It’s a fairly common belief throughout the construction industry that you shouldn’t replace your windows during the winter. Consult many a self-proclaimed expert, and they’ll swear up and down that it’s a terrible decision.
But what if many of the (ahem) experts are wrong? What if you want replacement windows and don’t want to wait until spring to get them? Well, you’re in luck. Because the fact is, conventional wisdom is wrong. It may seem counterintuitive, but it’s perfectly fine to replace your windows in winter, regardless of whether you live in New Mexico, New Hampshire, or somewhere in between. In fact, some experts claim that it’s the best time.
Let’s start with the obvious: It is cold in winter. And you’re probably afraid of letting all that cool air in while workers replace your windows. That makes sense on the surface. However, the fact is that any professional installer is going to replace windows one at a time during the winter. Sure, the cool air will get in during the installation process, but a professional will have the new window installed in a relatively short time and they’ll close all the doors to the room in which the installation is taking place.
While we’re on the subject of letting cool air in, we should address the rather obvious fact that one reason people need to replace their windows is because their current ones are doing a poor job of keeping the heat inside. If you find yourself facing this problem, then you certainly don’t want to wait until spring to get new windows. You and your family deserve to be comfortable now. Furthermore, you’ll get an immediate chance to see just how much money those new windows are saving you.
But let’s say you’ve done your homework and have no problem with the temporary discomfort of replacing a window in the cold. Perhaps you’re worried that the cooler temperatures will hamper the window’s ability to seal correctly. The caulk and foam contractors use in the winter are designed for cold weather. In fact, some products can be used in temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit without any ill consequences.
There’s one other good reason to replace your windows during winter, one that should excite every red-blooded American: It will probably save you money. Since most people have bought into the myth that you shouldn’t go through the replacement in winter, they usually purchase windows during more moderate seasons. But, because demand goes down once December comes along, a lot of customers find that prices go down too.
So yes, to sum up, window replacement during the coldest months of the year is not a crazy idea by any means. There are plenty of good reasons to get it done this time of year. The fact is, the notion that you can’t replace your windows in the winter is as big a myth as Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster.
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