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 season, but because they think replacing their windows in Washington DC 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 benefits that can make winter a great time for window replacement for the prepared 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 avoid headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows added in your home.
People often recognize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather exposes 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 discovered.
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 tips that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a great time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to notice drafts or potential gaps in your home windows.
Chillier 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 preparing 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 number of ways from the basic to the technological. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, look 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 near 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 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 cut back on energy costs sooner, too.
When planning 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 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 suggests 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 hot months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of Washington DC 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 opt to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it easier 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 hold off, getting ahead of the rush by getting 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 renovations.
Know what to consider 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 things to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation procedures from Pella of Washington DC for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan 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 minimize temperature changes in the other areas of your home. This can be easily done by shutting 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 professionals who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and haul away your replaced 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 guidance 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 clear 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 chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Washington DC, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the time of year. In coming 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 correct 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 options available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at (301) 327-3013.