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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Terre Haute will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the winter months does require a few extra plans, there are actually benefits that can make winter a great time for window replacement for the savvy 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 realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery 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 identified.
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 smart time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify drafts or potential gaps in your home windows.
Chillier temperatures cause materials to contract, and may decrease performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to spot. 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 check out the window installation also.
You can see if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a variety 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 keeps 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 detect 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 right away
A drafty window impacts 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 looking to replace your windows, think about the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to 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 winter months by keeping the heat in, but in hot 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 Terre Haute to better understand the exact benefits that different windows and glass choices 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 less difficult 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 booking a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation early can help keep other projects on track and help make sure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other design plans.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a big task, but taking advantage of the proper windows is well worth it. Here are a few extra ideas to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation process from Pella of Terre Haute for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready 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 reduce 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 replaced.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for installing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and haul away your old 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 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 easy 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 phase of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Terre Haute, 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 more detail at the next steps of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is right 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 options available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 812-234-0729.