Should You Replace Siding or Windows First?
When you’ve decided to take on a major exterior remodeling project, it can be hard to know where to begin. Although some homeowners prefer to handle everything at once, it’s just as common to take things one step at a time. If you’re concerned about budget, this can be a more affordable approach to renovating your home. But should you start with the windows or siding?
In this post from Budget Exteriors in Minnesota, we’ll break down the pros and cons of starting with windows or siding first. To learn about siding solutions for your home, contact our exterior remodeling pros today!
Consider Your Timeline
One of the primary benefits of coordinating your replacement windows and siding at the same time is getting a more harmonious look. Although your outdated windows might not be all that noticeable next to your 1980s-era siding, once you’ve got new vinyl siding, those aging windows may be more obvious. However, when you replace everything all at once, it’s easier to make sure the trim, siding, and windows work well together.
If time and budget are not a concern, you may also want to consider the following updates:
● Window and door wraps
● Gutter repair
● A new entry door
Consider Your Needs
Ultimately, there is no right or wrong answer when remodeling your home. But your family’s needs should come first, especially if you plan to continue living in your home for a while. If your siding is in generally poor shape and you’re worried about insulation, energy, and moisture infiltration, you’re probably better off investing in new siding first. However, if your windows are leaking or poorly sealed and moisture is at risk of damaging your interior, go with replacement windows first.
You may also need to weigh the cost against your budget. If both projects are out of your current budget, it may be best to postpone the project you want but don’t need.
When in Doubt, Choose Windows First
The most practical solution is to start with replacement windows first. When siding is installed first, the chance that your siding could become damaged during the window removal and replacement increases. Window replacement is also one of the fastest and easiest home improvement projects you can invest in. If something happens to interfere with your long-term plans to finish updating your exterior, windows are a less costly investment with an excellent ROI.
Contact Budget Exteriors in Minnesota
Are you thinking of using your tax refund to make some much-needed home improvements this year? Our home exterior contractors can help you make a plan that matches your budget and goals. Contact us for your free quote or give us a call at 952.887.1613. We can’t wait to hear from you!