Can I Replace My Windows in the Winter? Yes! And You Should…
Can you replace home windows in the winter? Yes. We understand it sounds cold and drafty to think about changing out those windows in the middle of wintertime, but you don’t want to delay your window replacement when the time comes, no matter what time of year it is!
4 Reasons to do a Winter Installation
If you have been told you can’t install windows in the winter, you’re relying on old information. Due to new technology, you can get your windows installed any time of the year.
1. Slow season = Big savings
You can often get a lower price in the wintertime since it’s a slower season for window contractors. Contractors may also offer discounts or special upgrades they get from suppliers during the slower season. Your wait time for project completion will also be shorter, which means saving time on being inconvenienced as well.
2. Modern Techniques
Installing windows under perfect weather conditions used to be important. But today, professional window installers know exactly which sealants can be used in the wintertime and under cold conditions. For example, during colder weather, a silicone-based caulk will adhere better. It’s also better for waterproofing and weatherization in these conditions.
3. Your home’s temperature will stay regulated
When using a professional to install your windows, ask them what measures they take to keep your home warm. Removing and installing one window at a time will keep outdoor exposure to a minimum. Ask about using plastic floor-to-ceiling “walls” to limit cold airflow into the room for larger openings.
4. Save energy and money immediately
Faulty windows are the main reason for the loss of energy in a home. During installation, the temperature in your home may dip a little during the winter, but that isn’t a reason not to get the process started. The entire process goes fairly quickly and will result in more energy efficiency in the long run. Plus, you’ll have the added benefit of less wear and tear on your heating system for the long run.
What is a Thermal Insulated Window?
The purpose of a thermal insulated window is to keep your home’s temperature regulated and to save you money on energy bills. The basic definition of a thermal insulated window we use here at Kryger Glass is two panes of glass with a special seal between them to keep the moisture out. These windows are more energy-efficient and are designed to keep cold air out during the winter and hot air out during the summer. Don’t let your old windows steal your next paycheck!
Is it Time for Window Replacement?
If it’s time to replace your home windows, you might ask questions about what type of window you need and who can fit it. At Kryger Glass, we have all your glass needs covered! In most cases, we can replace just the glass unit without having to replace the entire window. Whether your frame is made of wood, metal, or vinyl, we can work with whatever you have to make sure your new insulated window will do its job and does it well.
To get the process started, we need to assess what kind of window you currently have. The easiest way to do this is to bring your window unit into our shop so that we can see what materials we’re working with. Most units are easy to remove on your own. Here’s a look at how to remove some of the standard windows:
These are the most typical type of windows and slide up and down. Most of them have release levers next to the frame. Push those towards the center lock, and pull the top of the window sash towards you. Carefully remove it one side at a time so the springs holding it in place can release it on both sides.
These can usually be taken out by lifting on the sash and swinging the bottom towards you. In some cases, you may have to remove the trim around it first.
A crank is used to open these windows, and it swings outward as it opens. You can typically remove these by lifting the sash and swinging the bottom out.
Before attempting to remove your insulated units, make sure you are wearing thick gloves, and check for any pieces of glass that may have been left behind if your window was broken.
If you’re still unsure about how to remove it or how the process works, don’t hesitate to contact us or give us a call at 866.259.2081.