I just want to thank you for the great customer service you have provided me while purchasing new windows and doors for my place. I thought that it was awesome that you personally came out to help my dad take measurements of the old windows. We installed the windows and doors this weekend and they look great!! I couldn’t be happier!

Kendall P

Installation Day

Several weeks ago I purchased a patio door from Durabuilt Windows and Doors in Calgary, AB.  When installation day came, the two men assigned to this job were Omari and David. 

They did so with all the professionalism you would expect from Durabuilt and their employees. Both Omari and David displayed a skillset beyond their years and aside from their physical installation skills, they also displayed cleanliness, were extremely courteous, and never missed a beat in leaving the site in immaculate condition. I highly recommend both the Durabuilt and their installation employees. Thanks guys, for a job well done by two pros!

Homeowner (Mrs. C)

Nice frames! Who prescribed your Glass?

Have you purchased eye glasses recently? The selection of eyeglass frames is truly remarkable – high performance materials, durable and stylish. And I bet you bought the most fashionable pair, they looked perfect on you, and fit perfectly. And when someone said to you the next day – hey, nice glasses, it made you feel good about your purchase. I bet no one has ever said, nice lenses. But, why do you buy glasses? Because you can’t see without them!

Did you prescribe your own lenses? Of course not. What we do is go to the eye doctor; he or she turns down the lights, makes us read some letters on the wall, drops a machine in front our face and he flips down lenses and ask us – is that one better? How about this one? When it’s all done, he writes us a prescription.

If we prescribed our own lenses, we might pick the wrong ones and won’t be able to see through them. Although your frames look great, it’s the lenses that are real performance component.

It’s pretty much the same with windows. Once you replace your windows, your neighbours will come by and say, nice windows – and they will probably be talking about how the windows look. And although the looks are important, it’s the glass where you can best impact your year-round performance. No one will ever say, nice glass – however, it’s the reason you buy windows in the first place. We want to be able to look out of our homes and let natural light in.

So what is window performance? What if the temperature around your windows was the same as the middle of your home? You’d be comfortable – they would be performing.

With today’s window technology, you have the ability to get the performance and comfort you want – and the sales professionals, or window doctors, at Durabuilt can help you.

If you are looking to replace the windows in your home, you’ve already had experience with your present situation. Maybe you have a north facing living room window that is too cold to sit next to during the winter. Or, you have a southwest facing nook window that overheats your eating area during dinner in the summertime. Or, you have a bathroom window that always has condensation on it – especially in the dead of winter. Give thought to the areas that are causing you to be uncomfortable and get ready to write your comfort prescription.

Let’s start talking about your wintertime performance. So what happens during winter? It cold! The sun gets up around 8-8:30 and goes down around 4:30-5. The suns doesn’t really rise up – it basically hovers around the landscape, it lays low, and although it can provide some nice heat gain during the day the reality is that it is dark most of the time – and the nights are cold.

Have any of you stood beside a dualpane window in the winter and even though the window is closed, you can feel a draft? The reason is simple science. Heat runs to cold and your dualpane windows are the coldest area of the house. As heat comes up to the window it rises up, pushing the cold down – and it circulates around the window. In addition, the heat from your body is being pulled away from you toward the window; it makes you feel chilly – not comfortable.

So, what can you do to improve you wintertime performance?

For maximum wintertime performance, you want to choose windows with a low total window U-value. You may not have heard about the term U-value. Have you heard about R-value? Insulation? R-value is the resistance to heat flow and the U-value actually measure the heat loss – it is the inverse of the R-value.

Total window U-value measure the three areas of the window – the frame, a 2” inch band of glass next to the window frame and the rest of the glass. Think of the frame, the edge of glass and the rest of the glass as “building blocks” to help prescribe the level of performance you need.

First, pick a window frame the uses low conductivity materials. What is does that mean? Heat passes through material by the means of conduction. Do any of you have a cast iron frying pan? Ever notice that the handle gets pretty hot when you are cooking? Well, the heat of the pan is moving to the colder handle – cast iron is high conductivity material.

Vinyl window frames are both strong and low conductivity. Vinyl windows have airspaces, or warm air chambers, in their design to provide warmth and strength.

