By Claire Lee
Like many other parts of your home, windows are also subject to wear and tear. So, if you ever need help replacing them, then you’ve come to the right place.
Here, we’ve written a guide to getting the best window replacement in Calgary. You’ll find everything about the topic, from expected costs and, trustworthy window installers to answers to some frequently asked questions.
How Much Do Window Replacements Cost in Calgary
The bulk of the window replacement service covers costs for each window installed. So, here’s a table with the expected costs of the common window types.
|Type of windows||Expected price range (per window)|
You can also consider the prices of windows according to the material of the frame. Here are the common material types and their respective costs.
|Window material||Expected price range (per window)|
Aside from the window itself, you’ll also be paying for labour, which can cost $100–$400 per window replaced.
Where to Get the Best Window Replacement in Calgary
Here are our top picks of manufacturers and distributors for the best window replacements in the city. Some of these are also licensed and insured for window installations for seamless transactions, in which case we’ll note it.
1. Canadian Choice Windows and Doors
|PRODUCTS||Awning, casement, sliding, bay & bow, single-hung, double-hung, end vent, architectural windows|
|ADDRESS||105C 58 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2H 0N8|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 775-6198|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 9:00 AM – 9:00 PM |
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
As one of the premier window manufacturers nationwide, Canadian Choice offers almost all types of windows you can ask for. The company offers awning, casement, sliding, single- and double-hung windows that have Energy Star ratings.
Aside from these usual choices, Canadian Choice also accepts requests for window customization and even architectural window replacements. Its vinyl windows also come with DraftLock technology, which improves insulation, condensation control, and security.
To top it all off, Canadian Choice’s windows also come with a lifetime transferable warranty covering the sashes, frames, other hardware, and craftsmanship. That said, damage from natural disasters isn’t covered by this warranty.
And to help its clients get the windows they need, Canadian Choice provides free consultations and offers generous payment and financing options. They even have a referral program and special deals from time to time.
While its products and sales process may be excellent, the same can’t be said about its customer services. That’s because we’ve heard and read a few complaints about poor aftercare support and accountability, so check if your purchase can accommodate a good guarantee.
Customers have praised Canadian Choice for excellent products and a smooth transaction process, just as these reviewers have:
“After finishing my basement, I needed to replace the windows with some hung tilt windows. I love the energy efficient options and vinyl that keeps the windows looking brand new, especially here in Calgary where the winters aren’t the friendliest. We had Greg and Russ do the installation and unlike other service personnel, they were always ready to answer questions about anything and were done in a matter of hours! Great service, I know where I’ll be coming back to in the future.”—Tiffany Orlandi
“I had a lot of problems with my previous windows with air loss around the window and between the jams. This resulted in significant temperature loss. These new windows are amazing. The temperature in my house barely moves. I normally set my house during the day to 55°F (13°C). My temperature now stays above 70°F (20°C) throughout the day .The amount of road and community noise I hear is significantly less. They look great. I love the doors as well. No light seen through the door jam. This means better temperature and sound control through the doors as well. Honestly, I have zero complaints.”—Samuel M
2. All Star Home
|PRODUCTS||Casement, awning, double-hung, single-hung, bay & bow, geometric-shaped, sliding, and egress windows|
|ADDRESS||48 Auburn Bay Common Southeast, Calgary AB T3M 0M4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 771-6711 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Saturday: 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM|
For over 30 years, All Star Home has been manufacturing vinyl windows that are made exactly for Calgary weather.
All Star Home provides the best window replacement in Calgary for just about any homeowner or business owner by offering professional project management services.
All Star Home begins the process with free in-home consultations. Unfortunately, we’ve read some reports saying that the company actually relied on clients to do their own window and door measurements.
After this process, All Star Home then provides detailed proposals and allows clients to choose what window types and elements they want.
All Star Home offers numerous options for all window elements. When it comes to finishing, this window manufacturer offers vinyl finishes, wood finishes, and other custom finishes.
As for glass types, All Star Home offers tint and frost options to make windows as private and secure as they are energy-efficient. Of course, all of its products have multiple panes as a guarantee of their insulating properties.
This window manufacturer also comes with up to 30 years of limited warranty for window elements. However, this warranty is shorter than what you may get from others and doesn’t include damage due to installation mistakes or natural disasters.
