Window Replacement Plan 2018, Part 1: Can windows be replaced in the winter?
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 season, but because they think replacing their windows in Cheyenne will come with an array of extra problems 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 great time for window replacement for the prepared 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 added in your home.
People often recognize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather highlights 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 benefits to replacing windows during the winter months and check out some strategies that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a good time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to spot drafts or potential gaps in your current windows.
Colder temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to spot. Knowing which windows are problems can help plan 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 also.
You can see if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the basic to the sophisticated. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, examine 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 check 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 sooner
A drafty window affects your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your room warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll reduce energy costs sooner, too.
When determining to replace your windows, look into the future energy efficiency of your windows as it applies to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests windows with both the correct 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 chilly months by keeping the heat in, but in summer months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Cheyenne to better get to know the unique benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your section 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 more flexible to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either planning 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 reserving a spring or summer installation date early. 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 design 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 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 process from Pella of Cheyenne for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan for installation. Knowing what to expect ahead of time 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 rest of your home. This can be easily done by securing the door to the area where the window is being installed.
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 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 tips on how best to defend 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 free of snow. Taking easy access 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 chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the pro team at Pella of Cheyenne, 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 more detail at the next points of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is needed 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 307-632-6373.