Portland weather can be brutal, so if you’re wondering which windows are best for stormy seasons, we’ve got proven solutions that will bolster your home’s insulation and protect it from the elements—without the hassle of adding storm windows.
Some homes are equipped with storm windows, which are used to resist cool drafts and act as a thicker barrier from exterior elements. They come with the added task of removing them once warmer weather rolls around. They may help with energy efficiency while installed in colder months, but any energy savings they provide isn’t available during the warmer months when the air conditioner may be running.
The Problem with Old Aluminum Storm Windows
- Guarantees high maintenance—Manpower is needed to install storm windows and take them out each year as seasons change. It’s harder to clean your glass when storm windows are in place.
- Decreases energy efficiency—A portable storm window often leaks, and won’t insulate your home from outdoor heat and cold like replacement windows.
- Doesn’t add to resale value—Buyers are looking for an energy-efficient home, and storm windows indicate inefficiency.
- Results in moisture intrusion—Aluminum storm windows aren’t airtight so they can trap moisture between the two panes, which can lead to condensation. They should allow moisture to escape, but some get installed in such a way that moisture gets trapped, hindering views and causing unsightly mold.
- Not attractive—Storm windows aren’t typically custom-made for your windows, so it’s tough to get a good fit. Although aluminum storm windows typically look better than vinyl ones, either can diminish the look of your home exterior.
Portland experiences long, cold winters and frequent storms. Aluminum storm windows are not the best option, and can be a hassle to install and remove each year.
The Benefits of Andersen Coastal Impact Windows
Living in the greater Portland area comes with a host of benefits, but storms are part of the climate, so you need to be ready for them. Andersen’s hurricane-strength windows with Stormwatch protection defend your home from storms, particularly if you live near the coast.
1. Simplify your preparations for storms
High-wind events can occur in the Portland area, causing storm season to put people on edge if their home isn’t safeguarded properly. Andersen windows with Stormwatch protection are designed, engineered, and manufactured to withstand severe weather conditions, giving you the highest level of fortification for your home. When you know severe weather is on its way, Stormwatch protection helps you rest at ease that you have the best possible security for your home.
2. Get a wide range of design options
Enjoy the look you love with the multiple selections from Andersen’s Coastal products.
- A-Series Impact Windows—This series of windows all contain the durable Stormwatch protection, featuring exterior composite materials that withstand corrosive coastal conditions while giving your home a classic look. These windows are highly energy-efficient, with hidden structural reinforcements, and available in a wide variety of colors and finishes. They provide extreme defense for your home from severe storms.
- E-Series Impact Windows—These windows are made to exact specifications for unmatched design flexibility using a wide variety of options and accessories. Get the perfect combination of beauty and function that will stand up to harsh weather conditions. Match your design preferences with 50 standard exterior colors to choose from.
- 400 Series Impact Windows—This exceptional value for the investment gives you technology that has been used successfully in coastal environments for over 50 years, displaying their reliable performance even in the harshest weather conditions. Exterior vinyl cladding resists salt spray and sea air. They are available in 7 colors, and never need painting. Note: not all 400 Series products are available with Stormwatch® protection, but they still have a great reputation for performance during storms.
- 100 Series Windows—For coastal regions where weather is a concern and higher performance requirements are needed, boost your 100 Series windows with a PG50 upgrade with hidden structural reinforcements.
3. Shield your home with impact-resistant glass
For maximum protection, impact-resistant glass helps guard your home against windborne debris and eliminates the time and effort it takes to store and install storm panels or shutters.
- Low-E Impact-Resistant Glass—Get all the benefits of impact-resistant glass while adding an insulating air space to keep your home cool each summer and warm each winter.
- Low-E SmartSun™ Impact-Resistant Glass—Enjoy the benefits of Low-E4 glass, and defend your home from the sun’s heat. This glass filters out 95% of harmful UV rays, but doesn’t hinder natural light from teeming through your windows.
- Low-E Sun Impact-Resistant Glass—Get all the benefits of Low-E4 glass with added tint for maximum protection from the intense sun.
- Low-E4 SmartSun™ Monolithic Impact-Resistant Glass—This glass is reinforced with a clear plastic laminate sandwiched between two panes to resist impact, forced entry, and noise intrusion.
4. Performance options available to match code requirements
Building code requirements can be tough in coastal regions, and for good reason. Depending on your home’s location and its layout, select from a variety of Andersen’s Stormwatch performance options to satisfy local code requirements.
5. Rest at ease with top rated windows
Andersen windows are rated #1 in performance by surveys of U.S. contractors, builders, and architects. You can live in peace, knowing your home is well defended from both storms and intruders with these premium windows.
Reliable Windows and Expert Installation
Windows provide security, protection from the elements, indoor comfort, energy savings, and beauty to your home. At Lifetime Exteriors, we understand how stressful it can be to have failing windows. We’ve helped hundreds of Portland area homeowners by installing beautiful Andersen Windows to keep their home well protected from the storms.
To find the best window solutions for your Portland home, get an estimate now.