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 Hingham will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra plans, there are actually positives that can make winter the right 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 placed in your home.
People often realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery weather shows 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 ideas 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 current 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 determine 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 examine the window installation also.
You can see if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the simple to the sophisticated. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check 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 check ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency immediately
A drafty window hits 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, 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 suggests 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 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 warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also impact the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of Hingham to better get to know the exact benefits that different windows and glass selection bring to your part of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you choose 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 be patient, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date ahead of time. Planning your window installation in advance 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, getting 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 Hingham for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare 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 reduce temperature changes in the rest of your home. This can be easily done by shutting 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 installing your windows. That means installers who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of your old 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 guidance on how best to protect your room from the cold 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 chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the pro team at Pella of Hingham, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any time of year. In upcoming 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 right for your home, and a look at what to expect on the day of installation service.
If you have any questions about the replacement window choices available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 781-826-8005.