Return on Investments: How Much Window Replacements Pay Off

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If you are reading this blog you are likely trying to learn about windows and might even be shopping for them too. How much window replacement windows cost has risen. Windows are a significant purchase and you are approaching your investment seriously if you learn what I am sharing here. Many improvements in window technologies have made windows the best investment that they have ever been. At the same time though, these improvements have raised the price floor of window purchases.  The ticket shock of seeing the price of windows is scary. Is this more than you budgeted for? You are not alone.

The long-term benefits of windows, though, are worth the price. Here is a quick list of what windows do now that will save you money:

  • Windows are more energy efficient saving you on heating and AC costs
  • Modern windows are better barriers against moisture and condensation
  • UV Blocking technologies mean that furniture and fixtures won’t fade
  • Efficient windows earn great resale value
  • Easier maintenance that is less frequent

How much window replacements cost varies on too many factors, but the most efficient windows run in the ballpark of $1000-1500 per window before rebates, grants, or other programs. To learn more about what questions to ask, read my guide here.

Energy Savings as an Investment Opportunity

You and I both live here in the lower mainland. I have lived in colder climates and I have lived in warmer climates. Everywhere windows do the same thing: they keep the cold out and the warm in. Modern windows are better than ever at doing just that. The federal and provincial governments are aiming to achieve low-energy targets and are paying people to upgrade their windows. They know that older windows are usually the biggest culprits for energy loss. How much do you think escapes through old windows? Would your guess be somewhere between 5-15%?

What if I told you that homes with aluminum windows from as recent as the early 2000s see about 22-30% of their energy escape through their windows. Consider your current energy bills, how quickly will high-efficiency windows pay off? It is likely earlier than you thought.

Welcome to the Lower Mainland – It’s Always Raining Here

Have you ever been meandering downtown and had your own personal rain cloud? I have – the forecast here lies when it calls for clear sunny days. It is important that your home is also protected from the high levels of moisture and precipitation that our climate bears. Windows deteriorate over time: seals fail, weather-stripping gets worn down, and hinges need care. New windows mean that all of these problems go away and stay away for a long time.

Modern guidelines establish that you should expect sealants to last 10 years – at the very minimum – and modern compression seals use two or even three barriers against water penetration to seal up that window. With the basic maintenance, the expected life of these new sealants is up to 50 years. New glass and vinyl window technologies confront the menace of condensation building inside your home. With the right choice of glass, you almost need to be drowning in the humidity to see condensation.

Furniture Damage is a Faded Fad of the Past

Reduced UV light is a feature of efficient windows. Yes, you can purchase windows that will let in lots of UV light, but why would you? According to some research done by one of the largest glass manufacturers even the worst offenders of modern windows only allow about 30% of UV light. With the right combination, that UV allowance goes down to 7% in high efficiency windows, and we have achieved as low as 1% in laboratory conditions. This means that those beautiful wooden floors that you are thinking about restoring will last for decades. Your furniture will thank you. No longer will you dread accidental sun bleaching or fading. As long as you do not apply your frosted tips while lounging on your cloth couch, I think you will be quite happy with bleach-free furniture.

Thinking of Selling? New Windows are a Top Feature

Realtors dream of a client who knows how to maximize their house’s value. One of the best returns on investment is new windows and a good front door. You might be surprised to learn that houses can have up to 30% of their surface covered in windows. That means that a lot of the curb appeal comes from how those windows look. Good colours and properly aligned sight lines can bump up an OK house to an excellent eye-catcher.

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How Much Window Replacements are Worth

Good Windows provide many benefits unique to their role as the most permeable avenue for energy, water, and light. Newer windows will better protect your home and your wallet. They are a superb long-term investment that will allow you to appreciate living comfortably in your home.

When to Use Single, Double, and Triple Pane Windows

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When Do You Choose Your Glass?

Frankly, most people don’t! The window or glass manufacturers will often already have selected what kinds of glass to use for your type of project. Glass options nowadays are very complex and technical and what decisions homeowners can make are often about specific performance targets or aesthetics. You need to communicate what you want. The manufacturer or contractor evaluates your needs and recommends to you a final product. Nowadays, the options are all double pane or triple pane windows.

The Origins of Single Pane Windows

Single pane windows – meaning windows made of a single layer of glass – are what humanity has been using as windows for a multitude of millennia. We take silica crystals – sand – and mould it into transparent sheets we have been looking through the lens of innovation. We have coloured our glass with dyes, embedded them with lead for decoration, and invented wondrous uses for changing how light interacts with glass. In all cases though, glass Single Pane windows are leaving our contemporary building practices for good. Glass alone provides poor insulation. Single-layer installations should be renovated if if they can.

