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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Boone will come with an array of extra issues 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 the right time for window replacement for the knowledgeable 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 avoid 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 shows 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 discovered.
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 notice drafts or potential gaps in your current 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 installed during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation also.
You can see if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the low-tech to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, look 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 make things easier. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect 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 right away
A drafty window affects 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 cut back on energy costs sooner, too.
When planning 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 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 identifies 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.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Boone to better understand the unique benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your section 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 more flexible 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 booking a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation in advance can help keep other projects on track and help make sure 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 daunting task, but taking advantage of the right windows is well worth it. Here are a few extra ideas to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation process from Pella of Boone 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 easily 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 area where the window is being placed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for installing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take away 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 defend 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 part of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Boone, 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 steps of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is correct for your home, and a look at what to anticipate 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 828-202-8489.