A white window on an ivy covered wall

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash

Maybe you are resourceful AF and finding great second-hand windows somewhere. Maybe I will do that as well… but we should know some things about windows before choosing anything.

Types of windows

  • Double-hung: Two sashes that slide vertically
  • Casement: Hinged on the left or right and open by turning a crank
  • Awning: Hinged on the top
  • Picture: Large stationary window
  • Transom: A narrow window that either opens or is stationary
  • Slider: Operate on a track and has at least one window that slide across the other
  • Stationary: A stationary window

Window frames


VinylAluminumWoodFibreglass
Average cost$$$$$$$$
The good– never need repainting
– especially energy efficient

– beautiful– strong
– maintenance-free
– more energy efficient than vinyl
The bad– limited colours– higher U-value than wood or vinyl
– prone to condensation
– high maintenance

Argon gas

Argon gas is denser than air, so it’s added between double paned windows to improve the R-value of the window.  Used with a low-E glass coating, argon gas windows bring the temperature of the window closer to room temperature. This process greatly reduces air currents and drafts that occur when different temperatures meet.

Since I live in a place where the winter can be as cold as -25°C, I will likely be spending the extra money for double paned argon gas filled windows.

Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash