How house siding and house windows are priced. Siding Pricing and Window Pricing Explained.

The Price Of Components Is Explained Here. - - -



* Siding is usually priced per square 100 ft.
The price varies considerably, depending on your geographic location and how long the construction season is. The price of siding material in the continental United States is pretty consistent but the labor and freight charges may be quite different.

The following items are charged as extras. Some Contractors may automatically include them to be covered in the cost.

* Insulation can be done using many different methods. Foam with foil backing, usually sheets, it could be a a fan-fold which usually covers about 100 sq ft. per fold. Some Contractors use a foil backed fiber glass blanket. There are many ways to insulate before siding. Insulation is good to use as it smoothes out the surface to be sided. Insulation cuts noise, conserves energy, lowers utility costs and helps make you more comfortable.

* Soffit (sometimes spelled soffitt) is usually priced per running foot and according to the width of overhang (soffit). Obviously a 12 inch overhang (soffit) will not cost as much as a 24 inch overhang. When the Installer adds ventilation to your soffit he will use a ventilated soffit material.

* Fascia may be covered using a fascia panel or coil stock may be formed by a metal brake and custom fitted (each piece).

* Window and Door Facings are of course extras and are usually priced according to the size. Coil stock is used here, formed by the metal brake and custom fitted.

* J Blocks which are used to mount fixtures such as lighting fixtures are charged by the unit / size. Not all dealers use these blocks as some dealers simply mount the fixtures right on the siding. These blocks are an added expense but add a nice custom touch.

* Porch Ceiling, Car Port Ceilings and such are charged by the square foot, there can be considerable waste here.

* Gutters and Downspouts are removed & replaced (R and R) when fascia is installed.
R and R is charged by the linear ft.

* Posts: Small (4 in. and under) can be covered with coil stock but is expensive and can be dented rather easily. I usually prefer to leave those for painting.

* Large posts or columns can be covered with the actual siding panel which covers the walls of your house, it's a matter of taste. This too is labor intensive.

* Vents such as gable end vents may be covered with coil stock or simply replaced with attractive vinyl vents (which I prefer).

* Dormers are slow to cover, on the roof and are labor intensive. Expect to pay a premium. They get insulation, siding, facings, the window sill's are covered, it's like siding a doll house!

* Window Sills and Mulls are covered with coil stock. The pieces are formed with a metal brake and hand fitted.

* Rotted Wood should be replaced before siding is applied for many obvious reasons.

* Extra Labor: Many times extra labor is required to prepare the house for siding, expect to pay for it.

* Working on ladders: It goes slow and costs more when the installers work on ladders, a little riskier too!


* Custom Built Windows: The usual and most common method of pricing is per united inch.

United Inch:
Height + Width of the window opening. Not to be confused with the "square inch" which is Height x Width.

Simply add the height and width and that is the size of your custom window. An average bedroom window will be about 84 united Inches. The average bathroom window may be in the vicinity of 50 united inches.

Most Home Improvement Dealers use custom built windows to exactly match the opening. Therefore they don't have to refinish sheetrock, siding, etc.
Presto! The window is built to
exactly fit the opening.

After a house has been built and standing for years, the house settles or shifts, the opening may no longer be square. Custom built windows are the choice for remodeling and retrofit.

Prime Windows: Are manufactured to standard sizes, such as,
2 - 0 by 3 - 0 ( 2 ft. wide by 3 feet high ). The window opening is built to standard sizes in new construction, therefore most new construction incorporate prime windows.
These are mass produced.

A prime window purchased at the discount materials house probably will not be in the same league with the windows that Home Improvement Contractors install.

* Many factors determine the cost of a Custom Window

A. Above all: Quality of Materials and Construction.

B. Features such as Tilting Sash for easy cleaning inside the home.

C. Type of Glass used: "E Glass Sun Glass Tinted, ETC.

D. Gas filled (insulated) windows are more efficient and cost more. The gas actually slows down the conduction and/or convection of heat transfer.

E. Bells, Whistles and Locks are nice and add cost. Of course I'm referring to added options that are too numerous to mention, you be the judge.

F. Usually speaking, the wider the insulated width (dead air space), the higher the cost (energy savings). 3/8 inch should not be as good or as much $$ as 3/4 inch.

G. There are many factors that when pointed out by the Rep will make sense to you or it won't.


Do it right and you only do it once.

Good windows keep you toasty warm in the winter and cool as a cucumber in the summer. Lowers those energy bills too!

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