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Vinyl Siding Costs

Vinyl siding costDon’t let your remodeling budget go over-board by hidden surprises – understand what the average installed costs for Vinyl Siding is in your zip code by using our handy calculator.

As an experienced licensed home improvement contractor, I know first hand what it should cost for various levels — from Basic, Better, and of course the best.

This vinyl siding cost estimator will provide you with up to date pricing for your area. Simply enter your zip code and the square footage, next click update and you will see a breakdown on what it should cost to have vinyl siding installed onto your home.

Vinyl Siding Costs Zip Code Sq. ft.
Basic Better Best
Material Prices $120.00 – $192.00 $168.00 – $252.00 $240.00 – $336.00
Installation Cost $252.00 – $384.00 $360.00 – $516.00 $504.00 – $648.00
Total $372.00 – $576.00 $528.00 – $768.00 $744.00 – $984.00
Vinyl Siding – Total Average Cost per square foot $3.95 $5.40 $7.20

How Much Does Vinyl Siding Cost on Average?

Vinyl siding will cost you anywhere from $3.50 to $7.50 per square foot installed for an average 1,500 square ft. home with installation. In other words, the total cost will be $5,250 to $11,250 for a cape-style or split ranch home. The siding cost is dependent on style and thickness ratings.

Vinyl siding prices from top-rated manufacturers:

The following table provides an overview of what a standard basic white 0.42 thickness vinyl siding costs with today’s leading manufacturers. The prices will vary depending on region and should be regarded as basic average vinyl siding prices.

As a standard practice, contractors use the term: “Squares” when calculating their prices. One square will amount to: 10′ feet by 10′ feet of coverage, or 100 square feet.

There are additional factors that can affect the price of your vinyl siding installation. Level of difficulty.  If your home is a standard 1 story box home without much detail, you should expect prices in the table below. If your home is a cape-style home, or a Victorian style home with one or more levels, expect the price to be much higher.

If your home isn’t a basic home, you should get a free-estimate to see what it would cost you.

Vinyl Siding Prices By Manufacturer

Vinyl Siding Manufacturer Unit Price Per 1 Square (Supply Only) Vinyl Siding Price W/Installation
Certainteed Vinyl Siding (D4 basic white) $87.00 $260.00
Georgia Pacific Vinyl Siding (D4 basic white)
$79.00 $237.00
Alside Vinyl Siding (D4 basic white) $84.00 $252.00
Alcoa Vinyl Siding (D4 basic white) $78.00 $234.00
Mastic Vinyl Siding (D4 basic white) $82.00 $250.00

Vinyl Siding Price Factors: Accessories can make or break a budget and it would be in your best interest to hire a pro to help guide you through the process.

The table below will list all of the factors that are being built right into the quote, or per “square” of vinyl siding.

Vinyl Siding Accessories Cost

Vinyl Siding Accessories Unit Price Each (Supply Only)
Light/electrical box mounts $12.97
Starter and finish strips
$6.87
Insulation 3/8 fan-fold iso 2SQ
$40.00
Water spigot and split mounts $8.47
Outside Corner posts $19.97
Inside Corner posts $14.65
J-channel $7.35
Vinyl Soffit (Per foot)
$15.75
Aluminum Fascia (Per foot)
$13.00

What are the benefits of vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding has several advantages. It can be molded into a variety of forms and textures to resemble other siding types, such as wood, stone, brick, clapboard, or cedar shakes — and the costs will vary from each style choice with clapboard being the cheapest.

If you didn’t know already, Vinyl siding is a low-maintenance and versatile option that has both utilitarian and aesthetic benefits.

What does vinyl siding have to offer:

  • Longevity — Many types of vinyl maintain their appearance for decades, with minimal damage from the elements.
  • Low Maintenance — Vinyl siding requires little, if any maintenance and lasts longer than other types of siding. It’s really simple to clean and doesn’t require any painting.
  • Affordable — Vinyl siding is one of the most affordable types of siding when compared to wood. Wood siding costs on average $7.00 per linear foot vs $1 – $3.00 for vinyl siding.

What are the drawbacks of vinyl siding?

Vinyl siding has a few drawbacks. These include:

  • Low insulating value — Vinyl may not provide the same insulation that other materials, such as brick or wood, can offer. This is especially important to consider in cold climates or during harsh winters.
  • Moisture issues — If rainwater isn’t properly directed away from your home, the water can collect on the walls that are covered in vinyl siding if there’s no vapor barrier. As a result, moisture can seep into your home’s inner structure and cause damage over time.
  • Easily damaged — Vinyl is known to scratch, dent, and crack more easily than other materials, and depending on the age of the siding, you might not be able to match the color due to color fade — there are ways to hide this by swapping out a piece of vinyl from another part of the house not so visible. Nonetheless, it would drive me nuts just knowing.

