Three Important Things To Consider When Choosing New Bathroom Windows

No two rooms are the same and that means you’ll want different types of windows for different kinds of rooms. You might have a luxurious notion of bathing with giant bay windows overlooking a lake, but let’s snap back to reality for a moment – those bay windows might be pretty impractical because for most of us, there’s something to be said for privacy. There are three main factors you should keep in mind when looking for bathroom windows – excluding aesthetics – which is also an important factor for any windows you might install:

 

  1. Moisture

 

This is the most important factor to consider and the primary reason you need windows in your bathroom in the first place. Without proper ventilation, the steam you generate in the bathroom soaks into your walls and ceilings creating breeding grounds for mold, mildew, bacteria, and all that other nasty stuff you’d really prefer not to be living with. You could avoid this problem by foregoing hot showers for the rest of your life, but if you’re anything like me, that’s basically consigning yourself to total misery. 

 

All this moisture means you need to be mindful of the materials you choose for your windows. Wood won’t do – it’s porous so moisture can get inside and the wood might begin to warp and crack. It also makes a great home for the bacteria we mentioned earlier. The best option is vinyl – it’s non-porous and it’s not as prone to fluctuating as other materials in extreme temperatures.

 

Hot steam hitting cold windows creates condensation and mold loves condensation. When you’re looking for window replacement in Winnipeg, that’s an important factor to consider – our cold winters will chill all but the most insulated windows. Triple pane windows are a great option to help reduce condensation.

 

2. Ease-of-Use

 

Another solution for getting rid of all that excess humidity is to open your windows and if you’re not opening your bathroom windows regularly, it’s something that you should start doing. The problem with some traditional styles of windows, like sliding windows, is that they can be difficult to open and close. Also, they’re also not as well sealed as the alternative that we’re proposing here: crank windows have a compression seal which makes them almost 100% airtight – perfect for limiting condensation. They’re also great if you have arthritis or any other condition that makes opening sliding windows difficult.

 

3. Privacy

 

As we alluded to at the beginning of this article, this is one of the most important factors for most folks who are looking to get new bathroom windows. Fortunately, this is actually one of the easiest to tackle. You can elect to get blinds or similar window covers but the most practical option is to install privacy glass. This way, you can still have sunlight streaming through your windows without having to worry about anyone being able to see you through them.

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Innovative Ways To Make Your Home Feel Larger

A lot of folks (myself included) love cozy spaces. On the flipside, most of us aren’t so keen about cramped spaces. Look, the size of your home isn’t something you can easily change even if you’re extraordinarily handy.  This means you’ll need to use some tips and tricks in order to make the space seem larger and get the feel you’re looking for. 

 

The Anti-Clutter Creed 

 

When you’re trying to make a home feel cozy, it’s a great idea to decorate with all kinds of assorted knick-knacks, big and small, that you’ve collected over the years. The opposite is true with a small space you’re trying to make look big. You’ll want to use a few larger decorations instead of a plethora of tiny ones in order to make your space look larger. This counterintuitive large-items-in-a-small-space rule applies to artwork, too, so if you’re hanging something on the wall in a small room, it should big. 

 

Paint & Patterns

 

There’s an old rule that says you can’t paint a small space in dark colours, because that makes the room feel cramped. It’s true that using light colours is an easy way to make your room seem larger, but that doesn’t mean dark colours are completely impossible. You can pair light-coloured furniture with dark colours in order to fool the eye into thinking the room is bigger.

 

You can also use patterns to make your room look bigger and stripes are the way to go here. A striped rug where the stripes run in the same direction as the longest side of the room is perfect for elongating. You’ve heard about it with clothes, you’ve seen the optical illusions, and it’s true for rooms also. You can also opt to use wallpaper on your ceiling in order to make your space seem both taller and larger. 

 

Use Glass

 

Glass is your friend when it comes to making a room look bigger. Let’s start with mirrors. You’ve probably seen this trick in restaurants – a really big mirror is on one of the walls reflecting all of the seating in the restaurant, and suddenly the space looks twice as big. Same idea here – a big mirror makes your home look bigger.

 

Another important trick is having big windows – when you can look out the window, it seems like the entire outside world is a part of your home, adding a lot of perceived space. You’ll, of course, need good-looking windows for this to work. Fortunately, if you have cracks or other problems, we offer window repair in the Winnipeg area

 

You can really level up your space by using our glass tricks together. For example, position a large mirror so that it’s reflecting your window. The look it creates is expansive – it’s like the outdoors is a part of your home on several sides and it looks and feels wonderful!

