What Makes Milgard a Premium Vinyl Window Brand?

When vinyl construction products first came on the market many consumers were skeptical. How could a plastic be better than wood or metal construction materials? While it is true the older products would warp, yellow, and crack, modern vinyl products have come a long way. This is in part thanks to manufacturers like Milgard, who want nothing but the best for their customers. Today vinyl windows are sturdy, durable, and practically maintenance free.

First, What is Vinyl?

The Milgard vinyl frames are made of polyvinyl chloride (PVC), a construction grade plastic. Each manufacturer has a different compound for their vinyl—a recipe of sorts. Vinyl takes a mixture of fillers, chemicals, pigments, and plasticizers. This combination of materials dictates the long-term characteristics of the material. For example, heat resistance comes from titanium dioxide. And organic tin stops yellowing. Milgard produces their own vinyl to exacting standards in a controlled environment. Their products do not contain any fillers to ensure the final result is a stable, high performance window.

How Do I Know it is Quality Vinyl?

Here are a few things to look for in a top notch product like Milgard vinyl windows in Portland, OR:

Physical Examination

You can’t rely on price to determine quality, you need to look at the construction material. Lower quality vinyl often has a polar blue tint to delay the yellowing process. This usually means they didn’t use enough organic tin. Windows with high amounts of titanium dioxide and organic tin will almost always be pure white.

Welded Seams

There are two main methods for vinyl window construction: welding or mechanical connections. Fully welded construction is another sign of high quality vinyl windows. For this manufactures take advantage of vinyl’s chemistry. Once the sections of the frame are measured and cut, they heat the mitered corners and assemble the frame. With this method the vinyl molecules interlock, and once it cools, two pieces of vinyl become one. Mechanical joints involve brackets, screws, and caulking. This method does not hold up as well during transport or installation.

Multi-Chamber Design

You should also be able to take a look at a cross section of the vinyl window. A higher number of empty chambers in varying sizes also points to higher quality. Not only do more edges mean a stronger weld, it also means better insulation and energy efficiency.

Energy Efficiency

Thanks to the National Fenestration Ratings Council (NFRC), you have even more information about energy ratings. You can compare values from product to product. While it doesn’t tell you if the vinyl is quality, it will tell you the U-Factor and Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC). These measurements show you just how well the window reduces heat loss and helps you save energy.

Choosing EnergyGuard for Milgard Vinyl Windows

All Milgard vinyl products undergo rigorous testing to ensure quality and consistency, which is why we stand behind them. With over 40 years of experience in the industry, at EnergyGuard we know a quality product when we see one. Milgard offers superior quality, design, and material options in all their products. Want to check some of them out for yourself? Call us today at 503-554-5500 for a free consultation, no obligation. Or if you are near Portland, OR come see our showroom at 516 E. 2nd St Newberg, OR 97132.

EnergyGuard Featured Window Brand: Milgard

Windows are an important aspect of your home. They let in light and natural breezes. They protect you from the elements and unwanted intruders. They lower your energy expenses and make a design statement in your home. It is no wonder you want the best when it comes to choosing replacement windows. And we have found the best in Milgard Windows. They offer a wide variety of styles and lines to choose from, and you are sure to find the perfect. Here are some details about their outstanding products.

Window Materials

Choosing new windows often starts with the basic material. And with Milgard, you have a few material options to choose from. These include:

Wood

This is a classic option, and for good reason. The warm wood grain adds beauty and class to any space. The material is also paintable and an excellent insulator. Wood is strong, easy to work with, and compliments any form of architecture. However, these windows do require more maintenance with regular sealing, staining, or repainting.

Fiberglass

Over the last few years, fiberglass has grown steadily in popularity. This wood alternative is strong and can securely hold larger spans of glass. It is low maintenance, paintable, and another top-notch insulator. Fiberglass also expands and contracts at the same rate as regular glass, meaning you get tighter seals. Best of all you can pair a fiberglass exterior finish with a real wood interior, getting the best of both worlds.

