Installation Costs of Vinyl Siding Part 1

Vinyl Siding Installation and Benefits

There are four types of siding available in the market.  Between metal, wood, fiber cement and vinyl, insulated vinyl siding is by far the most popular way to cover the exterior of your home in the United States. Vinyl is also one of the cheapest siding options available, depending on installation size and area.  If you have a multi-tiered home the installation cost of insulated vinyl siding begins to rise and may be more expensive when all said and done than something like metal siding. Metal siding is rather simple to install and clips together much easier than any type of vinyl on the market. However; most homeowners find the diversity in colors, textures and appearance of vinyl to be worth the extra spend.

Cost Factors Of Vinyl Siding

Vinyl is available in many variants. Trying to fix a price to the cover all of these different material styles is difficult, but is generally within about 10% of each-other.  The visual aspect determines the complexity of manufacturing and thus the cost of production. The question really comes down to what style and texture are you looking for? The main reason for the price variation depends on the manufacturing process and the incorporation options at the time of making.

The Visual Aspect

Available in many colors, shapes, styles and textures; this is assured that the vinyl will always attract some glances. So, this is surely an advantage of this material. Having this wide selection of styles and textures, you can always find a vinyl matching your style in the market. The most common options are shake siding and textured horizontal siding.

Vinyl Siding Maintenance

Gray siding being installed around a freshly replaced window.

Vinyl siding installation progress

When deciding between your options, be aware that the maintenance cost is very low with this material.  Whether you decide to power wash or clean it is up to you, but vinyl is very durable and resistant to degradation.  You can use your simple garden hose pipe to wipe the dirt away from the siding. In case of an exterior mold or plant, you can use you a soft brush paired with cleaning solutions. But, if you choose to remove it from a pressure washer, this is advisable that you should use the pressure in low pace as high pace may loosen the grip between the wall and siding.

Power-washing Vinyl Siding

When doing the washing job, you should remember to start the work from the top. By working your way to the bottom, reduces the amount of rework required.  This will cause the grime you remove to run down to the area that you still need to clean, instead of mucking up what you just washed.

 

Siding Composition and Material Overview

There are many options of residential siding materials available for homeowners when it comes to enhancing the appearance of homes. It can be hard to decide on the best siding for your specific project because not all siding materials are perfect for every homeowners needs. The best siding material depends on the what you are trying to accomplish as a homeowner, whether it be energy efficiency, lower cost, or a custom look, the best siding will vary. However, If you know the basics of different siding materials, then you will have a better idea in choosing the best siding for your home.

Home with vinyl siding and a green metal roof

Siding Options on a brand new home

Average Siding Comparison (Materials and Cost Thereof)

Wood siding is the oldest and most attractive cladding material available in the market. It is attractive and easy to work on. But, it requires more maintenance when compared to other types of sidings. It is affordable to install at first, but the maintenance cost can be expensive in the long run.

Fiber cement siding can also be referred by brand names such as Hardie board. When comparing the fiber cement siding, it is a better option when looking for performance and affordability. It is designed to hold under extreme conditions and can hold paint for long. It is a popular choice in most mid-range residential siding materials.

Stucco is another material which is priced affordably and holds up very well. There are some parts where it is highly preferred while in some places people avoid it due to its appearance. It may have low resale value due to limited companies willing to carry out repairs on the materials.

 

Low Cost Siding Material Comparison

Aluminum siding is another affordable cladding option. It requires more upkeep than other materials such as vinyl siding. Many people prefer aluminum due to its durability and re-usability.

Vinyl siding has been around for decades and it is very popular. People claim it requires low maintenance, but there are claims where it has been exposed to extreme weather and it became too brittle. In other areas it has been noted to fade due to exposure to extreme weather.

 

Premium Siding Material Comparison

Brick has been widely used as a siding material. It has great looks and holds up for long. It gives a home classic look. It is very expensive hence most home owners prefer to use it in some parts of their homes while alternating with other materials.

Stone is the most durable siding material in the market. It can last for hundreds of years on your property. But, it tends to cost a lot due to the cost incurred during the installation process. You will have to hire a skilled mason for you to have the material installed in your home.

 

Energy Efficient and Environmentally Friendly Residential Siding Materials

Many people are being concerned on the impact their homes will have on the environment apart from the looks. To achieve the environmental friendly construction, most siding installers prefer going green nowadays. You can find most siding materials such as vinyl, aluminum and steel being recycled. Some of the materials used during the recycling process include locally found stones and bricks. Some green builders even prefer using a mixture of clay and sand. The use of locally available materials from the environment makes the siding installation eco-friendly.