4 places to shop for lowest siding costs

Who doesn't want a great deal on siding? Purchasing siding wholesale and hiring a local installation contractor is one option, or look for a deal that includes installation. Take your time and do some research. Stop by a supplier and actually look at siding. What type do you want and what colors appeal to you? Determine how many square feet you need (there are calculators online to help) and find out what price they can offer. This will give you a good idea what your favorite siding costs. Industry averages for installed siding run from $2 per square foot for vinyl up to $11 or more for fiber cement siding--even a few dollars difference per square foot can really add up.

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4 places to comparison shop for siding

Once you have a general idea about the general cost of the siding you want, you're ready to shop for the best deal.

  1. Online. You may be able to save up to 50 percent off the retail price when purchasing online. Be aware that some online sites charge shipping, and some require a minimum order.
  2. Home improvement center. Stores like Lowe's and The Home Depot carry name brand siding in the store but usually only the most popular styles and colors.
  3. Local wholesaler or siding supplier. Local businesses may have unadvertised deals if they have overstocked merchandise. Ask for their best price.
  4. Manufacturer's retail store. If you are looking for a specific brand of siding, you can usually find a local retail stores on the manufacturer's website. However, many top siding manufacturers only sell their products wholesale to building industry professionals.

Get three or four specific estimates before you make a final choice. With a plan, a little research and some determination, you can get the siding you want at the best price possible. Don't succumb to sales pressure; make a decision based on the numbers.

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