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How To Know When To Replace Your Patio Doors

You’re living the dream. You have a nice house with a gorgeous patio. You go to open your patio door to enjoy a crisp autumn day when you realize that the door…just…won’t…move. You’re probably thinking “Oh no, am I going to have to get a whole new door?” We’re hoping you won’t. When it comes to replacing doors, one always hopes that repair will do instead. In this article, we’re going to look at some patio door hang-ups (they’re usually sliding doors), and when to repair or replace them.

 

Your Sliding Doors Are Jamming Doors

 

This is one of the most common culprits for patio door replacement calls – the sliding doors just aren’t sliding anymore. This might be something as simple as a misalignment that can be repaired by putting the door back in place. You might also be able to replace the rollers with relative ease. It’s when the track itself has become warped and damaged, often because of temperature changes and moisture, that you might need a whole door replacement. 

 

The Seal Is Broken

 

When you feel constant drafts from your patio door, it’s likely that the weather seal on your door is busted. Once again, this is a problem that doesn’t require a whole new door. You can replace the seal yourself for a lot less than the cost of a new door. Where things start getting tricky is when there are cracks or deformations in the door frame itself. This kind of problem isn’t readily fixed by a new seal and can easily contribute to outside air seeping in. 

 

Aesthetics

 

You’re looking at your old sliding door and thinking to yourself,  “My patio is beautiful, and this thing is ugly”. Now here’s a spot where there’s usually no easy repair fix. I guess you could decorate the door frame? Use some decals – that would block the beautiful view of your patio, though. In this case, you’re probably going to want to replace the door. If you’ve got sliding doors, you might want to replace them with something fancy like French doors, so you can still see your patio.

 

Cracks & Condensation

 

When the glass in your door frame is starting to crack or the frame is starting to crack, there usually isn’t an easy fix. You can replace the glass, but that can often be almost as expensive as just getting a new door. You might also notice condensation forming between glass panes –  that’s going to lead to problems and is a good sign you need a replacement.

 

Here at Polar, our professional door installers are hired in-house – that means the same folks who are making the doors, install them too. That’s a huge bonus – it means we can offer extensive warranties and that the people doing the installation know the product inside and out, so they can answer any questions for you. We hope you can repair your patio doors, but if you can’t, get in touch with us – we’ll set you up with doors that are perfect for your space. 

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How Weather affects your Windows and Doors

Windows, doors, and weather have an interesting relationship. Your windows and doors are made to insulate your home from the weather while allowing you access to the outside so they’re built to endure even the worst conditions. On the flipside, inclement weather will definitely wear down your windows and doors over time. We’re going to take a look at how the weather can affect your windows and doors, breaking it down into a few different types of weather:

 

Sun

 

The main effect the sun will have is on the paint on your door and window frames. Over time, the UV rays from the sun will cause paint to dry and deteriorate. This causes the colour to become washed out – more importantly, it causes the protection afforded by the paint to become weaker. With that protection gone, your doors and windows can be more susceptible to the weather we’re going to talk about next, so it’s important to repaint regularly. You probably won’t have to do it yearly, but once every few years can be a good idea depending on the quality of paint used, as well as the weather you’ve been getting.

 

Wind

 

Wind alone won’t cause your windows or doors to break unless it’s tornado season, something we here in Winnipeg are fortunately not accustomed to. On the other hand, when the weather stripping on your doors and windows is worn out, wind can whip through and create a draft in your house. The impact of the wind can also make the weather stripping deteriorate even more quickly. Don’t hesitate to replace old weather stripping; it’s a pretty easy DIY project.

 

Rain

 

When you have wooden frames, rain can be a problem, especially if your protective layer of paint has worn off. Over time, rain can seep into the wood, causing rot and this rot allows more rain to seep through and encourages fungal growth. When the rot causes cracks in the wood, rain can enter and freeze in the winter, expanding and doing more damage. You should be cautious of and repair any cracks in your frames.  Luckily, we provide professional window replacements in Winnipeg if things get so bad that you need a new window. 

 

Snow

 

Ah, snow, the rain of the winter (I know no one calls it that, but bear with me). A lot of the problems that we see with rain are there with snow too, but with an added chilly element. When it gets cold, moisture that gets into cracks can freeze, causing the problems that we described before, as well as potentially damaging to your weather stripping as well. Rapid differences in temperature can also cause your frames to expand and contract, and your hardware to wear out. Try to clear snow away from your windows and doors, especially if you have basement egress windows that could get blocked by all that white stuff. 

