Metal Siding Cost

How much does it cost to install metal siding?

Metal siding was a standard of older homes and the new version of this home element has been updated for both style and quality. Today's metal siding options are customizable and durable, all while being budget-friendly. The two most common types of metal siding are steel and aluminum. Both are durable, similarly priced, and long lasting, but aluminum is the more popular option as it is easier to find and comes in more style and color options.

With proper installation, new metal siding can last up to 50 years. Siding installations can be complicated for most homeowners and difficult to complete as a DIY project, since metal siding can be heavy and difficult to cut.

The cost to install metal siding is affected by the size of the house, material, the expertise of the siding company and their labor cost. The example cost of a siding installation for a 12'x16' home addition is used in this cost breakdown. 

Cost breakdown

  • Materials: aluminum siding remains one of the most popular metal siding materials. The cost for aluminum siding is around $3.50 to $4.75 per exterior sq.ft. of the home, while steel costs slighly $0.8 more than aluminum. For example, a 12'x16' home addition would cost $1,800 to $2,500 for the material (514 exterior sq.ft.). Additional materials and supplies such as a vapor barrier 1 and channels will add $400-$600 to the total project.
  • Labor: labor is often included with the price per square foot. If labor is calculated as a separate charge, most professional siding contractors charge $40-$50 per hr. The rate can be higher for siding companies at $80-$200 per hour or more if they have multiple contractors working on the project.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Insulated steel or aluminum can increase the costs by $1 per sq.ft. but can reduce energy costs and pay for itself in the long term. A 12'x16' home addition would cost an extra $514 for insulation.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Steel siding a better protection from the elements and it can be recycled indefinitely. Steel siding can also maintain its color for longer periods of time while some types of aluminum siding can fade. For its part, aluminum is easier to get and to work with, which can mean better color choices, more options for how the siding will look (wood grain, versus smooth etc.) as well as lower installation costs. 
  • The cost to remove existing siding can range anywhere from $510 to $1,030 for a 12'x16' home addition, on top of the installation costs, or $1 to $2 per exterior sq.ft. of the home.
  • Additional carpentry may be needed if any exterior structures are damaged and need to be repaired in order to support the new siding. This is usually charged at $40-$50 per hr. plus the cost of materials.
  • Renting a dumpster for disposal or recycling of existing siding can cost $150 to $300.
  • There are a wide range of other materials that can be used instead of siding including vinyl 2, plywood 3, stone and other materials.
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1 Vapor barrier: A protective cover, commonly made of polyethylene, used for damp proofing walls and floors
2 Vinyl: A synthetic plastic made from ethylene and chlorine. Vinyl has many applications in the construction industry and it is widely used in sidings, window frames, roofing and gutters, among others
3 Plywood: An engineered construction material manufactured from thin slices of wood glued together in alternating grain patterns for strength

Cost to install metal 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%
Amanda, OH
-24%
Amarillo, TX
-15%
Antioch, TN
+18%
Appleton, NY
-11%
Athens, GA
-9%
Audubon, IA
-42%
Austin, TX
+13%
Baltimore, MD
+12%
Berwyn, PA
+31%
Boise, ID
-11%
Brooklyn, NY
+16%
Carteret, NJ
+39%
Chandler, AZ
-2%
Chesapeake, VA
-6%
Chicago, IL
+40%
Cleveland, OH
+7%
Colorado Springs, CO
-3%
Columbus, OH
+5%
Corona, NY
+35%
Covington, LA
+10%
Dallas, TX
+10%
Denver, CO
+1%
Des Moines, IA
+1%
Falls Church, VA
+25%
Fargo, ND
-1%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hollis, NY
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Independence, MO
+8%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Jaffrey, NH
+6%
Killeen, TX
-27%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Lady Lake, FL
-26%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Madras, OR
-32%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Marysville, OH
-15%
Merced, CA
-25%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New Orleans, LA
+35%
New York, NY
+77%
Newport, TN
-45%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Northfield, MN
-17%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%

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