Portland, Oregon Window Replacement
Last updated on 11/15/2019
A Portland window replacement is one of the most effective and energy efficient ways to lower your energy costs, reduce your carbon footprint and give your home a new look for the 21st century. If you have been dying to revamp your home, then now is the time to do it. Be sure to always compare the different options available when looking into any Portland window replacement project. Not only do you want to compare the window selection, but also the replacement companies as well as the cost quotes.
Portland, OR Replacement Window Quotes
There are several reasons to replace your windows if living in Portland. The energy savings that they provide is one of the smartest reasons to make the switch to new Portland replacement windows. Windows are meant to keep intruders and weather outside; however, over the years, they can become cracked, allowing drafts and allows annoyances to come through. Furthermore, many of the older models do not come with a high R-value, or insulation, which means you may be losing heat and cold air through the cracks.
Portland sees its fair share of erratic weather with both hot summers and cold winters. If you are tired of constantly cranking the heater when you get home from work and watching your electricity bills sky rocket month after month, then you will love the difference a Portland window replacement can make. Replacement windows will keep the heat in during the cold winter months without letting out any of the warm air from your heater; however, during the hot summer months, they will circulate your air conditioning and seal off any warm air from coming in. You can allow that beautiful Portland sunshine in through your windows without the hot air that comes with it. In some homes, you will notice a savings of up to 60 percent on your electricity bill. Furthermore, you will be doing your part to lower your energy input and thus keep Oregon beautiful for longer.
Oregon home owners will also be happy to know that Portland window replacement qualify for the Energy Star Incentive Program, a government sponsored program that gives tax savings to those who replace their windows this year. Because window replacement can reduce your energy output, the Government is rewarded homeowners that replace their windows. You could be rewarded with up to $3000 off your Portland window replacement costs if you act fast. With the tax savings as well as the energy savings on your electricity bill, your Oregon house windows will pay for themselves in a matter of years.
In addition to keeping the cold and warm air from coming in, Portland window replacement can also keep your home safe from intruders as well as storm damage. Protect the things you love, including your children and your possessions by keeping those hazards out. Portland window replacement also provides an easy cleaning solution and low maintenance. There are several designs to choose from, many of which require little to no up keep apart from the initial installation.
Replacing Windows Portland OR
Portland window replacement not only services a functional purpose, but it also provides you with an opportunity to get creative. Your windows are the eyes of your home and you are the make up artist. You can paint, pluck and polish your windows any way you see fit. Windows can be designed to any style including horizontal slider window replacement, regardless of what material you are considering. Vinyl replacement windows offer easy installation and maintenance and also come in a wide range of styles and colors. They are resistant to scratches, dents and weather wear and tear which makes them incredibly durable as well as affordable. You may also want to look into the other materials such as wood, aluminum and fiberglass when choosing the right type of window for your house.
You can choose from awnings, casement, double hung or single hung windows for any room. You might want to consider a different material and style for each room or you might want to make every room consistent with the same style. If you want to update the look of a bathroom, then you might consider sliders, which are great for areas with tight spaces. If you are looking to add more light to a living room or kitchen, then perhaps go for a garden or picture window. These will not only bring in the natural light from outside but also add space to any room. If you are going for a more dramatic look for a den or living area, then try double hung or single hung windows in a rich timber hue.
Regardless of what type of Portland window replacement you decide on, one thing is for certain - you will be surprised and delighted with how one small change to your window can change your whole perspective on life!
Portland, Oregon U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Portland, Oregon or any of its counties, including Clackamas County, Multnomah County, and 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 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 Portland, Oregon and Portland'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 Portland, 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 Portland 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 Portland, 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 Portland, 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.
Portland Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Portland area.