Windows or Siding Installation in Lubbock, TX: Which to do First?

It seems an easy question to answer. Which should come first: window installation or siding installation? In parts of Texas like Lubbock and Midland, people go either way. Some people say windows first while others prefer siding installation in Lubbock, TX.

Install WindowWhen asked whether to do windows or siding first, Angie Hicks of the popular consumer site Angie’s List has this to say:

Most exterior remodeling experts I’ve talked to have said you can do either project first. Ideally, you’d do them at the same time; but if you can’t, it’s typically best to install new windows before adding siding. Though it’s possible both projects could be done independently of each other with no additional cost, it’s more likely that you’ll pay more if you add the siding first.

Why windows before siding

On the surface, it makes sense to put in the windows before installing the siding. Replacing and then installing new windows lets the contractor set them in place. Afterwards, the contractor applies caps on the exterior frames surrounding the windows to protect them further.

However, doing the windows first can get very expensive. Consumer site Cost Helper estimates an average of $300 to $700 per window for replacements “placed inside existing (and structurally intact) window frames”, and as high as $1,000 per window.

Why siding before windows

There are times when installing siding becomes the order of the day over windows. For one thing, siding that leak have to be replaced quickly lest water damage the underlying sheathing. For another, delaying the installation of new siding can raise costs after some time.

On the other hand, installing siding before windows has its drawbacks. Removing the old siding first can damage the windows or their protective caps. People may also incur more costs if they install new windows and a moisture barrier, which requires removing the siding first.

Whether to do windows or siding installation in Midland, TX or Lubbock, TX first is up to homeowners themselves. If doing both jobs is not financially possible, then choosing either one depends on what those people need more. One thing that can help is to consult a professional such as Jones & Associates to examine their situation and answer their questions.

(Article Excerpt and Image from Should I install windows before siding?, Angie’s List, Jul 16 2013)

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