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@a1windows.ca .

DON’T STAY WHERE YOU ARE TOLERATED, GO WHERE YOU’RE CELEBRATED.

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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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.

 

 

White Rock – Triple Glazed

Project Name:  White Rock Window Project
Location: White Rock , BC
Scope of work: New construction home window project.

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A1 Windows Wins Consumer’s Choice Award Again

We’re very pleased to announce that once again A1 Windows has won the Consumer Choice Award Vancouver in the Windows and Doors category for 2017

What are the Consumer Choice Awards?

Consumer Choice Award is the only organization in Canada to determine the top-ranked service providers in various categories by conducting an independent market research survey that is statistically accurate.

Each year, consumers are surveyed all across Canada to gather their opinions, perceptions and expectations regarding the services they choose on a daily basis. Leger Marketing, the leading Canadian-owned market research firm, is mandated to conduct the consumer and business surveys.

Read the complete Awards Winners press release here:

2017 Vancouver Consumer Choice Award Winners

 

 

Replacing the Windows in Your Home Can be a Daunting Task

Replacing the windows in your home can be an expensive and daunting task, so how do you go about the selection process in choosing a window company to manufacture and install your windows?

Firstly, find out how long has the manufacturer been supplying windows and patio doors to the particular market that you are a part of, and have they been successful?Always

Secondly, ask for references and examples of their work.

Reference and examples
Many companies employ a strategy of attempting to be all things to all people, while the goal of others is to provide specialization and expertise in their specifically chosen market.

Here is what we do:

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At A1 windows, our choice of markets is that of single family dwellings and multi-family projects for the Factory Direct supply and Installation of replacement windows and patio doors.

We have a well-established 23 year history of replacing both Vinyl and Thermally Broken Aluminum framed windows for Single Family Homes as well as larger Multi-Family High and Low-Rise projects. We handle these projects from start to finish beginning with a quotation, and winding up with a professional installation by our A1 crews.

Your next step is to haveA1 Blog a close up look at the components which make up the product.

For example, if you are looking at Vinyl-framed windows, pay some attention to the frames, as they have to be strong enough to support the great majority of the weight of the window, which happens to be the glass. The City of Vancouver, through their Jan 1, 2015 Energy Bylaw have mandated performance criteria which can bring triple glazing into the equation, further increasing the glass weight by 50%, so frame strength is vital.

Unlike aluminum, where the strength is inherent in the metal itself, PVC is soft by comparison, and must acquire its strength through design. So here’s how to compare one PVC frame against another. Ask to see a cross/corner section of the windows from competing manufacturers and count up the number of separate internal chambers (webbing) and then compare it to ours. The window with more chambers, equates to a stronger frame. This is a basic engineering principle, which can be seen everywhere, from the cross bracing in bridge construction to open web steel joists.frame

Should you then decide that A1 Windows is your choice among competing manufacturers; the next phase is to arrange a meeting with one of our consultants. They are all fully conversant with building code requirements for both the City of Vancouver as well as the rest of B.C., and would be only too happy to provide you with explanations and/or the reasons for a specific requirement.

They are also well informed of the ways in which the most recent glass technologies can customize the living conditions in your home to suit your personal preferences. More importantly, they can utilize our new portable measurement devices to be able to clearly demonstrate how the existing windows in your home perform versus what you can expect from your new windows in areas of Enhanced Sound Abatement, Security, Unwanted Heat Gain in Summer, Heat Loss in Winter, and the reduction of damaging U.V. light (Ultraviolet) which is the root cause of fabric/flooring fading.

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At A1 Windows, we respect the fact that if you pay a dollar for a product or service, you should expect at least a dollar’s worth in return. We would welcome an opportunity to demonstrate that value, answer any questions which you might have, and review your window requirements with you at a mutually convenient time. Once we have determined your needs, we can then assemble a no obligation quotation for windows and/or patio doors, personally customized to your specifications.

