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How Much Does It Cost to Install Siding?
Our visitors often ask us the following questions about siding:
- How much does siding installation cost?
- How much does siding replacement cost?
- Are there other costs involved with siding replacement?
- Do you charge a removal / disposal fee?
Siding is your home or business’s first line of defense against the elements and insects, all of which can do costly damage to your structure. While siding pricing can differ greatly based on a number of factors, we think it’s important to arm our customers with some basic information on the average cost of common siding projects. The amount of siding you’ll need is easily calculated by some basic math: the length of each side of your home or business multiplied by the height of each side will give you the total siding needed. Since the average home is about 2,200 square feet, using the above formula results in about 2,800 feet of required siding materials on average. Most contractors add additional costs for specialized house wrapping or insulation, fascia, soffits and window channels, and trim, crown moldings and corner boards.
There are other costs associated with siding replacement, including repairing structural damage hidden by old siding. This may include water damage, mold, or insect infestation, all of which will increase the total cost of the siding project, but is necessary to prevent further damage and a fresh start for the new siding. Finally, it’s important to check with your siding contractor to see if siding disposal and removal is included in the estimate you receive, or if it is an additional fee.
Siding installation Cost
Aluminum Siding Cost
Aluminum siding has enjoyed great popularity for some time due to its relatively low cost, high level of durability, and great looks. It has the added benefit of being fireproof and resists insects like termites quite well. Aluminum siding lasts quite a while – often between 35 – 40 years. However, over a long enough period of time, aluminum siding may fade or develop a chalky appearance, and also is prone to dents from storm damage, for example. Finally, though it is rare, in some climates aluminum siding is prone to corrosion.
Aluminum siding costs approximately $3 – $6 per foot on average, which means that for a typical home with 1,500 square feet of siding needed, the total installation cost will be $4,500 – $9,000. Another option is aluminum siding with a vinyl coating, which can reduce some of the denting and fading, and costs $1 – $3 more per foot than traditional vinyl siding, which runs $4 – $9 per foot. Removal of old siding may be an extra charge.
Here’s some other important things you need to know about aluminum siding pricing:
Maintenance – aluminum siding requires very little maintenance, which is one of the reasons why it is so popular. The most common maintenance is repairing dents or scratches from some sort of exterior damage, which is important to avoid further damage. Other than that, the only other common maintenance is a fresh coat of paint every 10 – 20 years, which can prolong the life of the siding.
Installation Techniques – Though aluminum siding installation could be a DIY project, there are some great reasons to consider hiring professional siding contractors. If improperly installed, you run the risk of opening your home to damage from water and insects, which could be much more costly than using a local siding installation company for the task. Professionals can also ensure that the house wrapping is performed correctly, which can increase your home’s energy efficiency, saving you money in the long run.
Brick Veneer Siding Cost
Brick is a premium siding option that offers many benefits to home or business owners looking for the highest strength and durability among siding options and who don’t mind paying more for the quality. Lasting one hundred years or more, it’s tough to beat brick for its great appearance and low maintenance. While its one downside is cost, brick veneer siding is an affordable option that offers many of the benefits of real brick with a lower cost. Brick siding also provides superior insulating properties, which can save on energy costs and cut down on noise. Finally, many of our customers here at Roofing Group consider brick siding and brick veneer siding to be an investment that can really add to the value of a home or business, not only in terms of curb appeal but the total value of the property.
Brick and brick veneer siding pricing varies by region and the quality of the materials used, but there are some averages you can use for budgeting purposes. As always, the brick siding experts at Roofing Group would be happy to provide you with a free estimate on your next project, so don’t hesitate to contact us for the most accurate pricing for your unique situation. On average, real brick siding costs $6 – $15 per square foot installed. So, for example, for a home of 1,500 exterior square feet requiring siding, that’s a total cost of $9,000 – $22,500. Brick veneer siding is more affordable at $5 – $10 per square foot, or $7,500 – $15,000 total for a house with 1,500 exterior square feet. Also, you may be charged an additional fee to remove old siding.
Other important things to know about brick siding pricing:
Maintenance – Brick and brick veneer siding require very little maintenance. For the first 25 years, exterior powerwashing is recommended, and after 25 years, we recommend occasional inspection to ensure that the mortar between bricks is holding to prevent moisture infiltration.
Installation Techniques – Brick siding is a difficult installation project and requires tools and experience beyond the typical DIY project. For that reason, very few people attempt to install brick siding themselves, instead hiring a professional team of practiced brick siding installers like those at Siding Contractor.
Cedar Shingle Siding / Wood Clapboard Siding Cost
Traditional wood siding is still a popular choice among many of our customers because its appealing look is difficult to replicate. The two most popular types of wood siding we install are cedar shingle siding and wood clapboard siding. They both offer the similar aesthetic appeal, and the choice comes down to individual preference. Wood clapboard siding is most often made from pine, fir, and spruce, which are economical but must be maintained carefully to avoid rot. Cedar shingle siding, on the other hand, resists moisture and insects better, which is reflected in its higher price tag.
