Thinking about new vinyl siding for your home? You’re not alone: vinyl, with a market share of more than 30 percent, is by far the leader in residential exterior siding. This buying guide explores why vinyl siding is so popular, what options are available, and how much you’ll pay to have it installed on your home.
Reasons to Install Vinyl Siding
Vinyl has been the exterior siding market leader for more than two decades. The top reasons why more homeowners choose vinyl than any other material are discussed below.
- Strength: Vinyl is made from polyvinyl chloride (PVC), an extremely strong plastic that stands up to any type of abuse imaginable. Impacts, insects, moisture, sun, and wind are all strongly resisted by vinyl. As a testament to the material’s strength, consider that many manufacturers offer a limited lifetime warranty on their products.
- Low Maintenance: Because vinyl performs so well under adverse conditions, it rarely needs upkeep, including painting. Aside from an occasional washing to keep it clean, as well as replacing the odd panel that gets melted by direct heat or cracked by a heavy impact, you may never have to perform upkeep on your vinyl siding.
- Cost: While the performance of vinyl is great, the fact that it costs significantly less than other siding materials is what really sets it apart.
Vinyl Siding Options
Although typically installed in horizontal planks in lighter colors, vinyl siding options don’t end there. Some of the less-obvious vinyl choices include the following:
- Board-and-Batten: Whether you want a vertical siding pattern on the entirety of your home, or just as an accent, many vinyl manufacturers offer board-and-batten and other vertical siding styles.
- Color: It used to be the case that vinyl, because it was prone to fading from exposure to UV rays, was only offered in white and other light colors. Thanks to advancements in technology, however, vinyl siding now better-resists fading and is offered in darker colors.
- Seamless Siding: Traditionally, vinyl siding is applied in 12 foot sections. Obviously, many homes are wider than 12 feet in places, and so the siding is cut into smaller sections and joined together. But seamless vinyl siding, sold in sections up to 40 feet long, can be installed in uninterrupted lengths. With no seams, the underlying wood is less susceptible to insect and water damage.
- Decorative Profiles: In addition to the option of adding vertical vinyl siding boards to your home, you may opt for vinyl shingles and shakes.
Vinyl Siding Costs
The actual cost of vinyl siding can vary depending on your location, the quality and amount of the product purchased, the complexity of the installation, and other factors.
- For most homes, vinyl siding should cost around $5,000 – $10,000 installed.
- Material costs might run approximately $75 – $200 per square (in siding and roofing terminology, 1 square = 100 square feet), or $1,500 – $4,000 (not including trim pieces) for a 2,000 square foot (20 square) home.
- Vinyl siding installation costs for a 2,000 square foot home might run approximately $2,000 – $4,000.
- Removing and disposing of existing siding could cost an additional $1,500 – $2,500 or more.