Vinyl Siding Price Guide
Vinyl siding has bypassed aluminum siding as the most popular siding option for homeowners today. It has many advantages including being attractive, affordable and durable. The range of colors and textures is impressive. Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC) which has many uses in the building industry. It is easy for manufacturers to work with and can be molded into an array of shapes and textures. It is an ideal material for vinyl siding because it combines durability with flexibility and ease of use.
This guide to vinyl siding prices will provide a complete overview, so you can evaluate vinyl siding for installation on your home. You’ll learn how different textures, colors and styles of vinyl siding, can have an effect on the price you pay for the material and installation, as well as the pros and cons of vinyl siding, long term maintenance costs, and much more.
Leading Brands of Vinyl Siding
As the most popular type of siding in the building industry, there are many manufacturers of vinyl siding. The best brands make the widest selection of high quality vinyl siding in terms of styles, colors, grades and trim options. Leading brands include CertainTeed, Georgia Pacific, Alside, Timbercrest, Mastic, Kaycan, Mitten, and many others. Your contractor will discuss the specific brands they recommend for your home, and budget.
Various Types & Textures of Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding comes in many different styles. Most of them give the appearance of lapped wood and feature woodgrain texture. Your options include double lap, double Dutchlap, triple lap and triple clapboard. These terms mean that each piece of siding has the appearance of 2 or 3 pieces of lapped wood. Common sizes include double 4”, double 5”, double 6” and triple 3”. You’ll typically see them called D4 for double 4”, D5 for double 5” and so forth. These siding pieces are installed horizontally.
Many manufacturers are now making board & batten siding that is installed vertically. Pieces are typically 7”-9” wide and have the appearance of 1 or 2 boards installed tongue and groove fashion. A third type has the appearance of log siding, which gives it a very rich look. It is installed horizontally of course with similar dimensions to lap siding options. Your choices include the thickness of the vinyl siding as well. Siding is made in thicknesses from .038” to .046”. The thicker the siding is, the more durable it will be and the more it will cost.
Believe it or not, the pattern on the vinyl siding you choose will not have too drastic of an effect on the price. Since vinyl siding is made from a a mold, the manufacturing cost is fairly affordable, and those savings are usually passed on to the contractor installing your siding. Installation, on the other hand can be quite a bit more expensive for textured or patterned types of siding, since the contractor has to spend more time on the installation.
Estimate Vinyl Siding Prices
With the different types and quality, prices vary quite a bit. Siding is priced by the square, a square being 100 square feet of siding material. When a contractor speaks to you, they will ask for, or take specific measurements of the length, width and other dimensions of your home, to determine the amount of vinyl siding needed. After you decide on the type, style and color of siding to install, they will provide an exact price for you.
The most affordable vinyl siding costs $65-$85 per square. The most commonly-used vinyl sidings are priced at $90-$125 per square. Premium vinyl siding can cost as much as $225 or more per square. Browse our site to learn more about your vinyl siding options. You might also want to see the Exterior Siding Material Guides page where you can compare today’s leading types of siding for your home or business.
Pros and Cons of Vinyl
There are many advantages to using vinyl siding. It is one of the most affordable options on the market. It comes in a stunning array of colors that span the spectrum. The color permeates the siding so that scratches aren’t easily seen. Most have a woodgrain texture resembling sawed cedar. Some brands make a smooth vinyl siding that looks like traditional planed wood.
The heavier grades of vinyl siding are quite durable. It is fairly easy to install once you get comfortable with the process, so DIY installation might be an option for you. Vinyl siding is very low-maintenance. Washing it a couple times a year will keep it looking its best. Warranty length ranges from 20 years to lifetime, depending on the quality of the siding.
Insulated vinyl siding is available from most of the top brands. Each piece has a thin layer of foam insulation applied to the back. The insulation factor is R-3 to R-5. This might be a cost-effective choice for existing homes in cold climates, but for new construction, a better choice is to increase the amount of insulation in the walls.
There are a couple of negatives worth pointing out. The lighter grades of vinyl siding don’t always hold up well in windy conditions and can be cheap in quality. They aren’t recommended for long-term use and are sometimes chosen by homeowners who want to update their home before putting it on the market.
Secondly, while quality vinyl siding can be very attractive, if you really want the look of authentic wood that cedar siding has, you’ll need to select the real thing.