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Should you replace your windows when installing new siding?

Need new windows?

Z Metal Flashing Window ProtectionShould you replace your windows when installing new siding? Replacing your windows during a siding replacement definitely is the best time because there are many flashing systems that help with water intrusion. When the old siding is torn off, we now have access to your subwall (aka Sheathing). Your “Weather Barrier (Rain Screen per sate code) House Wrap” also is a key component to flashing windows.

Flashing for windows

  • 6” Membrane Tape Flashing (Hydroflash, Vycor, Fortiflash, DuPont flashing tape)
  • Sill Flashing
  • Z Metal Flashing
  • Foaming the gaps between your window and framing
  • Window Trim (Can help as another layer to protect against water damage and dry rot

With all that being said, questions to answer before deciding if you need new windows in the first place.

  1. Are any of my windows foggy looking?
  2. Are my window frames Vinyl, Aluminum, or Wood?
  3. Do I have the budget for new windows?
  4. Are my windows leaking?
  5. How old is the home?

Replacing old windows offers numerous benefits, including:

  1. Improved Energy Efficiency: New windows with modern technology, such as double or triple glazing and low-emissivity coatings, provide better insulation, reducing heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. This can lead to lower energy bills and increased comfort year-round.
  2. Enhanced Comfort: Upgrading to new windows can eliminate drafts and cold spots, creating a more comfortable indoor environment by maintaining consistent temperatures throughout your home.
  3. Noise Reduction: High-quality windows with insulated glass can help reduce outside noise infiltration, providing a quieter and more peaceful living space.
  4. Increased Home Value: New windows can enhance the curb appeal and resale value of your home, making it more attractive to potential buyers. Energy-efficient windows are also a desirable feature that can improve your home’s marketability.
  5. UV Protection: Many modern windows come with UV-resistant coatings that help protect your furniture, flooring, and belongings from fading and damage caused by harmful ultraviolet rays.
  6. Easy Maintenance: New windows are often designed for easy cleaning and maintenance, with features such as tilt-in sashes that make it convenient to access both sides of the glass from inside your home.
  7. Enhanced Safety and Security: Upgraded windows may feature advanced locking mechanisms and impact-resistant glass, improving the security of your home and providing peace of mind against intruders and accidents.
  8. Better Ventilation and Functionality: New windows may include features such as operable sashes, screens, and ventilation options that allow you to control airflow and fresh air circulation in your home more effectively.

Overall, replacing old windows can lead to significant improvements in energy efficiency, comfort, aesthetics, and home value, making it a worthwhile investment for homeowners.

Contact Elite Home Exteriors NW today if you are having any issues with your windows or siding so we can clearly explain our installation practices.


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Should you replace your windows when installing new siding?

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