Siding Calculator updated – prices udjusted to 2012 levels, redesigned look, fixed errors.

We are happy to announce that we just did a slew of improvements and fixes to our online free siding estimator. We have also updated siding prices calculation algorithm to better reflect current (May 2012) siding prices for both materials and installation labor.

House Siding Prices calculation:

Vinyl siding costs were adjusted to current (2012) levels for 3 vinyl siding materials. Since we originally designed the our calculator in 2010, the prices of vinyl siding (and to a much lesser degree, other siding materials) went up an average of 30-40% due to “oil price increase” … honestly this has nothing to do with price of oil, as vinyl siding does not use petroleum products – it is mostly suppliers / manufacturers of vinyl siding trying to make more money.

We also adjusted installation labor costs for all three types of vinyl siding, as our original prices were based more on “subcontractor” level of labor costs. However, many homeowners often hire a GC or a remodeling company to install their house siding, and pay higher per-square prices.

– We have added the setting of Roof Slope to the calculator. This setting will estimate amount of siding materials needed to be installed on angled gable sections of your house.

– We temporarily removed setting for house type (Gable / Hip / Colonial / Victorian), as it was overlapping with roof slope setting. We want to make this mechanism of calculations more intuitive – eg. if you choose roof type to be “Hip”, that will automatically disable roof slope setting, as it becomes unnecessary, since there are no angled wall sections on roof-type houses.

– Siding calculation results are now presented in single line, and you can choose individual siding material for which you want pricing. Old results were presented ad grid, with all materials listed, and corresponding prices besides the material. This however was pushing down the rest of the page and did not look “good”.

– As mentioned in previous point – there is now a new setting to choose a siding material for which you want to calculate price.

Design changes / minor bug fixes:

We’ve made the calculator look “cleaner”: the setting titles are now in a single line, spacing between the fields is increased slightly, and titles were fixed to be more intuitive.

We’ve also changed the width of the calculator, and as mentioned in a report on price calculations update, the results are now presented in a single line.

We’ve also noticed there were two settings there were not utilized, and affected how prices are calculated. We removed “Roof / House type” setting, and fixed roof pitch setting.

We plan to port this new design and improved functionality to our free siding estimator for contractors’ websites.

You don’t have to wait till we do it – go ahead and grab this free widget now, place it into a page on your website, and when we roll out the update, it will show up automatically.

Siding Calculator APP update:

Finally, we wanted to let you know that Siding Calculator app for Android platform is almost ready, while iPhone version of our Siding Calculator app is available in App Store already. Find it on your iPhone / iPad, using AppStore app by searching for “siding” or “siding calculator”, or get it it here.

The upcoming update to the app will include multiple house section (if you have several structures or a cut-up home), results saving and export fictions via email, and use of GPS location, to get address of the property you are estimating. Our development team is already hard at work on bringing these updates to you.

We will also publish a User video guide that will explain how to properly use siding calculator app (we’ve had many questions on how to calculate Hardie / Cedar siding, vs. vinyl siding, and it is easier to show this in a video, rather than using text guides.

Thank you and stay tuned –

Siding Estimating Software for Websites and mobile phones

This article will show you how to install our Siding Calculator on your company’s website. If you are interested in Siding Calculator App for iPhone and Android phones / tablets, click here.

With the recent update and improvements of siding calculator software (read more about it here) we now feel that siding calculator is ready for the prime-time or in other words to be available for installation on your website. We offer this free of charge, so now your clients will be able to estimate the siding materials and installation prices right on your site.

How does it work?

All you need to do to install a siding calculator on your site is to copy and paste little “snippet” code below and paste it anywhere on your webpage, between <body> and </body> tags. The calculator snippet is design to fit in a most common 640 px wide web-sight design, for most construction and siding installer websites it will fit right in. The calculator is using a black and white scheme, and no other color scheme will be offered (unless we create a custom calculator for you).

Siding Calculator snippet code – copy and paste AS IS – do not modify in any way and do not remove link to – we provide this great tool for free, so be courteous and link back to us!

Here is what siding calculator will look like on your website:

Benefits of adding Siding Calculator to your firm’s website:

  • Ability for your customers to get approximate price quote instantly, without wasting your time on those who will never be your customers.
  • Let your customers know what you charge for your siding services, which will prevent the sticker shock when you do a siding estimate.
  • Built trust for your siding business, because you advertise your prices online – shady roofing contractors don’t do it and the rarely even have a website!
  • Siding Calculator simplifies your sales process, as both customer and roof estimator are on the same page.

