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 Tucson 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 knowledgeable 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 realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather exposes 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 discovered.
Rather than sit back and wait for the spring to make a replacement, consider these benefits to replacing windows during the winter months and check out some strategies that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a good 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 impact performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to feel. 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 added during the colder months also allows you to examine the window installation as well.
You can identify if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the simple to the technological. 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 measure ambient air temperatures around 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 immediately
A drafty window hits 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, also.
When determining to replace your windows, consider the future energy efficiency of your windows as it regards your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the proper 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 winter months by keeping the heat in, but in hot months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Tucson to better grasp the specific benefits that different windows and glass choices 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 easier to schedule an installation appointment. This can mean either setting 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 now. Planning your window installation early can help keep other projects on track and help ensure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other plans.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, buying and installing new windows can seem like a challenging 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 plans from Pella of Tucson 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 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 installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for installing your windows. That means pros 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 protection 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 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 clean 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 chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Tucson, 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 greater detail at the next steps of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is needed 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 options available, the process used during wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 520-989-3300.