Now that hurricane season is almost over, many Floridians are eager to forget about hurricanes and start looking ahead to better days.
However, if you sustained window damage during Hurricane Ian or are considering replacing your windows in the near future, we’d urge you to use this winter to replace and prepare. Below, we’ll discuss the four reasons why winter is the best time to replace windows in your Florida home.
Winter Is The Best Time of Year to Replace Windows
As we reach the colder months of the year and the end of hurricane season, you may be thinking about putting off installing new impact windows until next year. However, damaged or worn-down windows can reduce the property value of your home, hinder energy efficiency, and diminish window functionality. The longer you wait, the more money you could be losing. Winter is the best time to replace windows in your SW Florida Home for the following reasons.
1. Less Rain In The Winter Months
Between May and October is when Southwest Florida averages two-thirds of its rainfall.
The challenge with installing windows during the summer months is that rain can negatively affect window installation. Wet conditions increase the chance that wooden frames will swell and warp or that fillers and caulking may not harden properly. If a window is not installed correctly, it can lead to significant home damage.
In contrast, the average dry season — late October through November — marks the end of hurricane season as well.
Because daily thunderstorms come to a halt during this time, it is the best time to replace windows as the installation is much easier to accomplish effectively and efficiently.
2. Cooler Temperatures
Let’s face it; replacing windows is hard work. And hard work is that much harder when it’s very hot and humid outside.
Temperatures during winter make window replacement easier for installation teams. Not only are cooler temperatures generally more comfortable for outdoor work, but they also provide safer conditions.
You’re more likely to have temperate weather in which to replace home windows in Naples, Florida during the winter months.
3. Lower Prices During the Off-Season
The closer you get to the start of hurricane season, the more likely it is that you’ll pay a higher cost for your new windows. Demand for window replacement and installation usually spikes during the spring and summer months before hurricane season begins, which can impact both supply and prices.
Winter is the off-season for most window replacement specialists and as a result, there are often discounts and incentives during this time. Materials are typically less expensive since supply is more abundant during the last part of the year.
In other words, you're more likely to get a good deal during the winter than in the summer.
4. Shorter Wait Time
Since winter is the off-season, wait times for window installation should be much shorter, as you won’t have to work around the contractors’ busy schedules.
During the spring and summer, wait times for delivery and installation are often weeks longer compared to the low-demand time during the winter. In addition, If a storm has already been forecasted, demand rises higher, making wait times even longer.
Replacing your windows before the next hurricane season will give you a shorter wait time and ensure your windows are safe before the next hurricane hits.
Consider Installing Impact Windows This Winter
Impact windows are a necessary investment for homes in Southwest Florida that need hurricane protection, and winter is the best time of year to purchase and install them.
Traditional windows will often begin to show signs of wear that can cause significant damage to the interior of your home, making them a weak point that won’t help prevent harm caused by storms.
Impact windows provide a variety of added benefits, including energy efficiency, break-in defense, mitigation of unwanted UV rays, and absorption of up to 65% of ambient noise from outside.
If you're considering replacing windows in Florida this winter, Storm Solutions offers a selection of the best impact window replacements in South Florida.