Basically, I found that siding calculator works AWESOME for us – people already know what to expect in terms of pricing when the estimator shows up to measure a roof, and you avoid the “jaw-dropping effect” for the most part. We also sell more jobs now (percentage wise, as compared to total number of siding estimates we do) and we avoid 95% of price shoppers/tire kickers. Also the calculator pages attract internet traffic by themselves, and these site visitors turn into customers!

Here is a video that will walk you through installation of siding calculator on your website. This video was made for our sister website – and will work the same way for you to install the siding calculator software.

Custom siding calculator software:

Although the siding calculator we offer for free is more or less universal, it may not work for everyone. If you need a siding calculator made to work for your business, we can make any adjustments to the siding materials, prices, installation costs or how these prices are calculated, as well as adjust the calculator look and feel to blend into your website.

Most modification will not require much programming and will cost $195 / year licensing fee. If you require some serious modifications, cost will be discussed on case by case basis.

Siding Calculator app for mobile phones: iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and WM7:

As you may or may not know we have already released and published our Roofing Calculator app for Android phones and tablets, in the Android Market. And now, the iPhone version of Siding Calculator app is available in App Store, with Android version on the way to the Market. Get Siding Calculator for iPhone now

Watch a short video of iPhone Siding Calculator:

Here is a demo video of Roofing Calculator app for Android:

Support for future BlackBerry phones and tablets will be almost native and will not require and reprogramming from Android platform. We plan to port this app to Windows Mobile 7 platform as soon as iPhone version is complete. Stay tuned…

Siding Calculator software update: Siding prices udjusted for house/roof type, roof pitch and number of floors.

Today we’ve added some major changes to the siding calculator algorithm which make it calculate siding materials and installation price much more accurately. New major algorithmic changes include addition of two new settings which will better define the type of your house and will help calculate siding materials more accurately:

Added House / Roof type settings for Gable, Hip, Multi Gable and Raised ranch types of homes

Before adding this function the siding calculator assumed that your house is just a box. Now it can account for the triangular sections of the wall, which are different depending on your roof type. Now it can make a difference between Hip, Gable, Multi-gable and Raised ranch types of roof and correctly calculate additional siding materials needed to be installed an these triangular walls sections, or not at all in case of a Hip roof, where the roof line is straight and the home is in fact a box.

Added roof pitch calculation to account different roof slopes

With the addition of house/roof types, it became important to also use the correct roof pitch can make a big difference in total siding cost calculation. Also even if your home is not that big, you still want to calculate siding prices as accurately as possible. We added a roof pitch selection with Flat, Low-slope, Medium-slope and High-slope options. These correspond to roof pitch of 0, 4, 8 and 12 respectively. Unlike calculating a roof size, in a siding calculator roof pitch will not make that huge of a difference when you go from 4 to 6 in 12 roof pitch. That is why we included only 4 options for the roof pitch.

Other changes to siding calculator algorithm

New siding calculator now assumes that you have 8-foot ceilings in your home, an thus each floor of your home is about 9 feet high. Before, siding calculations were based on 10 foot floors. Now a 4 story house will have a height of 36 feet instead of 40 feet previously, which can add significant error to overall siding prices calculation.

Also the siding calculator can now account for the odd shaped Raised Ranch homes, by adding 54 sq. ft. to the total siding area (a 3×9 feet bump-out on each side of the house). Roof slope is also calculated by adding 3 feet to the gable side (width). It is important that if you calculate siding materials for the raised ranch home, you measure the house at the bottom – just above the foundation, and do not add the front bump-out – the calculator will do it automatically.

Future features to be added to the calculator:

Functionality: Right now the siding calculator is nearly complete – the only few things we plan to add improve are the option to select ceiling height of your home, which can make a big difference in overall siding materials and prices calculation. Another major update we plan to include is the Soffit / Fascia installation which is common on most siding jobs – typically siding contractors will install perforated vinyl soffits and aluminum wrapping on all fascia boards / rakes, etc. The calculator already includes windows and door wraps with aluminum copping.

Under the hood: – right now the calculator does not account for siding materials waste on gables, and additional labor involved in installing the siding on an angled plane – we plan to add waste factor to gable roof types, to make siding prices calculation more in line with what siding contractors would charge. Second, we plan to add progressive siding prices algorithm for small jobs such as sheds, etc. Although most of the time, siding will be installed on entire house some jobs are small, while setup costs are the same, so we need to account for higher per sq. ft. pricing.

