My husband and I moved to the Orangeville area a few years ago, and fell in love with our home. It’s simple, the perfect size, and as the previous owners had taken such good care of it, any maintenance required would be minimal. The house itself was built in the mid-eighties, and despite many upgrades still had its’ original windows, and they were definitely starting to show their age. The interesting thing is that while they still looked in reasonably good condition (or so I thought), you could tell by the bills in the winter months that heat (and money) was escaping through poorly insulated glass and tired wooden frames. So we decided to call the professionals at Onyx Windows & Doors, to get an idea of our options when it came time to replace and upgrade the windows in our home.
Joe LeBlanc, General Manager at Onyx Windows & Doors, had everything we needed to know about the products, the process, and of course the price, at his fingertips. But more importantly, he took the time to sit and discuss with us, some of the key benefits of making this investment:
BETTER ENERGY EFFICIENCY
Many older homes have original windows built with single-pane glass. These old windows can often freeze open or shut, and they can feel cold or icy to the touch. With heating and cooling costs on the rise, replacing aging, drafty windows with efficient, tight-fitting ones can have a big impact on your energy bills. Newer energy-efficient windows offer standard insulating features such as heat-reflecting low-E coatings, and insulating argon gas sealed between the panes and can save most homeowners between 10% -25% each year on heating and cooling costs.
If you happen to live near an airport, a childcare center, a school, or just a busy street, noise can be at a high level in your house. Replacing your windows with dual-pane or a laminated glass can greatly reduce outside noise transmission into your home.
PROTECT YOUR BELONGINGS
Ultraviolet rays entering through windows and patio doors can lead to the fading of furniture, carpet, window treatments, and artwork. These and other types of materials, especially ones with organic fabrics, are susceptible to fading when exposed to sunlight. Upgrading your windows to a more energy-efficient product can often reduce this fading process and extend the life of your belongings. Most of today’s replacement windows are available with glass that blocks up to 95% of the sun’s ultraviolet rays.
KEEP THE WEATHER OUTSIDE
The weather conditions outside your home should never make an appearance on the inside. Inefficient windows can leak, allowing water to come into your house both in front of and behind the walls—a leading cause of mold and mildew buildup in homes. Aging windows or patio doors often leak air, resulting in high energy bills during peak heating and cooling months.
ADD CURB APPEAL
Your home is likely your biggest investment, and definitely an important part of your life. Replacing your old windows can greatly improve both the look of your home, and the value of your investment.
INCREASE YOUR SAFETY
Is everyone in your household able to open and close the windows? If the windows are hard to open, get stuck in the up or down position, or won’t open in and out of place, this can pose a serious danger, especially in the event of a fire.
We had our new windows installed just before the weather got cold, and the difference in the heating efficiency in our home has been a drastic change for the better. Not only are we able to keep our internal temperature the same as we did during the summer months, but the drafts that would come blowing in are no longer present. And yes, the energy savings have started to show up in our heating bills as well.
The financial commitment, while fair, was sizeable, but essential not only to the way our home functions, but also to its investment value. An investment we couldn’t ignore and we’re now so glad that we had them replaced.
A final but important note; even the best windows won’t deliver the look, comfort, or savings you expect if they’re installed poorly. That’s why Joe LeBlanc and his complete installation team at Onyx Windows & Doors were a perfect fit for what our home needed, and what our family was looking for. They are a certified installer with the experience, references, and a solid history of providing great service throughout Orangeville and Dufferin County.
Written by: Kelli M. Maddocks | Photography: Cory Bruyea and Matt Maddocks