What Is The Average Cost Of Vinyl Siding?

What is the average cost of vinyl siding? Vinyl siding has the lowest cost on a first installation and on a life cycle basis. Vinyl siding has the lowest cost of first time installation and on a life cycle...

Vinyl siding has the lowest cost of first time installation and on a life cycle basis, says Walt Hoyt who is the director of marketing and communications for CertainTeed Siding Products. CertainTeed is the number one manufacturer of building materials from a brand awareness and usage standpoint. "It is a very good value and has a great durability," he says.

According to the website Esmarts.com, vinyl siding costs less than wood siding or aluminum siding. The added benefits of vinyl siding are that it lasts longer, and is easier to maintain. Vinyl siding doesn't ever need painting, so a homeowner will save labor costs and maintenance costs in the future. It typically cost less to install than any other siding. Vinyl siding will never chip, rot, or dent and is durable. To keep siding looking new, spray it occasionally with water and a cleaner. "It gives a home a consistent, attractive appearance, improves home insulation for warmer winters and cooler summers, offers outstanding resistance to harsh weather with hardly any deterioration, and protects home from moisture, air pollution, excessive heat and cold," states the website for community bargains.

Vinyl siding was first introduced as a replacement for aluminum siding. When it was first introduced it cracked, faded, buckled, and sagged. Since then, ongoing research has made the product and installation techniques better. According to the website, Thisoldhouse.com, it is used on 32% of the U.S. siding market for new homes. The reason, typically, is because it is cheaper then wood or redwood and is economical to install. "A mid-grade vinyl costs about $1.60 per square foot to install, not including the necessary trim pieces, while the installed price of mid-grade cedar clapboard, exclusive of trim and pain, is about 2.5 times higher," says Mark Feirer on the website. A higher grade of vinyl is a little more costly, but the labor is still economical because it doesn't need to be painted and is easy to install. The money spent on paint alone over a 20 year period is enough money to seriously consider another alternative, vinyl," says Hoyt. Some vinyl siding products are so energy efficient they have the stamp approval of the energy star label . "If you think about how much someone will pay on light bills over a twenty year period, it is another reason to consider vinyl," he says.

According to the website Toolbase.org, when using premium grade vinyl siding, the exterior wall insulation is improved, depending on the system and profiles chosen, with air flow resistance, and better sound control properties. Solid core siding systems cost 30% more than conventional vinyl siding or about the same as siding over foam sheathing, which is an insulation. By upgrading to a premium vinyl siding, the benefits in the long run will help a homeowner to save money. It is very important to consider both the cost of materials and labor when evaluating the price of vinyl siding to other types of sidings. Typically, vinyl installation labor costs are pretty economical compared to others.

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