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 weather, but because they think replacing their windows in Grand Rapids will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra hurdles, 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 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 wintry weather shows air leaks and other concerns 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 spot 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 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 check out the window installation too.
You can identify if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a variety of ways from the basic to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, check for damaged glazing (the hard putty that keeps 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 detect ambient air temperatures near window and door frames. If excessive cold air is leaking into the house, you’ll see it identified on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency sooner
A drafty window impacts 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 regards your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends windows with both the proper solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (depending on 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 winter 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 influence the energy efficiency of a window. Check with the team at Pella of Grand Rapids 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 decide to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it more flexible 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 be patient, getting ahead of the rush by getting a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation months ahead 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 expect for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a big task, but taking advantage of the proper 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 Grand Rapids 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 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 other areas of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the room where the window is being replaced.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and dispose of your previous 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 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 easy 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 stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the expert team at Pella of Grand Rapids, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the time of year. In upcoming 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 needed 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 selections available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 616-201-0206.