For many homeowners, the thought 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 Wellesley will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra hurdles, there are actually positives 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-planned replacement plan can help save time and money and reduce 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 blustery weather shows 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 noticed.
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 tips 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 home windows.
Colder 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 highlight 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 placed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation also.
You can identify if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a number of ways from the simple to the technological. 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 crumbles, 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 seeping into the house, you’ll see it recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency right away
A drafty window affects your budget, especially in the winter. Getting your window replaced will not only make your house warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll cut back on energy costs sooner, as well.
When planning to replace your windows, consider the future energy efficiency of your windows as it regards your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the correct 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 comes in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Wellesley to better understand the specific benefits that different windows and glass choices 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 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 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 the certainty that your windows are installed in the correct order with any other design plans.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, getting and installing new windows can seem like a challenging task, but taking advantage of the right 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 plans from Pella of Wellesley 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 easily 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 shutting 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 installing your windows. That means pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and haul away your previous windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra covering that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer advice on how best to protect your room from the cold 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 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 delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Wellesley, 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 more detail at the next steps of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is needed 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 choices available, the process used during wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 781-239-1161.