Should You Replace Windows or Siding First?

November 15, 2021
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Since the COVID Pandemic hit, the number of people taking on major home projects, like siding, windows, room renovations, and backyard builds, have been soaring. According to a recent study reported by NPR, three in four people have completed a significant renovation project in the last year, with 76% of the remaining people saying they will complete a home project within the next 12 months. In addition, Home Depot and Lowes reported their biggest annual revenues in 2020, and 2021 is looking like it will beat those numbers by the end of the fourth quarter.

As homeowners take on these projects, many are wondering what to prioritize. Should you replace the windows or siding first? The answer is simple: do both at the same time! When you replace your windows, your siding may be damaged in the process. If you replace your siding first, a window may get broken. For both cost and efficiency purposes, tackling these two jobs simultaneously makes the most sense. Below, we have broken down the top 3 reasons to replace windows and siding together.

Top 3 Reasons to Replace Windows & Siding Together

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  • Cost. For most homeowners, the decision for which project to complete comes down to your budget. Whether you are hiring an independent contractor or doing it yourself, the cost for materials and labor will be cheaper overall if you bundle these two together. Not only will you save on the cost of labor because your contractor will not have to come back to your home and will only have to demo one time, but many stores will offer package discounts for siding and windows. Do your research, and you can get the best deal.
  • Mold Prevention. When you remove the siding of your home, you run the risk of letting in moisture. Moisture then produces mold. When not prevented or removed, mold can become a significant health hazard. Removing your siding and windows at the same time allows the contractor the ability to wrap your home in Tyvek and install insulation properly, so no gaps are left to let in mother nature. Removing these items separately can damage the insulation and home wrap, leaving small, exposed areas where mold can grow.
  • Aesthetics. When you replace your siding and windows at the same time, you give your home a pleasing and refreshing update that will look amazing. If you decide to replace your windows first but leave cracked or dented siding, it can be aesthetically disappointing. In addition, combining these two jobs allows the designers (most likely the homeowner) the ability to test, in real-time, how the window color, trim, and siding will look together.

Work with the Experts

If you are on a budget or are still unsure of how to handle this specific house project, we encourage you to reach out to our team at Milanese Remodeling. We are experienced contractors that know how to help you complete your home renovations efficiently, timely, and within budget. We would love to work with you. So schedule a consultation with us before your neighbor does.

How DuPont Tyvek Home Wrap Prevents Mildew

When we replace siding, we always begin by wrapping homes with DuPont Tyvek home wrap. Watch the video below to learn why:


Save on Your Heating Bill This Winter

frost on a windowOver time, connections begin to loosen. Heat escapes out of the frames of your windows, while cold air seeps in. Meanwhile, your siding is the last line of defense to keep warm in and cold out, but its ability to do this can decline as the years go by.

Oftentimes, people get their windows replaced in order to improve their home’s energy profile, but energy-efficient siding can also go a long way. And if you neglect your siding for too long, it can become a serious issue that costs you money. If you are considering remodeling, you may also want to think about replacing your roof.

Get Started on Your Exterior Remodeling Project

Windows by Milanese remodelingWhether you’re ready to get started on your exterior project or you have some questions, contact us and we’ll provide you with more information. Since 1957, we have installed over 75,000 windows throughout Chester County and we’ll help you get the exterior you have always dreamed of.