What you Need to Know About Replacing Windows in Winter

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With winter in full blast and temperatures across the country plummeting, problems with old or damaged windows become much more obvious. If you see your heating bills skyrocket but are still feeling the chills, it might be time to consider window replacements. If you’re apprehensive about upgrading your windows during the coldest time of year or are wondering if it's even possible, let us put you at ease because the truth might surprise you. In fact, there are a number of reasons why replacing your windows in winter is a good idea.

Reduced Demand in Winter

In winter, windows are in less demand, and you may find it easier to bypass wait times for a faster installation process and shorter lead times. With spring and summer being the busiest times of year for home renovations, avoiding your window installation during this time can give you extra leverage in securing a schedule that works best for you. When companies are at their busiest, available install dates are more limited, and you likely won’t have the flexibility afforded to you during slower months. Plus, you may get more bang for your buck! Since fewer homeowners purchase windows in the colder season, you will sometimes find that dealers in your area are offering extra discounts to incentivize customers during their slower business period.

The Myths of Winter Window Installation

The process of installing replacement windows in winter is much like in other months, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. As long as weather conditions are not hazardous for workers, winter installations are certainly doable. Homeowners might worry about exposing their homes to frigid temperatures and the cost of excessive heat loss, but that threat is minimal.

To minimize exposing the home to cold weather, installers will typically close off each room being worked on and only remove one window at a time, the effect often being a more thorough and careful process than in warmer months. Concerns of workers tracking in mud and snow are also negligible as it's common practice for installers to use protective coverings on floors and furnishings to prevent damage from foot traffic, construction debris, and the harshness of winter.

One myth we sometimes hear about window installations in the wintertime is that sealants won’t properly set, and insulation won’t expand in the cold. On the contrary, window manufacturers like SoftLite use sophisticated materials that are effective in a range of weather conditions and temperatures. Construction projects don’t stop just because it’s freezing outside — and windows are no different.

Feel an Immediate Difference

With harsher weather conditions this time of year, buying quality, energy-efficient windows to reduce air infiltration will typically result in an immediate and noticeable difference. With your older, leaky windows replaced by high-performance windows with enhanced thermal protection, like those offered by SoftLite, the change in interior comfort can be drastic. Best of all, you’ll notice a decline in energy costs as you and your household enjoy a warmer indoor environment without pesky drafts of frigid air pumping up your energy consumption and working your heating system over time.

For the best results, SoftLite offers a range of energy-efficient windows and doors that exceed industry standards for performance. From our ENERGY STAR® “Most Efficient Products” to our designation as an ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year for nearly a decade, you can rest easy trusting our dedication to providing the most energy-efficient windows available. Don’t make the mistake of staying uncomfortably cold in your home all winter. Contact a SoftLite dealer today to get started!

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