Whether you’re a homeowner or a contractor, we have the products and services for your renovation or building plans.
Our windows and doors are made to order providing our customers with a high degree of design flexibility Windows are available at three basic performance levels:
Moderate-cost, high-performance, low-emissivity (low-E) coating, argon gas filled, double glazing.
Best high-performance commercially available, low-emissivity (low-E) coating, krypton gas filled triple glazing.
Of great importance for the energy-conscious consumer is a window’s Energy Rating, or ER number. A window’s ER number is a measure of its overall performance based on three factors:
- Solar heat gains;
- Heat loss through frames, spacers and glass;
- Air leakage heat loss. A number is established in watts per square metre, which is either positive or negative, depending on heat gain or loss during the heating season.
Bravo Windows and Doors products represent a complete performance range and can be ordered to withstand the most severe extremes of heat and cold. We will work with you to determine the best products available to suit your budget. All of our products are available in vinyl, fiberglass, and wood, and proudly manufactured in Canada.
The problem and solution
The problem of many of today’s energy efficient windows is that they offer glass packages with “Warm Edge Technology” that often have highly conductive metal-based insulating glass spacers. A new window can lose up to 50% of its overall stated R-value with these metal-based spacers at the edge of the glass. R stands for the “resistance” of the transfer of heat or cold through a solid object. So, a higher R-value means better insulation against heating and cooling loss.
The edge of the insulating glass is the most vulnerable to heating and cooling loss. This usually leads to condensation. It’s a problem that looks unsightly, and over time, it will stain wood, peel paint and rot frames.
Not only that, but window condensation can contribute to mold growth, a sinister presence hidden from sight deeply inside window and wall openings.
In fact, visible mold can often be found in poorly insulated or installed windows. Mold is more and more linked to child asthma plus increases in general respiratory illness, allergies and outbreaks of fungal diseases.
The Solution is to keep moisture off the glass with the warmest inside surface temperatures possible. The primary window condensation culprit is its insulating glass spacer. Traditional metal spacers can conduct heat and cold – causing condensation at the edge of the glass.
Convection currents further concentrate cold air along the bottom edge of the glass making that area the most vulnerable.
Only a warm edge all the way around will strike at the heart of the problem.
The world’s only TrueWARM edge occurs with Super Spacer, an insulating foam spacer whose usage helps reduce condensation and allows for comfortable household humidity levels. That’s the Health Smart Windows advantage, and Bravo Windows and Doors only use windows with the new Super Spacer.2