One of the best ways to reduce draftiness in your home is by replacing your windows. Windows, after all, account for 25 to 30 percent of energy lost in your home, so replacing old, drafty windows is a smart solution to improve your home’s energy efficiency. A replacement siding installation is another method that not only prevents draftiness but also boosts the curb appeal of your property.
While it’s more efficient to install new windows and exterior claddings at the same time, tackling one first is the most affordable option. So, which one should you prioritize? Peninsula Siding Company, Inc. explains further.
Windows First Before Siding
In most cases, windows are generally installed before your exterior claddings. If you are installing new construction windows, keep in mind that they are installed from the exterior. Since you may have to remove trim or siding to put them in, be sure to install new windows before replacing the cladding. Moreover, you may also need to put in a new moisture barrier, capping, or repair the framing.
However, it’s a different story if you are installing replacement windows. Unlike new construction windows, replacement windows are installed from the interior, which means you can put them in before or after you replace your exterior cladding. While it’s up to you when to install replacement windows, don’t forget to consult your contractor if you need to repair your framing, capping, or moisture barrier.
The Extent and Severity of the Issue
Sometimes, the decision to go with either siding or window replacement first depends on what your home needs the most. If your siding panels are past their life span but your windows are still in good condition, replacing the former first would be a sensible choice. It also makes better financial sense if you wait a while before having both exterior components replaced.
For high-quality siding installations, Peninsula Siding Company, Inc. is the name to trust. We install only the very best materials currently available, including James Hardie® siding and LP® SmartSide® siding products, among others. Our team of experienced installers brings over 30 years of construction experience to each project, and our approach to quality is well-known in the industry as part of our stellar reputation. Call us today at (650) 287-4208, or fill out our online contact form to set an appointment.