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 season, but because they think replacing their windows in Des Moines will come with an array of extra difficulties due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the wintry months does require a few extra considerations, there are actually positives 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 prevent headaches when it comes to getting high-quality windows added in your home.
People often realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery weather highlights 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 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 ideas that will help service go smoothly:
Winter is a great time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify drafts or potential gaps in your current windows.
Chillier 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 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 installed during the colder months also allows you to check out the window installation also.
You can see if your windows have excessive drafts or leaks in a range of ways from the low-tech to the sophisticated. 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 breaks down, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology assist. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures around 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 immediately
A drafty window impacts 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 reduce energy costs sooner, too.
When determining to replace your windows, think about the future energy efficiency of your windows as it applies to your region of the country. The U.S. Department of Energy advises windows with both the appropriate 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 suggests 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 summer months by reducing the amount of heat that comes in from outside.
Various types of window frames, glazing and glass can also determine the energy efficiency of a window. Talk with the team at Pella of Des Moines to better grasp the specific benefits that different windows and glass options 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 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 reserving a spring or summer installation date early. 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 expect for winter installations
Researching, getting 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 ideas to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation procedures from Pella of Des Moines for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan for installation. Knowing what to expect before installation 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 reduce temperature changes in the other parts of your home. This can be easily done by closing the door to the area where the window is being placed.
The “Pella Promise” means a “No Mess” guarantee when it comes time for replacing your windows. That means installers who will leave the work area cleaner than they found it and haul away your replaced windows and doors. In the winter, that means extra covering 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 clear of snow. Taking 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 chapter of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the pro team at Pella of Des Moines, you can take advantage of all the benefits that come with new windows despite the time of year. In future posts, we’ll be looking in more detail at the next points 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 wintry months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 515-219-7723.