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Ultimate Insider's Guide To Effortless Window Replacement for GTA Homeowners
(Basically Everything You Should Know Before Replacing Your Windows, But No One Is Telling You)
Ultimate Insider's Guide To Effortless Window Replacement for GTA Homeowners
(Basically Everything You Should Know Before Replacing Your Windows, But No One Is Telling You)
Thinking About Window Replacement?
We've Got All of The Answers!
Whether you’re ready to purchase replacement windows soon or in the near future, it’s important for you to get informed.

Buying replacement windows for your home can get overwhelming. With so many options available on the market, you may get lost and forget what to look for and what questions to ask. 

Throughout 15+ years I spent as a windows installer, I've observed homeowners struggling with the same questions over and over again. 

This is why, me & my team have put together this free guide, to help you avoid many pitfalls and problems that may happen during the process. 

This Ultimate Guide provides you with answers to the most common questions you might have. 

You will learn what to look when searching for quality windows and you will get helpful, insider tips to aid you in the decision making process. 

Once you have a good idea of what the buying process is and what questions to ask, you’ll be ready to pull off an amazing project.

This resource will guide you step by step through all of the potential obstacles and problems that you may discover on your path to getting new windows. 

Now, maybe it's not a perfectly designed advertising brochure you might grab from literally every company out there, but instead it will provide you with everything you need to know in order to get the best windows for you home!

That was our priority - to simplify the process & actually help you, instead of throwing some advertising at you, like others do.

If you discovered something we haven't covered here, remember that you can always call us at 1-647-492-8762 for a free, over-the-phone consultation. 

Enjoy!

Oleg Soroka,
Founder of Gold Leaf Windows & Doors, Mississauga 
Do I Really Need To Replace My Windows?
In this section, you will discover all of the critical signs that you might need to replace your windows soon, as well as solutions to minor problems.
Like aching backs and chatty neighbours, there are things in life that we simply choose to put up with… until we just can’t any longer!

So how do you know when ‘enough is enough’ with regard to your windows? 

Your house may not be able to talk to you, but nevertheless, it gives you signs when something’s not right. And house windows are particularly communicative... Although they don’t last forever, high-quality, well-maintained windows could last for 20 years or more, but there are many factors at play.

If your windows are more than a few decades old, listen carefully to what they’re telling you, so you’ll know when they need to be replaced. Here’s what to be on the lookout for:
#1 A Broken Pane
Broken panes could be a result of highly worn-out windows, especially if you are living in an ancestral home. A severe storm or constant use of abrasive cleaners can also damage a pane.
Older window panes are especially hard to replace. Replacing windows becomes necessary if you are unable to find a matching pane.
#2 Rotten Window Frames
If you are feeling hotter or colder than usual within your home, your windows could be the culprit! Over time, wooden windows lose their shape because of constant exposure to extreme Canadian climates. This creates gaps and holes in the wood, causing air to enter. Improper installations can result in loose window frames with gaps at the corners. These gaps serve as entry points for air. While sealing the gaps is an option, it does not last long. Sealants, by nature, expand and shrink, which gives rise to gaps and the problem of airflow recurs, making replacement essential.
#4 Inoperable Windows
If you are not able to open, shut, or slide your windows easily, you could do with new windows. There could be a problem with the window mechanism, which makes the window a pain, if not impossible, to deal with. Single- or double-hung windows are a case in point; these windows can lose their sliding capability following a failure in the working mechanism. Below you can watch our quick video tutorials on how to immediately fix the most common problems:
Windows Won't Stay Open - Easy Fix
Windows Won't Lock - Easy Fix
#5 Fog or White Patches on the Pane
If you are not able to open, shut, or slide your windows easily, you could do with new windows. There could be a problem with the window mechanism, which makes the window a pain, if not impossible, to deal with. Single- or double-hung windows are a case in point; these windows can lose their sliding capability following a failure in the working mechanism.
#6 Too Much Noise within the House  
Efficient double pane and triple pane windows insulate you from outside noise. If you are using a single pane window, consider upgrading to a double- or triple-pane variety. If your double- or triple-pane windows are allowing the noise in, it could be time for a replacement.

