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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Memphis will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the winter months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually advantages that can make winter a great time for window replacement for the prepared homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-organized replacement plan can help save time and money and avoid headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows placed in your home.
People often become aware that they should consider window replacement in the winter. The wintry weather highlights 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 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 ideas that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a good time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to notice drafts or potential gaps in your current windows.
Lower temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen 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 planning for window replacements.
Having your replacement windows installed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation as well.
You can identify if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a number of ways from the simple to the technological. 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 at window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it identified on the thermometer.
Take advantage of energy efficiency right away
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 save energy costs sooner, also.
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 suggests windows with both the appropriate solar heat gain coefficient (SHGC) ratings (depending on 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 warmer months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Differing types of window frames, glazing and glass can also influence the energy efficiency of a window. Speak with the team at Pella of Memphis to better understand the exact benefits that different windows and glass options bring to your section 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 less difficult 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 booking a spring or summer installation date early. Planning your window installation in advance can help keep other projects on track and help ensure your windows are installed in the correct order with any other design plans.
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 thoughts to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation plans from Pella of Memphis for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best prepare for installation. Knowing what to expect before the day of the install 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 reduce temperature changes in the other areas of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the area where the window is being installed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means professionals 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 sealing 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 free of snow. Taking access 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 phase of your home design doesn’t need to be stopped by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Memphis, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows any time of year. In coming posts, we’ll be looking in further detail at the next parts of your window replacement plan, including whether a replacement window or new window is correct 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 selections available, the process used during winter months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 901-401-9399.