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How do I get a quote for window or door replacement?

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So you’ve decided its time to replace your windows or install a new entry door on your home. But where to begin? There are many window and door dealers and brands to choose from. Sometimes getting started can be a little bit tricky.

JELD-WEN wants to make it easy for you to take the first step towards increased energy efficiency, style and curb appeal. For your convenience, we have strategically partnered with window and door dealers across Canada. This means if you live in a city in Canada there is likely a JELD-WEN dealer in your own back yard.

Here’s how you can find a JELD-WEN dealer near you:

  • Go to http://en.jeld-wen.ca/where_to_buy/
  • Type in your postal code.
  • JELD-WEN dealers will appear on the screen, organized by distance to your location.
  • Click “Show map” on a dealer of your choice to bring up Google Maps and get directions.

Once you have chosen a dealer nearby, swing by and speak to one of our JELD-WEN representatives. They will be happy to assist you and walk you through the first steps of your window or door upgrade journey.

FAQ Friday is a weekly feature where we answer Frequently Asked Questions about our products, service or industry. To see other FAQs we’ve answered, visit our FAQ page. If you have a question you don’t see an answer for, just ask in a comment or contact us.

Can windows make my home more comfortable?

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Windows play a significant role in the comfort of our homes.

Windows allow natural light into the home while increasing its architectural appeal, but that isn’t all they do. The windows you choose will significantly affect the comfort level of your home. So, how do windows influence comfort?

When we think of home comfort, one of the main influencers that comes to mind is temperature. If your home is too hot, too cold, or has unpleasant drafts, it can significantly reduce your comfort level. Windows must be properly installed and in good working order to ensure air isn’t leaking out or getting in.

Another way that windows influence home comfort is through their ability to either block or let in UV rays. Today, windows are available with low-emissive coating (Low-E) which can be customized to either increase or decrease heat gain. Say, for example, you want to increase the warmth of your east-facing bedroom, you may choose a Low-E coating that increasing heat. However, if you want to reduce the warmth in your south-facing living room you may choose a Low-E coating that blocks heat gain. As always, with JELD-WEN the choice is yours.

FAQ Friday is a weekly feature where we answer Frequently Asked Questions about our products, service or industry. To see other FAQs we’ve answered, visit our FAQ page. If you have a question you don’t see an answer for, just ask in a comment or contact us.

Which window styles are best for viewing the outdoors?

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Windows can give you wide, expansive views of the outdoors.

Whether you’re building a house overlooking the majestic mountains, a pristine lake, or you just want to keep an eye on your garden from your armchair, the window styles you choose for your home play an important role how you see the outdoors from within. So which window style is most likely to enhance your view?

There are a few factors to consider. If you are looking to create a wide and expansive view, than non-operational picture windows are ideal. These windows have no obstruction and can be customized in any size or shape you desire. If, however, there is a need for ventilation, casement and awning windows are less likely to obstruct the view than slider, single or double-hung windows, due to the fact that they open with a crank handle rather than a sliding sash.

Mull casement or awning windows with non-operational fixed windows to create a wall of windows with even sitelines. Window mulling refers to combining operational and non-operational windows together for a clean, modern look with an expansive view. For more information on mulled window options, speak to your local JELD-WEN dealer.

FAQ Friday is a weekly feature where we answer Frequently Asked Questions about our products, service or industry. To see other FAQs we’ve answered, visit our FAQ page. If you have a question you don’t see an answer for, just ask in a comment or contact us.

Are JELD-WEN vinyl windows only available in white?

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It’s a common misconception about vinyl windows, that they are only available in white. Though many of our customers do love the clean, modern look of white vinyl windows, we wouldn’t be called JELD-WEN if we didn’t always have more options to choose from.

Our vinyl windows are available in over 40 exciting colours, some of which vary by region. This allows our customers to mix-and-match windows with the existing colour palette and architectural profile of the home they are being installed on.

We don’t believe our customers should have to settle for anything less than choosing their favourite colour. Visit jeld-wen.ca and feast your eyes on our range of architectural colour palettes.

FAQ Friday is a weekly feature in which we answer Frequently Asked Questions about our products, service or industry. To see other FAQs we’ve answered, visit our FAQ page. If you have a question you don’t see an answer for, just ask in a comment or contact us.

What do the terms “fascia” and “soffit” refer to?

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What do the terms "fascia" and "soffit" refer to

The terms fascia and soffit refer to areas on the roof of a home. Fascia is the forward-facing area around the outside of a roof and can be seen from the street view. Soffit is the under-hanging area beneath the fascia and can be seen from the front yard or stoop area of a home.

So why are these terms important for people who are getting their windows renovated?

When renovating windows, it’s good to be aware of the fascia and soffit style and colour on your roof, so that you can choose windows that match. JELD-WEN vinyl windows are available in over 40 colours, and the combination of these elements make up the overall appearance of your home, which can improve curb appeal.

FAQ Friday is a weekly feature where we answer Frequently Asked Questions about our products, service or industry. To see other FAQs we’ve answered, visit our FAQ page. If you have a question you don’t see an answer for, just ask in a comment or contact us.

What does it mean to win 2016 ENERGY STAR Manufacturer of the Year?

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The news is out, JELD-­WEN is the proud winner of ENERGY STAR Canada’s Window and Door Manufacturer of 2016!

Each year ENERGY STAR recognizes ENERGY STAR participants in Canada that have demonstrated excellence in promoting the most energy­efficient products and new homes available on the market in Canada. So what does this mean for JELD­-WEN? Here’s what Vice President Bill Donaldson has to say:

“To be recognized for our commitment to providing Canadians with high performing window and door products is truly humbling. At JELD-­WEN we are committed to all things green, and lean, as can be seen in everything we do. From reducing our waste in manufacturing, to investing in glass technologies that allow us to produce energy saving units. Providing value to the Canadian consumer is a commitment we take very seriously.”

