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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Raleigh will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually positives that can make winter a smart 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 installed in your home.
People often become aware that 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 tips 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 current 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 plan which need to be replaced or repaired. This can help save both time and money over the long run when it comes to planning for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows added during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation also.
You can see if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the basic to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check 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 make things easier. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures around 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 sooner
A drafty window impacts 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 save energy costs sooner, also.
When determining to replace your windows, look into 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 correct solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (as needed in your climate), and low U-factors. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and suggests 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 summer months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Raleigh to better understand the unique benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your part of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you choose 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 booking a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation early can help keep other projects on track and help the certainty that your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to expect for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a daunting task, but taking advantage of the correct 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 procedures from Pella of Raleigh for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready for installation. Knowing what to expect before installation 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 lower the impact of temperature changes in the rest of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the area where the window is being placed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for placing your windows. That means installers 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 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 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 prevent 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 professional team at Pella of Raleigh, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the 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 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 selections available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 919-324-0196.