Vinyl siding on homes, office buildings, and other commercial spaces offers a durable finish that replicates the look of wood at a lower cost. Vinyl siding comes in a variety of siding styles, including horizontal lap boards, board and batten, shingles, and more. Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), which is easy for manufacturers to work with and can be molded into an array of shapes and textures. It is an ideal material for siding because it combines durability with flexibility and ease of use. Vinyl siding works on single- or multistory homes. Homeowners can purchase the siding materials or a professional contractor can provide the siding. The cost of installing siding depends less on the size of the home and more on the amount of siding the customer will use, says Jim Hadley of Hadley & Son Home Exteriors in Joshua, Texas. Homeowners can cover their entire home or just the soffit and fascia with vinyl siding and trim. Vinyl is sold by the linear foot for trim and by the square (which is a term used in roofing and is the equivalent of 100 square feet) for siding. Various other factors affect the overall costs of installing vinyl siding.
Vinyl siding comes in several grades and thicknesses including economy grade, builder’s grade, medium grade and higher-end upgraded options. Although it varies by manufacturer, higher-grade thicker vinyl typically costs more. Thicker vinyl offers more style and design options and is generally more durable and weather resistant. Thicker premium siding is also often insulation backed, which can improve the energy efficiency of your home and dampen noise.
The grade of vinyl siding used affects the total cost per square foot. Here is a cost breakdown from Hadley & Son Home Exteriors for medium grade vinyl siding:
Medium grade vinyl siding: $5 per square foot
Includes ⅜-inch insulation, plus materials and labor.
- Economy grade can be $1 less per square foot but doesn’t look as good or last nearly as long.
- Wrapping and preparing areas such as doors or windows cost extra. Hadley & Son Home Exteriors charges $75 per window, depending on the window size. This price includes wrapping labor as well as metal and caulking. Some contractors include this task in the total cost per square foot for a siding job.
Not all vinyl siding has insulation. Purchasing insulation-backed siding or adding insulation prior to installing standard siding increases the cost of the project, but can provide long-term savings in heating and cooling costs. Here are some examples of insulation costs from Hadley & Son Home Exteriors:
¼-inch insulation: $13 per square, which is $1.30 per square foot
- ¾-inch insulation: $60 per square, which is $6 per square foot
These prices don’t include the labor to prep and nail it up.
An insulating material's resistance to conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value. The higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. The R-value depends on the type of insulation, its thickness and its density. This table shows what levels of insulation are best for different for different climates and locations.
Larger companies have more overhead, including vehicles, multiple brick-and-mortar locations and other business operation costs, that can result in higher vinyl siding installation costs than smaller businesses. "We’re a one man and two sons show," says Hadley of Hadley & Son Home Exteriors, “We are about $10 per square cheaper than some of the major companies because we don’t have the same overhead.” Geographic location, regional labor costs and cost of living for the region also affect the overall cost of installing vinyl siding.
Soffits and fascia
Vinyl soffits and fascia are types of trim that serve a decorative purpose and protect a house from harsh weather. A soffit is the layer underneath a roof or porch overhang. A fascia is the finishing edge along the gutters and connecting points to the roof that protects the wood underneath from rot and weather. Costs for installing vinyl soffits and fascia depend on what grade of vinyl is used, whether there is insulation on the vinyl and the size of the project. Hadley & Son Home Exteriors charges $12–$15 per lineal foot for 3.5-inch trim on a roof overhang. A larger board size will cost more per lineal foot.
Removing damaged siding
Costs also increase if the contractor needs to remove damaged or old siding before starting a new install. In addition, if there is rotten or damaged wood beneath the old siding, costs will increase further for more labor and materials to do the repairs. Some companies charge by the hour to remove old or damaged siding. for removal costs. Hadley & Son Home Exteriors $20 per square (100 square feet) to remove old siding.