Before the Snow Flies: Scheduling your Exterior Work before the Point of No Return

Why sooner is better than later

Sooner is always better than later for scheduling your job with an exterior remodeling contractor. The main reason for this is that, in Wisconsin, most jobs are best done between March and November here in Wisconsin due to more temperate conditions.  However, there are a few additional factors that should encourage homeowners to contact their chosen exterior remodeler quickly if they want their work done before the snow flies.

Lead Times / Production Delay

Over the past year, the construction industry has been experiencing record-breaking lead times and production delays for materials used in home construction and remodeling.  Some materials are taking upwards of 12 weeks to become available. The sooner you are able to sign a contract, the sooner they can order the materials you need and want.

Lock in Scheduling

Though it might come as a surprise to some homeowners, investing in home remodeling is quite popular right now. This means that qualified contractors are in high demand; some companies are even scheduling work out to the next season in 2022!  We would never suggest that a homeowner rush into a major decision, but one of the best ways to ensure the work is completed on your preferred timeline is to make your decision to improve your home quickly. Work with your exterior contractor to ask questions early in the process so you can proceed as soon as possible.

Lock in Pricing

Prices for materials are always fluctuating. Construction and remodeling materials have undergone a remarkable number of price increases over the past two years, specifically in terms of metal and lumber. With that in mind, it’s in your best interest as a homeowner to “lock in” your pricing for materials by arranging your job with a qualified remodeling professional as soon as possible.


Major issues that should be looked at before Winter

There are a few areas every homeowner in Wisconsin should check regularly to determine if expert inspection is needed.

  • Roof or chimney: Signs of leaks, missing, and/or loose materials
  • Siding: Missing or loose pieces, cracks, and/or holes
  • Fascia and soffit: Missing, loose, and/or wind damaged pieces
  • Windows: Cracks, air leaks, failure to lock, difficulty opening or closing, foggy or broken glass.

These items require immediate attention, and a licensed contractor can help you determine the severity of the issue and the appropriate next steps. Left untreated, these items can cause a homeowner headaches in the spring after all the wet and snow that a Wisconsin winter can bring.


Exterior Work that should be Scheduled Early

There are several temperature-sensitive projects that should be addressed with your contractor before the cold comes:

Rubber Roofs

Rubber roofs are a key component in some homes, and repair or replacement should definitely be scheduled during the warmer months. Rubber roofs need to be installed when the temperature is above 40-degrees Fahrenheit. This is necessary in order to get proper adhesion for quality installation.


There is more than one reason to schedule a deck project soon as possible. Besides the overwhelming increase in demand for deck remodeling, there is also a temperature issue that homeowners should keep in mind.

When installing a new deck or changing the footprint of an existing deck, concrete pouring will need to occur to keep the deck up to code. For this, the ground cannot be frozen, which usually happens around mid-November to early December here in Wisconsin.  The average ground freezing date for the past 13 years has been December 6.

Painting on Exterior Pieces

Any siding and decking that requires painting or staining need to be done before the snow flies. Most quality exterior paints require a minimum air temperature of 45-degrees Fahrenheit for application.


Jobs that can be Done Year Round

What might come as a surprise to many homeowners is that there are several types of exterior remodeling jobs that can be done year-round.  With this knowledge, a homeowner can prioritize projects for both themselves and their contractor.

Asphalt Roofs

You might be skeptical at the idea of taking the roof off of a house in Wisconsin

during the early parts of winter, but it happens more often than you would think! Obviously, severe weather can impact scheduling, however, roofs can be cleared of snow, torn off quickly, and reinstalled.

Door and Window Installation

While it may be more comfortable to wait for moderate temperatures to open your home to outside air, the fact is that window and/or door installation can be done year-round. While there would be some exposure to the elements, such inconveniences can be managed with planning ahead of time. With manufacturing times varying, homeowners may be able to speed up their timeline by allowing winter installation of their new doors or windows.

Siding Installation

While it might seem counter-intuitive, there are a few reasons to upgrade your siding during winter, such as easier scheduling or finding heating fixes that need attention. Homeowners can be reassured that even if they don’t contract with an exterior remodeling company till later in the year, their siding can be upgraded year-round. The exception to this is vinyl siding, which is difficult to cut in extreme cold.


Point of No Return

So when should you contact and contract your home exterior work?

Based on lead times, material availability, and current demand, we recommend the following if you would like your exterior jobs completed in the calendar year:

Contracted by or around Labor Day

  • Decks
  • Rubber Roofs
  • Vinyl Siding
  • “Major Issues” that require professional inspection

End of September for

  • Asphalt Roofs
  • Windows

By End of October/Early November

  • Fiber Cement Siding
  • Doors

While these offer you the most ideal timelines, your exterior remodeling company of choice should be able to work with you to understand what is necessary for your specific home.

Working with a licensed contractor for your next exterior remodeling process should give you peace of mind, every time. For more information, an exterior inspection, or service in Southern Wisconsin, contact Sunset Ridge Exteriors at 608-838-2500.