Upgrading your home’s siding is an excellent way to improve its appearance and its defense against the elements. However, there are many decisions you will have to make before a new siding installation can be chosen. For example, you’ll need to consider which material will offer the most value for your money. Below are a few of the most economical siding options available on the market.
3 Cost-Effective Siding Installation Options
1. Vinyl Siding
Many homeowners choose vinyl siding for its durability and low-maintenance design. It also doesn’t hurt that it tends to cost less than other siding options on the market. With advances in technology, it can also be installed directly over any existing materials, which will help to minimize labor costs. You can also get vinyl in practically any color or texture, allowing you to choose a design that mimics more expensive wood-grain lap or stone siding.
Most vinyl siding will average between $2 and $7 per square foot, but if you require insulated vinyl, expect to pay up to 15% more. With proper maintenance, a typical vinyl installation should last around 30 years.
2. Wood Siding
Traditional wood clapboard helps homes appear warm and charming in a way that other siding materials cannot. Unfortunately, if you want this look, you will have to pay a bit more to receive it. Wood siding also requires regular refinishing to keep it from accruing moisture damage. When professionally done, this can cost between $2,000 and $5,000 every two to five years depending on whether you require a paint, stain, or clear sealant finish.
If you prefer clapboard siding, expect to pay about $5 to $8 per square foot. However, a shingle wood siding installation is a little more expensive, ranging anywhere from $6 to $9. While this is a bit more costly than vinyl siding, wood can last for several generations as long as it is properly maintained.
3. Fiber Cement Siding
A growing trend in siding materials is fiber cement. More homeowners are choosing this material—which is a mix of wood pulp, cement, clay, and sand—for its stability and low maintenance. Like vinyl, it can be made to resemble wood clapboard or masonry shingles, but unlike vinyl, paint and other finishes can be applied. It is also much heavier than vinyl and cannot be added on top of current siding layers, meaning it is more labor-intensive to install.
In general, fiber cement is around the same price as wood siding, at $5 to $9 per square foot. Unfortunately, as it is such a new material, most contractors are unsure of its life expectancy, but most installations come with a 30-year warranty.
Now that you know the best siding installation materials to invest in for your home, contact the contractors at Cory Turner Home Improvement in Glastonbury, CT, to get the job done. They have over five decades of experience and provide high-quality materials for every project. For more information about their services, call (860) 633-1400 or visit their website.