If you’ve been toying with the idea of replacing either the windows or the siding on your home, you might want to consider doing both at once. Replacing windows and siding separately tends to be a complicated process that you are likely to regret once you get into it. Doing these renovation projects together, though, is relatively seamless.
As you read the rest of this guide, you will learn more about what happens to both siding and windows when they are not replaced simultaneously. Understanding the reasoning behind doing both of these fairly major remodeling jobs together can make it easier to decide to give your contractor the go-ahead to get started. Once you know why you’re doing something, it’s often less stressful, which is especially good during renovations, which can lead to anxiety for many homeowners.
What happens to siding when windows are replaced?
When siding is originally installed, a water barrier is put underneath of it. This prevents leaks and mold problems. In the event of a full window replacement, the water barrier surrounding the window area will have to be re-installed. This means some siding will need to be removed and put back on. This rarely looks good; as a matter of fact, re-attached siding tends to look a bit like a patchwork blanket. People will definitely be able to tell that you had work done to your house without investing in new siding as well.
Furthermore, if you opt for a partial window replacement to avoid removing any siding, you may still run into problems down the road. Partial replacements typically involve only new panes, which means they don’t solve problems, like rotting wooden frames, that older windows often have. Therefore, you might ultimately end-up paying for two windows, a partial replacement now and a full replacement in the not-too-distant future.
What happens to windows when siding is replaced?
When windows are installed, a material called capping is put on with them. Capping is meant to serve as a weather barrier, preventing precipitation from soaking your window frames and leaking into your home. When new siding is installed around existing windows, the capping very rarely survives unscathed. Due to this, you might experience drafts and leaks that weren’t there before. The worst case scenario is that you’ll have to pay for both a second set of new windows and new siding much sooner than you would have liked to.
If you are ready to tackle your home’s windows and siding in one fell swoop, let Hatch Homes do the job for you. We have years of experience with big projects like this, and we can’t wait to transform the appearance of your house! One of our skilled contractors will come to your home at your convenience to begin discussing your project; simply call us to schedule an appointment.