Hillsboro, Oregon Window Replacement
Last updated on 11/15/2019
Hillsboro window replacement involves one of those home improvement projects that really feels good to do. Not only will you change the look of your home's exterior by coming up with new types of Oregon replacement frames, but you're also going to make your home feel better on the inside, as it will remain warmer in the winter by cutting down on any drafts that you may experience near the frames. Finally, if you have any imperfections in your current glass, which could make it difficult to see clearly out of the window, a replacement product is going to fix that problem quickly.
Finding the Right Window Frames
If you're someone who has a home with older frames in this area of northwestern OR, you'll be very pleased with the options you have for your Hillsboro window replacement frames. Most of the time, older frames are made from wood, and this type of material can be tough to work with as it ages, because it tends to wear out. You'll often find older wood that is peeling paint or that is showing some signs of rot, both of which can make your current window installation look really bad and leave your glass in danger of damage.
Once you select new frames for your Hillsboro window replacement project, however, you can switch to a vinyl type of window frame, which doesn't require any maintenance on your part, other than washing the frames from time to time. Vinyl materials don't require painting or staining on a regular basis, and vinyl isn't going to suffer water damage and rot. In addition, vinyl will last a long time. While you also can still pick wooden frames for your Hillsboro window replacement work, many people will instead make the choice to switch to vinyl for this type of job.
Another advantage to going with vinyl is that you can choose almost any color for your Hillsboro window replacement frames. You also may be able to pick a style that simulates stained wood, or you can even pick a textured frame. Granted, some of these different colors and styles for vinyl replacement frames are going to cost a bit more than some of the more basic options, but it may be worth the extra money to give your home the exact look that you want. Typically, wooden frames are going to cost a bit more than vinyl, so keep that in mind.
Looking Through the Glass
It's not uncommon to find pieces of glass in an older home that have some imperfections that cause the outside world to have almost a wavy look. This happens because the older glass doesn't quite have a uniform thickness, which slightly distorts the view through the glass. A Hillsboro window replacement will easily fix this problem, as the window products made today, especially with good Energy Star ratings, are built with extreme precision, giving them a perfect construction and making it easy to see sharply through the window, as long as you keep the glass clean.
A reason that this precise construction is so important is because today's Hillsboro window replacement products nearly always involve more than one piece of glass in them. In the Hillsboro area, the winters aren't too harsh, so you're not going to need to triple pane windows, but you probably will want double pane replacement products, which gives you two piece of glass separated by an inert gas. This type of design is going to make it extremely important for the replacement frames to be made with precision, as you have to look through two panes.
Finding Replacement Installers in OR
With Hillsboro being one of the largest cities in Oregon at 91,000 residents, you're sure to have quite a few different options for finding a qualified installer to handle your Hillsboro window replacement project. Take the time to ask some of your co-workers and neighbors in Hillsboro about any installers they've used for this type of work in northwest OR, and make sure the installer you pick has some good references. Any good installer who has worked in the Hillsboro area for a few years will have no problem finding people to vouch for his or her work.
Hillsboro will experience temperatures around the freezing mark for lows as well as rain in the winter time, so it's important to make sure that the installer who handles your Hillsboro window replacement work is familiar with the wet weather in this area of Oregon. You don't want your Hillsboro home to end up being in the middle of the installation process just as a bunch of rain strikes the area, causing problems with the work. Having an installer who is smart about the wet weather here will help you to have much better success with the project.
Hillsboro, Oregon U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Hillsboro, Oregon - located in Washington County - 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 your county's climate zone.
The climate zone assigned to your county takes into account how extreme the seasons are in your area. How warm and cold it gets in Hillsboro 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 Hillsboro, Oregon and Hillsboro's metro area counties including: Clackamas County OR, Clark County WA, Columbia County OR, Multnomah County OR, Skamania County WA, Washington County OR, and Yamhill County OR.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Hillsboro, OR 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 county in the Hillsboro metro area, simply do the following:
- Find your county in the left most column.
- Find your climate zone in the orange box to the right of the column with your county's name.
- 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.
- Under the product type, you will find the best u-factor and shgc as determined by Energy Star.
- 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.
|Clackamas County OR
Clark County WA
Columbia County OR
Multnomah County OR
Skamania County WA
Washington County OR
Yamhill County OR
|Northern Climate Zone|
|0.30 or less||0.00 or more|
|0.31||0.35 or more|
|0.32||0.40 or more|
|0.50 or less||Any|
|Solid Doors (No Glass)|
|0.17 or less||No Rating|
|Doors with Less than Half Glass|
|0.25 or less||0.25 or less|
|Doors with More than Half Glass|
|0.30 or less||0.40 or less|
If you don't see your home's county above, use the u-factor and solar heat gain co-efficient (SHGC) search tool below to search for your Hillsboro, OR area county's recommended window efficiency ratings.
Use the table above or the tool below to search for the specific u-factor and SHGC for your county so that you are educated and have this information on hand in order to maximize the financial return on your investment in new windows, new skylights and/or new doors in the Hillsboro, Oregon area.
Remember to research thoroughly prior to making a window replacement or replacement door purchase, regardless of whether you are installing the windows and doors yourself or having them installed by a licensed professional contractor.
Hillsboro Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Hillsboro area.