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Should a Home Roofing or Siding Project Come First?

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As a homeowner, one of the key dilemmas you might face is whether to prioritize replacing your roofing or siding first. So, which is it?

Roofing and siding not only provide protection from the elements but also play a significant role in defining your home’s aesthetic. When it comes to remodeling, there are several reasons why one should precede the other.

There are various situations that justify getting a new roof or siding. Say a storm wreaks havoc on your house. Perhaps you’ve just moved into a new home — or have lived in your house for years — and simply desire or need to replace the worn-out facade.

Roofing and siding are both crucial components of a home’s structure and appearance. The roof protects the interior of the home from weather and pollutants, while also helping regulate the indoor temperature. Siding, on the other hand, serves as a protective layer for your home’s exterior and prevents damage from weather, pests and other hazards – but also is one of the top contributors to curb appeal.

Depending on how long you’re in your home, there will come a time when one or both will need to be replaced. The question is: Which project should come first: a new roof or new siding?

Q: Should You Get Your Roofing or Siding Replaced First?

When it comes to renovations or new construction, homeowners often wonder whether they should prioritize getting a new roof or new siding. Choosing between a roof and siding replacement project can be a tough decision, since both are significant investments. So, which home project should take precedence?

A: Get Your Roofing Replaced Before Your Siding

While a new roof may seem far less exciting and impactful than a facelifted exterior with new siding, there are several reasons why roof replacement should precede updated siding:

Improves Overall Safety

Your home’s roof is its first line of defense against the elements. High-quality roofing materials such as impact-resistant shingles and synthetic cedar can provide strong protection against the elements and extreme weather. A sturdy roof can prevent structural issues and potential collapses.

Plus, we offer a lifetime material warranty as well as a transferable and non-prorated 50-year labor warranty.

Minimizes the Risk of Damage to Siding

Replacing the roof first allows for a smoother installation. When a new roof is installed, it often requires the removal of the existing shingles or tiles. This process can be messy and may cause debris to fall onto the siding. If new siding is already in place, even with the most careful installation, it can get damaged or dirty during the roof replacement. By getting the roof replaced first, you minimize the risk of damaging the siding and affirm a cleaner installation overall.

Prevents Water Damage

One of the most critical benefits of getting your roof done first is preventing water damage. A damaged roof can allow water to seep into the home, causing wear and tear to the structure — including electric and drywall — and potentially accelerating mold growth. By addressing roofing problems first, homeowners can protect the integrity of their home.

Improves Energy Efficiency

Another advantage of prioritizing a roofing project is that it can also boost your home’s energy efficiency. The roof has a great effect on the functionality of your home’s insulation. Proper maintenance can help regulate the indoor temperature, reducing the need for heating and cooling systems to work harder. This can yield lower energy bills and a more comfortable environment.

Pro Tip: When you get a new roof installed, it’s also a great time to add insulation to any high-ceilinged rooms in your home. Cathedral ceilings create a sense of spaciousness and grandeur. However, many cathedral ceilings weren’t insulated properly, if at all, when homes were built in the mid-20th Century. Read more >>

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Siding Replacement Should Come Next

Over time, siding can become worn, faded or damaged, which can make your home look outdated or neglected. By replacing your siding, you can give your home a fresh, updated look, thereby amplifying its curb appeal.

There are a few key reasons why we do not recommend getting your siding replaced before your roof:

  • If your roofing system is not functioning as it should, there is a greater chance that moisture will accumulate beneath the siding, causing water leaks, mold, rot and other unwanted detriments.
  • There may be additional costs and inconveniences, as the siding may need to be temporarily removed to accommodate the equipment and tools needed to work on the roof, especially in areas like dormers.
  • The color of the roof may influence the color of the siding.

Similar to a roof replacement, new siding can improve the energy efficiency of your home. Older siding may not provide adequate insulation, leading to drafts and higher energy bills. New siding can help to better insulate your home, keeping it warmer during our Wisconsin winters and cooler in the summer, resulting in significant energy savings.

There are various types of siding that are intended to effectively insulate your home. For one, insulated vinyl siding is a low-maintenance, reasonably priced option for homes with poor exterior wall insulation. Composed of durable vinyl panels designed to mimic the appearance of traditional wood, this material offers an additional layer of protection. Insulated vinyl siding is very weather-resistant and comes in a wide array of colors, making it a popular choice for those seeking a balance between aesthetics and performance.

Replacing your home’s siding can also be an opportunity to address underlying issues that may be present. For example, rot, mold or structural problems can be identified and remedied during the installation process, ensuring your home remains in healthy condition for years to come.

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Consider Simultaneous Roofing and Siding Projects

Undertaking the roofing and siding projects simultaneously is another practical option – and a benefit of hiring a full-service exterior remodeler like Allrite. Tackling both projects at once can save time and money by avoiding the need for separate crews and contractors. It also minimizes disruption to your daily life, since the construction teams are able to streamline the process and get the job done more quickly.

At times, however, the installation of a new roof may require part of the existing siding to be removed. This could, as a result, add time and complexity to the siding project. In that case, getting your roof and siding replaced at the same time can be more logical. If some siding needs to be removed in order to address issues, that step has already been done. For instance, if your roof consists of multiple layers, all of them must be removed until the sheathing is exposed, and all rotten boards must be replaced before the new roof can be installed.

The sheathing (also known as the decking) is the layer of material that creates the foundation for the entire roofing system. It provides a solid base for the roof covering, such as shingles or tiles, and helps to distribute the weight of the roof evenly across the structure.

Getting a new roof and siding installed at the same time can result in a cohesive and unified look for your home’s exterior, as coordinating the colors and textures of the roof, siding, trim and gutters becomes an easier task. Our design support team can guide you on making coordinating choices, as well as give you an idea of what the end result will look like with virtual renderings. It also guarantees that the roofing and siding are properly integrated without compatibility or functionality concerns.

At Allrite, we believe that project management is the key to ensuring a job well done. We know it is crucial to establish clear communication channels and timelines. We have the skills to provide recommendations based on your personal needs, preferences and budget. We’re always happy to help!

Is your home due for a new roof or new siding — or perhaps both? Contact us today for a free consultation.

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