Window Types

Windows come in a variety of types, styles, designs and materials.  Styles and designs range from super modern to ultra traditional.  The following is a description of the types of products and the materials used that we typically supply and install. 

Common Configurations

Casement Windows

Casement windows open in a similar fashion to a door, swinging out from the frame and easily controlling the desired ventilation.

Awning Windows

Awning windows open from the bottom, allowing fresh air in while providing protection from precipitation outdoors.

Awning windows offer sophistication, natural light and ventilation even on rainy days. Available in a range of exterior colours and styles, and with interior options including durable PVC or the beauty of natural wood, awning windows are practical and attractive.

Benefits of awning windows include:

  • Awning windows can be placed higher up than many other window types for abundant natural light and ventilation, without compromising privacy.
  • Thanks to their unique venting construction, awning windows allow nearly 100% airflow while protecting against water seepage. Their weather-tight construction offers a superior seal against air leakage.
  • Friction hinges at either end of the top edge allow the bottom edge of the window to swing open, creating a fresh, contemporary look.
  • Awning windows are available with both dual and triple pane glazing options

Slider Windows

With horizontal and vertical orientations available, sliding windows provide an abundance of light and easily regulated airflow.

Picture Windows

While they do not provide ventilation, picture windows maximize views through clean architectural lines. These windows lend themselves to countless design possibilities and shapes. 

Fixed Sash Windows

Fixed sash windows are a picture window with a non-operable sash, designed to create matching sightlines when paired with a casement or awning window to ensure a balanced appearance.

Specialty Windows

Whether your choice is Aluminum Clad, Wood or PVC, specialty windows offer the potential for endless design possibilities.

Custom Shapes

Shaped windows are custom built to suit any plan and can add interesting detail. Combined with other window options such as our casement, awning, or sliding window styles, specialty windows offer a truly unique design component to any home.

Bay & Bow Windows

Bay windows are three-sided and built to any custom angle. Typical angles are 45, 60 or 90 degrees. Bow windows are a popular alternative to bays; four or more windows adjoin to make an arc or bow. Both bay and bow windows add living space to your home. Available in floor or bench models, bows and bays are an excellent addition to kitchens, family rooms and master suites.

Bay and bow windows are a great way to add visual appeal to your home’s exterior and living space to the interior. Built to any angle, bay and bow windows come in both floor or bench models. This increases the square footage of a room or adds a seating location where you can curl up and enjoy the view any time of the year. Bay and bow windows are popular additions to kitchens, family rooms or master suites.

Benefits of bay and bow windows include:

  • Installed in an outward protruding shape, bay and bow windows increase the floor space of the room they are installed in for a feeling of additional volume
  • Get creative with added storage and furnishing options with the bench configuration
  • Appealing appearance from inside and outside the home
  • Allow large amounts of natural light into any room
  • Venting options allow you to control air flow for maximum comfort

Corner Windows

Corner windows provide a seamless view from two angles allowing for maximum light and impact. Available with or without a post, this is an excellent and popular choice for contemporary architecture.

Basement Windows

Slider windows are most common for basement applications and are suited to a variety of options. Choose from dual or triple-pane and an assortment of glass options. 

Hopper-style basement windows open completely, allowing maximum airflow. This window can help meet egress codes for smaller-sized window applications. Available in maintenance-free PVC. 

Elevate Your Basement Windows

For stylish egress-compliant basement windows, look no further.  Whether you are building or renovating, slider and hopper windows provide natural light, energy-efficiency, safety and security for a whole new level of window quality and beauty.

Gone are the days of dimly lit basement caves. Let the light shine in.

Window Materials

Vinyl Windows

Vinyl windows are constructed with a hollow PVC frame into which the glass is inserted.  Some of the options include decorative moulding to emulate the shape of wood windows, insulation injected into the hollow frame of the window and a variety of choices in the type of screens.  A wide range of colours is available and the outside can be a different colour to the colour of the inside.    

Aluminum Clad Wood Windows

These windows have a wood frame with aluminum cladding on the exterior surface.  The interior is typically painted or stained wood.  Colours for both the exterior and the interior are, in practical terms, limitless. 

All Wood with Protective Coating

There are two approaches to applying the protective coating.  In one case, the window is built-in and the protective coating is then applied.  In the other case, the protective coating is applied to the individual components of the window frame and then the window is assembled.  The advantage of the latter is that should moisture seep through a crack in the structure it will be met with the protective coating and will not damage the wood structure. 

Energy Conservation

Energy conservation is usually addressed through the use of double vs triple pane glass infused with low-E, argon gas.  The objective is to reduce the transmission of heat or cold between the exterior and the interior of the window.  The transmission can be further reduced by the use of Krypton gas rather than Argon gas. 

Manufacturers of the windows and the glass are typically reluctant to predict the energy savings that will be achieved with this product.  “Energy Star” states that the savings range from 7 – 12% when new windows are installed.