Good quality, properly installed windows and doors are designed to minimize the noise pollution. This feature becomes even more crucial when your home is close to the major roads and crowded areas. If you’re noticing audibly different levels of sound it may be because the seals in your windows are failing or the insulation or caulking in the frame is starting to fail. To verify whether a simple sealing can fix your problem you need a qualified inspection.
#7 Increasing Energy Bills
For those of us who choose to live in an area of the country that ‘enjoys’ severe weather conditions one of the first indicators that your windows are failing may be an increase in your energy billsOlder windows and cheaper, ‘builder grade’ windows used by home builders are typically the windows that are the most susceptible to failure.

When you get replacement windows for your home you’re getting a service, not just a product. The quality and professionalism of the installation of your windows is just as important as the quality of the window itselfProper sealing, caulking, framing and installation of your window will have a significant effect on the long term energy efficiency of your window. 

If you don’t know the company replacing your windows, if they have no track record and if they don’t have a fully comprehensive warranty that covers EVERYTHING (product and installation and service) then you have no way of knowing if the installation work they do is to done to code and whether it will continue to work effectively for as long as you’re in your home.
#8 Your Windows Are Condensing Excessively
Condensation is caused by moist air condensing on a cold surface. If you notice that there is more condensation on your windows than normal then this might be because something in your window has failed - either a seal, caulking, insulation or some other structural issue. Replacing your windows with energy efficient, high performance windows can make a world of difference to the comfort levels in your home. 

Keep in mind that with new, properly installed windows there will be no chance for that moist air to escape and, as such, you’ll have to monitor the humidity levels in your home more closely.
#9 Your Furniture and Carpet Are Fading
Older windows offer poor UV protection and UV light destroys almost every material on earth - it's as simple as it is. Low E glass that is available with new replacement windows reduces most of the UVB light and helps minimize heating and cooling costs. There are also options to add extra protection such as tinting and lamination.
Your Windows Need Some Love & Attention?
Are you due for an upgrade because your windows are a cry for help? There are many ways to improve the curb appeal of your home. New windows not only make your house look fabulous, they also help you save on energy costs and they can contribute to lowering your carbon footprint.

If after reading you feel like your windows might be due for a replacement, chat with our helpful assistant by clicking the button below:
Which Types of Windows are The Best Fit for My Home?
In this section you will discover different types of windows and how they fit in your renovation plans
Most window companies offer a variety of window styles to meet your individual needs and match the unique style of your home. These styles may include double-hung, bow, bay, sliding, awning, casement and custom shape windows:
So how do you choose from all these types?
Different window types offer different functional benefits.

Read the description below and keep in mind the type of the functional benefit would you like to get:

Double hang windows are the most popular type of window, most commonly used in traditional homes.

Casement window is hinged on the side, and swings inward or outward like a door, letting air flow freely.

Glider window is designed specifically for horizontal operation.Glass-framed panels slide open
on tracks, so there’s no lifting involved. 

Awning window is hinged on top and swings outward, so you can leave it open when it rains.
Often placed higher for added privacy and natural light.

Bay and bow windows - Bays feature a fixed center window, with venting windows angled on the sides. Bows are made up of a series of windows connected in a gentle curve. They don't display any functional benefits, but these look great!

You should always consider any obstacles that could inhibit the use of the window in your room and the outdoor space it faces. For example, a double-hung window over a kitchen sink may be more difficult to operate than a casement window, which simply cranks open.

Whether you need windows for a new construction project or windows to replace your old ones, keep in mind that there are only a few companies that offer custom designs and shapes to fit your unique needs. 

Other important considerations when choosing a window company include color options and hardware finishes. Some companies offer a very limited number of options, while here at Gold Leaf we offer limitless combinations to create the window perfect for your home.

If you find yourself struggling in the process, consider calling one of our helpful assistants for a free, nonobligatory consultation. We will help you choose the best window type for your home!
What is The Best Material For My House? 
In this section you will discover the differences between the most common window materials and what's the best material for you home
If you're replacing old windows, now is a great time to consider options for different window materials. 

Wood, aluminum, fiberglass and vinyl are all potential options for window frames, but there are things to keep in mind about each type:
Wood windows, although beautiful, are prone to swelling and rotting, and requires regular maintenance to maintain its appeal. Moisture can warp wood windows over time, which may cause splintering and sagging.The color of wood windows can also fade and requires more upkeep to paint or stain them.

Aluminum windows won't rot at all, but they tend to oxidize and can form condensation or frost inside a window when it is cold outside. Aluminum doesn’t hold heat in well, so this material may not be the best choice in cold climates.

