In certain situations, you can’t wait for warmer weather for a window replacement. Cracked or broken windows must be replaced immediately. Damaged windows will make your indoor spaces uncomfortable and your HVAC system work harder, resulting in higher energy bills.
One of your leading window and siding contractors, Silver Leaf Contracting, shares tips for fall and winter window replacement.
Schedule Your Project on a Sunny, Warm Day
Schedule the replacement at mid-morning to allow the materials to warm up and expand. Consider rescheduling if there’s rain in the forecast. Some sealants require up to 24 hours to set before water exposure. Ask your installer to let the exterior surfaces dry before starting with the replacement if it recently rained.
Install One Window at a Time
Ask your contractor to replace one window at a time if you need new windows in the winter. It will prevent your home from getting too cold. For larger windows or ones with multiple panes of glass, ask your contractor to cover the width of the opening with floor-to-ceiling plastic. It’s to minimize drafts during installation. Close interior doors that lead to the area so you can contain the cold in just one area of your home. As one of the area’s premier window and metal roof companies, you can count on Silver Leaf Contracting when it comes to your home’s protection.
Apply Silicone-Based Caulk Around the Windows
Make sure your contractor uses silicone-based caulk around the window instead of latex or acrylic. Silicone-based caulk adheres more in colder temperatures and provides better waterproofing and weatherization. It will help with your home’s comfort and reduce the load on your HVAC system, saving you money on heating costs.
Use Sealant With High Joint Movement Capability
You can usually find this measurement on the bottle. A caulk with plus or minus 25 percent movement will work better when used in cold weather than one with plus or minus 12 percent.
Choose Silver Leaf Contracting for quality roofing, siding and window installation services. We are one of your leading metal, asphalt and rubber roof companies. Call us at (330) 236-4010 or complete our online form to get a free quote.