Are you looking for accurate vinyl siding prices for your house renovation project?
This calculator will give you industry average figures of materials and labor costs for low-end, mid-range and high-end vinyl siding cost. Materials 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.
In general, it can be a challenge for homeowners to find any accurate siding costs online.
Even the big home improvement chains are horrible at providing this information on their websites. When you find the product you like, you will not know how much material you will get for a given price.
In this guide, we will break down vinyl siding prices for materials and installation, so you can create an accurate budget for your project.
Types Of Vinyl Siding
In general, vinyl siding is so popular because of the wide variety of profiles and styles available.
Vinyl can be divided into the following groups:
Clapboard Siding: this is the most popular product among homeowners. It is basically horizontal panels that resemble cedar horizontal siding, and come in three thickness groups, which make it low-end, mid-range and high-end materials. Each board is straight and overlaps the one below it.
Dutch Lap Siding: these boards are beveled on the top half at a 45-degree angle. As a result, they offer more visual appeal than plain clap board siding and are a higher – end product.
Board and Batten Vertical Siding: as the name suggests, this siding type is installed vertically. It replicates the centuries old, natural wood board and batten siding. There are wide sections (boards) and narrow raised strips (battens). It is possible to clad the entire home with this type of siding, or use it an interesting accent on a house clad with horizontal siding.
Shingles and Shakes Siding: these are upscale vinyl varieties that masterfully replicate the look and feel of natural wood shingles and shake siding. Different manufacturers offers a variety of sizes and shapes for this siding. It is most often used as an accent, but can also be installed over the entire house.
Vinyl Siding Materials And Trim
Typical vinyl siding thicknesses are .042″, .044″ and .046″ respectively. For the purposes of this guide we will use the basic clap-board .042″ thickness vinyl siding, with 1/2″ bump-out (how much it sticks out), and we will use publicly available vinyl siding prices from national home improvement chain’s website (big orange box), which sells “generic” brand vinyl siding.
In addition to the siding panels, you would also need certain accessories to complete the installation and make your home look beautiful. These accessories are:
- Outside Corner posts
- Inside Corner posts
- Light/electrical box mounts
- Water spigot and other wall protrusion mounts (split mounts)
- Insulation / house wrap (for new construction)
- Starter and finish strips
All these accessories are needed to complete a vinyl siding installation, though they might not be needed for every house. Still, you will always need J-channel and corner posts to conceal the edges of the siding 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 a 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.
Secret 1: Average Vinyl Siding Installation Cost
Siding installation can be very simple and very complicated at the same time. Basically, most contractors will charge a set amount per square of siding installed, and you can use our siding estimator to calculate your siding installation cost.
In a nutshell, a typical siding contractor will charge somewhere between $450-550 per square installed (more for premium siding, 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.
Unlike roofing installation, where your roof can leak and cause tons of damages, siding can only buckle when installed incorrectly. For example, if siding is nailed too tight, when a panel expands, it cannot slide/move left or right, it buckles. There is also some really crappy installation work, which you as a homeowner will notice before you issue the last payment for the job. Just make sure your contractor caulks the window copping when they install your siding (if of course you are paying them for window metal trim).
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Secret 2: Avoid Big Home Improvement Chains: They Will Sub-out All Work
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 actually is 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.
Bil-Ray lost that Sears contract around 2006-2007 due to (in my opinion) mismanagement, theft, drug abuse by management, bad overall performance, complaints, etc. Actually, they did not tell us the exact reason why Sears did not renew their contract with Bil-Ray Aluminum, but I saw what was going on in our office (Pawtucket, RI), and I’ve seen how this business works from the inside, and yes – we got peanuts for our work (very little money that is). And oh boy, do I have some stories to tell 😀 …
But these are not my stores to tell – just search for “Bil-Ray Aluminum Siding Corp” and read multiple RipOffReport and ScamBook reports about them.
I want to also make 1 point – Bill Ray has done some good installs as well. And they are not the only company which is like what I describe above. I just happened to work for them – I’m sure every big company listed above (and others) has similar problems with sub-quality work (pun intended).
Bottom line – this is not about Bil-Ray or any other of those big guys. This is about homeowners NOT getting ripped off!
Secret 3: How are Vinyl Siding Prices Calculated?
The cost of siding materials 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.
Prices for all white 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
This list pretty much covers all vinyl siding prices. You will need to add you state or local sales tax to this price, at checkout.
There are a few additional items you will need to install your vinyl siding:
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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Published/updated on: November 21, 2017