Before you contact your local siding and window replacement companies, it’s best to have a clear idea of what your new siding will look like. There are a lot of factors you need to consider when installing siding boards. These include choosing the right colors, finding the right type of siding and even scheduling the dates when the job would be done. One of the most overlooked parts of planning for a siding replacement, however, is estimating how much siding you’ll actually need for your project.
When you hire a professional to handle your siding replacement, they will help you make the correct calculations that will tell you the amount of siding you need. However, knowing how to make this estimation yourself can give you a rough but fairly accurate idea when budgeting for the project. Here are a few tips from our experts at John Henderson Construction on how to calculate how much siding your replacement project will need.
Types of Siding
The first factor that siding and gutter companies consider is the type of siding you want to install. Heavier materials like fiber cement are often manufactured in bigger standard sizes so they don’t weigh down on your walls as much. Lighter materials like vinyl, however, can be installed in higher amounts as homes can often handle their weight better.
Once you know what material you want, it’s easy to find information on their standard sizes. First, measure the length and height of your wall to get proper square footage. Divide this number by the dimensions of your chosen siding. The answer you’ll get is a rough estimate of how much siding is needed to cover that wall.
For shingles, however, siding replacement companies have a more complicated way of estimating siding amounts. It’s best to leave this to a professional as they can give you a more accurate estimate of how much siding your project will require.
At John Henderson Construction, we are the area’s leading provider of siding replacement, installation, maintenance and repair services. Give us a call at RI: (401) 615-2224, CT: (860) 415-4055, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today.