The durability expectations (life span) of Cascadia's fiberglass windows are two to three times that of vinyl (PVC) windows. Our fiberglass windows are typically 10% to 15% higher than a higher-end vinyl window with comparable features.
Yes. Simplifying the configurations and altering the size can make a big difference in price. Ways to simplify the configurations include: reducing the quantity of mullion bars and transom bars, reducing the number of operable vents, and using standard hardware and glass. In addition, larger windows typically have a lower price per square foot because there is no additional labour to build a larger window vs a smaller window.
Operable windows (casements, awnings, etc.) are more than twice as costly as fixed (non operable) windows. This is because operable windows utilize various hardware components that are not required in fixed windows. In addition, there is more labour required to produce an operable window.
- On a small project the upcharge for custom colour frames or dual colour is approximately 10%.
- On a large project the upcharge for custom colour or dual colour is approximately 5% (or less if discussed well in advance with the sales rep).
- On larger projects the upcharge can be reduced
We believe that triple glazing adds long term value to the windows. The upcharge for triple glazing is typically 10% to 15%. The increase in thermal performance is beyond 50%.
We can accept credit card payments up to $5000, for small projects or deposit payments. For larger orders, we can accept approved terms, cheques, or bank wire transfers.
This is the process for obtaining a quote:
- Contact the local Cascadia sales rep in your area (Cascadia reception can lead you to the appropriate rep).
- Provide the sales rep with drawings and specifications.
- Discuss the project particulars with the sales rep in order to select the most appropriate products.
- Once all the required information is gathered by the sales rep, our estimating department will prepare a quote. The lead-time for a quote is 5 working days or less.
All lead times are based on receiving final confirmations, contract and deposit. At that point, our typical lead time for windows is 4 to 8 weeks, depending on the complexity of the order and Cascadia’s plant workload at the time. Please consult with your Cascadia Representative to confirm lead times.
The span difference between aluminum and fiberglass is dependent on the depth of the particular aluminum window. The deeper the frame profile, the larger the span potential. Cascadia fiberglass windows spanning capacity is roughly similar to shallow section aluminum curtain wall.
Fiberglass is approximately 8 to 10 times stronger than vinyl. This enables us to produce very large windows. Typically, most vinyl window configurations are limited to spans less than 7 feet tall. Cascadia has produced windows that span up to 16 feet tall or, when coupled into a strip, many hundreds of feet long. For more information on span limitations, feel free to contact your local Cascadia sales rep.
Click here to learn about the differences between fiberglass, vinyl, aluminum and wood.
Our standard windows typically cannot be installed on an angle or sloped. If this type of installation is required for a specific project application, engineering would be required to confirm the feasibility of the particular proposed detail.
For most applications, the most practical and economical attachment method is: aluminum installation angle at the sill and strap anchor attachment at the jambs and head. However, nailing flange attachment method is also available if required for a moderate increase in cost.
There are several installation companies that have extensive experience installing our windows and doors. Feel free to contact your local sales rep for a list of experienced installers, or visit our installation page.
Triple glazing increases the thermal performance of the windows by approximately 50%. This is a substantial increase no matter where your project is located (good for heating and cooling climates).
In new construction (and often in retrofit projects), shrinkage and settling of the wall framing is inevitable. Because Cascadia windows and doors utilize multipoint locking systems (for increased air tightness and forced entry resistance), shrinkage and settling of the wall around the window can put stress on the windows causing the multipoint locks to misalign. Therefore, it important to perform the final hardware adjustment after all of the shrinkage and settling of the building is complete. Hardware adjustments are usually quite simple and only basic tools are required. These adjustments can be performed by a reasonably handy homeowner, and typically does not require a window specialist.
If you require service work such as: paint touch-ups, hardware adjustments, etc, a Cascadia service representative can be made available to assist you. Typically, we can be available to visit you project within 2 weeks. However, if the service work required is urgent, we will make it a priority to assist you more quickly.
Yes a small container of touch up paint is provided with all orders, and more is available if necessary. Instructions for touch-up painting is available through our project manager. If you would like more information regarding paint, or instructions for touch-up painting, please contact Cascadia’s project manager.
We will ship your order in one of two ways:
- Delivered on flat-bed truck on A-frame racks.
