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Resource or Method for Quick Costing of Cladding

loopback | Posted in General Questions on

Evaluating exterior cladding options for a new build in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Does anyone have a suggestion for a quick method to ballpark cost different cladding options such as cement siding (in its multiple flavors), stucco, eifs, LP Smartsiding, etc.  Obviously I can do run the material pricing down and do a material cost estimate but I can only guess at the labor costs.  Any resources or suggestions?

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    Beyond very rough generalizations you can make on how much labour installing each cladding involves, like most other building costs, the amount you will pay depends on things like regional familiarity, the availability of contractors, the popularity of the cladding, etc.

    But even if you try and quantify theses variables, you will find a wide disparity between the quotes you get for the same cladding, never mind different ones. I know this sounds less than helpful, but what you will pay is entirely based on what you can find someone to do it for.

  2. plumb_bob | | #2

    Best bet is to get estimates from a variety of contractors.

    A very rough way to estimate costs is 50% material and 50% labour. This works better for some aspects of construction than others.

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      NICK KEENAN | | #4

      That's the rule I use when I have nothing else to go on. It's usually in the ballpark.

  3. loopback | | #3

    Thanks for the comments. I absolutely agree the estimate path is best, at this point just trying to get a filter mechanism to settle on the cladding type, then request the estimates so all are bidding on same design and materials. Again, appreciate the responses.

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