How Many Different Styles of Vinyl Siding

There are several types of vinyl siding available on the market, including:

Clapboard

This type of siding has been around since colonial times and the style mimics the appearance of traditional wooden clapboard siding — It’s the go-to vinyl siding choice for homeowners and is the most affordable. Clapboard vinyl siding costs on average $1 – $3 per sq ft.

Traditional Lap

This style is very similar to clapboard siding with a thicker bevel at the bottom and thinner profile at the top, and it also features traditional overlapping shingles and is one of the most durable options available. Traditional lap siding costs on average $1 – $3 per sq ft.

Contemporary Lap

This siding option offers a modern take on traditional lap siding with the use of colors, textures, and shadow lines to give it a more trendy modern look. Contemporary lap siding costs on average $1 – $3 per sq ft.

Dutch Lap

Dutch lap vinyl siding has a similar look to clapboard siding in the plank sense. However, one noticeable difference that stands out the most is the concave face that curves out into a notched style overlap — dutch lap costs on average $1.50 – $2.75 per sq ft.

Cedar Shake/Shingle

This style is similar to traditional wooden shingles you often see on homes on the shoreline of Cape Cod as well as other coastal regions with a 7″ inch shingle-wide profile. Cedar shake siding costs on average $3 – $6 per sq ft.

Hand Split Shakes

This type of siding is a very unique and natural hand-split shake that has a random width with a mixture of various styles from rounded to sharp, and it also mimics the look of traditional wood shakes. This style is often more expensive than other types of vinyl from $4 – $6 per square foot.

Board and Batten

This style uses vertical boards with gaps in between to provide a “board-and-batten” appearance. It’s often paired with clapboard siding to act as an accent wall or a focal point in some cases. Expect to pay between $2 – $4 per square ft.

Half-round or (Scalloped)

This is more for a focal point and you often see this style on the front peak of a Victorian home – there are many other creative uses as well – expect to pay on average $4.50 – $7.00 per sq.

Vinyl Log Siding —

Just as the name states, this style replicates the look of a traditional log cabin with a milled texture and a rounded cut to give it more authenticity. Vinyl log siding typically costs between $3 – $5 per square foot

Brick Veneer

This features one-sided brick panels with continuous vinyl seams to replicate the look of real brick. This style is often used in more upscale communities or luxury homes. Brick Veneer siding costs on average $8 to $16 per square foot

Vinyl Stone Siding

This style uses vinyl with a stone appearance to give it a more natural look and is often sold as the most realistic looking of all siding options. Vinyl stone siding costs on average $8 to $16 per square foot.

If you’re looking for an economical solution, Dutch Lap and Clapboard siding are well-known styles that offer durability and affordability. If you’re looking to add a unique or sleek touch to your home, go with a contemporary lap siding look. For something more trendy and modern, choose the half-round or scalloped paired with clapboard vinyl siding.

Vinyl Siding – Pricing and Installation Cost Checklist

  • Get at least 3-5 estimates before hiring remodeling contractor — estimates are typically free, unless it’s a service call for a repair.
  • Expect the price to fluctuate between various companies – each and every company have different operation expenses and over-head.
  • Try to get prices in late Fall, early winter – you should expect aggressive pricing discounts by waiting for a contractor’s down season.
  • Try to budget and additional 7-15% more on top of what our calculator gives out – I.e; difficult configurations, patterns, the additional complexity of your home will add to the costs.
  • Visit every supply house that sell your particular brand of Vinyl Siding and try to negotiate a better price with each supplier – I save on average 20%.
  • Cost can add up quickly, especially if you’re a novice and have never attempted a Vinyl Siding installation before. I would strongly recommend you hire a licensed and Insured siding contractor to perform the installation for you.
  • Be sure to have a copy of the Vinyl Siding Manufacturer’s recommended installation requirements before starting, to make sure your project doesn’t end up costing you more money in the long-run.
  • Remember, there are multiple styled homes in the U.S – from: Contemporary, colonial, cape-cod style, ranch, bungalow, victorian, etc. So keep that in mind and try to budget a little more, before starting your Vinyl Siding project.

View other Siding options and Average Materials & Labor costs: Vinyl, Wood, Fiber cement, and Metal Siding

  • Fiber Cement, Brick & Stone
  • Wood & Shingles
  • Vinyl & Metal

External References:

  1. National Renovation & Repair Estimator – In-depth book on estimating using the national averages. Added on: Jan. 9, 2015
  2. Hud Rehab Guide – Downloadable pdf guide with material costs and planners. Added on: Jan. 9, 2015
  3. Vinyl siding resource — In-depth visual guides and cost factors on vinyl siding products. Added on Jan. 16, 2022

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