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A great window is considered great only if it is installed properly. We’ve seen that homeowners overlook the installation process. At Countryside Renovations, we’ve been installing windows for over 30 years, so you will never have to worry about improper installations. Our window installers serve Calgary and surrounding areas and are a recommended choice in the local area. Here are a few windows we install:
With the wide choice of vinyl windows in the market, it may be hard to compare and choose a suitable one. We’ve installed many windows and know what will suit your home. We use high-quality hardware that will last for many years. Thick vinyl (PVC) windows are easy to install because they are perfectly rigid, the frame and sash are meant to stay and each window is custom built to suit the exterior of your home. Feel free to read more about how we install windows. Vinyl windows are known for:
All these features are great to give you a beautifully finished window that will last the test of time, with no maintenance and help you save on your energy bills.
Casement and Awning
The history of casement windows dates back to the 17th century where they were one of the most widely used windows. After the introduction of the sash (moveable panel), single and double-hung windows became the popular choice.
The 20th century witnessed the introduction of materials like vinyl and aluminum, and the development of better hardware and sliders. Today, casement, single and double-hung windows are once again, becoming a popular choice due to new technology.
Bay & Bow
These windows create a panoramic view instead of a one-directional view. Bay windows have three panels whereas bow windows have four or more equally-sized panels that form an arc shape. The more the panels, the more the arc-like shape. Bay windows tend to protrude further than bow windows. These windows are a common choice for dining rooms, kitchens, living rooms and areas where outside light is desired such as a bedroom. Often a built-in window seat is added when bay windows are installed to create a cozy place to enjoy reading a book.
Having one large picture window has an advantage because you can use any combination of double-hung, casement, fixed windows for an improved appearance and ventilation. They also create more space, allowing light to enter your home from many directions. While these windows involve more cost, especially if a built-in seat is included, they can increase the market value of your home. It can be difficult to install some window treatments, but adding built-in blinds can help overcome this problem.
Double Hung & Sliding Windows
Hung windows are available as double-hung and single-hung windows. However, they are both referred to as double hung. The difference between them is that single-hung windows have one movable sash while double hung have two sashes at the bottom. This creates more options for ventilation, but makes the window less energy-efficient as there is no fixed sash. Single hung windows are less expensive to purchase.
With the invention of the sash, hung windows became popular in the 17th century and are still popular among traditionally-designed homes.
They are a good choice for confined areas or beside a walkway, deck or patio because they don’t open in or out like awning or casement windows. Also, they are not subject to distorting under their own weight unlike casement.
Sliding windows are hung windows turned sideways and have sash panels just like double hung windows. They are commonly used in basements where window openings are wider than they are taller. These windows are cost-effective and do not require high-end opening/closing hardware. However, they are not a popular choice because they close with friction fit resulting in worn out weatherstripping that can cause water and air penetration. Also, they are not as aesthetically appealing as casement and hung windows but rather, they are chosen for their low cost.
Basement & Egress
An egress window is essential for any room that does not have a door leading outside or does not have a sprinkler system. Usually basement and bedroom windows are treated with egress windows because most other rooms have enough egress or access to an external door.
Due to space constraints, sliding windows are a great choice as they maximize the openable area. Have a look at the 2006 Alberta Building Code and Alberta Health Services to help you choose the right window for all egress windows in your home.
2006 Alberta Building Code - 22.214.171.124. Bedroom Windows
Except where the suite faces the sprinklers, each bedroom or combination bedroom shall have at least one outside window or exterior door that can be opened from the inside without the use of key, tools or special knowledge and without the removal of sashes or hardware.
The window referred to in previous sentence shall:
If the window referred above is provided with security bars, the security bars shall be made to open from the inside without the use of any tools or special knowledge.
2006 Alberta Building Code - 126.96.36.199. Window Opening into a Window-Well
Alberta Health Services
It is not enough if the dimensions of the rough opening are measured. The unobstructed opening between the window components such as jams, sashes and opening mechanisms must be measured.
