There is no big secret to window replacement, and it is in fact a pretty straightforward process. Yet myths about it persist, some of which lead to homeowners missing out on potential benefits. In this blog, home improvement contractor Empire State Builders & Contractors debunks common myths about the window replacement process.
MYTH: Windows Should Only Be Replaced In the Summer
This is not true at all. This probably stemmed from two reasons: one, home improvements like roof replacement are typically done during the summer season for the clear weather. Two, because of the assumption that all old windows are removed first before the new windows are installed, which would be impractical if done in the winter season.
But the truth is, residential window replacement is one of the few home improvements that can be done at any time of year, including the fall and winter seasons. A knowledgeable contractor won’t leave the house open to the elements by removing all windows at once. Rather, the windows will be replaced one at a time, with each room sealed from the rest of the house during installation. This process keeps heat loss at a minimum, and won’t dramatically impact energy consumption.
MYTH: Window Replacement Is a Long and Uncomfortable Period
As we’ve described above, window replacement doesn’t leave your home open to the elements. Many homeowners are worried that the house will be open to rain, snow or wind, or perhaps give access to animals.
But this myth couldn’t be further from the truth: window replacement in an average home takes about a day or two, and can be done with the house occupied. Sure, you’ll have to leave the room as the windows are being replaced, but that only takes a couple hours at most—the same time it takes to stream a few episodes, eat your lunch or get some work done.
MYTH: New Windows Won’t Improve My Home’s Energy Efficiency
Windows are not the be-all-end-all of home energy efficiency, but they do make a significant contribution to it. Traditional windows are equipped with single pane glass—a conductive material—which allows heat loss during winter and heat gain during summer. Replacing them with ENERGY STAR® certified replacement windows improve insulation.
But drafts and heat loss also happen elsewhere: holes in the wall, gaps between door sash and frame or because of an inefficient HVAC system. Energy efficient windows are definite improvements over inefficient windows, but they won’t solve problems caused by things other than windows.
Empire State Builders & Contractors is your leading provider of replacement window and siding installation services. Give us a call at (844) 682-2990 or fill out our contact form. We serve customers in Yonkers, NY, and nearby areas in New York.