Posted by: Matt Miller
The average winter temperatures in New Jersey typically hover between 30 and 35 degrees Fahrenheit. However, as the year drew to a close, the current winter season took a strange turn. According to Tom Wright-Piersanti of The Star-Ledger, the last week of December felt more like summer.
“Temperatures across New Jersey are smashing records today as the mercury passes 70 over much of the state.
Officially one day into winter, Newark was 70 degrees around 10:30 a.m., far surpassing the previous high of 65 set in 1998, according to Paul Walker, a senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.
“It’s crazy warm,” said Walker.
By 7 a.m., New Brunswick had already beaten its previous record of 65, set in 1998. And Jersey City is nearly 10 degrees above its 1949 record of 60.”
New Jersey locals have proven their resilience, especially in the wake of Hurricane Sandy last year, and whatever Old Man Winter has in store for NJ locals this year, they will surely cope with it gracefully. However, the same can’t be said for locals’ vinyl windows; temperature changes— from cold to warm or vice versa— will likely cause vinyl frames to contract and expand, affecting air leakage and insulation. Such cases will require replacement windows for NJ homes that can remain undaunted by sudden shifts in temperature.
Locals can consider wood frames, although when winter returns to the norm— no doubt following snowstorms and freezing rain— wood frames will be especially vulnerable to moisture, causing them to deteriorate at a rapid rate. An alternative to wood windows are Fibrex replacement windows for New Jersey homes, which are composed of wood fiber and thermoplastic materials that resist rotting, decaying, peeling, cracking, or flaking even under extreme weather changes. Locals need to remember, though, that the type of window is integral to how Fibrex windows perform, and awning windows may provide locals an effective way to keep the cold air and chilly wind out.
In the past, New Jersey winters had been easy to predict. 2013’s winter season, however, experienced a curveball. To cope with the effects of such changes on vinyl windows, locals can rely on window companies like Renewal by Andersen of Greater Philadelphia. to provide them with weather-resistant Fibrex windows.
(Article Information Excerpt and Image from N.J. winter heatwave: Temperature records broken across the Garden State, NJ.com, Published 27 December 2013)