Vinyl Siding Prices Calculator

Typical Cost Range To Install Vinyl Siding Average: $5,672 - $8,193
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On average, vinyl siding prices range from $4 to 7 per square foot installed. If you are looking for a beautiful, budget friendly house siding option, vinyl is an ideal choice. It can boost the curb appeal of your home, without breaking the bank.

We will cover the cost of vinyl siding materials, accessories, professional installation, and factors that may increase the total amount you will spend.

If you are ready to replace your old siding, contact your local siding pros for FREE Estimates.

Vinyl Siding Cost Calculator

Note, estimates include siding panels, corner posts, j-channel trim, 3/8″ fanfold insulation (backer board) and all other necessary trim for lights, vents and water spigots.

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How Much Does It Cost To Install Vinyl Siding?

Homeowners across US report spending $6,000-11,000 on vinyl siding, for a 1,600 sq.ft. ranch style house.

Material prices alone can be as low as $1 per square foot and as high as $7 per square foot, for premium quality, upscale brands, such as Novik Siding. Most homeowners spend $4-5 per square foot.

You should also budget for the removal of old siding, which can run from $1,000-3,000, depending on the type of material being removed. If you have old asbestos siding, it can cost as much as $10,000+ to take it down safely.

Keep in mind that architectural design and complexity of your house will impact your total installation cost.

Vinyl Siding Price Per Square

The cost of siding is calculated on a per square basis (one square is 100 sq. ft.). Square is a term in the construction industry that is used to simplify communication between contractors, suppliers and architects, and most contractors will use squares in their pricing.

Vinyl siding is typically sold in cardboard boxes – 2 squares in each box – 24 panels, 12.5 feet long, with 8″ exposure (D4 or double 4″ lap). Though you can buy individual siding panels, the cost will be higher than if you buy a whole box.

Vinyl Siding Trim Accessories

Vinyl Siding Trim Accessories

Prices for all white Home Depot vinyl siding, trim and accessories: All trim (J-channel, F-channel, Inside and Outside Corner posts, starter and finish trim comes in 10 feet long sections. All prices for white color. Other colors typically cost 3-5% more.

  • 2 square box of “big orange” D4 .042″ clapboard vinyl siding costs $154.00 or $78 / square.
  • 3″ face (each side) corner post with 3/4″ channel is $18.98
  • Inside Corner – $12.78
  • 5/8″ J-channel costs $6.40
  • Vinyl starter strip – $5.97
  • Finish trim (top lock) – $6.38
  • Soffit (12 inch exposure, 12″ long) – $14.81
  • 8″ vinyl fascia – $15.96
  • Mounting block (for lights / electrical outlets) – $7.35
  • Recessed split mount (for water spigots and other wall protrusions) – $10.68

There are a few additional items you will also need to complete the install:

Loose roofing nails, and wall insulation (backer board) or house wrap. A bucket of 2″ loose roofing nails will cost about $25-30 and Fanfold Wall Insulation (Owens Corning Foamular 3/8 in. x 48 in. x 50 ft. – 2 square coverage) will cost $37.48.

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Cost of Vinyl Siding Accessories And Trim

Vinyl Siding Cost

In addition to the siding panels, you also need certain accessories to complete the installation and make your home look beautiful. Typically, contractors charge $3-6 per ln.ft. for the cost of accessories and installation.

Depending on what you need and the quality you choose, accessories can significantly increase your total price.

Common items are:

  • Outside Corner posts
  • Inside Corner posts
  • J-channel
  • Light/electrical box mounts
  • Water spigot and other wall protrusion mounts (split mounts)
  • Soffit
  • Fascia
  • Insulation / house wrap (for new construction)
  • Starter and finish strips

While you may not need all of the above items, every siding installation requires J-channel and corner posts to conceal the edges of the panels.

All window and door casings need J-channel trim (unless it is a new construction window or door, with a built-in J-channel).

Soffit and fascia might not be necessary if you have PVC trim on your house, but most vinyl siding jobs include these. Also, unless you are OK with having ugly holes in your siding, you probably want light and water mounts.

When you talk to contractors, be sure to ask if accessories are included, and what extras you may need to budget for.

