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Replacing Windows in the Winter: What You Need to Know

Installing new windows in your Columbus home can offer a slew of great advantages. It can improve energy efficiency, boost comfort, and give your home a facelift—sometimes you just need to replace a busted window, too.

However, we’re right in the middle of our coldest months. Does this present challenges? Can you install windows safely in the winter, or will it cause more trouble than it’s worth? Find out answers to these questions and more by following along with the home service pros at APCO while we clue you in on everything you need to know about replacing windows in the winter!

Challenges & Myths Regarding Winter Window Installation

There is a lot of information to be found regarding whether replacing your home’s windows in the winter is a good idea or not. Some of this information is valid, and some is overblown. Let’s check out some of the most common bits of info you might encounter:

Will replacing windows in winter make your home cold and miserable?

It shouldn’t! While you might rightfully feel some concern about opening up holes in your home during a cold month, your contractor should be taking care of this by sealing off work areas while they are being worked on and covering any openings when work is not being done. In fact, new windows could make your remaining winter months much warmer, as newer, high-efficiency windows hold in heat and repel cold better overall.

Will caulk fail to adhere correctly in cold weather? 

This is a potentially valid concern, depending on the situation. Latex caulk can indeed fail to cure correctly and may not quite adhere as it should. However, this is why most window installers (who know what they’re doing) will choose to use silicone-based caulk and temperature-resistant materials during a winter installation. Good contractors will react appropriately to the situation, so don’t let any worry over materials ever dissuade you from pursuing a replacement!

Will expansion and contraction play a negative role in winter window installation?

Materials do indeed expand and contract during extremely cold or hot weather, and this does play a role in how planning for and handling a window replacement will go. However, once again, a pro won’t make a mistake that is going to bite you in the foot in a few months time!

The easiest way to get around this is to simply ensure that the replacement or install is scheduled on a less extreme day. Anything above 20 degrees is completely fine, and work areas can be prepared and guarded against potential complications even in weather extremes.

Potential Benefits of Winter Window Replacement

There are actually some really great reasons to consider a window replacement during the winter season. This is because winter is considered an “off,” or slow season, which means you can find some good advantages that swing in your favor. Some potential benefits include:

  • Lower window prices. Many manufacturers offer solid deals and discounts in order to drum up more business in the offseason, and you can absolutely use this to your advantage.
  • Priority scheduling. Spring and summer in Ohio can be extremely busy between all of the exterior renovations, roof repairs, home maintenance services, and more that clients usually schedule at these times. But in the winter, business is much slower, which means you have more choices when scheduling.

Thinking about the benefits of a winter window replacement? Connect with APCO online today to find out more!

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