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Dundee Window Replacement In Portland, Oregon

Last updated on 11/15/2019

Dundee Window Replacement can be done for many reasons from replacing worn-out, old, leaky, unattractive windows, to simply wishing to replace high-maintenance windows with some that are virtually maintenance-free. If you are living with leaky windows you are not only sacrificing comfort but losing money. Energy costs are expected to continue to rise with the push for renewable energy and if your windows aren't energy-efficient you will be losing cash. Or you simply may wish to improve the looks of your Dundee home, office, or apartment building. Your Dundee window replacement project can be done inexpensively and quickly with a little prior planning and the right local Portland window replacement professional who is based in Oregon.

Why Window Replacement

If you want to explore wineries, this part of OR is your place. Dundee is a great home base for wine excursions but also has easy access to outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, or camping. It's close to the Evergreen Aviation Museum and Bald Peak State Park. And Portland is just a short drive away from Dundee with everything it offers from an international airport to the eclectic neighborhoods such as the Pearl District and Hollywood. There's the only major-league professional sports team in Oregon in addition to world-class dining and shopping. Or you can visit a museum such as OMSI or the history or maritime museums. And while the weather tends to be mild but rainy, it is often cold enough that you need to run your furnace and there is the occasional heat wave. New windows have energy-saving technology such as low e glass and insulating argon between double panes. Dundee window replacement can pay off in the long run in energy savings alone.

Types of Windows for Replacement

Windows come in many different styles. While the size and shape of the old window will determine the size and shape of its replacement, there are still things to consider for a Dundee window replacement project. Will the windows open or not? If they open, will they open by a hinge or will they slide open? Will they open at the top, bottom, or side? Will they have mullions and transoms in order to maintain an old-fashioned look for the structure? If the windows can be accessed from outside, they need to be able to be locked easily and securely. And rooms such as bedrooms have building code requirements which is another good reason to use a good OR contractor for your Dundee window replacement project.

There are three basic materials from which a replacement window may be constructed. Most people choose vinyl for its many advantages. Those include being nearly maintenance-free, having good insulation properties, and being very attractive. The only downside to vinyl is that it can't be used for large windows such as a picture window. For that, aluminum is the best material. It, too, is virtually maintenance-free but it doesn't insulate as well as vinyl or even wood. And some just don't like the look of aluminum windows. Finally, there is traditional wood. Wood is naturally beautiful and is a good insulator due to its unique natural structure. But it requires regular maintenance such as painting, especially in our rainy climate. Your Dundee window replacement may use one, two, or perhaps even all three basic materials.

Other Considerations

When doing a Dundee Window Replacement project you don't want to drive all over Portland looking for the right parts to remove and replace a window. The replacement should be done by a local qualified Oregon replacement window installer familiar with the Dundee area. The contractor needs to be conscientious and reliable. If the contractor takes out a window or two then runs off to do another project somewhere else in Dundee, that would leave you with, at best, plywood over the opening rather than a correct replacement. Or the contractor might not be careful and damage your home which could lower its resale value. After carefully planning your Dundee Window Replacement project you need to choose the right contractor to bring it all together.

Your home in Dundee is probably your biggest investment. You want to make sure it is maintained, it is energy efficient, and it is beautiful. All of this can be ensured or enhanced with a good, planned out Dundee window replacement project with a good contractor. New windows can bring in more natural light, allow for natural ventilation saving money on air-conditioning, or simply enhance the beauty of your home all while saving you money on energy costs. With everything life here has to offer, delaying this project will only cost you money, comfort, and peace of mind. Don't sit in cold drafts another winter or spend your weekends repainting your windows again. Replacing your windows can be affordable, stress-free, and pay of dividends for years to come.

The Best U-Factor and SHGC for Energy Efficient Dundee Replacement Windows

When shopping for replacement windows in Dundee, an area in Portland, it is extremely important to purchase windows (and doors) with the correct u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) as rated by Energy Star.

Energy Star determines the u-factor and SHGC that will give you the most energy efficienct replacement windows, skylights, and doors based on Dundee's climate zone.

The climate zone assigned to Dundee and the zip codes within it - including zip codes '' - takes into account how extreme the seasons are in Dundee . How warm and cold it gets in Portland determines how well your new windows will need to keep out the cold air and the hot sun.

Below, you will find a table with the climate zones and corresponding u-factor and SHGC ratings for Dundee, your neighbohood within the city of Portland

The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your zip code and town in the Portland, area will help you to determine which replacement windows, skylights, and doors will maximize energy savings for your home.

To find the Energy Star recommended u-factor and solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) for your home in the , area, simply do the following:

  1. Find your neighborhood and zip code in the left most column.
  2. Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your neighborhood's name and zip code.
  3. Under the orange box with your climate zone, find the dark grey box with the product you are looking for - window replacements, new doors, or skylights.
  4. Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
  5. When getting quotes from contractors, be sure that your window replacements, new skylights, and/or replacement doors have these ratings to maximize energy efficiency in your home.

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