Despite the obvious inconveniences, there are times when a cold-weather installation becomes necessary. A broken or cracked window can’t exactly wait until spring for you to put in a new one. You may have no choice but to complete the project in the winter or fall. You will need to take a few precautions, however, to ensure a safe window replacement. Kroll Construction shows how.
Schedule Work on a Sunny, Warm Day If Possible
Schedule the job for mid-morning to give the materials a chance to warm up and expand. Be wary about rain because some sealants need up to 24 hours to set before getting exposed to water. After the rain, your contractor should let the surface dry before starting.
Use Silicone-Based Caulk Instead Of Latex or Acrylic
Silicone-based caulk adheres better to replacement windows in colder temperatures. It’s also better at waterproofing and weatherization. Your heating and cooling will be more efficient and save you money on your energy bills.
Use a Sealant with High Joint Movement Capability
A caulk with 20 – 25 percent movement performs better in cold weather than one with 12 – 20 percent. This capability is usually expressed as a measurement on the bottle. Top-notch contractors like Kroll Construction always use high joint movement capable sealants.
Don’t Allow Drafts In
Have your contractor work on one window at a time to keep your indoor temperature as pleasant as possible. Ask them to cover the width of the opening with floor-to-ceiling plastic. This will help root out drafts while the installation is in progress. Also, close off interior doors that lead to the room so you can keep the rest of your home nice and warm.
Unlike other window companies, Kroll Construction works under any weather condition. We know how to install windows even under unpleasant conditions when needed. Call us at (734) 999-1022 or fill out our contact form to schedule a free in-home consultation. We serve homeowners in Michigan and its surrounding areas.