Windows, Sidings, Gutters, which should you do first?
Granted it is still winter, but we're already into the third week of January; the month that's supposed to be the slowest of months but is flying back.
This means that Summer is not as far away as we’d like to think, so you are not overthinking if you’ve already begun to consider exterior home improvements. In fact, that you are considering these things this early is a good thing, considering how the past few years have fared with weather conditions. If you’re nearing or have reached 20 to 30 years’ ownership of your house, then it’s time to start seriously thinking of what you should replace and what can be maintained.
If you are at this point, then perhaps you must have thought of this common question: what do I fix first? Don’t worry too much. We all get bothered by the same thing.
Three of the most common major home renovations are windows, sidings, and gutters. Sometimes roofing too. And while we try as much as possible to answer the question of which comes first, the answers aren't always so straightforward. So, this article will just serve as a cursory guide. You still need to consult a qualified contractor going forward.
As much as we would like to say you should do both windows and siding at the same time, we understand that this is not exactly always achievable for most homeowners owing to cost concerns as well as convenience. But if you can afford to wince and do all of them once and for all, it will save you time and money eventually considering that the contractor won’t have to remove the new siding to install the windows later on or vice versa.
But if you can’t afford to spend so much or you really need to get one done as fast as possible, you should consider changing the windows first of all, then replacing the siding later on. This is because the window replacement procedure involves a lot more work than replacing the siding. The contractor has to cap the windows, install a moisture barrier and then size them appropriately. The reverse scenario would be to remove the siding at a later date to install windows, and that would not be convenient. The latter process is as time-consuming as it is expensive. There is also the possibility of damaging the finish.
In essence, if you can, fix both window and siding at once. But where that is not possible, fix up your windows before the siding. It will save you a lot of energy, time and money. Once you are done with these two, then you can turn your attention to your gutters.
It makes sense to fix your siding and windows before you fix the gutters because you will be avoiding damage by doing so. It would not be ideal to finish fixing your gutters and then to have them ruined while replacing the siding. But if you absolutely cannot help fixing your gutters immediately, especially if they are in emergency level bad shape, then it’s best to just get them fixed before turning your attention to your less pressing siding and window problems.
There is also the off chance that your gutters and roofing are both in need of renovation at the same time, then you would need to fix the roof before the gutters. This is because gutters essentially have to be uninstalled before a new roof can be placed on your house, especially when said gutters are they types that are attached to your roof.
While doing your gutters, especially if you chose to fix your siding and windows first, make sure you choose a contractor that does a thorough job. Have the existing gutters cleaned to avoid damage from stray nails, chipboards, debris, and whatnot which may clog the gutters. Cleaning your gutters will, alongside protecting you from an accident, also extend the lifespan of your gutters by up to three decades.
Whichever way you decide to go, don’t just wing it. Take the time to discuss at length with your contractor and read the fine print carefully. By doing so, you will be avoiding any possible future misunderstandings. In any contract you are signing, make sure you have protection etched in it so that your gutters are covered.
As a summary, let’s go over the sequence again. The recommended sequence, all things being equal, is roof first (where necessary), then windows, then sidings. Gutters come last of all.
If you are looking for contractors who will do quality and long lasting work, but don’t particularly have any in mind, give us a call. Our references are only of the highest quality and most reasonable prices.