Window Projects and Services in Portland, OR
If you are planning to build a new home, alter or add an extension it is important to think through exactly what your needs for these spaces are. When placing windows you need to make sure your privacy is not compromised, they are energy efficient, and how the space around your windows will be influenced by the placement of the furniture. Basic features to consider are: light, ventilation, and security. It is really important to choose the correct window style for each particular space in your home or construction because it will ultimately add value. Windows will add charm to a room’s décor, control the exposure of sunlight and outside air to that space.
An important consideration when deciding where to install any window is the environment. Weather conditions can change dramatically from season to season, as well as throughout the day and night. Minimizing the number of windows on the north side of a home may be important if your area experiences harsh winters. Extreme heat and long hours of bright sunshine can also take its toll so consider fewer windows on the south and west sides of the building. Adding or changing windows may well dramatically change the focal point of your space and larger windows can highlight a great view, reveal a poor one, or increase security issues. Be sure to consider the area and environment of the windows location to access the impact on your interior.|Adding or changing windows may well dramatically change the focal point of your space and larger windows can highlight a great view, reveal a poor one, or increase security issues. Weather conditions can change dramatically from season to season, as well as throughout the day and night. Minimizing the number of windows on the north side of a home may be important if your area experiences harsh winters. Be sure to consider the area and environment of the windows location to access what you are going to allow inside.Extreme heat and long hours of bright sunshine can also take its toll so consider fewer windows on the south and west sides of the building.|Be sure to consider the area and environment of the windows location to access the impact on your interior. Extreme heat and long hours of bright sunshine can also take its toll so consider fewer windows on the south and west sides of the building. Weather conditions can change dramatically from season to season, as well as throughout the day and night. Minimizing the number of windows on the north side of a home may be important if your area experiences harsh winters. Adding or changing windows may well dramatically change the focal point of your space and larger windows can highlight a great view, reveal a poor one, or increase security issues.
New windows for any project are a can be a substantial investment, it pays to consider asking the advice of a professional, especially one who has had extensive experience in installing or repairing them. They will know which type of window is best for each particular space in a home or office. Often different spaces require windows to function in unique ways. They must be easy to open and clean, providing plenty of light, ventilation, yet have a weather-tight seal to keep out winter chills or summer’s swelter.
If your windows are focused on maximizing the view then consider the impact on your energy requirements. A well-positioned window can reduce heating and cooling bills by acting as a passive solar collector during the cooler months and by providing ventilation in hotter seasons. Look at pictures of different styles of windows and decide which product best suits your specific space. Carefully consider which product offers the best energy efficiency, durability, easy maintenance, and security for that area. Another important concern is how a new window will impact the livability and functionality of the room. Analyze and consider the direction the window faces and this will help you take advantage of sunlight or shade. Questions to ask are will a breeze flow from that window or will the room be stifling hot in mid-July? Check on the required building code mandates to make sure your changes or new windows satisfy the requirements.
Listed below are some of the Window choices you have for your project.
Casement windows. These come with many attractive design features and are easy to operate, some have tandem latches or single lever locking systems providing good security. They pivot on hinges mounted on the side, with a contemporary style and good ventilation. Generally they have a good reputation for weather-tight construction. Other pluses are some manufacturers – not all - make models with quality sliding mechanisms, seat hardware and can accept air conditioners and screens.
Double-hung windows. These windows slide out and down, have a traditional look, their spring mounted operating mechanism is virtually trouble free. They generally consist of three parts; a central window generally fixed, parallel to an existing wall, and two side windows. They are normally each set at 30, 45, or 60 degree angle. The deep sill area provides shelf space which is so useful.
Bow windows. Depending on the size of the units, a bow window can become an extension of the room, especially if the view is appealing. The curved appearance provides a subtle change in the rooms shape. These have four or more units set at incremental angles to one another.
Garden windows. It is always good to get a quote first from an expert because if you don’t have the tools or skills you may regret your lack of foresight later. These can be installed by a professional or come in kits that fit into an existing window space that can be added to any room in the home. These bring the outside into a room by creating shelf space, fresh air and sunlight..
Sliding windows. This design provides restricted ventilation because only half of the window can be opened at given time. If you are on a tight budget and have a wonderful view, then it is worth considering. These require little maintenance and are relatively inexpensive.
Awning windows. These pivot on hinges mounted on the top of the frame and function well in combination with other windows because they provide ventilation without letting in moisture. They could be a good choice if your climate is damp.
Fixed windows. This is a good option to be used with other window designs such as awning, casements, or double hung. They are not designed to be opened but can be included in any shape or size for any room.
Window groupings. By mixing up your designs in different patterns they can be used in dramatic ways becoming a focal point of a room, highlighting an amazing view or letting in sunlight.
Skylights. Skylights act as solar collectors on sunny days, if you choose one that opens it provides ventilation in that particular space. These bring extra light into rooms which have limited wall space for traditional windows or into spaces without direct access to a window, such as an attic.
In summary - Window are an essential component in any project. Some helpful guidelines for choosing the right window styles for a new construction or an extension are: a) If your priority is air circulation then Casement Windows are the best because the entire window opens. b) A windows surface area must equal at least 8% of the floor area in habitable work rooms. c) The minimal openable area of the windows must equal at least 4% of the room’s floor area. d) Bathroom windows must be at least 3 square feet, and at least half of the window must open. e) Building codes differ in many states - windows normally must open and operate from the inside, exit to a street, alley, yard, court, or porch. f) Specialty glasses such as: Glass blocks, frosted glass, leaded glass, and stained glass can be utilized to allow natural sunlight into a space yet maintaining your privacy.
A good tradesman will always check that all the pieces are present for the unit before installing. The new window hardware should be steady and the Sash lock or opening mechanism operating smoothly. Carefully check the glass has no cracks or cloudy areas. The weather stripping should be uniform, tight and aligned perfectly. All the hinges must operate and move easily, they shouldn’t be too tight or stiff. The security lock holes correctly positioned. The finish should be even and have no damaged paint work or unsightly wood grain blemishes. Each window has a seal of quality from any of the industry testing organizations such as: American Wood Windows Institute, American National Standards Institute, Architectural Aluminum Manufacturers Association, and National Woodwork Manufacturers Association. Also the National Fenestration rating tests windows and doors for heat loss, U-value, R-value, and solar heat gain. If you check in manufacturers’ catalogs they will indicate the energy efficiency of the unit. Higher R-values indicate better insulating properties. Top quality windows can have an R-value as high as 4.0.
Just click on the link and give us your contact details so we can provide you with 2 – 3 free no obligation quotes for your project because sometimes all this information can seem overwhelming! We can assist you in the process of assessing your window needs for your project.
- Kinniburgh Construction, LLC
- 623 NE 68th Ave
- Portland , OR, 97213