On this page:
- How is Vinyl Siding Priced?
- Should I Install Vinyl Siding?
- What Affects the Costs of Vinyl Siding Installation?
- How Will My Vinyl Siding Project Measure Up?
- Preparing for a Vinyl Siding Project
- Cost Comparisons
- Level of Difficulty
Vinyl siding is an economical and low-maintenance material that is well suited for most home styles. There are several factors that may affect the cost of installing vinyl siding, from the color and quality to the size and features of your home, so be sure to consider the options and the details when planning and budgeting for the job.
How is Vinyl Siding Priced?
For the sake of simpler comparisons, you can calculate a square foot price by simply dividing a “per square” price by 100.
Like other exterior products and services such as roofing and painting, vinyl siding is priced according to the surface area of the walls it will cover. Contractors and suppliers typically price the materials by “the square,” or 100 square feet, or by the square foot. For the sake of simpler comparisons, you can calculate a square foot price by simply dividing a “per square” price by 100.
To determine the amount of material required for a job, the total surface area is measured and the space occupied by doors and windows is subtracted from the total. However, it is customary to add ten percent to the total to allow for cuts and waste, so some contractors simply use the entire wall area instead, rather than deduct for openings and add the ten percent. Various channel and trim pieces will be added to the materials list as required and are often priced by the linear foot.
The cost of labor to install vinyl siding is often comparable to the cost of the siding, and may also be presented by the square. Installation methods for various types and grades of vinyl siding are similar, but building and trim styles may affect the difficulty of the job and the cost of labor. It is common for contractors to price a vinyl siding installation as a whole, with prices that range from as low as $150 per square to as much as $700, which includes labor and supplying the siding and all related fasteners and trim materials.
Should I Install Vinyl Siding?
Vinyl is one of the least expensive siding materials on the market and is relatively simple to install, making it a popular choice for homes of all styles and in virtually any location. Even at its high end of approximately $3.00 per square foot for material, vinyl is typically less expensive than other popular options such as wood, engineered wood, fiber cement, and stucco.
In addition to standard woodgrain clapboard types, vinyl siding is produced in a number of styles that mimic more expensive materials, such as various cedar shingles, beaded lap siding, and vertical boards and battens. The variety of types and colors available make it possible to define just about any home style for much less than traditional materials.
One of the primary features of vinyl siding is its low maintenance requirements. With routine cleaning and maintenance, vinyl will last decades without expensive upkeep. Unlike wood and other engineered products, vinyl does not require painting or sealing and it is not subject to rot or insect damage. As with many products though, higher quality vinyl will last longer and is available in a wider array of colors and styles. So it’s worth investing in a top-grade vinyl product if you want your siding to add character to your home or if don’t intend to replace it in the foreseeable future.
On the other hand, you may be looking at your vinyl siding for a long time, so be careful to choose a style and color you won’t tire of any time soon. Although vinyl siding can be painted with success, applying paint to change the color creates an ongoing maintenance requirement that negates one of the primary benefits of the material.
What Affects the Costs of Vinyl Siding Installation?
A professional siding crew can make quick work of installing new vinyl, but the cost of labor often equals the cost of materials, depending on the grade of siding chosen. The amount of prep work involved and the complexity of the installation will influence the overall cost of labor, but it is common to pay between $0.75 and $1.50 per square foot for basic installation services.
Scope of the Job
Whether or not you hire a pro, the scope of a vinyl siding installation will affect the cost of the project. Stripping old siding, repairing wall sheathing, or installing insulation before the new siding goes up can add a significant amount to the budget. Even if you do the extra work on your own, the cost of disposal and materials can add up to an extra 25 percent or more.
How Will My Vinyl Siding Project Measure Up?
In addition to the quality or grade of siding, your choice of style and color may have direct bearing on the cost of materials for the job. Specialty options generally come at a premium and require pre-ordering from some suppliers, so the difference between builder-grade woodgrain siding and a high-end insulated shingle style in a special order color could be twice the cost and a couple of weeks’ wait.
