Why Summer is the Best Time to Have Windows Replaced
Summer has a way of expanding your burgeoning to-do list. The snow has melted. New blooms have scattered themselves all over the landscape, and the sun’s rays are begging you to go outside wearing your favorite tool belt. Window replacements are probably right at the top of your list. These features have several important jobs, so they tend to generate many problems at the end of their lifespans.
Your windows have a starring role in your insulation, so when they fail, your utility bills sky-rocket in response to your overworked HVAC system. They also keep out drafts and let the sunlight in.
They make or break your architectural style, so those dated features can destroy your curb appeal single-handedly. As you throw off your hot water bottle and start getting out into the world with golf clubs in hand, consider the fate of your windows. This is the perfect time to replace them.
Repair or replace?
Few homeowners have the funds to replace windows that are easily repaired, so deciding which solution to choose will be your first stop on the replacement journey. While repairs are certainly the right call if your windows are still new, they’re merely short term solutions if your windows are reaching the end of their lifespan. These features last 15 to 30 years, so if you’ve hit the 20-year mark, it might be time to start thinking about replacement.
The repair required plays a key role, too, of course. A tiny crack, stuck sash, or worn exterior casing is easily fixed. The solution to condensation isn’t as simple. In double or triple-glazed windows, it’s a sign that water vapor has penetrated your glazing. That means your seal has been compromised, so your insulation isn’t working as it should.
In time, the moisture you can’t access will lead to mold, which will infest your frames. If you’re dealing with major structural damage, a repair is unlikely to be adequate.
Why is summer the magic season?
Window professionals encourage homeowners to replace their windows in summer for several excellent reasons. The most obvious of the bunch is the reduced labor cost involved in performing a replacement without bad weather interruptions. However, summer is also a better season for forming an accurate diagnosis.
Some ordinary winter weather occurrences masquerade as symptoms, so it’s best to asses condensation on a warmer day. This will tell your window replacement professionals how severe your problem is, and that could save you money that’s better spent on other things.
Your windows are in top form on the day of their installation, and since summer weather brings widespread HVAC use, timing your replacement well will optimize your utility costs. The addition of new products with low emissivity glass will reduce heat transfer and loss by 40 to 70%. Add insulating frames and double glazing, and you’ll see that number rise even more.
Caulk, films, and other adhesives perform best in warm, dry weather. In winter, your materials will expand and contract, potentially cracking your caulk or causing splitting. Most brands lack silicone and rubber, so they’re best applied when the temperature jumps above 40 degrees. This way, they will cure well and perform for longer.
Latex is particularly sensitive to winter temperatures, but it will form an exceptional seal in hot weather. Rain can interrupt the adhesion process, too, which will cause poor adhesion while encouraging mold. Summer installations will thus extend the lifespan of your windows and form a more insulating boundary.
Ease of installation
Summer replacements come without weather-related disruptions that can inconvenience you and raise your installation costs. Fine weather will also result in a faster, safer installation process. With longer days on their side, your replacement crew will complete on a tighter deadline to boot.
For that reason, many companies try their best to encourage replacements when the season changes, and that means discounts and special offers that can drastically reduce your costs.
The costs of postponing your replacement
If you’ve found a drafty leak in your windows, putting the replacement off can attract soaring costs. Even the smallest leak can attract pest infestations, moisture intrusion, and excess humidity. The latter can have dire effects on your family’s health, triggering asthma attacks and other respiratory symptoms. Your windows are integral to your household security, too, so a postponed replacement could even lead to a burglary.
Energy Star-approved windows are 40% more effective than conventional products, so you can save up to $465 a year on utility bills. Summer window replacements aren’t limited to practical benefits, though.
Once you’ve installed your dream fixtures, you’ll want to feel the summer breeze blowing through them and appreciate the view they provide. This is the season for celebrations, so it’s time to celebrate your home.