* 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
The following items are
charged as extras. Some Contractors may
automatically include them to be covered in the
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
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
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
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).
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!
Sills and Mulls are
covered with coil stock. The pieces are formed
with a metal brake and hand fitted.
Wood should be replaced
before siding is applied for many obvious
Labor: Many times extra
labor is required to prepare the house for
siding, expect to pay for it.
on ladders: It goes slow and
costs more when the installers work on ladders, a
little riskier too!
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
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
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
factors determine the cost of a Custom Window
Above all: Quality of Materials and Construction.
such as Tilting Sash for easy cleaning inside the
Type of Glass used: "E Glass Sun Glass
Gas filled (insulated) windows are more efficient
and cost more. The gas actually slows down the
conduction and/or convection of heat transfer.
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.
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
There are many factors that when pointed out by
the Rep will make sense to you or it won't.
ALL WINDOWS ARE NOT EQUAL!
Do it right and you only do
Good windows keep you toasty
warm in the winter and cool as a cucumber in the
summer. Lowers those energy bills too!