“To everything there is a season” — you’ve probably heard that phrase before! And when it comes to making home improvements, there are certainly specific advantages to tackling renovation projects at different points throughout the year. Imagine staining the deck when the forecast calls for rain, or trying to dig holes for new fence posts when the ground is rock hard from the cold temperatures. Taking the seasons into account can make life a lot easier when diving into remodeling projects — including the replacement of house siding.
For most homeowners, replacing the house siding is an exciting task. After all, it’s a great way to give the entire exterior of the home a face lift with a fresh look. As enjoyable as the idea of a new exterior can be, replacing the siding can require several hands on deck and long hours, depending on the surface area of the home’s exterior.
Because it’s such a major undertaking, it is best to tackle this renovation with strategic timing. Each season poses certain challenges and advantages that can impact the time and money required to complete a total siding replacement.
Because of cold temps and sometimes unpredictable weather, most homeowners try to avoid a siding installation in winter. For this reason, deciding to do a full siding replacement in the most unpopular season can actually offer unexpected benefits. For example, there may be more choices and availability for contractors, increased product availability, and sometimes even lower installation rates and product discounts, since siding companies are typically experiencing slower sales in winter.
Just remember, siding contributes to insulation, so exposing large sections of the home’s infrastructure to the elements during the installation process can cause energy bills to jump up. Selecting a speedy team that replaces siding one small segment at a time, and replaces the siding with a high-quality material can help offset this concern. Plus, a siding upgrade that offers better insulation can actually help with heating bills rather than trying to get through all winter with outdated siding that isn’t performing at peak quality.
Spring provides the ideal weather for laborers to tackle outdoor projects, and with the days getting longer, there are consistently more daylight hours for teams to keep working safely and comfortably. Plus, most shrubs and trees haven’t quite taken off yet, which means that natural debris, like leaves, acorns, shrubs, and branches, won’t be getting in the way or posing tripping hazards for siding installation teams.
Another benefit of replacing house siding in spring is that it will get outdoor areas looking beautiful and fresh before you start spending more time outdoors. Summer patio parties and backyard barbeques will be that much more enjoyable with fresh siding installed. Plus, having the siding project completed can free up time to focus on other outdoor projects you have planned, like landscaping.
Hotter temperatures and increased humidity can definitely be a factor when installing house siding. Some laborers may be comfortable working in the heat, but others may require more frequent breaks or early morning hours, which can prolong the project timeline. On the other hand, summer certainly offers clearer days with less rainfall in most areas, which can definitely be an advantage when replacing house siding.
Materials can also be an important factor when replacing house siding in the summer. High temperatures can trigger swelling and warping in some materials, like thin vinyl and wood, which can affect precision during the installation process. Other siding materials that offer increased durability, like fiber cement, can be installed in the summer without concern.
Like spring, fall offers weather that can be much more comfortable for laborers to work long hours, meaning that the project timeline has the potential to speed up. Though leaves, acorns, and overgrown landscaping elements may introduce additional obstacles and complicate siding installation, most installation teams are experienced enough to handle these challenges.
Overall, fall is an excellent time to get house siding replaced, because it sets the home up for efficient performance throughout winter, a time during which high-quality siding can bolster the home’s insulation and decrease energy bills. In addition, some regions can see harsh winters that drop snow, ice, and excess moisture consistently up until late spring. Installing a high-quality siding option that’s equipped to withstand these weather challenges can help protect the home against potential damage.
Which Season is Best?
Every season has different challenges and advantages for tackling a total siding replacement. Depending on your unique situation and concerns, there may be a certain season that appeals to you more and offers better advantages, but for the average homeowner, there’s simply no wrong season to take on a house siding replacement project!
For more information on durable, year-round house siding, contact an expert at Allura today.