Strange as it may seem there are dozens of misconceptions floating about related to the topic of buying new windows and doors for the home. Where these misconceptions come from is difficult to say but they’re here and they beg to be addressed. So below we’ll take on a few of the most common myths and misconceptions we’re aware of in the hopes of setting the record straight.
Separating Fact From Fiction When it Comes to Windows and Doors
It can be difficult to know exactly where to start when discussing such a topic so we’ll just pick a misconception and go from there. Windows first:
- Misconception: Installing vinyl replacement windows is a DIY project.
- Reality: While there are plenty of skilled do-it-yourselfers in Toronto window replacement is one project where you need to enlist the help of properly trained professionals. There is too much at stake and very little to be gained by way of energy efficiency if your windows are not properly installed.
- Misconception: Replacing the windows requires renovating the home.
- Reality: Replacing your leaky old single pane windows with vinyl replacement windows is renovating your home. In 99% of cases no structural modifications of any kind will need to be done to pave the way for window replacement. This particular misconception may stem from the practice of unscrupulous contractors who will try to convince homeowners otherwise.
- Misconception: U-Value is the only factor that really matters.
- Reality: U-value expresses the ability of the window to prevent the transfer of heat. The lower the U-value the better the window is at preventing heat from escaping through to the outdoors. But while U-value is certainly important there are other important things to consider as well including the degree of visible light transmittance and the amount of solar radiation that the windows allow in (the solar heat gain coefficient or SHGC).
Now that we’re on a roll let’s have a look at a few of the popular misconceptions related to door replacement.
- Misconception: Heat doesn’t escape through the front door.
- Reality: Most people harbour the mistaken idea that heat only escapes through the front door when it’s open. In fact as much as 5% of heat lost from a home escapes through old, leaky, ill-fitting doors. Replacing your old entry door with snug-fitting insulated, fiberglass door will wind up saving you a bundle in the long run.
- Misconception: Wood doors are a fire hazard.
- Reality: Solid wood doors will actually repel fire and help keep it contained. That’s because when wood burns it creates a protective layer of charring that acts to insulate against fire penetrating to the interior. Often when firefighters arrive at the scene of a house fire they’ll find the wood front door intact while fire rages behind it.
- Misconception: PVC doors will outlast wood.
- Reality: They may in certain circumstances but consider this: In 2005 it was discovered that one of the solid wood doors on Westminster Abbey in England was nearly 1000 years old. Not only that but it’s been in continuous use since it was hung. While PVC doors are certainly durable until one lasts more than a thousand years we’ll have to say this contest is a draw.
There are as many misconceptions about replacement windows and doors as there are people who will believe them. The fact is if you want to bump up the energy efficiency of your home by a third or more consider replacing your old windows and doors with new ones from Toronto Doors and Windows. Call us today on 647-932-3667 and learn more facts about the benefits of renovating your home with energy efficient windows and doors.