If you are looking for an attractive, budget friendly material to replace old siding on your house, vinyl is a great option.
Among the different products available to homeowners, vinyl siding still remains the most popular, installed on a wide range of house styles from modest Capes to stately Colonials.
One of the greatest advantages of vinyl is that it offers a huge range of colors and styles, including ones that replicate the premium look of wood clapboard, shingles and even stone for a fraction of the cost.
Installation is also quick and fairly simple, which helps to further reduce the total cost, as compared to other materials.
Here are up-to-date material and installation prices for vinyl siding, to help you plan your budget.
How Much Does Vinyl Siding Cost?
On average, homeowners across the US spend about $4-5/sq.ft installed on standard quality vinyl siding. Thus, outfitting a simple 2,000 sq.ft. one-storie home will cost about $8,000-10,000.
Premium vinyl siding in designer styles can cost $7-9/sq.ft installed, bringing the total cost for a 2,000 sq.ft house to $14,000-18,000
These estimates do not include tear-off, as vinyl can usually be installed over existing siding (because its so light-weight). However, if tear-off is needed, you can expect to spend $1,000-2,000 on tear-off, depending on the size of your home and the type of old siding being removed.
You can use our calculator to quickly and accurately estimate the cost of vinyl siding, as well as other popular materials.
Cost of Premium Features
Insulated Vinyl Siding
One of the newest products on the market is insulated vinyl siding. It is manufactured with layer of expanded polystyrene foam (offers R value of 2-6). By installing this siding you eliminate the need to install a separate layer of insulation, therefore reducing labor costs. Moreover, this insulated siding can help qualify your house for an Energy Star credit.
Cost: expect to pay about 15% more for insulated vinyl siding than a standard product.
Extra Length of Siding Panels
Another premium feature that can significantly boost your home’s curb appeal is extra panel length. Standard vinyl siding comes in 12 ft. long panels, which must be overlapped during installation. This creates many noticeable and unattractive seams, making the house look cheap. Longer panels can greatly reduce the number of these seams, creating a much more attractive exterior.
Cost: you will pay at least 30% more for longer panels as compared to standard size.
Designer Wood Grain Replicas
You can significantly boost your home’ curb appeal, if you go for vinyl siding that replicates wood grain or stone. There are many beautiful options available from a number of brand name manufacturers, such as Mastic, Gentek, and CertainTeed. Creating this more upscale look can be particularly advantageous if your house is located in an expensive neighborhood and you are looking to match the style of the homes around you. Another reason why you may choose to invest into premium vinyl siding is to increase the resale value and attractiveness of your home, if you are planning to sell in the near future.
Cost: depending on the brand and the style you want, expect to pay 30-40% more, compared to standard vinyl siding.
Factors That Impact the Total Cost
There are a number of factors you should keep in mind, that may impact your total vinyl siding installation cost.
– You will pay more for thicker panels. Standard available sizes range from 0.35 – 0.55 inches thick. Most premium brands that cost more start at 0.40 inches and up. We recommend installing the thickest siding you can afford, because thin panels has a greater chance of sagging, cracking upon impact and getting torn off by strong wind.
– If you have a two-storie or more home your labor cost will go up significantly, not only due to increased overall square footage, but also due to a more challenging and time consuming nature of the work.
– Presence of any unique architectural details which need to be worked around will also increase labor cost.
– The number of windows and doors wraps will impact the total price.
Ways to Save on Vinyl Siding
The following tips can help you realize significant savings:
Hire an independent contractor rather than order installation from a big box home improvement store
While stores like Lowe’s and Home Depot may offer great prices for vinyl siding itself, they tend to rip you off if you also order installation from them. While they lure you in with “quality workmanship” and “labor warranties”, the truth is that they hire subcontractors to do the install, but add on a crazy up-charge. You can end up paying $10+/sq.ft installed for standard siding, as opposed to $4-5/sq.ft installed for the same quality siding if you hire an independent contractor. That is double the price and a major rip off! Also, keep in mind that big box stores pay very little to their subcontractors, which in turn leaves them with no incentive to do a quality job for you.
Get quotes from at least 3-4 local contractors
If you want the best deal on installation, you better shop around. Typically estimates from small companies that are in the mid-range offer the best bang for your buck, as they do a quality job at a reasonable cost. Make sure to ask for at least 3 references of recent vinyl siding jobs in the area, and take the time to drive by those houses to take a look for yourself.
We recommend working with experienced contractors who are insured. Trying to save too much on labor at the expense of quality has a tendency to backfire, resulting in unexpected problems and costly repairs.
Purchase Vinyl Siding from Discount Online Stores
If you are on a very tight budget and are not after premium quality or designer looks, you can save at least 30-40% off the cost of materials by shopping on line. For example, BuildDirect.com offers a variety of vinyl siding (different colors and styles) at a fraction of the cost: $0.95-1.35/sq.ft.. One great thing is that you can order free samples for the majority of their products so that you know exactly what your new siding will look like.