Old, broken or improperly sealed windows can take a drastic toll on energy costs. Repairs are a quick and effective way of solving this problem, but what if the problem is more severe or if you’re simply looking to upgrade your windows with more energy efficient replacements? Window replacements take a little longer and in some cases can leave you without insulation for a period of time letting the winter cold or summer heat into your home. Here we’ll take a look at the best times of year to have your Midtown Manhattan windows repaired and replaced and how you can reduce the inconvenience of extreme temperature when necessity demands either.
Repair windows sooner rather than later
Window repair is by far the most cost effective way of increasing the energy efficiency of your home as well as restoring the aesthetic of broken or damaged windows. Repairs should never be left longer than absolutely necessary, as immediate action can save energy costs and prevent further damage that will only end up costing you more in the long run. Particularly in winter, with the possibility of strong wind and icy temperatures, a repair can be a lifesaver. If you are planning a replacement of old windows with some damage, it may be more cost effective to have minor repairs done immediately to tide you over until milder weather to limit the inconvenience of winter or mid-summer replacement. It might help you plan by taking into account your energy costs over the remaining months of winter and comparing them to the cost of a repair versus replacement.
If possible, plan your replacement for milder weather
Spring and early summer are ideal times for window replacement. Mild weather ensures winter drafts won’t be billowing through your house during the replacement period. Caulking is also often more effective when applied during warmer temperatures. Glass and the materials of your frames are also not immune to extreme temperatures, expanding in high heat and contracting when subjected to cold. Mild weather ensures that the materials are in their natural state when installed and prevents the possibility of cracking and warping. With spring only a few months away, now is an excellent time to plan and book your window replacement.
Ensure your window contractor is experienced and professional
Sometimes the need for replacement windows strikes when you least expect it and waiting until the weather is right is simply not an option. To limit inconvenience to you and your family, and ensure that the temperature of your home does not drop to bitter lows in the winter or skyrocket to boiling highs in the summer when replacing windows, an experienced contractor should be consulted. With the professional care of the Original Window team, steps are taken to reduce the loss of heat from your home during a winter replacement and prevent the damage associated with the expansion of materials once the temperature rises again. Our quick and effective service will also ensure that installation time is kept to a minimum so that you can enjoy the comfort and peace of mind of sound and sealed windows for the rest of the winter period.