Vinyl

The new kid on the block so to speak, vinyl is quickly overtaking wood and aluminum in terms of popularity. These windows are made from construction grade Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC). And because Milgard manufactures its own vinyl, the compound contains no extra fillers. It is a strong, flexible material that will not warp, rot, or fade. These windows require little to no maintenance to keep them looking like new. They also provide exceptional energy efficiency. While the colors of vinyl are limited, you are sure to find a style from our seven finishing options to complement your home. Best of all, these windows come with the most affordable pricing on the market.

Aluminum

As a well-recognized and well-loved window frame option, nothing quite compares to aluminum. It is timeless and is still a popular choice for architects and homeowners alike. Why? Because they offer a slim profile and narrow sight lines. Basically, these are always beautiful windows in almost any space. Light, yet strong, we can configure these windows into a variety of shapes, sizes, and combinations. Unfortunately, the beauty comes with a cost. These window frames do not insulate as well as other materials.

Window Styles

Next, you choose the style of window based on function and design. This is where you get to have some fun! Some of the design options include:

  • Awning
  • Baw
  • Bow
  • Casement
  • Double hung
  • Garden window
  • Horizontal slider
  • Picture
  • Radius
  • Single Hung

Benefits of Milgard Windows

Milgard windows offer more than just functionality. These windows are stylish, more sustainable, and come with an industry-leading lifetime warranty. They offer award-winning windows. Each component is developed from hours of testing and attention to the smallest detail. You get unmatched style, strength, and standards when you choose to use Milgard.

Contact EnergyGuard Today

Want to learn more about this prestigious brand of replacement windows in Portland, OR and see some of their designs up close and personal? Do not hesitate to call our office at 503-554-5500 or visit us at 516 E. 2nd St Newberg, OR 97132. We will schedule a free in-home design consultation and estimate. You can see what these windows will look like in your home and feel confident in your decision.

5 Window Cleaning Secrets to Make Your Windows Shine!

By March, our drizzly gray days start to wear on even the most die-hard Oregonians. When the sun finally comes out, you might notice that all the rain we’ve been getting has made your windows gunky and difficult to see through. Hiring a professional window washer is great, but it can be costly.

Here are 5 secrets to having super clean windows – without spending a fortune:

  1. To make windows and mirrors sparkle, dip a clean cloth in a 50/50 mixture of borax and water or denatured alcohol and wipe down. Polish with a lint-free rag or paper towel.
  1. To achieve the highest shine and clearest view on windows and other glass surfaces, after washing and drying thoroughly, wipe them down with a clean, dry blackboard eraser.
  1. To clean windows that you’ve put off for so long that they’re now absolutely filthy and completely daunting, add three Tablespoons of clear ammonia (not sudsy ammonia, which will leave streaks) or three Tablespoons of vinegar to a small bucket of cool water. (Note: Do not use both ammonia and vinegar, as they will neutralize each other)
  1. For particularly hard spots, use full-strength rubbing alcohol or mineral spirits, a clean rag, and some elbow grease.
  1. To get accumulated grit out of window edges and corners, use a Q-tip dipped in vinegar. Rinse thoroughly afterwards.

free-consultationIf tackling this window cleaning projects inspires you to replace some old windows or doors, don’t hesitate to give EnergyGuard Windows and Doors a call.

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5 Ways to Lower Your Energy Bill This Spring

window_film You may not be able to control the cost of some of your monthly expenses, but you CAN control how much you spend on your energy bill. Try these 5 tips to help you save money this spring:

1. Soften those rays
Closing the curtains and lowering the blinds on the sunny side of your house will help keep you cooler on hot days. If you don’t want to obstruct the view, consider applying window film to the glass. Both the do-it-yourself cut-and-stick type and the professionally applied films will reduce radiant heat while allowing you to see through them. Similarly, the Rocky Mountain Institute suggests using outdoor awnings and, if you live in an area that is warm all year round, even painting your house a light color to reflect heat away.

