Siding Cost

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House siding is crucial to curb appeal, necessary to close the exterior surface of the building envelope, and offers an opportunity to choose enhancements in appearance as well as insulating properties. Therefore, a good-quality siding can have a major impact on the resale value of a home.

The typical cost of installed average house siding will vary by siding material, its finish quality, the house size, the number of windows and doors, the insulation, climate, the amount of decorative detail, the labor rate and whether or not the material in question needs to be painted or primed by the installer.

The Material choices and typical costs for installed house siding include:

MaterialCostProsCons
Fir faced plywood$3.88per sq.ft.

Lowest cost

Wood finish

Economy appearance

Surface maintenance

Standard aluminum non-insulating$3.91per sq.ft.

Lowest cost

No painting

Economy appearance

Easily dented

Not insulating

It might fade over time

It can corrode in some climates

Standard aluminum insulating$4.55per sq.ft.

Low cost

No painting

Insulating

Economy appearance

Easily dented

It might fade over time

It can corrode in some climates

Standard vinyl insulating$5.01per sq.ft.

Low cost

No painting

Insulating

Economy appearance

Cracking

It might melt in hot climates

Visible seams

Deluxe aluminum insulating$5.53per sq.ft.

No painting

Better appearance

Insulating

More costly

Easily dented

Redwood faced plywood$5.65per sq.ft.

Wood finish

Good appearance

Surface maintenance
Deluxe vinyl insulating$6.91per sq.ft.

No painting

Good appearance

Insulating

More costly
Cultured stone smooth veneer$21.70per sq.ft.

No maintenance

Stylish

Durable

Costly

Long construction

Cultured stone terrazzo veneer$38.77per sq.ft.

No maintenance

Stylish

Durable

More costly

Long construction

Granite stone veneer$61.34per sq.ft.

No maintenance

StylishDurable

Very costly

Long construction

Fiber cement

Durability

Low maintenance

Highest return on investment

Costly

Fiber cement insualting

Durability

Low maintenance

Insulating

Nicer appearance

Very costly


An example of a house siding project requires 1,500 square feet of siding not including the window and door areas. The project is to install the house siding and trim around doors and windows. Removal costs (not included) for old siding are shown in the following tables. 

Cost breakdown

In the following tables the Material Cost figures are what the alert DIY persons should expect to pay for all material necessary to complete the installation. 

Fir Faced Plywood Siding

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
5/8" plywood with trim pieces and fasteners, and 4% waste allowance.$1.96per sq.ft.1,500$2,937
Factory staining: upgrade additional cost.$0.30per sq.ft.1,500$443
Material Cost$2.26per sq.ft.1,500$3,380
+ Labor Cost$1.62per sq.ft.1,500$2,430
Total Cost$3.88per sq.ft.1,500$5,810



Standard Grade Non-insulating Aluminum

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Standard grade siding with trim pieces and fasteners, and 4% waste allowance.$2.29per sq.ft.1,500$3,430
+ Labor Cost$1.62per sq.ft.1,500$2,430
Total Cost$3.91per sq.ft.1,500$5,860


Standard Grade Insulating Aluminum

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Standard grade siding with trim pieces and fasteners, and 4% waste allowance.$2.29per sq.ft.1,500$3,433
Insulating siding: upgrade additional cost.$0.64per sq.ft.1,500$957
Material Cost$2.93per sq.ft.1,500$4,389
+ Labor Cost$1.62per sq.ft.1,500$2,430
Total Cost$4.55per sq.ft.1,500$6,820


Standard Grade Insulating Vinyl

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Standard grade siding with trim pieces and fasteners, and 4% waste allowance.$2.66per sq.ft.1,500$3,991
Insulating siding: upgrade additional cost.$0.73per sq.ft.1,500$1,089
Material Cost$3.39per sq.ft.1,500$5,080
+ Labor Cost$1.62per sq.ft.1,500$2,430
Total Cost$5.01per sq.ft.1,500$7,510


