If you’ve determined that it’s time to replace your windows, you’re likely wondering which season is ideal to start your installation project.
The truth is, there isn’t a perfect time of year to start your window replacement with Lifetime Exteriors. Each season offers its advantages, disadvantages, and unique factors that can help you decide which time of year is most convenient for you and your family’s needs.
Use this guide, along with the help of an installation professional, to determine which month you should replace the windows on your Portland home.
Spring & Summer Replacement
Late spring and early summer are the most popular seasons for window replacement.
These months offer ideal weather conditions—it’s warm enough to eliminate chilly drafts but cool enough to prevent excess heat from entering your home during the installation.
Energy Cost Savings
One significant advantage to spring or summer window replacement is that you’ll save on energy bills.
Instead of having to crank your heater or air conditioning unit, you’ll be able to rely on the beautiful cool breeze and sunshine to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.
You’ll also save on utility bills permanently once your new, energy-efficient windows are installed and working to insulate your home.
Historically, spring and summer are Portland’s driest months.
Scheduling your window replacement during this time of year will decrease the likelihood of wind, rain, or snowstorms that can delay your installation’s progress.
Since spring and summer are the most popular months for window replacement, you may find yourself paying a seasonal premium for your project. If cost is important to you, it’s usually less expensive to install windows during the off-season.
Less Contractor Availability
When you schedule a warm-weather installation, you will likely be competing with several other homeowners who also want to work with the most reliable window installation professionals in the Portland area.
Because of the high demand for contractors, you may need to wait longer to start your project or choose a different contractor that’s available when you’re ready to begin your installation.
Fall & Winter Replacement
Fall and winter are the off-season months for window replacement.
Even though winter may not offer the ideal weather for home repairs, you’ll enjoy the unique benefits of replacing your windows during this time of year—like seasonal deals and excellent contractor availability.
Since fall and winter projects aren’t as common, many window installers offer discounts or incentives during these months to make your project more affordable.
In addition to project deals, many contractors have greater availability during the fall and winter. You’ll be able to start your project more quickly and choose the style of windows you want most!
Increase Energy Efficiency
Energy-efficiency is critical during the cold, snowy winter. If you notice your
windows are drafty, foggy, or broken during this time of year, you may want to prioritize window replacement immediately.
New windows will improve energy efficiency, lower your energy bills, and increase the comfort in your home for the remainder of the winter.
Rain, hail, and snowstorms are inevitable during the cold months in Portland, which can cause project delays. If possible, try to schedule your project in the early fall or on the verge of spring to avoid undesirable weather conditions.
Window replacement during the winter will make your home rather chilly. To isolate drafts, ask your contractor to replace one window at a time and close the door to the room where the window is being replaced.
Despite your contractors’ best efforts, be prepared to utilize your heater during your fall or winter window replacement.
Should I Replace My Windows or Siding First?
If you’re considering a full exterior home remodel but can’t complete the entire project at once, we recommend replacing your windows before your siding. You’ll save money, and your siding contractor will be saved from unnecessary work down the road.
The primary reason is the capping, or protective covering, on your windows.
Capping can be easily damaged when old siding is removed from your home’s exterior. If you replace your siding first, you’ll have to replace the damaged capping and then pay for capping again when installing your new windows.
Additionally, your windows are surrounded by a moisture barrier that requires removing a portion of your home’s siding for correct installation.
When you install your windows first, your contractor won’t have to remove (and risk damaging) your home’s new siding to install the barrier.
Why Choose Professional Installation
Whether you choose to replace your windows during the cold winter or the hot summer, you’ll need to hire an installation professional to get the job done right.
Not only can a professional answer all your window replacement questions, but they can also offer expert workmanship, cost-effective solutions, excellent products, and unbeatable warranties.
Reliable Window Replacement During Every Season
We can help you protect your Portland home with reliable, high-quality replacement windows that fit your family’s needs and budget—regardless of the season.
Our skilled, communicative team makes the installation process stress-free, so you can be confident your house is well cared for.
Visit our window replacement page to learn more about the benefits of swapping out your current windows with long-lasting, energy-efficient replacement windows.