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The Cost of Vinyl Siding: Understanding the Average Price to Install

By on January 19, 2023

Considering installing some vinyl siding on your home? Pricing up the job can be a tricky process as costs vary wildly from project to project, and state to state. We’ve created this helpful guide to provide some average prices, factors to consider before installation, plus the pros and cons of vinyl siding.

Overall Average Price To Install Vinyl Siding.

Installing vinyl siding on your home can be a low-cost way to update its appearance while also increasing its energy efficiency. The national average cost for this type of project ranges from $7,500 to $16,000, with most homeowners spending somewhere around $11,000 or $12,000 for 1,500 square feet of siding. The cost depends on the type of siding you select, as well as the size of your home and any extra features you want to include. A simple installation of thin horizontal lap siding, for example, can cost around $4,500 for 1,000 square feet, whereas a more complicated installation with insulated siding, shingle-look planks, and faux-stone accents can cost up to $25,000 for 2,000 square feet.

  • Low-end installations: $4,500.
  • The national average for installation: $11,000.
  • High-end installations: $25,000

Average Cost of Vinyl Siding by Square Foot

Vinyl siding is typically sold and installed by the square foot. The material can cost between $2 and $10 per square foot, with installation costs ranging between $2.15 and $5.25 per square foot. This means that the total cost for vinyl siding, including materials and labor, can range from $4.15 to $15.25 per square foot. The wide price range is due to the variety of vinyl siding options available.

Thin, low-quality horizontal planks are less expensive than insulated, designer vinyl that looks like shingles, stone, or brick. You’re certainly going to pay for style if that’s what you want. You definitely need to balance the cost with the desired look and durability of the vinyl you choose.

Prices tend to scale based on area, without much of a discount applied for larger areas due to material and installation costs. The list below outlines some averages:

  • 500 sq. ft. $2,075 – $7,625
  • 1,000 sq. ft. $4,150 – $15,250
  • 1,500 sq. ft. $6,225 – $22,875
  • 2,000 sq. ft. $8,300 – $30,500
  • 2,500 sq. ft. $10,375 – $38,125

Factors that Affect the Cost of Vinyl Siding

As you can imagine, there are a large number of factors that influence the cost of vinyl siding. These are the ones that you’ll usually come across when undertaking a project.

Vinyl Material Type and Style

When selecting vinyl siding for your home, keep in mind that the thickness, profile, and other elements of the siding can all affect the cost of the material. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of grades, ranging from thin builder grade to superthick grade.

In general, higher-quality, thicker vinyl siding will cost more than lower-grade options. Insulated vinyl siding or specially profiled vinyl molded to look like wood shakes, rounded Victorian scallops, brick, stone, or logs will be more expensive.

Home Size

The cost of siding a house varies greatly depending on its size and the complexity of the project. Larger homes, in general, will require more materials and labor, resulting in higher costs. For example, siding on a 1,000-square-foot home can cost between $3,000 and $12,000, while siding on a 2,000-square-foot home can cost twice as much.

Due to the additional materials and labor required, homes with more complex cuts and applications, such as a second story, eaves, gables, and corners, will be more expensive to side.

Vinyl Panel Width

Unlike wood siding, which is sold in individual planks, vinyl siding is sold in panels that are made up of multiple rows. When we talk about width we are referring to the overall size of the panel, not the size of the individual rows.

Depending on the style, vinyl siding widths can range from 4″ to 12″. In general, width has no true effect on the price, however, some styles, such as faux board and batten, are typically made of wider panels and can cost more, ranging from $5.50 to $10 per square foot. A 4″ or 5″ wide panel, on the other hand, can cost between $2 and $10 per square foot.

Vinyl Siding Brand

As with any sort of material or item, the brand certainly has an impact on the price of vinyl siding. Some brands, such as Georgia Pacific or Wolverine, offer siding at the more budget end of the market. Rollex and Alside, who manufacture thicker, more durable siding, are considerably more expensive, but they do make for a stunning exterior home renovation.

Local Labor Costs

Labor costs vary wildly across the US, in some states you’ll find labor at a considerably lower cost than in others. The lowest labor cost tends to be around the $2.15 per square foot mark, whereas in more expensive areas you could be paying as much as $5.25 per square foot. You’ll also need to consider the time of year to install the vinyl. If you’re completing your project during the warmer months, labor will be more expensive.

Vinyl Siding Pros and Cons

If you’re simply weighing up whether to invest in vinyl siding for your property or not, there are certainly some pros and cons to it to consider.

Vinyl Siding Pros

  • It’s incredibly low maintenance.
  • It’s so durable that it’ll likely last between 20-40 years.
  • Vinyl siding doesn’t rot or get damaged by insects.
  • You don’t need to repaint or restrain it as it keeps its color over time.
  • You can pick the style and material likeness of your choosing.

Vinyl Siding Cons

  • If you live in a place that gets extreme weather then your vinyl may warp, crack or bend.
  • It can often be purely aesthetic without increasing the value of the property.
  • Vinyl can suffer water damage, but not as much as wood.
  • It’s typically not made from natural materials.

Key Takeaways

There you have it, the comprehensive guide to the average price of vinyl siding installation. There are lots of factors to consider, take your time and talk to local contractors to receive the best advice and information.

  • Prices vary from state to state, what distant friends pay might not be similar to your prices quoted.
  • Much of the cost comes down to the quality of the material you choose.

If you’re looking for a dependable expert for impartial advice, contact All County Exteriors today.

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