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Siding Repair Itemized List Of Costs

Introduction

Every home will reach a point when you will need to repair the siding. This is despite the fact that materials for most sliding are usually very durable. Before contacting any contractor for the repairs you should understand the following items will have an impact on the total job cost:

Wood Siding

The first type of material that a prospective buyer needs to know is wood siding. This is the highest of maintenance siding because it requires painting and caulking so that it can remain looking good and functional. Whether you paint it, stain it, or finish it, wood will always require the most maintenance to look and work well. Furthermore, wood is easily damaged by insects, rot, splitting and warping.

Aluminum Siding

The second most common material is aluminum siding which requires lesser maintenance. It has a metallic finish, and is priced moderately. On the downside, it produces more noise than most other siding materials during the rain or gusty winds. Replacing the aluminum siding is a rather simple task if it is just a single panel or two, but is generally more expensive than wood siding, unless the wood is finished or stained. Lastly, if it is painted it will be relatively easy to match the colors exactly.

Vinyl Siding

The most popular type of siding is vinyl siding. It is the most popular due to the extensive benefits such as durability against the elements such as wind, rain, and degradation. Unlike wood it does not decay or get attacked by termites. It also does not require painting such as the one wood and aluminum require for it is generally cleaned when it rains. Furthermore, it is easier to replace even though it might be challenging to exactly match the repaired sections.

Cement Fiber Siding

The latest development in residential siding is cement fiber. This is mainly because it is durable, it
requires low maintenance and it is made using recyclable materials. This is important especially when it comes to maintaining the environment. Additionally, it does not rot or get attacked by insects. But you can expect to pay about 5% to 14% more in material and installation costs when doing complex installation configurations and patterns.

Repairing Damaged Siding

In the event that your siding becomes damaged, a panel or two may need to be replaced or repaired before the rest of the home. Depending on what type material and the color or finish of the material will determine the extend of repairing costs. Wood repairs are by far the most difficult to color and appearance match, whereas the vinyl siding is the easiest as it is commonly replaced and mass produced. The majority of window or siding contractors will install and replace the building papers such as Tyvak when repairing or replacing the siding.

Siding Repair and replacement building paper

Locating Matching Materials

When installing or replacing siding, many homeowners try to keep an extra slab or two of whatever material is used to finish their home. If you have the remaining siding from the original installation you can use them for replacement.  These will almost exactly match the color an appearance minus whatever UV degradation may have occurred (usually minimal).

The Repair

There are certain costs which are not usually included in the cost estimates from your contractor. These costs include; structural modifications or repairs, removal and disposal of existing siding and trim and any work on soffit or fascia. It is paramount to ensure that you ask for these
costs. In conclusion, save any matching material from original or additional installation. And make sure you understand a complete breakdown of the costs associated with the full installation job.


Siding Installation Costs

Siding Prices and Estimates in Michigan

The exterior of your home is the first thing visitors and passerby’s see. We’ve all heard don’t judge a book by its cover, but when your siding is falling off or in disarray, it can be difficult not to! Whether you’re considering siding because you are building a new home, updating your current home, or to give you a fresh look to improve the value of your investment, new siding will be your best friend the whole way.

Over the years the choices of siding has grown from only wood to vinyl, engineered wood, James Hardie, and aluminum siding.  While all of these can provide your home with an updated look, each of them will have a different impact on the aesthetic appeal and more importantly the cost of installation. In addition to the type of material you have to keep in mind that siding contractors will come to your home and likely remove the existing siding. So other factors that professionals will need to consider are the size of your home, the shape of your home, and how accessible the siding is for installation as well as removal. So when you get a quote be sure to understand the material cost, as well as the labor cost associated with it.

 

Price Factors For Siding

As we discussed earlier in this article, the most obvious pricing factor for new siding is the type of siding material that you would like installed. Occasionally, there are premiums for different colors of siding primarily due to the high IR reflective coating on them. This is true mainly for the high end types of vinyl siding where you are able to have dark colors which reflect the majority of the IR sunlight, reducing energy costs. But for the most part, the following are the primary drivers of cost:

Quality

If you are just going for a refreshing look in siding, then you may be tempted to get the cheaper versions of the siding, and while that may save you money in the short term you will end up with higher heating costs in the long term. We are not trying to convince you of getting only the highest end insulated siding, but we at Pond View Windows always like to have our customers make informed decisions. So for a new look or color, the cheaper variants may be your choice. For those in Midwestern climates (like us) the insulated siding may be the best bet for you in the long run.

Home Size

I am continually amazed by people selecting the siding that costs ~$1 per square foot, and then having them amazed at the material cost.  Keep in mind that the exterior of your home is massive! We are trying to cover every inch of it in material.  So the larger the exterior of your home, the more material is required to cover it. This will add to the material cost, as well as the time required to install the siding.

Home Shape / Accessibility

Remember, you are having contractors come to your home to do the installation for you. This means if they need to climb into obscure places for the installation, that will require more time and again a higher installation cost.  A simple box shaped house is significantly easier to install siding on as opposed to one with multiple stories and architectural bends to them.

Removing Old Siding

There is the installation cost, the material cost, and finally, the cost to remove the existing siding. While some styles of siding can be installed directly over the old, it is more likely that the existing siding will need to be removed and disposed of. So if you are looking to estimate the cost, keep in mind the removal and disposal cost of siding.

Estimating the Cost of Siding

Finally, the home size, shape, old siding, and new siding, all have impacts on the price. But when it comes down to estimating how much siding will cost for your home, always break it down to material cost as well as labor cost for removal and installation. In the end the most important factors will be how, long will the job take and what material are you putting up.

I hope you enjoyed this article, and stay tuned for our next article on how to estimate siding costs.