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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.