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How Much Does Siding Cost?
Siding is an essential part of your home that adds beauty and keeps the weather out. A fresh exterior can add major curb appeal and increase the value of your home.
A new siding installation can cost between $6,000 and $25,000, varying in price depending on the size of your home and materials used, but most spend around $12,000 to side a 2,000 square foot home. Learn more about the types of materials available and the factors that affect the cost of installation.
Siding Replacement or Repair?
If your home’s existing siding has rotten wood, holes, or other significant issues, your options are to attempt a repair or completely replace it. You should consider that the cost of replacement will likely be more than the cost of a repair.
If the overall condition of your home’s siding is good but has a small area in poor shape, then a repair may be a good idea. Sometimes, all that’s needed is a simple coat of paint.
If the overall condition of the home’s siding is in poor shape or doesn’t match your taste, then replacement should be considered.
Before replacing siding, it is important to get multiple quotes and ask contractors for recent references. Verify that contractors are licensed and insured, and check out their online reviews. Get free estimates from local home exterior installers.
Types of Siding Materials
There are lots of different options for siding materials, and you should choose a desired style to match your home’s appearance and enhance its curb appeal. Budget, style, durability, and maintenance are all deciding factors when choosing the right material for your home.
Vinyl is a very popular siding option, chosen for its low maintenance and durability. Vinyl often costs $4 to $5 per sq ft for materials and an additional $2 to $5 per sq ft for labor to install it.
Vinyl is available in many grades and styles, including clapboard, shingle, brick, and stone. Our vinyl siding calculator can help estimate the vinyl panels and trims needed and approximate the material cost.
Keep in mind that vinyl siding does best in moderate climates. It may melt in high heat, and it can crack in freeze/thaw climates as well.
Aluminum siding is an excellent alternative to wood and vinyl for its resistance to moisture, while not becoming brittle in cold weather. Aluminum usually costs $3 to $7 per sq ft for labor and materials.
One drawback to aluminum is that it is relatively thin and tends to dent easily. It may also fade over time, becoming chalky and needing frequent paint touch-ups.
Cedar Shake Siding
Cedar shakes offer a unique texture and an attractive look. Cedar shake siding usually costs $6 to $18 per sq ft for labor and materials to install, but adding a finish such as paint can add to that cost.
True cedar requires priming before painting to help avoid cedar bleed, where the sap stains the paint finish, which can increase the cost of this material.
Use our siding squares calculator to estimate cedar shake material for your project.
Cedar Clapboard Siding
Cedar clapboard siding offers a traditional look and can be painted or left natural. Expect to spend around $5 to $10 per sq ft for labor and materials to install it.
Cedar is naturally rot and insect-resistant, making it a great choice. Use our clapboard calculator to estimate how many boards your home will need.
Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding such as James Hardie offers the beautiful look of cedar but is much more durable.
Most spend $6 to $13 per sq ft to have it installed. Fiber cement is much more durable than wood due to its rot resistance, while also being fire resistant. Our clapboard calculator can also estimate fiber cement boards.
Brick offers a classic look to your home and is available in full brick or a veneer. Brick usually costs $10 to $35 per sq ft installed.
It’s very durable but is time-consuming to install and should be installed by an experienced mason. Stone is another popular choice and is often more expensive than brick, though the price varies. Check out our brick calculator to help estimate your brick project.
Stucco is an attractive option and is extremely long-lasting. Stucco often costs $6 to $9 per sq ft to install.
Though more expensive than some alternatives, stucco is very durable, and some types are virtually maintenance-free.
Siding Installation Cost Factors
The cost of your siding project can vary based on several variables, such as the size of your home, selected materials, complexity of the project, and geographic location. Get several estimates and ask questions to understand what goes into the cost of your project.
Size of the home: It should not surprise you that the size of the house is a significant factor in determining the siding installation cost. Larger homes require more materials and take more time to complete the installation.
Project complexity: The cost of a siding project will be higher if the home’s exterior is more complex. Taller homes require scaffolding for crews to work on, homes with more windows and corners require more trim and cutting, and homes with a lot of detail work, such as curves or moldings, will need more precision work.
Tear-off: Removing old siding can cost an extra $1,000 to $3,000 if it’s needed, although this is generally quoted in the full cost per square foot installed.
House wrap or insulation: If house wrap or insulation needs to be installed prior to installing siding, expect the costs to rise for the additional materials and time.
Keep in mind, though, that a tightly wrapped and insulated home is often more comfortable with lower energy bills over time, making this a worthwhile investment if you are already updating the siding. Some sidings even have insulation included, lowering the labor rate.
Geographic location: Labor rates vary throughout the country, and your siding project may cost more or less based on where you live and the cost of labor in your area.
Replacing your siding is a major investment that can add curb appeal to your home. Consider several options when choosing the material for your home and find the solution that works best for your budget and preferences.
All pricing information on this page is based on average industry costs, and is subject to variance for project-specific materials, labor rates, and requirements.
- Lauren Murphy, Lexie Pelchen, How Much Does Vinyl Siding Cost?, Forbes, https://www.forbes.com/advisor/home-improvement/vinyl-siding-cost/
- Movoto Foundation, Stucco Homes: The Pros and Cons of a Stucco Exterior, https://www.movoto.com/foundation/home-improvement-style/stucco-homes-the-pros-and-cons-of-a-stucco-exterior/
- Chelsea Levinson, The Average Cost of Siding Removal & Replacement, The Nest, https://budgeting.thenest.com/average-cost-build-porch-22719.html