Window replacement in wintertime is often thought to be taboo by homeowners.
In reality, replacement windows can be installed at nearly anytime during the year. The windows will perform effectively and efficiently in all but the most extreme circumstances. In fact, it is more likely the installation crew will be held back so as not to be exposed to extremely cold weather.
When Needed Window Replacement Becomes More Noticeable
Winter is a time you can more often notice your old windows are failing. You can feel drafts, notice heat loss and the harsh conditions highlight signs of aging or rot.
If you notice problems with drafty windows or feel you are paying too much for the heat in your home to let it escape through your windows, don’t wait to get replacement windows.
Below are a few facts to know as you consider window replacement in Madison WI.
In winter, each individual window replacement is done from start to finish. This is done to ensure heat loss is nearly nonexistent and the craftsmanship required for each window installation is completed at the highest quality level.
The window opening is only exposed to the elements for an extremely short time. This process is quick because we prep all components prior to installation. It includes taking out the old window, cleaning up and repairing the opening where needed and leveling and securing the new replacement window.
The replacement windows we use are all Energy Star® compliant. The glass is treated with Low-E coating which is proven to reduce energy use, minimize fabric fading and increase your home’s comfort level.
At Sims Exteriors and Remodeling, we guarantee complete customer satisfaction. Our experienced technicians are factory trained craftsmen. They respect your home, keep the work space clean and do a final cleaning after installations are complete. The best part is, our installations come with a transferable lifetime warranty to ensure satisfaction with the entire process.
Wintertime window replacement is not a problem at all. Winter installations vary little from summertime. The biggest notable difference is to reduce the energy consumption (prevent heat loss), we work on one window at a time. Our installer ensures a window is properly installed before starting work on another.
Generally, winter window installations can be performed in wind chill as low as -20°C. However, there are a few precautions we take to ensure the highest quality installations. Examples include –
- Modern Vinyl windows are made to withstand very cold temperatures. But it can get brittle when extremely cold. This makes it more difficult to cut. The result is that we do not install bay or bow windows in the winter time, because intricate cutting and smaller pieces are sometimes required. In colder weather it is difficult to be precise.
- For replacement windows with aluminum cladding on the outside, the finish is often not put on until warmer temperature. Often aluminum window installation requires precise bending work which is made more difficult by the low temperatures.
- Seasonal installation can be influenced by other issues. Some insulating foams and caulking are rated for lower temperatures. Others are not. Warming the caulk or foam up before application is common to ensure it is malleable and can be put on properly.
- Something not often taken into consideration by homeowners is the effect snow has on installation. Most window replacement companies are not responsible for clearing the snow around the house in order to perform the work. It is generally the homeowner’s responsibility to ensure the area is adequately cleared.
Ultimately, any concerns with winter window replacement is not as much in the outside temperature, as it is the amount and kind of precipitation on any given day. Severe weather – cold or wet – can cause the installation to be paused to be sure conditions are best for a professional installation.
For more information on window replacement and ideas for your home, consider using Sims Exteriors and Remodeling. We have been installing replacement windows in Madison, WI and the surrounding areas for years. Our service area includes Cottage Grove, Sun Prairie, Waunakee, Middleton, Verona, Fitchburg, McFarland, Stoughton and Greater Dane County.
Call or email our experienced specialists to help select and install your window replacement project in Madison WI.