Is It Better to Replace Windows or Siding First?

Nov 14, 2022

The truth is that when the time comes for home upgrades, you rarely need just one. Often, your home requires a combination of several upgrades that have been building up for some time. The question then becomes: Which comes first? Let’s take, for instance, windows and siding. Both home improvement projects could be important for your Kansas City home this year, but which one takes precedence? Here’s the order we suggest for your windows and siding projects this year.

Install Replacement Windows First

Most home contractors will recommend you install windows first. This gives the installation crew the time and space they need to fit the window in perfectly and add capping to protect it. Capping is a protective covering that surrounds the window frame, sealing the gap between the window and the wall. It plays an important role in improving the weather resistance of your windows as well as protecting your home from air and water infiltration.

If you replace your home’s siding first, there’s a risk of damage to the capping of your existing windows during the removal of your old siding. If that happens, you’ll have to replace the capping on your old windows to protect your home from moisture until you get new windows, and that’s an expense most homeowners would prefer to avoid.

Another good reason to replace your windows first is that they must be installed with a moisture barrier, which is placed behind the siding. It would make little sense to install the siding first, only to have to remove it around the new windows and then replace it after the protective barrier is installed. For these reasons, it makes sense to install the replacement windows first and then install new siding around them.

Replace Your House Siding Second

By extension, it makes sense to have a siding installation scheduled after replacing your windows. If you install siding first and then install windows, you may run the risk in scratching or damaging the siding when removing or installing the new windows. By installing the siding second, you can ensure that your home is well protected from the elements and sports a fresh and neat appearance.

The Benefits of Replacing Your Windows and Siding at the Same Time

To get the most out of your home upgrade, it’s best to partner with a top-notch exterior remodeling company to replace your windows and siding at the same time. When you hire the right siding and window replacement contractor to do both projects, you’ll likely reap these rewards:

  • Cost savings on labor and possibly materials
  • Maximized energy savings because both replacement windows and insulated siding are energy-efficient upgrades, and your home will get double the boost in thermal protection
  • A better opportunity to design your dream home’s façade by choosing new windows and siding that perfectly complement each other and bring your vision to life

Choose an Exterior Remodeling Contractor Who Can Do Both

If you’re in the Kansas City metro area, you won’t find a better partner to replace your home’s windows and siding than Johnson County Siding & Window Co. We’ve been replacing windows and siding for Kansas City homeowners for more than 40 years, making us the region’s experts when it comes to offering and installing products that will deliver the best performance in the local climate.

We offer a wide selection of replacement window and siding options, as well as professional exterior design services that can help you choose the products that will give your home the perfect makeover. These are just two of the ways we live up to our motto: “Dream It… Design It… And Then LOVE Your Results.”

Are you ready to take the next step? Contact Johnson County Siding & Window Co. today for a free quote and to learn about financing options that can help make your window and siding replacement more affordable.


If you know you want to get your home exterior project done, but are feeling stress about paying for it all at once, we can help.

Our financing partner, GreenSky, has sensible payment plans that work for homeowners who prefer to pay in installments. You can also ask your JoCo Siding & Window Co. sales representative about the details!

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