The exceptions are historic. Stained glass fixtures are single-layered; so too are many decorative windows on old castles, homesteads, cottages, and cabins. Modern window systems do provide options that preserve what made these windows iconic. Stained glasses, leaded glasses, or molded glass designs are difficult or impossible to replace. Specialty glass and systems providers have options for specific applications but these are mostly unaffordable for consumers. Homeowners with these special glasses have great difficulty sourcing vendors for replacement.

The Advent of Double Pane Windows

Back in the 1950 at the peak of the energy crises of the 20th century builders, architects, and property managers were looking for ways to reduce their energy consumption. The double pane innovation led to a new keystone in energy efficiency thought because of how they revolutionized the construction industry. The primary innovation that these new glazing technologies introduced was air. Air! Sealed air between two panes of glass dramatically reduced the amount of energy that can pass through windows. Innovators used the ideas from light bulbs and vacuum tubes and applied those to High rises, skyscrapers, railcars, and airplanes all started to use this new technology to implement a cost-effective means of lowering passive energy losses.

Double-glazed windows are the standard for building codes in North America because they provide affordable energy savings for any project. Dual layer window systems can accommodate almost all needs that windows service. The two-layers of glass provide significantly increased sound resistance compared to single-pane and homes are more comfortable because of the stabilization of temperatures. With two panes of glass we now have 4 glass surfaces on which we can place coatings to change the mechanical properties of your windows to meet energy requirements, reduce the heat changes from direct sunlight, and include decorations between the glasses. These muntin bars allow us to imitate the decorative styles indicative of the creativity of wooden windows. Really, we are free to do almost anything that we want but there is a maximum to the ability of double-glazed windows to be insulators.

The Modern Miracle of Triple Pane Windows

Triple pane windows are everything that double pane is and more. Triple pane windows are more efficient; reduce more sound; are more customizable for glass coatings and; they qualify for government rebates. We can do styled and shaped windows. The aesthetic selections have the same options as in double pane. What sets three pane windows apart from the rest, however, are primarily the unmatched energy efficiency possibilities.

Triple glazed windows are more expensive and with current glass prices everyone is thinking about their bottom dollar. While what I have said above is true, sometimes the value equations encompass more than just energy efficiency.  Because many of the options are identical between triple and double glazed windows there can be better value in purchasing double glazed over triple glazed when energy is not the primary concern. While the difference between one and two pane sound reduction is significant, triple pane windows are only marginally more sound-efficient. Sound resistant glasses are available to more noticeably decrease sound.

Which Glazing Style is the Best Fit for Your Project?

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Well, that depends on your project. The first step should be to figure out what you want from your windows. There are four things that most homeowners prioritize: aesthetics, energy, safety, and sound. Once you have an idea of what order those sit in your priorities then your dealer or manufacturer can guide you through the choices needed to make your purchase an informed and positive experience.

If energy is key, you must go for the three.

If loud sounds won’t do, then its two’s for you.

How to Compare Energy Efficient Windows

Every homeowner shopping for windows is looking for energy efficient windows. I should know; I’m the guy you call. So in this article I am going to show you how you can compare windows. What do you need to look for? What questions should you ask? And what are the expectations you should have before you start shopping.

What Makes Windows Energy Efficient?

Have you ever wondered why all the glass-covered buildings in downtown Vancouver have that signature green tint? That is green colouring is multiple layers of Low-Emissions Coatings (aka: Low-E coatings) on the inside of the glass.

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There are three pretty important factors that contribute to how good of a thermal insulator windows can be. The frame materials plays a large role, the thickness of the glass used affects heat transfer, and the combination of Low-E coatings change the way that light bounces around. All windows have two primary ratings which I use for to compare windows: “U-Value” is the measure of how well the window passively insulates your home: the lower the number, the better the insulation rating; the “Solar Heat Gain Coefficient” (aka: SHGC) measures how much resistance the window provides to the direct sunlight heating up your rooms: what you need will be case-specific. When discussing how efficient a window is, these are the two primary ways we measure the energy properties of the window.