How Siding Contractors Come Up With Their Estimates

Siding installation can be very simple and very complicated at the same time. Basically, most pros will charge a set amount per square installed.

In a nutshell, a typical contractor will charge somewhere between $450-550 per square installed (more for premium materials, difficult installation and other extras).

Also, you need to account for tear-off (typically old plastic siding, wood shingles / clapboard or aluminum siding), though if you have wooden siding, it really makes no sense to remove it.

You should just install insulation over wood siding and apply vinyl siding on top. Also, the number of window and door wraps will make a difference in the overall cost.

Note that siding can only buckle when installed incorrectly. For example, if panels are nailed too tight, when they expand, they cannot slide/move left or right – so they buckle.

There is also some really crappy installation work, which you will notice before you issue the last payment for the job. Just make sure your contractor caulks the window copping, if of course you are paying for window metal trim.

Cost to Install Vinyl Siding (1600 s.f)
$7,903 - $11,267
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Avoid Hiring Big Home Improvement Chains

Many homeowners feel more comfortable getting their siding installed by a contractor from a big home improvement store, such as such as Sears, Home Depot, Lowe’s, Bil-Ray (markets at BJ’s Club now) and other local “premium” siding joints.

These “premium siding places” make a killing on your siding installation by up-selling you into almost $1000 per square territory, telling you how they stand behind their work and so on and so forth.

In reality – these stores employ your typical siding contractor (from above) who does the same work for just over half the cost, pay them peanuts, and there is really nothing to stand behind!!!

Bottom line – whether you hire “Joe Shmo Siding Company” or a “premium joint siding company” it will be Joe Shmo or guys like him, installing your vinyl siding. Big companies do no not hire installers – they work with sub-contractors to install their siding, windows, doors, etc., and pay them on a per-square basis.

And the faster the sub-contractor finishes the work (which in return, makes quality go down), the faster they can start another project.

So it is actually in your interest to hire local guys vs. a big name company, because then the quality will be better (most of the time at least).

How Do I Know?

I was that Joe Shmo siding guy working for Bil-Ray – a Queens, NY Company that at the time had a Sears contract to do siding, doors and windows installation in New England, and (possibly) other regions of US.

Bottom line – this is not about Bil-Ray or any other of those big guys. This is about homeowners NOT getting ripped off!

Factors That Impact Siding Installation Cost

Most homeowners are not aware of important factors that will increase your siding replacement cost. Here they are:

1. Siding quality

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Not all vinyl siding is created equal. You get what you pay for. Cheaper siding is lower is quality and is less durable. It will chip, warp and get blown off a lot easier than more expensive products.

Low-end siding is also more likely to fade quickly in the sun. We recommend getting the most expensive material that you can afford, to ensure that it lasts.

Mid-range priced vinyl siding that is decent quality comes from brands such as:
Georgia Pacific vinyl siding
Alside vinyl siding
CertainTeed vinyl siding
Mastic vinyl siding.

2. Cost of labor

Another reason for the affordable price is the relatively low cost of installation. This is because vinyl siding is fairly easy to install.

Even a handy homeowner can DIY the job. Consequently, contractors that put up vinyl siding do not need any special equipment or much expertise. Therefore, they charge less for vinyl than for any other siding material.

3. Variety of profiles, from cheap to upscale

Cost of vinyl siding

Depending on how much you are willing to spend, vinyl siding can look very different! More expensive, thicker panels replicate the look of wood or James Hardie siding. They are available in different textures, colors and styles. However, cheaper, thinner panels will not look as good.

Standard vinyl siding usually overlaps and creates very noticeable seams. Many homeowners do not find this attractive, and opt for more expensive vinyl boards, if they can afford it.

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Most Homeowners Spent Between: Most People Spent: $6,326 - $7,645
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About Leo B

Leo has been a contractor since 2003, specializing in: roofing, siding, general contracting (GC) and residential remodeling. Leo is also a Certified HVAC, Oil & Gas Heating Technician/Installer. In addition to roofing and remodeling, Leo is passionate about Solar, green building and energy conservation, so a lot of my time and energy goes to installing energy efficient heating and cooling systems.