Now, the edge of glass. The 2” band of glass at the edge of the frame is affected mostly by the type of spacer bar use for the insulated sealed unit. A sealed unit is 2 or 3 pieces of glass separated by 1 or 2 airspaces and it sealed to ensure no moisture gets inside the airspaces. In fact, the airspaces provide natural insulation. The first sealed units were made using an aluminum spacer bar, which is a high conductivity produced and made the edge of the glass cool, resulting in an increased chance of condensation.

At Durabuilt, we use Super Spacer® – the warmest spacer bar. Made of structural silicone, this no-metal spacer is a low conductivity material means the edge of the glass will be warmer, which means less chance of edge condensation and an overall better performing window.

Now, the rest of the glass. This is the area that provides the most “building blocks” to improve your comfort – it is the largest area of the window. Let’s begin with the true performance layer know as low-e. These sophisticated, virtually transparent coatings, on the glass are protected inside the airspace. Low e means, low emmissity – it allows for low levels of heat transfer, or basically pushes heat back to its source. And there are different types of Low e, so we can prescribe the performance you want. At Durabuilt, we manufacture your insulated sealed units using two types of PPG Low e coatings. Sungate 400® helps retain the heat from your home and allows for solar heat gain – a source of free energy. Solarban 60® does a slightly better job at retaining heat and reflects a large portion of solar heat providing summertime comfort and reduced cooling costs – wintertime and summertime performance.

In addition to the Low-e coating, we fill the airspaces with argon gas – which is 30% more dense than air, so it slows down the transfer of heat. In fact, when you add argon a dualpane low-e window sealed unit, it increase its insulation value by 15%.

When you choose triple pane glass, three pieces glass with two sealed airspaces, you get an extra layer that can have low-e and an additional that you can fill with argon gas.

So when it comes to wintertime comfort, you have the building blocks of the windows frame, it’s spacer bar, airspaces, low e coatings and argon filling to write your performance prescription.

In Canada, we use two methods to measure window performance – U-value and Energy Rating. The U-value is the rate of heat loss through windows under standardized winter conditions and does not take solar heat gain into account. The ER is an overall energy balance rating that takes account of passive solar heat gain in addition to heat loss.

How about summer? Long hot days, lots of sun light – up around 5:30-6, goes to bed around 9:30-10.

The goal in the summer is to keep the heat outside – not let it in the house. Ever stand beside a dualpane window in the summer when the light and heat were pouring through it? I bet you didn’t stand there very long. An easy way to think about heat gain is; if you’re in your home and the light from the sun is coming through the windows, it is also allowing for the sun’s heat and damaging ultraviolet to enter as well. On the other hand you may have large overhangs or trees that block the sun’s heat – however, it is blocking its much valued light as well.

A windows ability to block solar heat is measured by a term call the solar heat gain coefficient. Sorry about that; don’t worry it’s not as complicated as it sound. If you stand outside your window the solar heat you feel is given a value of 1. When you go inside, the same heat that you feel behind the window is the solar heat gain coefficient. Standard dualpane glass let in about 80% of the solar heat. Solarban 60® low-e blocks about 60% the solar heat, dramatically reducing heat gain. If you choose triple pane, you can have two surfaces of Solarban 60® low-e and reduce the heat gain even further to about 70%.

In addition, it blocks about 85% of the damaging UV rays. With the increased amount of sun’s hours relates to the potential for a lot of heat and UV gain. You need to protect your level of comfort and your valuable furnishing, floors and drapery from premature fading.

Some people think that they don’t need heat blockage in the summer because the have air-conditioning. First, air conditioning cost money to run. Secondly, if you sit down next to a window where the sun’s heat is pouring in through the window and the air conditioning is blasting up through the floor – it’s like you’re sitting on a block of ice and your hair is on fire – it’s not comfortable.

We’ve looked after your wintertime and summertime performance. Well, fall is part summer and part winter, and spring is part winter and part summer. Now we are ready to prescribe you windows so you get year-round, all-day performance.

Two residual benefits of choosing high performance windows include getting to use all your floor space – you can position your furnishings next to the windows, enjoy the light and gain back some space. Additionally, high performance windows result in wintertime energy savings, year-round if you have air conditioning; and as energy costs go up, so do your savings. Think about your new windows as a long-term investment, that immediately returns comfort and living space and energy savings.

As a basic reference guide, take a look at our Durabuilt Energy Performance info sheet that provides single unit window performance information. For more complete information based on your particular window and door configurations contact us to get a quote that contains specific energy performance information for every window and door.

If you’d like learn more, feel free to book a consultation or get a quote from a Durabuilt sales consultant or dealer partner.

