How much does vinyl siding cost ?

Vinyl siding is not what it used to be. When it first became popular in the 1990’s, there was only one style and just a few colors to choose from. Now, just about any new home built uses vinyl siding. With it in such a high demand, manufacturers have done what they can to capture the market by developing many different types and styles. There are slight differences in pricing for the different styles of vinyl siding; however, the main price for replacing vinyl siding is based on the overall size of the house.

Many different styles of vinyl siding have appeared over the years. In addition to traditional vinyl siding, you can now purchase it is just about any style that replicates other materials such as brick or wood. Vinyl siding also now comes in many different colors and shades so you can choose the exact matching pattern for the décor of your house. Here are a few styles that are the most popular and the prices for each.

Traditional Vinyl Siding Prices.

The most common vinyl siding on the market is referred to as traditional vinyl siding. This is the siding that was originally marketed and sold and has become very popular with home builders and home owners. This siding overlaps when installed on the home and comes in many different size pieces for easy shaping. There are a wide range of colors for traditional vinyl siding and most home improvement stores keep it in stock. This is the most cost effective siding to choose as contractors have easy access to wholesale traditional vinyl siding as it is so common. For traditional vinyl siding, plan on spending approximately $2 to $5 per square foot for materials and installation.

Cedar Shake Siding Prices.

Cedar shake siding is exactly like it is named. It is vinyl siding but replicates older cedar siding. This is a very popular siding for houses built in rural areas and is also often used as an accent for upper portions of homes (e.g., dressing up a Victorian style home). Cedar shake siding looks just like the real thing and comes in all of the same colors as real cedar siding (e.g., natural, dark brown, red). Price for cedar shake siding will run you approximately $4 to $7 per square foot which includes installation.

Brick Vinyl Siding Prices.

Brick vinyl siding is also named after the material that it represents. Made out of the same material as other vinyl siding, brick vinyl siding replicates many different types of bricks and stones that are used on more expensive homes. Instead of using the actual brinks or stone on the exterior wall, brick vinyl siding can be applied to give your house the same look. Installation of brick vinyl siding will run a little bit more as a little extra cutting is needed to ensure proper overlay and fitting. The approximate cost which includes both material and installation will be approximately $6 to $9 per square foot.

Installation Cost.

If you have already purchased your siding and are just looking for someone to install it, then plan on spending approximately $2 to $5 per square foot. If you are considering purchasing your own siding, keep in mind that contractors can purchase in bulk and often give you a better price than you can get at your local home improvement store.

Additional Price Consideration.

If you are using vinyl siding to replace metal siding, make sure that you check with your local scrapyard. Chances are that the aluminum is worth something in scrap. You can either see if they will come pick it up and pay you for it or you can work something out with your contractor and they could remove it for you (and give you a little price break on the work as well). If your old siding does not have any scrap value, you will need to calculate the price for someone to haul it away.

When replacing vinyl siding, there are many extras that you can consider such as crown molding and corner trim. As there are many different styles of vinyl trim, you can choose to make your house look traditional or dress it up with these extras. You can also customize your house to include several different types of vinyl siding. One suggestion is to use brick vinyl siding on the bottom of the house, traditional vinyl siding on the middle, and cedar shake siding on the top.

To get a better idea of costs, here are some siding estimates from professionals. 

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