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Question DetailsAsked on 9/5/2017

Can you replace windows any time of the year?

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Sure - though obviously messy if done during blowing rain or snow, and you waste a few dozen bucks energy if done in real cold weather. And commonly competitive bids are somewhat cheaper after the spring/summer season if in an area with true fall and winter.

Properly done, an individual window opening should only be open about 1/2-1 hour (maybe a few hours to a work day if changing the rough opening size) from removing existing to new unit being in and sealed/caulked up.

Cold weather work does involve having to seal around the new window to keep it warm enough for caulk to cure properly, and rain or snow melting on caulk can cause curing issues and possibly running of the caulk down the siding, so installation during that type of inclement weather is not recommended - though protective plastic sheeting around the window for a couple of days, with venting outside and leaving the window open a touch to heat the exterior as necessary, can usually take care of that if not extremely cold outside.

And of course, window exposure matters too - if your area is low-wind and you have good roof overhang a lot less rain/snow risk than if you have no overhang nd live inn a windy, rainy area - at leat on the prevailing wind side.

That being said, bearing in mind the risk that the contractor may unexpectedly come to a screeching halt mid-job, I never recommend doing it during periods when a lot or rain/snow or very cold weather or hurricanes/tornados/high winds is typical. And of course, generally the smaller the company the more risk of such unexpected halt - due to financial trouble, family or owner medical emergency, owner vacation he forget to tell you about (yes, I have seen a window replacement job where they stopped-mid job, with several windows removed, so the family could go on vacation - taped some 3 mil plastic sheeting over windows and said see you in 3 weeks). A lot less likely to happen with a larger company with multiple installation crews.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


What's your location?

Answered 3 years ago by Brianuwdam

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