Deluxe Grade Insulating Aluminum

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Deluxe grade siding with trim pieces and fasteners, and 4% waste allowance.$3.17per sq.ft.1,500$4,753
Insulating siding: upgrade additional cost.$0.64per sq.ft.1,500$957
Material Cost$3.81per sq.ft.1,500$5,710
+ Labor Cost$1.62per sq.ft.1,500$2,430
Total Cost$5.43per sq.ft.1,500$8,140


Redwood Faced Plywood Siding

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
5/8" plywood with trim pieces and fasteners, and 4% waste allowance.$3.73per sq.ft.1,500$5,594
Factory staining: upgrade additional cost.$0.30per sq.ft.1,500$446
Material Cost$4.03per sq.ft.1,500$6,040
+ Labor Cost$1.62per sq.ft.1,500$2,430
Total Cost$5.65per sq.ft.1,500$8,470


Deluxe Grade Insulating Vinyl

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Deluxe grade siding with trim pieces and fasteners, and 4% waste allowance.$4.57per sq.ft.1,500$6,850
Insulating siding: upgrade additional cost.$0.73per sq.ft.1,500$1,090
Material Cost$5.29per sq.ft.1,500$7,940
+ Labor Cost$1.62per sq.ft.1,500$2,430
Total Cost$6.91per sq.ft.1,500$10,370


Fiber cement

ItemUnit Cost
Standard grade siding with trim pieces and fasteners, and 4% waste allowance.$8,500
+ Labor Cost$2,430
Total Cost$10,930


Fiber cement insulating

ItemUnit Cost
Standard grade siding with trim pieces and fasteners, and 4% waste allowance.$12,150
+ Labor Cost$2,430
Total Cost$14,580


Cultured Stone Smooth Veneer

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Cultured stone smooth surface finish.$8.34per sq.ft.1,500$12,510
+ Labor Cost$13.36per sq.ft.1,500$20,040
Total Cost$21.70per sq.ft.1,500$32,550


Cultured Stone Terrazzo Veneer

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Cultured stone terrazzo surface finish.$25.41per sq.ft.1,500$38,115
+ Labor Cost$13.36per sq.ft.1,500$20,040
Total Cost$38.77per sq.ft.1,500$58,155


Granite Stone Smooth Veneer

ItemUnit CostQuantityLine Cost
Granite stone smooth surface finish.$46.20per sq.ft.1,500$69,300
+ Labor Cost$15.14per sq.ft.1,500$22,710
Total Cost$61.34per sq.ft.1,500$92,010


Additional considerations and costs

  • In some cases new siding can be mounted over existing siding that will save money and increase insulation properties. However, while it is possible to install vinyl siding over wood siding to potentially reduce costs, this is not advisable; any issues beneath the existing siding could cause the new installation to fail.
  • Sheathing type insulation installed underneath the plywood siding will cost around $1.00 per sq.ft.
  • Soffit installation in vinyl or aluminum will cost from $4.50 to $6.50 per linear foot.
  • Vapor barrier sheathing installed underneath siding to reduce moisture entry and improve insulation will cost between $0.25 and $0.65 per sq.ft. depending upon local climate demands.
  • Professional siding cleaning will cost approximately $75 for a single service. In most areas it is necessary to clean siding at least three times each year.
  • If old siding is to be removed keep in mind that water, mold, and insect damage may require attention of your contractor and that you should be informed of the situation before work begins.
  • The cost of transport and dumping of removed siding has not been included.
  • Taxes and permit fees have not been included.  
  • Board and batten versus horizontal lap siding can also have an impact on cost, being generally the first option cheaper than the second one.
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Typical costs

$7,510

(1,500 sq.ft. standard vinyl insulating)

Low: $3,380
(1,500 sq.ft. 5/8" plywood - DIY)
High: $92,010
(1,500 sq.ft. granite stone veneer)

Cost to replace siding varies greatly by region (and even by zipcode). Get free estimates from siding contractors in your city.

Alternatives
Cost

Siding Install or Replace
$3,380 - $92,010