Siding Calculator for your company website

We plan to make the siding calculator available for construction companies and siding contractors who want to install it on their websites, so your customers can calculate the cost of a siding project online. This feature will be implemented within few days of this article. The siding calculator for website will be free of charge and will include reference to – optionally we can make a custom version for you, to match your site design, colors, and the siding materials that you install / siding prices that you charge – second option will come at a small annual fee.

Siding Prices and Installation

The least expensive siding materials are vinyl and aluminum. Wooden siding is usually much more expensive and it therefore has a reputation as a more luxurious, high end material, although it does not usually cost as much as stone or brick siding. The cost of installation can be just as influential on the overall cost of your new siding as the price of the material itself. You should make sure that you find out exactly how much it will cost you to buy your new siding and have it installed. It is also a good idea to shop around for a number of different quotes before you choose your supplier, in order to ensure that you are getting the best possible price. You may also want to consider the cost and effort involved in maintaining different types of siding when you are making your choice.

Quality Considerations

The quality of the material that you purchase for your home siding will be an important consideration since it will affect the appearance, durability and cost of the siding. Many home centers and other suppliers offer a selection of different types or qualities of siding for each type of material. This is particularly true with wooden siding. Higher quality materials will be more expensive, but this extra cost can be worthwhile in order to achieve the best aesthetic results and durability. The highest quality wooden siding will have fewer knots and it will be produced from the best types of wood. High quality vinyl siding, meanwhile, can be recognized by its superior appearance, which will look less artificial than the cheaper varieties of vinyl siding. The higher quality vinyl siding products will also tend to be heavier than the lower quality ones.


Wood siding can last for up to 30 years or more when it is being cared for properly. Vinyl siding is intended to be able to last as long as your home, although the quality of the material will determine how long it will actually last. Thicker, seamless vinyl tends to be more durable. Fiber cement siding can last up to 50 years. Natural and manufactured stone, and brick siding can last as long as your house. Stucco can last for 50 years or more.


Suppliers of siding will usually offer warranties on their products, with the length of the warranty varying between different types of siding material and siding of different qualities. The length of the warranty is a good indication of how durable the material is and how long it is likely to last. A longer warranty also offers you protection against any problems that may affect your siding in the future. It is, therefore, a good idea to find out about the warranties offered by your supplier and exactly what will be covered by these warranties.


Vinyl and aluminum siding is typically the easiest to maintain, requiring very little work. This can help to increase the savings of both time and money that can be made by choosing these types of siding. Wooden siding, while it is considered more luxurious and aesthetically appealing, usually takes more effort to maintain. This is particularly true if you have chosen to paint your wooden siding rather than to stain it, as the siding will then require more regular maintenance and repainting in order to keep it looking its best. Wood siding usually needs to be repainted or stained every four to ten years, depending on the climate and the quality of the paint or stain. The amount of maintenance that wood siding requires will also depend upon the type of wood that has been used to construct it. Cedar siding, for example, is a very durable material that typically requires little maintenance. In most cases, the maintenance required by wood siding will simply involve repainting or re-staining it when necessary, which could be as often as every few years.

Vinyl Siding installed on a Cape house

Fiber cement will require periodic repainting, but usually less often than wood. It usually only needs to be painted once every 15 to 20 years. Natural stone may require occasional mortar repairs, but is otherwise very low maintenance. Manufactured stone requires even less maintenance, although its appearance may occasionally be improved through washing it. Brick siding rarely requires maintenance. Stucco siding does not usually require much maintenance, although it will need to be repaired if a crack develops.

Fiber Cement Siding Installed on a house

Suppliers and Installation

You can buy your siding material directly from a home center, or you can buy it through the installer. Even if you intend to purchase your siding from the service that will be installing it, it is still sensible to consider the options that are available in order to ensure that you choose the right material for your home and avoid overspending.

If you are hiring a professional to install your siding, as most homeowners will find it necessary to do, then you should make sure that you choose a professional, reputable installation service. Brick and stone siding typically require professional installation, but you may be able to install some types of siding yourself. Ensuring that your siding has been installed properly will help to make sure that it lasts longer and that it looks as good as possible on your home. You should check that the supplier has experience fitting the type of siding that you have chosen, so that you can be sure they know exactly what they are doing. It is also a good idea to ask for recommendations from friends and relatives who may know a reliable supplier, or to try to find out more about a supplier’s reputation by checking online or consulting the Better Business Bureau. This will ensure that you choose a supplier who you can trust to do the job well. You should also make sure that you ensure your supplier knows the exact size of the area that needs to be sided and that they are aware of the quantity of material that will be required. It is also sensible to find out how long the work is likely to take to complete.