For many homeowners, the thought 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 Shrewsbury will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the winter 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 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 discovered.
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 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 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 feel. 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 planning for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows added during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation as well.
You can see if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the basic to the sophisticated. 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 breaks down, 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 creeping into the house, you’ll see it identified 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 home warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll reduce energy costs sooner, also.
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 advises 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 hot months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Shrewsbury to better understand the specific benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your section 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 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 be patient, 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 make sure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a challenging task, but taking advantage of the proper 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 Shrewsbury 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 lower the impact of temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by shutting the door to the part of the house where the window is being placed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for installing your windows. That means pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and haul 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 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 clean 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 part 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 Shrewsbury, 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 greater detail at the next parts 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 options available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at (508) 925-7149.