Should You Replace Windows Before Siding?

Should You Replace Windows Before SidingIf you need to have new windows and new siding installed, tackling both projects at once is ideal. However, if your budget prevents you from doing so, it makes the most sense to replace your windows before replacing your siding. There are two main reasons why: capping and moisture barriers.


Capping is a covering – usually vinyl or aluminum – that’s installed over wooden window trim to protect it against the elements. When removing siding from a home in order to replace it, window capping is often damaged. So, should you have your siding replaced before your windows, you’ll likely end up with damaged capping which will then need to be replaced twice: once directly after the siding replacement and then again when you get around to replacing your windows.

Moisture Barriers

Moisture barriers are installed around home windows to prevent water intrusion and damage. However, to install them properly, pieces of siding often need to be removed. This creates the potential for damage, as older siding may not hold up when removed and reinstalled. It also adds an extra step to the process, which can increase the cost of the project.

Consult an Expert

More often than not, it makes the most sense to save up and have your siding and windows replaced at the same time. But, if you can’t wait, you should always replace your windows first. To learn more, or to schedule a free consultation, contact BELDON® today. We are a family-owned home improvement company that’s been helping homeowners enhance their properties since 1946. We would be happy to tell you more about our siding and window replacement processes and provide guidance as you make decisions about your home’s exterior remodel.

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