2. Get your annual checkup
Your house’s biggest electricity guzzler is the air conditioner (and heating in the winter), accounting for as much as half of your energy bill. Make sure your systems are running at their highest efficiency by having annual professional cleanings and checkups. To help you remember, schedule a service call either when you set your clocks forward in the spring or back in the fall.

3. Landscape for a cooler home
Keep the greenery trimmed around your air conditioners for more efficient air flow. Similarly, if you have a central air conditioner, sweep away any leaves or other debris that accumulated near it over the winter.

4. Touch that dial
Don’t keep your thermostat at a steady temperature. When you’re away at work or asleep, turn it up so your air conditioner doesn’t click on as often. Better yet, get a programmable house thermostat or a timer on your window units. That way you can come home to a cool house without running your air conditioner all day. Do the same in winter with your heat. Raising or lowering the temperature can save as much as $100 a year. Heat pumps are one exception to this rule. “A heat pump is more electrically efficient if it is kept at a constant setting,” according to George Lewis of the energy company PPL Corporation.

5. Replace your light bulbs
Fluorescent bulbs may be more expensive initially, but they are definitely worth the investment. A single standard incandescent light bulb can cost the same to operate as six to 10 fluorescent bulbs—and the fluorescents last about 10 times longer. There are lots of new shapes and types, including attractive compact units that give off a pleasing, soft illumination like traditional bulbs. But “be sure your electric eyes and timers are rated for fluorescent,” says Alan Muenzel, owner of DAM Home Inspections, Salt Lake City.

Need help designing the perfect windows and doors for your home remodel and/or window and door replacement project? We have energy saving design install tips for every budget!

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EnergyGuard Windows Celebrating National “Corn Chip Day “

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EnergyGuard Windows is celebrating National “Corn Chip Day” today in our showroom.

When visiting our window replacement showroom you will normally smell something yummy cooking.  Since today is National Corn Chip Day we will be cooking Frito Pie…    Call us to make a appointment to come to the showroom.  While you are checking our replacement windows and doors you to can have some Frito Pie…  If for any reason you cannot make it to our showroom you can still enjoy some Frito Pie with our recipe posted below.

Here is a little tidbit of information on the corn chip.

The first corn chips were brought to us in the 1930’s.  They were Frito Lay’s Corn Chips. Then came the Frito Pie or as some call it Frito Casserole.

There are a few stories about the Frito Pie origins and many renditions of the recipe.

One story is that the founder of Frito Lay’s mother came up with the recipe.  The other is that in the 1960’s a woman named Teresa Hernandez, a cook at the Woolworth’s lunch counter in Santa Fe invented the recipe.  Either way we love it.

 

Frito Pie Caserole by EnergyGuard Windows & Doors

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees

 Ingredients:

2 14 oz cans of chili (hot or mild and with or without beans)

1 onion diced

1 – 2 jalapeno diced

1 red bell pepper diced

Chopped cilantro

1 large bag Fritos

3 cups of shredded cheese ( yellow cheese or just experiment with what you like)

avocado, lettuce, radishes, as side condiments

Directions:

In a 9 x 9 baking dish spread a thin layer of Fritos along the bottom

Pour ½ of your heated chili over the bottom layer of Fritos

Sprinkle with cheese, onions, cilantro and red peppers

Completely cover with another layer of Fritos

Repeat until you have as many layers as you like.

Bake at 350 Oven for about 25 to 30 minutes, or until bubbly around the edges and the cheese is melted.

Serve with the avocado, lettuce radishes and anything else you like.

Yummy

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Does Window Replacement Have To Wait for Warmer Weather?

rain windowA common misconception that homeowners have is that they have to wait until warmer weather to replace their windows and doors.  False False False.

The window replacement installation process that  EnergyGuard Windows & Doors implements allows us to install windows and doors year round, especially in cold and rainy weather.  In fact, the sooner you get your windows replaced,  this winter,  the better it will be on your pocketbook when it comes to winter heating bills.

