Should I Replace My Siding or Windows First?

Yellow House With New Siding and WindowsIf you’re considering replacing your siding and windows, congratulations—these are both exciting renovations that will improve your home’s self-esteem. As you plan out these exterior remodel projects, you may be wondering whether there are reasons to undertake one upgrade before the other. Simply put, it makes the most sense to replace your windows and siding at the same time. If you must undertake one project at a time, it’s generally advisable to replace your windows before your siding.

Why Replacing Both Your Windows and Your Siding at the Same Time Is Ideal

The easiest way to visualize this is: Northern Lights Exteriors, during a siding remodel, will tear off all siding to the OSB and put in new weather barrier. This will include taping and adding moisture barrier around all the windows. In the ideal world, removing the siding, and then installing windows, and then completing the siding install and trim will keep the property as water tight as possible.

Rather than replacing window trim or siding that will end up being redone in a year or two anyway, Northern Lights Exterior can do all of this work as part of a single project, in the order that will produce the best results. Plus, imagine how nice it would be to have new windows and new siding upon the completion of your project rather than just one or the other.

Why Replace Your Windows Before Your Siding, If You Won’t Be Doing Both at Once

If budget constraints or other considerations force you into undertaking these upgrades one at a time, it generally makes the most sense to replace your windows first. This is because it’s expensive to replace the capping around your windows, which you usually have to do when you have new siding installed. From a financial perspective, you don’t want to replace the capping around old windows when you’ll also be paying to have new capping installed when you replace your windows a year or two in the future.

When It Makes Sense to Replace Your Siding Before Your Windows

Despite everything written above, if your siding is in very bad condition compared with your windows, then it can be justified to replace your siding first. Low-quality siding can permit damage to your home’s exterior and force you to pay more in energy costs than you otherwise would. Especially if your windows are sufficiently attractive, energy efficient, and secure, you should not feel bad about prioritizing the upgrades that need it the most, even if replacing your siding before your windows will cost you somewhat more overall.

Do you have questions about window or siding replacement? Are you interested in making multiple upgrades to your home’s exterior and need advice on how to best carry them out? Contact Northern Lights Exteriors, the premier exterior renovation company serving the North Denver area of Colorado.