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 Lewes 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 considerations, there are actually positives 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 placed in your home.
People often realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery weather shows 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 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 smart time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify drafts or potential gaps in your existing windows.
Chillier temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to spot. 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 examine the window installation also.
You can identify if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the low-tech to the technological. 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 cracks, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology make things easier. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is seeping into the house, you’ll see it identified 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 reduce energy costs sooner, also.
When looking to replace your windows, look into the future energy efficiency of your windows as it regards your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests 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 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 Lewes to better understand the exact benefits that different windows and glass selection 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 easier 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 now. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help ensure 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 big task, but taking advantage of the correct 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 Lewes for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan for installation. Knowing what to expect before installation 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 minimize temperature changes in the rest 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 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 advice on how best to protect 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 clear of snow. Taking easy access 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 phase 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 Lewes, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any time of year. In upcoming posts, we’ll be looking in further detail at the next points of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is correct 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 options available, the process used during wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 757-294-8091.