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 Beltsville will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually benefits that can make winter the right time for window replacement for the prepared 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 avoid 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 blustery weather highlights air leaks and other issues 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 ideas about 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 decrease 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 preparing for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows placed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can determine if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the simple to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, look 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 help out. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it recorded 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 house warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll save energy costs sooner, too.
When looking 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 (suited for your climate), and low U-factors. The U-factor measures the rate of heat transfer and identifies 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.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Beltsville to better get to know the specific benefits that different windows and glass options 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 be patient, getting ahead of the rush by booking a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation in advance can help keep other projects on track and help ensure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other renovations.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, getting and installing new windows can seem like a big task, but taking advantage of the right 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 procedures from Pella of Beltsville 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 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 part of the house where the window is being placed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for placing your windows. That means pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take away your old windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra sealing that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer tips on how best to defend 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 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 part of your home design doesn’t need to be held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Beltsville, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any 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 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 choices available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at (301) 327-3013.