3 DIY tips for vinyl siding cost savings

3 DIY tips for vinyl siding cost savings

Just about everyone is interested in saving money anywhere they can these days. If your home is ready for new vinyl siding, you may be considering a DIY project. Vinyl siding can be a very easy material to work with and doing your own installation is a good way to get some fresh air and exercise while saving a little money on labor. If you've never installed vinyl siding before, there's a wealth of available resources to help you get started.

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Saving on your vinyl siding costs

Siding is measured in units called squares with each square being the amount of siding needed to cover 100 square feet of wall area. A very approximate cost for the labor a contractor might charge for an installation could be about $135 per square, so if your home takes 30 squares, you've saved about $4,000 by doing the installation yourself. A few additional areas where you may be able to reduce your vinyl siding costs include these:

  1. Trim--there are many different types of vinyl siding trim, and most are designed for specific uses on a home. Do a little research to find out what types your particular installation needs and order enough to complete your project
  2. Siding--figuring out how much siding you need to order can be difficult for an inexperienced DIYer. If you run out of a special order material, your project may be on hold for a while--ask a friend with siding knowledge or a salesperson from where you're purchasing your material to help with your siding order
  3. Preparation--using a moisture barrier and making sure your doors and windows are flashed properly before the siding goes on can save on repair costs in the future

Installing your own siding can save you the costs a siding contractor might charge for their crews' labor. Keep in mind, however, that most siding contractors have years of experience and know how to keep their costs under control.

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