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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.

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.