A wide variety of windows are now offered on the market to meet your home improvement and building needs. The two most popular window materials in Canada are PVC (polyvinyl chloride) and aluminium. Here is a brief overview of their respective features and benefits to help you determine which one is best for you.

Standard PVC Windows

More often than not the most economical option, PVC windows constitute a good reliable product, requiring minimal maintenance and providing excellent insulation; its esthetic value, however, sometimes leaves something to be desired. Although PVC is highly energy-efficient, thanks to its low heat transfer capacity, its general appearance and larger frames often seem to discredit it or tarnish its value. Yet, this very competitive product offers excellent value for money with regards to energy efficiency and maintenance for people with relatively simple fenestration needs.

Standard Aluminium Windows

Both refined and robust, aluminium windows are light yet ultra weather-resistant. Thinner but also sturdier, aluminium frames allow the creation of oversized windows and are often offered in a large selection of colours. For slick-looking windows that are easy to maintain, aluminium constitutes a very interesting option. However, you’ll typically pay more for these windows, which, by the way, also provide less insulation due to the material’s high thermal conductivity.

Still can’t choose? Then, how about getting the best of both! Indeed, nowadays, there is no need to only choose one material at the expense of the other. The perfect combination now exists: hybrid windows.

Hybrid PVC/aluminium windows (PVC inside and aluminium outside) effectively represent the best “compromise”… without really being one. Think about it: the elegant sturdiness of aluminium associated with the high energy- and cost-efficiency of PVC. These hybrid windows probably constitute the biggest bang for your buck, most definitely a win-win product.

For a professional installation of your windows, choose Portatec. Recognized for its outstanding service, this leader of the Canadian door and window industry offers PVC, aluminium, wood, and hybrid windows in various styles (contemporary, classic, and country).


All home owners wish for a home than is unique and distinctively appealing. Apart from exterior cladding, doors and windows also play a big part in making your house stand out. This is why one should not rush through the important step of picking a window paint colour. This colour should not only be esthetically-pleasing and match with your other material hues and colours, but it should also stand the test of time and successfully outlive trends.

How to Choose the Right Paint Colour for your Windows

Several factors need to be taken into account when changing your window colour.

Since exterior cladding typically covers most of your facades, its colour will greatly influence your window paint colour selection. Design experts often recommend a contrasting colour for your doors, windows, and mouldings to increase your home curb appeal and presence. Indeed, who wants a boring and insignificant home?

So, if your exterior cladding’s colour is rather light, why not opt for a darker door and window colour such as black and charcoal? Many also recommend using a completely different colour for your entry door. For example, all of your windows could be white yet have a bright red entry door! Be bold and creative, and design an exterior look that will make you proud. Several specialized window manufacturers also offer the possibility of having a different colour on both surfaces: one colour inside (often white) and another one outside. Be sure to ask!

Contrast, however, does not mean inharmonious patchwork. Your colours must all match and coordinate nicely. It is common for windows, mouldings, soffits and fascia, and gutters to be the same colour. And don’t forget your roof either. To get inspired and help you better define your style, spend some time looking at exterior design websites and stroll your neighbourhood to identify houses that naturally catch your eye: note the colours and materials. Do not hesitate either to seek advice from a designer or local door and window manufacturer. These experts can certainly provide you with valuable advice and guidance.

Before making your final choice, get a few different hue or colour samples and compare them in natural light. The varying effects could surprise you. Finally, do not forget to check your town regulations for window paint colours: you might have to submit your colour for approval, in the interest of neighbourhood integration.

Why Opt for a Specialized Door and Window Manufacturer

Specialized door and window manufacturer generally use high-performance factory-applied window paint. For example, Portatec coats their products with water-borne urethane-acrylic paint for a perfect finish and excellent resistance to oxidation, discoloration, and erosion. Containing low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), this eco-responsible paint provides better adherence, a long-lasting shine as well as a beautiful smooth finish.

Note that specialized manufacturers custom-make every single order and that the colour choice is often much more interesting. Portatec’s exclusive paint is available, for example, in 25 different standard colours, and they can also create custom colours based upon a provided sample.

Finally, check the manufacturer’s paint warranty (regarding scratches, impacts, etc.). Warranties greatly differ from one manufacturer to another.