Ideally, you’ll want your new residential windows installed in the warmer months. However, there are many occasions that necessitate window replacement during the off season.
You don’t have to wait for spring though. Here’s how to make window replacement work if you can’t wait for the warmer weather.
Schedule Your Replacement On a Sunny Day
Ask your contractor to arrive at mid-morning. It will give the materials time to warm up and expand. Beware of any rain forecast because some sealants need at least 24 hours to set before they can get wet. Wait for the exterior surfaces to dry before the installation if it has just rained.
Ensure Silicone-Based Caulk Is Used Instead of Latex or Acrylic
Silicone-based caulk will adhere better to your new double-hung windows. It works well in colder temperatures. Also, it’s better at waterproofing and weatherization, making your HVAC system more efficient and providing savings on energy costs.
Ask Your Contractor to Use Sealant With High Joint Movement Capability
The joint movement capability of a sealant is usually indicated on the packaging. A caulk with plus or minus 25 percent movement will work better when installed in cold weather than a product with plus or minus 12 percent.
Have a Window Installed One at a Time
Ask your contractor to install one window at a time if your project will take place in the middle of winter. For larger windows, have your contractor cover the width of the opening with floor-to-ceiling plastic. It will prevent drafts during the installation. Make sure to close interior doors leading to the room so other parts of your house stay comfortable and warm.
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