Expert advice

The quality of the PVC, the choice of glazing, window performance, insulation, maintenance, tips and hints for every situation… call on the experts at P.H. Tech to provide advice on every aspect of PVC window and patio door selection.

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Tip 1

I have to change a part on a window, who do I contact?

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Tip 2

Is PVC safe? Some say it's bad for your health.

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Tip 3

What is the lifespan of a PVC window?

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Tip 4

Can windows be replaced during winter?

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Tip 5

Why does the retailer insist on visiting my house before giving me a quote? What's the point?

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Tip 6

I'm tired of my white windows, but they are still in very good shape. Can I paint them black?

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Tip 7

Can I purchase windows and doors directly from you?

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Tip 8

Does PVC release dioxins?

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Tip 9

Can I simply fix a window?

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Tip 10

Is it true that PVC always ends up yellowing?

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Tip 11

Must all PVC windows be reinforced?

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Tip 12

Does changing windows require a permit?

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Tip 13

Can I request a quote from you?

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Tip 14

Can changing windows qualify for financial assistance?

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Tip 15

Is it true that in a fire, PVC releases toxic gas?

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Tip 16

If I contact two different P.H. Tech retailers, will they suggest the same product?

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Tip 17

Since replacing my windows, I'm noticing more condensation than before at the bottom of the inside pane. How is this possible?

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Tip 18

I read that a Low-E film can be applied on the inside and outside. Why? Which is better?

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Tip 19

How can I be sure that my windows offer high performance?

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Tip 20

How do I choose the best model for my climate?

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Tip 21

What is a thermal breakage?

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Tip 22

Why did the retailer recommend casement windows?

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Tip 23

Which type of window should be installed in a bathroom?

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Tip 24

What are the advantages and disadvantages of slider windows?

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Tip 25

Why are horizontal sliders mainly used as basement windows?

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Tip 26

Why is the weatherstripping black on white windows?

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Tip 27

Does tinted glass provide more intimacy?

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Tip 28

What defines "Quality PVC"?

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Tip 29

Is glossy (polished) PVC a quality PVC?

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Tip 30

Why must windows and doors be installed by a professional?

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Tip 31

Is polished, shiny PVC easier to maintain?

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Tip 32

I don't plan on staying in my home for my entire life, why should I invest in quality windows and doors?

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Tip 33

What elements must be considered when purchasing a hybrid product (exterior aluminum cladding)?

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Tip 34

What is the difference between an imitation wood finish and your DoubleNature™ finish?

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Tip 35

My hung or slider window isn't opening as smoothly as before. What should I do?

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Tip 36

How do I clean PVC windows and doors?

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Tip 37

How do I get hung windows to open towards the inside to clean them?

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Tip 38

What should I do about condensation between panes of glass?

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Tip 39

Are uPVC windows better than PVC ones?

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Tip 40

Some say that PVC windows and doors can improve the air quality of your home. How is this possible?

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Tip 41

What are the advantages of triple glazing?

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Tip 42

Is filling the space between the panes with argon or krypton gas useful?

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Tip 43

What are the advantages and disadvantages of grids?

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Tip 44

What is a warm-edge spacer bar?

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Tip 45

How do I clean the outside of my hung windows? They are inaccessible from the outside.

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Tip 46

How do I clean the outside of my casement windows? They are inaccessible from the outside.

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Tip 47

Some products are filled with insulating foam, does this make them more energy efficient?

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Tip 48

Does insulating foam make a window stronger?

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Tip 49

Is it true that you can reduce condensation by choosing a profile with insulating foam?

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Tip 50

Does the number of air chambers or cavities in PVC windows actually have an impact from a thermal standpoint?

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Tip 51

Can I wash my windows without using a window cleaning product?

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Tip 52

What is an egress window?

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Tip 53

What are the advantages and disadvantages of retractable blinds placed inside window panes?

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Tip 54

In addition to energy efficiency, how can I evaluate a window's or door's performance?

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Tip 55

Excluding the R and U Factors, how is the energy efficiency of doors and windows evaluated?

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Tip 56

How to interpret Energy Star® results?

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Tip 57

How do windows and doors lose their heat?

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