Can Replacement Windows be Installed in the Rain?
When it’s time to order new windows for a home, there’s no question that this can be quite the investment. As a result, most people will have questions about the process and other factors.
In most cases, when having windows installed, the technician will schedule installation at the time of purchase. Unfortunately, there’s no way for them to predict if it will be raining during the scheduled day and time of the install.
As a result, many homeowners wonder – can replacement windows be installed in the rain? This is an important question, and one that doesn’t have a single, right answer.
Here, homeowners can learn about installation in the rain, and whether or not it is viable.
Can Technicians Install Windows in the Rain?
The short answer to this question is – yes.
However, there are some situations when this may not be possible. The good news is, the technician will let a homeowner know ahead of time if the weather is going to prevent them from doing their job.
If a homeowner is unsure whether or not the work can be done, the best thing they can do is call and ask. It’s also a good idea to know some of the basics regarding if a technician will install windows while it is raining.
Some of the conditions that windows cannot be installed are highlighted here.
Severity of the Conditions
One of the first things a window technician will look at when installing windows is how severe the weather conditions are. For example, is it just a light drizzle, or is there thunder and lightning? If the conditions are severe (i.e. the possibility of being struck by lightning, or rain so hard visibility is affected), then the technician will likely reschedule the installation services.
Keep in mind, not only do the technicians need to keep themselves safe, but if they install windows in the rain, there is going to be a hole in the home for (at least) a brief period of time. If it’s raining, the water and moisture may make its way indoors, leading to damage to the interior of the space.
Dangerous Working Conditions
If the window installation services are being completed on a multi-level home, the rain may create some dangerous situations. For example, does the technician have to use scaffolding or a ladder to install the windows? If so, the rain may make these things slippery, putting the installers personal safety in jeopardy. If this is the case, they will likely reschedule the services.
Damaged Materials and Window Components
As mentioned before, when windows are being installed, there will be a hole in the side of a home or building, at least for a little while. During this time, the rain can cause serious damage to the home’s interior, and the items inside.
However, that’s not the only damage the rain may do. It could also cause issues for some of the insulation or caulking that must be used during the installation process. If the insulation gets wet, it can begin growing mold and mildew. If the caulk used around the windows becomes wet, it may not set properly, leading to a window that is loose, or that doesn’t provide an air tight seal.
If a technician has to cancer and reschedule a window installation, they will work with the homeowner to find a date and time that works for them. While this is a rare occurrence, it does happen and is something that those who are having new windows installed need to understand.
When a technician cancels a scheduled install, there is a reason for this. They could be putting their own safety at risk or be concerned that damage to the home or windows may occur.
Hiring the Right Contractors Matters
If windows are installed in the rain by an installer that isn’t experienced, it could lead to a number of issues. In the long run, the windows may have to be replaced sooner, rather than later, if improper methods are used or if the window or the components used for installation, get wet and damaged.
The best installers and technicians will not come out if the rain is a problem. However, they will also be able to tell the difference. Be sure to keep this in mind when selecting a window company or person for the installation process.
The fact is, being informed is the best way to know when windows can be installed, and when it is best to wait for another, sunnier day.