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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.

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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.

Where does the name JELD-WEN come from?

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JELD-WEN was founded in 1960 as a small Oregon millwork plant with 15 employees. Founder and shareholder, Dick Wendt, wanted a name without conventions such as a city name or a specific product reference, because he didn’t want to limit the companies potential for growth. Drawing from a treasured childhood memory, Wendt recalled that his father had bought a small Iowa farm in the early 1930s so that the entire Wendt family would have a productive relaxing place to live during the Depression. When the family held a contest to name the farm, the winning entry was JELD-WEN Acres. It was an acronym for the names of Wendt’s immediate family. “J” is for Jewel, Wendt’s sister; “E” is for Evelyn, his mother; “L” is for Lester; and finally “D” for Dick. The “Wen” is a shortened version of Wendt.

Today, JELD-WEN has grown to become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of windows and doors. But we haven’t forgotten about the humble roots and family values that this company was founded on. To learn more about JELD-WEN’s history, visit www.jeld-wen.ca

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 is the purpose of tempered glass?

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Tempered glass is heat-treated to withstand greater pressure, making it less likely to be broken. If it should break, tempered glass will fracture into tiny pieces intended to not seriously cut anyone who should come into contact with it. This makes tempered glass ideal for areas where a person may walk or fall into windows, such as on a patio door or a window where the glass reaches the floor. Building code typically requires tempered glass for areas such as this.

Another area where you will find tempered glass is in large windows next to bathtubs. If you slip in a tub or bathroom and fall through a window that does not have tempered glass, the results could be tragic. Tempered glass is also used in the side windows of cars to reduce injury in the event of a collision. Tempered glass is just one of the many ways that innovative technology is being used to keep us safer in our homes.

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.

How can windows help keep my home cool during the summer?

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Air conditioning is fantastic on a hot day, but the cost of cooling can add up. Filling an inflatable pool with ice in the backyard isn’t the only way to beat the heat. Windows can play a significant role in the temperature of your home.

Invest in New Windows

Running the AC on high with older or ill-functioning windows in the house can be costly. With all the air that is escaping, your bill is bound to be higher than it needs to be. Replacing those windows with new, energy-efficient models is an excellent way to improve your home’s insulation, keeping cool air in and warm air out.

Consider Low-E Glass

Got a big south-facing window that is generating heat in the home? By choosing a Low-E glass coating that blocks UV rays, you won’t need to run the AC as high to compensate. Comfort engineer your entire home for maximum comfort and energy savings.

Be Energy Smart

If you have a big family, it can be tricky to make sure the windows and doors are closed when they ought to be, but do your best. If you run the AC, make sure all windows and doors are firmly shut. Then, once it cools down in the evening, don’t forget to turn off the AC when you start opening screen windows and patio doors to let a comfortable breeze in. Follow these tips and you can minimize your cooling bill while cranking up the comfort.

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 is the best time of year to replace windows & doors?

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Summer is considered “busy season” in the world of home renovations. Though this may make it more difficult to book a contractor and ensure the work is done on time, there are certainly some perks to replacing your windows or doors in warmer weather. Depending on where you live, having a big hole in your front door or living room might not be an ideal situation in the middle of January. However, skilled professionals should take measures to minimize heat loss in your home while renovating.

Most window installers will work year-round, even in cold climates. Another reason why you may choose spring or summer to renovate is that it gives you the opportunity to show off your brand new upgrade. Not only do homes tend to look their best in the summer, but people are more likely to be outdoors and take note.

The verdict? Pick a season that works for you and your family. You may have an easier time booking a contractor in the winter, but you’ll get to enjoy the results sooner in the spring. To guarantee your renovation is completed in a timely fashion, book well ahead of time. And, give yourself enough time to shop around for the right contractor.

Can I view the latest JELD-WEN product guides online?

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The short answer: YES!

JELD-WEN takes pride in providing product guides in both traditional and digital formats. This way, whether you want to head down to your local JELD-WEN dealer and flip through a print copy of our latest windows an doors, or feel like hitting the recline handle on your easy chair and looking our products on your tablet or mobile device, the choice is yours.

Our JELD-WEN interactive brochures are also…well, interactive. This means you can click on links, flip to the page of your choice, or enlarge photos or text for easy viewing. Our interactive product guides are optimized to be viewed on tablet, mobile or your home computer. Visit our website to access our brochures online. While you’re at it, don’t forget to check out the MyJW App.

View the latest JELD-WEN product guides online today at www.jeld-wen.ca

How can I increase my curb appeal on a budget?

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Make your home stand out with a curb appeal boost.

Increasing the curb appeal of your home is one of the hottest trends of summer. Curb appeal refers to making upgrades or improvements to the front, or “curb” facing area of a home, in order to increase its perceived value. Curb appeal improvements can include everything from adding lawn ornaments to completely overhauling your front windows. Here are some quick, on-budget curb-appeal boosters that you can do while considering larger upgrades.

Paint the Front Door

Red, yellow, neon-green, what’s your favourite bright colour? People are painting their front doors every colour of the rainbow in order to make their home stand out. This is an easy, cost-efficient upgrade that can have big results.

Clean up that Yard

Are out of control shrubs and hedges making your front lawn look like a labyrinth? A little bit of trimming and yard clean-up can drastically improve the appearance of your home. You may also consider hiring professional landscapers to really make your home’s façade shine.

Just Hang it 

It could be a festive wreath, a strand of flowers or a vintage birdcage brimming with greenery. Decorative ornaments may seem tripe, but they can be the icing on your curb appeal cake. Follow these three tips, and you will be well on your way to boosting your home’s curb appeal. If you’re interested in making a more substantial investment, such as installing new windows or a new entry door (huge curb appeal boosters!), visit jeld-wen.ca to learn more.

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.