Read these reviews to learn more about All Star Home’s products and services:
“We are very happy we chose All Star Home to do our windows and doors. We had all the windows replaced in our home as well as a new front door and a large picture window turned into a beautiful 8ft patio slider. What a difference this has made to our home, they all look fantastic and are high quality. We’ve already seen an improvement in our home being warmer and they aren’t fogging up like they used to! Tony had great communication and was very helpful throughout the entire process. The install team were quick and did a wonderful job. Overall a great experience, thanks for everything Tony!”—Yvonne Cox
“A fabulous job! An amazing difference regarding comfort, beauty and function. Tony is on time, helpful, respectful and patient. He was here to help with the installations every day! The work was done well and quickly. My new front door is gorgeous, as are the windows. I had difficulty choosing the front door colour and design so I appreciated Tony’s patience and knowledge: it was supper time yet he cheerfully took the time for my to study the samples and discuss the details. Andy, as well as the other tradesmen were conscientious and respectful.”—Marie Somers
3. MAXgreen Windows, Doors, Siding and Roofing
|PRODUCTS||Sliding, single-hung, picture & fixed, casement, awning, and custom-shaped windows|
|ADDRESS||#123, 4999 – 43 Street SE Calgary, Alberta T2B 3N4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 805- GREEN | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM |
Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
This next entry isn’t a manufacturer of replacement windows, but it supplies and installs such products to its customers. Maxgreen Windows, Doors, Sidings, and Roofing provides all types of furnishings to improve Calgarian homes.
It has many industry partners, which is why it’s one of the few companies offering a large selection of vinyl, aluminum, fibreglass, and metal-clad wood windows. Maxgreen also has virtually any type of window style your house may need.
Maxgreen also helps households save up on energy costs by doing tune-ups and check-ups. During these sessions, they determine window problems and find the appropriate solutions.
To stay true to its name, Maxgreen assures its clients that all of its products are environmentally friendly. Besides, it is also committed to saving trees by planting trees for every 5 roofing/siding projects and by sending all quotations, contracts, and invoices online.
Aside from its environmental efforts, Maxgreen does humanitarian acts by donating $10 of its earnings to two local charities, one of its choice and one of the customer’s choice.
While there have been some issues with improper sizing, product damage, and miscommunication in their projects before, we’re not terribly worried about that. You see, Maxgreen’s experts hold themselves accountable and right any possible wrongs in their work, from what we’ve seen.
Most customers talked about just how convenient it is to transact with Maxgreen. Here are some customer reviews to tell you more:
“We recently had all of the windows in our home replaced by MAXgreen. The experience was fantastic all the way from the initial consultation through until the installation was completed. The process was clearly explained and the installation went exactly as planned. The quality of the product and service provided was also excellent. I can’t recommend MAXgreen highly enough and have already referred them to several friends and neighbors that also needed some new windows installed.”—Sean Phillips
“Extremely impressed with everything this company does and everyone it employs. On the sales side, Jayme has been quick to respond, informative, enthusiastic and friendly. On the installation side, Jim brought with him an incredibly professional and efficient crew whose concern for getting things right was palpable. What also impressed me about this company was how everyone responded when it was discovered that a couple windows were improperly sized. This was partially my fault but, given my experience with other contractors, I feared I’d be bearing the total cost of this mistake. But that wasn’t to be. Before I could even broach the topic, Jayme proposed a very fair adjustment that solved the problem and reinforced my positive opinion of this company.”—Michael Mauws
4. Windows and Doors by Lux
|PRODUCTS||Awning, casement, bay & bow, sliding, fixed & picture, custom-shaped, corner, hopper windows|
|ADDRESS||6875 – 9th Street NE, Calgary, Alberta T2E 8R9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 276-7770 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM|
Lux is yet another Canadian window manufacturer offering Energy Star-rated windows and doors. Using either aluminum-clad or PVC, Lux manufactures windows that are strong, durable, energy-efficient, and also stylish.
To achieve the durability of aluminum or vinyl and the natural insulating properties of wood, Lux combines aluminum, wood, and PVC materials for its hybrid series. But you should know, this hybrid option is only applicable to a few window styles.
Additionally, Lux has numerous finishing touches for window hardware, privacy glass, and even grills. And thanks to its showroom, homeowners can conveniently inspect any of these options before purchasing any product.
Besides energy-efficient and durable windows, Lux offers its customers the chance to receive free EnerGuide home evaluations. With this service, homeowners can find other solutions to make their homes more energy-efficient.
