Prepare for Purchase: What to Know Before Buying Vinyl Siding

Update your home exterior with these vinyl siding tips and tricks.

You don't have to spend a fortune to get the dream exterior for your home. With a variety of colors and styles to choose from, and an unmatched price point, it's hard not to love vinyl siding. Favored for it's weatherproof quality, vinyl can last anywhere from 20 to 40 years, making it a popular choice for those looking for a long-lasting siding solution. When you're shopping for new vinyl siding, be sure you know what to look out for so you can budget correctly and achieve the look you want.

Set a Siding Budget for Your Home

Before you start shopping, consider how much you have to spend and the design of your home. For example, a large ranch may cost more to re-side than a smaller two-story home. But a home with multiple stories may cost the most, since it's more difficult to reach those upper levels. To put that into perspective, a complete siding installation on a 1,500-square-foot home averages $6,000 to $8,000, while a 2,500-square-foot home can range from $10,000 to $13,000.

Working around curved or irregularly shaped windows or doors can also cost more. Non-standard shapes require the installation crew to make careful cuts on the siding, which may require more time.

Weigh Your Durability Options

Although vinyl is one of the least expensive materials, spending a few extra dollars on a higher-quality vinyl is well worth it. Give some thought to which grade you want to invest in: economy, average, upgraded, premium, etc. A thicker vinyl is generally more resilient and less likely to need repairs, saving you money and time on expensive replacement costs in the future.

Revamp Your Siding with Vinyl

Consider Customization

With hundreds of color options to choose from, finding the right shade of vinyl to match your roof, driveway, or home accents is a breeze. Keep in mind that paint colors generally appear much deeper and richer on vinyl material, and are fairly resilient to wear and tear, making for a color that will impress for years to come.

There are also several vinyl siding styles that will add a distinct touch to your home. The most popular styles include shingle, smooth, beaded seam, and board and batten—and all are available in various price points. The shingle style adds a traditional and rustic appearance, and creates the look of individual shingles, making it the priciest option of the four styles. Smooth vinyl lays flat and creates a clean look that is easy to match, and is one of the most affordable options. Beaded seam and board and batten siding are mid-range options. Beaded seam siding is layered horizontally, while board and batten siding is laid vertically.

Don't Forget These Siding Details

It may surprise you to learn how adding vinyl siding details such as trim, molding, ventilation, and more can significantly enhance the appearance of your home. Depending on which details you add, you can expect to pay around $3 to $6 more per linear foot. So while you're budgeting for your new siding, be sure to factor in these additional components to complete the look of your siding.

Trim pieces can turn a standard siding job into a spectacular update, whether it be around windows and doors or along the edges of your home. Similarly, adding molding on your vinyl siding can create a sophisticated finish.

For ventilating your bathroom, kitchen, attic, and more, utility vents can be installed on top of your new siding. There are several different sizes and styles, depending on the vent's intended purpose: soffit intake vents filter out stale air and replace it with fresh air, while hooded exhaust vents are meant to prevent downdraft of exhaust from your indoor appliances, like the kitchen hood and dryer. Gable vents are a favored choice for ventilating attic spaces because they provide a decorative accent in addition to providing ventilation.

Invest in a Quality Installation

Unfortunately for current homeowners, removing existing siding and replacing the material will end up costing more than starting from scratch with a brand-new home. Removing old siding can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $3,000, depending on the amount of old siding and what kind of details need to be removed.

Once you're ready to have your vinyl siding installed, you'll want to be sure that the installation job is one with quality. Poorly installed siding can result in gaps being created unintentionally, which can become a hot spot for mold to grow in. Along with this, if vinyl siding isn't installed correctly, your vinyl pieces can become bent and warped over time, requiring  repairs or replacement. For vinyl siding that won't budge for a while, you'll want to leave the job to a pro.

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