Factors that Affect the Cost of Vinyl Siding
Vinyl is the least expensive of all types of siding to install because of its light weight and ability to be installed directly over your existing surface, even if that surface is brick or stucco. However, there are a few main factors that will affect the total installation costs of new vinyl siding on your home:
- Home Design & Size
- Removal of Old Siding
- Type of Vinyl Siding Installed
- Local Labor Rates
1. Home Design & Size:
Your home’s design will have an impact on the overall cost of siding replacement or installation on your home. The more intricate your home is with eaves, gables, and cornered designs will make installation and labor costs rise as they are more complex than a simple home design. If your home is two stories it will require more materials and higher labor fees from tool rentals such as mechanical lifts for contractors to install vinyl siding on high up exterior walls of your home.
2. Old Siding Removal
Removing old siding will cost more in man hours and ultimately labor costs. You can expect to pay an extra $950 to $2,485 for siding removal or more depending on the size of your home and complexity of removing materials. If you are replacing your home’s siding rather than installing new siding on a new construction home, you will incur siding removal fees. Your siding installer will also need to inspect the underlying wood for any rot or damage it may have incurred to see if repairs are needed behind your home’s current siding.
3. Type of Vinyl Siding Installed
When installing new vinyl siding on your home there are may different vinyl material options that will affect your overall cost. If you are looking for a cheap vinyl siding replacement you may opt for an affordable vinyl siding brand that gives you a basic quality siding without any fancy design styling that could cost as little as $1.25 to $3.88 per square foot. However, if it’s within budget to get a longer lasting vinyl product with insulation and a beautiful design than you could expect to pay somewhere around $4 to $12 per square foot for a high quality vinyl siding product that will last for years to come.
4. Local Labor Rates
Many homeowners are unaware that quite a few home improvement projects and their correlated costs can be influenced by the area that you live. Labor costs are often similar but can vary based on the job demand for siding installers in your city.
Another factor to consider is the time of year you choose to install new siding. Siding contractor’s busy months are often during the Summer or Spring. Winter and Fall months are usually slower and siding contractors may have better installation pricing during slower months to generate more business.
Overhead costs for contractors to acquire your new vinyl siding material may also be influenced by your geographical location as there can be increased shipping fees from siding manufacturers depending on your distance from their warehouse and associated costs to deliver.
Vinyl Siding Installation
New vinyl siding looks great. It comes in a variety of styles, textures, and colors as well as being able to convincingly mimic the look of more expensive materials like cedar shakes and stone siding. If you’re still on the fence about vinyl siding replacement, here are a few reasons to strongly consider vinyl siding for your home:
- You can create the same warmth and richness as wood or stone at a fraction of the price. Plus, unlike lumber, vinyl is resistant to water damage and pest infestation in addition to being able to withstand high winds.
- Insulated vinyl siding will reflect radiant heat, reducing thermal conductivity to keep your home cool and your energy bills low. Insulated vinyl siding also significantly reduces noise pollution from outside your home
- Vinyl isn’t boring! It comes in an array of styles including geometric patterns that add interesting architectural detail to your home.
- The color on vinyl siding won’t fade away like wood and other alternative sidings.
- Vinyl siding is virtually maintenance free. Wash away dirt easily with your garden hose or pressure washer.
- If you live in an area prone to hurricanes or tornadoes, there are brands of vinyl siding that can stand up to 240 mph winds. Depending on the type of vinyl siding you invest in, you may even be eligible for a reduction in your insurance premiums.
Types of Vinyl Siding
There are three basic types of vinyl siding replacement for your home you can install. Each vinyl siding type has variations in design and style giving you 8 different style options (pictured below) when installing new vinyl home siding:
1. Horizontal Lap Vinyl
Horizontal or clapboard siding runs across the house horizontally. You may also hear it referred to as “traditional lap.” Horizontal vinyl siding comes is several popular styles such as Dutch Lap, Beaded, and Flat. It also comes in many different textures that create the look of real wood.
- Traditional Horizontal
- Dutch Lap
- Log Style
2. Vertical Vinyl Siding
Vertical siding, also known as “board and batten” runs vertically up and down your home. It consists of wide boards with a smaller board or “batten” used to seal the crack where the two wide boards meet, making your siding weather tight and helping to keep the harsh winter winds out.
3. Shingle & Shakes Vinyl Siding
Cedar wood shake siding is very beautiful, giving your home a warm rustic charm. Cedar is a rich, hardy wood with beautiful colors and hues. That said, real wood cedar shake siding is very expensive and requires a high degree of maintenance. Vinyl shake siding can give you the same stunning look without the high cost or high maintenance.
- Cedar Shake Imitation
- Wood Shingle Imitation
- Scallop Style Wood Imitation
Homeowners often combine several different types and styles of siding to create a unique architectural look. For instance, some homeowners will use vinyl cedar shake and scallops as trim to separate different sections of the home. If you need help deciding on which type to put on your home, talk to one of our vinyl siding installation contractors near you today.
What is the ROI of Vinyl Siding Replacement?
Replacing your home’s siding with vinyl can yield an 80% rate of return on your investment when you sell your home. If you’re looking to sell your home soon, vinyl siding is one of the best ways to increase your home’s curb appeal and potential buyer’s interest. Even if you are planning to stay in your home for years, your vinyl siding will increase the attractiveness of your home and make it more energy efficient while you live there. Plus, most vinyl siding comes with a lifetime warranty, so you’ll reap the benefits of your investment throughout the life of your home.
Vinyl Siding Maintenance Tips
Most of the time, you’ll be able to keep your vinyl siding looking great with a simple wash from the garden hose. For a more intense cleaning though, wash your home’s siding with a soft cloth or soft bristle brush. For textured surfaces, use only a soft bristle brush to keep the grooves in the texture stain-free. For best results, start at the bottom of the house and work up then rinse the cleaning solution completely before it dries so that it doesn’t leave a residue.
If you prefer, you can use a pressure washer, but be careful to hold the washer straight at eye level to keep the water on top of the dirty vinyl siding where it can clean most effectively. Do not aim the power washer upward as water may go behind the siding, which could damage the siding or create a space for mold to develop. That said, make sure you follow your siding manufacturer’s recommendations for best results and so that you don’t inadvertently void your warranty. Some manufacturers don’t want pressure washers used on their products at all. Others allow them, but have limitations on the amount of pressure and the cleaners that can be used.