As assurance for its services, Lux provides an unbeatable 25-year warranty on all its windows. But while this may span the lifetime of most windows, it still is shorter compared to that of some other window manufacturers.
Read these reviews to learn how Lux continues to thrive in the Calgary window industry:
“This past summer, I noticed several of my neighbors had their windows replaced, all by different companies. However, two houses stood out in terms of their aesthetic appeal. When I found out that the windows in these two homes were installed by Lux, I made the decision to go with them. Though I knew Lux produced quality windows, I wanted to make sure that I received quality installation as well. I requested Jeremy based on reading past reviews and he did not disappoint. He went above and beyond to make sure that the windows were installed correctly. He was extremely meticulous and professional. You could tell he really took pride in his work and wasn’t rushing to “just getting the job done.” Now that I had the chance to work with two major windows companies in Calgary, I can attest that Lux is by far the most professional company in terms of service, installation, and overall product. I absolutely love my new windows!!! Thank you Jackie for your patience in answering all my questions and Jeremy for his outstanding installation! My only regret is not using LUX the first time.”—Dayna
“We got two windows changed: the main bedroom and the kitchen. Being our old windows engineered , we were a bit worried about how that was going to be in practice. Everything looks great so far. House already feels warmer!
The staff were very nice, polite, professional and efficient. They left the house the same way they found it, plus nicer windows.”—Fela
5. Supreme Windows
|PRODUCTS||Picture & fixed, casement, awning, bay & bow, sliding, single-hung, custom-shaped windows|
|ADDRESS||4705 – 102 Avenue, SE, Calgary, AB T2C 2X7|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 279-2797 | [email protected]|
Supreme Windows mainly uses vinyl for its casement, awning, hung, sliding, bay & bow, picture, and custom-shaped windows. However, it also combines the benefits of PVC and aluminum.
These materials are already good for insulation, but Supreme Windows goes beyond by using multi-chamber frames, low e-sealed units, and weather stripping. With these and many other features, Supreme’s windows all have Energy Star ratings.
Supreme Windows also has an assortment of glass glazing, grill, exterior/interior furnishing options.
To vouch for their quality, Supreme Windows gives 25-year warranties for glass and vinyl extrusions, and a 10-year warranty for hardware.
While these may be shorter than other warranty periods at the top tier, Supreme Windows sweetens the deal by offering an unbeatable 10-year installation warranty.
Supreme Windows also has its very own showroom. But with the current health protocols, the showroom has limited opening hours and is only available by appointment.
In addition to its limited opening hours for the showroom, Supreme Windows is also only available from February to November. So, if you’re planning to replace windows during the winter, then this company may not be for you.
Read these reviews if you’re still deciding whether or not Supreme Windows can deliver to you the best window replacement in Calgary:
“I had some windows replaced in my front room. Since Supreme Windows was the original supplier for the windows, I contacted them for replacement. They already had the specs for the windows that I needed… I ordered the windows, they called me to set up a date for installation.. The guys came, replaced the windows, and they did an AWESOME job.. I am VERY VERY PLEASED with how this went down and I would strongly recommend them for any window replacement job you need.”—Laura Lee
“I must admit, I’m not a window person. When we first got the quote I thought who would spend that much on a window? Well considering what we got was triple paned and the difference I can feel in our house…. I have definitely changed my tune on windows. Supreme has beautiful windows! We instantly noticed a difference in the street noise (or lack there of!).
They were actually referred to me by a co-worker who was impressed with them (she is not easily impressed so I figured they were worth a quote at least) and I have not been disappointed. Considering with covid we are all spending more time at home, it’s definitely a great time to invest in your home!”—Becky Holstein
6. European Windows
|PRODUCTS||Picture, tilt/turn and combinations, bay & bow, custom-shaped, arched windows|
|ADDRESS||216 Harvest Park Terrace NE, Calgary, AB T3K 4V9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 861-7667 | [email protected]|
European Windows boasts of its unique and innovative tilt and turn windows. These windows not only improve ventilation but also serve as egress windows for emergencies.
Besides, these German-standard windows use uPVC to improve durability and function while still maintaining options for aesthetics. They also have numerous locking points to avoid break-ins.
For energy efficiency, European Windows provides laminated and triple-pane window options. Additionally, its products provide sound isolation.
European Windows guarantees to customers that its windows can stand the test of time, and even wear and tear due to harsh weather. But in the event of damage, they do replace the damaged part.
