It is never a good thing to have a broken or cracked window, especially in the midst of cold weather. With fall already here, you can’t afford to let drafts enter your home since it causes you to ramp up the usage of your HVAC system for your heating needs. Fortunately, you can pursue window replacement in this kind of situation. With a few precautions, you can make sure the window is safely replaced.
Start the Project on a Warm, Sunny Day
Have your contractor come to your property around mid-morning on a sunny, warm day. During this time, the materials needed for the installation tend to warm up and expand. Be aware, however, of rainy forecasts. Certain sealants may have to be set for about 24 hours after application before they get wet. If it rained a few days ago, inform your contractor about allowing the exterior surface to dry completely before proceeding with the project.
Use Silicone-Based Caulk
For cold-weather window installation jobs to be successful, the pros should be using silicone-based caulk instead of latex or acrylic. This material adheres more quickly under such conditions and is better at waterproofing. With this applied, you can be sure your HVAC system works efficiently, helping you save on energy bills.
Use a Weather-Appropriate Sealant
Ask your contractor to use a sealant that has high joint movement capability. Go for a caulk with a plus or minus 25% movement – this information can be found on the bottle label. It is known to perform better when applied during cold weather than when using sealant with a lower high joint movement.
At Illinois Energy Windows & Siding, Inc., we provide you with the best materials and experienced specialists in window installation to revamp your home and exceed your expectations. After more than 25 years in the business, we have developed an installation process that is second to none.
To learn more about what we do during a window or siding installation, call (630) 219-1860. You may also fill out our contact form to request a free, no-obligation consultation. We serve Morton Grove and Bolingbrook residents.