4 Reasons Why It is Cheaper to Replace Your Siding in the Fall
Replacing your home’s siding is a great remodelling project if you want to increase the curb appeal and/or if you want better insulation in the upcoming winter months. Siding not only improves the look of your home, but also provides a protective barrier against elements such as wind, snow and rain.
According to RealtorMag, siding projects are one of the best ways to increase your property’s value, thus helping you recover most of the cost back upon resale. If, for instance, you spend $11,000 on a siding project, it could increase the resale value of your home by $8,000, allowing you to recoup about 73% of the cost incurred from the project.
If you are looking to start a siding project, we have some good news. The fall is the best season to take on such a project. Why, you ask?
1. Mild fall temperatures
We live in the Great White North and we all know how brutal the winter months can be. Those extreme cold temperatures affect the materials as well, rendering them too rigid to be installed in extreme weather. This is why autumn months are ideal when the temperatures are neither too cold, nor too hot so the materials can be handled easily.
10 degrees Celsius is widely considered to be an ideal temperature to install vinyl siding. If you install vinyl in negative temperatures, the material can expand up to 40% more than if it had been installed at 10 degrees, which can create problems especially in the area where the siding surrounds the window casings.
2. Siding materials are cheaper in the fall
Many homeowners try to complete their renovation and remodelling projects over the summer so come autumn, the stores are trying to move inventory in order to make room for seasonal products for Halloween and Christmas. Retailers also don’t like having leftover merchandise, as there may be new and updated versions of the inventory coming out the following year. This works in the consumers’ favour, as better deals are available through the fall months.
3. Reduce your utility bills in the winter months
The value proposition here is clear: the sooner you install new siding, the sooner you will start seeing the results of it. If your siding needs replacing, you don’t want to go through the cold winter months without a proper exterior barrier to protect your home from extreme conditions. You may not recoup the cost of a siding project until you sell your home but you can start saving money immediately, as a house properly insulated during the fall will greatly reduce your heating costs during winter.
4. Back to school
This may be an afterthought for many, but if you have kids, you know how hectic the summer months can be. The arrival of fall also marks the beginning of school time for kids and as much fun as it is to have kids running around the house all the time, it is always safer and easier to undertake a project like siding installation without having a very crowded house during the day. This streamlines to work process for contractors and allows them to work without interruptions.