And unlike other window companies whose products end with furnishings like jambs and grills, European Windows goes above and beyond by also supplying window accessories.
So, clients can shop for blinds and screens with European Windows since the company already knows their window measurements.
Thanks to its quality of products and services, European Windows has gained numerous positive reviews, including these:
“We are really happy with the work and service European Windows did for us. The Windows and Blinds installed in our house changed the quality not just bringing in a better heat protection but it also gave us a modern updated look in our house. We highly recommend Chriss and his team for their planning, installation, and quality product!”—Martin Haemmerling
“I am an Interior Decorator in Calgary. I called Chris when the time came to change my own windows (total 38) and my front door, side door and two large sliding doors. It is a good quality, easy to care product with clean look and lines. His product has a very unique feature like retractable bug screens. It is much easier to enjoy the view of the outside without them in winter time. Chris had a good choice of hardware (hinges and handles). There is a nice selection of window treatments to choose from depending on the style, colour scheme and personal preferences by the clients. Chris and his company provided a great quality work, showing attention to details, excellent work ethics, working with other trades on a tight schedules. He has a very valuable advice on his products and selections. I would highly recommend European Windows and their quality services to everyone. Thanks, Chris for you good work.”—Anna Scurfield
7. Window Mart Calgary
|PRODUCTS||Awning, casement, fixed & picture, single-hung, double-hung, bay & bow, tilt&turn windows|
|ADDRESS||5050 106 Ave SE #112, Calgary, AB T2C 5E9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(855) 993-0303 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 6:00 PM |
Saturday: 9:00 AM – 5.00 PM
Window Mart is yet another window manufacturer using uPVC to improve the durability of its windows. Each window also has an Energy Star rating, all thanks to its next-level sealing, multi-chambered construction, and weather stripping practices.
The company manufactures almost all types of windows, supplying awning, casement, fixed, hung, sliding, and even tilt and turn windows to Calgarians. Aside from its wide selection of window styles, Window Mart also offers a variety of colours, trim and brickmould options.
Additionally, Window Mart’s catalogue includes window coverings like blinds, shutters, and even accessories to automate the aforementioned window treatments.
Window Mart’s products also come with a lifetime warranty. However, you should know that this warranty has limited coverage as it won’t cover any labour costs for damage incurred after natural disasters or during installation.
To add to this, Window Mart has also received some complaints regarding customer services and aftercare support.
Aside from being one of the top suppliers, Window Mart is also known for its seamless transactions. Here are some reviews to tell you more:
“Our experience with Window Mart was excellent! The project Specialist Ivan was Very informative and did whatever could be done to make things work out for the windows we chose. Ivan accommodated to making it affordable for our budget. Our property is located in the willow creek md area close to monarch off the belly river. Our property is in on acreage that can be incredibly windy. We are looking forward to enjoying our new windows that will provide much energy sufficient savings! And bring a new beautiful over look to our home!”— Karen Limb
“Great customer service and knowledge of products. They were professional and courteous throughout the entire process. Ivan came out quickly for an estimate. He answered all my questions, made recommendations, and gave me a quote that was reasonable. Marcel and the crew came and completed the installation including a thorough clean-up in a day, on the day they said they would. I am extremely happy with the service I would absolutely recommend them.”—David Tsegai
8. Dynasty Auto Glass
|PRODUCTS||Auto window replacement|
|ADDRESS||411 38 Ave NE Calgary, AB T2E 6R9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||(403) 250-5000 | [email protected]|
|OPERATING HOURS||Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
Now, if you’re looking for the best window replacement for your vehicle, then Dynasty Auto Glass may be what you need. This company is focused only on changing car windows.
The first thing we like is that Dynasty Auto Glass does same-day installations for all its customers. Unfortunately, the shop doesn’t operate on weekends.
To make its services more accessible, Dynasty Auto Glass also has numerous locations across the city. So, those in need of immediate windshield replacement can simply drop off their cars at any of Dynasty’s two other satellite locations.
Dynasty Auto Glass even has the credibility for window replacements as it has an Alberta Motor Vehicle Industry Council (AMVIC) license, by the way.
But the best thing about Dynasty is that it is an insurance-approved repair facility. So, just make sure to ask what insurance companies they accept, so you won’t have any problems during payment.
