Fiber-Cement Siding Replacement Cost

How much does it cost to replace old siding with fiber-cement siding?

More than a quarter of new homes are built with fiber-cement siding, a fairly new option that combines durability, style, and value into one effective siding product. Fiber cement is made with cellulose fiber, concrete, and often recycled materials such as glass, which makes it eco-friendly. It is also made in a mold with real wood, so it takes on a natural wood texture. Moreover, one of the main advantages of this siding material is, in fact, the way it can be painted or stained like wood: the paint is applied under heat and pressure, which means that it won't peel as wood does and it is also resistant to rot, mold and termites.

However, the major advantage, for which many new homes are having fiber cement siding put on, is the fact that this material is currently recouping about 84% of its cost at time of resale, which makes it one of the best home improvements in terms of investment for the last 7 years in a row, according to Cost versus Value reports by Remodeling Magazine. 

Siding that is warped, cracked, rotted, or missing can expose your insulation and interior walls to rot and harsh weather conditions. The cost of replacing old siding with new fiber-cement siding depends on a variety of factors, including the type, age, and style of the siding, the amount that needs to be replaced, and the size of the home. It will cost $5-$10 per square foot to remove old siding and replace it with fiber-cement siding on a typical 1,500 square foot home.

Cost breakdown

  • Materials: fiber-cement siding averages $4 per square foot for standard siding, for a total of $770 for the project. However, insulated as well as more decorative options such as panels and fillers,board and batten, shingles 1, octagons and half-rounds will cost approximately $6-$8 sq.ft.Additional materials such as nails, saw and caulk 2 add at least another $300 onto a project of this size.
  • Labor: an installer (typically a carpenter) will charge $40-$50 per hour, which tends to even out to about $1.62 per square foot of siding. Depending on the amount of siding and the detail required in your project, it can take a crew anywhere from two to ten days ($640-$4,000) to replace your home siding.
  • Removal and disposal: Most contractors will include removal and disposal costs into the price per square foot, but if your old siding is in particularly bad shape and require more work to remove or dispose of it, your costs could increase by $500-$2,000 for the extra labor.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Fiber-cement siding can be made in nearly any style, such as shaker tiles or decorative embellishments, but it will increase the cost by up to $1-$2 a square foot to make it more detailed.
  • If you want to lower energy bills, you may consider insulating your siding, which will add $2-$3 sq.ft. depending on the brand.
  • Vapor barrier sheathing 3 installed underneath siding to reduce moisture entry will cost between $0.25 and $0.65 per square foot. There is also insulation available for fiber cement 4 siding, which is made just for this product, cut and molded to fit perfectly between the siding and the home. Insulation can add another $2-$3 a square foot, but will help keep energy bills lower.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Fiber cement 4 siding is fairly easy to install, but very difficult to cut due to the amount of dust. It’s also very heavy and requires back caulking 2 to properly seal. Therefore, only experienced homeowners with the right tools should install it.
  • You cannot install fiber cement 4 siding on top of old siding. The old siding must be removed first.
  • Siding that is still in decent shape can simply be covered with new siding in some cases, which can save time and money.
  • Siding replacement may require permits in some areas; ask your contractor for specific requirements in your area.
  • Homes with more detailed architectural details, such as unusual windows, dormers, or lots of trim, may require more time to replace the siding, which can increase your costs according the additional hours worked.
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Remodeling Terms Cheat Sheet

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1 Shingles: A smooth, uniform, flat piece of construction material, available in a wide variety of materials and laid in a series of overlapping rows, used to cover the outside of roofs or walls to protect against weather damage and leaks.
2 Caulk: A chemical sealant used to fill in and seal gaps where two materials join, for example, the tub and tile, to create a watertight and airtight seal. The term "caulking" is also used to refer to the process of applying this type of sealant
3 Vapor barrier: (Also known as Vapor barrier sheathing) A protective cover, commonly made of polyethylene, used for damp proofing walls and floors
4 Fiber cement: A building material made with cellulose fiber, concrete, and recycled materials such as glass

Cost to replace old siding with fiber-cement siding varies greatly by region (and even by zip code). To get free estimates from local contractors, please indicate yours.

Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Amarillo, TX
-15%
Anchorage, AK
+35%
Antioch, TN
+18%
Athens, GA
-9%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Berwyn, PA
+31%
Boise, ID
-11%
Bothell, WA
-6%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Carteret, NJ
+39%
Cary, NC
-5%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, NY
+35%
Corpus Christi, TX
+4%
Covington, LA
+10%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Fargo, ND
-1%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hollis, NY
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jackson, OH
-22%
Jaffrey, NH
+6%
Killeen, TX
-27%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Lawrenceville, GA
+16%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Marysville, CA
+11%
Merced, CA
-25%
Miami, FL
+1%
Milpitas, CA
+33%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
Newport, RI
-3%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Pasadena, TX
+16%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%

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