What Might Be Included in a Siding Estimate?

calander Feb 4 , 2021 user-iconAnderson Painting
External view of a houses siding

If your home’s siding is severely damaged or deteriorating, even the best Raleigh house painters won’t be able to improve your home’s appearance, integrity, or value for very long. Without sturdy siding, your home becomes more vulnerable to a variety of threats, such as moisture, pests, and rot. Additionally, failing siding can cause your energy bills to skyrocket as your home becomes less and less insulated. And even if only a small portion of your siding is in disrepair, it’s important to address these minor issues before they grow into major headaches. So, is it time to call a siding expert? If so, it’s important to know what you’re getting yourself into.

What to Expect from a Siding Estimate

Home Dimensions

Every siding estimate (and Raleigh painting estimate) begins with a measurement of the area in question -- for a full siding replacement job, the estimator will need the dimensions of the entire exterior. For less extensive repairs, a smaller area will be included since you won’t be re-siding your entire home. Either way, it’s worth taking the time to make your own measurements before you receive a free estimate to get a headstart on this process. You can input these numbers in various online cost calculators to get a rough idea of what your siding project might cost.

Number of Doors and Windows and Their Dimensions

These details are often included in a siding estimate as well, as they further cement the precise dimensions of the project and indicate areas that require different-sized boards. After all, you can’t place a piece of siding on top of a window or door.

Material

Of course, while the dimensions of your project will remain static, there are many types of siding on the market, some of which are more costly than others. For instance, hardie board, vinyl, and aluminum siding tend to be the least expensive options; brick, stucco, fiber cement, and wood can cost at least three times as much per square foot; and natural stone is by far the most expensive siding option out there.

Repair, Removal, and/or Installation (Labor Costs)

Next up is the nature of your siding project (i.e repair work, removal, and/or replacement). It might be obvious, but the longer it takes to complete your project, the more expensive it will be. Additionally, certain types of siding projects may require certain specialties. For instance, one siding project might require professional mold removal services, and another might require the expertise of someone familiar with a new or unique siding material/installation process. The cost of labor will also vary from one business to the next based on numerous factors. It’s crucial that you receive transparent information regarding a contractor’s hourly rate and what goes into it.

Other Factors that Contribute to Siding Project Cost

Dimensions (size/scope), materials, and labor are the three pillars of a siding estimate (and just about any renovation project, for that matter). Still, there are other less visible factors at play that determine the overall cost of a project. The first factor is quality -- the more experienced, reputable, and in-demand a contractor is, the more they can charge for their services. Location also plays a role. Areas with higher costs of living and property values tend to experience higher estimates for siding renovations and other projects. Timing matters, too. Contractors tend to be busiest from mid-spring to mid/late-fall, which results in higher prices during this period. While siding projects aren’t typically feasible during the winter, various home improvement projects are cheaper during this time. And finally, a contractor may offer a range of services beyond mere siding repairs and replacements, such as power washing, surface preparation, and painting. If you receive these add-ons, they should be reflected in your estimate.

Siding repair/replacement is just one of many services we offer at Anderson Painting. Whether you require simple exterior/interior repairs, floor coatings, deck staining, Raleigh house painting, etc., we can do it all. Receive your free estimate from us today. To learn more about us and all we do, call today at 919-610-1855 or email us at info@andersonpaintingnc.com!