Vinyl siding, a polymer or plastic made from polyvinyl chloride, can last for many years. Manufacturers of vinyl siding often adhere to the American Society for Testing and Materials standards for manufacturing the product. Local and state jurisdictions use ASTM standards voluntarily to develop building and inspection codes.
Many local jurisdictions require a permit to perform extensive work to the outside of a home, which includes putting on new vinyl siding. To obtain a permit, contact the local building inspection office and fill out the required paperwork. The permit costs a fee, which varies by each jurisdiction.
Vinyl siding is generally sold in long, vertical pieces. At the time of publication, contractors were charging between $2 and $7 per square foot, based on the sidings exterior square footage. Siding on a mobile home is approximately 10 feet tall. To estimate the cost of the vinyl siding, you'll need to add the square footage of all four sides of the trailer. Assuming your trailer's outside walls are 10 feet high, you'll have 140-square-foot trailer ends and 700-square-foot sides, for a total of 1,680 square feet. The cost to put in new vinyl siding on a 14 x 70 trailer cost ranges, at the time of publication, would start just above $3,000 and climb to $12,000 or more.
Installing new vinyl siding requires removing existing siding and purchasing other fixtures such as soffits and corner panels. Other fixtures including outside faucets and vents are removed, reinstalled or replaced. Removing old siding and insulation requires renting a trash disposal container to haul away and dispose of the old siding. Contractors generally charge additional fees for these supplies and services. Additional costs average $1,000 to $3,000.
Whether you choose to do the work yourself or hire a contractor, include all of the costs and time required to completing the project. Receive detailed estimates from contractors to ensure all costs are included. Contractors with extensive experience can give a general cost per square foot based on the labor, time and supplies required to do the job, but they should nevertheless supply detailed information. Ask each contractor for references from customers who had similar projects completed by the contractor. Call each reference to ensure the contractor did those jobs satisfactorily.