Window replacement is a common issue for many homeowners. Whether you’re building a new home or replacing your existing windows, you’re probably wondering what the best time would be to schedule this kind of work in Michigan. Of course, if you have a completely broken window, it needs to be replaced as soon as possible, but if you’re simply upgrading, you might assume that the spring or summer would be the best time to schedule window replacement. This isn’t necessarily true, and the winter can be the perfect time to consider window replacement work for several reasons.
If you need to replace the windows in your home and believe you should wait until the spring or summer, you may want to rethink this and schedule your replacement during the winter. Not many homeowners realize the many advantages to scheduling window replacement jobs during the cold season. Consider the following reasons why a winter window replacement could be a more effective option.
Save Money During the Off Season
Since you likely assumed that the best time to install new windows would be the spring or summer, so have many other people throughout the country. Demand for contractors and home improvement work like new window installations skyrockets starting in the beginning of the summer, and most contractors’ busy seasons extend until late fall. By scheduling your window replacement during the winter, you are effectively avoiding the crowd during Grand Rapids spring and summer seasons. It will not only be easier to schedule your project to your preference, but you may also save money on the work by scheduling during a contractor’s off season.
Another great perk to scheduling your window replacements during the winter is shorter wait time between the time of scheduling and project completion. If a contractor has a light enough schedule, you could have your new windows installed within a few days of calling the contractor, and you’re far less likely to encounter delays or need to worry about a multi-day job.
Cold Installations Are Easy Thanks to Modern Tools and Techniques
Weather and temperature have tremendous influence over home improvement work, and sometimes weather conditions can disrupt projects or change the way certain tools and substances function. Window installation projects benefit from colder winter weather due to the cold weather’s effect on silicone-based caulks. Colder temperatures allow these substances to adhere better, ensuring the strongest possible installation. Silicone-based caulk will also offer better weatherization and water protection during colder conditions. Sealants that allow for joint movement also adhere better during cold weather, and this will allow them to expand and contract safely over time.
You Don’t Need to Worry Much About Your Home’s Temperature Dropping
You might assume that removing a window during a replacement job would dramatically lower the temperature inside your home. While it may make the inside a bit colder for a few hours, this won’t last long, and window replacement is faster than you might think when you hire the right contractors for the job. You can also ask the contractor about setting up a temporary “wall” a few feet away from the window that minimizes the amount of cold air wafting through the open space while the crew installs a new window. These temporary walls made of plastic sheeting setup and tear down quickly, effectively insulating your home’s interior during the replacement work.
If you’re worried about a winter window replacement turning your home into a freezer, you will only need to worry about a few hours at most of colder inside temperatures. The tradeoff is well worth it as once your heating system catches up with the temperature change it won’t need to work as hard to keep your Michigan home comfortable for the rest of the winter.
You Can Start Enjoying Energy Savings Immediately
If your current windows are leaking and you want to replace them to save money on your home heating and cooling costs throughout the year, why would you want to wait until the spring to start saving money, especially when your heating system will work the hardest over the winter? Schedule your window replacement work for the winter months and you will notice energy savings very soon thereafter. If your goal is to start saving money with more energy efficient windows there is no reason to wait until the spring when your heating system will have spent months working harder than it should to keep your home comfortable.
You Can Replace All of Your Windows One at a Time
Window replacement is a fairly straightforward process. It can be surprisingly quick if you choose an experienced contractor. Some contractors will prefer to remove every window to be replaced and then install the new windows one by one, but this can be impractical any time of the year depending on the weather, the layout of the home, and many other factors. Most contractors will fully replace one window at a time regardless of the time of year, so you don’t need to worry about the cold air flowing into your home from multiple openings at once.
Lower Chance of Insect Invasions During the Winter
Insect activity is typically at its lowest levels during the colder months throughout most of the United States. When you replace windows during the spring or summer there is always a risk of flies, mosquitoes, bees, wasps, and other undesirable insects entering through the open window spaces. This risk is much lower during the winter season, so if you’re worried about bugs getting into your home during a window replacement job then winter is the best time for you to schedule the work. Scheduling during the winter to avoid insects is an especially good idea for people with allergies to stinging insects and can potentially help avoid some very dangerous situations.
While it may seem counterintuitive, scheduling a window replacement during the winter offers several distinct advantages over scheduling this type of work during the warmer Grand Rapids months. As long as you take your time and find a reliable and experienced contractor, you can avoid many of the hassles common with spring and summer window replacement jobs and potentially take advantage of more attractive pricing, too.