If you are considering upgrading the look, comfort and value of your home, then replacing your windows and siding can help. The most ideal solution is to replace them both at the same time if the windows and siding are outdated, damaged or stained beyond repair. However, you may be able to replace one before the other in certain situations.
Which Should I Replace First?
This review discusses whether you should replace your windows or siding first.
The Potential Concerns With Replacing Siding First
The biggest potential issue you may face if you replace your siding first is the capping (sometimes referred to as “wrapping”) that is placed around your windows. This is the exterior trim around each window that protects it from early damage, color fading and other concerns.
Replacing the siding often involves replacing the capping around the windows. Of course, you could reapply the old capping, but then you have new siding paired with outdated capping, which can create quite the eyesore.
If you were to replace the capping, then you would have new capping with old windows, which could also create aesthetic concerns, and you would have to pay for capping installation once again when you do decide to replace your new windows.
The Potential Concerns With Replacing Windows First
It may cost more to have the windows replaced at a separate time from the siding. However, perhaps the biggest concern when replacing the windows first is having new windows that are noticeably in a much better condition than your home’s siding. Much like when replacing the windows without replacing the siding, replacing the windows first may highlight the worn-down or damaged look of your home’s siding even more.
The Best Solution: Replace Them At The Same Time
If both your home’s siding and windows are outdated, damaged, or stained beyond repair, then the most ideal solution is to replace them both at the same time. While it would cost more to have them both replaced, it can save you money long-term as there are added costs associated with replacing the windows and siding at separate times.
Of course, if the windows or siding are in ideal condition, then you can still only replace one or the other. However, to prevent aesthetic concerns and optimize your home’s curbside appeal, it is encouraged to replace them both if there are notable concerns with the windows and exterior siding.
When Only Replacing Your Home Windows Is Recommended
There are certain signs that indicate a need to replace your home windows. First and foremost, it is best to replace windows before notable issues develop.
On average, residential windows last between 15 and 25 years, so ordering routine inspections once your windows become 15 years old is encouraged. Other signs that indicate a need to have your home windows replaced are:
- There are notable signs of damage to your home windows.
- Your windows jam or stick while opening and shutting.
- You can feel drafts in the windows while they are closed.
- Condensation accumulates between the window glass panes.
- The noises outside your home become significantly louder.
- Your energy costs begin to rise each month.
In some cases, you may simply want to replace your home windows to improve curb appeal even if your windows are not outdated or do not show any signs of damage.
When Only Replacing Your Siding Is Recommended
Exterior siding can last between 20 and 30 years. If your siding is outdated or damaged, but your windows are in good condition, then you may only need to replace your home’s siding. Notable signs that suggest you should replace your home’s exterior siding are:
- There are noticeable signs of warping or rotting of the siding material.
- Your home’s exterior siding has developed cracks or gaps.
- You find yourself constantly needing to maintain your siding.
- Your energy costs begin to rise noticeably.
- There are signs of mold or moisture damage.
It may also be a good idea to replace your home’s siding if you anticipate selling your home in the near future. New siding can increase your home’s value by as much as 78 percent of the siding’s projected cost. This means that in many instances replacing your home’s siding can come close to paying for itself when it comes time to sell your home.
Contact Adelphia Exteriors Today For An Exterior Inspection
The best way to determine your window or siding replacement needs is to schedule an inspection with an exterior home contractor. If you are considering upgrades to the exterior of your home, then give Adelphia Exteriors a call today.
We Specialize in window and siding replacements and can help you throughout the entire process, from deciding which to replace first, the types of materials that work best for your home, and handling the installation process for you. So why wait? Get started today with a quick phone call with our professional team.