Two types of siding--vinyl and shingles--are very different sorts of siding by comparison. Not only are they very different in appearance, but also in the way that they are installed. Here is a comparison of shingle siding and vinyl siding, and how it impacts your overall roofing costs.
This type of siding involves numerous single shingles and each one has to be adhered to the shingle below it and to the house itself. While it provides a very distinct and unique appearance for your home, it is very labor-intensive for the siding contractors. If the shingles are not pre-cut, then the contractor's crew has to measure and cut every single shingle, taking time to make dozens of individual shingles before installing them on your home. That means you are charged for the extra labor required to complete these extra tasks. Shingle siding also requires a filler underneath so that there are no openings to the inner wall of your house. Usually, this means a type of tar or other sealant, which means additional costs extended to you to have this type of siding applied.
Vinyl siding is probably the most commonly used siding available. It is also (typically) the least expensive. It installs quickly and easily, as sheets, which overlap and are tucked under the corner ribs. Your contractor and his or her crew may use some small nails or screws to tack the siding onto the house, but generally the siding is loose enough that you can pick up a couple layers and look at the insulation underneath. This allows the house to "breathe" a little all year long. When you hire a siding contractor to put this type of siding on your home, he or she already knows how quickly the job will probably be finished and has a pretty good idea how much it will cost.
The Differences Between These Two Types of Siding
When a siding contractor is asked to do one of these two types of siding, he or she already knows that A) the shingle siding is going to take a long time to finish, B) the vinyl siding is quicker and cheaper and C) more man hours and specialty supplies will be needed for shingle siding, thus making this job much more expensive for the homeowner. However, if you can afford the shingle siding and that is what you want, most contractors should be able to install it no problem.