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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Monroe 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 plans, there are actually positives that can make winter the right 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 reduce headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows placed 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 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 tips 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 existing windows.
Chillier temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen 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 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 determine if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the low-tech to the sophisticated. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, examine for damaged glazing (the hard putty that holds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking 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 save energy costs sooner, also.
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 advises 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 identifies how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during winter months by keeping the heat in, but in hot months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Monroe to better grasp 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 decide to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it easier 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 booking a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation early 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, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a daunting task, but taking advantage of the correct windows is well worth it. Here are a few extra things to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation process from Pella of Monroe for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect before installation will make sure that you and the installer can work as efficiently 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 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 placing 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 protection that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer advice 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 accessibility 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 part of your home design doesn’t need to be held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Monroe, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the time of year. In upcoming 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 needed for your home, and a look at what to plan for on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window options available, the process used during wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 203-295-4486.