PVC Composite Wood Siding Cost and Pros & Cons 2018

There’s a (relatively) new sheriff in the composite siding market, known as cellular polyvinyl chloride (PVC). It closely resembles natural wood, both in how it is cut and shaped, yet overcomes the primary disadvantages of the natural product.

PVC as a construction material has been used for nearly a half century. Whereas cellular PVC is still in its first decade of residential use as a siding material.

While wood is its most obvious competitor, there is more than one product that many consider in the category of composite siding.

Essentially, any siding that seeks to mimic wood fits here. That includes cellular PVC, engineered wood, fiber cement board and even vinyl. The last three have their own niche in the market and fairly established brands.

Top manufacturers of cellular PVC include: CertainTeed (trim), Royal Building Product’s Celect line, and NuCedar. As this short list shows, whatever wood does for home siding, cellular PVC can do. This includes, lapboard, vertical boards, cedar shingles immigration, trim, etc.

Pricing Information – Part 1

NuCedar notes the cost as more expensive than fiber cement, and slightly less expensive than natural red cedar.

Thus, expect to pay in the range of $10.00 to $13.00 per sq. ft. of composite wood siding installed. This, in turn, would translate to roughly $23,000 to $30,000 for a typical two bedroom house.

Note: When it comes to pricing cellular PVC siding, it is not so easy to do. None of the manufacturers above convey such information in specific terms. This is perhaps due to the variation in application or desire to avoid sticker shock.

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How to Install Vinyl Siding – DIY Guide

Arguably, the best way to install lap vinyl siding is to get a professional siding contractor to do the job for you. That’s also twice as expensive as the alternative approach of doing it yourself. Since vinyl siding is only moderately challenging to install, at least on simple one-story homes, let’s walk through the process.

What this guide entails:

1. Tools and Materials for hanging siding
2. Insulation
3. Removing Old Siding
4. Quality Window and Door Trim
5. Preliminary Steps for Hanging Siding
6. Guide for Hanging Siding Pieces
7. Wrapping Up

Tools and Materials For Hanging Siding

The must have tools include:

  • Hammer – for fastening all pieces
  • Tin Snips – for cutting all pieces
  • Level – for aligning pieces horizontally and vertically
  • Tape Measure
  • Chalk line – ensures material is on a level line
  • Ladder(s)

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Additional tool considerations:

  • Speed square – marking pieces with straight edge or as miter square for marking angled cuts, also as a protractor for measuring roof pitch
  • Circular Saw – alternative tool to tin snips, need to use a proper blade
  • Saw Horse – if using a circular saw
  • Stud Finder – to locate the optimal place for nails that hang siding
  • (Do not use) A Nail Gun – Siding is hung, not tightly fastened to walls
  • Pencil and paper – for notes along the way
  • Another human – Not really a tool, but this isn’t a project you can do alone, get a friend to help

Materials:

  • Nails
  • Housewrap – also known as underlayment, provides moisture barrier, and sheathing over exterior walls
  • Siding system – which usually includes:
  • 12 foot siding panels (of your choice)
  • J-channel – often 12 ft. in length, trim pieces used for inside corners and around window, doors, etc.
  • Utility channel – also known as utility trim or undersill (often used under windows)
  • Corner moldings – also known as outside corner posts
  • Starter strips – where to start all walls that will receive siding
  • Drip Caps – additional pieces placed along top surfaces of doorways and windows.

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