If the exterior trim on your home is standard and can be easily incorporated with new vinyl siding by wrapping it with aluminum, installation costs may be on the low end of the range for your area. However, if the project requires the installation of new trim elements, the type you choose will be a significant factor in material and labor costs. For example, installing new PVC corner boards and window and door trim could cost twice as much as using metal-wrapped wood or lower-profile vinyl siding components.
Complexity and Access
The style, size, and accessibility of your home may affect the cost of installation, since working on a more complex surface can take more time and skill. So if your home has numerous windows, dormers, or other architectural features and is multi-level, it will cost more to have siding installed than it would for a simple, rectangular home of the same size. Similarly, if your walls are very tall or if access is limited by uneven ground, the use of staging or lifts could add to the price of installation.
Preparing for a Vinyl Siding Project
Do Your Homework
Since there is a wide variety of options in vinyl siding, be sure to research your choices carefully. Consider the quality and appearance of various products as well as their price and the manufacturer’s warranty coverage. Compare estimates from several installers and make sure they include comparable materials and services and that the installation will be done to manufacturers specifications, in order to preserve the warranty.
While you’re at it, consider making other related upgrades at the same time; installing insulation or new windows and doors at the same time is practical, and it may be more cost effective to have all the work done at once than to have related projects done later when it will be more disruptive and time consuming.
Pitch In Where You Can
Even if you don’t plan to install your new siding yourself, you may be able to save on labor costs by taking care of some prep work. Whether it’s stripping and disposing of old siding or just clearing the area and protecting your shrubs and landscaping, handling some of the dirty work can help your contractor get the job done faster and more economically.
|$3,700 - $6,500||$5,500 - $9,500||$8,500 - $15,000|
It can be difficult to predict how much it may cost to install new siding on your home without having a professional take a look at the job, but a few examples may help you see how the features of your project will affect its cost. In our scenarios, the scope, materials, and details of the job can make a significant difference in the cost to install vinyl siding on a cape style home with a shed dormer and a footprint of about 1,200 square feet.
New Construction Basics: $3,700 - $6,500
- • Prep and Scope: There is no stripping or prep work required for installing siding on a new building, so installers can get straight to work.
- • Materials: Economy to mid-grade siding keeps material costs at the low end of the price range.
- • Time and Complexity: A simple design makes the installation uncomplicated, and using basic trim features prevents adding extra materials to the budget.
Just a Facelift: $5,500 - $9,500
- • Prep and Scope: Since this siding is an update for an existing home, some extra prep work is involved. While vinyl can be installed over some types of siding, previously installed vinyl or degraded siding of any type should be removed before the installation.
- • Materials: In addition to standard siding, adding a layer of rigid foam insulation to the home’s exterior increases the bottom line. But since it makes sense to do the work while the walls are exposed, it is the most efficient way to add some insulation to the house.
- • Time and Complexity: Wrapping existing wood trim in new metal adds a little time to the job, but it remains a straightforward project.
Low-Maintenance Upgrade: $8,500 - $15,000
- • Prep and Scope: For this remodel, existing siding and metal trim is removed, as well damaged trim boards and soffit material.
- • Materials: Stepping this home up calls for upgraded siding in a specialty finish and color, along with integrated foam insulation. Installing compatible trim elements adds to the budget, but really brings the home’s appearance up a notch.
- • Time and Complexity: Adding special trim details and making needed repairs adds considerable time and materials to the project, accounting for as much as $5,000 of the total.
Level of Difficulty
Installing vinyl siding requires an intermediate to advanced level of skill and is simplified by a few specialized tools. While it’s a manageable project for most handy homeowners, there is a bit of a learning curve that can make it a time consuming job. Hiring a pro can get the job done fast and help ensure you get a correct installation that will satisfy the manufacturer’s warranty requirements.