Window replacement projects are often done during springtime when the weather is much more calm and warm and when there are favorable and predictable weather conditions for the job. However, when time is not on your side, you need to make do with the current conditions and do your best regardless of the situation – even during winter.
1. Do It on a Sunny Day
When you’re having your window replaced, schedule the job around mid-morning to noon. This gives the materials a chance to warm-up and expand. However, you need to be careful of rain as some sealants need to be set for around 24 hours before they can be exposed to water. If it has rained recently, make sure that your contractor wipes the surfaces dry before replacing the windows.
2. Use Silicone-Based Caulk
Rather than opting for contemporary latex or acrylic caulking, ask your exterior service provider for silicone-based caulk. This is the better choice since it adheres better during cold conditions and is better at waterproofing and weatherization. In turn, this makes your new windows more energy-efficient, saving you money in the long run.
3. Use Sealants With High Joint Movement Potential
While it can sound daunting at first, you can simply distinguish this by looking at the measurements on the bottle. Caulking with a plus or minus 25% movement will perform better during the winter than caulking with plus or minus 12% can.
Additionally, if you have to replace your window during the winter, let your contractor work on your windows one at a time so that you can root out drafts while the installation is taking place. It also helps to close interior drafts that lead into your living space to keep your home comfortable while the job is ongoing.
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