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 Boise will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the winter months does require a few extra considerations, 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-thought-out 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 blustery 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 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 strategies 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 current windows.
Chillier temperatures cause materials to contract, and may impact 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 test 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 thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, look 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 make things easier. A non-contact infrared thermometer can detect 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 right away
A drafty window affects 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, too.
When planning 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 hot months by reducing the amount of heat that comes 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 Boise to better get to know the exact benefits that different windows and glass choices 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 more flexible 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 reserving a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help make sure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other design plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a daunting 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 Boise for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready for installation. Knowing what to expect before the day of the install 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 lower the impact of temperature changes in the other areas of your home. This can be easily done by securing the door to the area where the window is being replaced.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing 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 clean 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 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 Boise, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows despite the time of year. In coming 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 right 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 208-373-0002.