5 Factors that Affect the Cost of Siding 5 Factors that Affect the Cost of Siding

The cost of siding is one of the first considerations that must be made when you are undertaking work on your home. However, there are a number of aspects that can affect the cost and alter the amount that you can expect to pay. By taking all of these into account in addition to your circumstances, you can estimate the cost of the siding that you need.

1 – Material

The material that you choose will play a large role in the cost of siding. The prices of different materials can vary greatly for a number of different reasons. When wood siding is desired, cedar will prove more costly than other types of wood, such as plywood. Similarly, using brick or stone will prove to make for a more expensive project than if vinyl or aluminum were used. Consider the type of material carefully, not only in terms of how it will look but also how well it will stand up against the weather. In addition, there are various grades used within one type of materials, which signifies the level of quality that you can expect. The size of the building that you require siding for will also make a difference to the cost you can expect to pay. The larger the size of the building, the greater the quantity of material required.   

2 – Life Span

The life span of the siding material chosen should be considered in relation to the cost of siding, as replacing it will mean dipping into your pocket once again. The range of stone siding materials will last for a longer period than their wood counterparts. What may initially seem to be a cheaper option will quickly prove to be the more expensive one when the siding continually has to be replaced.    

3 – Labor

In addition to the cost of contractors to complete the installation work, you will also need to consider any preparation work required as part of the cost of siding installation. If there is siding already in place, the cost of labor of having it removed and discarded will have to be taken into account. Furthermore, there is a possibility that extra costs can be incurred if there is water damage that needs to repaired or damp proofing that needs to be installed.   

4 – Maintenance

The level of maintenance required will vary according to the material used for the siding, which will affect the overall cost. Brick and stone siding, for example, are less likely to require repair than wood. Factor the cost of maintenance into the price of the siding.      

5 – Long Term Savings

The manner in which the siding affects the inside of your home must also be a factor that is taken into consideration. Siding can act as insulation for a property, which can be beneficial in helping to reduce heating bills and to keep the property cool in summer. In the event that your property requires this type of addition, you will find that cedar, for example, makes a better insulating material than aluminum or vinyl.

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