For Canadians, it’s fairly obvious that the best time to get started with renovation jobs for your home is during the warmer months. Realistically, most tasks in general even as simple as grocery shopping is easier without ice covered grounds and freezing cold winds. There’s an old joke that goes, “there are only two seasons in Canada: Winter and construction”. With our winter season here in Ontario getting some pretty extreme cold weather conditions, it would be a kind of hard justifying exposing your home in freezing cold weather to install replacement your windows and doors unless it was to address any safety concerns.
Although there is never a downside to getting brand new replacement windows or doors during any time of the year, we would recommend scheduling your installation job to be completed in the Fall. When the weather is warm, but not too warm! Bear in mind that that the months of April and May are peak times for window replacement companies so, opting for a time that is less busy will often give you greater choice and flexibility with the company you choose to work with.
About one to two months prior to your scheduled installation date, you should be shopping for your new windows and doors even if you’re just getting more information on the different types, styles, and designs available to you. The window replacement company may need time to order in your selections if they have them in stock already or if you are requesting custom designs. While the entire installation job will only take hours out of one day, the overall process from design to installation may take about 6-8 weeks.
Here are some things to consider when deciding on the best time to replace your windows and doors:
The foundation of homes shift and shrink in colder weather such as, during the winter
Why is this important? Well, in colder weather the cracks in your home’s foundation become exposed and as a result could make the installation of your new windows slightly more complexed. Experienced professionals will know how to navigate around any challenges and still be able to successfully install new windows during winter however, it requires specialized skills, tools, and time for labour. Taking these factors into consideration, it would be reasonable to think that the extra time for labour may reflect in the overall cost of installation. Which is why it is recommended to replace your windows during mild to cool temperatures, ideally in the Fall.
Replacing windows exposes your home to the elements
You don’t want to listen to the chatter of your teeth while you sit wrapped up shivering while you get your new windows installed during the winter. Yes, there will be a gaping hole in the wall where your window is supposed to be while the installation job is in going on. Although professional window installers are very mindful of maintaining your comfortability in your home by limiting the exposure to the outdoors, it’s inevitable that the outside air will come through your home. Also consider that you might see a surge in your energy bill for the time it takes to reheat your home. If you have small children in your home, it is ideal to replace your windows in the Fall so that exposure to outside air will be less of an issue. In fact, the weather during Autumn may actually be refreshing flowing through your home.
What to do if you have to replace your windows and doors in the winter:
Many homeowners have developed this misconception that installing new windows in the winter that they will get a poor installation job, that is not true at all. If your window is broken, cracked, and you’re feeling a cold draft coming through the window, you can’t exactly wait around until pumpkin spice lattes are back on the menu to put in a new one. Forget about the novelties of Autumn in this case, fixing or replacing a faulty window becomes much more important for the safety and comfort of your family. Professional window installers are equipped with the tools and expert skills needed to navigate around any challenges that may arise during any season, not just winter. Another good way to look at it is you may even snag a winter promotional deal on your windows for booking during a less busier season.
If that’s the case in your home, all is not lost. You just need to take these precautions to make sure that the window is replaced safely:
- Check that your contractor applies silicone-based caulk around the window instead of latex or acrylic. Not only will it more readily adhere to the window in colder temperatures, it’s also more effective for waterproofing.
- Try to schedule the installation for the morning, this will give the materials a chance to warm up and expand.
- If possible, ask your installer if they could work on one window at a time to keep your home from becoming a total icebox.
- Keep some interior doors that lead to the room where the windows are being replaced—that way, you can limit the effects to just one part of your home and keep the rest of your home as warm as possible.
- Plan a visit to a friend or family members home during the time of installation, so that you can come home to newly installed windows without having to deal with the cold drafts while the contractors are working away.
As you wind down from a busy and fun-filled Summer with your family and friends, it’s an ideal time to start tackling some of the home improvement jobs in order to button up your home in time for colder weather. Ultimately, you can schedule a window replacement job anytime of the year, but why not take advantage of the beautiful crisp-warm weather that Autumn has to offer while you upgrade your home’s value and appearance with new windows and doors!