Your homeâ€™s vinyl siding might look faded after a few decades of being lashed by rain and seared by sun. Or maybe you simply want a different look. Regardless of the type of exterior wall your house has, vinyl sidingÂ is an option that could be in your price range.
The average cost to replace vinyl siding on a typical 2,450-square-foot house is $13,350, according to a National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) survey of its members.
Installation could cost more or less than that, depending on square footage, labor costs in your area and the quality of the siding. The more you know about the costs of vinyl siding, the more you will be able to complete the project within your budget.
Because itâ€™s made of plastic, vinyl siding can be manufactured in a variety of textures and thicknesses. Both factors affect price.
Thicker siding costs more and is available in more textures.
Textures: A smooth vinyl surface costs the least. If you donâ€™t want the plain look, you can find vinyl siding that looks like wood clapboard or wood shake, but the material will cost more.
Thicknesses: Vinyl siding comes in various thicknesses (also known as gauges). Thicker siding costs more, is available in more textures and is intended to be more durable. Here are some common thicknesses:
Vinyl siding costs an average of about $4 a square foot to install, according to HomeAdvisor, a referral service for home improvement professionals.
Trim: Moldings, soffits and trim work around windows and doors can add to material and labor costs. They can cost $3 to $6 per linear foot, according to HomeAdvisor.
Labor: The cost of hiring a contractor varies.
Removal: If you have old siding that must be removed and disposed of, expect to pay $1,000 to $3,000 to have that work done, according to HomeAdvisor.
Real estate agents like to say you can add toÂ your homeâ€™s value by enhancing â€ścurb appealâ€ť â€” the way the house looks from the street. Replacing vinyl siding is often an exercise in adding to a homeâ€™s curb appeal.
Vinyl siding is the most popular exterior wall type in the Northeast and Midwest.
Replacing vinyl siding recovers about 75% of the cost in increased home value, according to the 2017 Remodeling Impact Report compiled by NARI and the National Association of Realtors. Out of the $13,350 average cost of a vinyl siding replacement, homeowners recover $10,000 if they sell the home, according to the report.
There are several ways to pay for vinyl siding replacement, including dipping into savings and getting a cash-out refinance. One of the most popular ways to pay for home improvements is through a home equity line of credit, or HELOC. Itâ€™s a second mortgage that turns your homeâ€™s equity into cash as you need it.
Nationally, vinyl siding has been the most popular exterior wall material for newly built homes since the mid-1990s, according to the Census Bureauâ€™s annual Survey of Construction. It is by far the most popular exterior wall type in the Northeast and Midwest. But vinyl siding is rarely used in the West. Keep the materialâ€™s local popularity in mind when deciding whether to install vinyl siding where youâ€™re residing. You want toÂ avoid costly renovation mistakes.Â
Choosing smooth siding instead of textured siding is a way to save money on materials. Likewise, you can choose the thinner standard-grade siding over premium-grade siding to take advantage of lower material prices.
Obtain quotes from several vinyl siding contractors. Ask for references from former clients, and contact them. Ask if the work was done on time, if the contractorâ€™s estimate was accurate, and if the contractor responded promptly to questions, concerns and complaints.
No one said installing vinyl siding is easy, but if you have the skill, a do-it-yourself project can save on labor costs. The same goesÂ for siding removal.Â