Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 1: Can windows be replaced in the winter?
For many homeowners, the concept 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 West Springfield will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually positives that can make winter a smart time for window replacement for the knowledgeable 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 avoid headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows added in your home.
People often become aware that they should consider window replacement in the winter. The cooler weather exposes 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 identified.
Rather than sit back and wait for the spring to make a replacement, consider these reasons for replacing windows during the winter months and check out some strategies that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a smart time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to spot drafts or potential gaps in your home windows.
Colder temperatures cause materials to contract, and may impact performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to identify. Knowing which windows are problems can help plan 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 added during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation as well.
You can see if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the basic to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, look for damaged glazing (the hard putty that binds 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 measure ambient air temperatures near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is seeping into the house, you’ll see it recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency right away
A drafty window impacts your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your house warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll save energy costs sooner, as well.
When determining to replace your windows, consider the future energy efficiency of your windows as it regards your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the correct solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (as needed in 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.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of West Springfield to better understand the specific benefits that different windows and glass choices bring to your part 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 reserving a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help the certainty that your windows are installed in the correct order with any other design plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, purchasing 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 West Springfield for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect ahead of time 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 lower the impact of temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the part of the house where the window is being replaced.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for placing your windows. That means installers who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and haul away your previous windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra covering that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer guidance 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 clean 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 pro team at Pella of West Springfield, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows despite the time of year. In coming posts, we’ll be looking in greater detail at the next points of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is right for your home, and a look at what to plan for on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window selections available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at (413) 561-7599.