The best time to replace your windows is before they negatively impact the functionality of your home. Your windows form an integral part of your home system, and it’s important to replace them when you notice signs of deterioration.
If your windows are severely compromised, you should replace them immediately, regardless of the season. However, if you are pre-emptively replacing them, Spring and Fall are the best times of the year.
Replace Your Windows Before They Deteriorate
The best time of year to replace your windows is when you notice issues that could (or are already) impacting their functionality. Regularly inspect your windows and check for things like drafts, warping, or damaged caulking.
While there’s an upfront cost when you replace your windows, the long-term savings from improved energy efficiency can offset this investment. When you delay a window replacement, it could mean paying higher energy bills over time. But you don’t have to replace all your windows at once.
Start with the most dire until you have replaced them all. High-quality, updated windows can increase your home’s resale value, making a window replacement a great way to increase ROI.
There are a number of factors to consider when buying replacement windows. If you have seriously compromised windows, replace them immediately. If you are being proactive about a window replacement, you can not only choose the most convenient time for you but also the best season.
Spring and Fall are the most popular exterior renovation times because the weather is usually mild. Moderate temperatures make the installation easier for the crew and can keep your project on schedule. Caulking is integral to a window replacement, but it is easier to apply in dry weather. The outdoor temperature should be above 45°F so the caulk sets properly and adheres securely. But low humidity is essential because when caulk swells, it can crack.
Summer and Winter are prone to extreme weather, like storms, snow, and extreme temperatures. Although Summer is still popular for window replacements, you should schedule it for early or late in the day when it is cooler. Winter replacements may also offer some budget-friendly options because it is a quiet season. However, you will need to weigh the cost savings versus the cost of reheating your house after the installation.
Spring and Fall are also popular because they improve insulation before Summer and Winter when energy efficiency is most important. You will need to schedule a window replacement in advance because contractors are busy during these seasons, and be prepared for higher rates.
Signs You Need to Replace Your Windows
Here are some common signs you need new windows:
- Your closed windows are drafty, and the air leaks lead to high energy bills.
- It is difficult to open or close your windows. This could be from swelling, a warped frame, or faulty hardware.
- Condensation between your double or triple-paned windows indicates that the seal is compromised and your windows aren’t functioning efficiently.
- Visible damages like cracks, warping, and rotted frames and sashes.
- You can hear your neighbors louder than usual.
- Fading or discolored furniture means the UV protection is gone.
- You have outdated, single-pane windows that aren’t energy-efficient or secure.
- You must constantly perform maintenance on the window, particularly wooden window frames.
Kentucky Home Exteriors: We Replace Windows All Year Round
With over 25 years of collective experience, we know how to help our customers get the most out of their window replacement. Our expert team of installers can do year-round installations and have the experience to handle on-site challenges.
We are happy to chat about your window replacements and help you find the best time based on your needs and budget. So, if you need to replace your windows but need help figuring out where to start, contact us for a free in-person consultation.