negate the energy efficiency and insulating qualities of new windows. Gaps around the window frame can let in drafts and even lead to water damage of the walls of your home. The performance of the window can also be hampered with incorrect installation.

Window installation is a craft that requires professional training and extensive experience to truly become proficient. Beware of companies offering discount installation services. You want your windows to last. Many window contractors cut costs by hiring outsourced and inexperienced installers. While everyone wants to get the best price possible, those initial cost savings can be quickly erased if your windows need to be replaced again in the near future to fix shoddy installation.

Old West Windows and Doors offers a 12 Year Calgary Window Installation Warranty

We are so confident in our installers that we offer an industry leading 12-year window installation warranty. Last year, we had over 1200 installations with zero call backs. We didn’t have to fix any window installations because we did them all correctly the first time.

 

Benefits of New Replacement Windows

New window replacement will improve monthly utility bills by increasing the energy efficiency of your home, contribute to a more comfortable internal climate and likely increase the value of your home as well.

New windows can also increase light and ventilation in your home and can often transform the look of your home. A home with better curb appeal is worth more money, so quality windows are like money in the bank.

new replacement windows on a Calgary home

High quality windows, backed by the Old West Windows and Doors Calgary 12 year installation warranty will ensure that your windows will be trouble free for years to come. 

Allow our expert staff to walk you through choosing a product that is perfect for you. We have helped thousands of customers over 20 years select windows and doors ideally suited for their home and budget.

We are a small family run business in Calgary that stands behind every window and door we install. Don't take our word for it.  Check our near perfect HomeStars reviews. We believe in doing every window installation right the first time. That's why we are confident in our 12 year installation warranty.

Choosing a New Replacement Window

At the most basic level, windows are made up of three main components: the glass, the frame and the hardware. Window frames are available in wood, vinyl, fiberglass, or metal-clad wood toy suit your design aesthetics, durability and energy efficiency requirements. Here is a video describing what goes into new replacement windows.

 

Some common signs your windows may need replacing are:

  • Water Stains
  • Mould
  • Drafts
  • Condensation or debris between panes
  • Deteriorated weather stripping
  • Hard to use mechanisms, window doesn't open or close easily

How to Choose the Best Calgary Window Company

In Canada, one of the best ways to evaluate contractors is through HomeStars.com. If you check Old West Windows and Doors Calgary, you’ll see that we have a near perfect rating on over 100 reviews. Take your time to read through our reviews to make sure that our customers are happy with the work we do. New windows are a substantial investment so don’t rush into deciding on a window company without doing your homework.

At Old West Windows and Doors Calgary we have aligned ourselves with the highest quality window brands. You'll get durable, top quality manufactured glass and hardware, as well as hundreds of windows styles to choose from.

Contact Old West Windows and Doors Calgary today for a no obligation consultation to help select the best windows to suit the style of your home, your energy efficiency requirements and your family's needs.

Calgary can have some wild weather, so reliable, durable, air-tight windows are important to keep your family comfortable and keep bills down, especially in colder winter months.

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  • Window Buyers Guide

    Calgary Window Buyer’s Guide

    Replacing the windows in your home offers many benefits. New windows can improve your home's curb appeal and increase the resale value. Modern, energy efficient windows lower heating and cooling costs and make internal temperatures more stable and comfortable. New windows also block out more noise and virtually eliminate ongoing maintenance. Investing in new windows is a great investment in your home and your quality of life.

    Here is a handy buyer’s guide to help you navigate all the options you have when purchasing new windows.

    Window Installation is Paramount

    Choosing a quality window installer should be your primary consideration when replacing your windows. Poor installation can negate the energy efficiency and insulating qualities of new windows. Gaps around the window frame can let in drafts and even lead to water damage of the walls of your home. The performance of the window can also be hampered with incorrect installation.

    Window installation is a craft that requires professional training and extensive experience to truly become proficient. Beware of companies offering discount installation services. You want your windows to last. Many window contractors cut costs by hiring outsourced and inexperienced installers. While everyone wants to get the best price possible, those initial cost savings can be quickly erased if your windows need to be replaced again in the near future to fix shoddy installation.

    At Old West Windows and Doors Calgary, we never hire outside contractors. All our window installers are trained employees. It takes years to become a quality installer so we don’t take any chances hiring outside contractors. We are so confident in our installers that we offer an industry leading 12-year installation warranty. Last year, we had over 1200 installations with zero call backs. We didn’t have to fix any window installations because we did them all correctly the first time.

