If you’re looking for ways to upgrade your home’s exteriors, your windows and siding are good places to start. However, many homeowners do not know which installation project to tackle first. In most cases, installing windows before your siding is the best choice, so you won’t have to redo trim and siding work. Hunterdon Roofing, Siding and Window Company, a leading provider of exterior renovations, explains the main reasons why window replacement should go first.
New Construction vs. Replacement Windows
New construction windows are installed from the exterior. Since you have to remove trim or siding to put them in, you need to do this before the siding. Additionally, you may also have to repair the framing or put in a new moisture barrier. A window installation project typically involves waterproofing the exterior. Take note that the waterproofing process is best left to a window professional.
Replacement windows, meanwhile, are installed from the interior. This means you can put them in before or after the siding. While you won’t need to remove the siding to install them, you should consult your contractor first to check if your framing or moisture barrier requires a repair job. A window replacement might seem like a straightforward project, but it still pays to hire a professional to do it to ensure no installation mistakes are made.
New Windows Solve More Problems Than Siding
If you have a tight budget and you have to choose between either a window or siding replacement, most contractors would say that windows are the better investment. Remember that damaged windows account for 25 to 30 percent of energy loss in an average household, which can cause utility bills to rise significantly. New windows help insulate your home and make your interiors more comfortable by minimizing solar heat gain.
However, if your siding is in a worse shape than your windows, you may need to replace your siding instead. As a homeowner, you need to address what your home needs the most first. If both projects can wait, it may be best to hold off both to prevent major expenses. That may also give you more time to find the best contractor for the job and determine the right materials for the project.
When it comes to a window and siding installation, be sure to work with a contractor that can help meet and even exceed your expectations and ensure a successful outcome. Turn to Hunterdon Roofing, Siding and Window Company for your renovation needs. We provide top-quality exterior services, including roof replacement and more. Call us today at (908) 735-0809 or fill out our contact form to set an appointment.