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 cold, but because they think replacing their windows in Calgary will come with an array of extra problems due to the time of year. While replacing windows in the colder months does require a few extra hurdles, there are actually benefits that can make winter the right time for window replacement for the prepared homeowner.
Over the next three months, we’ll take a look at how a well-planned 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 realize they should consider window replacement in the winter. The blustery weather exposes 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 identified.
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 great time to diagnose your windows
Winter time can be a great opportunity to identify drafts or potential gaps in your home windows.
Colder temperatures cause materials to contract, and may lessen performance. As a result, leaks, drafts or other problem areas may be easier to identify. 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 placed during the colder months also allows you to test the window installation also.
You can identify if your windows have needless drafts or leaks in a variety 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 binds panes of glass in place) or weather-stripping. If that seal crumbles, your home will be vulnerable to heat loss.
Let technology assist. A non-contact infrared thermometer can measure ambient air temperatures at window and door frames. If excessive cold air is creeping into the house, you’ll see it registered 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 room warmer for the rest of the winter, but you’ll reduce energy costs sooner, as well.
When looking 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 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 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 hot months by reducing the amount of heat that seeps 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 Calgary to better understand the unique benefits that different windows and glass choices 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 easier 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 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 renovations.
Know what to expect 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 ideas to consider when replacing your windows in the winter:
- Make sure you know the winter installation plans from Pella of Calgary for Pella product installations. They’ll let you know how to best plan 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 lower the impact of temperature changes in the rest of your home. This can be easily done by securing the door to the room where the window is being placed.
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 dispose of 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 reduce headaches both on the day of installation and after it is completed.
The next phase of your home design doesn’t need to be delayed by weather. With a little bit of planning and the professional team at Pella of Calgary, 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 greater detail at the next parts 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 options available, the process used during colder months, or anything else, don’t hesitate to call us at 403-681-6363.