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 weather, but because they think replacing their windows in Mankato will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra considerations, 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-organized 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 realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The cooler weather shows air leaks and other problem areas with existing windows, either through draftier rooms or higher power bills due to energy inefficiency from windows were leaks have yet to be identified.
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 ideas that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a good 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 decrease performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to identify. 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 preparing for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows installed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can identify if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a number 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 cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it registered on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
A drafty window impacts 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, 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 recommends 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 tells you 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 warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of Mankato to better get to know the unique benefits that different windows and glass options 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 planning a time to have your windows installed in the winter months or, if you still want to wait, getting ahead of the rush by getting 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 renovations.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a big task, but taking advantage of the correct 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 Mankato 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 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 installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for placing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of your previous 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 protect 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 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 phase of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Mankato, 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 further 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 expect 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 507-625-6933.