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 season, but because they think replacing their windows in Greenfield will come with an array of extra issues 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-organized replacement plan can help save time and money and reduce headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows installed in your home.
People often realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather exposes air leaks and other issues 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 notice drafts or potential gaps in your existing windows.
Chillier temperatures cause materials to contract, and may decrease performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to identify. 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 budgeting for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows placed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can determine if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the simple to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, examine for damaged glazing (the hard putty that keeps panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal crumbles, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology assist. A non-contact infrared thermometer can check ambient air temperatures at window and door frames. If excessive cold air is seeping into the house, you’ll see it identified on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency right away
A drafty window hits your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your room warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll save energy costs sooner, also.
When determining to replace your windows, think about the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests 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 identifies how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during winter months by keeping the heat in, but in warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Greenfield to better get to know the specific benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your section of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you opt to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it easier to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either planning 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 booking a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation early can help keep other projects on track and help make sure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other renovations.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a challenging 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 process from Pella of Greenfield for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready for installation. Knowing what to expect before installation will make sure that you and the installer can work as quickly as possible during the job.
- Consider closing off the room where replacement windows are being installed to reduce temperature changes in the other areas of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the room where the window is being placed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of your old windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra sealing that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer guidance on how best to protect 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 free of snow. Taking accessibility into consideration as part of your winter window replacement plan will cut down on headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next phase of your home design doesn’t need to be held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Greenfield, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in further detail at the next points 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 choices available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at (413) 829-0299.