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11 comments on “Vinyl Siding Prices Calculator

  1. Garry

    Appreciate your input. I have been doing renovations for years and still get amazed at how aluminum covers up what I call crime scenes, rotted or compromised wood, crown where u need to re work fascia, etc…. Hidden costs for real. Vinyl is easy to install but when u are up 20 foot risk is involved so get as much as possible!

  2. Jeff F.

    Thanks so much for the quick feedback and information. Sincerely appreciated. I will go with wider PVC trim, replace fascia and 12′ siding. I plan on waiting until September for quotes, should be more workers available and hopefully more product available. One last question, if you feel OK answering specific product questions, is Royal Woodland @ .046″ something you’d feel comfortable installing? Thanks again.

    1. Leo B Post author

      Hey Jeff,

      By “comfortable installing” do you mean as an installer, or putting it on my house?

      As and installer, it makes little difference whether it’s 0.044″, 0.046″ or 0.048″ siding (except for winter installs, when thicker siding is more likely to crack when you cut it).

      As far as putting it on the house, I would actually put the thinnest siding. I don’t see any benefit of paying more for thick panels.

      As for Royal Woodland – i never worked with this product. Most of my siding work I did with Alside siding. I liked it because it is all new vinyl (no recycled stuff), which means solid color all the way through, where as some other manufacturers who use recycled vinyl will have a think coat of color, and the rest is “colorless” recycled filler.

      Good luck.

  3. Jeff Falkowski

    Leo: Am residing 30 year old thin vinyl siding with Royal Woodland .046″ siding (about $160 per square), darker siding (gray). Had great installer do roof a few years ago and, as they did my neighbors roof, they noticed a fascia piece off second story (cape house) and simply came over and replaced for free. They also do siding. Here are a couple questions.

    1. Is that a good sign, free facia, that they will do as well at siding?
    2. How many estimates do you recommend?
    3. Will have white trim, is it worth going 5″ versus 3″ trim (corners/windows) or is the cost not worth it?
    4. Should I have fascia and soffits replaced or only if absolutely needed (I need new gutters)?
    5. Is it worth paying extra for longer pieces (have 24×24 garage) as Woodland has 25′ pieces?


    1. Leo B Post author

      Hey Jeff,

      That’s a nice sales / customer acquisition tactic. I’ve not heard of it before 🙂 To answer your questions:

      1) I am not sure I understand correctly. However, if they did a good job on the roof and fascia, they will probably do a good job with siding.

      2) Before COVID, i would recommend 3 quotes. However, now things have changed, where prices went up, contractors have hard time finding workers (thanks to uncle Joe’s continued covid payments, workers don’t want to work). I hear that from MANY contractors that I work with. Also contractors get busy, distructed, and whatnot, and many won’t even send you a quote, after doing the in person estimate (personal experience). So yea – get 5-7 estimates. 3 may actually give you a quote 🙂

      3) Corners look much better with 5″ trim. Windows are better with 3″ trim – that is my personal opinion. Do what you think looks better. Is trim going to be solid PVC or wood with metal coping?

      4) Soffits are mostly decorative. Solid fascia is important. Replace fascia with 5/4 AZEK or other high density solid PVC board. Don’t do wood + metal wrap. Wood will eventually rot again.

      5) Most vinyl siding pieces are 12′ … most people do not notice the seams, and good installers should make seams face away from typical human paths so to say, so that you won’t see them. If you are very particular about seams, do 24′ … however I would not do that. It’s not worth the extra money (to me) and may be an issue with expansion / contraction of such long runs.

      Good luck

  4. laurie

    Thank you for the info. i have a question though. Trying to keep costs down. Three sides of my house are stucco. One of which has nothing, due to zero property line. Would it have to have siding?

    1. Leo B Post author


      You want to have siding not just for looks. Siding protects your house. So yes you should have something on then 4th side

  5. Ana Zambra-K

    Thank you for your complete analysis report. We need to replace few places that are bucking out. Should we get them repaired or should we change the whole house frontvwhere the sliding cynic covers are situated?

  6. Connie S.

    This is a great tool. I thought I would give you current HD pricing as of 4-25-15.Here they are in the same order as above. 159.00, 19.36, 13.20, 5.97, 6.20. 10% more for colors all special order.