It is often a good idea to replace windows that have become broken, warped or damaged, even if you think the problems are minor. For example, a window that sticks or that fogs up is telling you that it has issues, and repairing them may not be feasible or cost-effective.
There are also many reasons you might be considering window replacement. Perhaps you are renovating your house or want to cut your energy bill. Whatever the case, window replacement in winter can be smart, as it is a way to save a significant amount of money without sacrificing efficiency. In fact, if you are on a budget, having your windows installed in winter could be one of the best things you do.
Winter Window Replacement
One of your concerns about winter installation may be how long it takes. The good news is that window replacement, no matter the time of the year, is quicker than many people think. It is common for a technician to remove a window, install a new one and seal it from the elements within two hours.
However, the weather does have to be warm enough for insulating spray foam, caulking, and other sealants. Freezing temperatures prevent caulking from curing; one type of caulk, latex, is best applied when temperatures are 40 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. That is why contractors who install windows in winter tend to use polyurethane -based caulk; it stands up better to weatherization and is more effective for waterproofing. Your installer can even use sealant with high joint movement to further minimize any issues with window replacement in the winter.
Keep an eye on the weather when you make your appointment. Naturally, you should try to get as warm and as sunny a day as possible, but your contractor, if legitimate, will never install a window in unsuitable conditions. Try to aim for a mid-morning installation to give your window an opportunity to “flex” and expand for the day.
Benefits of Installing Windows in Winter
While unexpectedly low temperatures could potentially delay an appointment, the benefits of installing windows in the winter offset these possible negatives. For example, winter is a slow time of the year for installation companies. Call or email to make an appointment, and you can get installers to show up sooner than you would in the spring or fall. Even if temperatures on some days are low enough to postpone an installation, odds are good that your new windows arrive sooner than they would in other seasons.
Perhaps even better is the fact that most contractors run extensive discounts and promotions in the winter. As long as your schedule works with these promotions, you could end up with a huge bargain that is simply not possible during any other time of the year. Treat yourself!
Comfort Against Cold
Another benefit of window replacement in the winter is that you notice an immediate increase in your comfort. Winter is a chilly time, and the new windows repel more of the cold weather. Furthermore, if you are planning to have family over to your house during the holidays, window replacements ensure that everyone is as comfortable as possible.
Of course, you may still be concerned that window installation leaves an opening for cold air and other winter elements to get into your house. For example, a one-hour installation may not be possible in your case, and your concern is true to an extent. When you are dealing with multiple replacements, you may want to request that only one window be installed at a time. This minimizes the cold air coming in at any given time. Also, isolate that part of your house by closing the pertinent doors so that the rest of your home is unaffected.
If your new window will have multiple glass panels, the contractor can use plastic to limit the effects of drafts. You will never have to worry about an opening being exposed to the elements overnight.
Kensington Quantum 2 Windows
Kensington Quantum 2 windows are an excellent choice for window replacements in winter. Not only do they block cold air and noises, they also decrease condensation and increase energy efficiency. You can enjoy the holidays in peace, with barking dogs and the rumbles of traffic long forgotten.
Kensington Quantum 2 windows are also easy to clean and maintain. All you have to do is tilt the sashes to clean them — there’s no need to leave your house and clamber up a ladder. A single washing could even have the windows looking good for a few years. The windows are vinyl, so there is no chance they will swell or rot. A limited lifetime warranty also helps protect them.
The windows are attractive with beveled exteriors, so if you can breathe some new life into your space. Also, if you are selling your home, Quantum 2 windows make your property more appealing to buyers.
Are you considering replacing your windows? Contact us today!