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 Wilmington will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually benefits that can make winter the right time for window replacement for the savvy homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-thought-out 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 recognize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The cooler weather exposes 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 ideas about replacing windows during the winter months and check out some tips that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a great time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to spot drafts or potential gaps in your home 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 highlight 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 check out the window installation too.
You can determine if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the basic to the sophisticated. 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 cracks, 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 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 save energy costs sooner, too.
When looking to replace your windows, consider the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends windows with both the proper solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (depending on 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 winter months by keeping the heat in, but in hot months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Wilmington to better get to know the unique benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your area of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you decide to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it easier 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 wait, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation in advance can help keep other projects on track and help the certainty that your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a daunting task, but taking advantage of the proper 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 Wilmington for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare 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 minimize temperature changes in the other areas of your home. This can be easily done by securing 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 dispose of 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 guidance on how best to safeguard 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 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 part of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the pro team at Pella of Wilmington, 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 more detail at the next points of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is correct 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 colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 910-218-9596.