3 Ways to Save on Vinyl Siding Costs

Vinyl siding is among the most affordable home cladding materials on the market, undercutting natural wood or stone, fiber cement, and aluminum in both material and installation. While vinyl siding prices may be lower than its competitors, residing your home is a big and often pricey venture. Here are 3 ways to limit your vinyl siding costs without sacrificing aesthetics.

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1. Clad For Your Climate

Most people assume that insulated vinyl siding and thicker, premium products are better than your run-of-the-mill products. It's true that insulation improves your home's energy efficiency, but in many climates, would take years to recover the initial investment, which is about $1 more per square foot. That means insulated vinyl siding is less beneficial in Florida than, say, Minnesota. On that same note, thicker, premium vinyl siding--typically in excess of .45" thick--is more durable than standard or economy vinyl, but may be overkill in areas that don't battle hurricanes, high winds, and other extreme conditions. Choose the product that suits your climate to control cost.

2. Install Your Own Vinyl Siding, But Only if You Know How

Vinyl siding is much easier to install than more labor intensive natural materials or fiber cement, making it an ideal choice for serious do-it-yourselfers who want to cut siding costs by installing their own siding. Just be certain you know what you're doing--poorly or improperly installed siding can make your home susceptible to water and other damage, not to mention costly repairs down the road.

3. Request More than One Quote

Remember this: more expensive doesn't always mean better. There can be a tremendous amount of variation in material and labor costs associated with vinyl siding, even among local contractors. Do yourself a favor and request more than one quote before hiring anyone to clad your home.



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