Generally, you can expect to pay $5 – $6 per square foot for installed wood clapboard siding made from pine, fir, or spruce, for a total home installation cost of around $7,500 for a house with 1,500 square feet of siding required. Cedar shingle siding runs $6 – $8 per installed square foot, for a total cost of around $9,000 – $12,000. Check to see if there’s an additional charge for removing and disposing of old siding.
More information about cedar shingle siding / wood clapboard siding pricing:
Maintenance – wood siding requires regular maintenance, which is why some customers tend to shy away from it. For those who do choose this beautiful siding option, regular wood siding maintenance includes painting or staining every 4 – 6 years, applying a fungicide and / or mildew retardant every 3 years in hot climates, and applying an oil finish every 5 years in very dry climates. If properly maintained, wood siding can last upwards of 30 years. We recommend our customers include the maintenance costs associated with wood siding while budgeting and comparing with other siding options. Those desiring the look of wood siding but are intimidated by the maintenance aspect should consider engineered wood siding – see the section below for more information.
Installation Techniques – There is a certain art to properly installing wood siding, but some home and business owners attempt to install it themselves. The complexity of your structure may determine how important it is to hire a professional.
Engineered Wood Siding Cost
As mentioned previously in the cedar shingle siding and wood clapboard siding section, the look of real wood siding is highly desirable and adds a distinctive charm to any home or business. However, the extensive maintenance required for real wood siding scares many people away. Luckily, engineered wood siding is a great alternative, blending the gorgeous appearance of real wood siding with the lower maintenance associated with synthetic siding materials, all at a lower cost than real wood siding. Engineered wood siding is created by compressing saw dust and / or wood flakes and a bonding agent for strength, and then treated with a substance that resists insects and rot, the main culprits causing undue headaches for real wood siding owners. Engineered wood siding comes in both pre-primed options for painting to your specifications, or pre-finished in a variety of colors and styles, all with the appearance of real wood.
Engineered wood siding cost is less expensive than its real wood counterparts, ranging from $3 – $5 per square foot, for a total of $3,750 to $7,500 for 1,500 square feet. Most engineered wood siding comes with substantial manufacturer’s warranties.
Additional things to know about engineered wood siding pricing:
Maintenance – Engineered wood siding still requires maintenance, though much less frequently than real wood siding. Inspect it regularly for issues to avoid more costly repairs down the road.
Installation Techniques – Since engineered wood siding is lighter than real wood siding, it is more practical for DIYers, but care should still be taken to ensure that there are no gaps for moisture or insects to penetrate the exterior and wreak havok. A professional engineered wood siding installation company like Roofing Group has the skills and knowledge you need to produce the best result every time.
Cement Fiber Siding Cost
Cement fiber siding (also known as fiber cement siding or cement board) has surged in popularity of late due to its extreme durability and eco friendly components. Composed of cement, wood fiber (cellulose), sand, and other materials, it can take on the appearance of wood siding, stucco siding, or masonry. Cement fiber siding is more durable than wood, vinyl, and aluminum siding due to a special manufacturing process that makes it very strong and stable – it won’t bend, warp, or burn. It’s available in a wide variety of colors and styles.
Since the style and quality of cement fiber siding installation cost vary widely, so does the average cost, anywhere from $5 – 10 per square foot installed, with some speciality styles and materials ringing up at $10 – $12 per square foot or more. The total for a house with 1,500 square feet comes in at $7,500 – $15,000. As with the other siding options, ask your contractor if disposal of old siding is included in the estimate – or not.
A few more things to know about cement fiber siding pricing:
Maintenance – Cement fiber siding requires repainting approximately every 10 years, but other than that is relatively maintenance-free.
Installation Techniques – Since cement fiber siding is heavier than other siding materials due to the way it is manufactured, it can be difficult for DIYers to install. Additionally, cutting cement fiber siding is quite challenging and requires special tools and masks to protect against dust inhalation during cutting. For the above reasons, most home and business owners choose professional installation for cement fiber siding.
Hardie Plank Siding Cost
Hardie Plank siding is one of the most popular siding brands on the market today, used by more than 5 million home and business owners throughout the country. Manufactured by the James Hardie company, it is a type of cement fiber siding that offers superior strength, durability, and low maintenance. Available in a variety of colors and styles, it now includes advanced technology that offers protection and benefits unique to different climates. Read more in the cement fiber siding section to learn more about its features generally. As a premium brand, Hardie Plank siding costs approximately $8 – $12 per square foot, so for a home of 1,500 square feet, the total cost is $15,000 installed. Though the initial investment is higher than other siding materials, you can save on repainting costs, and even potentially on your insurance premiums.
A few more things to know about Hardi Plank siding pricing:
Maintenance – All Hardie Plank siding comes with a 30 year warranty, and should require little maintenance over its lifespan.
Installation Techniques – As with other types of cement fiber siding, Hardie Plank siding is heavier than other siding materials, and cutting it is difficult and requires special tools and masks to protect against dust inhalation. Due to the above factors, most home and business owners prefer to have Hardie Plank siding installed by licensed professionals like the ones at Siding Contractor.
