Vinyl Siding Prices Often Reflect Product Quality and Available Options

If you want to compare vinyl siding prices, it is important that you're evaluating products of similar quality from one brand to another so you can make an accurate apples-to-apples comparison. In general, most vinyl siding manufacturers offer several different styles of their product, and the costs of these different styles often increases as the quality of the siding improves. A premium vinyl siding with a traditional horizontal lap pattern can cost between $180-$250 per square--equal to 100 square feet of coverage--while an economical grade might cost between $80-$140 per square.

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Characteristics Affecting Vinyl Siding Prices

  • Material thickness. Premium grade vinyl siding is often thicker than the less expensive grades, which means the premium product will be more durable and rigid, and less likely to warp or distort after it is installed. Sidings that are manufactured with thicker vinyl material also have stronger nailing hems--where the nail attaches the piece of siding to the exterior of your house.
  • Color selection. When selecting a vinyl siding, you may find a larger color selection available for the more expensive styles of siding. One reason is that darker colors of vinyl siding require stronger pigments and more fade inhibitors in their manufacturing, increasing the cost to make them.
  • Quality. The most expensive brands of vinyl siding are usually manufactured from the highest quality "virgin-vinyl" PVC resins, while many of the economically priced brands use recycled PVC resins. The problem with some recycled PVC resins is that they can contract and expand at different rates, which can cause pieces of siding to get wavy or distorted as they heat up in the summer sun.

While you will definitely have to pay more money for better quality vinyl siding, you may not necessarily need to pay more for its installation on your home. You can expect to pay between $200-$300 per square for vinyl siding installation, but of course, the price of labor can vary depending on the complexity of your home's specific installation requirements. Ultimately, the best advice is always to shop around, and compare vinyl siding prices and labor costs.

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