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Winnipeg Replacement Window Company Receiving Numerous Plaudits For Delivering Cost Savings And Warm Homes To Their Clients

Winnipeg Canada – Polar Windows one of the biggest replacement window companies in Canada, is pleased to announce that they are continually receiving a large number of testimonials from delighted customers about the many benefits of their windows and doors.

The company uses innovative design and technology, to ensure that whatever the time of year their customers are comfortable in their own home. This is particularly important in Winnipeg and the other areas where the company operates, because of the excessively cold winters, and stiflingly warm summers. The technology used in the window and door design ensures that the heat is retained during the cold winters months, and the heat is reflected away during the summer.

Another benefit of this technology is that customers end up saving significant amounts of money in heating bills throughout the year which quickly mounts up over a few years, and is viewed by many customers as saving on the cost of the windows in the first place.

Matt Walford is a perfect example of the type of comments Polar Windows regularly receive. He visited the company’s Google Maps page and left the following testimonial. He said, “I replaced all my windows on my house with Polar Windows. I went with them based on their reputation and quality even though the price tag was a little higher than the other quotes I received. I had one window replaced several years ago and the remainder done a year ago. My sales agent was Rick Klassen, and he was great (I found out he has since retired). They replaced them in January and did an exceptional job considering the temperature outside. The crew that installed them was extremely professional, did a great job, and cleaned up every room as if they were not there. I would highly recommend them based on the quality installation alone. Over a year now and we are very happy with the added comfort in our home throughout the cold winter and warm summer. They did a really nice job on the trim inside, no visible seams at all. I have since referred my dad, and he purchased a new door that he is waiting to be installed. Definitely worth the price and the lead time for some quality custom windows!”

“As local people, we understand how challenging the weather conditions can be for homeowners, which is why we put so much time and investment into finding a solution specifically tailored to Canadian homes,” said Stephen Segal. “We aimed to deliver a quality product, that would ensure our customers could feel comfortable, regardless of the time of year. The response to our products and customer service has been overwhelmingly positive, and we look forward to introducing more innovation and quality products in the future.”

Polar Windows was born in 1976 when the founders saw a need for high-performance windows that were built to perform in Canada’s extreme climates. Since then, Polar has grown significantly by cultivating relationships with every customer, offering innovative and custom designs, and recognizing global trends that maximize energy efficiency. For more information about the company and their products visit their website at https://polarwindows.com/.

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Home Remodeling Trends for 2019

Polar Windows came across a survey that said more than 1/3 of homeowners have plans to renovate within the next 2 years.

Nine out of 10 participants indicated plans for a home remodel during some point, according to a survey from Internet real estate service Trulia. Also, almost 40 percent of these homeowners have plans to remodel in the next 2 years, according to The Mortgage Reports.

Homeowners who are younger are more than likely to want to renovate, with 92 percent of participants saying they have plans to do so sometime in the future. Only 81 percent of participants 65 and up have plan to remodel.

Budget-wise, nearly 50% have plans to spend $5,000 or under on their renovation projects. An additional 20 percent of participants expect to spend $10,000+. The majority of homeowners are setting their sights upon the bathroom or kitchen. Around 1/3 want to remodel their bedroom, and 27 percent want to renovate their living space.

So, are you making preparations to do a bit of remodeling in 2019? If you are wondering what you may see as you browse ideas, here are some home remodeling trends for 2019 which have gotten some attention.

Home Remodeling Trends

  • Interesting ceilings
  • Light wood floors
  • Indoor plants
  • Cozy area
  • Homemade and natural accent pieces
  • Clean lines
  • Minimalism

In recent times, Shaker style topped the popularity chart. Some people’s favorite options have been dominated by the clean lines and uncomplicated design. It’d seem a minimalist trend might take it one step further by simplifying décor, design, and decreasing clutter. The style exemplifies subdued, simple, and plain tones.

One other notable trend involves creating a cozy, comfortable space for unwinding and relaxing. Decorating it using handmade accent pieces provides a personalized touch. Going green using houseplants adds a pop of color and a natural feel.

Ceilings and floors receive an update, as well. Lighter toned floors get some love over the darker hues and greys of past times. Plus, ceilings get an opportunity to be within the spotlight. Consider adding shiplap, decorative molding, and more for detail and interest.

Bathroom and Kitchen

  • Black inside the bathroom
  • Colorful appliances
  • No upper cabinetry
  • Color inside the kitchen

White kitchens, while very popular, might take a back seat to more colorful cabinets. We have seen people like the chance to choose a custom finish or color while remodeling the kitchen. Also noted for 2019 is open shelves. However, the verdict is still out on this one.

