The Cost to Fit uPVC Wall Cladding

All you need to know about the associated costs of fitting uPVC wall cladding including materials, labour and time frames.

Wall Cladding Cost

What the job entails

Most people when considering wall cladding will be looking at having timber cladding replaced with a uPVC cladding product. This makes sense as cladding gets battered by the elements 24/7 and timber cladding boards need frequent painting/sealing every few years, even then they will not last forever. To fit uPVC cladding in most cases will require the old timber cladding to be removed, though you can cap over old timber with uPVC cladding if the old timber is in decent condition to save money on labour costs. However, fixing uPVC cladding over rotten timber boards is a false economy, the job will not last and you will end up spending more money in the long run!

Some cladding installers will erect their own scaffold access towers, but many will use a specialist scaffold company. Quotes for uPVC cladding do not normally include any additional insulation or backing felt, so if you require extra insulation to improve the thermal properties of the external walls then this would normally be quoted separately if required. Most new uPVC cladding boards on the market are white, and although there is a wide choice of colours available today, white is much cheaper and therefore much more common.

When removing old timber cladding be prepared for some damage to the wall surface underneath and budget for some remedial cement/rendering work. If the timber cladding is rotten then expect all the external timber to need replacing, such as the fascia and soffit for example, perhaps even doors and windows/frames too. It may be a good idea to have all your external timber replaced with maintenance free uPVC at the same time.

If you currently have stained timber cladding boards and want a similar woodgrain type finish with uPVC then there are a few options with uPVC woodgrain effects. But there is a huge difference in cost between white and wood effect uPVC boards, woodgrain uPVC cladding can often cost double the price of a standard uPVC white finish cladding boards.

Be wary about cowboy outfits cold calling you with cheap quotes for new cladding, often these companies will cap over existing rotten timber with very thin uPVC boards for a job that will not last any time at all. Many will offer 10 year guarantees but these turn out to be worthless as the companies will be long gone and operating under a different name within a couple of years, if you can even track them down at all! Stick with reputable companies with a good track history offering insurance backed guarantees and qualified, professional tradesman!

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Cost to Fit Wall Cladding

To replace cladding boards to one wall of house underneath the gable, would typically cost around £1500. This would include the removal of the old timber cladding, replacing with white uPVC and also the disposal of all waste material. The same job but replacing the timber with brown/woodgrain effect uPVC cladding boards would cost around £2000. These prices are rough guides only and factors such as location, access and square area of cladding boards required will of course affect he actual price.

This average price can vary greatly depending on location, access and cost per square metere of cladding boards.

A tradesmen will often charge around £150 to £200 a day in labour when installing uPVC cladding. Tradesmen will likely work in a pair to install cladding on a property or on their own if it is a smaller job. The job will likely take around 2-3 days to complete one side of a property but will take longer if all sides of the property are cladded.

Below are some estimated costs of hiring a tradesmen to fit uPVC cladding to the gable end of a 2-storey house:

Job Description Avg. Cost Duration
Install White uPVC Cladding Boards £1500 2-3 days
Install Brown/ Woodgrain Cladding Boards £2000 2-3 day
Install Cladding on a Porch £250 1 day


Cost Breakdown

Individual costs for hiring a roofer to Install white uPVC Cladding Boards to the gable end of a 2-storey house - Total Cost: £1500

40%

Materials & Waste
£600

50%

Tradesmen
£750

10%

Scaffolding
£150

FAQ's

External cladding is a method of weather proofing the walls while enhancing the looks. Cladding panels are available in a variety of different materials including timber, aluminium and uPVC. Both uPVC and aluminium require virtually no maintenance when compared to timber, but uPVC is cheaper alternative to wood and aluminium and can be manufactured with different finishes to mimic traditional timber finishes.

Cladding can be applied to traditional brickwork, block or timber framed buildings. External cladding boards available in different profiles too including square edge, feather edge, shiplap, tongued and grooved, and shiplap tongued and grooved. But the price differences between these different profiles are negligible, by far the biggest factor affecting uPVC cladding prices is whether you settle for plain white uPVC cladding or you select a timber/woodgrain effect cladding board. With your location coming a close second (labour costs are much higher in and around London/Home Counties).

Aluminium cladding is popular in other countries around the world, particularly North America where it is called “Aluminium Siding” (and featured in the fantastic 1987 movie ‘Tin Men’ starring Richard Dreyfuss and Danny DeVito exploring the cutthroat side of the sales industry), but Aluminium as a cladding material has yet to catch on in the UK as it is rather expensive.
uPVC cladding boards are available in a wide range of colours and finishes giving you a plenty of options. It is a durable and weather-proof material that requires little to no maintenance while enhancing your home’s thermal insulation and reducing heating costs. uPVC is water resistant and not susceptible to rot (like timber) so the cladding will last a long time with no sealing or painting required.

uPVC is lightweight and easy to work with so can be installed on a DIY basis if you have the right tools and equipment. If you want to achieve a timber or wood finish, then uPVC cladding can create just the look you want in a variety of colours and styles but at a much cheaper price than other materials. The only real maintenance required with uPVC is to simply wash the boards in soapy water every couple of years – a far cry from the seemingly never ending painting/sealing and repairing of timber cladding!
Cladding looks great on almost all wall surfaces and is especially popular on porches or garages. The cladding board products themselves are easy to use and require little in the way of specialised tools. So, if you are an accomplished DIY enthusiast, then wall cladding is very much an achievable DIY project. However, exterior wall cladding for an entire house or for a high building is a completely different story. For these jobs you will require safe access equipment such as scaffolding and this is beyond the scope of a DIY project.