If the window and door openings are covered by overhangs etc, then there is no problem installing regardless if it is raining or not.  We have tents that we work under so that the tools and new windows have minimum exposure to the rain.  There are extra steps taken in the rainy days like using more drop cloths and removing shoes when possible  to insure that our installation crew is not tracking the outside elements in.  When replacing your windows we will only remove one window at a time,  which allows for a minimum amount of energy loss as well as limits the cold coming into the house.  We also use All Weather caulks and sealants to seal the windows and doors at the time of installation.

So now that we have fixed the misconception about cold weather window installation maybe it is  time for you to get your windows and doors replaced so that you can start saving money on your energy bills, right?  True True True

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10 Ways To Winterize Your Doors & Windows

freezing-coldFreezing temperatures have arrived.  Here are 10 tips for how to winterize your windows and doors so you don’t get left out in the cold. If you have a suggestion that isn’t in the list be sure to add it in the comments below.

  1. Replace any old or inefficient windows. Windows are one of the major ways heat leaks out of your house.
  2. Seal off drafty windows and patio doors with clear plastic.
  3. If you have a lot of outside doors that leak air, you can seal a few off using plastic or caulk putty.
  4. Try replacing the weather stripping around the doors in your home.
  5. Uncover all south-facing windows to let all possible sunlight in your home.
  6. Check windows for leaks. Windows with wooden frames often warp and become inefficient.
  7. Caulk both sides of the trim around your windows.  This is an area where a lot of air can get in.
  8. If your home has a sliding glass door, check the seal on the bottom to make sure it isn’t letting in cold air.
  9. Install storm doors to help keep out drafts.
  10. Make sure that there aren’t any drafts coming in under doors. If there are, consider using a rubber strip to seal them off.

We hope these tips help you keep the cold out this winter!

 

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Winter Is Coming: How To Weatherize Your Home

(article reprinted from Re-Nest)

We know, we know. Just writing those words hurt our hearts. But it’s true: the first day of Fall (has come and gone), which means Winter is right around the corner. Now is the time to weatherize your home before the heat is blasting in (and probably escaping out of) your home. Did you know that the amount of heat escaping through cracks in the average house is equivalent to having an open window year round? Inadequate insulation and air leakage are the leading causes of energy waste in homes. Cut down on the chilly drafts, reduce your heating bills, and slash your overall home energy use this winter with the following tips:

  •  Get an energy audit. Make an appointment for an energy rater, as they’re also called, to come to your home and assess its energy performance and recommend a solution. You can find energy raters through the Residential Energy Services Network or from Energy Star, a joint program of the U.S. Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency.
  • Do a walk-through of your home and look for cracks, holes, leaks, and drafty areas. Make sure to check around windows and doors, electrical outlets, heating vents, fireplaces, baseboards, and attic spaces. Apply weather-stripping around drafty doorjambs and windowsills, and use sealant or caulking to fill in the cracks in ceilings and floors. Weather stripping can be purchased at most major retail stores and comes in vinyl, spring metal or adhesive-backed varieties. An expanding foam sealant is best for large cracks, while caulk works better on small holes and gaps. The Energy Department also has tips on performing this DIY energy audit.
  • Inspect your heating system. Chances are your heater has some faulty ducts, so you’re losing a large percentage of your heat. Check the furnace filters and replace them as needed. Have a professional check and clean the system once a year.
  • Drain Your Outside Water Pipes. Undrained water in pipes can freeze, which will cause pipes to burst as the ice expands. Start by disconnecting all garden hoses and draining the water that remains in faucets. If you don’t have frost-proof faucets (homes more than ten to 15 years old typically do not), turn off the shut-off valve inside your home.
  • Check the fireplace. If you have a fireplace, make sure you plug the flue when it’s not in use.
  • Seal the windows. Install storm windows if you’re able; if not, you can purchase plastic sheeting which is taped to the window and then shrunk with a hair dryer, creating a tight seal around the window and essentially “shrink-wrapping” it.
  • Make sure you have proper insulation. Many older homes do not have sufficient insulation. To check for insulation in your walls, make a small hole in an unobtrusive place (perhaps in a closet) to see what the wall cavity is filled with. Also look for uneven levels or gaps in your attic insulation. Anything less than 6 inches of insulation won’t be effective in combating drafts and keeping the temperature of your home constant. A thermographic scan will give you a complete read-out of your wall’s insulation.
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How to Budget For Your Window Replacement Project

Replacing windows throughout a home can be a big investment. But it’s an investment with great payback.