Seamless Steel Siding Cost
Seamless steel siding has become a popular alternative to wood siding in recent years because of its durability, strength, and relatively low-maintenance. Seamless steel siding resists dents and other types of damage well, and will not be affected by insects, or rust (at least not newer steel siding with a protective coating that has become industry standard). Though you might not think of it this way, steel siding is a very green building material because it is 100% recyclable after its practical lifespan has expired. It comes in a multitude of styles and colors to suit every taste. You should expect to pay anywhere from $4 – $8 per square foot for seamless steel siding installation, so an average size home will have a total cost of between $6,000 – $12,000 and more for larger homes.
Here’s some more things to know about seamless steel siding pricing:
Maintenance – The only regular maintenance you’ll need to do is spray down the siding occasionally to keep it looking its best.
Installation Techniques – Taller homes can be more complex – and more costly – when it comes to seamless steel siding installation. When properly installed, seamless steel siding has the added benefit of locking out moisture extremely well.
Spray On Siding Cost
Spray on siding, also known as liquid siding or liquid vinyl siding, is an extremely durable polymer that can be sprayed directly over existing siding, a unique benefit that tends to reduce the labor cost of installation.
Our customers love the variety of colors available to match any taste. Since there is little to no maintenance, it is a very cost effective siding option, even providing insulation to help cut down on energy bills. Though prices vary from location to location, you can expect to pay between $3 – $5 per square foot for spray on siding installation on average. So, for a typical home requiring 1,500 square feet of siding, the total would be $4,500 – $9,000. However, depending on the shape of your existing siding and other prep work that may be involved, spray on siding could cost as much as $10,000 – $20,000 when all is said and done.
Here’s a few other details regarding spray on siding pricing:
Maintenance – With no painting or other maintenance, spray on siding can last as long as 30 years – all you need to do is spray it down occasionally and it will continue to look beautiful for years to come.
Installation Techniques – There are four steps involved in installing spray on siding: cleaning, preparing the exterior for spraying, applying an undercoat, and lastly, applying a final coat. Spray on siding installation is a specialized task that requires skill and experience to produce the best result.
Stucco Siding Cost
Stucco siding offers an enchanting blend of old-world charm, protection and insulation, and relatively low cost. Offered in both a traditional version (made of cement, sand, lime, and water) and a synthetic version (a layer of foam insulation board covered by wire or fiberglass mesh and the synthetic stucco itself), stucco siding adds value and curb appeal to any home. Stucco siding comes in many colors and styles. The average cost of installing traditional stucco siding is $7.50 – $10 per square foot, with synthetic cost slightly more on average. For a home with a 1,500 square foot exterior, the total cost is approximately $11,000 – $15,000.
Here’s a few other things you need to know regarding stucco siding pricing:
Maintenance – There’s no regular maintenance associated with stucco siding – just the occasional patching that necessary in case of damage.
Installation Techniques – To achieve the best look and effect from stucco siding, most experts agree it should be installed by a professional siding company with years of stucco siding installation experience. Be sure to ask the contractor you’re dealing with for references to make sure they have the experience necessary to complete the task well.
Vinyl Siding Cost
Vinyl siding is far and away one of the most popular siding materials, and for a few very good reasons. Vinyl siding offers a superb blend of price, value, and low maintenance that many home and business owners crave. Available in a seemingly limitless variety of colors, styles, and thicknesses, it’s important to do your research when it comes to vinyl siding to ensure you choose the best option for your budget and your needs. Due to the varying quality of the vinyl itself, the average cost for installing vinyl siding ranges from $2 – $12 per foot installed, which means that a typical home of 1,500 square feet will have a total project cost of $3,000 – $18,000. Specialty pieces that fit unique features of homes can add to the cost.
Now, other things you should know regarding vinyl siding pricing:
Maintenance – Vinyl siding is considered to be low maintenance because it is impervious to many of the issues that plague wood siding, such as rot and insects. However, vinyl siding does fade over time, and individual panels may become damaged, requiring repair.
Installation Techniques – Though it is tempting to consider vinyl siding installation a DIY project since it is lightweight and relatively easy to cut, there are some great reasons to choose a seasoned vinyl siding installer like those at Siding Company. Since vinyl siding has a tendency to shrink in cold weather and expand in hot weather, an amatuer might not account for this and warping and separate could be the result.
Siding Pricing Summary – Siding pricing varies widely based on the linear feet needed for the project and the quality of the material chosen for installation. There are many different siding options to choose from, and an experienced siding contractor can help you decide which features and benefits are most important to you. While certain types of siding can be installed as a DIY project, the intricacy of the task (and the consequences of errors) tend to make this a professional installation project. Since many synthetic varieties are replacing traditional wood siding, the cost of maintenance has decreased because they are less susceptible to damage from insects and moisture, siding’s worst enemies. Vinyl and aluminum are popular siding options due to their low maintenance, with more traditional materials like brick and wood maintaining their hold as premium options. Siding requiring regular maintenance should be attended to in order to prevent costly damage later.