    In Canada, one of the best ways to evaluate contractors is through HomeStars.com. If you check Old West Windows and Doors Calgary, you’ll see that we have a near perfect rating on over 100 reviews. Take your time to read through our reviews to make sure that our customers are happy with the work we do. New windows are a substantial investment so don’t rush into deciding on a window company without doing your homework.

    Window Manufacturer

    Reputable windows installers typically will get windows through one supplier. The windows contractor you choose will generally decide the brand of windows you’ll get. If you choose a reputable installer, you’ll very likely get top quality windows.

    Talk to the window company you choose to hire about why they use that particular brand of windows and ask them about any past problems. While all windows may look similar at first glance, there can be large variations in quality, durability and functionality.

    Getting Window Replacement Quotes

    Take time to search for reputable window installation companies on sites like HomeStars.comHouzz.com and the Better Business Bureau. Narrow down your window company search to three or four top companies and contact them all for a quote. Use every interaction you have with the company as your final evaluation process. Here are some factors to evaluate the company:

    • Do they respond to your inquiry promptly?
    • Are they professional? 
    • Do they have a quality website? 
    • Does the salesperson listen and respond to all of your questions?
    • Do their vehicles look professional?
    • Do you trust them?

    Here are some questions you should ask:

    • How long has the company been in business?
    • What is their windows installation warranty?
    • Will they provide references from past customers? 
    • Do they hire outside subcontractors for the installations or are the installers all employees? 
    • When willthe windows be installed? What happens if there is a delay?
    • How long the installation will take?

    Your window quote should be very detailed including:

    • number of windows with sizes and types
    • the brand of windows (manufacturer)
    • extra features or requirements
    • total labor and material costs
    • the exact cost 
    • amount of deposit required

    Make 100% sure that everything is clear and upfront in the quote. You don’t want any surprises after the work has begin.

    All About Windows

    There are almost endless options on choosing windows for your home. Your window installation company will help explain all the different types and features of windows available, but here is a quick overview to get you started. 

    Window Efficiency Ratings

    Your new windows will have standard industry ratings of efficiency. Some of the common ratings you’ll see are:

    R-Value - Range 2.00 to 7.69 - Higher is Better

    R-value is a measure of resistance to heat loss. The R-value typically ranges from 2.00 to 7.69. Higher numbers mean that the window offers better protection from outside heat in summer months and cold in winter.

    U-factor - Range 0.13 to 0.50 - Lower is Better

    U-factor, sometimes called U-value, is the rate of transfer of heat or heat loss. The U-factor typically ranges from 0.13 to 0.50. A lower number is better, meaning that less heat is lost. 

    Solar Heat Gain Coefficient or (SHGC) - Range 0.32 to .0.75 - Lower is Better

    Solar heat gain coefficient is a measure of how much heat from the sun is blocked. The number is typically between 0.32 and .0.75. Lower numbers mean the window blocks more heat from the sun. 

    Visible transmittance (VT) - Range 57 to 81 - Higher Numbers Mean More Light is Allowed In

    Visible transmittance measures how much light a window allows in. The VT is typically between 57 and 81 with higher numbers allowing more light in.

    Air Leakage - Range 0.1 to 0.3 - Lower is Better

    Air Leakage is a measure of how much outside air comes through the window frame. Air leakage rates are usually between 0.1 and 0.3. Lower numbers mean the window is better at keeping air out. It’s not a common rating so you probably won’t see this number on your window rating.

    Condensation Resistance - Range 1 to 100 - Higher is Better

    Condensation Resistance measures how well your windows resist condensation. Condensation resistance is between 1 and 100, with higher numbers having more resistance to condensation. Again, this is not commonly rated on windows so you may not see a condensation resistance rating.

    Window Frame Materials

    There are three main types of window frames used in Calgary’s climate:

    1. Wood
    2. Metal clad / wood or vinyl
    3. All-vinyl frames
    4. Fiberglass

    There are also aluminum windows, but they are not so common in Canada so they are not included in this list. Aluminum windows are not suited for Calgary’s winters.

    1. Wood-Frame Windows

    If you have older windows in your home, it’s very likely that they are wood-frame windows. Wood is not used very much for window frames any longer largely due to the maintenance requirements. Wood is susceptible to weather and requires regular painting to protect.

