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 season, but because they think replacing their windows in Salt Lake City will come with an array of extra issues due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra plans, there are actually advantages that can make winter a great time for window replacement for the knowledgeable 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 added in your home.
People often become aware that they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather highlights 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 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 good time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify drafts or potential gaps in your existing windows.
Chillier 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 determine 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 added during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation as well.
You can identify if your windows have unreasonable drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the simple to the thorough. Especially if your home has older, single-paned windows, examine for damaged glazing (the hard putty that holds 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 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 immediately
A drafty window impacts 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 cut back on energy costs sooner, too.
When looking to replace your windows, look into the future energy efficiency of your windows as it applies to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends windows with both the correct 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 identifies 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 transfers in from outside.
Different types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Salt Lake City to better grasp the unique benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your part of the country.
Installation dates are more flexible in winter
Should you opt to replace your windows in the winter, you’ll likely find it less difficult 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 months ahead can help keep other projects on track and help make sure 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 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 plans from Pella of Salt Lake City for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready 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 minimize temperature changes in the rest of your home. This can be easily done by shutting 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 pros who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and take away your old 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 advice on how best to protect your room from the weather 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 cut down on headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next part 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 Salt Lake City, 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 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 selections available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 385-203-8083.