- Delivered on flat-bed truck in wooden crates.
For both of the above methods, we utilize third-party trucking services, coordinated by Cascadia's shipping department. Off-loading and site handling is the responsibility of the buyer unless the Cascadia scope of work includes installation.
Yes, fiberglass windows are the easiest window type to repaint.
Have a look at our standard colours on our finishes page.
Cascadia uses Hydrotuff paint by Blue River Coatings. The quality of this paint is unmatched for fiberglass. It is the most durable paint available and the paint manufacturer provides us with a 15 year warranty, which we pass on to the buyer.
We do not have standard size windows and doors. All of our products are custom sized for your particular project requirements.
- Conventional slider window typically do not seal as effectively as compression seal products such as casements and awnings. Conventional sliders utilize friction gaskets as opposed to compression seal gaskets, which make them less reliable and less durable. Therefore, conventional slider styles do not meet the Cascadia quality and durability standards.
We do not offer a standard multi-slide door at this time.
We are currently in the process of finalizing our folding door system. It has been produced for a few customized projects in south western British Columbia. Long lead times apply to this product type; please contact our Canadian sales rep if you would like more information.
Yes, our windows can accommodate an alarm system. However, for alarm systems that require drilling holes through the window/door frames, Cascadia would need to review and approve the locations of the holes to ensure that no concealed materials will be damaged and to ensure that the holes will not decrease the performance of the window.
Yes, we can provide various custom sizes and shapes. Feel free to contact your local sales rep to determine if your specific design is feasible.
Cascadia Windows can produce some of the largest thermally efficient windows available. However, there are limitations which will relate to hardware size capacity, weight capacity, ect. Please contact your local Cascadia Sales Representative for specific information on the series and configurations you are selecting.
We can provide spandrel panel products including:
- Insulated sandwich panels (painted aluminum veneers with polyisocyanurate insulation between).
- Various opaque sealed units.
No we do not provide fire rated products. However, our products can be used in various non-combustible construction applications. Please contact your local sales rep for more information on combustibility requirements of fiberglass windows.
Yes. Our 302 series door has a low threshold option which can accommodate ADA compliance. We also have handle options that will accommodate ADA. However, if your project requires ADA compliance, this needs to be explicitly requested so that the configuration design can be reviewed and produced accordingly.
Yes. Our 400 series window is designed for many applications including storefront. It is usually less expensive than aluminum storefront and has far superior performance.
The Performance grade of each of our products is listed on individual product pages under "key performance data." The performance grade of each window series is indicated in the NAFS Designators section in the first column, with accompanying tested sizes in the subsequent columns.
For egress size minimums, please see our egress guidelines.
All of our products meet the Living Building Challenge Declare program's "Red-List Free" criteria. Our Declare labels can be seen here.
Our Universal Series window is currently undergoing certification with the International Passive House Association. When these windows are available to order, more information will be available on the Universal Series product page.
Our classic series windows are not Passive House Certified because we did not go through the process of having them certified. However, the product attributes are superior to various Passive House certified windows.
This has also allowed us to be used on various world renowned LEED platinum projects, Net Zero projects, and passive house projects such as:
In most cases, the window or door should be 1” more narrow, and 1” shorter than the RO, to accommodate ½” clearance on all four sides. In some cases this gap can be increased to 5/8” or reduced to 3/8”. Feel free to call your local sales rep for more information.
Our triple glazed products with 3 low-e coatings have the highest level of thermal performance, but look at our detailed energy performance tables for individual product performance.
Cascadia head office is near Vancouver, BC which is on the ocean. Our products are specifically designed for this application. Salt water environments have no negative effect on the fiberglass frames, and our hardware is also designed with appropriate corrosion resistance.
Yes, Cascadia offers trickle vent options. Please contact your local sales rep for more information.
Please visit the hardware section to see our different handle options.
Our 325, 300A, and certain 300 Series windows can accommodate motorized operators, and the 325 Series can accommodate pole operators. These custom hardware items must be requested well in advance of the order, as they typically require additional lead time. Please contact your local sales rep for more information.
We can provide basic screens for the 300 series windows and 325 series windows. We can provide deluxe retractable screens for all other series windows.
Yes, but the blind type and positioning must be carefully designed in such a way to prevent obstruction when opening the inswing windows.