Read these reviews to know why some Calgarians continue to trust Dynasty Auto Glass for their window replacement needs:
“I have had multiple chips for both of my vehicles fixed here as well as a windshield replacement. Each visit I have been impressed by how friendly and helpful the customer service is and the prompt, professional service. And the prices are amazing, I am sincerely impressed!”—Rachel Clare
“Some douche broke my window for a couple nickels. Dynasty replaced both my side and front windshield for the price of just the side window from the dealership. Also got it done same day about 2 hours after I called. Toyota said it would take 3 days just to get the window. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED”—Dylan Hobbs
What to Look for in a Window Replacement
When looking for a window replacement, your first consideration is to make sure they fit your window frames. But aside from size, you should also consider other factors, such as these:
1. Window material
The window’s material is its foundation of functionality and structural integrity. Here are the different materials used for windows and their respective qualities:
- Aluminum. Aluminum window frames are sleek, stylish, and long-lasting while remaining lightweight. Unfortunately, metal window frames also allow energy loss.
- Wood: Among the choices, wood provides the most elegant look. But while it provides insulation and numerous options for styling and colouring, wood doesn’t do well with water damage and pests.
- Fibreglass. Since it imitates elegance and improves the energy efficiency and durability of wood frames, fibreglass has become a great alternative for windows. However, fibreglass window frames often come in limited design options.
- Vinyl: Vinyl has become the popular choice nowadays because it’s cheap, durable, energy-efficient, and has diverse colouring options. However, it is also prone to fading with sunlight exposure.
2. Window style
When considering window styles, you have to consider your location, space, and budget. You should also choose window styles according to your home’s architecture and your ventilation and lighting needs.
Here are the things you can expect from each window style:
- Double-hung windows consist of two sets of horizontal window panes, both of which open by sliding up or down. They are low maintenance and suitable for areas near traffic. However, double-hung windows are large enough for potential break-ins.
- Single-hung windows are much like double-hung windows but differ because they only have one movable pane. Like double-hung windows, they can be entry points during break-ins.
- Fixed or picture windows allow for maximum lighting but zero ventilation. These are perfect for walls facing scenic spaces.
- Sliding windows are suitable for cramped areas or walls facing foot traffic. They are very durable and simple, but often require regular cleaning of tracks.
- Casement windows are the best for ventilation as you can open them according to how much wind you want coming inside your home. However, these aren’t the best for walls facing traffic areas or cramped spaces.
- Awning windows provide ventilation during rainy days while still preventing any water droplets from spraying into your home. Like casement windows, they aren’t great for those beside sidewalks and other narrow areas.
3. Glass types
The type of glass can also improve the overall function of a window. Here are the different glass types you can encounter when choosing a replacement window:
- Low-E glass blocks certain wavelengths of sunlight. Thus, it can filter out any UV rays harmful to your skin and detrimental to your furniture and textiles.
- Insulated glass is usually used in double-pane or triple-pane windows. Inert gases like Krypton or Argon are added between each pane for maximum insulation.
- Tempered glass adds protection against breakage. Thus, it’s suitable for busy areas with lots of traffic and other risky spaces.
- Laminated glass prevents messy shattering of windows by keeping glass particles together in a thin resin sheet. This is helpful for those with harsh winds and weather like ours.
- Textured glass is great for those who want added privacy from the outside.
4. Other add-ons
Glass tints provide privacy and added protection from sunlight. You can get tinted glass to prevent fading of furniture colours, even.
Grills also improve security against intruders. However, make sure you have egress windows so you can escape from the inside in case of emergencies.
Window replacements differ in cost according to material and style. You can check out our cost guide in the earlier sections of this article.
Aside from the price of each window, you should also consider the labour costs. Your window replacement contractor will not only fit new windows but also remove the old ones and clean up after the project.
6. Installation service
It won’t matter how durable, energy-efficient, and beautiful your new replacement windows look if they aren’t handled by a professional. So, make sure your provider can install—or at least connect you with someone who can install—your windows properly.
Consider only window replacement installation services that have insurance and license to operate too, for safety.
Frequently Asked Questions about Window Replacements
Damaged windows, poor insulation, or worn-out house fixtures may prompt you to get the best window replacement in Calgary. Whatever your reasons are, these listed companies can certainly deliver and even install the best replacement windows for your home!
Know any other manufacturers or installers we missed? If so, feel free to send us a message so we can also review them.
Now, you should know that window replacement projects are very messy. So, try contacting the best junk removal services in Calgary ahead of time to take care of any junk your installer may leave behind.