What should vinyl siding cost? How to figure the cost of your vinyl siding. It is important to have a good working knowledge of the factors that go into pricing the siding that you choose. The more you know about the product the better you can communicate with your contractor, thus saving both time and your money.
Shown here is Norandex Vinyl Siding being installed.
How much does vinyl siding cost?
As a contractor that is usually the first thing out of the mouth of a homeowner that calls me to get a price quote. Even though this sounds like a simple question, it isn't.
Vinyl Siding prices range from about $3 per square foot installed to well over $10 per square foot installed.
Like all products vinyl siding comes in many different qualities. Some good and some much better. Better grades of siding will cost you more. Generally the thicker the siding is the better it is and the more it will cost.
Example: 1,000 sq ft single story ranch house. Here are some tips on getting a general price to install vinyl siding.
You have a single story ranch house with approximately 1,000 sq ft of exterior walls. Multiply the total sq ft by the price of the siding.
1,000 sq ft home: Good Deal Industry Average High End
Economy Brand $3,000 - $4,000 $4,500- $5,000 $6 - $7,000
Premium Brand $4,500 - $5,500 $5,500 -$6,500 $7,500 +
What does vinyl siding cost?
When you call a contractor and ask him 'what do you charge to install vinyl siding'? He will say something like 'we charge about $3 to $7 per square foot of siding installed'.
Sounds good but it doesn't tell you much. At least it doesn't tell you what you really need to know.
So what does that mean?
Before a contractor can figure his cost to install vinyl siding, he needs to know several things about your house;
Bigger houses will need more siding and will take more labor to install.
Two story homes require much more labor hours to do than single story homes.
Multi-story homes usually require the contractor to set up scaffolding to stand on so his men can work on the second story and that will cost you a lot more time and money to install.
Corners take more time too, so corners are expensive.
Each house has different numbers of corners, windows and trim. The more corners you have the more it affects your price because corners take more time to do than straight walls.
When window and door frames need to be covered, that takes more labor. If you have any repair work like rot or insect damage that needs to be done, that will be extra also. Contractors have to charge you for this extra labor.
So before you call any contractors for pricing, first off you need to know roughly how much siding you are going to need. Siding is sold by the square feet so you will need to know how many square feet of external walls your house has.
The second thing you need to know is which quality of siding do you need for your house.
Average cost of vinyl siding is about $3 per sq ft to up over $10 per square foot for the higher qualities of siding.
Vinyl siding like all other products comes in different qualities. There is a economy brand, and there are premium brands. Which one should you buy?
The quality of vinyl siding you pick out will greatly affect your overall vinyl siding costs. Vinyl siding comes is many different grades, from economy grade to premium grade. Better sidings will cost more.
Whether the siding is insulated or non-insulated will affect the vinyl siding cost. Insulated vinyl siding costs more than regular siding. But it protects your house better than standard siding.
Although insulated vinyl siding costs more up front, it can help you save on energy costs for many years to come. Most people believe it is worth the extra up front cost if it fits into your budget.
What does the out side of your house look like?
Other factors that affect the cost of vinyl siding is the condition of your house. What does your house look like on the outside? Do you need repair work done before installing new siding?
If so who is going to do this extra work, you or the contractor? You need to make up your mind what work you are willing to do and what work your contractor will do.
This extra work must be added into the vinyl siding costs.
Remove old siding or not?
New Jersey area vinyl siding contractor explaining whether to remove the old siding from your house or just install new siding over old siding.
One of the most important items that affect cost for vinyl siding for your house is what condition is your house is in. Does your home need repairs to the outside before installing the new siding. If it does, who is going to do that work?
If you are considering installing new siding on your house, your house is old enough to probably need some repair work done also. Rotten wood, termite damage, gutters, window and door trim and other problems common to older homes must be fixed before installing new vinyl siding.
Who is going to do that work?
If the contractor has to do the repair work on your home that will certainly increase his overall price. And that cost is not part of the cost he quotes you when you ask him what he charges to install the siding.
So it is very important to ask the right questions
when shopping for prices from contractors. You always need to ask a contractor
'what does your price include and what does it not include'.
