Are my estimates reasonable for siding?

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  1. Jena

    Jena Well-Known Member

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    My insurance is paying for new siding on my house due to storm damage.

    The contractor gave me a price that is basically $400/square for vinyl siding. It is Royal Crest siding, .040 mils. This does not include the soffits.

    His price for aluminum siding was $560/square.

    I'll just get the vinyl, I think, but am not sure if I ought to insist on a better quality than the one he usually uses.

    The insurance company's original estimate was at $356/square to replace the aluminum. That is a big difference, but then they accepted the contractor's estimate without complaint under my garauntee replacement coverage.

    What do you all think?

    Jena
     
  2. CatsPaw

    CatsPaw Who...me?

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    Well, I'm curious to see what eve'body else has to say about this.

    I just paid $1200 for 14 sq.s of SmartSiding (engineered wood siding) that I'll be installing myself.

    Wow....$300/sq. profit......I should get into siding.
     

  3. CatsPaw

    CatsPaw Who...me?

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    I guess that should be qualified by saying that would probably include tear-off.
     
  4. moonwolf

    moonwolf Well-Known Member

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    Had new siding put on one story 1450 sq. ft. house this summer. Canalex, which is a durable 50 yr. warranty siding. Just under $5000. For the same job using vinyl it would have been $1500 less. I'm not sure how many 'square' that is for a total.
     
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    Old info but I think about 20 years ago, I paid 100 a square for the vinyl installed :nerd: No wonder, everyone needs two incomes to survive :shrug:
     
  6. texican

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    Jena, for that price, I could put up cedar or cypress, that'd last forever... whether that price is high or not depends on whether a storm came through your area, damaging a lot of homes,.....how busy the contractors are, etc... supply and demand issues....

    I would want something besides vinyl, at that price, like say redwood :p !!!

    ...of course, if insurance is paying, it's not 'real money' anyway, right? Until the premiums come due next time....

    good luck
     
  7. hoofinitnorth

    hoofinitnorth Well-Known Member

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    We just put vinyl siding on our place. We bought all the materials for about $4,000 (tools too) and the house is a 1.5-story 2,000sf building with dormers & soffits. Not sure how you guys are converting that to squares (just length by height??)... Our roof is peaked and has two levels - 18' high at one point and 22' high at the other. Building measures about 28' on the gable ends and 48' on the long ends (sides with dormers)... I did a couple of down and dirty calcs and didn't come up with anywhere near the OP's costs but I wasn't accounting totally for the peaked roof...
     
  8. Selena

    Selena proud to be pro-choice

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    Sounds high to me unless the vinyl is foam backed which gives additional insulation to your house. Foam backed siding costs at least $140 per square and if you double that for labor, you are at $280 - $300 per square. Tear off adds costs between labor and disposal BUT if you have aluminum siding on your house, YOU should recycle it. I'd bet a diet coke the contractor plans on cashing in on that so make sure to ask. Soffits and other items (wrapping doors and windows) should be bid on running feet. I hope you have breakdown of the charges. You can calculate your own material estimate too then make some calls to a big box or lumber yard. I will say that insurance repairs tend to cost more money as the contractor probably has factored some "surprise" dollars into the cost. You could minimize this by agreeing to a time and material cost for any outside the scope items the contractor finds (and you agree needs to be fixed/replaced). Are they putting tyvac on your house before they re-side? So many unknowns. I don't believe my spouse knows any trades in your area but if you can PM your # of squares and running feet for soffits, I can check out what we paid earlier this year for an investment house the spouse built. And I do know that a roof tear-off will run you at least $100 per square in case this is being done too.