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 Eau Claire 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 plans, 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-thought-out replacement plan can help save time and money and prevent headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows installed in your home.
People often become aware that 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 ideas that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a great time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify drafts or potential gaps in your existing windows.
Chillier temperatures cause materials to contract, and may decrease performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to feel. Knowing which windows are problems can help determine 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 as well.
You can see if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the low-tech to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check for damaged glazing (the hard putty that binds 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 measure ambient air temperatures around 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 sooner
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 planning 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 suggests windows with both the appropriate 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 chilly months by keeping the heat in, but in warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Eau Claire 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 opt 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 wait, getting ahead of the rush by reserving a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help ensure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to plan for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a challenging task, but taking advantage of the right 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 Eau Claire 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 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 room where the window is being replaced.
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 dispose of your replaced 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 tips on how best to protect 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 prevent headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next part of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Eau Claire, 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 more 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 anticipate 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 715-836-9301.