3 things to consider before changing your windows

Windows are a very important part of a house. Old windows can be the cause of many problems. In fact, Transition Énergétique Québec estimates that 32% of heat loss due to poor insulation occurs through windows. That’s why it’s important to choose them carefully. Here are 3 things to consider when changing windows, as listed by Écohabitation.

The ENERGY STAR® label

When shopping for windows, be on the lookout for ENERGY STAR® qualified products. More commonly recognized in the household appliances category, these products guarantee lower energy consumption. For windows, those that are certified will help reduce your heating and cooling consumption. At Portes et Fenêtres Valleyfield, the majority of our products are ENERGY STAR® certified.

The glazing

For glazing, there are two main varieties: double-glazed and triple-glazed, the latter offering more efficient insulation. In addition, there are a number of options to increase waterproofing and take it to the next level:

  • Argon or krypton gas: these inert gases injected between the two glass panes create a barrier between the cold and the heat.
  • Low-emissivity film: this film allows sunlight to enter indoors but prevents warm infrared radiation from escaping.
  • Spacers: available in aluminum or plastic, plastic is preferred as aluminum conducts temperature.

The frame

arious frames are available to surround your glazing: wood, aluminum, and PVC. Each has its pros and cons:

  • Wood
    • Aesthetic and warm;
    • Good insulation properties;
    • Requires regular stain application.
  • Aluminum
    • Robust and durable;
    • Thermal bridge: transmits heat or cold, therefore requires the installation of a thermal break, often an expensive process.
  • PVC
    • Resistant to moisture;
    • Resistant to insects and corrosion;
    • Requires little maintenance;
    • Its colour may fade over time;
    • May bend during large temperature variations.

No matter which windows you choose for your new home, Portes et Fenêtres Valleyfield is here to help! Our wide selection of products and outstanding customer service will make your shopping experience with us a pleasant and satisfying one.

Contact us today or come see us in store. We look forward to meeting you!


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