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 Gaithersburg will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the winter months does require a few extra hurdles, there are actually benefits that can make winter a smart time for window replacement for the knowledgeable 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 prevent headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows added in your home.
People often become aware that 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 noticed.
Rather than sit back and wait for the spring to make a replacement, consider these reasons for replacing windows during the winter months and check out some ideas that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a great time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to spot drafts or potential gaps in your home windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to identify. Knowing which windows are problems can help highlight 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 check out the window installation too.
You can determine if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a range 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 holds 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 detect ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it registered on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
A drafty window impacts 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 save energy costs sooner, also.
When planning to replace your windows, look into the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the proper 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 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 hot months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Gaithersburg to better grasp the specific benefits that different windows and glass choices bring to your section 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 less difficult 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 be patient, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date now. Planning your window installation early 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, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a daunting task, but taking advantage of the right 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 plans from Pella of Gaithersburg 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 shutting 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 replaced 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 protect your room from the weather 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 prevent headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next phase of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Gaithersburg, 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 greater detail at the next points of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is needed 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 selections available, the process used during wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 202-594-3979.