Popular Shades

What color is trending for 2019? The selections are many, yet a few highlights:

  • Light grays, earth tones, and reds will be popular
  • Bold, rich colors blended with a white backdrop
  • Metallic and gold finishes
  • Matte black rather than grey

Trends are good for ideas and to consider something you might not have thought about. However, keep in mind: it is your house and your remodel; therefore, be certain that you pick what you actually love!

For more information on our custom doors and windows contact Polar Windows today!

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7 Fixes For Window Condensation

The winter months bring with them a number of added tasks and chores for homeowners. Between decorating for the holiday season, clearing snow from the driveway and cleaning sand from the doorway, it’s safe to say home maintenance gets more complicated in the cold.

Window condensation is no exception. Condensation on interior windows is irritating, and can actually cause long-lasting damage to your home. Window condensation occurs when there is an excess of moisture in the house. It happens more often in winter, when the warm air inside the home condenses the moisture on cold windows.

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Condensation, left untreated, can rot the wood and moulding that surround windows. Furthermore, condensation doesn’t only affect areas surrounding a window; the moisture and mold that come with condensation can also spread and damage drywall, plaster and flooring.

Here are seven simple tips to keep your windows and the rest of your home safe from the detrimental effects of moisture.

1. Use Storm Windows

Storm windows keep a space between the interior window and the exterior window. The space between the two windows allows the interior one to stay warmer, and reduces frost build-up and condensation. Storm windows can also help reduce your heating bills and make your home more energy efficient during the winter.

2. Add Weather Stripping

Weather stripping stops warm air from leaving your home. If you’re using storm windows during the winter months, weather stripping will stop condensation from occurring on your windows. Weather stripping also improves the energy efficiency of your home.

3. Keep Windows Warm

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Condensation will occur if your windows are colder than the air in your home. To keep the surface of your windows warmer, use blinds, curtains or drapes. Raising the temperature of your home slightly will help warm your windows and reduce interior window condensation as well.

4. Use Humidifiers Cautiously

Canadian winters can at times feel dry, leaving us with itching skin and flyaway hair. For this reason, many people use humidifiers to balance the air in their homes. However, this can often upset the moisture balance within a home and cause condensation to occur on interior windows.

5. Use a Dehumidifier

A dehumidifier is a quick, easy way to address excess moisture and window condensation in your home. While dehumidifiers can range from $200-$300, there are also smaller size options that are more affordable in a pinch.

6. Be a Fan of Fans

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Every time you shower, cook, or clean, make sure your fans are on. Keeping fans on—rotating in a clockwise direction—will keep the air circulating throughout your home and help push warm air off of the ceiling back down to the floor.

7. Replace Your Windows

In the worst case scenario, condensation and moisture are a problem in your home because of flaws with your current windows. This is a likely scenario if you’ve had the same windows for longer than 20 years.

Window technology has greatly progressed in the past few decades, and Polar Windows are especially designed to perform in extreme climates. If your windows are collecting moisture and condensation despite your best efforts, contact Polar Windows for a free, in-home consultation.

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Do You Know Your Window Energy Ratings?

What is ENERGY STAR?

 

You may have seen the blue ENERGY STAR symbol on products before. ENERGY STAR is the mark of high-efficiency products in Canada, and Polar Windows is proud to be among them. All windows, doors, and skylights that surpass a certain quality performance in Canada earn a high Energy Rating (ER) number.

 

How Energy Rating Numbers Work

 

A positive ER can be anywhere from 0 to 50. Any window with a positive ER saves more energy by maintaining heat. If a window has an energy rating of 0, that means it releases just as much heat as it keeps in over the course of a season. A window can also have a negative Energy Rating, meaning it loses more energy than it saves. This benchmark exists for you, the consumer, as it is an important factor in determining the value of new windows. The higher the ER, the more certain you can feel about your purchase.

 

How to Determine Energy Rating

 

Energy Rating is a part of the National Building Code of Canada. On the manufacturing side, ER is determined on a performance metric based on the size of the window, the category that window falls under (stationary windows, slider windows, casement windows, etc.) is important when considering the climate conditions under which the window must endure.

All windows emit solar heat, release air, and reach a capacity on how well they can insulate your home. All of these factors affect their ultimate Energy Rating.

 

Climate Zones

ENERGY STAR climate zones

 

We also mentioned climate conditions. There are 3 different ENERGY STAR climate zones in Canada, all with different rating levels. Windows with higher energy ratings qualify in more climate zones.

