What comes first: Windows, siding, roof?

Forum Powered By:

15 posts by 13 users

To participate in forum discussions, create a free account or login.

Mike B.

Richmond, Virginia

Jun 28 '13, 08:48 AM

In an upcoming project (SFR) I need to replace the siding, windows, and roof...typical I assume but this is my first. I'm wondering in what order this should be done.

Roof I really dont have any thoughts on.

I feel like maybe the siding should go up before new windows go in, so the windows can flange over the new siding and not have to be distrubed again?

fwiw different contractors will be doing each job.

Ryan M.

West, Michigan

Jun 28 '13, 08:53 AM

We have the siding and windows done by the same people. That way all windows are wrapped with aluminum and transition seamlessly to siding. Avoids finger pointing when its wrong.

Wayne Brooks

West Palm Beach, Florida

Jun 28 '13, 08:54 AM

Definitely the roof first, and make sure the roofer has tarps on hand for the "surprise" rain burst. Probably the siding first, depending on the style of the windows/trim. See what the siding and window installers recommend.

Sam Craven Verified

Real Estate Investor from Houston, Texas

Jun 28 '13, 09:03 AM

have the windows done first so the new siding will be easier to trim in.

do the roof whenever.

Medium_solid_logoSam Craven, Senna Homes
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 832-722-4815
Investing in Houston Real Estate

Patrick L.

Real Estate Investor from Saint Petersburg, Florida

Jun 28 '13, 09:11 AM
2 votes

If the house needs a roof do the roof before you start any other work on the house, I always have my roofer lined up to start just after my closing date. You don't want any finished work to get wet from a leaky roof or rain during the replacement. You may not have the rain issues there that we deal with in FL though so it may not be that big of an issue for you. Here a thunderstorm can form from nowhere and drop 3" of rain in under an hour.

I like to do the windows before the siding.

Prashant P.

Real Estate Investor from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Jun 28 '13, 09:14 AM
1 vote

I would do the roof first. The contractors might throw old shingles and debris down into a dumpster. A piece might fall the wrong way and damage something.

Windows would come next. Windows have to trimed in the weatherseals go under the siding.

Siding last

Dawn Anastasi Verified Moderator

Real Estate Investor from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jun 28 '13, 09:19 AM

Do the roof first. When the dumpster is backed in, the contractors might scrape the siding getting it in. (True story.)

"If it makes dollars, it makes sense."

J Scott Moderator Donor

Real Estate Investor from Ellicott City, Maryland

Jun 28 '13, 10:02 AM

I typically do windows before siding, as replacement windows may not fit exactly, and you may find that you have visible stops, framing or trim pieces after you replace them. Then you can replace your siding appropriately.

Of course, it's always best to have your contractors give their opinion as well -- ask your window and siding guys what they prefer.

As for roof, that can be before or after, though if it's in bad shape, you should get it done as soon as possible. You definitely can't do roof and siding/windows at the same time.

Medium_lishproplogoJ Scott, Lish Properties, LLC
E-Mail: j@123flip[email protected]

Mike B.

Richmond, Virginia

Jun 28 '13, 12:22 PM

As usual, great input here. Thanks all!

Steve Babiak

Real Estate Investor from Audubon, Pennsylvania

Jun 28 '13, 12:23 PM

Your post will likely have the follow up of what order to follow for other items, so here are the threads that answer that:

Steve Babiak, Redeeming Properties, LLC
Telephone: 6109082183

Account Closed

Real Estate Investor from Central Valley, California

Jun 28 '13, 12:42 PM
1 vote

What about serious foundation repairs that involve re-leveling and jacking? Do you do that before the new roof? Can an old, partially missing roof stay in place during the foundation work?

J Scott Moderator Donor

Real Estate Investor from Ellicott City, Maryland

Jun 28 '13, 04:50 PM

Originally posted by K. Marie Poe:
What about serious foundation repairs that involve re-leveling and jacking? Do you do that before the new roof? Can an old, partially missing roof stay in place during the foundation work?

Definitely do any major foundation work that requires lifting the house before doing anything else. Jacking up the house can damage framing, roof structure, sheetrock, trim/casing, flooring, etc.

Medium_lishproplogoJ Scott, Lish Properties, LLC
E-Mail: [email protected]

Ahmed Porter

Contractor from washington, Washington D.C.

Jun 28 '13, 06:02 PM
1 vote

contractor for 15 years do the roof first that the area most water can come in and you want to stop it as soon as possible ,logic it rains from the sky so the top of the house will be the first to close up, window next but if there not some standard windows that take a few weeks to come in move to sidding use cheap ply or osb to cover into the windows come , time is money and you want to stop water before you put any finish items in.

David Niles

Real Estate Investor from Buffalo, New York

Jun 28 '13, 06:54 PM
1 vote

Roof first, you dont need the debris, dirt and ladders against your new siding, no matter how much they tarp or plywood it off.

Windows/siding, depends on type of windows your using, new builds which have flanges to nail to wall sheeting go before siding, if using inserts which nail inside old window frames, do whenever.

Preferably I always would do, Roof, windows, siding.

Mathew Taylor

Los Angeles, California

Jul 03 '13, 12:02 AM

I think you should do the work for roof first because when roof is completed so you can do any further work like window and sliding doors.

(Don't Want to See This? Log in or Create a Free Account!)


Get the Free eBook from BiggerPockets

Get The Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Real Estate Investing for FREE - read by more than 100,000 people - AND get exclusive real estate investing tips, tricks, and techniques delivered straight to your inbox twice weekly!

  • Actionable Advice for Getting Started,
  • Discover the 10 Most Lucrative Real Estate Niches,
  • Learn how to get started with or without money,
  • Explore Real-Life Strategies for Building Wealth,
  • And a LOT more!

Sign up below to download the eBook for FREE today!

We hate spam just as much as you

To post a reply or start a new discussion, create a free account or login.

Manage Keyword Alerts

View All Forums