What is the Best Time of the Year to Install Siding
January 7, 2024
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Having siding installed is an essential part of home renovations. Siding adds aesthetic appeal to your home, besides protecting your home from weather damage. But if you’re going to spend money on an investment in your home, you’ll want to make sure you do it right and plan for the long haul. This includes the process of choosing the best time of the year to install the siding. The weather will play a big part in determining when you can install your siding. Different types of sidings require different weather conditions to be installed, not to mention the cost differences in different seasons for installation. This means that winters and summers can affect the quality of siding installation, especially if the siding is vinyl. To cut a long story short, the best time of the year to install siding is fall. To understand why you’ll need to read on in a little more detail on why it is not a good idea to install your siding in other seasons.

Hot Weather in Summer Botches Vinyl Siding Installations

Vinyl is the most commonly used material for siding installation and replacement. Vinyl, if you know, is a plastic product and reacts to heat and sun exposure just like any other plastic product. High summer temperatures can cause the vinyl to melt, messing up its shape and ruining its curb appeal. Even if it doesn’t melt, vinyl expands quite a bit in hot weather. A vinyl strip installed in the summer can be as much as five-eighths of an inch longer than in winter. That means its expansion can cause the vinyl to buckle against window casings and break or fall off.

Winter Temperatures Cause Issues of Their Own for Siding Installations

When the weather is cold and freezing, vinyl sidings can contract and become brittle. As such, it is very easy to nail them on too tight when they contract. And they can also break or crack during installation because they’re too brittle due to the cold weather. Installing siding in cold weather will give you many wasted panels that the installation company is definitely not going to foot the bill for.

Moisture in Spring Can Put a Damper on Your Siding Installation Plans

Spring is definitely not a good time for siding installation. Suppose a sudden rainstorm appears and your contractor has to take a break in the middle of work – your walls are now exposed to the rain shower and can contract mold due to the dampness. Moldy buildings are a health hazard, with the severe cases known as “sick building syndrome.” This not only affects your health in devastating ways but also gives you a costly restoration project to take care of.

Fall Installation Can Have Discounted Labor and Material Rates

During the fall season, you can get significant discounts in terms of labor and material for your home renovation project. Vast stocks of siding materials go on sale in the fall as new winter stock comes in. In addition, contractors also tend to have more time on their hands and offer lower rates when they have fewer projects on their hands. It also means that your siding installation will be given more attention in the fall than in other seasons.

Fall Installation Helps Prepare for Winter

Installing siding in the fall can help seal gaps in old sidings and add a wrap to your home to reduce heat loss in winters. This wrap can significantly reduce your heating bill as well, giving you better energy efficiency.

Talk to a New Jersey Siding Installation Contractor

If you’re looking for a reliable and seasoned contractor for siding installation in New Jersey, First Rate Roofing & Chimney has you covered. With our affordable rates and second to none quality of work, we are always available to undertake your siding installation project. Call us now at 800-941-8147 for a free estimate for your siding installation.