For many homeowners, the thought 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 Falls Church will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra plans, there are actually benefits 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-thought-out replacement plan can help save time and money and reduce headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows placed in your home.
People often recognize 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 tips that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a great time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify 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 spot. 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 preparing for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows added during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation as well.
You can determine if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a number 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 binds 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 around 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 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 reduce energy costs sooner, too.
When looking to replace your windows, think about the future energy efficiency of your windows as it regards your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends windows with both the appropriate 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 chilly months by keeping the heat in, but in summer months by reducing the amount of heat that transfers in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of Falls Church to better grasp the specific benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your area of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you decide to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it more flexible 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 early. 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 design plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, purchasing 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 things to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation procedures from Pella of Falls Church for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect ahead of time 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 reduce temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by securing the door to the part of the house where the window is being installed.
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 dispose of your replaced 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 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 accessibility 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 held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Falls Church, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows despite the time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in more detail at the next points of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is correct 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 winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 301-354-3689.