Let’s face it, it gets cold and drafty in the Portland Metro Area. Replacement windows aren’t something that should be a hard decision for anyone to make. If you’re sick of tired old windows swelling, peeling, sticking, and holding moisture while letting all the drafts through, then it’s long past time to replace and renew the windows in your home.
The popular Shakespere quote, "The eyes are the windows to the soul", can also be applied to your home. Windows are the "soul" of your home that allow you to look out, and allow others to look in. They can be both functional and astetically pleasing to the eye. Of course, not all window type are applicable to all circumstances, but the list below can serve as inspiration for your projects. Give us a call or use the get a quote button below and we can discuss your project.
Single-Hung windows have a lower sash (the sliding part of the window) that can be slid up to provide ventilation, but the upper sash is fixed and un-movable. These windowa are subject to more air leakage than casement windows.
Double-Hung windows operate much like single-hung execpt that both the upper and lower sash can both be slid open. These are excellent windows for areas that need more ventilation because they allow warm air to flow naturally out the upper sash and colder air in throught the lower sash.
These windows slide open sideways and are some of the least expensive windows to install. Excellent for airflow and ease of use due to having no mechanical parts, this window type is a good choice as a basement window or those opening out to a deck or porch.
Accent windows are available in a standard rectangular design or shapes that offer more visual variety, such as an octagon. These windows are usually fixed and don't allow ventilation.
Bay windows are an excellent resource for architects to create angles and projections on a building structure. Bay windows allow light to enter at different angles, and most bays include side windows that can be opened for airflow. Bays are commonly used in kitchens and family rooms, where the large sill of the window can be used for plants or a window seat.
Basement hopper windows are hinged on the bottom and open from the top. They can provide airflow for a basement and are typically placed low on an exterior wall.
Storm Windows reduce the flow of air into the home, providing an economical way to increase the energy efficiency of single-pane windows. The space between the storm window and the existing window acts as added insulation. These are also offered in double and triple frame varieties for even more insulation against outside temperatures.
Casement windows open out and usually pivot from side hinges. Many casements have fairly large glass panes to provide ample light that is uninterrupted by muntin bars or other framing. Casements also typically offer more open ventilation area than other window types. When closed and locked, casement windows can make a very effective seal for improved energy performance. Casement windows should not open out into traffic lanes.
Picture windows are best in areas where airflow is not important because they do not open. They are often large glass expanses occupying the center portion of a wall to provide broad views and ample sunlight. Picture windows also work well for high windows in two-story foyers. Because they do not open, picture windows are less prone to air leakage than operable windows, but their large glass panes can lose or gain a lot of heat (compared to an insulated wall), even with energy-efficient double-pane construction.