When is the best time to replace your window?
You would think that it is the summer when the days are longer, so there is more time in the day for the construction crews. It may seem that it would take fewer days for them to complete the project, but that line of thinking is not always accurate. The best time for replacing your windows is actually the winter season.
It may be surprising to some people to hear that the winter season is the best time to do a construction project. But if you ask most people with experience, they will quickly confirm that notion. Except the workers who are stuck outside doing the actual work.
There are several reasons why it is a good idea to get your windows replaced in the winter. However, you do have to take precautions against the loss of heat that happens when you remove a window from your home. Like taping a thick tarp over the construction area, so the temperature in the rest of the house doesn’t change drastically.
The Off Season
A big advantage of replacing your windows in the winter – is that it’s the off season. The prices will be at their lowest because there are fewer installation and fewer people purchasing windows and doors. This way, you can get a much better price. Especially compared to the price you will get in the fall or summer. The suppliers lower the costs of the products to promote sales because of the slow winter season. So, you are bound to get a better deal in the winter on window purchases than you would get in the summer.
The Slow Season
It is also a slow season for the construction businesses. There is a quicker turnaround time in construction projects in the winter. From the time you call for a quote to the completion of the project – the time is shorter than any other season. Contractors are readily available, although the work hours are fewer than the summer, the availability of crews makes up for that.
The best benefit of putting new windows in the winter is to help lower your energy bill. Did you know that up to 50% of your energy bill costs are because of your heating? That is a big number; because of that big number imagine how much you can save on your energy bill. You can put in new windows that make your house more energy efficient and save you thousands of dollars over a period of time.
Using double pane, and if required triple pane windows, can help in insulating you house better. Because of the use of Argon gas in between the layers of glass, these windows can better protect you from extreme temperatures. Spending a bit more on these windows can help you save more in the future in energy bill costs.
In the summer, the framing of your house expands. Due to heat, the fitting of a new window isn’t the tightest fit. But in the winter, the framing shrinks to its original size and it makes for the best fit. Because of the tight fit there is a lower chance of leakage and any air passage. This helps the temperature stabilization and it is good for your furnace because it doesn’t have to work over time.
So if you are planning to replace the windows in your home, you can be sure that the best time to do it would be the winter. Do make sure you go about it in a step by step basis. So you don’t lose all the heat inside your house by tearing down all your windows at once. Take a long look at the reasons above and make your decision accordingly.
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Michael is from Toronto and has been in the windows and doors replacement industry for over 20 years. As such, he has been able to gather experience in the fields of window manufacturing and innovation. Besides improving the energy efficiency of window and door products, Michael likes to blog and educate the consumers as much as possible.