NEW: BP Podcast 66: Flips, Apartments, & Protecting Yourself From Professional Tenants with Michael Blank

Hide this

From the BiggerPockets Blog

 BiggerPockets Blog »

Jump to Forum View All

Click a category below to view different forum categories.


General Info

BiggerPockets Q&A, Site Questions, & Announcements

1509 topics, 14384 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 09:38AM

BiggerPockets Exclusive PRO Area

117 topics, 838 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 09:08PM

New Member Introductions

10866 topics, 85401 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:59AM

Real Estate Success Stories

393 topics, 6113 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:58AM

General Real Estate

General Real Estate

Buying & Selling Real Estate

5917 topics, 46644 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 12:11PM


644 topics, 5809 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 12:04PM

Get Foreclosure Help - Help Stop Foreclosure Forum

316 topics, 2557 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 03:58AM

Home Owner Association (HOA) Issues & Problems Forum

237 topics, 1609 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 08:53AM

Do it Yourself

653 topics, 6259 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 08:00AM

Reviews & Feedback

Real Estate Deal Analysis and Advice

3661 topics, 29347 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 12:05PM

Real Estate Guru, Book & Course Reviews and Discussions

1131 topics, 11539 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 06:52AM

Ask About A Real Estate Company

738 topics, 7298 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 12:12PM

Real Estate Investing

Real Estate Strategies


5588 topics, 43670 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:34AM

Rehabbing and House Flipping

3325 topics, 30920 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:42AM

Real Estate Development & New Home Construction

551 topics, 4678 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 01:02AM

Innovative Strategies

701 topics, 5999 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 09:21AM

Tax Liens, Notes, Paper, & Cash Flows Discussion

864 topics, 6666 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:59AM

Rent to Own a.k.a. Lease Purchase, Lease Options

690 topics, 4865 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 05:52AM

1031 Exchanges

143 topics, 1052 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 05:39PM

Foreclosure Investing

General Foreclosure & Pre-Foreclosure Forums

1686 topics, 11283 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 09:56AM

HUD, VA, and Tax Sales

414 topics, 3088 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 07:35AM


1213 topics, 10565 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 07:23AM

Short Sales

1533 topics, 13117 posts — Last Post 04/15/14, 07:10PM

Landlord & Tenant Forums

Landlord & Rental Property Questions

7191 topics, 70599 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 12:12PM

Mobile Homes & Mobile Home Park Investing

636 topics, 5127 posts — Last Post 04/15/14, 09:59PM

Investor Basics

Starting Out

7685 topics, 60339 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:47AM

Investor Psychology

430 topics, 6092 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 06:53PM

General Real Estate Investing

4711 topics, 37162 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:46AM

Real Estate Investor Marketing

1730 topics, 14085 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:08AM

Commercial Real Estate

Commercial Real Estate Investing Forum

1408 topics, 8979 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:52AM

Multi-Family and Apartment Investing

1104 topics, 9176 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:30AM

The Business of Real Estate

Real Estate Technology and the Internet

Real Estate Technology, Social Media & Blogging

638 topics, 4884 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 06:48AM

Business Basics

Goals, Business Plans & Entities

829 topics, 7535 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:32AM

Real Estate Finance & Legal

Financial, Tax, and Legal

Tax, Legal Issues, Contracts, Self-Directed IRA

2782 topics, 19991 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:19AM

Property Insurance

309 topics, 2043 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 08:42AM

Personal Finance Discussion

328 topics, 2723 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:17AM

Loans, Mortgages, Credit Lines

Private & Conventional Lending Discussion

2826 topics, 19669 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:26AM

Creative Real Estate Financing

1207 topics, 8759 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 08:16AM

Crowdfunding Real Estate

35 topics, 455 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 02:14PM

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Professionals

Real Estate Agents

1205 topics, 7952 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 12:05PM

Bankers, Lenders, and Mortgage Brokers

440 topics, 1917 posts — Last Post 04/15/14, 07:37AM


266 topics, 1673 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 10:25AM

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate

Local Real Estate Networking & Recommendations

1983 topics, 11577 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 06:23AM

Americans & International Real Estate

161 topics, 566 posts — Last Post 04/14/14, 11:19AM

Foreigners Buying in the USA

62 topics, 409 posts — Last Post 04/10/14, 06:27AM

Canadian Real Estate

64 topics, 426 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 08:34AM


Real Estate Marketplace

Real Estate Marketplace

14999 topics, 53883 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:37AM

Real Estate Events and Happenings

163 topics, 2462 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 11:42AM


Off Topic


2902 topics, 32399 posts — Last Post 04/16/14, 03:07PM

Housing News & Real Estate Market

914 topics, 8351 posts — Last Post 04/17/14, 08:41AM

BiggerPockets Real Estate Investing Summit

97 topics, 1751 posts — Last Post 04/10/14, 02:27PM

BiggerPockets Resources

Forums » Do it Yourself » What comes first: Windows, siding, roof?

What comes first: Windows, siding, roof?

15 posts by 13 users


· Richmond, Virginia

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.

· West, Michigan

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.

· West Palm Beach, Florida

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.

Real Estate Investor · Houston, Texas

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

do the roof whenever.

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

Real Estate Investor · Saint Petersburg, Florida

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.

Real Estate Investor · Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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

SFR Investor · Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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."

Real Estate Investor · Ellicott City, Maryland

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.

Small_lishproplogoJ Scott, Lish Properties, LLC
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 770-906-6358

· Richmond, Virginia

As usual, great input here. Thanks all!

Real Estate Investor · Audubon, Pennsylvania

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

Real Estate Investor · Central Valley, California

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?

Real Estate Investor · Ellicott City, Maryland

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.

Small_lishproplogoJ Scott, Lish Properties, LLC
E-Mail: [email protected]
Telephone: 770-906-6358

Contractor · washington, Washington D.C.

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.

Real Estate Investor · Buffalo, New York

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.

· Los Angeles, California

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.

Sign up