We regularly sample the contractor market to collect vinyl siding cost information, so that we can provide consumers good data for budgeting and negotiation. The first step to understanding the cost of vinyl siding, is to understand the cost structure of an installation job. Vinyl siding is more than a building material, it is a building system that requires different parts including siding panels, soffit, fascia, trim, corners and mounting accessories.
Vinyl siding typically costs between $3.00 to $7.00 per square foot, not including installation and other accessories. Vinyl siding prices also vary on where you purchase your vinyl siding from, such as buying directly from a distributor (rare, unless you are a contractor) or through a certified installer.
Let's take a house with an external square footage of 2000 square feet as our installation example. No soffit or fascia were included in this bid. This bid was from a fully bonded and insured construction company with 0.46 thick vinyl siding. Please remember the prices will vary and these are only estimates to give you an idea.
Vinyl siding: 2000 square feet x $5.00 (vinyl siding) = $10000, including vinyl siding installation, labor, and 1/4 insulation foam.
Builder's Permit: $150.00
Garbage rental: $175.00
Cost to have the old siding removed: $1,000
J-Channels: 55 pieces at $3.67 each = $201.85
Starter Strips: 15 pieces at $2.87 each = $43.05
Inside Corner: 8 pieces at $5.67 each = $45.36
Outside Corner: 2 pieces at $11.51 each = $23.02
Finish Strips: 6 pieces at $3.35 each = $20.10
Outlets/Hydrants/Vents: These are used for light fixtures, plug-in outlets, hydrant faucets, and to replace gable vents - $225.00 total
Shutters: 10 pieces at $42.00 each = $420
Nails for the siding: $35.00
Delivery charge if applicable: $37.75
Total Vinyl Siding Cost for this estimate without taxes would be $12,376.13. Remember this is just an estimate and your final price will depend on the vinyl siding you pick as well as many other factors. Keep in mind that this does NOT include soffit, fascia or any aluminum to be wrapped around the windows. You should also consider putting in better insulation boards (better than the 1/4 insulation boards if possible) or the insulated vinyl siding, which would save you money in the long run, but would cost you more money up front.
For those installing vinyl siding themselves, you would need to purchase special tools needed to install vinyl siding and remove the labor costs from the final price. You may also want to factor in how many hours it would take you to remove (if applicable) and install the vinyl siding on your house.
If you know you are a pretty good handyman, then you could install vinyl siding yourself. If you are unsure, it would be a good idea to hire someone. Since you are paying several thousands of dollars purchasing what is needed, you should be realistic and make a wise decision on whether or not you can really install siding yourself or leave it up to a professional, especially since the vinyl siding you choose will be on your house for a long time.
If you have some other bids with fascia, soffit and other accessories included, please email us the list of prices and we can add this to our data. This will help other consumers get better vinyl siding cost estimates.
To finance your new vinyl siding, you may want to consider taking advantage of the equity built up in your home with an FHA loan.
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