How to Estimate Siding

Gathering accurate siding measurements is an important part of home renovation. With this guide, you’ll be well on your way to understanding the precise amount of siding needed for any siding job. If you find this guide helpful, you may also enjoy our guide on roof measurements.

Siding Estimator

Save Time and Reduce Risks. Getting up on a ladder and taking measurements by hand is both dangerous and time consuming. If you want to save time and reduce the risk of injury, we’d recommend you try out the HOVER app. Just take a couple of pictures with your smartphone to receive a fully scaled 3D model with all exterior measurements of a home. This allows contractors to show different materials and colors on a customizable 3D model and provide more accurate pricing estimations. Download HOVER today. Your first property is on us, so try it risk-free.

Figure out your Exterior Wall Square Footage

Depending on the shape of each wall, you may have to take a variety of different measurements to to calculate the total square footage of your home’s exterior. Below are a few of the most common calculations you will need when determining square footage.

Rectangular Wall Measurements

Estimating the square footage for a rectangular portion of your wall is the easiest measurement you will take. Measure the height and width of the wall. Don’t worry about any small obstructions like doors or windows as you will want some extra material to account for any gaps. Then, multiply the height by the width to get the total square footage. If you have a garage door or other large obstruction, you’ll need to measure the square footage and subtract it from the square footage of the wall.

Triangular Wall Measurements

The initial process for triangular measurements is the same. Obtain the height at the peak of the triangle and measure the width. Multiplying the two together and then divide them by two to get the overall square footage for the triangular portion of your wall.

Measuring Other Shapes

You may encounter some surfaces of the wall with different shapes. In this case, try breaking the surface down into parts composed of rectangles and triangles. If this can’t be done, you can either get a rough estimate using the height and width or do a Google search to find the square footage formula of that particular shape.

Siding Materials

Similar to roofing, siding is measured in “Squares.” A ‘square’ is a unit that covers 100 square feet. Add up all of your square footage measurements to get the total and divide by 100 to determine the number of siding “squares” you will need to purchase. Using the total square footage, you can get some rough cost estimates for each material. Here are a few popular materials you can choose from:

Vinyl

Vinyl siding is a great choice for a home. It’s low-cost, durable, looks beautiful and the time needed to install it is minimal. So, this is an excellent option for homeowners working with a budget. The cost of vinyl siding is as low as $2 per square foot.

Wood

Wood is beautiful, but comes at a higher price and requires periodic maintenance. Wood siding costs can range up to $10 per square foot, not to mention additional costs for staining. This is a great option for homeowners on a larger budget.

Stucco

Stucco is one of the highest cost options at upwards of $30 per square foot, but if well maintained it will last a lifetime. Extra care should be taken when applying Stucco to avoid cracks. The durability is great for homeowners who plan to stay in their home for a long time.

Why use HOVER?

In addition to HOVER siding estimator providing accurate measurements and drawings most contractors are used to, HOVER also lets contractors see and interact with measurements on an interactive 3D model. Easily view soffit, fascia and flashing to cut down on your time taking measurements on the jobsite and calculating quotes in the office. HOVER measurements are accurate enough to quote any vinyl siding job and completely eliminate the need to re-measure.

Work Smarter Not Harder

With HOVER, you can easily estimate a siding job and order the right amount of material, so you can increase your profit margins. This will increase your profit margins. HOVER also allows you to share jobsite information with your crews so they fully understand the scope of the project. In turn, you can better schedule the number of people and materials needed to complete the job.

How Does HOVER Work?

Our patented technology calculates square footage and linear measurements for the roof, siding, windows, trim and more. Just snap a few photos of the exterior of the house with the HOVER app and our technology will take it from there. Once the digital property is complete, you will receive detailed exterior measurements and an interactive 3D model to help homeowners design their projects. HOVER’s measurements are the basis for its accurate vinyl siding estimator and will allow you to quote any job. Additionally, HOVER completely eliminates the need to re-measure your vinyl siding projects.

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