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Select this option if you need multiple types or assistance in determining the best type for your project.

SKYLIGHTS
Allow natural light into top floor rooms such as attics that may not have walls for windows.

AWNING WINDOWS
Like casement windows, they crank out, but the sash opens upward instead of sideways.

STORM WINDOWS Protect older windows against energy inefficiency and are an economical option.

SLIDER/GLIDER
These windows feature a sliding track allowing the sashes to move left and right.

SINGLE HUNG WINDOWS Only the bottom sash opens. The top half of the window is stationary.

DOUBLE HUNG
Both sashes move up and down. Generally both sashes will pop in for easy cleaning.

BAY/BOW WINDOWS Generally protrude out from the exterior wall of a home, creating a wide view and wide window sill inside.

CASEMENT WINDOWS These windows crank out and allow maximum air flow in and out of a home.

BASEMENT EGRESS These maximize light in a basement and are also used for safety.

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Dundee Replacement Windows

Dundee replacement windows give your home new life while reducing your energy costs. A full Portland window replacement for the entire house is a costly undertaking. Good quality replacement windows do not come cheap, but doing your home improvements in stages can help soften the blow to your budget. An Oregon window dealer can help work with your home and budget to find the best Dundee replacement windows for your needs.

Dundee is a small Oregon city near Portland. The climate here is mild year-round, but winters are very wet and heatwaves can sweep through in the summer. Dundee replacement windows help regulate temperatures and save you on heating and cooling. Replacements also take some of the burden off of air conditioning and heating systems, saving you money down the road in repairs and replacements.

After years of a stagnant housing market, things are beginning to look up. Dundee residents who plan to list their homes in the near future can benefit from an investment in replacement windows. Attractive replacements enhance curb appeal, and the Portland area is known as the "greenest" city in America. Energy-efficient fixtures are a major draw in Dundee, from both an environmental and economical standpoint.

Choosing Fixed or Operable Windows

When choosing a style of Dundee replacement windows, homeowners must first choose between fixed and operable options. A fixed window does not open, while an operable window gives owners the freedom to open and close it. Each option has advantages and disadvantages.

Many people enjoy being able to open their windows when the weather is nice. During most of the year in northern OR, natural ventilation can keep a Dundee home comfortable without the expense of artificial heating and cooling. Most styles of Oregon replacement window units are operable, so consumers have a wide variety to select from. From a safety standpoint, an operable window can save lives during a fire.

On the other hand, operable windows have moving parts, which means more frequent malfunction and repairs. An operable window is also susceptible to water damage if it is not sealed tightly, which leads to rotting of the frame and the potential for severe structural damage. Casements that swing out are exposed to the elements, and some materials will crack or fade in sunlight. The runners on a sash window need regular cleaning and maintenance, so consider how much time you want to invest in keeping your Dundee replacement windows in good working order. On the other side of the safety coin is the ease with which burglars can enter through an open or unlocked window.

A fixed replacement window may feel limiting to some since it cannot be opened to let in fresh air, but it still has its advantages. A fixed window requires far less maintenance because its parts do not move. They are more secure from home invasion, and children are less likely to be injured from closing the window on themselves or crawling out. Some very attractive styles of Dundee replacement windows are fully fixed or have fixed components, like picture-, bay-, and bow-style windows. Finally, in the wet OR winter, there is less risk of leaking and water damage through a tightly-sealed fixed window.

Looking for Energy Star Labels

Many Dundee replacement window manufacturers proudly display the Energy Star symbol on their products. The label indicates that a window has undergone rigorous testing to meet the federal government's regulations for energy efficiency. There are several guarantees that an Energy Star product carries: it will save you a considerable amount in energy costs over a reasonable length of time and the difference in cost between an energy-efficient product and one without the label will be made up by your energy savings over time. The product also carries the performance features you want in addition to energy-efficiency, and its performance is distinctively different than a standard replacement window.

One incentive for purchasing Energy Star-rated Dundee replacement windows is the tax credits. The qualifications and credit amount change each year, so talk to a Dundee window dealer about your options. Even without the credit, you will save money on your utility bills.

The Energy Star label does tend to carry a higher price-tag along with it. High-performance Dundee replacement windows are available, even if they have not undergone or did not meet the standards of Energy Star testing. Look for these ratings: the U-factor is a measure of the rate of heat loss, so look for 0.30 or lower. You also want the lowest air leakage score available, which means the product is sealed tightly all over. Dundee replacement windows can control how much solar heat they let in; a high solar heat gain coefficient of 0.30-0.60 will help naturally heat your home in winter, and a low number of less than 0.40 will let in less heat to keep it cool.

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