But before you ask anyone anything, you need to do a little research and gather some basic information about what type and style of vinyl siding you are interested in putting on your house.
You need to gather
the facts so you can talk intelligently about your project when you do
get around to calling some contractors for prices.
Figuring vinyl siding cost quickly can be done by measuring your house to determine the total square feet of the exterior walls. Vinyl siding is sold by square feet. So you need to know how many square feet of vinyl siding you will need to buy.
Once you know how much vinyl siding you will need to buy, it is just simple math, # of sq feet needed times the price of the siding you have picked out:
Say your house has 1,500 sq ft of exterior walls, pick a middle of the road quality siding at $6 per sq ft.
1,500 sq ft x $6 per sq ft = $9,000.
This would be your base ball-park budget!
Now you have a rough number to start with. Keep in mind this is the price of the siding only. It is not the total cost of putting the siding on your house. That is extra.
In order to save time and make shopping easier, we encourage homeowners to do a little research and pick out some different types, styles and colors of siding before ever talking to any contractors. It saves a lot of time to be able to talk intelligently to your contractor about different products and costs.
You always want to have as much information as possible so you know you are getting the best products for the best price.
Actual cost of the vinyl siding must include these items:
Each of the above items have a separate cost associated with it.
Where To Start
Choose a siding that you like.
Pick the style of vinyl siding you are interested in and then compare prices with several different manufactures.
Cedar Shake Vinyl Siding
Small 'shingles' or 'shakes' that look like Cedar are attached.
vinyl cedar shake siding
Make notes and writ everything down.
Calling a vinyl siding contractor and asking him what he charges to install new vinyl siding will not give you the real vinyl siding cost until all these questions are answered. Each of these items can increase your total cost considerably.
Each item must be gone over with each contractor. That way you can get a feel for how each contractor does his work. Click here to see a more complete list of the items that go into vinyl siding costs.
Part Three; Prep-Work Needed
To get the real vinyl siding cost of a project, you need to understand what contractors look at to figure into their pricing.
It's called the 'house prep' or extra work required to fix up the house.
This extra work will affect your total vinyl siding cost you pay, and should be carefully considered, put into your overall budget and gone over with the contractor.
The price a contractor quotes you is the price to install the vinyl siding once the house is 'ready' for the new siding to be installed!
What is on the exterior of your house now and does it need to be removed and hauled away?
Example: Do you have old siding on your house now and want to remove it and hauled away?
What in the world is an 'add-on' or an accessory?
Accessories and add-on's are generally referred to as the vinyl siding trim, which may include window and door trim, corners, over-hangs or soffit and facia, and insulated or non-insulated vinyl siding.
Vinyl siding contractors can apply color coordinating vinyl or aluminum wrapping around old window and door frames. Also around facia and soffit. And don't forget about the gutters! Need new ones?
Note how all the window moldings are covered, and soffit, facia. Look at the overhangs, and the porch ceiling. It is the small details that really make the difference on the vinyl siding installation job.
(shown here is CertainTeed Vinyl Trim)
The way the over-hang on your house is looks is very important. People notice old ugly overhang.
They can see it from the street.
New or repaired soffit and facia is critical to the over all look of your new siding job.
Like buying a car, the extras makes a big difference in the price you will end up paying.
Check out the trim packages very carefully. Talk to your contractor about the trim he uses and why he uses it. A great trim job will make your home stand out. Remember, It is all in the details.
Once you add up all these items you will have a pretty good idea of what the real vinyl siding cost will be to install it on your house.
It is very important to have each contractor bidding on the exact same products and installation procedures. That is the only way you can actually compare the different prices apples 2 apples.
Otherwise you will get many different prices with thousands of dollars of spread and no way to tell which price is the best price using the best products.
You must have a list with all your information written down and go over every detail with each contractor.
Go over each and every detail with each contractor you talk to.
When you get their prices, you will be sure that each item is covered and there is no confusion as to what you are getting for your money and what is expected of the contractor.
This will save you a ton of time and will even save you money!
Vinyl siding cost is determined by all the things that are needed to make your house ready to install the new siding after all repairs are done.
Vinyl siding prices are only the price of the vinyl siding product not the process of installing it on your house.