Winter window replacement doesn’t work. It’s too late, right? Homeowners ask us this regularly this time of year. They worry cold air will get in or the window won’t be installed right.
We get it… you look at the calendar and then you look outside. Then you look at your old drafty windows and then you look outside. You think “I’m stuck for another winter.
But you don’t have to fear doing a winter window replacement project. In fact, winter window replacements can be performed in weather as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit!
Our window installation process helps contractors be quick and efficient - minimizing the exposure to the elements. Most of our window installations are done in a single day and our winter process ensures the same quality and workmanship as any other time of year.
Reasons to Replace Windows In Winter
Comfort. Homeowners who don’t “wait for next year” will enjoy a more comfortable home this year and this winter. Fact, not opinion.
You notice your windows have one or more of the following issues in the winter.
- Your windows are drafty. Cold air is seeping in, causing your HVAC to work overtime, skyrocketing your heating bills, and making everyone uncomfortable.
- Your windows have condensation between panes. This is also a sign that your home’s “envelope” is not secure, and warm air is escaping.
- Trouble opening and closing the windows. This is not only a comfort issue, but also a safety hazard. Your windows should function properly no matter the season.
- The windows leak water. As rain, wind, and snow pick up at the end of the year, a leaky window can be a major concern. This has implications for your nearby furniture and rugs, too.
- Loud outside noises. If you find yourself annoyed by nearby snow plows, overhead planes, or general traffic your window is letting in too much sound.
Shorter wait time. Both window contractors and window manufacturers usually experience a lull in the winter in areas with harsh winters (like New England!). Again, this is primarily due to a big misconception that renovation projects can't be completed in cold weather. What does that mean for our homeowners? Less waiting and faster turnaround times. Huge.
Affordability. Look for more aggressive seasonal discounts or promo codes. It’s a low volume season because of the misconception and sometimes that means better incentives from window contractors.
Premier Installation. In cold weather, the framing in your home returns to its usual size, ensuring that wintertime replacement allows the most tight-fitting and energy efficient installation.
Safety concerns. If your windows are leaking cold air, that also means the glass is weak. With winter storms and high speed windows whipping your home for three straight months, you want your glass to be both energy-efficient and durable. Upgrading your windows before a winter storm happens could save a lot of headaches.
Lowers monthly heat bills. Sure there’s a long payback period for a window replacement project. But homeowners who update their windows in the early winter will immediately benefit from lower monthly heating bills. The HVAC system won’t be working overtime to heat the house, as cold air won’t be seeping in through window cracks.
Replacing Windows In Winter: The Process
Almost as important as the quality of the window, is the quality of the installation. That’s why contractors take extreme precautions to ensure your window replacement runs smoothly, no matter the season.
Here’s why winter window installations are so successful:
Most installations take 1 day. Sometimes it’s less! So you’re not looking at a days- or weeks-long period of installation time.
Blocked off rooms. To prevent heat loss, expert installers block off each room from the rest of your home. Then, it’s a matter of installing one window at a time to minimize exposure to the cold. They'll also keep doors strategically open or closed to minimize the transfer of cold air throughout the home.
< 5 Minute exposure time. They take out the old window and place in the new window with less than 5 minutes average exposure time to the outside elements. Now that's fast!
Top quality adhesives and extended set times. They use high-quality, silicone-based adhesives and extend the set time to ensure there is no compromise for a winter installation. This is a super important area good contractors know can be critical year round, be especially in the winter.
Cleanliness is critical. Contractors will take all necessary precautions to ensure your home is as clean (or perhaps cleaner!) than when they arrived. No snow or mud will be inadvertently brought into your home. They’ll lay tarps on the floor and wear protective booties to keep from tracking moisture or dirt anywhere in the home. Your space will look beautiful from the outside and inside, with no working debris left behind either.
Other weather considerations. They’ll be mindful of any potential upcoming storms and we’ll work with you to reschedule installation if necessary.
What to expect on a winter home improvement consultation
We’re here to help. We’re not here to sell. That’s what makes us a strong candidate for your winter project. We offer free advice, free in-home consultation, and no obligation. We don’t have a pushy sales team making a bonus or quota off of your project.
Our goal is to offer advice, answer all your questions, and match you up with the right windows installer for your home. Start by talking with one of our Project Consultants by calling 888-392-4236.
Customer reviews from winter window projects
“They installed our windows in December 2016. I was nervous about letting cold air in our home and racking up crazy heating bills while the installers worked. I was frankly worried about nothing! The windows were installed in one afternoon, and the installers draped my living room to keep the chill out. Now my home is way more insulated since my new Harvey windows are energy-efficient and fit perfectly.” - Jane from Billerica, MA
“Winters are harsh here, so it wasn’t surprised when it started snowing on the day of our installation. The guys who installed our windows were total professionals and not one snowflake entered my home.” - Bob from Philadelphia, PA
“Winter window replacement is no big deal. We were kicking ourselves that we couldn’t get it done in the fall, but it seemed to be just as easy in January.” - Linda from Nashua, NH