We tend to know when our windows are reaching the end of their lifespan.
It’s a struggle to open them, cold draughts are commonplace, outside traffic sounds like it’s in your living room, and visually, they’re beginning to look tired.
But is there a ‘best’ time of year to have your windows replaced?
For many homeowners, spring and summer are seen as the optimum window replacing seasons, mainly because springtime promotes the idea of a fresh start for many people, while ripping out windows in warmer weather feels like a far more attractive proposition than waiting until winter.
The truth is, installations can take place at any time of year, and provided you have the best professionals on the job, there should never be an issue in terms of quality.
Each season has its advantages and disadvantages, and which one you decide to go with will depend on numerous factors.
Let’s take a look.
While the ‘Great’ British weather is hardly the most predictable, we do still enjoy the odd day of sunshine around the summer months. Naturally, good weather does make installing windows a lot easier from a fitting point of view, and if the installation is part of a bigger building project then there’s less chance of delays brought on by wind, hail, sleet or snow. Additionally, if you are replacing multiple windows, doing so while the temperatures are relatively high will prevent unwanted cold draughts from entering your home during the project.
One of the major issues you may have with replacing windows in the summer is a spike in demand. Given summer’s popularity for all types of renovations, getting hold of the right tradesperson may prove difficult.
As the summer sun begins to wane, so does demand for new windows. This can make it the opportune time to find the right installer at the right price. The autumnal weather is another reason you may want to pull the trigger on those upgrade plans. With any potential big freeze still weeks away, and temperatures now mild but comfortable, conditions are ideal for installations. If your windows are beginning to show signs of age, replacing them before Jack Frost turns up is cost effective, and should stop the inside of your home resembling an igloo over winter. While September through November can be the perfect window replacement season for many homeowners, there are some drawbacks including lengthy showers, which could delay a project by days, or even weeks. Also, if you have a lot of trees around your property, you could be subjected to the occasional leaf invasion while work is taking place.
If you’ve missed the window of opportunity in summer/autumn, do not fear; you can still have your windows fitted during winter. In fact, many homeowners opt for this time of year due to the fact installer accessibility is greater, and traditionally, there are lots of deals to be found on materials.
Sadly, it’s not all good news. While replacing decaying or rotting windows so near to Christmas may be a necessity – and will undoubtedly benefit you in the long run – the actual work may see a lot of cold getting into your home, as well as a lot of heat escaping. You may also need to consider how the materials are going to react to extreme cold.
New year, new windows? After weeks of ‘let’s just get Christmas out of the way’, keen renovators can be raring to go come the spring months. Milder temperatures mean you won’t be too hot or too cold while your windows are out, although you will need to keep your eye on the forecast; April showers (along with March and May showers) can bring unwelcome delays to your project. Spring is also high pollen season, so if anyone in your household suffers from allergies, this probably isn’t the best time to be opening up your home to outside air.
Competition does tend to pick up in spring as well so be sure to get your planning done nice and early.
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