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 Fall River will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra hurdles, there are actually advantages that can make winter a great 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 placed in your home.
People often become aware that they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery 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 discovered.
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 smart time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to notice drafts or potential gaps in your existing windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to identify. 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 added during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation as well.
You can determine if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a number 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 crumbles, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology assist. 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 recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
A drafty window hits 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 save energy costs sooner, also.
When planning to replace your windows, look into the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the correct solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (as needed in 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 transfers in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Fall River to better understand the unique benefits that different windows and glass choices bring to your part 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 scheduling 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 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, buying 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 procedures from Pella of Fall River 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 lower the impact of temperature changes in the other areas of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the part of the house where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing 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 clean 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 chapter 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 Fall River, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the time of year. In coming posts, we’ll be looking in more 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 plan for 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 508-939-3464.