Here are some basic guidelines for average-sized windows in an average home.

  • You should establish your budget even before beginning your project. EnergyGuard Windows and Doors can give you a free ballpark estimate on how much it might cost to replace your windows. It’s hard to provide an accurate cost range as a house can vary greatly in the number and size of its windows.
  • Expect to pay an average of $500-$800 per window for replacements placed inside structurally sound window frames. It could go as high as $1,000 per window depending on the frame material and glass options. Double- and triple-glazed windows, or those filled with argon gas, increase energy savings but bump the cost to the higher end of the scale.
  • If an existing window frame is rotted or damaged in any way, the frame must be rebuilt. This can increase the cost and necessitate the use of new construction windows.

Other budgeting considerations:

  • Make decisions based on value and quality
  • Think about having the work done in stages to spread out the financial impact

Years of Great Payback
High-quality, energy-efficient replacement windows are annually demonstrated to be an excellent investment (Reduce energy consumption, drafts, improve natural light, etc.).

Today’s energy-efficient windows and patio doors also can:

  • Reduce energy consumption.
  • Reduce drafts and make your home more comfortable.
  • Improve natural light and reduce glare.
  • Help you take advantage of solar heat gain in cold climates or minimize it in hot climates.
  • Provide years of easy operation and weather-tight seals.
  • Drastically minimize care and maintenance (particularly if the windows are made of vinyl or aluminum, or have fiberglass exteriors).
  • Reduce noise.
  • Reduce window condensation.
  • Protect draperies, carpets and upholstery from fading or discoloring.

 

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3 Do-it-yourself Window Replacement Tips

Money is still pretty tight for most families and a good deal of the monthly budget seems to end up in the pockets of the utility companies. It’s seems that the less you make every month, the more they seem intent on driving up their prices. What people may not understand is that the way their home is configured is what could actually be contributing to the amount that they pay. Old windows and doors can allow air from outside to creep in, making it harder for the heating or AC to keep up with the job of keeping the interior temperature comfortable.

One way to save on those bills is to make the switch to energy efficient windows and doors so that your heating and cooling units don’t have to work overtime to maintain the temperature. Double glazed windows are excellent at keeping air and city sounds out where they belong and they also add value to the home should you ever decide it’s time to move on.

The problem that many folks face is the initial cost of the replacement windows and installation, but if you are one of those types who is pretty handy, then you may be able to tackle some of the job on your own.

This is especially true if it’s a straight switch in windows and there is no extra construction to be done. At EnergyGuard Windows & Doors, we offer many do it yourself window replacement tips that will help you get the job down quickly and efficiently.

Here are 3 window replacement tips to get you started:

  1. No tip may be as important as making sure that you get the measurements exactly correct. Even being off by less than an inch can mean gaps that will end up leading to the problems that had you going with a window and door replacement in the first place.
  2. Once you have the measurements down pat, you will want to be sure to visit a reputable dealer in windows and doors to be sure that you get replacements that will stand the test of time. (We might just know where you can go for this…)
  3. You are also going to have to decide if the trim that is around your existing windows is reusable, and if not, then that’s another good reason to visit a good dealer as they can help match you up with the trim that best suits your new windows. You may also be able to work out a deal where you can get a great set of replacement windows with installation included in the final price, and all within your budget.

If you do decide to go it alone with your window replacement project, then help is just a phone call away. We will be able to tell you exactly what tools that you need to complete the project and we will always be happy to answer any questions that you may have about the job.

 

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