Because of the custom technology and materials we use in our windows, Polar Windows’ fixed window Energy Rating is +43. We focus on a long-term return with a lifetime warranty and our promise to bring you energy savings for decades. This promise extends to all of our products, doors included.

 

The Polar Promise

 

Polar Windows will help you reduce your home’s energy costs, increase your home’s comfort, improve your home’s appearance and ultimately increase your home’s value.

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How Do Polar Windows Compare To Standard Vinyl Windows?

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Hardware Retention Vinyl on its own has the same screw retention capacity as cardboard. Standard vinyl window frames are 100% vinyl, which can lead to screws loosening or stripping over time. Polar has developed a patented process by hand inserting galvanized steel reinforcements into each window so screws will hold. As a result, our hardware outperforms any other operation window—even wood—in longevity, security, overall performance and sustained value.
Thermal Transference When interior and exterior temperatures differ by more than 40°, insulation efficiency suffers. Many vinyl window manufacturers are content to offer hollow-framed windows. Hollow frames can lead to more heat loss than energy lost through glass. Polar fills the gaps in vinyl window frames with high-density, closed-cell, high-impact foam, resulting in superior thermal performance while increasing the structural integrity of your home’s envelope. Because of this we can offer you a lifetime guarantee on our windows.
Weather Seals Most vinyl window manufacturers create frames with their weather seals permanently attached. This leads to two problems:

  1. If the seal fails, the entire window is compromised.
  2. Failed seals can never provide fully sealed mitered corner joints.
Polar uses Santoprene™, a superior composite product that we apply by hand to all windows and doors. If a seal ever fails, it takes only minutes for our certified technicians to replace it. This ensures your window will perform like new for up to 35 years.
Colour Choice Many vinyl windows are available in only white or off white, which doesn’t offer much in the way of architectural design options. We have developed a proprietary process with our vinyl frame manufacturer that lets us bond any one of 18 different colours of paint to our frames. We offer an industry-leading guarantee on vinyl window colour.
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5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Old Windows

Windows play a big part in the comfort of your home. They let in sunlight and refreshing outdoor air, and they enable the beautiful views of your neighbourhood. But eventually, your windows wear down. We know it can be difficult to tell just how much life your windows have left in them. Here’s a short list of telltale signs that you should move “new windows” to the top of your summer renovations list!

 

  1. Your Windows Won’t Function

 

Do you dread opening your windows? If they get stuck on their tracks, require a lot of jiggling, or don’t stay where you leave them, that’s not normal. Windows, especially wood ones, can warp over time as they take in moisture, causing them to function irregularly or not at all.

You can trust that if your windows don’t lock when they’re closed or require assistance to keep open, they are not properly sealed in the frame and require replacement.

 

  1. You Have High Energy Bills

 

If you had a hole in your house, you would patch it. When your windows aren’t properly sealed and insulated, the controlled air inside your home escapes through these unsealed spaces. Visible spaces in your windows are one thing, but you can detect any unseen drafts in your windows by slowly running your hand or a candle flame around the frames of your windows.

All that extra air your home requires to heat and cool adds up, the result of which is the number you’ll see on your energy bill. New windows seal these gaps properly and for the long term.

 

  1. There’s Noticeable Condensation, Leaking, and Decay

 

Windows are meant to keep the moisture out, not soak it in. You’ll need new windows if you’re noticing an excess of peeling paint, spots of wet wood, and mould. Condensation between the panes of glass in a window is a sign the seal has failed and needs replacing.

The other plus to replacing old looking windows is a significant bump in your home’s general curb appeal. People tend to notice the sharp look of new windows.

 

  1. You Can Hear Everything Outside

 

Your home is your temple. It should keep you comfortable and make you feel relaxed. If you can clearly hear traffic noise, lawn mowers, and noisy neighbours, your home may feel less private than it truly is. Your windows are to blame.

Windows transfer the vibrations of sound outside into your home, and when they’re not thick or properly sealed, they let in a lot of sound pollution. New windows with a professional seal virtually soundproof your home from outside noise. In addition to a visual improvement, you’ll be able to hear the difference too.

 

  1. They Look Awful

 

Because they’re constantly exposed to the elements, your windows require attention and maintenance year-round to ensure they’re performing correctly. However, those frames won’t last forever in the sun and rain. If you’re spending a lot of your time cleaning, scraping, and repainting your windows just to have them look only passable presentable, you may fair better with new windows. You’ll be able to save time, clear away any rusted and rotting materials, and they’ll present beautifully.

 

If your windows are looking a little worn, we can help. Book us for a hassle-free home estimate today.

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