1.    Compare Material Types for Windows

Window glass is primarily double-glazed with a Low-E coating on the inside of the glass. Between the two layers of glass is an inert gas which is usually Argon. As windows have become more efficient, triple-glazed window have taken space in our market. We are combining different Low-E coatings within the glass to magnify their effects. The best energy efficiency ratings come from combining as much building science as we can.

Wooden Windows

We do not use wooden windows anymore, and for good reason. Wooden windows are very prone to water leakages, air filtration or drafts, and poor seals. They can also quickly deteriorate if proper care and maintenance is not provided. These windows are common in old houses and should be replaced. These are usually only single pane or uncommonly double pane.

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Aluminum Windows

Aluminum is a conductor. That means that heat can pass easily from the outside and into your home. The window industry has invested a lot into breaking that connection from the outside. In order to make metal windows that do not directly conduct heat, we have to make expensive windows. Aluminum is ultimately limited in what efficiency rating can be provided.

Vinyl Windows

They meet you in the middle. These uPVC blends have decent structural strength and vinyl is easily reinforced. It is also an inexpensive material to mass produce. So far, vinyl windows are the best at resisting the passive transfer of heat. Vinyl is a very affordable material and is usually the best option for achieving your energy goals. Some manufacturers are able to obtain Energy-Star’s Most Efficient energy rating in vinyl.

Composite Windows

Composite systems try to be the best of both worlds. They want to be as versatile and appealing as aluminum, while being the best for energy. Some composite systems are able to obtain the Passive House Certification which is highly coveted in the premium housing market.  See our Rehau Window System to learn about the possibilities.

2.    Know Your Glass Options

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Windows are expensive because glass is expensive. Window improvements across the board come primarily from glass-related innovations. Remember those Low-E coatings that coat the insides of the windows? That coating is silver-based. Depending on the application we may require multiple layers of these coatings. The most efficient windows usually have more glass, more coatings, and larger spaces between the glass panes. If you have three panes of glass and three layers of Low-E coatings, the costs can quickly add up. Glass options are customizable and tailored to exactly your need. Many glass options will change the SHGC of your windows which will impact how comfortable your rooms will be. There are funds available if you are looking at the best energy efficient replacement windows though rebate programs which are federally and provincially available to help you make the best choices.

3.    Look for Labels and Ratings

Luckily for you there are organizations keeping us salespeople in check. All windows in Canada are federally regulated. There is a large international organization which tries to make this as easy as possible for consumers. Ask about ENERGY STAR ratings as well as the U-Value and SHGC. Depending on where you live, different climate zones have different suggested energy star windows and they base their recommendations on the U-Value. Energy Star’s most coveted rating is the ENERGY STAR “Most Efficient Window” which few manufacturers are able to achieve. Look for these labels on manufacture websites or on the windows themselves.

4.    Know Your Dealer

I know that you can buy windows from a big box store, so you ask yourself, “Why choose A-1 Windows?” We have knowledgeable and experienced staff who make sure that you get exactly what you want and what you need. Windows have so many options that it is unreasonable for the customer to completely know what they are buying. You need to find a dealer that is reputable and experienced. You can also look into their affiliations with other companies, governing bodies, or organizations. Being local also helps ensure that they know your market and will have worked on homes exactly like your own.

5.    Lastly, Know the Installers

You need to judge the quality of installers. Who you select determines the quality of the finish. They are the ones who will be in your house and doing the work to install your windows. They are the craftsman who will seal your windows from the outside and create the final barrier that make the windows work properly. Your installers should have input on your window order. They should dictate the installation methods and the final sizing of the windows to ensure a snug fit.  Did you know that A-1 Windows has our own in-house installation teams? Well now you do!

That’s All, Folks!

You are now well equipped to start shopping for windows. We have taught you that there are trade-offs when selecting a material and you know the basics of how we make windows more energy efficient. I have spilled the beans! Now, you know how I would approach finding a window supplier and how I would determine if their products were a good fit for my project.

What are Vinyl Windows and Why Are They the Best for You?

What are Vinyl Windows?

Vocab for today: Unplasticized Polyvinyl Chloride, or uPVC.

I am not going to type that every time, so we are going to use the common name: Vinyl. Vinyl windows are lightweight, and strong. The vinyl material is a durable and inexpensive material that we use to make our windows. Our industry is constantly innovating on the chemistry that makes this product a better fit for every market. These windows are almost always one of the best, if not the best, choices for most residential projects. Read through to know both the ups and downs of vinyl so that, when the time comes, you will make a confident purchase.