Visit A1 Windows at the Vancouver Home Show

Vancouver Home and Design Show = Less EnergyA1 Windows will be at the Vancouver Home and Design show this weekend. Visit our booth #712 to find out about our range of custom Vinyl and Alumnum window and door designs, proudly manufactured locally in Burnaby, BC.

The Vancouver Home + Design Show is the ultimate authority on all things design, entertaining and home improvement. More than 325 exhibitors and a slew of sensational new features, there’s expert insight, innovation and inspiration for living well at every turn.

Vancouver Home and Design Show = Less Energy

PNE Prize Winner

Thanks to everyone who visited A1 Windows at the PNE this summer. We had lots of people stop by our pavilion to check out our vinyl and aluminum window displays, and to enter our patio door giveaway. Thank you for visiting us.

Here’s the moment you’ve been waiting for. The winner of A1’s R370 Sliding Patio Door is Bill DeVries from Delta B.C. Congratulations Bill and thanks to everyone who took part.


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Windows Can Be More Than The “Eyes of Your Home”, – A Lot More

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New windows can enhance both the interior and exterior aesthetic look of your home, virtually eliminate interior condensation, (and the subsequent prospect of mold), and increase the equity in your home.

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There are some additional comfort benefits available to you though the newest of glass, frame and hardware technologies. These are typically discussed using terms such as STC Ratings,(Sound Transmission Class) SHGC (Solar Heat Gain Coefficient) SC (Shading Coefficient) U-Values (measurements of Heat retention in both Metric (W/K m2) and Imperial (BTU/hr-ft2-Deg.F).

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To bring these more technical terms down to things which our customers can actually hear, see, touch and feel, we have equipped all of our Sales Consultants with the latest in demonstration devices. These devices have been designed to clearly SHOW you how your old existing single/double glazed windows compare with todays’ “customized living” windows.

  • Hear how intrusive sound can be better managed in those rooms where you need it.
  • See and feel how new glass types and frames can better control heat loss and how A1 was able to qualify it’s windows for Energy Star’s “Most Efficient Category”
  • See and feel how we can cool down your home in the Summer months, especially in those rooms with South and West exposures.
  • See how we are able to significantly reduce Ultra Violet light from entering your home, which helps protect your fabrics and flooring from fading.
  • See how we can add a measure of security to your home in areas where you might feel vulnerable.

“The Closer You Look, The Better We Look”

Give our A1 Windows Sales Consultant a call at 604 777 8000 for a demonstrably “closer look.”

 

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When to use a wider flange

When to use a wider flange

BEFORE & AFTER
BEFORE & AFTER

Area: Vancouver

Window Type: Ultra Series with 2 1/4″ renovation wider flange

Building Exterior: Chocolate brown stucco

When to use a wider flange: We went with our 2 ¼” Brickmould flange in our Ultra Series to match the already existing white trim around the exterior of the building. The unique details on our brickmould flange helps even out the solid look of the stucco. The final result, is an atheistically pleasing and eye catching home.

Remember to come visit our showroom at 8038 Glenwood Drive; centrally located off Marine in South Burnaby.

Another dramatic transformation …

 

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AFTER
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Sometimes our before and after pictures aren’t all that visually dramatic (other than the sunny day).  For some home owners its all about preserving the heritage look while increasing the performance, comfort and operation of their windows.

 

Contained within the sealed doubled glazed unit, the 1/4 x 3/8 Dusty Grey / Pewter muntin bars mimic the look of the previous leaded glass. Cardinal Glass LowE 180 with Argon sealed units with the latest Endur spacer technology provides Energy Star level performance and durability. The new vinyl frames replace the old wooden sashes and roto-crank hardware replaces the old cam handles; providing a neat clean finish on the interior.

Oh,  and did we mention that we didn’t install these windows?

While most homeowners find it more convenient to use our professional  installation services we are also happy to help the confident DIY’er. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff will work you to achieve your vision. Come visit our showroom at 8038 Glenwood Drive; centrally located off Marine in South Burnaby.