NEW WINDOWS FAQs

REPLACEMENT WINDOW QUESTIONS

Over the past 40 years many of the same questions are asked regarding new and replacement windows for the Calgary climate.  Below you will find a simple anser to the most common questions.

Condensation on my windows?

Every winter it seems there are increasingly more homeowners that are very interested in the topic of window condensation. It’s not because they are happy about it. It is because they have had a bad experience with it. An experience that not only is irritating, but can be downright expensive…READ MORE

Condensation On Exterior Surfaces Of Sealed Unit?

The sealed units used in windows for homes have become better over time. They are more efficient. In recent years there have been many inquires about condensation forming on the outside surface of the glass on these windows… Read More

Ice On Windows: How Does It Form?

Moisture in the air starts our as water vapour. In summer, when temperature is hot, the air is heavy which makes you sticky and uncomfortable. In the winter, the temperatures drop outside and the windows remain sealed.  The moisture is trapped inside your home and is drawn to the window pane….. READ MORE

What are the different types of operating windows and which kind of window suits which kind of home?

Homeowners are typically dealing with casement, awning, sliding and hung windows. Casement and awning windows have a more modern and cleaner look. They’re also more energy efficient and easier to operate by just turning a handle.

Emergency Egress Questions

Alberta Health on Emergency Egress Windows

Emergency Egress is the standards that are put in place for the minimum amount of opening a window must have to qualify as an acceptable form of escape from the home in the case of an emergency such as a fire… Read More

Where are Egress Windows Required?

Egress windows are required in every room used for sleeping purposes (bedrooms) on any floor and in basements with habitable space. If you are constructing a new home, the code requires that you put an egress window in each bedroom. If you install a basement bedroom, an egress window is required in each bedroom. If you have an existing home and you add a sleeping room in an unfinished basement, the code requires that you install an egress window in the sleeping rooms.

What Type of Window Must Be Used?

Casement windows with hinged sashes that swing free and clear of the opening can be relatively small and still meet egress requirements. This makes them ideal for basement egress and for other areas where space is limited.

What is an Egress Window?

An egress window is a window that is required in specific locations in a dwelling and is intended to provide an emergency means of exiting a dwelling.  Windows must meet specific size and requirements to qualify as an egress window.

Why Don't My Windows Meet Egress Requirements?

Some older homes were built before there were any egress window requirements. Many more homes were built when the egress window net free opening size was 5 sq. ft. Attics and basements were often legally remodelled into family rooms or offices (which didn’t require egress windows) then later converted into bedrooms (which now do require them).  During remodelling, homeowners often unwittingly replace large egress windows with smaller, non-egress windows. Required or not, egress windows are crucial lifesaving equipment. If a room has even the remote possibility of later becoming a bedroom, include an egress size window.

Replacement Windows

If you’re replacing a smaller window with a larger one that meets egress requirements, bear in mind that enlarging the height of the opening takes less structural work than enlarging the width. Increasing width might mean installing a larger, beefier horizontal structural header over the window opening – a major project. Increasing height is often only a matter of lowering the height of the sill below the window. If you are replacing windows in your home, there are some circumstances whereby you may need to comply with the requirements for egress windows.

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