When is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows?
As you might expect, there are advantages and disadvantages to replacing your old windows no matter which season you choose to undertake the project. So the question of which season is best to address window replacement will depend on your preferences in the end. However, here are some factors you might want to consider when trying to reach a decision about the best time to tackle a window replacement project.
Fall and winter
You might think that winter is the worst possible time to replace your old windows, but the truth is that there are actually several benefits you might realize from choosing this time of year. The majority of homeowners will want to tackle the project during warmer months, and that means demand for windows will be highest at that time. Consequently, demand is much lower during wintertime, so you can probably get your windows ordered more quickly and installed much faster, simply because contractors are more available.
If you choose to install during the wintertime, or just prior to it in the autumn, you can also look forward to increased energy savings throughout the entire winter. On the other hand, it’s certainly possible that winter weather could cause a delay in your window replacement project, especially if your timing is bad and you plan for replacement during a storm. One thing you won’t have to worry about is cold exterior air entering your home during wintertime, because experienced contractors can manage this expertly with no inconvenience to household occupants.
Spring and summer
Most homeowners consider spring and summer to be the optimal time for tackling any window replacement project. In terms of ease of installation, that might be true, but on the other hand, there is one major disadvantage to choosing this time of year for your project. Given the fact that the majority of homeowners consider this to be the optimal time for window replacement, you can expect that demand will undergo a serious spike at this time of year, and that it will take a while for your project to be completed.
If you live in a warm, humid area which frequently has soaring temperatures, this delay in having your windows installed could become problematic. It might also cause your energy bills to soar out of control, while you’re waiting for windows to be installed. The best way to avoid this kind of problem is to choose a time of year when demand for window installation is much less, and that would be fall or winter.
By having your windows installed during spring or summer time, you can lower your utility bills by having energy-efficient windows put in before all the hot, humid weather arrives. Of course, the weather itself is a benefit to installation, in that there won’t be any delays due to snow or nasty weather, unless you happen to choose an installation day where a storm is blowing through your area. It’s also true that warm weather is the best for actual installation, because caulk adheres much better in the summertime when the weather is warmer.