For many homeowners, the idea of having to replace windows in the winter sends chills up their spines. It’s not just because of the season, but because they think replacing their windows in Hanover 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 positives that can make winter a smart time for window replacement for the knowledgeable 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 prevent 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 exposes 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 benefits to 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 spot drafts or potential gaps in your existing windows.
Colder 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 determine 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 added during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation too.
You can determine 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, check for damaged glazing (the hard putty that holds 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 near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it identified on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency right away
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 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 appropriate solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (suited for 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 summer months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Hanover to better grasp the exact benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your part 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 setting 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 now. 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 plan for winter installations
Researching, buying 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 plans from Pella of Hanover for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare 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 minimize temperature changes in the other areas of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the room where the window is being replaced.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of 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 guidance 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 cut down on headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the pro team at Pella of Hanover, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any time of year. In future 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 selections available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 781-826-8005.