Vinyl Trim Cost

How much does it cost to install exterior or interior vinyl trim?

Trim can deteriorate over time, especially if it is on an older home, and it may require a replacement. New homes will need to have completely new trim installed. Vinyl crown molding and interior trim can add a new dynamic to an existing home or be added as a feature on a new home. In fact, vinyl is a relatively inexpensive material with many qualities that make it an excellent choice including its durability, low cost, and wide range of different designs and options.

In this cost guide, the cost of exterior vinyl 1 trim installation for a 2500 sq.ft. 2 story home is used as an example, as this is a common size for a single family home. For the interior trim installation cost, a 12’x16’ room is used as an example. The size of the home and the difficulty of the installation are two of the biggest factors that influence the total cost of vinyl 1 trim. Most trim installations require an expert as they can be dangerous for do-it-yourselfers with limited experience.

Cost breakdown

  • Exterior vinyl 1 trim costs approximately $2-$3 per linear foot unpainted, depending on the quality of the trim and not including installation costs. For a home that is 2500 sq.ft., it would require approximately 830 feet of external linear trim. The total cost for materials would be between $1660 and $2490.
  • Labor is an additional charge, and to install 830 feet of linear trim the project would take approximately 2 to 4 days (16 to 48 labor hours). Carpenters usually charge $70/hr., and the total labor cost would be between $1120 and $2240.
  • Most types of interior trim are made of wood. However, there are some types of crown moldings 2 that are made from vinyl 1. Crown moldings 2 are installed on ceilings, and for a 12’x16’ room, 192 linear feet would be needed. The material cost would be between $384 and $576 and the installation time would take about one half day, or $280 for four hours.
  • Additional materials that may be needed include weather grade 3 caulking 4, sealants 4, flashing 5, and weather resistant fasteners 6 which can add $200-$300 to the total material costs.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Exterior vinyl 1 trim usually arrives unpainted, and painting the trim with a particular color is usually an extra $1 per linear foot. For a 2500 sq. ft. home the cost would be an extra $830.
  • More detailed vinyl 1 trim beveled edges or patterns can add a premium of 20%-25% to the material cost.

Additional considerations and costs

  • If existing, exterior vinyl 1 trim needs to be removed, the cost is between $200-$400.
  • Homes that have more architectural details will require more work and an increase labor time by up to one day, which would add another $560 to labor costs.
  • If existing wood trim that has been water or weather damaged, it won't cost extra to remove. However, if there are underlying structures that need to be repaired, there will be an extra cost to hire a carpenter to fix them, for which most carpenters charge $40-$50/hr.
  • Installing vinyl 1 trim on the second floor of a home will take more time because of the added height and safety requirements, and this can add 10%-30% to labor costs compared to installing trim on just the first floor.
  • Vinyl 1 is typically comparable to wood in price and substantially less expensive than metal.
  • Consider the current type of siding you have before deciding on vinyl 1 trim. Vinyl 1 trim can go well with almost any type of siding, but there are some types of siding like stone veneer 7 or manufactured stone 8 that may look better with wood trim.
  • Vinyl 1 trim can often last longer than other types of materials like wood because it isn’t damaged by water or insects, and high quality vinyl 1 can last a lifetime with the proper care.
  • Vinyl 1 is often used for trim because of its durability compared to wood. It does not expand or contract as much as wood, making it more resilient to the elements. It has a lower maintenance requirement and it is difficult to distinguish from either metal or wood.
  • If there is asbestos 9 in the old trim paint, an expert has to be hired for the trim removal. This is a specialized service that usually costs 2 to 5 times more than regular trim removal.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
2 Crown moldings: A decorative finish that adds interest to the area where the top of a window meets the wall, or lines the area where the wall meets the ceiling
3 Grade: The process of evening out the ground's surface, making it either flat or sloped.
4 Caulking: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant
5 Flashing: Pieces of sheet metal used on roofs to cover joints, such as where the roof meets the wall, or around a chimney or skylight, to protect them and prevent water leaking through
6 Fasteners: Hardware used to attach two or more objects to each other. A common example is a nail
7 Veneer: A thin layer of decorative finishing applied to a coarser construction material
8 Manufactured stone: A building material made from concrete set in molds and then painted to look like stone.
9 Asbestos: A group of fire-resistant silicate minerals found in construction materials including paint, particularly in older homes. When the asbestos deteriorates, particles can become airborne and this is a serious health hazard.

Cost to install exterior or interior vinyl trim varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Amarillo, TX
-15%
Antioch, TN
+18%
Arlington, TX
+6%
Athens, GA
-9%
Attleboro, MA
+7%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Berwyn, PA
+31%
Boise, ID
-11%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Carteret, NJ
+39%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Charlotte, NC
+6%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, NY
+35%
Covington, LA
+10%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Fargo, ND
-1%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Gruver, TX
-23%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hollis, NY
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jaffrey, NH
+6%
Killeen, TX
-27%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Lancaster, SC
-29%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Merced, CA
-25%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Orem, UT
-25%
Owensboro, KY
-28%
Passaic, NJ
+26%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Pompano Beach, FL
+2%
Port Saint Lucie, FL
-18%

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