Fiberglass windows need to be painted, can chip over time and are the most expensive window type. A fiberglass window frame also has less insulation than a vinyl window frame, which may lead to air, water and dust infiltration in. Over time, fiberglass windows tend to weaken at the corners of the frame.

Vinyl window frame may be foam-filled to help with insulation but will lack structural integrity. However, Gold Leaf vinyl replacement windows are built to last, using FIBERMAX® and a fusion welding process, which is the strongest and most energy-efficient way to construct a window frame. Premium vinyl windows are a great choice if they are fusion welded and made with reinforced uPVC. 

Unplasticized PVC, or uPVC, is eight times more impact resistant than plasticized PVC and has one-eighth of the expansion and contraction potential. When you compare the look and feel of quality uPVC vinyl to plasticized vinyl, you can see and feel the difference in quality.

Our vinyl windows are also available in a variety of interior and unlimited exterior colors to complement your home. If you like the look of wood but don’t like its upkeep, consider a woodgrain vinyl option. Woodgrain offers the look of real wood without the maintenance headaches.

If you find yourself struggling in the process of choosing the best material for your home, consider calling one of our helpful assistants for a free, nonobligatory consultation. We will help you choose the best window type for your home!
How to Understand Energy Efficiency Windows & Ratings?
In this section you will discover everything you need to know about energy efficiency ratings 
Up to 70-percent of energy is lost through windows, and 90-percent of that heat escapes through glass.

The more energy efficient and sturdy the window, the higher its cost, due to the materials and technology needed to manufacture the window. However, the energy costs you will save throughout the life of your energy-efficient windows will offset the initial cost of the windows many times over.

What makes a window energy efficient? According to ENERGY STAR requirements, an energy-efficient window is typically made of quality frame materials, multiple panes, Low-E glass, gas fills and warm-edge spacers to reduce heat transfer.

What is an energy efficiency rating? The efficiency of a window is measured according to the U-Factor, solar heat gain and design pressure of the window. Learn more about each of these terms below:
What is the U-Value/Factor of a window? The U-value/factor is now the industry standard by which an entire window or door unit is rated. U-value rates how much heat is lost. The lower the number, the more energy efficient the windows are.

What is solar heat gain? Solar heat gain, or SHG, refers to the increase in temperature in a space as a result of solar radiation. Windows with a low solar heat gain value offer increased energy efficiency and will keep your home cooler in the summer.

What is design pressure? Design Pressure, or DP, is an important value that rates a window against wind and water loads. The higher the number, the stronger the window is. If you live in an area that is prone to high winds and heavy rain, this rating is key.
If you are looking for the best energy efficient windows at a fraction of the retail price, you should contact our helpful assistant. Simply click the button below to call for a free, no-obligation consultation:
When Should I Replace My Windows?
In this section you will discover how to fit window replacement project inside larger & smaller renovation projects as well as what's the best time to replace your windows during they year
We have already discussed the critical signs you need to look for in order to be sure you need to replace your windows. Drafty windows. Doors that stick. Loss of energy efficiency. Fog. Fading of furniture & carpets. 

These are just some of the reasons you might consider replacing your windows and doors. 

And once you replace them, you may be surprised at how big a difference it can make. By replacing your windows and doors, you’re not only improving the look and feel of your home, you’re enhancing the way you live in it!

But when is the best time of the year to replace your windows? What are the best weather conditions? And where should you fit your replacement during larger renovation projects?
Replace Your Windows When It's Warm!
There are several reasons to do your window replacement when it’s warm. First, you won’t be letting in chilly drafts that will force you to pump up your heat—and therefore your heating bill! This is especially true if you’re replacing multiple windows.

Second, caulk adheres better in the warmer weather than it does in the freezing cold. Ideally, latex caulk should only be applied when temperatures range between 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. If you use silicone, you may be able to apply it in colder weather, but you’ll need to warm the caulk before applying so that it will flow smoothly and evenly.

Finally, there’s what’s contractors call the “movement of the substrate.” Some materials—particularly vinyl and aluminum—expand in warm weather and contract in the cold. If you or your contractor caulk your windows when the weather is too cold, the caulk could crack and split when the materials eventually contract as a result of temperature drop.

Likewise, caulk won’t cure properly in very hot weather—temperatures above 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit—so don’t plan your replacement for the dog days of summer, either.

