Replacing Windows? Don’t skip any steps, and be sure you’re making a good investment!
You no longer have a choice: the windows in your house are worn out and have to be replaced. Your plan is to get some information and visit specialized dealers to compare products and prices. That could be a Mistake!
At this stage, the first thing to do is to contact your municipality. Otherwise, you may end up kicking yourself. Bear in mind that the architectural characteristics of a building or neighbourhood may bring about constraints aimed at preserving urban heritage.
That’s not all! A dwelling’s windows are covered by provisions in the Civil Code of Quebec and by standards in Quebec’s Building Code. For example, it may not be permitted to expand, add or eliminate an existing opening (door or window). Also, installation of a new window with a portion that opens less than the original one may be rejected because of inadequate ventilation.
It is certainly less troublesome – and of course less costly – to find out before ordering windows or starting work.
A wise choice
Once you’ve taken care of this, you need to determine the available budget and outline the characteristics you want in new windows, especially regarding how they work, their material, their architectural components and their maintenance needs.
Replacing old windows with high-performance ones may be expensive, but it stands atop the list of the most cost-effective energy-saving renovations. According to the results of the latest RENOVA survey by the Appraisal Institute of Canada, an owner can currently expect to recuperate 60% of the money spent on improving energy efficiency when reselling a house. This is an average, of course: margins may vary according to a property’s location and the quality of work (materials, professional execution, etc.).