Trade-offs with Vinyl

When comparing vinyl frames to other frame materials it is best to compare and contrast the available options. In our market, aluminum is the competitor. In comparison to aluminum, vinyl loses on strength, durability, and flexibility. Aluminum windows can be much larger, have much more zany shapes, and be durable in those strange concoctions of configurations.

Composites are generally a premium product. In comparison, vinyl windows lack the structural abilities and are usually not able to achieve the Passive House Certification that composites can. Instead, vinyl options offer a compromise of affordability, excellent energy efficiency, and configuration for the vast majority of applications.

Vinyl is the all-rounder of the window world. They are the jack of all windows. However, specific cases do stump the abilities of vinyl and push past the limitations. In those cases, specialty or premium products are needed. When it comes down to value, vinyl will win where it can compete.

Where are Vinyl Windows the Best?

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Installing Vinyl Windows as Replacements

Most vinyl windows sold in the Lower Mainland are replacing old aluminum or wooden windows. In almost all cases vinyl is a significant improvement for the comfort in your home. Window Rebates are available for when you are considering replacing older windows. The best vinyl windows available can qualify for the Energy-Star “Most Efficient” label. We take homes with old drafty or leaking windows and seal everything up with new vinyl window installations. Your home’s temperature will not depend on the outside weather nearly as much.

Lower Your New Building Costs

The Vancouver region is rife with new, green technologies. There has been a major push to adopt energy efficient vinyl windows as the successor to aluminum products. City codes and Provincial requirements are based off of double- or triple-pane vinyl windows. Wherever possible, using vinyl windows will lower the costs of your project and accelerate your project’s timeline. On time and on budget is how vinyl thrives.

Vinyl Window Shapes, Rakes, and Colours

Can A-1 Make Vinyl Windows In Fun Shapes?

Yes! Vinyl windows can be bent, cut, shaped, squashed, and stretched! Round-top windows and triangle windows are very common here. In the ‘80s & ‘90s everyone went crazy installing arched windows and bayed and bowed windows – even curved windows on circular walls. While some of the sharp angles and tight circles are too much for vinyl to handle, there are lots that vinyl is able to accommodate.  

Are Black Vinyl Windows Available?

Not just black: we can do any colour you want! Our most common colours are White, Black, and Brown. Vinyl windows are coloured in one of two ways: for very common colours some manufacturers will extrude their materials in that colour. For us, we extrude everything in white. Like most offerings on the market, we use the painting method to attach our colouring. Painting windows is not a DIY project. In order for the paint to last we have to use industrial processes to bond the paint to the vinyl. The colour you choose should be the colour for the window’s whole expected life.

4500 Ultra Series Windows

A-1 Windows offers a very versatile vinyl window system. We have a full product line that can accommodate both double- and triple glazed windows in the same frame. Our frames are rated up to Commercial standards and exceed the requirements for the Energy-Star “Most Efficient” label. We offer the competitive pricing for high efficiency vinyl windows. We can even help you qualify for all of the available rebate programs.

Our Windows are Made Specifically for the Vancouver Climate

We have invested a tonne of time and effort into ensuring that our 4500 Ultra series has excellent water-resistance and robust weather sealants. Our Engineers have revised our product to ensure that you get the best bang for your buck. We use premium sealant on our glass and installation to ensure our product lasts longer than we promise.  Our installers work all day to make sure that your windows are properly sealed for the kinds of weather that you expect. Even if the highways wash away, your windows will be in excellent condition.

Soundproofing? Obscure Windows? What is the Limit?

For most people, the limit is your budget. That is why we always want to be assisting you in making the best cost-efficient choices with our products. We can help you choose products specifically suited to your needs. You may have been “up-sold” by other window suppliers, but we don’t do that here. At A-1 Windows we make sure that you get what you want and what you need.

What Window Rebates Are Available, and How Do the Windows Qualify

What Are the Window Rebates?

Window rebates are your ticket to the market for renos with high-efficiency products. These are funds set aside by our government to incentivize you to make long-term energy decisions about your home. Canada has committed funding to a greener future. When making decisions about your home cost is often a primary factor in making decisions. Our government wants to make the choice to be more energy efficient much easier. They are doing that by paying you to purchase qualified products from specialist installers. Rebates reimburse the expected difference between normal windows and high-efficiency windows.

Who Pays for Greener Energy?

Technically: you and I do. The savings that are available in British Columbia come from two sources:

Provincial Rebates – BC Hydro Rebates

The Provincial government provides rebates through the cleanBC program. This program is a joint effort between BC Hydro, FortisBC, and the Provincial and Federal governments. The stated aim is to reduce our energy usage in our homes. They want to pay you to save money on your bills. That’s a double-good deal!

