Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Roofing, Windows & Siding > Siding

Siding Cost


How Much Does Siding Cost?

 
low costLow: Vinyl Siding Can Run $2,500-$8,750 for a Medium Houseaverage costMedium: Aluminum Siding Can Run $3,100-$4,500 for a Medium Househigh costHigh: Wood or Fiber Cement Siding Can Run $5,600-$10,000+ for a Medium House
post E-mail post Post  

Whether it's made using shingles, sheets of material, or horizontal or vertical boards (sometimes called weatherboarding), siding is an outer covering installed on your house. Common materials are vinyl, wood, aluminum or fiber-cement. Siding will shed water and protect the structure from the weather, but it can also add beauty and style. The main challenge in the design and installation of siding is stopping wind and rain from getting through the joints.

Typical costs:

  • Vinyl siding is relatively low-cost, low-maintenance and easy to install. It costs less than $1 a square foot for a do-it-yourself project, or $1,000-$1,250 for 1,250 exterior square feet. Having it professionally installed runs $2-$7 a square foot, or $2,500-$8,750 for 1,250 square feet.
  • Aluminum siding is fireproof and impervious to termites, and can last 35-40 years. But the painted metal can fade, dent or develop a "chalky" appearance over time, and in some climates it can corrode. Hiring someone to install aluminum siding is $2.50-$3.50 a square foot, or $3,100-$4,500 for 1,250 exterior square feet.
  • Wood siding has a lot of character and style and is relatively easy to install, but because it's vulnerable to weather and insects wood siding requires a lot of regular maintenance. Professionally installed real wood siding runs $6,500-$10,000 or more for 1,250 square feet. Installing plywood or hardwood sheets known as engineered wood siding is about $3,000-$5,000 for 1,250 exterior square feet.
  • Fiber cement siding is a durable, long-lasting material that can be designed to look wood, stucco or masonry. It's made from cement, wood fiber, sand and other components. It's heavy to lift and requires specialized cutting tools. Having fiber cement siding installed runs $4.50-$11 a square foot, or $5,600-$13,750 for 1,250 exterior square feet.
  • Exterior square footage is not the same as the square footage of a house. To roughly calculate exterior square footage, add together the length of the four sides of the house then multiply by the height of the walls. A home 10' tall, 38' long and 25' wide has 950 square feet [38x25=950] of interior floor space but 1,260 square feet [(38+38+25+25)x10=1,60] of exterior wall space. To cut costs, some homeowners have siding installed on the front and sides of a house but not the back wall because it isn't visible from the street.
Related articles: Vinyl Siding, Wood Siding, Aluminum Siding, Stucco

What should be included:
  • Installing wood, vinyl or aluminum siding can be a relatively simple process, although for vinyl siding there may be brand-specific instructions[1] that could be beyond a home-handyman's skills. And installing fiber cement siding[2] is an extremely dusty process that requires specialized tools. Better Homes and Gardens gives an overview[3] of siding options.
  • If the wood exterior of your house is too aged to be sanded and prepared for painting, siding might be a good option. Or old siding can be revitalized with the right coat of paint. BobVila.com discusses how to use paint and siding[4] on your home's exterior.
  • Some historic areas or homeowner associations limit the use of siding. Check with your local planning department for any siding regulations and if a building permit is required.
Additional costs:
  • There may be additional carpentry or other costs if a home's exterior walls have been damaged by water or weather and need repairing before new siding can be added.
Discounts:
  • Find nearby neighbors who want the same type of siding installed; it's possible to negotiate a reduced price for multiple projects in the same area.
Shopping for siding:
  • Siding manufacturers often provide referrals to contractors. Vinyl manufacturers include CertainTeed and Crane; wood siding companies include Cedar Valley[5] and Shakertown[6] ; Aluminum manufacturers are Alcoa[7] or Gentek; and fiber-cement companies include James Hardie and Nichiha[8] . Or watch for siding projects in your area. When a job is completed, knock on the door and ask who the contractor was and how smoothly the project went. Most homeowners like talking about their remodeling projects.
  • Get several estimates, making sure what is (and isn't) included in each quote; understand whether all prep and clean-up work is included. Request and check references. Ask about the contractor's length and type of experience. Be sure the contractor is properly bonded, insured and licensed[9] in your state. Check for any complaints with the Better Business Bureau[10] .
post E-mail post Post  
CostHelper News


3 Ways to Have the Government Pay You Back for Your Energy Efficient Upgrades
Any renovations or upgrades made to your home this year that included energy-efficient appliances could be eligible for some federal energy tax credits. But it's not just appliances. || Posted December 9 2013


7 Lesser-Known Discounts for the 50+ Crowd
As they age, members of the Baby Boomer generation don't like to admit that they're senior citizens, but they love getting discounts. It's kind of a quandary, because some of the best deals available are reduced prices for older folks. || Posted October 21 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments


 

Comment On Your Experience With Siding
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Type: Sq Ft of Siding: 
Contractor:   
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/article/0,,266296-3,00.html
  2.  www.familyhandyman.com/DIY-Projects/Home-Exterior/Exterior-Trim/how-to-install-fiber-ce...
  3.  www.bhg.com/homekeeping/siding-options-for-your-home/
  4.  www.bobvila.com
  5.  www.cedar-valley.com/products.php
  6.  www.shakertown.com/showcase.html
  7.  www.alcoa.com/ahe/default.asp
  8.  www.nichiha.com/
  9.  www.contractors-license.org/
  10.  search.bbb.org/
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Garden Service Cost? How Much Does a Kitchen Remodeling Cost? How Much Does a Propane Tank Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com



Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Brazillian Knot
Paid: 275.00
I tried brazillian knot for the first time and it hurt soooo bad!!!! Never Again!!! I had to cut them out right away. I kept them in for 2 days and then that was it, I could not take it... [more]
-annejevas2
Hair Extensions Cost
Sleep Study
Paid: 6400.00
Wow what a rip off will never go to that hospital again. I will go shopping for my next procedure... [more]
-
Sleep Apnea Treatment Cost
Cost of a deck
Paid: 5000.00
I was wondering if I paid to much for my 10X25 rectangle deck with treated wood? It has 3 stairs about 3 feet in width and 25 feet of railings... [more]
-LB
Deck Cost
Rabbit costs
Paid: 10.00
The dwarf cross, Sunday(male, neutered) was a CL freebie. Womans cat brought 2 approx 3-4 wk old babies, dont know where mother was. He was soooo tiny, dehydrated, & a bit cold... [more]
-shawnna Stone
Rabbit Cost
MRI FH Outpatient/CT FH Outpatient
Paid: 319.80
MRI Amount billed by hospital $9025.82!!!!!January 2014CT FH- outpatient - billed $5146... [more]
-Janie D
MRI Cost
Is my pricing high?
Paid: 1400.00
Just saw the dentist today. Informed I am in need of two extractions and two bone graphs. My insurance does not cover bone grafts... [more]
-
Dental Bone Graft Cost