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After looking at the same facade for decades, it's no surprise that you may start thinking about updating your home's exterior but may also be a little nervous about getting started. Being hesitant about exterior renovation is definitely normal when it comes to price and where to begin. Luckily, you no longer have to break the bank or go through drastic construction when changing the look of your home. One of the most cost-effective and creative ways to transform your home is to do it with siding installation. Installing new siding or putting up replacement siding can dramatically transform your house into an amazing head turning home.

When choosing a siding material, the best route to go is vinyl. Vinyl siding is the most popular choice of siding material to use among homeowners. It has an endless amount of choices when it comes to colors and style options, while still remaining affordable. If you are interested in using vinyl siding to change your home, it's a good idea to calculate how much material you'll need by taking a few measurements. Finding how much material you need for your project is pretty simple. This is even a good idea if you're hiring a contractor, so you will be able to get a general idea of how much materials cost for your project. Before measuring for your vinyl siding width and length, it’s a good idea to get the amount of trim that is needed also. Before you start measurements, it’s a good idea to know what types of trim there are and how to measure them.


There are a few different trim types you should know about before estimating the amount of trim needed for your project. Check out the different types below to learn what they are used for and how you can measure the amount you’ll need.


This trim is used to hide exposed edges on the side of your vinyl siding. It’s often used on the edges of doors, windows, and the highest part of the wall under the soffit. It’s also great for the corners where vinyl siding laps a different type of siding or trim. When you add up how much vinyl siding is needed, you will be able to calculate how much J-channel you will need for your project.


Starter strips are another type of trim that is used at the bottom of the walls to provide secure attachment to the lowest piece of vinyl on the wall. This gives the bottom of your siding a professional and even look. You'll mainly use starter strips around the bottom of your wall. To get exact measurements for your starter strips, you'll only have to measure the siding that runs along the bottom of the wall.


Undersill, also called utility trim is horizontally installed to cover up the top edge of the vinyl siding. This is usually used underneath window sills and at the top wall that meets the soffit.  To find out how much utility trim you will need, measure each surface that is exposed at the top of the siding.


This special type of trim is used to cover the outside edge of vinyl that sticks out of the outside corner of your walls. It gives your project the perfect finished look. To get the amount of how much corner trim you will need to use, measure the height of each corner and add them together. Do the same process for both inside and outside corners.


Now that you have your trim calculated, it’s time to figure out the siding size. This will help you know close to how much all your materials will cost for your siding installation. Though you should be very careful when measuring, it is not a tough task. When you purchase vinyl siding, it is always sold by the square. One square is approximately 100 square feet. All of the accessories needed will also come in 12-foot lengths. This makes it easy for you to quickly add up how much material you'll need by using simple multiplication.

To find out the number of squares you'll need, you are going to measure the square footage and divide it by 100. Begin by measuring one by one, the height and width of the walls to your home. Multiple each height and length measurement to find out the square footage of your walls. Afterward, add those two numbers together to find the total amount of square feet. Take the total and divide it by 100 to figure out the number of squares you'll need to order for your vinyl siding.

Knowing the type of trim you will be using is essential when measuring your vinyl siding. Also, remember that you should always order 10% more of the material you'll need in case of mistakes occur if you are installing it on your own. Whether you are doing a replacement siding job or installing new siding, it's important to know how to measure for vinyl siding so you can get a rough estimate of how much the whole job will cost. Once you know the cost of your projects, you should call a trusted contractor to help with installation.


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