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 Jackson will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the winter months does require a few extra hurdles, there are actually benefits that can make winter a great time for window replacement for the prepared homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-organized 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 recognize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery weather exposes air leaks and other issues 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 reasons for replacing windows during the winter months and check out some strategies 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.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may impact 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 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 breaks down, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can check ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is seeping into the house, you’ll see it recorded 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 home warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll cut back on energy costs sooner, as well.
When determining 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 suggests 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 comes in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of Jackson to better grasp the specific benefits that different windows and glass choices 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 hold off, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help the certainty that your windows are installed in the correct order with any other renovations.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, getting 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 thoughts to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation plans from Pella of Jackson 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 reduce 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 placed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take away your replaced 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 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 clear of snow. Taking access 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 chapter 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 Jackson, 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 further detail at the next parts of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is right 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 selections available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 307-733-0535.