How to Estimate the Costs of Your Vinyl Installation Project

Knowing how much your new vinyl siding installation project is going to cost is an important part of your decision-making process. The closer your estimate to the actual cost, the fewer surprises you'll get.

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If you're going to hire someone to do the installation, estimating its cost is simple. Ask two or three vinyl siding contractors to give written estimates on how much your completed vinyl siding installation will cost. Take into account the quoted price, the contractors' reputations, and decide who will do the best job for the best price.

Estimating DIY Vinyl Siding Installation Costs in 4 Steps

Do-it-yourselfers have a harder road to travel and there are pitfalls along the way. If you're estimating your own job, here are a few things you should know.

1. Compile a complete list of materials.

Sit down and compile everything you need and then double check your list a couple of times. Consider the following materials:

  • vinyl siding panels
  • inside and outside corner trim
  • fascia
  • soffit
  • J-trim
  • backerboard
  • nails, sealant, and other accessories

2. Measure Your House.

Draw a rough diagram of the outside walls on your house and include windows, doors, chimneys, and other non-sided surfaces. Do extensive measurements of everything, record the measurements on the diagram, and take it with you to the vinyl siding supplier. When in doubt have the home improvement store convert your figures into the number and amount of panels, trim, soffit, and other materials you'll need.

3. Tools and more tools.

Price tools that you have to buy or rent, including:

  • Snap lock punches
  • Nail hole slot punches
  • Zip locks
  • Tin snips
  • Power saw
  • Utility knife
  • Hammer

4. Add It Up.

Pull out the calculator and total your prices.

Accurately estimating the cost of your vinyl siding installation project can be tedious work. Take your time. The better your estimation, the better you'll stay on budget.






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