3 Most Common Misconceptions About Winter Exterior Remodeling
The frigid temperatures this past week make many people wonder if it is even possible to do exterior remodeling during the winter. Yes, the Polar Vortex is an extreme occurrence, but there are a lot of misconceptions about winter exterior remodeling. Here are the top 3 we have heard in recent days…
#1: You Can’t Replace Windows in the Winter
This is likely the top misconception that we hear year after year. While winter window replacement might feel a little more inconvenient due to cold temperatures, the truth is that new window installation happens all the time in the winter!
If you’re worried about cold temperatures, rest assured there is a process to help prevent energy loss. For example, windows are often installed one at a time during the winter. The interior doors remain closed when available so any energy loss is isolated to one room. Meanwhile, the window contractors work efficiently to move onto the next window, completing the job as quickly as possible without sacrificing craftsmanship.
The loss of energy from inefficient or old, worn out windows can be cured during the winter months. Homeowners don’t need to delay a window installation in winter and can put an end to those drafty, energy draining windows.
#2: You Can’t Replace Siding or Roofing in the Winter
This one is a little more tricky to answer. The short and honest answer is that it depends.
It depends on how cold of temperatures that we’re working with. If it’s in the upper-30s, there shouldn’t be any trouble getting your roofing installation or siding installation completed. The process should go as normal without any complications.
With extreme cold, roofing and siding materials can become brittle. This happens will all levels of quality materials, so it’s not a question of springing for more expensive siding or roofing. It’s just one of those instances where it’s not recommended to install during very low temperatures. In fact, it’s best to install vinyl siding when it’s around 50 degrees. With roofing, temperatures between 40 and 80 degrees are most ideal.
#3: Gutters are Causing Your Ice Dams
While ice dams accumulate on the gutter system, the truth is that there is a much bigger culprit at hand. Inefficient roofing is often the cause for ice dams, especially when your roof isn’t properly ventilated.
Your attic space should remain close to the outside temperature regardless of the season. In the winter, ventilation should help keep the attic cool. Without ventilation, the attic becomes warm and stuffy. From there, the roof melts the snow, which turns to water and trickles down to your gutters. The melted water refreezes and an ice dam is born.
If you’re suffering from ice dams, take a look at your roofing ventilation and insulation levels. This is likely the cause of your ice dams!
Winter Exterior Remodeling
If you have window replacement or other upgrades on your mind this season, we’re here to help! Contact us to schedule a quote and discuss improving energy savings this winter. You can reach us at (260) 341-9357