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 weather, but because they think replacing their windows in Owensboro will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually advantages that can make winter a smart time for window replacement for the savvy 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 prevent headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows placed in your home.
People often recognize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather shows air leaks and other concerns with existing windows, either through draftier rooms or higher power bills due to energy inefficiency from windows were leaks have yet to be noticed.
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 identify drafts or potential gaps in your current windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to feel. 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 check out the window installation as well.
You can determine if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a number of ways from the simple to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check for damaged glazing (the hard putty that keeps panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal breaks down, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology make things easier. A non-contact infrared thermometer can check ambient air temperatures near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
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 cut back on energy costs sooner, as well.
When determining to replace your windows, think about 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 (depending on your climate), and low U-factors. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and tells you 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 hot months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Owensboro to better understand the exact 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 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 hold off, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation early can help keep other projects on track and help ensure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other renovations.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, getting and installing new windows can seem like a big task, but taking advantage of the proper windows is well worth it. Here are a few extra things to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation procedures from Pella of Owensboro for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready 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 reduce temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by securing the door to the room where the window is being placed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for placing your windows. That means pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take away your replaced 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 advice on how best to protect your room from the weather 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 access into consideration as part of your winter window replacement plan will reduce headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next phase of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the pro team at Pella of Owensboro, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any time of year. In coming 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 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 options available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 270-684-3028.