07:17AM | 04/28/04
Member Since: 04/27/04
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We live in a 2 story twin home and need our old aluminum siding replace with vinyl. Neighbor attached also wants the work done.

Small house with about 11 squares per house and front first floor wall is faux stone so not included.

We have fairly new soffits which will stay and only want the window retrimmed. No spouting either.

Job consists of replacing aluminum on second floor, studding out brick first floor to cover with siding and going over T-111 enclosed back porch.

The estimates are very high I think. (We live in NE PA and home worth about $80,000).

I think they look at it as TWO jobs and got estimates so far of $5950, $4500 and even $7000. Those numbers are PER SIDE so double that for the entire house. $14,000!!???

Only difference I can see is the $5950 will use Tyvek wrap underneath where the other estimates said an "insualtion board".

My question is why the range, how to determine who to hire and don't these prices seem high for no soffits or spouting?

(We are looking to use Mastic Brentwood or Certainteen Monogram which is about $50 per square as far as I can tell.)

Any advice please!!


06:39PM | 04/28/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1280 lifetime posts
You should never buy a job based on price alone. Check references, see past jobs by each contractor, check references, see if they are licensed and insured, and Oh By the way, doid I mention that you should check their references? By the time you put in the work you need to do on this, the air will clear and you will have a good idea who you want working on your house.

Their canbe a diozen reasons for the spread in costs. Forinstance, I once estimated a job at $55.000 and a friend of mine in the same business provided a firm bid to the client of $50,000. I wasn't suprised that he got the work. his men are far less experienced than mine and worked for lower wages. Also, noit suprisingly, the clients recieved a lower standard of work in manyu of the finer details. my friend also admitted to me later that he ended up wishing I had gotten the job, because he bid it too close and did not make any money beyond his wages.

A business man who knows his costs is more likely to still be in busimess in a few years if you are likely to need follow up service. this part of the industry is full of fly-by-night, uninsured scam artists who know little about doing quality work. The only way for you to find this out is the check their references.

Excellence is its own reward!


02:26PM | 05/02/04
Member Since: 01/28/03
693 lifetime posts
I live in NEPA and going rates for siding replacement here is about $250-$300 per square TOPS. That is including all permits, debris removal, materials and labor.

The prices you quoted would be correct if they inlcuded both sides. Are you sure you are reading the estimates properly?

If not the prices are at least 2X more than the going rate.

Only other explanation for ushc high rates is that your house has features that make this a very difficult siding job indeed.


04:11AM | 05/03/04
Member Since: 04/27/04
3 lifetime posts
Thanks homebild and I new I wasn't crazy.

What does the price per square you quoted include? Tear off, foam board, window trim and installation with J channel and trim?

Some labor intensive stuff if we have the brick done, like lathing out and then retrimming two windows to pad them out to meet, and it is small with lots of cutting I am sure.

But I too feel these estimates really high and when I voiced my opinion to one contractor about the prices not making sense and higher than I expected he said it was because "I knew too much!!" Now that is scary and makes this process even more difficult. Should I play dumb, not ask any questions and let them just do it the most profitable way for them?

Can't wait until this is over, if it ever does get done.

Ready to forget going over the brick to see how the estimates change.
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