How much does it cost to install liquid siding?
Liquid siding is a vinyl-based covering that is applied either directly on the walls or on top of the existing siding. Many homeowners that want the look of paint without the regular maintenance (scraping, sanding and repainting) view it as a cheaper alternative, since it's applied like paint and sprayed on. Many liquid siding manufacturers have claimed that their product provides consumers with an insulation value of R-20. However, it should be taken into account that the Federal Trade Comission (FTC) has ruled that these claims are false and have violated federal law.
Prices vary depending on the size of the house, the condition of the walls, and other factors. It will typically cost $3-$5 per square foot to install liquid siding 1 to a 1,000 square foot addition.
- Materials: liquid siding 1 is typically applied by speciality contractors that use a proprietary siding spray product. The material and labor costs are generally lumped together for the final bill, but plan on spending $1.50-$3.50 per square foot on materials, for a total of $1500-$3000 for a 1000 square foot addition.
- Labor: contractors typically charge $40-$50 per hour to install liquid siding 1 and will require four to seven days (20 to 30 labor hours - $800-$1600) to complete the project on a 1000 square foot addition.
Enhancement and improvement costs
- Homes with multiple stories or architectural details like uniquely shaped windows, shutters, or porches, typically require higher labor costs because it takes more time to work around those details. Plan to add an additional day of labor costs ($400) and time to your project if your home is more detailed.
Additional considerations and costs
- Your home does need to dry thoroughly after the cleaning, which can take a couple of days in between the cleaning and the application of the liquid siding 1.
- If being applied on top of the existing siding, you should consider the fact that liquid siding 1 is only as good as the material it is put on. If your siding is in bad shape, it will not repair it, and may not even adhere very well. It is best applied to brand new siding that needs to be painted or stained for the first time.
- If you are putting up new siding on an addition, and want liquid siding 1 on top of this, keep in mind that you will need to pay for the new siding (typically cedar) and then, for the liquid siding 1. You will save on painting the new siding, however, because the liquid siding 1 is used in lieu of paint.
- Although many liquid siding 1 products claim to be non-peeling and non-chipping, many homeowners report needing repairs or patch jobs within 5-10 years. This doesn't happen in every case, therefore it is good to plan for it just in case.
- Liquid siding 1 is permanently attached to your siding. Unlike paint, it’s very difficult to change the color of your siding in a few years if this what you intend to do.
- DIY homeowners cannot apply liquid siding 1, since it must be applied by professionals due to the process, which differs from simply applying paint.