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House Siding Cost: How to Estimate

Updated on April 26, 2017
House siding.
House siding.


Before venturing into anything, coming up with an estimate of its cost is critical. It allows you to procure the correct number of materials, come up with the right work completion period, and of course, get hold of enough budget.

This rule significantly applies to knowing the overall cost of putting siding to your house walls. Although there are many siding contractors now that offers free estimate of the total cost, sometimes it pays off to know the process yourself.

This can broaden your knowledge so by the time you contact a siding contractor, everything will proceed smoothly. Unnecessary interruptions for questions can be prevented.

Now this estimating process is kind of physical. It will require you to stand up and go around the house. But before that, get a calculator for easier and faster calculation, writing pad for the sketch and diagram, pencil or ballpen, as well as a measuring tape.

The Process of Estimating

First, choose any side of your property to do the first measurement. Once you’ve selected a particular exterior wall, get your paper and draw it on there. When done, use rectangles as well as triangles to divide the wall drawing on your writing pad.

Second, go back to the house wall you’ve chosen, get your measuring tape and measure the wall’s rectangles as well as triangles. Every after you measure, write the size or area on the house wall you’ve drawn on your writing pad corresponding to where it’s located for easy reference later on. Be very precise in doing this.

Third, keep doing the second step until you finish measuring the entire property. If your house is big, then it would really take time. Also be very careful if you need to climb up a ladder just to get the exact measurement. It is even better if you have an assistant; he or she will be the one to record the measurement while you do the measuring. It will be more efficient this way.

Fourth, of course, rest for a while before you do the calculation. You will have more focus in calculating if you have fresh mind and satisfied stomach. So once you’re feeling refreshed, get the paper and add up all the area you’ve come up with. To find out the area of rectangles, just multiply the height by its length. For the triangles, you multiply height by its length and then divide the product by two. Know that this is the general formula to follow whatever the variety of your rectangles and triangles.

Fifth, get the sum of the areas so you can derive your home’s total exterior wall area for the siding installation. This will be the basis in determining the number of sidings you need and duration of the work required.

Sixth, it is now time to know the cost of siding needed in every square footage. You multiply the area you got previously by the cost of siding per square foot. After that, if you want to get a more specific estimated cost, add the tax on it.


So there you have it. Through these steps, you will know how much budget you need for the siding installation more or less. Just in case you don’t have time for this, just contact the experienced professionals near you just like the siding contractors in Grosse Ile Michigan.


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