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How Much Does Vinyl Siding Cost?

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More often than not, a homeowner will replace the siding on their home once, maybe twice, in their lifetime. So it’s no wonder that many homeowners don’t know how much to budget for a vinyl siding replacement project.

So how much will installing vinyl siding cost? According to HomeAdvisor, installing vinyl siding on your home can cost anywhere from $5,748 to $13,583. But that takes a lot of different factors into consideration. This blog will guide you through the different factors that affect the cost of vinyl siding, from siding style choices to labor and installation.

But first, how do you know if you even need to replace your siding?

When is it time to replace your siding?

All siding will eventually need to be repaired or replaced. How do you know it’s time? You may notice some tell-tale signs, such as cracks or mold and mildew. Additionally, exposure to extreme temperatures can cause warping and buckling. If you’ve noticed any of these issues, then it may be time to replace your siding.

What factors affect the cost of vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding costs can vary greatly based on your preferences. In order to understand how much you should be paying for new vinyl siding, it's important to understand what the different costs associated with it. Here are the four main variables that factor into vinyl siding cost.

1. The vinyl siding style you choose can affect the cost of your siding replacement.

With so many siding styles on the market choosing the perfect style for your home can be overwhelming. Add to that, different siding styles can impact the cost of your siding installation. For example, insulated siding is more expensive than standard lap siding because of its energy-saving properties. So it’s incredibly important to research and talk to a pro about the differences in installation cost.

Here are the different siding styles you may want to consider.

Insulated siding

The ultimate choice when looking for exceptional energy efficiency, insulated siding is tough and boasts natural beauty. Insulated siding is the way to go for homeowners looking for superior comfort and performance.

Lap Siding

The most popular cladding for homes,horizontal (or traditional) lap siding style has been on-trend for centuries. It mimics the look and shadow lines of fresh painted wood plank. Personalize your home with a selection of wood grain textures that will amp up your home's curb appeal.

Pro tip: Narrower profiles like a 4-inch and 5-inch lap siding, could be used on smaller homes to add a sense of scale or a richer texture. Wider profiles like an 8-inch panel may help large homes feel less imposing.

Vertical Siding

Board and Batten profiles mimic the time-honored style of siding a home with wide vertical boards and then hiding the seams with narrow battens. The vertical lines of Board and Batten siding can create a unique look and can make a home appear to stand a little taller.

Board and Batten can also be used to accentuate architectural features like gables or complement brick and stone. Use it as an accent element or outfit your entire home.

Cedar Shake Siding

A style that’s been incorporated on home exteriors throughout America’s history, vinyl shake siding has an authentic cedar shake appearance, without the maintenance of real wood.

2. The size of your house can affect the price of siding.

The size of your house is an obvious factor that will affect the cost of your siding. The larger your house, the more labor and material the project will require.

3. Accessories will factor into your siding budget.

Accessories and details such as moulding, trim and soffit will add up. Budgeting for these accessories at the start of your project will allow you more flexibility in the customization of the exterior of your home. Here are five accents you should consider when replacing your siding:

  1. Trim and moulding – Exterior trim and moulding increases curb appeal and gives the exterior of your home a more polished, unified look.
  2. Gable and utility vents – Gable vents allow heat to escape in the summer and prevent the formation of condensation during the winter. Utility vents allow for proper airflow in a specific area of the home.
  3. Door surrounds – Door surrounds add classic architecture and charm to the entrance of your home. Just by adding pilasters and a decorative pediment and urn to your entry door, you can transform the look of your home.
  4. Window casings – Window casings are the trim that go around the windows. Window casings can subtly enhance the look of your windows as well as seal the window frame and block cold air from entering your home.
  5. Shutters – Shutters frame your windows and add instant curb appeal.

4. Siding installation cost is the most important factor to consider.

While installing your own vinyl siding may seem like a good way to keep your budget down, you may end up spending more if you don’t know what you’re doing. No matter the quality of your vinyl siding, it will not perform the way it should if it is not properly installed, which could impact your warranty.

For best results, hire a general contractor or a vinyl siding specialist to handle the installation.