Each fall, as the weather turns chilly and the first coats of frost paint the world crystalline, customers who have recently had new windows installed call us up with a worried tone in their voice to say, “Oh no, my windows are failing! There’s condensation on them!”

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There are too many junk articles about windows out there! Some are clearly baloney— pure content filler. Some are less transparent in their nonsense. Even Angie’s List, a reputable, multi-million dollar home services website, contains inaccurate and out-of-date information. As with so much content on the Internet, one must trawl through a ridiculous amount of questionable material in order to fish out a few nuggets of truth, fact, guidance, direction.

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Windows need to be replaced when they need to be replaced. Of course, it’s easy to ignore that they need replacing when you’re lazing about your cool, shady home in the summertime with no thought of winter’s bitter chill. But then comes fall again, and there’s that draft, and that condensation, and that mildew (and did I mention that draft?), and then finally that groaning resignation: But it’s fall; it’s too late to replace them now! And so, you find yourself entering into another cold season with inadequate windows and astronomical heating bills.

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Since double pane windows do such a great job of protecting against hot, cold, drafts, noise, condensation, etc., then triple pane should do an even better job, right?

The answer is…not really. “More” just doesn’t always equate with “better,” and in this case that is doubly (or would it be triply?) true.

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How is your window search going? Sort of exasperating? It’s understandable considering how vast the world of windows is. Not all choices are equal, and discerning which high-end window is right for your home is neither a quick nor a simple task. You want a window that emphasizes the unique character and beauty of your home, that harmonizes with (and perhaps stands out from) the architectural conventions of your surrounding neighbors, and that offers the highest amount of security, comfort, and energy efficiency possible. So where to start?

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Great article from HGTV: 8 Types of Windows
From bay windows to casements, learn about your options before purchasing.

Windows and Doors in Portland Oregon

Photo courtesy of Anderson Windows and Doors

What Are Your Needs?
There are many different types of windows that make up the construction of your house. Windows allow natural light to flood your rooms during the day and let in air to keep it fresh and dry. Your windows also help define the style of your house whether it is traditional or modern. You can customize nearly any window to suit your changing tastes and needs. Photo courtesy of Anderson Windows and Doors.

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Leaving your A/C on throughout the summer months can be just as costly as winter heating, but you can reduce your high summer energy bills by following these energy saving tips:

  • For maximum ventilation, open windows both high and low in your home. Doing so
    pulls cool air in from down low and releases hot air up high.
  • Open windows at both ends of your home to let air circulate freely.
  • Close windows and blinds early in the morning before temperatures heat up. Open
    them up again in the evening to flush your home with cooler air.
  • Upgrade to Energy Efficient Windows. By replacing older, single pane windows with
    well-insulated, heat-reflecting energy efficient windows, you will greatly cut
    down on the amount of heat entering (and lingering in) your home.

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There’s so much to enjoy about an indoor/outdoor living space. Whether the effect is achieved through sliding patio doors, French hinged doors, or other clever remodeling innovations, when your indoor living space is connected with the outdoors, the seamless flow between home and garden will lift the spirits and create a sense of roominess and luxury in a way that no other straightforward remodeling project can.

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Windows serve many more functions that one might initially think. They are not simply the medium by which the sunlight enters into our home, they are also moderators of airflow, heat and cold, an accessory to our home’s beauty, and our view to the outside world. When considering purchasing new window replacements, follow these three guidelines to help facilitate your decision-making process.

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Before and after photos are a great way to see how big of an impact vinyl replacement windows can make on your home. Not only do they offer less visible benefits, such as increased energy efficiency, protection from UV rays and noise reduction, but you can choose from vinyl window styles and custom options to perfectly match the look of your home. If you are thinking about an investment in replacing home windows, take a look at our photo gallery to see what a difference they can make!

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