Siding Price Factors
There are a lot of factors that go into the final cost of installing siding. These include:
- Quality: Keep in mind that low-cost siding may save money in the short-term, but more expensive siding might be more durable and need to be replaced less often, meaning that it will save you money in the long-term.
- Home size: The more square footage you have to put siding on, the more materials you will need and the longer the installation process will take.
- Shape of your home: A simple box-shaped home is easier to side than a house with eaves, turrets, and/or multiple stories.
- Removing or laying over old siding: Some siding can be installed directly over older siding, whereas other homes will need to have the old siding removed before installing a new layer. If old siding must be removed first, the cost for the project will increase. Generally, siding installation is priced by the length of time it takes to complete the project, so anything that adds time to the installation process will also add cost.
Finally, when you have your siding installed can make a big difference in the cost. Installing siding during the off-season will usually grant you a lower price from your contractor. In contrast, installing during the spring and summer months will generally cost a premium since these are the times when contractors are most in demand. Costs vary by region, so where you live will also play a role in how much you will end up paying.
How to Estimate Siding Costs
Before you undertake a siding project you will want to have an estimate of its overall cost. The good news is that you don't need a contractor to estimate your siding costs. All you need is measuring tape, paper, pencil, and a calculator. Here are the steps to take to estimate your siding cost:
- Pick a side of your home and draw the walls that will receive siding on your sheet of paper. Break the diagram up into rectangles and triangles.
- Measure the rectangles and triangles of your wall and write down the measurements on your drawing.
- Repeat the above two steps until you have measured your entire house.
- Add up all the rectangles and triangles and calculate their area.
- Use the following formulas to get the area for your rectangles and triangles:
- Area of rectangle=Height x Length
- Area of Triangle=(Height x Length)/2
- These formulas will work with any variation of rectangle or triangle.
- Add the areas together to give you your house's exterior square footage.
- Multiply the figure you came up with in step 5 by the siding cost per square foot. If you want to get even more specific, add in tax.