Quality Windows can Save you Money and add to the Enjoyment of your Home

One highly important aspect of a home that is often overlooked by home buyers is the windows. It is so easy to get distracted by things like granite counter tops, hardwood floors, stainless steel appliances, and paint colours, that buyers forget to look at the quality of windows in a home. Having quality windows can provide many lasting benefits to home buyers including an increased feeling of space, more natural light, increased energy savings throughout the year, and greater comfort in both winter and summer when weather conditions can be very extreme.

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Lots of natural light

One of my favourite upgrades in a home is to have Triple Pane windows with argon gas and a Low E (low thermal emissivity) coating. It is common practice of many builders to use lesser quality double pane windows that do not have any low e coating because of the cost savings to their bottom line. However, as a home owner it is important to understand the benefits of having superior windows.

Firstly, Argon gas and Low E help to keep the warm air in your home in the winter because of the higher insulating values. Argon gas is a non-toxic and odorless gas that is heavier than air and reduces airflow and convection that can occur inside the sealed window pane, thereby reducing heat loss in winter.

Secondly, the Low E actually helps to keep the heat out of your home in the summer by acting as a sun-stop to reflect the harmful UV rays that heat up your home and increase the fading of your furniture and flooring. Triple pain windows also have the benefit of adding an extra layer of insulation and an additional sound barrier to reduce noises coming from outside of your home such as city buses, squealing tires, or that neighbor of yours that accidently sets off his car alarm at 2 in the morning.

Although these upgraded windows may sound expensive, the benefits outweigh the costs, especially in our northern climate.

By the way, the home featured in the photos in this article is a Liv Real Estate listing in Ambleside. You can see more photos and find out more information at www.outstanding-home.com.


Justin Tazi is a REALTOR® at Liv Real Estate. Originally from Ontario, he Graduated from The University of Guelph with an Honours Bachelor of Commerce Degree. He is a family man, and loves to travel the world. He's been to France, Switzerland, Germany, Luxemburg, Morocco, Senegal, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Bahamas, and all over The U.S. and Canada.

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6 Responses to “Quality Windows can Save you Money and add to the Enjoyment of your Home”

  1. GaryNo Gravatar 12. Jun, 2014 at 3:08 pm #

    I’m building a 2100sq home upgrade to triple pain was $1500

  2. wsnNo Gravatar 12. Jun, 2014 at 9:37 pm #

    The windows in the first picture doesn’t speak “quality” to me. The glazings are so small for such a big room. The exterior elevation would look like crap too. It’s screaming “cheap, cheap, cheap…”

    • GMNo Gravatar 13. Jun, 2014 at 8:28 am #

      You can tell all that by looking at that picture?

      • wsnNo Gravatar 16. Jun, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

        Yep. I have designed a few houses. It’s more than obvious where the builder wants to save a few cents by using multiple identical small windows instead of larger, unique sized windows with good proportions.

    • JoJoNo Gravatar 13. Jun, 2014 at 1:06 pm #

      Really? Looks pretty good I think…

  3. Guest73No Gravatar 17. Jun, 2014 at 12:01 pm #

    wsn has NO clue what he is talking about, he just try to show his over smartness in every topic “Jack of all trades, master of none! ”

    Just to add to you knowledge this home build by “Kimberley Homes” 5 times builder of year since 2009 and that is one of their most successful and award winning design