From the colorful foliage to the pumpkin spiced treats, it’s clear fall is officially upon us. This beautiful season also brings with it colder temperatures, and any existing drafts within your home become significantly more noticeable this time of year. Often times, aging windows and the presence of drafts go hand in hand, which is why it’s strongly encouraged to replace your home’s windows if they’re 15 to 20 years old or older, as they’ve passed their prime and are no longer providing adequate insulation.
The question is, should you be concerned about installing windows in cold weather, particularly with winter right around the corner? The answer is a resounding no. “When the forecast calls for cold temperatures, experienced window installers take special precautions to ensure a seamless window installation process, which includes maintaining a comfortable temperature inside the home,” said Christopher Wittmann, MCR, Exterior Products Specialist with Callen Construction, Inc. in Muskego.
If you take the time to examine each window in your home as the temperatures dip by carefully tracing the perimeter of each with your hand, and you notice cold spots or drafts along the way, window replacement is recommended. Don’t let the cold weather sway you into postponing new window installation as the benefits of new windows can be enjoyed virtually instantly. “For example, new windows would eliminate all drafts within a home, resulting in a more consistent and comfortable indoor temperature,” said Christopher. “At the same time, you’ll save money on your energy bills as properly insulated windows put less strain on your home’s HVAC system.” It’s also worth noting that there’s likely to be more flexibility in terms of scheduling a window installation project date in the colder months versus the warmer months.
The primary concern most homeowners have when it comes to installing windows in cold weather is heat or energy loss. “Professional window installers such as those employed by Callen are mindful to properly prep the new windows and surfaces prior to installation to minimize the amount of time a home’s interior is subjected to Mother Nature,” Christopher said. “They will typically install one window at a time as well as focus on one room at a time in order to ensure the rest of the home remains at a comfortable temperature for the duration of the project.”
A popular strategy is to station installers on both sides of a window in order to maximize efficiency. “Not only does having two installers, one on the interior and one on the exterior, help ensure a quick and easy installation process, it will also conserve energy by limiting the number of times installers must enter and exit the home,” he said. This also means fewer opportunities for installers to track snow and other debris into your home. “It should be noted that as an added precaution, Callen installers use drop cloths to protect the flooring and surrounding area, and in some cases, temporary plastic wall sheathing for moisture and air protection,” said Christopher. “They also take the time to thoroughly clean up after themselves once a project is complete.”
Another concern some homeowners have is whether the caulks and other materials used will withstand the cold temperatures. “With the advent of all-weather materials and sealants that stay malleable throughout the seasons, cold-weather applications will be just as good as they are in other seasons,” Christopher said.
Though most applications can be conducted during the winter months, safety is a priority for the installers. “If there is extreme cold temperatures, wind-blow rain or sleet, or heavy snowfalls, chances are the project will not commence. However, if the weather cooperates, the installers are good to go!,” he said.
Ultimately, homeowners should not let cold temperatures deter them from scheduling a window installation project, especially if the windows are failing or if they’ve surpassed their life expectancy. “In fact, cold weather will actually make it easier to detect drafts and installing new windows will yield nearly instant benefits, including increased energy efficiency and a more comfortable and consistent indoor air temperature,” Christopher said. “Callen’s professional window installers are trained to take the necessary precautions to ensure that a window installation project scheduled for the colder months is a smooth process for the homeowner as well as everyone residing in the home.”
If you have more questions or if you’re interested in installing windows in cold weather, Call Callen to get started.