Can you believe it? Summer is already over in Kansas City! The kids are back in school, Friday nights are filled with high school football games, and there’s a snap in the air that makes one think of bonfires and apple cider. As we head into this beautiful time of year, the furthest thing from our minds is upcoming winter storms. They seem too far out on the horizon to worry about right now.
However, as many have discovered, time moves quickly, and before we know it, winter will be howling at the door. Fall is the perfect season for homeowners in the Kansas City area to start preparing their homes for the winter. One of the best ways to seal up your home and protect it from cold weather is to replace siding.
The fall is the best time for a siding replacement project.
Many homeowners in Prairie Village, Olathe, Leawood, and Overland Park choose the spring and summer months to tackle a siding installation project. However, fall is a better time of year for several reasons. Check them out below, and then call the siding professionals at Energy Pro Windows and Siding. We are Kansas City’s hometown siding experts, and we’ve helped hundreds of homeowners from Liberty to Lee’s Summit with their siding replacement needs. We carry top siding brands like James Hardie® Siding and Royal® Woodland Siding, and we’re always happy to answer questions when you call.
Why Fall is the Ideal Time to Replace Siding
Many people think of the obvious: Fall is the best time to replace siding because it’s cooler outside. And they’re right. Fall temperatures are much more comfortable for outdoor work, as anyone who’s had to tackle an outdoor project in the middle of July can tell you. That’s no fun. Cooler autumn temperatures make outside work a real delight.
But that’s not the only reason that we recommend doing your siding installation job in the fall. Here are a few other reasons you might want to consider before you schedule an appointment for an estimate.
Get the house ready for winter weather.
Your house has just come through a boiling hot summer, which followed torrential rains from the spring. Those rains followed last year’s snow and freezing temperatures. Your existing siding has taken a beating over the past year, and now it’s time for a close inspection. Walk around the house and look closely at your siding. It may be time to replace it before we head into another winter.
Fall brings optimum temperatures for siding installation.
Vinyl siding can be fickle. Too hot, and the siding expands, too cold, and it contracts and gets brittle. Either way, your siding installation job is at risk. If the siding expands or contracts during installation, you could end up with buckling or with gaps that let cold wind penetrate the walls of your home. The ideal temperature for the installation of vinyl siding is around 50 degrees. That’s when the siding is most pliable. Fall weather brings that “just right” temperature for several weeks.
Fall also brings dry weather.
Dry weather is also best for siding installation projects, which means fall is the perfect season in which to replace siding. While many people tackle siding replacement projects in the spring, dampness and moisture from spring rains are the enemies of any siding installation project. If conditions aren’t completely dry during the installation process, there’s a risk of moisture getting trapped under the siding. Trapped moisture can lead to mold and mildew, both of which can be costly to eliminate.
Trees and landscape plants die back.
Trees and plants start to die back during the fall months, making it easier to access the outside walls of your house. Siding installation is a big job, and professionals who do it right take great care to protect the plants and trees that are growing near your home. But having the plants remove themselves from the picture for a while is also helpful.
Fall brings the potential for discounts on siding products.
Many siding companies offer sales on certain siding brands during the fall months. Most homeowners choose the spring and summer to take care of siding replacement needs, and you may benefit from not being a part of this crowd. Fall is the time of year when new siding products are coming in, so old inventory goes on sale. This is an excellent opportunity for you to save a little moolah.
Contractors’ calendars are less crowded.
Siding contractors usually have a little more wiggle room in their schedules during fall months because everyone in the city replaced their siding during the summer. If you’re lucky, you might get a discount on the installation or other labor costs associated with your siding project. Another benefit here is that your contractor might have the time to really focus on your project and get to know you, the homeowner!
Use Professional Installers for Your Siding Installation Project
Fall is the ideal time to replace siding, but regardless of what time of year you do it, it’s always best to use professional installers to make sure it’s done correctly. Professionals know how to work around temperature fluctuations and landscape issues to ensure a siding job that protects your home for years to come.
Energy Pro is the Right Choice
At Energy Pro, our installers are all licensed and bonded professionals who have years of siding installation experience under their belts. They’re not contractors – they’re employees, and we have the utmost confidence in them. They always do a great job for our customers, walking them through every phase of the project and keeping them apprised of the status. In fact, that’s one of the reasons our customers refer others to ,Energy Pro.
If you’re considering a siding replacement job on your Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Leawood, Liberty, Lee’s Summit, or Kansas City home this fall, give Energy Pro a call. They’ll walk you through all their siding brands and help you pick out the one that’s right for your home!