Vinyl siding costs about $4-$7 per square foot to install. The total cost to install vinyl siding on your home will depend on the house's size, whether you want insulated or non-insulated siding, labor costs in your area and other factors. For example, the cost for a medium-grade vinyl siding project with 3/8-inch insulation is $5 per square foot.
Vinyl siding cost:
|Non-insulated vinyl siding||$4-$5/sq. ft.|
|Insulated vinyl siding||$6-$7/sq. ft.|
Source: Gordian/RS Means. Costs are rounded to the nearest dollar and include material and labor to demolish and install 10-inch non-insulated solid vinyl and insulated solid vinyl siding panels.
Vinyl siding is a popular choice for many homeowners. It's affordable, easy to maintain and versatile — you can find vinyl siding in many different styles, colors and grades. However, prices can fluctuate depending on these characteristics. Keep reading to learn more about the different price factors and how to estimate the total cost of vinyl siding for your next home project.
What's in this cost guide?
Vinyl siding square foot prices range from $1-$6. However, prices can be lower (or higher) if you choose to reinstall your vinyl siding or demolish it and install new siding.
Vinyl siding prices per square foot:
|Install only||$4-$6/sq. ft.|
|Demolish and install||$5-$7/sq. ft.|
Source: Gordian/RS Means. Costs are rounded to the nearest dollar and include material and labor to install 10-inch non-insulated solid vinyl and insulated solid vinyl siding panels.
Vinyl siding prices are typically calculated on a square-foot basis. However, they're sometimes priced by the square. Each "square" covers 100 square feet. The cost of vinyl siding per square is roughly $180-$200, according to the Craftsman National Construction Estimator.
|Siding materials||Cost per square|
The cost per square (or per square foot) ultimately depends on the grade, materials and style that you want.
Using the $4-$6 square foot price to install vinyl siding, here's a look at how much it might cost to install vinyl siding to your house:
|Total square footage||Estimated cost range|
Keep in mind that a siding contractor will measure your home to ensure you have enough material to cover it. However, you can do some measurements on your own to get a rough idea of how much siding you'll need. For example:
- Measure the height and width of your home's exterior to get the total square footage.
- Measure your doors, windows and other areas that will not be covered by siding as well.
- Then, subtract the uncovered areas from the total amount.
- Add an extra 5-10% of siding just in case you make any mistakes. (It's also a good idea to order additional siding for future repairs or replacement).
Vinyl siding materials cost approximately $70-$90 per square (or $0.70-$0.90 per square foot). Thickness and color will impact vinyl siding prices, too. Here's a look at how thickness and color impact cost:
|Thickness and color||Cost per square|
|.040" (light colors)||$180|
|.040" (dark colors)||$204|
|.042" (light colors)||$198|
|.042" (dark colors)||$202|
|.044" (most colors)||$201|
Source: Craftsman. Costs are rounded to the nearest dollar.
Materials and style options
Vinyl siding can mimic the look of exterior wood siding at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Unlike wood, it doesn't need painting, it won't warp or twist, and it can stand up to termites. It lasts 20-40 years, so the long-term cost is low.
There are three basic types of vinyl siding. Each mimics a different type of wood siding, and siding installation prices vary by style:
Board and batten designs look like alternating narrow and wide wood planks. It's sometimes called barn siding, and it gives a home a classic look.
Shake looks like the wood shingles found in traditional architecture. It comes in a variety of shingle shapes and sizes, including:
- Rough split shake, which has irregularly sized shingles that look hand-hewn like cedar siding
- Round cuts, also called fish scale or half-round shingles that go with Victorian or bungalow-style homes
- Classic shake that has uniformly sized shingles
Clapboard has a profile that imitates horizontal boards. It's also called "traditional lap" or "horizontal lap board."
In addition to wood-style siding, vinyl stone siding is also available in various stone colors, shapes and textures. Stone siding is pricier than the vinyl siding styles listed above and will increase the total cost of your project.
