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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Natick will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually advantages that can make winter the right 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 become aware that they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery 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 identified.
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 ideas 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 existing windows.
Colder 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 plan 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 added during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation as well.
You can determine if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the basic to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check for damaged glazing (the hard putty that holds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology make things easier. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect ambient air temperatures at window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it registered 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 house warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll reduce energy costs sooner, as well.
When looking 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 recommends windows with both the appropriate 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 tells you 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 hot 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. Check with the team at Pella of Natick to better get to know the exact benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your area 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 less difficult to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either setting 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 ahead of time. Planning your window installation in advance 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 plan for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a big task, but taking advantage of the right 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 plans from Pella of Natick 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 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 securing the door to the room where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for installing your windows. That means installers who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of your previous 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 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 clear of snow. Taking accessibility 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 professional team at Pella of Natick, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in more detail at the next parts 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 wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 781-239-1161.