You can read more here:

Federal Grants – Canada Greener Homes Grant

The Canada Greener Homes Grant program is offered by Natural Resources Canada (AKA: NRCan). NRCan regulates the energy industry and ensures that windows, doors, and more meet rigorous standards. These guys keep our industry honest and competitive by setting the minimum standards. It is NRCan’s mission to have Canada maximize the worth of our natural resources. We share the belief that high-efficiency windows are the future. They are willing to bet on it.

See what they have to say here:

Why Should I Buy High-Efficiency Windows?

Use Green Energy, Lower Utility Costs

Windows are historically the weakest link in your building’s insulation layer. That means that on your home, a large portion of the money you spend on heating and cooling literally goes out the window. New windows which are funded by these programs allow us to plug those holes and make your home better sealed. BC will pay you to use green energy technology.

Get Paid to Improve Your Investment

Windows are an investment in your present and your future. The improved insulation and seal that the window provides equates to a better the long-term value. Buyers often consider updated warranties, modern aesthetics, and energy conscious decisions that you make now. Windows are sexy; they are sleek; they are more affordable than ever. Trust me: you can’t buy a house without them.

If I have convinced you already, click here to start the quote process:

Applying For Window Rebates

Application to these reimbursement programs involves some bureaucracy but it is made easy for the consumer.

The provincial program only requires that your house qualifies, the products qualify, and the installers are certified. If you tick all of those boxes with your purchase, congratulations! You have earned your window rebate. You just need to fill out an online form to complete the application.

The Canada Greener Homes Grant has a few more steps to ensure that you are getting the best value for your money. The first step is having your home undergo an energy evaluation. There are many companies who can provide this regulated service. They will provide you with an energy report for your home which details exactly how energy is used and lost in your home. They will then recommend a number of different products tailored to your situation. In our experience, windows are nearly always recommended.

See this page to find an evaluator near you:

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Next, we install the high-efficiency windows in your home and provide you will all the details you will need to process your application. Afterwards, another evaluation is required to be completed by the same company that provided your initial energy evaluation. They will again provide you with an energy report that will detail exactly how the installed upgrades have improved your quality of life. Congratulations! It’s now time for paperwork! Now, you must complete an online form to claim the grant.

Government Rebates for Windows can Total Up To $7000

The cleanBC program offers up to $2000 and the federal program offers up to $5000. We combine the two programs for a total of $7000. Here are two tables which breakdown the savings:


Upgrade (Insulation Rating)Rebate Available
U-Factor 1.40 – 1.23 (W/m2-K)$50 per Window
U-Factor 1.22 (W/m2-K) or less$100 per Window
*Unfortunately, The City of Vancouver plays by different rules and is exempt from some provincial rebates


Upgrade (Insulation Rating)Rebate Available
U-Factor 1.22 – 1.06 (W/m2-K)$125 per Window
U-Factor 1.06 (W/m2-K) or less$250 per Window

How Long Does this Take?

The answer is: maximum six months. Once you have started the process of qualifying your home for the green energy rebates the clock starts ticking. Therefore, before that six month timer elapses you must have completed your online applications. Once the applications are submitted it takes 2 weeks to a month for the cheque to arrive. The provincial program starts counting after the install, but you might as well do both forms at once, right?

A-1 Windows Get You Your Window Rebates

Our excellent sales consultants are knowledgeable and experienced with these processes. You can find us in southern Burnaby. Our local, in-house installation teams assure you that you won’t be dealing with anyone but A-1 Windows. We are very experienced at qualifying our customers for their BC Hydro and Federal window rebates.

Our showroom is open for visits and we have sales consultants on-site to demonstrate all of our products and features. We can answer any questions you have about your windows today.


Do All Windows Qualify?

As long as the windows meet the insulation ratings required then the windows will qualify. That said, only triple-glazed windows will qualify for the full $7000 of reimbursement. The important issue is whether your house qualifies. Usually if you have lived in that house as your primary resident for over a year you will qualify.

Can Bathroom Windows Qualify?

Absolutely they do! As long as the requirements for energy ratings are met, the windows with safety glass and obscure glass will qualify for the window rebates.

Are Window Upgrades My Best Option for Energy Efficiency?

