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 weather, but because they think replacing their windows in Denver 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 a smart time for window replacement for the knowledgeable 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 placed in your home.
People often become aware that they should consider window replacement in the winter. The cooler weather exposes 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 discovered.
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 strategies that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a smart time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify drafts or potential gaps in your current windows.
Colder temperatures cause materials to contract, and may impact performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to identify. 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 budgeting for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows installed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation as well.
You can see if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a range 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 binds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal crumbles, 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 registered 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 home warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll save energy costs sooner, too.
When determining to replace your windows, think about the future energy efficiency of your windows as it is relevant to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy suggests windows with both the correct solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (depending on 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 chilly months by keeping the heat in, but in warmer 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. Check with the team at Pella of Denver to better get to know the specific benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your section 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 reserving a spring or summer installation date now. 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 plans.
Know what to plan for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a challenging 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 Denver for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready 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 minimize temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the room where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for installing 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 sealing that keeps warm air in and cold air out during the replacement process. Your installer will also offer guidance on how best to defend 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 free of snow. Taking accessibility 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 phase of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Denver, 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 selections available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at (888) 841-5667.