Seattle, Washington Window Replacement
Last updated on 11/15/2019
Seattle window replacement shoppers may have heard of some of the benefits of vinyl replacement windows, such as their affordability and low maintenance. Did you know there are also fiberglass, wood, and composite frame materials and over a dozen styles of window to choose from? When it comes to replacement shopping, there are so many options that it can feel a bit overwhelming at first. Seattle window replacement specialists can assist us by simplifying the selection process. If often helps homeowners to look at examples of a contractor's past work in order to help us visualize how we would like our own residences to look.
Seattle window replacement companies work with consumers who know exactly what they want, and on the opposite end of the spectrum, those that are simply looking for information. Not sure that you want to tackle this project just yet? Doing upfront research into the products and costs ultimately helps us decide whether this project makes sense for us. As you will learn when you speak with companies, there are products designed to achieve a variety of looks, and those that even fit certain areas of our house better than others. Manufacturers even take the Washington region of the country into consideration in their product design so we can enjoy maximum efficiency and comfort.
Awning Window Selection
An awning style is an example of a product that is ideally suited for areas with temperate climates such as Seattle, WA. This model hinges at the top and opens outward so occupants of a room can enjoy gentle breezes and the pleasant sound of a steady rain without our carpets and window sills getting wet. Due to the fact that it opens outward, this style of Washington window replacement should not be installed in areas where people may be walking nearby, such as sidewalks, decks, or patios for safety reasons. To create a beautiful pairing, combine an awning with a picture model to fill a room with light and plenty of fresh air. Like casements, an awning window operates with a crank mechanism which has the benefit of a tight insulated seal, minimizing heat loss. Their greater insulation can save Seattle window replacement shoppers money in the long run.
For maximum energy savings, Seattle window replacement buyers may look for the Energy Star label when shopping online or speaking with various Seattle companies. This label certifies that the product will reduce overall power usage in our homes. Typically, an energy efficient window will utilize multiple panes of glass to minimize heat loss. Double glazed models, or those with two panes of glass, are twice as efficient as the single pane models that were customary in homes for many years. Contractors will recommend new replacement products that utilize two panes of glass or more for the greater insulation they provide. The space between the panes is filled with either air or gas, which act to prevent the movement of heat from inside our Washington residence outside.
Although the Seattle region is known for moderate temperatures, WA homeowners still benefit from purchasing insulated products. Seattle window replacement shoppers find that in addition to improving their energy efficiency, replacing single pane with double pane models helps to soundproof their houses. The reason for is that noise is less likely to travel through multiple panes of glass. An insulated product also helps to maintain a consistent temperature inside our Seattle residences so we use our furnaces and air conditioners less often. By far the energy we save is the biggest perk to insulated glass because it means that over time we regain our initial investment and more because of the monthly utility cost savings.
Locate Seattle Installers
Seattle window replacement consumers can choose from a multitude of styles for their homes, including an awning model which is ideal for the rainy, temperate Seattle climate or double hung window replacement. A replacement window installation, although a major undertaking, allows Washington homeowners to benefit from the most technologically advanced products on the market. Technology has improved the amount and quality of light that comes into our homes, while protecting us from sound intrusion and heat loss. By and large this improvement is an opportunity for purchasers to positively impact their quality of life and save money.
You may be wondering how to get started with your Seattle window replacement project. There are numerous companies that specialize in replacement in your area that can offer advice on the models that work best with our homes' current style and age. They are accustomed to working within shoppers' price points so we can reap the many benefits of Seattle window replacement without breaking the bank. It doesn't hurt to begin our research process by obtaining free quotes from replacement contractors. Use our quick and easy contact form to get started today.
Seattle, Washington U-Factor and SHGC Ratings for Replacement Windows
When shopping for replacement windows in Seattle, Washington or any of its counties, including King County and Kitsap 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 Seattle 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 Seattle, Washington and Seattle's metro area counties including: King County WA, Kitsap County WA, Pierce County WA, and Snohomish County WA.
The climate zone, u-factor and SHGC listed for your county in the Seattle, WA 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 Seattle 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.
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 Seattle, WA 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 Seattle, Washington 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.
Seattle Window Suppliers
Below you will find a list of local window retailers, contractors, installers, and manufacturers in the Seattle area.