Here are some general rules to follow when looking at vinyl siding pricing.
The prices of vinyl siding generally reflect the thickness of the siding.
The thicker the vinyl siding, the better the grade and of course the more it costs.
Manufacturing companies generally rate their products from economy grade to ultra-premium.
These grades generally run about $3 per square foot to over $10 per square foot for the premium brands.
Like all products there are economy versions and premium versions of the product. More expensive products look better, last longer and generally require less maintenance. Same with vinyl siding. Some of the premium brands have lifetime warranties and can stand up to hurricane force winds.
Low Prices Industry Average High Prices
economy $3 sq ft $3 -$5 sq ft $6 +
Standard $5 sq ft $5.50 - $7 $7.50 +
premium $6.50 sq ft $7 - $8.50 $9 - $11 +
These prices are for comparisons only, many things affect pricing at different times of the year, geographic locations and supply and demand of the products and contractors. It is important to shop around and compare different products and different manufacturers.
For a little more money you can buy premium grades of vinyl siding that are 1" thick and will protect against the harshest weather including hurricane force winds.
You can get insulated vinyl siding that has built in insulation that will keep the northern winter winds away or the hot coastal summers.
Whatever you want there is a vinyl siding that will meet your budget.
The things that affect vinyl siding costs are generally the thickness of the siding itself. Thicker siding costs more and is more durable and sturdier than regular vinyl siding and 'builder grade' sidings.
Thicker is better, but there are other factors that will influence pricing such as:
Thicker vinyl siding will generally hold its color longer with less fading. The thicker vinyl is also more rigid, holding its shape better and longer. It is more impact resistance also.
Thicker vinyl siding hides wall imperfections better than thinner panels. Also adds flexibility and is more impact resistance. This is especially good in areas where weather can be harsh with hail and snow or high winds.
Thicker siding has a deeper texture than thinner sidings making it look more like real wood.
CertainTeed Cedar Impressions Perfection Shingles is one of the thickest and most durable sidings on the market. The ideal siding for areas where high wind, sun, rain, and harsh storms cause problems.
Making a quick budget is always the first step to planning your new vinyl siding job. Once you know approximately how much money you are willing to spend on the project, you can work toward that goal.
If the budget is a concern, you may want to choose a less expensive siding with little or no add-ons.
If budget is not a concern, you may want to choose the
premium brands, or insulated sidings with lots of add-ons.
You should always choose the best grade of siding that your budget will allow. Better grades of siding last longer, look better and come in more colors. Better grades of vinyl siding also have better warranties. They hold up to harsh weather better and longer.
The reason for the budget is so you can buy the absolute best vinyl siding that fits your particular budget.
A good first start is to just measure your exterior walls and come up with the square footage of the siding that you are going to need to buy. When you call any contractor and ask him 'how much do you charge to install siding' the first question he will ask you is "how much siding do you need'?
How much vinyl siding will you need?
A good first start is to just go outside and measure your exterior walls and come up with the square footage. Then multiply the square footage by the price of the siding.
How to measure your house to see how much vinyl siding you will need to buy. Say you have an average single-story house with approximately 2,000 sq ft.
If you have a 2,000 sq ft house:
Economy Grade $4 per sq. (2,000x$4) = $8,000
Builder Grade $6 per sq. (2,000x$6) = $12,000
Premium Grade $10 per sq (2,000x$10) = $20,000
Now you have a rough dollar amount that you can start to work with.
(these numbers are used as example numbers and may not reflect real vinyl siding pricing in your area)
are some basic prices used as examples only. Time of year, geographic
region and supply with affect the prices at any given time.
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There are other costs associated with installing vinyl siding that are not so obvious.
Keep in mind that when you are talking about vinyl siding pricing you are talking about the price of the vinyl siding only, not the costs associated with installing vinyl siding onto your house.
Vinyl siding pricing is just the first step in determining actual costs of installing it on your house.
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