In the vast majority of cases windows are the primary method of heat exchange with the exterior. The inspection for the federal program will highlight the exact best course of action. Even then, in our experience, rarely is there something more beneficial to upgrade than your windows.

How Do I Know How Efficient Your Windows Are?

Don’t take our word. Trust the third-party verifiers and testers that NRCan requires us to use. For our testing we use QAI one of Canada’s top independent testing laboratories. Energy Star, an international body, indicates that we produce windows with the coveted “Most Efficient” label. Industry regulators, and our customers, have every faith in our windows.

Do New Homes Qualify for Rebates?

In general, no they do not. If by “new” you mean that you have only been living in it for just over a year? Then it may qualify.

A1 Windows Partners With REHAU

To Manufacture REHAU GENEO® Tilt and Turn Windows in BC

We’ve been hinting at some important and exciting news for a few months now and today A-1 Window Manufacturing is proud to announce that we’ve partnered with REHAU to bring the best passive house compliant windows to our clients in the lower mainland. We know that these windows will be in high demand so please request a quote soon.


Why We Chose REHAU

For more than 70 years, REHAU has been driven by the ambition to enhance the lives of people around the world by developing innovative polymer-based solutions that continue to redefine what is possible in construction, automotive and industry. 

The GENEO® Tilt and Turn Window system, which we will be manufacturing on location here in Burnaby, is also Passive House certified which means they are among the most energy-efficient windows on the market. They also look stunning as part of a home window renovation or in a new home construction project.

GENEO Tilt and Turn Windows and Doors in a Bathroom

REHAU GENEO® Top Performance Ratings

GENEO® is composed of RAU-FIPRO®, a proprietary fiber composite material similar to those employed in aeronautic construction and racing vehicles for outstanding strength and load capacities. In fact, it is the first fully-reinforced polymer window profile system that doesn’t rely on steel for its strength.
RAU-FIPRO, specially developed for GENEO, affords window construction benefits only imagined before. GENEO does not only provide superior structural integrity but also excels when it comes to thermal and acoustical performance. 

With the GENEO design, tilt-turn, hopper and fixed configurations are possible.

Top-Performance Ratings for Thermal Insulation, Sound Insulation and Increased Security
Since the GENEO profile design is fully reinforced with fiber composite, the use of steel can be avoided and thermal bridges no longer occur. With its center seal and optional thermo-modules, GENEO achieves thermal insulation values up to the stringent passive house standard.

REHAU GENEO® Windows and Doors Are Passive House Certified

The REHAU GENEO Passive House window is designated as a Certified Passive House Component by the Passive House Institute in Germany. The Passive House Institute has defined international component criteria for seven climates zones. Further information related to this certification can be found at

The REHAU GENEO window and door system takes tilt-turn technology to its highest level of strength and thermal performance. The system is composed of a proprietary high-tech RAU-FIPRO™ fiber-composite material specially formulated for North America. GENEO is the first fully-reinforced polymer window and door system that doesn’t rely on steel for its strength, saving time, money and improving the ease of installation. A certified Passive House component, the system achieves top performance ratings for structural, acoustical, forced-entry resistance and thermal insulation: up to AW-PG70, up to STC 45/OITC 37, FER Grade 20 and a simulated U-value down to 0.13.

A1 Windows and REHAU GENEO®

We’ve been working on this exciting addition to our range of windows for quite some time. Adding REHAU GENEO to our range means that we have window options to meet all budgets, styles and most importantly to meet the highest energy efficient standards.

Start the new year off with a bang. Request a quote for REHAU GENEO windows from A1 Windows.

A1 Windows – Manufacturer’s Profile Article

This month, A1 Windows is featured in Canada Window and Door’s print magazine with a manufacturer profile.

We’ve been proudly serving our market for almost thirty years and the publication looks back on the success we’ve had. It talks about our award-winning service, our leading edge vinyl and aluminum windows and our investment in industry and technology.

The team behind fabrication, marketing, selling and installing windows and patio doors is what makes A1 Windows a success and the piece celebrates this.

Read on to get a sneak preview of some upcoming and exciting changes happening here. The full article is below.

A1 Windows exemplifies expertise, innovation, quality and service. Like many start-ups, A1 Windows Manufacturing Ltd began in a small shop. Nearly 30 years ago, former employees of Humphrey Aluminum purchased the substantial assets of the defunct company and in 1992, started producing aluminum windows on Beresford Avenue in Burnaby, British Columbia. It didn’t take long before the owners recognized the success of their new venture. In the first of many milestones, the product line was expanded to vinyl windows. Its impact was significant. “With our award-winning service and focus on the residential replacement market, rapid growth ensued,” says Company President Sarb Kaler.

