Oregon Window Rebates

By on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Need New Windows? Let Uncle Sam Help Pay for Them! Luckily windows don’t need to be replaced too often because they can be expensive. Well the next time you do replace them, the US Government may be able to remove some of the headache (Wow, how often do you get to say that?) You may not think of windows as high-end technology, but they’re starting to become just that. Not like in a Minority Report sense where the glass doubles as an iPad, but rather that windows are becoming more energy efficient. They either let in more heat or less heat, and inversely, they either trap or release the heat already in your house. This not only saves you money on both heating and cooling costs, but it also cuts down on fossil fuel usage which helps everyone (Except oil barons, I guess). Which is where Uncle Sam steps in. If you’ve been paying attention to the news at all for the past 1-30 years, you’re probably aware that climate change and the depletion of our natural resources is kind of a big deal. Well the window business is doing its part to help out. They’ve been developing Low-E Glass, which stands for Low Emissivity.  Emissivity is essentially the measure of an object’s ability to emit infrared energy. So the Low-E Glass does a much better job of reflecting thermal energy by using a special veneer to allow visible light while keeping heat out and/or trapped in. If you guessed that these windows were considerably more expensive than normal windows, you would be correct.  That’s why the government has decided to step in and subsidize anyone who decides to make the environmentally conscientious decision and upgrade. The Energy Trust of Oregon was already offering to pay $1.75 per square foot of glass if you install energy-efficient windows. However, these new Low-E windows are so efficient – and subsequently expensive – that the Oregon government will pay up to $4 per square foot of windows. For the typical Oregon home, that amounts to about $1,200 in savings. Factor in the savings on your heating and cooling bill, and in a few short years, these windows will have paid for themselves....

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Winter: The Best Time For A Window Replacement Project

By on Feb 5, 2016 in Uncategorized |

In general, exterior remodeling projects tend to be a seasonal business. Window replacement projects are no exception. Most people do these types of projects in the summer or early fall, making 7 months of the year (between April and October) the peak season. During this busy season, manufacturers shift their production lines into high gear, installation schedules fill, and lead times increase. Conversely, in the winter things slow down, lead times are shorter, scheduling delays are far less common, and many companies struggle to keep their crews busy. For some types of remodeling projects this is unavoidable. However window replacement does NOT fall in this category. Window installations can be easily done year round, and in almost any weather condition. Instead of shying away from work in the winter, Windows Only has chosen to specialize in them by developing special techniques, and offering discounts to customers who choose to take advantage of a winter installation. We invite you to join hundreds of homeowners who have saved money, and experienced just how easy a winter installation can be when you hire Winter Window Installation Experts to do the job right. Myths About Winter Window Replacement: Myth: You shouldn’t replace windows when it is raining. Fact: When properly installed, rain alone has little or no affect on the window replacement process. The only weather conditions of serious concern are ice, snow, and/or heavy wind, and often these conditions only affect certain locations in the Portland area. Throughout the course of an Oregon winter, only a handful of days are truly unsuitable for most window installation jobs. Myth: My house will be open to the elements for days during window replacement. Fact: Even in the summer we replace only one window at a time, and each window opening is only exposed for a couple minutes. During inclement weather our winter installation experts take the extra precaution of covering the opening with plastic so that even for those few minutes of exposure, heat loss is minimized, and moisture is contained. Myth: Winter window installation is wet and dirty Fact: The vast majority of the work performed is from the exterior of the home. Regardless of the time of year and the ground conditions,...

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Energy Efficient Upgrades

By on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A Blast from the Past For most of the 19th & 20th centuries window design was limited to the single pain design. This as it turns out is an extremely in-efficient design for dealing with thermal energy. Ideally your home is designed to modulate the flow of heat. Preserving it in the winter and releasing it in the summer. Standard windows however tend to allow heat to act as it please passing back and forth without much resistance at all. Some studies have shown that single pane windows allow as much as 10 times the amount of heat to escape compared to the same area of insulated wall. That equates to around 15-22% of a heats home annually. A Pane Above Double-pane windows are the next step up in efficiency. Built like a sandwich with a buffer of air or gas in the center. Some windows use argon gas for its grater insulation capabilities as well. The concept is to prevent heat loss through conduction, making it harder for the heat to transfer between the materials and escape. That being said not all double-pane windows are created equal. Many of the cheaper model frames are built from aluminum which conducts heat extremely well virtually negating their heat retention capabilities. Solid wood or vinyls are much better framing options adding a solid boundary to keep the heat from conducting with ease. For all of your Portland Window Replacement questions, Windows Only is always her to help. Feel free to Contact Us  for any questions you may have Cover it Up By using drapes, curtains or blinds to add an additional layer to your windows will not only help with your home’s heat retention but also help keep another problem out: radiation. Radiation energy in the form of heat can pass through glass with ease warming the air and fading your furniture. One simple and inexpensive option is to install translucent low-emissive window coatings. Though thinner than a human hair, they have the capacity to tint the interior of the house and reflect portions of UV radiation. Look it Over When considering whether to replace the windows in your home another thing to consider is the window style and the way...

