For many homeowners, the concept 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 Nashville 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 hurdles, there are actually advantages that can make winter a great 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 reduce 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 issues 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 ideas about replacing windows during the winter months and check out some tips 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 decrease performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to spot. 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 added during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation as well.
You can see if your windows have excessive 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 keeps panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal breaks down, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology assist. A non-contact infrared thermometer can check ambient air temperatures around window and door frames. If excessive cold air is seeping into the house, you’ll see it recorded on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency right away
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, also.
When planning to replace your windows, look into 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 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 tells you 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 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 Nashville to better grasp the specific 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 easier 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 be patient, 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 the certainty that your windows are installed in the correct order with any other renovations.
Know what to consider for winter installations
Researching, purchasing and installing new windows can seem like a big 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 procedures from Pella of Nashville for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best get ready for installation. Knowing what to expect before the day of the install will make sure that you and the installer can work as easily 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 shutting the door to the area where the window is being placed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for placing your windows. That means installers 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 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 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 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 held up by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Nashville, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows regardless of the time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in further 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 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 615-348-8786.