The year 2005 marked the next milestone, a new manufacturing facility on a three-acre site, strategically located in central Barnaby. Equally as significant as its size was its capability.

“We invested heavily in both industry and technology. With recent upgrades to the CNC system, processing welders and corner cleaners, like new machinery, we established a state-of-the-art company complex to produce innovative products from our own technologies” adds Kaler.

Quality control that meets, or exceeds, industry standards is at the heart of the operation. Testing and certification is done by QAI, a leading independent, third-party inspection organization. Another milestone was the company-designed Ultra series of vinyl windows, a key factor in the company’s growth. Constructed from multi-chambered, impact-resistant and polyvinyl chloride – PVC won’t warp, yellow or fade over time – the Ultra series has been developed to accept “True Canadian” triple-glazing, with a true 1/2” air space/Argon gas, between the panes of glass and overall sealed units up to 1-3/8”

Stylish design features enhance street appeal, and other features, that may not be as visible, also make a difference. The Ultra series is offered in a full line of casements and sliders, in both the new construction nail-on-flange and renovation flange. It includes a unique, integral decorative brickmould; a 4.5 inch depth frame for true rain screen installation; and, more apparent, acoustic glass to help reduce excessive street noise. Among the options with the Ultra series are: horizontal sliding, vertical sliding, awning windows, casements, shaped windows and fixed windows, in a wide range of paintable colours.

The introduction of the thermally broken, aluminum 350 series window/wall system was beyond another milestone. It became the gateway to the commercial market. Designed according to rain screen principles, the 350 series is based on a company technology that has become a standard in waterproofing most types of building envelopes. The system is heavily thermally broken with polyamide struts that are optimally located within the perimeter and sash framework to greatly limit conductive energy transfer and provide superior energy performance. All windows are interior-glazed and face-sealed with Vision Strip. The glazing bead is made of extruded aluminum, for long-term durability, performance and colour matching. The entire system, including seals, barriers, corners and coupled connections, is sealed with durable gaskets and engineered to accommodate structural and wind load, inter-storey drift and seismic activity.

The 350 series is available as casement, awning and fixed windows. Whether vinyl or aluminum, for residential or commercial use, all models are ENERGY-STAR certified® for Zone 3 and are fully NAFS-08 compliant. In fact, they exceed the premium level of energy efficiency. They also provide many attractive advantages… added comfort by reducing drafts; better control of condensation, which can cause premature deterioration; significant cost savings because air leakage is minimized and that improves thermal performance; and better indoor air quality because energy efficient windows can prevent mold growth.

Complementing the Ultra and 350 Series are high quality patio doors, vinyl and aluminum, offering many choices in styles, configurations, panels and multiple grid options.

“What Makes Us Different?” it begins with longevity, serving BC residents since 1992. “We have evolved into a full-service, independent window manufacturer and installer, specializing in residential, commercial and multi-family window replacement. Infact, we’re one of the few local manufacturers providing turnkey window replacement solutions in both vinyl and aluminum,” says Kaler.

The driving force behind this growth, however, is the family, those who fabricate, market, sell and install windows and patio doors. While training focuses on specific skills, what is just as critical is safety. “It’s a priority with everyone, and we are taking measures so that every job, of any size, is handled with care,” says Kaler. “In the case of installation crews, we think of them as consultants, all fully conversant with stringent building code requirements for both the City of Vancouver as well as the entire province.”

“Consider, for example, the BC energy step codes which The Building and Safety Standards Branch defines as the product of a multi-year collaboration among local governments, industry stakeholders, utilities and the provincial government. In the most recent development, the “Clean BC” initiative is to have new homes (single-family, condos, townhouses) be net-zero energyconsuming by 2032.

There is no shortage of challenges, Kaler points out. “We met and survived all of those related to Covid, although we did not anticipate what followed. Shortages, in manpower and now materials through supply chain issues, are what we face today; and an ongoing challenge that has been with us for decades is a changing and highly competitive market.”

The company is presently working in partnership with REHAU, a leading global designer and extruder of PVC window and door systems and one of the first companies to introduce fusion-welded, vinyl profiles in North America. The result will be a further expansion of the A1 Windows manufacturing capability to produce ASPEKT, a casement window with a sophisticated multi-chambered design, elevated by advanced triple-seal technology that outperforms alternative window solutions.

