If looking to purchase one of the strongest and most durable exterior sidings for your residence, consider investing in maintenance-free, vinyl siding. Not only does this type of siding enhance the outward beauty and overall appearance of your home, but it also serves as a protective barrier between your residence's interior and ensures the harsh elements from outside do not cause weathering-related damages. Just as with any major purchase, before buying; most people want to know the total costs involved. While early vinyl siding was expensive to buy and install, current prices have become more competitive due to a variety of companies entering the exterior siding market.
Presently, prices for vinyl siding are at their lowest ever. Moreover, today's siding has been engineered to be more durable and easy to maintain. Regardless of siding manufacturer you choose to purchase, what tends to catch consumers off-guard is the high installation prices charged to lay and install the home's siding. When considering price, be sure to take into account the complete charge; siding and installation and remember, in life almost everything is negotiable.
When discussing your final quoted estimate, be sure to ask about any warranties on the siding and the installation. While it does cost more than traditional wooden siding, homeowners purchasing vinyl siding will find it is easier to maintain. Unlike natural wood products, the siding does not degrade when exposed to moisture or sunlight.
To better explain price options and variations, vinyl siding costs are based on the type of siding purchased. Basic styles can cost approximately $4 per sq. foot and if looking for top-of-the-line siding, expect to pay approximately $12 per sq. foot. Since homes can have a large amount of square footage, the costs can seem overwhelming; however when compared to aluminum, brick, wood and other types of siding, after factoring in all costs, including lifetime maintenance requirements, consumers will find this siding choice costs about 60% less than these other siding choices.
Since this is a large investment, check with to see if any rebates, either offered by the siding manufacturer, or by your state or local government are offered. Consult a qualified tax accountant to see if any of the costs are deductible on your federal tax return. Finally, make sure the contractor you choose is licensed and insured with your city. Most of the time, vendors will use their own employees and contractors to perform installation services. If not, investigate all parties involved thoroughly and select one whose services and expertise you feel comfortable using.