    Solid wood frames are also more extensive, If a real wood interior window frame is desired for design or aesthetic reasons, the exterior is usually metal clad (covering in aluminum) or vinyl clad. The clad offers better protection and eliminates the need for painting.

    For the interior wood, there is often a selection of wood types offered like pine or fir which can be painted or stained to match your home decor.

    2. Metal Clad Windows

    Cladding simply means that the wood or composite core is covered by a material like vinyl, aluminum, or fiberglass. This cladding protects the wood from the outside weather so that it doesn’t need to be repainted. The metal in metal clad windows is typically aluminum. Wood can be used on the interior for aesthetic reasons. 

    Although they metal clad windows are more expensive than vinyl, they are also more durable on the outside and allow for a traditional wood frame on the interior. 

    3. Vinyl-Frame Windows

    Vinyl windows are the most common now because they are the least expensive and are largely maintenance free. That means they won’t need to be painted on the exterior. Most vinyl window frames come in white with many hardware options, but they can often be painted if desired.

    4. Fiberglass-frame windows

     

    Fiberglass windows are the latest innovation in window design. With up to 9 times the strength of PVC, high insulation factors and low energy requirements for construction, fiberglass is a great choice for environmentally conscious home owners.

     

    Window Features

    Double or Triple Glazed Windows

    'Glazed' simply refers to the number of panes of glass in the window. Double-glazed windows have two panes of glass with a sealed space between the panes filled with air or gas. Gas has become the standard because of its better insulation qualities.

    Triple-glazing, means there are three panes of glass. The extra pane of glass improves energy efficiency and helps to reduce noise. Triple-glazed windows are great for keeping the out the cold of Calgary’s winters. 

    Low-E Glass

    Low E or Low Emissivity coatings are transparent treatments that reflect ultraviolet and infrared heat to improve the insulating properties of windows. There are different coatings on each side of the window to achieve different heat and cold reductions. In Calgary, we want to keep the cold out and heat in. In hotter locations, the opposite is true. 

    Gas Insulated Windows

    Virtually all modern windows have an insulating gas pumped into the chambers between window panes to increase energy efficiency and minimize heat transfer. Argon is the most commonly used gas because of it's insulating qualities, safety and low cost. Krypton gas is often found in more expensive, triple glazed windows. Krypton is a better insulator than argon, but it is also more expensive. 

    Window Types

    When changing your windows it's important to remember that you don't need to keep the original window type. Installing new windows is a great opportunity to really improve the look of your home. Bigger, more functional windows can transform a dark room into a bright, open and more spacious family area. A great example is replacing an older kitchen window with a large patio door. 

    Here are some of the common window types to choose from.  

    Awning Windows

     

    Awning Windows open outward on a top hinge.

     

    Casement Windows

    Casement windows have side hinges that can open outward or inward. 

     

    Single Hung Windows

    Single Hung Windows have a bottom section that slides up to open.  

     

    Double Hung Windows

    On Double Hung Windows both the top and bottom sections slide vertically to open.

     

    Single Slider Windows

    Single Slider Windows have one section that slides open sideways. 

     

    Double Slider Windows

    On Double Slider Windows both sections slide open sideways.

     

    Fixed Windows

    Picture Windows are also fixed windows, in that they can't open, but they are typically much larger.

      
      

    Bay Windows

    Bay Windows have three sections that extend out from the wall of your home to let in more light and extend your view. 

      

    Bow Windows

    Bow Windows are like Bay Windows, but they have extra window sections to have a more circular shape.

      

    Custom Windows

    Custom Windows can be created in almost any shape and configuration imaginable. 

      

    Combination Windows

    There are a wide variety of window type combinations available. Here are just a couple:


     

    Double Hung with Picture Window

    This window combines both a picture and double hung window. 


     

    Double Hung with Picture Window

    This window combines both a picture and double hung window. 

      

    Picture Over Double Slider Window

    In this configuration the picture window is above a double slider. 

      

    There are many more configurations available. Your window company can help you choose the best for your particular needs. 

    Conclusion

    Thank you for reading the Calgary Window Buyer's guide. This should give you a good overview of everything you'll need to consider when replacing the windows in your home. Feel free to call or email Old West Windows and Doors Calgary if you have any further questions. We'll be happy to help in any way we can.

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