Vinyl Siding: Counting CostsRemodeling the exterior of your home is a big project, and there are many factors that could influence your decision on which siding option is right for you. Cost can be a huge influence when dealing with a remodel on a budget, so Fiderio & Sons put together some information on the cost of vinyl siding.
As a building material, vinyl siding is relatively new, it was introduced into the market in the late 1950's and has only grown in popularity since then. It is cheaper than most other siding materials and takes a lot less time to install. This makes vinyl siding one of the most affordable and cost effective siding materials, while still being able to maintain a designer look.
What to Look for in Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding quality can vary, and with vinyl siding you definitely get what you pay for. So when you are shopping around for vinyl siding you should look for several items. The first item you should look at is the thickness. Vinyl siding can come in thicknesses of .35 to .55 inches thick, and most quality brands come in between .40 and .50 inches. Generally in terms of vinyl siding, the thicker the better. Think about the elements that your vinyl siding will be up against; strong winds, hail storms, heat, all sorts of conditions. Thicker quality siding is more likely to survive such severe weather.
Another factor to consider is installation. Improperly installed vinyl siding can easily pull off, become damaged, or buckle under heat or stress. If you want your vinyl siding to live up to your expectations, it has to be done properly and by industry standards. If you feel you have the skills to do the job, you could shave some of the cost off simply by doing the job yourself. Nevertheless, if you are unsure about your ability to do a professional grade job, hiring a contractor may be your safest avenue to ensure the quality of your siding.
Your Choices Can Change The Price
There are many variables that go into the number crunching of vinyl siding cost, but most estimates really rely on customer preference. Vinyl siding cost can vary simply on what brand or thickness you choose for your home. A safe estimate is usually around $2 to $10 per square foot for materials. This means that your final price could be anywhere from $3,000-$15,000 after everything has been factored in. Keep in mind that this number is just an estimate. Without knowing the style, quality, thickness, durability, insulation properties, installation and more, that number could be more or less. Even color can affect the price!
Extra Factors to Consider
There are a few more components to your home that could also increase the cost of vinyl siding. The amount of windows your home has will increase the amount of trim work necessary which, in turn, will lead to an increase of cost. Also, take into consideration additional costs from the removal of pre-existing siding on your home. Vinyl siding can be a superior, long-term performer over other alternatives, but choose wisely when buying. Make sure you buy a dependable siding, and use a contractor you can trust.
Vinyl siding is an investment into your home that will last years. Fiderio & Sons wants to help you decide if vinyl siding is the right choice for you.