Premium vs. Value: Getting to an Average Cost of Vinyl Siding

Shopping for vinyl siding is a lot like buying a car; the economical model is perfectly fine, but the luxury model has a lot of great features and really turns heads when people drive by. Manufacturers offer many levels of vinyl siding - grades from value all the way up to premium that offer lots of desirable features. As a result, the average cost of vinyl siding can vary widely based upon not only contractor, but style.

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Vinyl Siding Prices: Premium vs. Value

How much difference is there between premium and value priced vinyl siding and are the additional features worth the additional cost of the premium grades? There are actually quite a few differences and your climate and how long you plan to live in your home may be the factors that help you decide whether the premium lines are worth their higher prices.

Premium Vinyl Siding

Manufacturers such as CertainTeed, Mastic, and KP Building Products have premium lines of vinyl siding that differ from their value lines by offering features such as:

  • Heavier gauges such as .042 inch and higher for additional strength
  • A wider range of colors
  • Locking systems resistant to strong winds
  • Insulated siding panels
  • Unique widths and profiles

For insulated premium styles, the average cost of vinyl siding can range from $140 to $180 per square depending on manufacturer and where you live; for non-insulated premium styles average cost may range from $70 to $100.

Value Vinyl Siding Grades

Value vinyl siding grades are usually a little thinner gauge such as .040 inch or less and may have fewer standard colors and styles to choose from, but the average cost of vinyl siding for these lines should range from $50 to $70 per square depending on manufacturer. Regardless of grade, vinyl siding is low maintenance and should last on your home for many years.

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