Most people prefer to have work done in the spring or summer. The advantage of warm weather is that you won’t build up a big heating bill being exposed to the elements when replacement windows or doors are fitted. Caulk – the sealant for your windows – sticks better in warmer temperatures too.
However, the weather can be changeable even in the warmer months. For example, rain can cause problems during any season. It can lengthen the amount of time it takes for caulking to set – some sealants require a day to solidify.
To ensure optimum conditions for installing doors and window, have your contractor come during a spell of good weather. Schedule the job for mid-morning to allow the materials a chance to warm up and expand. You will then be set for a successful and painless process.
Certain Building Regulations need to be met when a window or door is installed, and your fitter should be registered with the relevant body. For more information see https://www.planningportal.co.uk/info/200130/common_projects/14/doors_and_windows/2.
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A skilled installer such as Dublin windows and doors specialist http://www.keanewindows.ie/ can make light work of adding new doors or windows whatever the weather – fitting should take a relatively short time.
Doors and Windows in Cold Weather
The foundations of homes contract in winter, making this a problem for your fitter. Silicone caulking may be applied when it is colder. This adheres readily and is better at waterproofing and more energy-efficient. However, if the temperature is too low, caulk might crack when materials contract. Caulk won’t set properly in very hot weather either (above 80 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit).
Most people dislike the idea of Arctic gusts sweeping through the home when windows and doors are removed, and it can be difficult for caulking to set when it snows or if there is ice – making tight seals difficult. However, by the time spring comes around, your house expands and flexible seals will be firm, making your windows and doors energy-efficient.
If your contractor has to work in winter, ask him to replace one window at a time to keep draughts to a minimum. You could also ask him to cover the opening with floor-to-ceiling plastic (and shut interior doors so less heat is lost).