A1 will also strengthen its product portfolio with the GENEO® tilt-turn window and door system composed of high-tech RAU-FIPRO® glass-fibre-reinforced PVC. This system takes tilt-turn technology to its highest level of structural integrity, acoustical insulation and thermal performance and is capable of meeting the stringent requirements of Passive House construction. Soon to be introduced, the new products will be featured in the company showroom and website.

“This is our latest and one of the most meaningful milestones in our history;” says Kaler and, it is how A1 Window Manufacturing exemplifies expertise, innovation, quality and service, having served the market for nearly thirty years.

Looking for an Experienced Outside Salesperson to Join Our Team

A1 Windows is a well-established (nearly 30 years) successful window and door manufacturing company based in Burnaby BC, which is growing and looking to expand their sales force. We manufacture both vinyl and aluminium windows and doors. Our projects include residential, commercial and high rises. We are looking for a strong experienced sales professional to help us grow our business.

Minimum requirements:
– 5 years outside sales experience in the window and door industry
– Experience in the construction industry
– Proven business sales success
– Ability to organize and plan time efficiently
– Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
– A strong drive to succeed, results-oriented, team player and a positive attitude
– Attention to detail is a must
– Personable, presentable professional presence
– Effective selling skills
– Reliable vehicle and an excellent driving record
– Ability to produce results in a competitive industry
– Attain sales objectives on a consistent basis.

Job description: To successfully grow the customer base. Plan and execute sales by advance planning of sales calls. Prioritizing business opportunities. Preparing estimates and presenting proposals to prospective customers.

What we offer: A friendly, supportive environment where you will be a valued team member. We provide
most leads, a lucrative commission and gas allowance. Benefits and pay structure based on experience.

If you have the requirements, experience and drive necessary to be successful, please forward your cover
letter and resume in confidence to .


Sarb Kaler, President of A1 Windows, is interviewed DWM Magazine Podcast

Door and Window Magazine speaks with Kaler on the Coronavirus pandemic to gather some ground-level perspective from Canada. Kaler offers his unique perspective from a company that does everything from manufacturing to installations. They also discuss the latest news, including the postponement of import duties and taxes in the U.S. and consolidations at PGT Innovations. Sarb also gives insight into some of the industry’s latest efforts to help frontline workers.


Listen to the podcast episode here.

Fall Protection Training with New Team Members

At A1 Windows, we’re proud to announce that our team is growing and that we’re dedicated to upholding safety measures for all members. Recently, company director Sarb Kaler and new team members Ali and Masoud took part in a Fall Protection Training program together.

Falls from heights, even relatively low elevations, can result in serious injuries. The proper use of fall protection equipment — in addition to planning, supervision, and training — can reduce or eliminate the risk of falling. The Occupational Health and Safety Regulation requires workers to use fall protection systems when they could fall from a height of 3 m (10 ft.) or more, or where a fall from a lesser height could result in serious injury.

Training staff in safety measures is a priority for A1, and taking these measures can ensure jobs of any size are handled with care.

We are pleased to welcome Ali and Masoud to the A1 Windows family. Their skills and experience will be a great benefit as our company continues to expand, and we wish them the best as they continue to grow with us.

Because we work with projects of all sizes and safety is always top priority, taking the time to participate in this training program was time well spent, and it was a perfect opportunity to get to know one another as well!


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Meet Wessel Dean Kool

On behalf of everyone here at A1 Windows, we’d like to congratulate Ramiza Kool our inside sales advisor, and her family on their new addition to the family.



Best of Homestars

We’re proud to announce that A1 Windows has been awarded a Best of Homestars Award.

Every year HomeStars goes over the thousands of companies in our database to find those who have gone above and beyond in their industry to be the best. These companies made the list of Best of 2017 based on their Star Score ratings and reviews from the homeowners that hired them. We recognize these companies by presenting them with a Best Of Award which can be found on their listing. HomeStars would like to congratulate the following companies for winning a 2017 Best Of Award!

Happy Holidays From the Team At A1 Windows

As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and those who have helped to shape our business.

It’s been quite a year for us at A1 Windows!

We hope that 2017 has been just as memorable for you, your colleagues and your loved ones. We look forward to working with you in 2018 and the years to come.


New Construction Project – North Vancouver

Project Name:  North Vancouver –  New Construction – ULTRA Series Vinyl Window Project
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Scope of work: New construction vinyl home window project – custom shaped windows.