Performance Rating

If you are ever wondering about the structural and thermal performance of your windows, these guides are here to help you ensure you are getting the most out of your windows and sliding patio doors.

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The Right Windows and Doors for New Home Construction

Whether you’re building a home with one of our builder partners, hiring a general contractor, or are completing a project yourself, Durabuilt Windows & Doors can provide you with custom window and door solutions built right here in Western Canada for our unique Prairie climate and lifestyle.

We understand that building your dream home is an exciting process, but also a huge financial and personal investment. Although you have many details to consider, you’ll want to pay special attention to the type of windows and doors you choose, as they will play an important role in the performance, aesthetics and comfort of your home for years to come.

Why you’ll love building with us

  • We use proprietary new home building solutions like the X-Treme J-series, saving time and money
  • We have direct manufacturing with in-house shipping and service teams
  • We have knowledgeable Account Managers with new construction experience
  • You will deal with Canada’s only IMS Certified Window & Door Manufacturer, ensuring superior product quality, lead-times, and environmental responsibility
  • We are a proud Built Green Member, Energy Star Partner, and CSA Certified Manufacturer, meaning we’re subject to regular third party audits and stringent quality standards
  • We specialize in custom window and door solutions without the price tag, so you can get creative in your designs

Built Green

Durabuilt Windows & Doors is a proud member of Built Green Canada, a third party certification program for homes that are environmentally responsible. Built Green Canada encourages, promotes, and recognizes home builders that prioritize energy efficiency by providing healthier indoor air, preserving natural resources, and improving your home’s overall durability. As a Supporting Member, Durabuilt offers energy efficient products and solutions that deliver superior ratings and R-Values to support Built Green Certification.

There are some of the benefits of installing Energy Star rated Durabuilt products to help achieve Built Green Certification:

  • One or two points for windows that meet or exceed your required Energy Star Zone
  • One point for energy efficient door systems that meet or exceed an R6 rating
  • Improved comfort by reducing drafts and controlling temperatures in the home
  • Reduce energy consumption by 6-12% with high performance windows and doors
  • Lower unnecessary greenhouse gas emissions and environmental impact

More builders and savvy homeowners are choosing high performance options because they recognize the value and return on investment of Built Green Certification.

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Same Day Stain

When it comes to staining or refinishing your wood grain entry door, Durabuilt highly recommends the Same Day Stain Door Finishing Kit designed exclusively for fiberglass doors. The Same Day Stain kit provides you with a long lasting finish that will bring out the authentic grain pattern in your fiberglass door. The finish will resist fading, bleaching and yellowing, and will complete the look of your door system. You are also able to layer the stain in order to achieve the desired look for your door. This kit includes step-by-step, easy to follow instructions, as well as a finishing DVD. The Same Day Stain Door Finishing Kit also has faster drying time than traditional oil and gel based stains.

My home is south facing. How can I make it cooler?

Durabuilt offers Low E glass solutions for year round comfort and savings. Low E glass can act as a gateway for natural heat to come in during cooler winter months and as a shield to block heat waves in the summer. Ask your Sales Consultant for a solution that is right for your home.

Will replacing the windows and doors increase the value of my home?

Yes – one of Durabuilt’s major door manufacturing partners has found that the replacement of your home’s entrance adds real value in addition to a fresh new look. Therma-Tru’s National Home Valuation Study™ offers proof that a more attractive front entrance can considerably increase the perceived market value of a home.

The commissioned study asked more than 2,400 consumers to estimate home prices based on each home’s exterior appearance. The study found that an enhanced entryway can add as much as $24,000 to a home’s perceived value. The added value was as much as five times the cost of the entry system. The second instalment of Home Valuation Study™ found that moderately priced homes benefit from entryway updates just as much as their upscale counterparts. The new study shows that an upgraded entryway can increase the perceived value of an average home by $7,720, or 4.1%.

Replacing all your windows can provide the greatest visual impact on both the inside and outside of your home. When you think about the architectural features of your home, in most cases windows account for about 50% of the curb appeal.

What is the difference between full frame and box frame renovations?

In some situations where it is important for the customer to preserve historic characteristics of the home, we may be able to leave existing wood frames and simply replace it with a window insert. This depends on the state of existing windows and frames. Nine times out of ten, our recommendation is a full frame renovation where you remove any rotted wood and poorly performing components to replace the entire window system with a new high performance window.

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