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 Providence will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra considerations, 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-planned replacement plan can help save time and money and reduce 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 concerns 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 ideas 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 current windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may impact 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 installed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can identify if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the simple to the thorough. 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 detect ambient air temperatures near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it registered on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
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, as well.
When determining to replace your windows, consider the future energy efficiency of your windows as it applies to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends windows with both the proper solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (suited for 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 summer months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Providence to better get to know the exact benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your area of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you opt 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 be patient, getting ahead of the rush by booking a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation in advance 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 consider for winter installations
Researching, getting and installing new windows can seem like a daunting task, but taking advantage of the proper 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 Providence for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan for installation. Knowing what to expect before the day of the install 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 placed.
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 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 advice on how best to defend 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 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 part of your home design doesn’t need to be held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the pro team at Pella of Providence, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows despite the time of year. In coming posts, we’ll be looking in greater 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 colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 508-413-3004.