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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Cape Cod will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra hurdles, there are actually advantages that can make winter a smart time for window replacement for the prepared homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-thought-out replacement plan can help save time and money and avoid headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows placed in your home.
People often realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The cooler weather highlights 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 discovered.
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 strategies that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a great 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 feel. 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 budgeting for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows installed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can determine if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the simple to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, look for damaged glazing (the hard putty that binds 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 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 right away
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 cut back on energy costs sooner, too.
When determining to replace your windows, think about the future energy efficiency of your windows as it applies to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the proper solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (depending on 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.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Cape Cod to better understand the specific benefits that different windows and glass options 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 be patient, getting ahead of the rush by reserving 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 plan for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a challenging task, but taking advantage of the proper 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 Cape Cod 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 quickly as possible during the job.
- Consider closing off the room where replacement windows are being installed to reduce temperature changes in the rest of your home. This can be easily done by closing 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 pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take 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 safeguard 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 clear of snow. Taking accessibility into consideration as part of your winter window replacement plan will reduce 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 Cape Cod, 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 needed 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 choices available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 508-638-5897.