Ditch Drafty Windows

You know fall is in the air as the leaves begin to change and the air is delightfully crisp. While fall’s cool beauty is refreshing, it’s also a friendly reminder from Mother Nature that it’s time to prepare our homes for winter. It’s never a fun experience to weather the winter with old, drafty windows, so don’t wait until it’s chilly and frosty to address the draft. Maximize your enjoyment of winter and gain energy savings by replacing your home’s windows in the fall.

Prime Weather

When a window replacement is done, there’s always a period of time when the window opening is windowless, especially for a full-frame window replacement where the installer will need to take time to remove the old frame and repair any rotted wood before installing the new window. This makes fall an ideal time for interior comfort during the window replacement process. Comfort isn’t the only reason why fall is the optimal time, caulk adheres best when the weather is warm but not hot, generally in the 40–80-degree Fahrenheit range. While the application can be done in other temperatures, fall weather is ideal for most sealing techniques.

Benefits of Fall Installation

If cost is a concern, some professionals believe that windows are most affordable during August when families are too busy with vacations and back-to-school plans to schedule renovations. It may be easier to schedule a contractor during this time as well, since window installers are much less likely to be booked up in the summer and winter months.

Cold-Weather Installation

Of course, there are times when you can’t get around a cold-weather installation during the fall months. Here are a couple precautions homeowners can take to make sure that the window is replaced properly.

  • Have your contractor come on a sunny, warm day if possible: Schedule the job mid-morning, giving the materials a chance to warm up and expand. Be wary of the forecast as some sealants need up to 24 hours to set before they can be exposed to water.
  • Apply the correct caulk: Make sure your contractor applies silicone-based caulk around the window instead of latex or acrylic. Not only will it adhere to the window in colder temperatures, it’s also better for waterproofing and weatherization. TIP: Ask your contractor to use a sealant with high joint movement capability, preferably with plus or minus 25 percent movement.

An Unexpected Color Source

Have you noticed anything interesting about window frames lately? Chances are, you’re seeing a lot more than the usual white, cream or brown. Colorful frames can offer a pleasing contrast to walls, creating a refreshing statement both inside and out. Let’s spin the color wheel and look at options you can use for your window frames.

  • Bold Black: As classic as black is, it’s a relatively new exterior color. Delivering a sophisticated look, black pairs well with industrial and modern looks. On the exterior, black iron railings, doors or pergolas can help create a striking complement to black window frames.
  • Clean Green: In general, green works well with farmhouses and coastal-style homes as well as traditional or historical houses. Custom green aluminum-clad windows pop against smoky blue siding and white casings and trim, delivering a fresh and bright hue.
  • Easygoing Gray: Count on gray to make a calming, subtle impact. As a neutral cornerstone, it’s the ideal choice if you’re still designing your interiors or plan to change them.
  • Staple Red: This color’s popularity is holding steady due to it’s ability to pair well with wood tones. It can be used in many regional styles, such as coastal Victorians and Midwestern Arts and Crafts.
  • Bright Blue: It’s an excellent accent color when working with wood, stone or brick. You can balance it with brown; as part of the orange family, brown is blue’s complementary color. Blue makes brown look browner and brown makes blue look bluer.

Window frames provide another, unexpected way to express your style, draw out a room’s atmosphere or highlight the character of your exterior. And when it comes to color, homeowners are embracing what’s new. “People are moving more, taking their tastes with them and building homes in a style that they like, not necessarily a style that’s most common in an area,” said Pat Verlodt, a color designer and longtime consultant for Andersen Windows and Doors.

Boilard Lumber is a Platinum Andersen Dealer and a factory certified member of the Andersen Dealer Service Network, offering after-sale service for the Andersen product line. Boilard Lumber also carries windows from Marvin®, Atrium® and Velux®. If you’d decide it’s time to ditch your drafty windows, contact our professionals today.