When it comes to your home’s exterior, vinyl siding is one of the most popular choices due to its low cost and a wide selection of colors, textures, and designs. If you are considering vinyl siding for your home but wonder what to expect in terms of average cost, you’ve come to the right place.
In this article, we discuss the different home exterior options, the types of vinyl siding available, how to choose the right vinyl siding for your home, and the average cost to expect for materials and installation.
Vinyl Siding Cost by Type
Vinyl Shake Siding
The cost of vinyl shake siding can vary significantly based on several factors, such as the brand, quality, style, location, and the size of the project. On average, the cost of vinyl shake siding can range from $6 to $15 per square foot, including materials and installation. This cost may also vary depending on the complexity of the installation process, any additional features, and the contractor’s labor charges.
Insulated Vinyl Siding
You may choose siding with additional insulation, particularly if your house tends to be poorly insulated. The average cost of installing insulated vinyl siding can range from $5 to $16 per square foot. This price includes the cost of the insulated siding, labor, and other installation expenses. Keep in mind that these are just estimates, and the actual cost might be different in your specific area and depending on your particular project details.
Board and Batten
Board and batten vinyl siding provides a bold look for cottage style homes. On average, the cost of board and batten vinyl siding can range from $5 to $10 per square foot for materials and installation. The average cost can vary depending on where you live and the details of your siding project.
Vinyl clapboard siding mimics the look of overlapping horizontal wood planks. This is one of the most popular types of vinyl siding. Clapboard vinyl siding typically costs between $5 and $12 per square foot to install. The actual cost to install clapboard siding on your home will depend on the type of siding that you choose, complexity of the installation process, any additional features, and the contractor’s labor charges.
Vertical Vinyl Siding
The cost of vertical vinyl siding can range from $3 to $9 per square foot for materials only. You’ll need to add the cost of siding installation by a local contractor to figure the total cost of your project.
Vinyl Log Siding
Vinyl log siding is a type of exterior cladding for buildings that replicates the appearance of traditional log cabins or log homes. It’s designed to mimic the natural and rustic look of wood logs. The cost of this siding typically ranges from $5 to $10 per square foot. This estimate includes the cost of materials and labor. However, keep in mind that prices can vary significantly based on your location and the specific contractor you choose.
Vinyl Stone Siding
Vinyl stone siding comes in panels or tiles that are manufactured to resemble various types of natural stones, such as limestone, slate, or river rock. The panels are molded or embossed with textures and patterns that replicate the look and feel of genuine stone. The cost of installing vinyl stone siding varies according to the type of stone that you choose and the area that you live in. This type of siding typically costs between $7 and $15 per square foot to install including materials and labor.
Vinyl Brick Siding
Vinyl brick siding is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) and is commonly used to cover and protect the exterior walls of homes. The cost of installing vinyl brick siding typically costs from $7 to $15 per square foot. The specific cost of covering your home with vinyl brick siding may vary based on your location and the cost of labor charged by local contractors.
Factors to Consider When Calculating Vinyl Siding Cost
How much your vinyl siding will cost depends on many factors in addition to the particular quality of siding you choose. The total area of your home’s exterior will determine the amount of siding needed. If your home is irregularly shaped, this makes for a more challenging installation and can result in more scrap and man-hours.
If you are not doing the installation yourself, there are labor costs to consider. If you need to remove your old siding before installation, this will add to the total, as well.
The cost of siding typically runs between $2 and $7 per square foot. You can approximate the exterior of your home as rectangles and triangles to estimate the total area. The area of any rectangular space is the base x height. The area of any triangular spaces is ½ base x height. The total area is the sum.
You can then multiply the total estimated area by the unit price to get the total cost of the siding. For example, if your home has an exterior area of 1,200 square feet, the total cost would be between $2 x 1,200 = $2,400 and $7 x 1,200 = $8,400.
But other materials you need to consider are nails, trim pieces, and so on. Soffits or fascia pieces may be anywhere from $1 and $20 per linear foot, depending on the material chosen. It’s also often a good idea to include 10% additional material, as this is often how much waste is produced by cutting pieces to the appropriate size.
How to Reduce Vinyl Siding Costs
Here are some tips to help you lower the overall cost of your home improvement project.
- Start by researching different vinyl siding options and suppliers. Compare prices from multiple vendors to find the best deals and discounts.
- If you have the necessary skills and experience, consider installing the vinyl siding yourself. DIY installation can save you money on labor costs.
- Higher-grade vinyl siding may offer better durability and aesthetics, but it can also be more expensive. Opt for mid-grade or budget-friendly vinyl siding that meets your needs and budget.
- Vertical siding can be less expensive than traditional horizontal siding. Additionally, it can give your home a unique and modern look.
- Inquire about any energy efficiency rebates or incentives available for choosing certain vinyl siding options. These rebates can help offset the initial costs.
- If your budget is tight, explore financing options that offer low-interest rates or special deals on home improvement projects.
Sears Home Services offers several favorable financing options to help you complete your vinyl siding installation affordably. Schedule a free consultation with a Sears siding expert to begin your vinyl siding installation.