Siding has many benefits which include enhancing the curb appeal of your home, retains lasting color, durable, low maintenance, resists mold and mildew, environmentally friendly, and easy to install. So now given the benefits the question remains when is the best time for siding replacement?
Fall is the Best Time for Siding Replacement
Why is fall the best time to replace siding? There are many benefits which are:
Cheaper in the Fall
Many homeowners think that summer and spring are the ideal time to replace siding. This is in fact the most expensive time to replace siding because summer and spring are peak months. To avoid having to pay steep prices have your siding replaced in the fall.
Many people do home repair projects in the spring or early summer, so by the fall, stores are trying to move supplies to make room for seasonal stuff like Christmas trees, etc.
Prepare your Home for Winter
Old siding that has gaps or cracks results in poor insolation and high heating bills. Newly installed is a cost effective way to keep out the cold and prepare your home for winter.
Better Siding Fit
When installing siding you want the siding to lay completely flat without any buckling or gaps. Installing siding in hot weather can cause siding to expand and stretch leaving you different lengths.1
Contractors Are More Efficient in the Fall
The fall season may also provide a more favorable work environment for contractors.
The workers can be more productive in the fall. In the summer or winter, they can only spend so much time outdoors before they’re either freezing or burning up. As a result, they need to stop frequently to either warm up or cool off. However, The fall weather is perfect, and workers can stay out there all day.
Unlike the spring and summer when there’s a high demand for outdoor entertaining projects such as adding decks, swimming pools, covered porches, and outdoor kitchens, the fall tends to be a less chaotic season for contractors.
As a result, contractors will have more time to focus on your siding replacement.
Seasonal demand for contractors may vary by region, but since fall tends to be a less busy season, the vinyl siding job will be completed sooner,” says Robertson. Fewer projects decrease the chances that your job will be delayed as a result of other contracting obligations.1
Reduce Heating Costs During the Winter Months
If your siding needs replacing, you don’t want to go through the harsh winter months without a proper exterior barrier to keep the inclement weather at bay. This is important because any gaps or holes in your siding will allow heat to escape from your home and as result, cause your heating costs to be higher.
The sooner you can put insulation around the house, the sooner you will start seeing the benefits from lower heating costs.
It takes several years to actually recoup the cost of siding, but you can start seeing the initial benefits immediately if you complete the project in the fall. Having your house properly insulated during the fall will greatly reduce your heating costs during those winter months.
While siding alone does not have much insulation value unless it’s insulated vinyl siding or Western Red Cedar wood cider, removing and replacing siding in the fall while the weather is temperate gives you an opportunity to add insulation, from blown in products to sheeting the exterior of the home with rigid foam insulation.2