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Choosing Windows In The Pacific Northwest.
Choosing windows isn’t as simple as going with a look you like. Durability and performance are key factors to be considered, and windows will perform and age differently in different areas of the country. Here’s a suggestion to what to look for and what to avoid living in the Pacific Northwest.
Residents of this area love their views, and finding windows that offer plenty of glass without sacrificing energy efficiency is essential.
Best choices: Moisture-resistant window materials such as vinyl, wood-resin composite and fibreglass will hold up well.
Choosing windows with a high resistance to temperature transference is a must; look for U-values of 0.3 or lower for optimum insulative properties. On the flip side, summer is a traditionally mild, short season here, so look for windows with a higher solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC).
*SHGC measures how much of the sun’s heat will pass through a window. For the average home, a lower SHGC is better, especially in areas with very hot summers.