Exterior Siding Cost Guides

You’ve got a lot of attractive options for siding your home. There are materials to fit any budget, from low-cost vinyl siding to expensive natural wood siding and more. New siding will add value to your home and make it more appealing. You’ll enjoy the look every time you return home, and if you decide to sell, it will make your home more marketable. This Remodeling Cost Guide will give you a clear idea of your home siding options and the costs for each type of material.

Home Siding Costs and Materials

This list generally moves from the least expensive types of siding to the most expensive.

Aluminum and Vinyl Siding: Some homeowners might be surprised that aluminum siding is still being used. The products today have a textured wood look, durable paint and better quality. Vinyl remains a very popular type of home siding and can be an outdoor project used to increase the curb appeal at your home. Both of these materials are available in a wide assortment of colors and textures. Most is double-4” siding, but double-6” is also available. For the siding, the track, the trim and the nails, costs are $3-$5 per square foot. Insulated siding, with a thin layer of foam insulation on the pack of each piece, is slightly more expensive.

Fiber Cement Siding: This material has been around for some time now. It is very durable and can be quite attractive. It is made in a number of colors, usually with a wood grain texture. Fiber cement siding can be painted quite easily too, which is an advantage over vinyl siding. Prices for fiber cement siding are $4-$6 per square foot.

Composite Siding: Not a lot of companies make this, but it is attractive and durable. It simulates natural wood siding in wood colors or those that look like painted wood. Composite siding is tough and very durable, with colors that resist fading. Prices range from $5-$8 per square foot.

Cedar Shingle or Shake Siding: This is an attractive siding for a rustic or traditional home. The wood shakes are added in rows like wood shingles are. The cedar is naturally resistant to both weather and insects. Over time, they age and take on a weathered wood like that many find very appealing. Cedar siding shakes and shingles cost $5-$8 per square foot for the material.

Wood Siding: This material is available in several wood types including pine and cedar. Pine siding needs to be stained and sealed or primed and painted. Wood siding costs $6-$8 per square foot.

Stucco Siding: This siding is very popular in some parts of the country, but looks good anywhere. Stucco prices are $6-$8 per square foot.

Cultured Stone Siding: It’s lighter than stone and has an authentic stone look. It’s also maintenance-free and easier to install. Cultured stone costs are slightly less than natural stone. Expect to pay $10-$13 per square foot.

Natural Stone Siding: This is a beautiful material to side with, though it can be difficult to work with and may require extra footings be installed to assist with the weight. Natural stone siding prices are $10-$14 per square foot.

Brick Siding: This type of siding also requires additional footings before the job can start in order to support the weight of the material. Brick is available in many colors at a price of $12-$15 per square foot.

Granite Siding: This high-end siding is beautiful and more affordable than many people think. Granite siding costs are $12-$15 per square foot.

DIY Installation of Siding or Hire a Pro? 

Aluminum, vinyl or cedar siding are often DIY jobs, and if you’ve got skills, tools and experience, you’re probably considering doing the work yourself. Labor accounts for 20-25% of the total, so that’s what your savings could be. The work isn’t necessarily hard, it just requires careful planning and precise measurements. Most other types of siding are typically installed by a professional since they require specialized tools. Plus, the more you spend on material, the less you might be willing to risk damaging it in the process of installing it.

If you’d like a professional contractor to install your siding, be sure to get at least 3 written estimates. Check on the reputation and experience of the contractor. Finding a skilled contractor who will do the job right the first time might be more important than getting the lowest cost.

Replacing old siding with new siding gives your home a wonderful makeover. It can be expensive, but it produces a good return for your investment in the value of your home and in how much you enjoy it.

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