Dayside Q&A

Simply replacing your windows and doors with ENERGY STAR® can reduce energy bills up to 12%! In winter the glass surface will be warmer because Low-E reduces the amount of warm air escaping. You will notice reduced condensation, fewer drafts, lower heating costs and better overall comfort in your home.

In the summer, cool air inside your home is retained as the Low-E coating reflects re-radiated heat from outside, keeping the air cool on the inside.

Vinyl windows are a better choice because they have the same r-value as wood and are good insulators. Vinyl is maintenance free. It will never rot and requires no painting. Vinyl was engineered for our climate and is able to withstand our climatic extremes.

Surprisingly, uPVC can actually make indoor air quality better over the long run. How? With its smooth easy-to-clean surface, allergy-causing materials such as dust and pet fur don’t get a chance to become ground in. Plus the surface resists build-up from common household pollutants. Hospitals and other healthcare institutions often choose uPVC or vinyl for flooring, wall covering and upholstery fabrics for these exact reasons.

Absolutely not! Our Project Manager’s mandate is to provide you with the information needed so that you can make an informed decision, even knowing that we may not be the final benefactor of your home renovation project.

It is virtually impossible to give a general price. Because each home is unique, all of our windows are custom made upon your order. In addition, the type of installation requested will also affect the cost of the replacements.

This is a question for YOU to answer for yourself. Window replacement is a big investment, and one you’ll live with day in and day out for as long as you own your home. Think about the importance of appearance, performance, and durability before you choose.

Windows can be responsible for unnecessary heat loss, high-energy consumption and cold drafts and can be the reason for condensation problems within homes. Windows and the area around them are the biggest single area of heat loss in the home.

Energy efficient windows increase the comfort level in your home by reducing cold drafts and making a house feel warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer. They help control condensation because the interior surfaces of energy-efficient windows stay warmer, allowing you to maintain a higher level of humidity without worrying about condensation on your windows. They also last longer because condensation can cause premature deterioration of windows, walls and finishes leading to high maintenance and replacement costs. Most importantly, energy efficient windows save a lot of money. By minimizing air leakage and improving thermal performance of your windows, you could reduce heat loss through windows by up to 50 per cent and reduce your energy bills.

Custom replacement windows give you the perfect fit. Stock windows are available only in standard sizes. When your window opening is larger than a standard size, you’re left with an opening around the perimeter of the window. This opening is often filled with sheet rock or moulding and you are left with extra wall space to patch and paint. Custom replacement windows allow you to maximize your viewing area without jeopardizing the visual esthetics of your home.

A replacement window is a window that’s custom built to fit within the opening of an existing window. It’s built to fit precisely and can be installed without disturbing the interior and exterior areas around the window.

Here are some sure signs that your old windows need to be replaced:

  • Difficult to open or close
  • Drafty, with air leaking through or around the window
  • Excessive condensation or icing on the inside of the window panes
  • Windows rattle in the wind
  • Paint chipping or peeling
  • House is always too cold in winter – or too hot in summer

Yes, we have many references available in south-central Ontario.

It is strongly recommended that you have a professional install your custom windows. It is critical that the measurements of your windows be exact. Otherwise the new windows will not fit. A professional installer will also have the necessary tools to do the job correctly.

We use high quality foam and caulking that is able to withstand colder temperatures. In addition, an experienced installer can properly replace a window in well under an hour, so installation in colder seasons is not an issue.

All of our products are custom made to order. Our standard installation time frame is six to eight weeks from the date of order.

Low E is a coating applied to the inside of the glass unit. It keeps the heat in the winter and the heat out in the summer. Argon is an insulating inert gas that is used between two panes of glass.

Some companies are involved in all types of home improvement activity including siding, guttering & roofing. Because these companies are trying to cover so many areas, they often lack the expertise acquired when you just specialize in one thing. We are proud to say that here at Dayside that we supply & install new construction & replacement windows and doors of the highest quality for the residential market.

Some companies may be offering a seemingly low price, but remember the lowest price is not always the best value for money. A good price is one where you are receiving quality products, expert installation and a strong guarantee. At Dayside, we decided a long time ago that we would much rather explain price than have to make excuses about quality.

Yes! Windows are one of the most important aspects of regulating home temperatures. Most windows in older homes were designed when energy was cheap and new energy efficient materials were unknown. Today’s newer energy efficient windows are designed with overall thermal efficiency in mind; keeping the heat in and the cold out. Typically, an older home can lose up to 50 percent of its energy heat through leaky, drafty windows and doors.

No! In fact, not only will new windows make your home more energy efficient and visually appealing, but they should increase the overall value of your home.

Vinyl withstands assaults from moisture, heat, cold, humidity, salt, pollutants and acid rain; assaults that can and do affect wood and metal. Vinyl windows and patio doors never flake, blister, stick, rot, rust, peel or corrode. Vinyl’s color is integral throughout the material, so scratches go virtually unnoticed. You never have to paint, strip and sand or lubricate vinyl windows or patio doors. Vinyl is truly the most durable, lowest maintenance window and patio door material available.

Retrofit means leaving the original (old) window frames in and installing the new vinyl frames within the existing. Full replacement means removing the existing (old) window frames.

There are two forms of condensation. The first is when the moisture is in between two panes of glass. If this happens, contact the company you purchased the windows from, a seal failure has occurred and depending on how long ago they were purchased it could be covered under warranty. The other form of condensation is when it is on the inside of your home and you are physically able to wipe it away. This type of condensation is completely NORMAL. Water is always present in the form of moisture in the air. Hot air is able to absorb a higher level of moisture than cold air. It is for this reason that this phenomenon is especially visible during the winter.

Condensation occurs when humid air comes in contact with a surface that is cooler than the air itself. In winter, when your high-quality vinyl windows are efficiently keeping cold air out and warm moist air in, condensation may appear as fog or moisture on the glass. Condensation does not indicate a problem with your windows; quite the contrary. It means you’re holding in warm air like never before. But you’re holding in humidity, too. That’s the problem.

Windows typically are the coldest objects in the house in wintertime. Room side condensation is caused by excess humidity in your home.

Windows themselves do not cause condensation, but they are an indicator that humidity levels are too high. Keep in mind that new homes release moisture from new construction materials through several heating and cooling seasons. Newer, “tighter” homes trap humid air inside; older drafty homes allow exchange of drier outside air with inside more humid air.

Condensation is best controlled by controlling the source of humidity and by ventilating your home. Common sources of humidity are gas burners and clothes dryers. Make sure these are vented to the outside of your house. Sometimes with new windows, condensation occurs which wasn’t occurring before replacing the windows. This is because properly installed dual pane windows seal air leaks that may have been present before the installation; thus air is no longer leaking through or around the windows. Replacing the windows has now reduced a source of ventilation. If you have a lot of humidity within your home, you may find cracking open your windows helps reduce the condensation.

Moisture between the panes of glass is an indication that the seal around the windowpanes has failed. This is an unlikely occurrence; however, if it does happen, most window manufacturers will replace the sealed glass unit.

Typically, you will get a 30 – 40% noise reduction with a regular double paned window over a regular single paned window. Please note that new windows cannot reduce the noise completely, since there are many ways of sound entering your house; fireplaces, walls, doors, and vents all allow sound into your home.

We sure do. We offer financing with competitive interest rates that our salespeople would love to tell you about when visiting you in your home. Just ask!