Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 1: Can windows be replaced in the winter?
For many homeowners, the idea of having to replace windows in the winter sends chills up their spines. It’s not just because of the cold, but because they think replacing their windows in South Burlington will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the winter months does require a few extra hurdles, there are actually advantages that can make winter a great time for window replacement for the prepared homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-planned replacement plan can help save time and money and reduce headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows added in your home.
People often recognize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The cooler weather highlights air leaks and other problem areas with existing windows, either through draftier rooms or higher power bills due to energy inefficiency from windows were leaks have yet to be discovered.
Rather than sit back and wait for the spring to make a replacement, consider these benefits to replacing windows during the winter months and check out some strategies that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a good time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to spot drafts or potential gaps in your existing windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may decrease performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to spot. Knowing which windows are problems can help determine which need to be replaced or repaired. This can help save both time and money over the long run when it comes to planning for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows installed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation also.
You can identify if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the basic to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, examine for damaged glazing (the hard putty that binds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect ambient air temperatures at window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it registered on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency right away
A drafty window affects your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your home warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll reduce energy costs sooner, as well.
When determining to replace your windows, think about the future energy efficiency of your windows as it applies to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the appropriate solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (suited for your climate), and low U-factors. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and suggests how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during colder months by keeping the heat in, but in warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of South Burlington to better understand the unique benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your section of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you choose to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it more flexible to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either scheduling a time to have your windows installed in the winter months or, if you still want to be patient, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation in advance can help keep other projects on track and help make sure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to plan for winter installations
Researching, getting and installing new windows can seem like a big task, but taking advantage of the correct windows is well worth it. Here are a few extra thoughts to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation procedures from Pella of South Burlington for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect before the day of the install will make sure that you and the installer can work as efficiently as possible during the job.
- Consider closing off the room where replacement windows are being installed to minimize temperature changes in the rest of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the room where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means installers who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and haul away your old windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra protection that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer tips on how best to safeguard your room from the elements while work continues on your windows.
- If your window installation is scheduled after (or during) a period of snowfall, make sure to keep the installation area clear of snow. Taking easy access into consideration as part of your winter window replacement plan will prevent headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of South Burlington, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows despite the time of year. In upcoming posts, we’ll be looking in more detail at the next steps of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is needed for your home, and a look at what to expect on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window selections available, the process used during wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at (802) 557-0429.