Assessing the cost of siding involves several factors.
The cost of upkeep after installation, the insulation value and how that affects your heat bill and of course the cost of having a contractor put it up for you.
Because all of these factors can be wildly unpredictable, I won’t go too much into them Briefly, however, I would like to give these points to ponder.
Upkeep- The upkeep of vinyl siding is one of its main attractive features. Once it has been put up, it will not require painting. In fact, it’s recommended that you don’t. It is a malleable product that withstands both heat and cold very well. The cost comparison to other siding products is quite favorable with regards to cost.
Insulation- This isn’t one of vinyl sidings great features. It is thin and light and often requires insulation to be installed behind it. This raises the cost of the installation.
Installation- Contractors prices vary ridiculously. Contracting companies have such different personalities. One could have a million dollar overhead, and the other may be just paying labor gas and licensing.
I know the question that is really burning away at you is: How much is it going to cost to side my house? I’m getting there. Couple more things to think of first. As with most home repair/improvement products, there isn’t just one product price. There is a range of prices covering a variety of styles features and additional hardware.
Vinyl siding used to solely be a mock lap siding that offered a couple of different color options and reveals. Now you can get Dutch lap, vinyl shake or shingle, which can be scalloped. Also trim for corners and windows, and soffitt and skirting material. The products range anywhere from 1.00 per squarer foot to 8.00 per square ft.
The best idea is to decide what you can afford. Do this for the product only! I recommend shopping and buying your siding yourself and just hiring for installation. This way you can control the cost of it and not have to pay a contractors mark-up.
Buy from a source that is as close to the distributor as you can. This may mean you have to go to one of the big box hardware stores. Some popular brands are almost exclusively sold to these stores. Roofing and siding supply companies can sell it to you generally, but there will be retail vs. wholesale pricing structure.
Don’t buy siding from a department store. They inflate their prices and thy say that it’s justified by a super guarantee. What they don’t say, is the guarantee won’t cover impact or installation problems, or any of the few things that can cause your siding to be faulty.
Almost as bad is the price that you get from third party specialist stores. Those that sell specifically to mobile homes, or in remote areas, or ma and pa lumber yards.
OK you say, good stuff, but what are the prices, comparatively.
Well, the least expensive of all siding is the builder’s grade vinyl lap siding. The price goes up when you get the foam backed siding. A popular version of this is what they call a Dutch lap. It’s made to resemble thicker wood. After this comes the shingles, shakes and scalloped sidings.
This is what gets the price up into the 8.00 and 9.00 range.