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Energy Efficiency of New Windows

By on Jun 8, 2015 in Uncategorized |

How New Windows Can Save You Energy Costs During the Summer Months Windows can be one of the first places a home loses its temperate air, and it can also be one of the best places to increase energy efficiencies. Getting the best Portland window replacement for your home will be an investment that saves you money in the long run. It costs money to heat and cool your house, and newer windows will keep air from fluctuating in and out of your home so you can keep your desired temperature without using additional energy. Here are a few ways upgrading your windows can save you money in the long run.   Create a natural ventilation system If you’re home has newer, high-efficiency windows, they’ll work much better for sealing in that cool air and not letting it seep out through window leaks and other inefficiencies. When it cools off at night, you can use your windows to trap that night time cool air. Open your windows before bedtime to let the cool air in, and in the morning close those windows to create a natural ventilation system which keeps the cool air indoors.   Efficient Air Conditionings Once you’ve upgraded your old windows, you can use your A/C more efficiently. If you have an air conditioning system for the summer weather, well insulated windows play a big role in keeping your system running efficiently. If your home has older windows, some of that precious A/C air can be leaking out of the older sealing.   Protecting From the Sun’s Rays Newer, more energy efficient windows shield your home better from the summer heat. Most Energy Star certified windows will significantly reduce the heat that’s allowed into your home from the sun’s rays and outside heat, much more than standard, double-pane windows. Energy Star certified windows have coatings that actually keep out the summer heat from your house, and act like a giant sunscreen to your home, reflecting the heat without keeping out any of the natural light. Energy Trust Rebates & Tax Incentives A Portland window replacement company can help you save money on energy costs, but there are other organizations that can help you save in other...

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What To Do About Drafty Windows

By on May 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Something we hear a lot are questions about solutions to drafty windows. Now of course we might be a little biased about replacing your windows as that is what we do, but the fact is sometimes there are other options. Most of these are short term solutions to long term problems, but if you’re just not quite ready to tackle the Portland window replacement project in your home, then these might be options that could work for you. 1.) Window insulation kit – You can find one of these at virtually any hardware store, or online. This is essentially a large piece of shrink wrap for your windows. You will likely have to have someone help you with the installation. Fair warning about this option, it will give your windows a shrink wrapped look. However it will do the job of cutting down on your heat loss due to drafty windows during the winter. 2.) Caulking – They make window specific caulking that dries almost perfectly clear. Most people think all the drafts are coming from the windows themselves. But a good portion of the drafts could be coming from the framing around the windows too. Take the caulk and run a bead around the window. You can also grab an exterior caulk and run it around the outside. You should instantly notice a reduction in drafts. I like this option because it could potentially fix your drafts permanently without creating an eye sore. However, you will still notice drafts around the window sashes, so you will still have some draft problems. 3.) Draft snakes – Barely an option. You put the cloth “snake” at the bottom of your window. You will notice a lot of people use these for their drafty doors. The problem with the draft snake is that it will only prevent drafts at the sill of the window. You still have three sides to worry about not to mention the window sashes. Again, barely an option. 4.) Rubber sealing strips – Sealing strips are easy to use and will definitely prevent drafts. However, odds are if you are using the sealing strips, they are going to be sticking to your windows or inside trim for...

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How You Know It’s Time For New Windows

By on Apr 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If we’re going to be honest with ourselves, windows are probably one of those aspects of your home that you don’t pay much attention to, aside from the occasional washing or staring into your garden. It seems unusual that we take these important components of our living spaces for granted, and are unaware of how faulty windows can actually cost us time and money. You might never have given a thought to replacing or restoring your windows, but here are 5 tell-tale signs that you probably should. 1. Damaged Trim Older windows, particularly those made out of wood, are prone to rotting, cracking and warping from water damage over time. Cracked or rotting window trims lead to mold growth and peeling paint is a sign of overexposure to the elements. If your window trims are looking a little worse for wear, it’s probably time to replace your windows. 2. Draftiness If all the windows in your home are closed, but you still feel a draft – your windows aren’t doing their job. Odds are that the seal has been damaged or broken, and moisture leaking into your home can cause cracked trims, mold, and even damage to your furniture and carpets. A simple way to test for a draft is to do the candle test. Just hold a burning candle up to a closed window and if the flame flickers out, you need new windows. 3. Lack of Insulation Pay attention to the temperature of your windows during the season’s change. If your windows are very cold in the winter and warm in the summer, that means the insulation is not up to par. When your windows aren’t properly insulated, it will put pressure on your home’s HVAC system. This leads to higher heating and cooling costs, and almost literally throwing money out the window. By purchasing new windows, you can actually cut costs in the long term. Especially with today’s energy efficient window options. 4. Cloudiness Most windows are double pane or triple pane and the panes are designed to keep moisture out. However, when windows frost or ice over in the winter, it is a sign that condensation has built up inside the pane. This leads to...

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