JELD­-WEN has made a commitment to set the bar high where energy efficiency is concerned, and this award only reaffirms that our hard work is paying off. To learn more about JELD-WEN and environmental stewardship go to jeld-wen.ca

Are Casement Windows a Good Fit for My Home?

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Casement windows work well in tricky to reach spots like over the kitchen sink.

Casement windows are one of the most popular window styles on the market. These stylish windows are versatile, easy ­to ­operate and offer huge design flexibility. Here are some of the functional and aesthetic reasons why casements windows might be a good fit for your home.

Ease of Operation

Casement windows sit vertically and are equipped with a crank handle. This makes them easier to open and close than hung windows or slider windows. They are also ideal for tricky spaces, such as over a kitchen sink or anywhere else around the home that might be tough to reach.

Ventilation and Airflow

Choose casement windows for the most airflow and ventilation. The window sash opens a full 90 degrees allowing the entire window to be completely open. The crank handle also makes it easy to customize the exact level of airflow you are receiving.

Style Versatility

Casement windows have a similar external appearance to non-operational fixed windows. This makes it easy to mix-and-match casement and fixed units and build an elegant wall of windows in your home. Let natural light flood into your home with this window style.

Thinking about upgrading the windows in your home? Visit jeld-wen.ca and begin customizing your very own window.

FAQ Friday is a weekly feature where we answer Frequently Asked Questions about our products, service or industry. To see other FAQs we’ve answered, visit our FAQ page. If you have a question you don’t see an answer for, just ask in a comment or contact us.

JELD-WEN and Net Zero Energy Homes

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Have you ever wondered how much energy your home actually produces versus how much it consumes?

At JELD-WEN, one of our top priorities is seeking out energy-efficient building solutions. This is why we have partnered with NRCan on the Canadian Net-Zero energy initiative. If you haven’t heard, a Net Zero home is one that produces only as much energy as it consumes. It seems only fitting that our energy-efficient tripane windows would make an ideal addition to these homes.

In this exciting video we explore how the Net Zero movement came together with JELD-WEN as a key partner. You will hear from JELD-WEN Canada’s Lisa Bergeron and VP Bill Donaldson as well as see exclusive footage from inside our window manufacturing plants. By providing tripane windows for Net Zero homes, we are making a commitment to provide sustainable solutions to help build an energy efficient future for all Canadians.

Enjoy the video and feel free to share on your social media pages.

Which colour should I paint my front door?

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One of the easiest ways to add instant curb appeal to a home is by painting the front door a fun and inviting colour. Here are some popular entry door colours to get the creative ball rolling.

Red

Red is a bold, vibrant colour sure to catch the eye of those passing by. Like a spice, red works well in small doses, so you are going to want to avoid a red door on homes that already have a lot of bright colours. Match with whites, beiges and other soft, neutral colours for an entry door that pops.

Navy

Navy Blue is a classic door colour with huge curb appeal potential. A colour of peace, order and loyalty, Navy will darken in the shade and turn to a rich, deep blue in the sun. Match with brick or wood textures for a timeless look that is sure to enhance the profile of your home.

Yellow

They call it mellow yellow…a naturally soothing, peaceful colour, yellow is a colour that really stands out on an entry door. Because it is so bright and vibrant, yellow works well on homes with lots of dark colours, such as browns, blacks, even navy blues. Try yellow to give your home an adventurous new look.

The choice is yours!

Design experts can recommend which colours will look best given the existing profile of your home, but ultimately it is your decision. To view our wide array of inspirational entry door upgrades, go to jeld-wen.ca

What is the cause of Condensation on new windows?

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Avoid drapes and blinds, which can restrict air movement and lead to condensation.

What is the cause of Condensation on new windows?

Replacing older windows is one of the most practical ways to increase the comfort and energy efficiency of your home. One issue that you may face following a window renovation or a new build is condensation appearing on the glass. Not to worry, moisture is not uncommon on new windows and in most cases it is a short-term issue. Here are the main causes of (and solutions to) window condensation.

Renovation

If you install new windows in an older home, it tends to have the effect of sealing the exterior envelope. Where older windows often leak, which lets the home breathe, newer windows are designed to be airtight. During the winter, warm moist air has nowhere to go and appears as condensation on cold-surfaces – quite often on windows. If after replacing your home’s windows and entry doors, the condensation persists, it is advisable to determine how to best reduce humidity levels, and/or increase air circulation within your home.

New Build

New construction materials, such as wood, drywall, cement, and paint contain quite a bit of moisture. It may take a new home an extended period of time for the excess moisture to dissipate. Condensation appearing on glass occasionally happens in new builds, and is nothing to panic about.

Around-the-house tips:

  • Drapes and blinds prevent air movement on glass, which may lead to condensation. Keep drapes and blinds open as much as possible.
  • Run exhaust fans in areas of the house such as the bathroom when showering, or the kitchen when cooking, to reduce excess humidity.
  • Ceiling fans run at low speed increase air movement which can help reduce condensation issues.
  • Explore the option of upgrading to a new central cooling/heating system designed for airtight homes.

Condensation on new windows or in a new home is most often a humidity issue within the home. For more information on window condensation, check out the JELD-WEN blog.

FAQ Friday is a weekly feature where we answer Frequently Asked Questions about our products, service or industry. To see other FAQs we’ve answered, visit our FAQ page. If you have a question you don’t see an answer for, just ask in a comment or contact us.