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 Rochester will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra hurdles, there are actually advantages 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 reduce 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 shows 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 identified.
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 strategies 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.
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 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 placed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation too.
You can identify if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the low-tech to the thorough. 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 assist. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures at 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 home warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll save energy costs sooner, too.
When looking 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 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 identifies how well the window insulates. Windows with low heat transfer ratings will not only serve homeowners well during colder months by keeping the heat in, but in warmer 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. Speak with the team at Pella of Rochester to better understand the unique benefits that different windows and glass choices bring to your section 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 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 be patient, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation in advance can help keep other projects on track and help make sure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other renovations.
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 ideas to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation process from Pella of Rochester for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan 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 parts of your home. This can be easily done by shutting the door to the area where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for placing your windows. That means professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of your previous 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 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 clean 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 professional team at Pella of Rochester, 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 right 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 colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 507-847-1060.