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27
Jan
2016

Can I install new windows in winter?


With plenty of wind, snow, and freezing cold conditions, it's quite easy to see why many homeowners only notice problems with their windows upon the onset or in the middle of winter. Those who do pick up on issues during the warmer months tend to hurry things along in order to complete the job before the fall season comes to an end. This is primarily due to several misconceptions surrounding winter window installation. Some of the most common beliefs include:

 

Q: Will a winter window installation result in expansion during the summer?

A: When installing vinyl windows, there is no need to worry about the frame expanding in the warmer months. The rate of expansion is so low that it has no effect on the window itself. In addition, manufacturers are aware of this slight expansion and have taken relevant design measures to prevent any future problems. Whether you install the window in winter or summer, it will have to endure hot and cold weather on a regular basis, so it makes sense for manufacturers to create their designs accordingly.

 

Q: Will the caulk freeze while setting?

A: As with many construction-related materials, there are those suited for use during mild to warm temperatures and those specially designed for when the temperatures drop to freezing or below. A professional window manufacturer and installer will use the appropriate substances during winter in order to ensure that the window is secured in place without the risk of leaks or damage. Air cured materials are preferred during the winter while temperature cured options can be used during moderate to hot conditions.

 

Q: Will my house get cold during the installation?

A: During the process of removing the old window and installing the new one, you will experience colder temperatures in that room. If possible, you should close all other windows in the house to avoid a draft and close the door to that room as well. This will help reduce heat loss from your house as a whole although that part of your home will definitely experience heat loss. Professional window installers know how to get the job done effectively and efficiently. Relying on their expertise will mean that the job will be done much faster, and the amount of heat loss you experience will be less than if you took the job on yourself. In addition, heat loss during the replacement only occurs for a limited amount of time. Once the new window is fitted, you will enjoy even better insulation and protection from the elements than before. You will notice better energy efficiency in that room which will more than make up for the comparatively short period of time you endured a bit of heat loss due to the window replacement.

 

The main points to remember when replacing any window is that sooner is always better than later. The longer you wait, the worse the problem could become. The amount of money and time you spend on temporary solutions can make them less and less worthwhile. If air is penetrating your home, water could soon follow, and this can result in more extensive structural damage that will require an even larger financial investment and greater inconvenience. If your Winnipeg or Toronto home is in need of new windows, contact our expert team at NorthShield Windows and Doors for a free in-house quote and professional advice.

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Ross Apperly
4 months ago
Northshield replaced 9 windows in our house. Our only complaint would be that the colour doesn't really match the sample we were shown. The woman we first encountered in the showroom was pleasant and helpful. There are only so many things she could tell us in the showroom but it was enough to convince us to book an appointment with a salesman. Walter, the fellow who came to our house, wasn't really a salesman at all and yet he knew exactly what he was doing. Answered all of our questions, clearly knew his business inside and out, was patient with us, made some really helpful suggestions, and just generally made us feel confident and comfortable. Next came Vladimir. He came to do the final measurements and to verify the details of each window. Another very very knowledgeable guy. Clearly an expert in his field and yet friendly and patient with us. The team of men who came to do the install were all very much polite and professional. Their workmanship is first rate. In the end, what I know is this, the new windows are in, the drafts and rattles from the old ones are gone, the price was fine, the quality is A1, and every single individual along our journey was a genuine pleasure to work with.
Oai Truong
a month ago
We chose Northshield because of the rave reviews on Google, but unfortunately the experience was a disappointment. The sales guy was nice enough, but like most suppliers in their industry, installation came 6 weeks past their original estimate, which was fine since we were not in a big rush, although we had to delay the painting of our kitchen because of it. The two big issues were: 1. To install our new patio doors, the opening had to be widened, which our sales guy mentioned, and which was fine to us. The problem came when the installers were on site and insisted that they did not need to replace the header. I know nothing about construction but luckily my colleagues told me to make sure that they install a new header because they were widening the doorway. Luckily I was home and I persisted that they install a new header, and after a while they finally realized that they needed to do it as well. They went off to the store to get the wood and the drywall and finished the job, which looked fine. 2. Only a few months later big cracks appeared along the new header. I called Northshield only to be told by Alex that my painter should've known that the patchwork on the header was very minimal and that "any professional painter should've known to make sure the drywall was ready to be painted." So they refused to do anything about it. I guess I should've said back to him "any professional installer should've known you need a new header when you widen a doorway!" So now I have a wall that I will need to re-patch and re-paint all over again. If you decide to use Northshield, please do your own research and make sure that you oversee their work, because they will never take responsibility for it, or admit that they didn't know what the heck they were doing.
emily s
3 months ago
Professional, clean, good customer service. Fast and efficient. No surprises or hidden costs, did not try to upsell me and worked within my budget. Very happy with the finished product and will continue to use in the future for replacing my remaining windows.
Patrick Touchette
4 months ago
Alex our salesman was great to work with and gave us very good information about our windows. The installation went smoothly and the windows look great and function well. Great customer service!
Albert Giesbrecht
a month ago
We had 4 windows installed by this company. The windows were installed in no time at all, and the guys were very professional and efficient. Love the windows and would recommend this company to anyone.
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