If you are a homeowner who is considering replacement windows in the Ottawa area, there is a good chance that you have questions. When should you replace windows in Ottawa for the best results? How often should you replace them? What are some indicators that your windows need to be replaced rather than repaired? Here at Canadian Choice Windows & Doors™, we can help you answer these questions and more.
The Best Time of Year for Ottawa Windows Replacement
Homeowners who want to know when to replace windows in Ottawa often believe they must schedule their projects during the summer to avoid heavy rainfall and frigid temperatures. Though it is helpful to have perfect weather during your installation, it is absolutely not necessary. For the most part, you can have your windows installed on any day when the temperatures are not below freezing, and if you need a retrofit rather than a full-frame replacement, it may be possible to carry this out during any time of the year.
In fact, it is often better to schedule your window replacement during the slower times of year. This way, you can have your project completed on your own time rather than waiting several weeks for us to squeeze you into our busy schedule. Keep in mind that you will need to order your windows six to eight weeks in advance; you may need to order them even sooner if you have windows with custom sizes and shapes.
How Often Should You Replace Windows in Ottawa?
Another question that many homeowners ask has to do with how often they should replace their windows. There is no steadfast rule, but we recommend considering replacements every 25 years or so to keep up with the latest technologies and improve overall energy efficiency. There are some other indicators that you may want to replace your windows, as well. These include:
- Windows that no longer operate as they should. If your windows are painted or sealed shut, or if they no longer raise and lower as they should, this is a good indication that it may be time for replacements.
- Window frames that are broken, warped, or rotted. Window frames in poor condition can allow moisture into the space between the frames and the walls, where it can do some serious damage. If you notice broken, warped, or rotted frames, it is important to repair or replace them right away.
- Fog between window panes. Finally, if there is a significant amount of fog or condensation between the panes of glass (for double- or triple-pane windows), this indicates that a vital seal has been broken. These windows usually have air or gas between the panes to serve as further insulation, and if you see condensation, it means that air or gas is no longer present. At the very least, a retrofit is in order.
As you can see, there is no set-in-stone rule when it comes to the best time to replace windows in Ottawa. At the end of the day, it all comes down to the type of replacement you need and the age or condition of your existing windows. We can help you determine whether your windows should be replaced, and we can usually carry out those replacements throughout the year, even in the cold season.
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