When it comes to home improvements, window and siding replacement are two projects that can boost curb appeal and energy efficiency. If you’re not sure whether you should work on your siding or windows first, these tips from experts will help you decide.
When You Replace Windows Before Siding
Installing new windows before replacing the siding is often the safer approach as it eliminates the risk of having to redo your exterior trim and cladding work. When installing replacement windows, you will need new capping around your window frames. This protective covering is typically made of aluminum and prevents leaks and water damage by sealing the gap between the windows and the exterior wall.
When You Replace Siding Before Windows
When you replace the siding before the windows, the capping around the windows could get damaged during the removal of the old siding. This means you’ll need to cap the old windows and then cap them again when it’s time to replace them.
Is It Necessary to Remove the Siding to Replace the Windows?
This isn’t always required. According to window installation experts, if you’re installing replacement windows and your framing and moisture barrier are in good condition, you don’t need to remove your siding. But if you’re installing new construction windows, you’ll have to remove your siding to be able to replace the framing and moisture barrier.
When Should You Replace Both Siding and Windows?
Contractors typically advise homeowners to replace windows and siding simultaneously to save time and money. This also protects the siding and windows from damage. Although replacing siding and windows at the same time is more expensive at the outset, it allows your contractor to complete each installation more efficiently. Replacing your siding and windows at the same time is usually more cost-effective in the long run.
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