With many vinyl siding installation projects, labor costs will be higher than material costs. For example, the Craftsman National Construction Estimator reports that labor costs are roughly $1 per square foot (or $100 per square). However, labor rates will vary depending on where you live. Don't be alarmed if some contractors charge $2-$4 per square foot, especially if you live in a city with a high cost of living.
There are four grades of vinyl siding, and they're measured by their thickness. The thicker the material, the higher the siding cost — and the better it will insulate your home:
- Builder grade, also called economy siding, is .04 inches thick
- Thin residential grade vinyl is .042 inches thick
- Thick residential vinyl is .046 inches thick
- Super-thick grade vinyl is .05 inches thick
Soffits and fascia are types of trim. The soffit covers the underside of an eave, and a fascia covers the band under the edge of the roof. You can get vinyl soffits and fascias.
Costs vary, but Hadley & Son Home Exteriors in Joshua, Texas, charges $12-$15 per linear foot for trim.
Shutters come in vinyl, too. You can get raised panel, louvered and board and batten shutters. You can also get transom and arch tops. You can buy them in a range of colors, and you can paint them later if you want a new look.
Buy the right amount.
An installer will calculate exactly how much siding your home needs, and they'll do so by measuring the area of your house's exterior in feet.
Siding is sold by the square — with a square being enough to cover 100 square feet. The typical 2,300-square foot house will need around 20 squares of siding. Many companies will give free estimates.
Get it installed correctly.
Let a pro do the installing job. If your old siding is in good shape, the new vinyl can go over it. But if your old siding is damaged, it needs to come off the house and the wall behind it needs to be checked for water damage.
Texas-based Hadley & Son charges $20 per square (100 square feet) to remove old siding before installing new vinyl siding. If you're taking off the old siding, install a moisture barrier beneath the new siding, and add flashing around doors and windows to keep water out.
Take care of it so it lasts.
Vinyl siding lasts between 20 and 40 years, depending on its thickness. However, it's susceptible to leaks, particularly where it meets windows and doors. Keep an eye out for mold or mildew on siding, warping or loose pieces of siding. If you spot any of these problems, call a professional to make repairs before the leaky siding turns into thousands of dollars in structural damage to your home.
Additional factors affect total siding costs. Choose vinyl siding with an eye on these features that can make it stronger and more attractive.
Double nailing hem
Good vinyl siding has a double-layered mounting hem, meaning it's thicker where it's nailed to the house. This gives the panels a stronger grip on the house exterior and provides better resistance to high wind than a single-layer hem. It's a must if you live in the hurricane belt or any area prone to tornadoes.
Deep lap profiles
For clapboard-style vinyl siding, a profile that's ¾-inch or higher looks more like real wood. That's because it casts a wider shadow between the faux planks. Deeper laps are also more rigid and won't be wavy-looking when put on the house.
Some siding is backed with insulation. If you buy non-insulated siding, you can install thin foam inserts in the clapboards or thicker foam panels on the house before the siding is hung. The foam backing also makes the siding more rigid so that it hangs better.
Standard siding panels are 12 feet long. Longer panels are 16 feet long. Longer panels reduce the number of seams on the wall, making the siding look better.
Finding a professional to install vinyl siding start with a quick yet thorough search online. When you find siding contractors near you, do the following:
- Read customer reviews and ratings. Keep track of which contractors have consistently positive reviews.
- Look at their past projects. Make sure the pro has experience working with vinyl siding on a similar-sized home by browsing through photos of their previous work.
- Get multiple free estimates: Knowing a general price range for your project will give you the confidence to hire a pro that's not over- or under-charging.
Find siding contractors on Thumbtack
If you're convinced vinyl siding is the right option for you, start searching for contractors on Thumbtack today. But if you're still deciding on which type of siding is the best, don't hesitate to reach out to pros and get free estimates on several types. Many siding contractors have experience installing different siding materials and can help you with your project.