That being said - Spring is the best time to replace your windows!
Here's Why Replacing Windows Early In The Home Remodeling Process is Crucial
If you have an older home, you may have a laundry list of remodeling projects that you would like to conquer... It's completely normal. 

We all desire to transform our homes into something that showcases our style and personality. 

So, what is the best way to determine which projects should come first?

You need to tackle projects like new roofing and new windows early in the process. Taking care of any structural changes before moving on to cosmetic changes is key to the success of any home remodeling project. 

Nobody needs convincing about the roof, but there are some great reasons for taking care of those replacement windows first:

1. The windows are a structural element

Your windows are not merely ornamental. In fact, they are a structural element within the home design that serves several practical purposes. In order to make sure the framework is not weakened while the remodeling is underway, have those new windows installed before you proceed with other improvements that have little to do with the actual stability of the structure.

2. The new window style will impact your cosmetic choices
 
You probably do have a vision for how the home will look once all the remodeling is done. 
One factor you may have overlooked is how your choice of new windows may impact those plans. Depending on the window design you choose, some of those remodeling ideas may not be quite as appealing as they seemed before. 

For example, consider what happens if you decide to replace your current double hung windows with something like awning windows and possibly a bay window for a new breakfast nook.

Before, you had some specific ideas about adding chair rails to some rooms, and possibly adding built-in cabinetry in a home office. Those new awning windows may motivate you to reconsider the cabinetry and decide to go with open shelving instead. In like manner, you may decide the bay window dresses the dining room nicely and chair railing is nothing something you want in the space now. 

3. Control of the climate indoors

Remodeling a home is often a series of large and small projects. And there is no doubt that a complete window replacements is a large project. Along with getting the major things done first, replacing the windows early on means you have more control over the indoor climate. 

If the old windows tended to stick, the new ones will open easily so you can ventilate the home while painting, varnishing floors, or refinishing cabinetry. Since you invested in double pane windows for greater energy efficiency, it’s also possible to effectively block out the heat of summer when you are having some remodeling work done indoors that does not require ventilation window replacement.

4. Progress to see when things aren't going well

Remodeling takes time and it’s easy to feel as if things are not getting done fast enough. If you take care of the home windows replacement early on, you create something that you can look at whenever the whole remodeling thing begins to be overwhelming. No matter what is left to do, you can turn around, look at your new windows, and see tangible evidence that something is getting done.

That may be all the motivation you need to keep going with the other projects. 

Once the decisions are made and those elements are in place, you can move on to one of the other remodeling tasks.

Are you about to remodel your home? If so, consult your plan with us by clicking the button below.
How To Finance Your Windows In Every Situation?
In this section you will discover how to cover all of the necessary costs in the most convenient & the least stressful way
You've probably already realized that that window renovation is a great investment. As a key area of your home, they can make a big impact on energy efficiency, safety, indoor air quality and the amount of natural light that gets into your home. Plus, great windows add great curb appeal to your home.

Like any other home renovation and improvement project, financing and project cost is always a large factor. You need a way to pay for the products and workmanship required to upgrade your windows and doors.

The need to qualify for financing is common among homeowners. But, many people are not sure about how to go about getting financing for a renovation project.

The good news is there are a number of ways to secure financing without having to go to the bank to get a loan. And, it’s easier than you think!
At Gold Leaf we've partnered up with SnapFinancing to give our customers the best deal in the entire GTA. It's literally unbeatable and here's why: 
  •  You can get all of your new windows now and don't pay a single penny in 12 months, simply because the financing covers the cost upfront. After that you can pay as low as $29/month for up to 60 months. 
  •  You can save up to 50% on your purchase with our factory direct pricing, and that's a fraction of the retail price, because we actually manufacture our windows.
  •  We cover the measurements, preparation and installation, so that you only pay for you windows and save up even more
  •  We pay the HST
  •  You get a lifetime warranty on all our products
  •  We offer exclusive discounts for everyone, including 30% discount for seniors and new homeowners
Now that's what we call a great deal!

If you want to learn more, why don't you book a free, zero-obligation, in-house estimate with one of our helpful advisors? 

You can do that by calling us directly or by filling the form on our website.

Simply click the relevant option below:
We Wish You Many Successful Renovation Projects and a Peaceful Home! 
We Wish You Many Successful Renovation Projects and a Peaceful Home!