Building exteriors do not last forever. Sometimes they simply have to be replaced. Most homeowners prepare for this expense. They can see when the home exterior begins to show those first signs of ageing, such as small cracks or slight buckling. The age of the home may play a role in when you decide to replace the existing products. As long as you don't have an emergency that necessitates immediate action, you can save money by planning to re-side your home in the autumn months.
Why autumn is the best time for home improvement projects
In most cases, you will enjoy the best prices on home renovations in the fall. Autumn is when prices start to get lower because that is when sellers and manufacturers need to make room for new products. This statement is not true with all types of home renovations, but it is very real for siding.
Labour is less expensive in the fall months than at other times of the year as well. Spring and summer are the most popular times for renovations to take place. Because contractors are so busy in those months, they can choose to quote higher prices on labour. Winter may also be a difficult time for getting reasonable prices on exterior remodelling. The harsh weather conditions may prevent a home improvement company from being able to carry out the project. They may also choose to charge more for labour when their workers endure extreme weather conditions.
Hot weather is terrible for exterior projects
You might think of summer as the right time for home improvement projects. You wouldn't be alone, but you also wouldn't necessarily be correct. The most popular material for siding is vinyl, which expands in the heat. Any vinyl products installed during hot weather may have serious problems as soon as cooler days arrive. They may become loose, buckle or crack with the first sign of cold weather.
Wood products are also prone to damage when installed in the summer. Even spring installations can pose some problems if the temperature quickly increases. This reason is yet another reason that fall is a better choice for outdoor home improvement jobs.
New insulation prepares your home for winter
The additional insulation that comes with re-siding your home is an excellent addition at any time of year. This statement is never more true than just before winter arrives. The contractors who are carrying out the re-siding project will be able to detect any gaps or cracks in your existing insulation. They will also look for openings near windows and doors. All of these spots have caulk or vinyl, which will keep your home warmer. You will also see lower utility bills in the winter when air isn't able to enter through the cracks that were previously left uncovered.
It is wise to install the new exterior products before winter. However, it would help if you took care not to schedule renovations too close to the onset of cold weather. Products need time to acclimate to the home. A gradual lowering of temperatures once the product is installed will ensure that it won't become damaged. Otherwise, vinyl or wood products may become fragile and break.
New exterior any time of year
You cannot always plan a re-siding project. You will sometimes need to act quickly, which might mean your products must be applied during extreme weather or when costs are at their highest. Don't worry if you find yourself in this predicament. Simply make sure you have a warranty that will cover all types of damage, even that damage that is due to rapid weather changes.