Did you know that more than half of the energy American households use is devoted to maintaining heating and air conditioning? Think about your last power bill, or perhaps your peak months’ power consumption. How much are you doling out, month after month, to keep your home comfortable when the real culprit could be faulty or damaged windows?
Perhaps you’ve already noted the draftiness in certain rooms or moisture between the panes but have continued to put off what you know your home needs…new windows. At Homewise Roofing and Exteriors, we believe that the best time to install new windows will always be when your home needs them, regardless of the season, but let’s consider whether you’re truly better off saving this project for spring, or if maybe right now is the best time to make this investment.
The Process of Installing New Windows
As is true with any home improvement project, when it comes to installing new windows, you’ve got options. As you research and seek advice about the best approach for your home, speak with confidence by learning the vernacular of the trade and what each window replacement approach provides.
Sash kits provide new moveable parts, including the frame and the glass, which are attached to the original window’s side jambs. There is minimal structural impact and little-to-no secondary projects as a result, but this only works in a well-measured space that is both square and level.
Insert replacement kits are a one-and done step, fitting a completely new window and its frame into the old side jambs. This, of course, will reduce the amount of light that filters in and your view out, as the insert replacement must fit fully inside the original frame.
The third option to consider is full-frame replacement windows. As the name implies, this approach means out with the old and installing an entirely new window and casing. In cases with moisture damage, wood rot in the frame, or faulty window hole design, you will likely have secondary projects after the installation, replacing or painting trim and windowsills, and possibly repairing or replacing exterior siding.
Which option is best for you depends on a variety of factors, which your Homewise consultant will gladly evaluate and then provide you with recommendations.
- What is the condition of the window frame?
- What problems are you hoping to eradicate with new windows?
- Are any parts broken or frames rotten?
- Do you hope to change the size or shape of the window?
- Is the existing frame structurally sound?
- Do you seek to minimize secondary projects (such as replacing trim or painting)?
Advantages of Waiting until Spring to Install New Windows
As you are trying to determine the best time for your new windows’ installation, consider these reasons to postpone it until spring.
- If you are at home during the installation, the warmer weather will minimize the discomfort of the cold while those window openings leave your home exposed.
- Longer days mean we have more available hours on the job to get your installation done quickly.
- Planning ahead means more time to set funds aside for the project, so your new windows don’t incur debt.
- The further into spring we go, the less we’ll have to contend with threatening weather conditions.
- Some products used for installation, such as caulk or new paint, adhere better and faster in warmer temperatures.
A Few Good Reasons to Get New Windows Now
Before you make up your mind about the best time to install new windows, also consider the advantages of acting now. Winter is your best time for windows if…
- Your monthly power bills have been steadily climbing as you’ve continued to bump that thermostat upward… and yet your home is still chilly.
- As the weather heats up, so do the demands on service providers’ time. Starting your project now helps you beat the spring rush, and we’ll be able to service your home quickly.
- Prices for windows tend to be better during the winter months as manufacturers are eager to incentivize buyers through promotions and discounts.
- The need is easier to evaluate in winter months, as you can feel the chilly drafts creep into your living space.
- Homewise Roofing and Exteriors isn’t new to Nebraska winters, and we know how to work efficiently, even on the coldest days, to minimize the discomfort you may fear.
- Your home will immediately become cozier and more aesthetically pleasing.
- You’ll enjoy saving on energy costs right away, as well as an outstanding ROI in the future.
One third option to consider is a hybrid approach. You may be interested in purchasing the windows now, while there are deals to be had, but prefer to wait to schedule the installation in the springtime, which may prove a more optimal time for your family’s unique situation.
The Service Provider to Call
If you’re in the Omaha area, your local window installation experts are Homewise Roofing and Exteriors. We would love to help you upgrade your home with new windows while providing outstanding and attentive customer service. Give us a call today, and we’ll help you assess your home’s needs and options.