Vinyl Shingle Siding
Vinyl shingle siding is also known as cedar vinyl siding, and each manufacturer has their own product line. The basic idea of vinyl shingle siding is to provide a maintenance free cladding with all the benefits of vinyl, but to capture the look of a wood shingle exterior. Vinyl shingle siding is thicker and more expensive than traditional siding, yet is less expensive than wood. If you are considering vinyl shingle siding one of the best suggestions we have is to ask your contractor for a few local jobs where they installed vinyl shingle siding. We have a short driving tour of 8 jobs within 3 streets so that our clients can view some of the vinyl shingle siding installations we've completed. These jobs seem to be viral, as once one is put into place they result is so good that when the next neighbor is looking to remodel they specifically request the vinyl shingle siding that looks so good on the house down the street.
When budgeting for vinyl shingle siding as opposed to traditional panel style, plan on about 50% higher installed cost. For example, a $9,000 in traditional panels ( with trim, gutters, insulation, shutters etc ) may run $13,500 for the same house in vinyl shingle siding instead.
As with all installations, make sure you discuss your choice in colors with your contractor, as some deep, dark colors can increase the installation cost of your vinyl shingle siding. A last cost saving tip that is very popular here in Boston and the Northeast in general where colonial homes, cape houses and ranches are the most common home style, many homeowners have chosen to use the vinyl shingle style on the front of the house, with matching color panel style on the sides and back.