When is the best time to replace my front door and windows?

SEPTEMBER 10, 2019

If the doors and windows securing your property are falling off their hinges, then there’s no time like the present to call in the contractors to fit some replacements.

Moreover, if you’re considering a sale this spring, attractive doors and windows will present a shiny first impression to potential buyers – and won’t hurt your bottom line either.

According to Wideline Windows and Doors, it is time to pursue alternatives if windows and doors are challenging to clean, hard to open or close or are leaking water.

The high costs associated with on-going repairs and the obligation for compliance are other reasons for making changes, notes Windowline, a specialist in strata building window and door replacement. That said, if you own an apartment or townhouse, you’ll need to check with your strata manager before sizing up some replacement windows and doors. 

Alternatively, you might hear a lot of outside noise or feel drafts, even when your windows are closed. Significant levels of noise reduction can be achieved with the installation of the correctly specified replacement windows incorporating appropriate glazing and acoustic installation, advises Windowline.

Better still, there are financial and energy-saving incentives for installing new doors and windows. Heat gain and loss through windows are responsible for 25%–30% of residential heating and cooling energy use, according to an international study. When you feel your door sticking in the winter and it’s easy to open and close in the summer, that's a surefire sign the heat and cooling energy generated by your air-conditioning system is streaming out your door.

Spring can be a sensible time to replace your doors and windows. However, the trick might be finding a window or door specialist who can fit you into their busy schedule.

Likewise, the warmer weather of summer is also an ideal time to replace doors and windows. However, summer is another busy time for contractors. In addition to facing long wait times, when the work begins, you may face the additional cost of maintaining an air conditioning unit straining to keep the property cool.

If you can wait until autumn or winter, you might find the home improvement season starts to slow and contractors and tradies are more readily available. However, the unpredictable weather in the colder months could prove a challenge and increase the time taken to install the new windows and doors. At the end of the day, if you believe you need replacements, there’s no time like the present to make the call to a door and window specialist.