Your windows have been serving you for a long time. But, maybe they are no longer doing the job that they used to do when you first installed them. If you’re planning on replacing your current windows with new ones, you may be wary of doing it during the winter. However, your doubt may be misplaced because recent technology advances have simplified window replacement during any season. Here is everything you should know about replacing your windows during the winter.

When Should You Replace Your Windows?

Any number of things can bring about the need for new windows. Maybe your windows are letting in too much cold hair, or they don’t fit your current home’s aesthetics. Some of the main reasons why you should replace your windows include:

Your windows are allowing too much air to enter the house.

There is condensation on your windows every day.

It’s always difficult to close or open your windows during winter.

The windows used to keep out a lot of noise, but that is not the case anymore.

Water enters your house when it rains.

Why Install New Windows During Winter?

The majority of homeowners conduct home remodeling projects during the summer. Consequently, window replacement professionals will be fully booked, and they may be tempted to increase their prices because of high demand. If you avoid the summer and replace your windows during the winter, you will be among the few people doing that.

Many plumbers and home replacement contractors will have fewer clients. As a result, they are likely to offer discounts and other benefits. Moreover, their schedule will be light, and they’ll be able to complete your job as soon as you make your order.


Window Replacement Costs

Determining the exact cost of your window replacement is not an easy process. If you know the size, style, and type of Windows you will be introducing, you can approximate. For example, a three-bedroom house can require windows worth $6,000. The cost can be higher if you are using double-glazed UPVC frames.

The primary cost determinant will be the type of materials used to make your new windows’ frames. Other cost considerations include the style and size of your new windows. It would be best if you also kept in mind that the installation cost will vary from one contractor to another.

The Process

Although technology has advanced, replacing a broken window in winter is still not an easy process. Several precautions will have to be in place before the procedure can start.

Look at the weather to see the day when it will be warmer. That is the day when your contractor should start the project. Although the project can be done at any time of the day, it is better to do it in mid-morning so that the materials will have enough time to warm before sunset. If you avoid rainy days, your new windows won’t be exposed to water.

The contractor should apply silicone-based caulk when installing the windows. You should discourage them from using latex because the material is weak and can’t last for a long time. On the other hand, silicone-based caulk can withstand extremely low temperatures without getting destroyed. Homeowners have also reported that this material has superior waterproofing properties. This is a good thing, especially if you are using cooling and heating devices to save money.

It’s also good to install Windows using certain sealants. You must get high joint movement from your windows. You can only get such a capability if you use specific sealants. For example, a sealant with a 25% movement capacity will perform better than a sealant with a 12% movement capacity.

The contractor may try to change all the windows at the same time. You should discourage them because this will turn your home into an icebox. Instead, you should request the contractor to replace one window at a time. In some cases, even one window should be divided into various parts if it’s large and covers a significant portion of the wall. Alternatively, the contractor can cover the new window with floor-to-ceiling plastic so that the temperature can remain stable.

Rooms with new windows should not be frequented. Those rooms’ doors should be closed to prevent children or anybody else from accidentally damaging the new windows. This should happen until the windows have dried thoroughly.


Completing the Process

Once everything has been prepared, it is time to start the process. You should be wary about introducing additional modifications during the initial stages. Things such as wood rots or size alterations should happen after the window has been secured and leveled. You should also take precautions to ensure that the window is not exposed to weather elements during the installation process.

 Bottom Line

If your window gets broken in winter, don’t panic. You can still replace the window and have a warm winter. The most important thing is to contact a professional for instant advice.