Windows should be easy to operate and openable. A window that needs to be adjusted to incorporate these steps will not be acceptable. This would include units that “slide-and-tilt,” pop-up, unclip from two or more locations, detach-and-remove, etc.
Full vent inswing awning, casement and slider are windows that meet the requirements of the Minimum Housing and Health Standards and the Alberta Building Code.
Hoppers and awning types are not preferred for bedrooms.
Custom Colours & Authentic Window Stain
How about something other than beige or white coloured vinyl windows? It used to be that having your windows painted would cause the vinyl to soften, deteriorate and distort because the paint would absorb excess heat. Also, the paint was prone to peeling and voided the manufacturer’s warranty.
Now all that’s changed! With the use of formulated infrared-cured and water based paint developed by our manufacturer, you can have your windows painted in almost any colour. Some other features are:
If you’d like to give your windows an authentic look and feel of a wood finish, choose DOUBLENATURE® - a unique patented finish developed by the engineers at P.H. Tech. It creates an authentic-looking wood stain and wood-like texture without compromising your warranty. It is a great option if you’re looking for the low maintenance and energy-efficiency of vinyl, but like the look and feel of wood. DOUBLENATURE®is ideal for exterior and interior of vinyl windows and sliding patio doors.
If you need to replace your windows but have questions regarding any additional structural work, getting bigger windows, the cost, time to complete and matching your interior or exterior décor, we’re here to answer them all. At Countryside Renovation, we’ve worked on many installation projects and can explain the entire process to set your mind at ease. We take everything into account to avoid encountering any problems during the project. If you don’t need to enlarge your windows, there won’t be structural work involved. We have a 10-step replacement process:
Are you renovating your home and need new windows? It is imperative you talk to us first because your windows need to be replaced at the right time during your project. If you move any windows or change openings, then the windows should be done first. In addition to windows and doors, we can help you with other renovation services such as adding decks, siding, roofing and more.
It is important to select the right product for your home along with having it installed properly. Window installations done right will ensure there are no air or water leaks that can affect the durability of the product. Every project we take on, we provide first-class installation and carry out the work with minimal disruption to your home. For every job, we will:
Window installers can do a great job especially when they’re working with a high-quality product. Windows that do not meet the quality standards are screwed in from the back at an angle, held in place with only a few screws, and require a lot of effort to get them straight.
Windows from Countryside Renovations require none of that. They are made from a heavier vinyl that does not bend and are held in place by a notch around the whole perimeter of the window. This helps to make sure the windows are installed straight. Once they’re in place, we completely fill the cavity around the windows with foam insulation to ensure there’s no movement.
Interior: Preparing the Casing
Paint-grade Casing - Prior to installation, we’ll prime your casing and fill the nail holes. You can then provide light sanding and put on one coat of paint.
Wood Casing - Installing unfinished wood can be harder to deal with after the fact. We will pre-stain the casing to your colour choice before it’s installed leaving only a few tiny nail holes visible. If you don’t care for the appearance, you can fill the holes and put on another coat of stain.
Exterior: No Old School Methods
When windows are installed with a nailing fin or flange for a new construction, it may seem easier. However, it leaves a gap and builders use capping to cover up which is an old school technique. Instead, we change the entire frame, not just the window. Doing it this way requires us to be extremely accurate in our measurements. We use a brick mold that’s attached to the vinyl of the window allowing your unit to fit in perfectly, with no capping, thus minimizing air and water penetration.
As with any renovation work, you’re going to have some dust. But, in order to leave you with a clean space and enjoy the new look/addition in your home, we will vacuum your floors; clean the windows, inside and out so they’re spotless, wipe the windowsills, and clean up all debris.
If we’ve moved anything before we started work, we’ll move it back.
We try to leave your home as clean as it was when we arrived. You will have brand new windows, and it’s like the window installation never happened.