The average cost for vinyl siding is $10,000 for an average complete remodel. Hiring a siding contractor, you will likely spend between $2,500 – $35,000 depending on the extent. The price of vinyl siding can vary greatly by region (and even by zip code). View our local siding contractors or get free estimates from pros near you.
Over time, household maintenance and upkeep can fall through the cracks. The need to update the siding on your house only gradually becomes apparent, and it can cost a lot to fix if left for too long. Your budget for this upgrade will depending on the motivation for it—to look good so it will sell or to last for another few decades.
While many overall design similarities will exist in homes, there is still a wide range of differences in cost to include shape, length, and height of walls, number of windows, etc. In the US, a typical single-story, three-bedroom home will have an average of 1,000 square feet of exterior wall space.
Before looking for a siding quote, and to be in the best shape to eliminate any surprises at any point in the project, look for answers to the following:
With a wide range of exterior options, vinyl siding will always feature on the lower end of the price spectrum. Different options available for the exterior siding for your home are listed here in order of their average cost—from low to high. The most common vinyl panels cost between $2.50 to $7.50 and have a standard length of 12 feet.
Homewyse calculates the non-discounted retail pricing for Dutch lap style solid PVC siding with low gloss natural wood grain appearance in 8 color options, 0.046” thick with an interlocking design and a limited 25-year warranty to be $2,100–$2,900 for 1,000 square feet. “Quantity includes typical waste overage, material for repair, and local delivery.”
For the most part, vinyl siding is manufactured in different thicknesses, which invariably translates to stronger products of a higher quality which are more durable in the face of damage and weathering, and longer lasting.
The ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) is a global organization that develops and publishes technical standards across a wide range of materials and services in many industries, including construction.
Their research concludes that vinyl siding thickness should be no lower than 0.038”. Various manufacturers may have different category names or thicknesses for their siding, but a typical average list would look like this:
The thicker the siding is, the better.
If you want the energy efficiency to be maxed out with your new siding, expect to pay double for the materials. While initially more expensive, it will immediately reduce your heating and cooling energy bill, and it also has benefits in moisture control, home resale value, and noise reduction.
Texas Energy Experts in Austin, TX, recommend also adding insulation to the wall cavities with blown in insulation. They also say, “Another useful addition to your siding project is the use of a moisture and wind barrier commonly known as housewrap. Housewrap helps in multiple ways, mostly helping to keep the wind and moisture out while still allowing your home to breathe. This option also is known to help prevent drafts in your home.”
Many energy-efficiency focused companies like Texas Energy Experts (above) and Hometown Restoration in Blaine, MN, will offer a free onsite energy audit of the home to help you gain the best energy savings for your siding project. They will also be up-to-date on current energy rebates, federal tax credits, and property tax exemptions in your state.
Style: Vinyl comes in three main categories in relation to its visual appearance—vertical, horizontal, and shake. Within these categories you’ll find beaded, board and batten, clapboard, Dutch lap, traditional lap, log, scallops, and shingle styles.
Color: While historically vinyl siding was available in smooth or slightly textured panels, a really broad range of colors has opened up to homeowners in recent years. Painting vinyl is no longer required, unless you have some very specific requirements for the color of siding you want.
The other bonus with picking siding panels of a particular color is that the color is not just on the panel’s surface—it’s ingrained—which means that you are less likely to see damage to the siding and likely won’t need to do touch up paint jobs. Manufacturers can also provide a finish on the panels that gives the appearance of stone or wood grain, which many homeowners prefer over the plain finish.
Not every color is available in every style, so if you want to have a combination of, say, cedar shake and clapboard, be sure to check with your contractor’s company that they can order it. Some homeowners even choose a combination of something like cedar shake and clapboard of one color and have white scallops as a trim, or a separator between the two, as a design feature.
Where you live in the country will cause slight fluctuations in the cost of the materials and in the cost of labor. The more rural the area, the less demand for materials, which means the contractor won’t get the same volume discount pricing a supplier near a large city would. Additionally, the cost to ship materials to that rural location could be a cost factor.
Each region of the country will vary in this aspect, but there are a few common busy times in the year for vinyl siding contractors. Spring, summer, and autumn can see spikes in demand and in associated costs for the install work because of three main drivers—homeowners getting their homes ready to put on the market before school gets out, homeowners looking for greater energy efficiency after seeing their AC bill for last summer, or homeowners looking for the same efficiencies before they head into the winter months.
It is not uncommon to see a direct correlation between the years in business and the quality of the work. Expect to pay more for experience and knowledge. Unfortunately, cheaper is not always better.
In your search, look for a contractor with great ratings and reviews like Something New Remodeling LLC in Atlanta, GA; or with a great Better Business Bureau rating like Bass Roofing & Siding Inc in Edmond, Oklahoma. Also look for a contractor who has been in business for a number of years like Energy Catchers LLC in Raleigh, NC, who has been in business for 24 years. He says, “In 2017, Energy Catchers LLC was awarded a contract to complete the North Bend Town Home Association Town Homes Siding Project for their entire community.” Be sure to get quotes from at least three contractors before hiring one. Sometimes the savings are huge and you don’t have to compromise on quality.
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