Metal Siding Replacement Cost

How much does it cost to replace metal siding?

Siding can increase the value of a home, improve its energy efficiency and ensure that it is protected from the elements. If your current siding is beginning to deteriorate, you may want to consider something more durable, such as metal. Metal siding presents many benefits, including no chipping paint, no rotting and an imperviousness to moisture when installed properly.

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, since both are similarly priced and long lasting. However, whereas aluminum is the more popular option as it is easier to find and comes in more style and color options, steel is a great choice for durability due to the fact that it is less likely to dent.

Prices vary depending on the type of metal, the size of the house, the condition of the walls, and other factors. It will typically cost $6-$9 per square foot to replace old siding with metal siding to a 1,500 square foot home.

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 slightly $0.8 more than aluminum.For example, a 1500 sq.ft. home would cost $5,250 to $7,125 for the material. Additional supplies and tools such as a vapor barrier 1 and channels will add anywhere from $600 to $1,000 to the total depending on the size of the project and quality of the materials used.
  • 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 and will require two to four days (16 to 32 labor hours - $650-$1,600) to complete the project on a 1,500 square foot. The rate can be higher for siding companies at $80-$200 per hour or more if they have multiple contractors working on the project.
  • Removal and disposal: old or rotted siding should be removed and disposed. Plan to add another day of labor costs ($400-$600) to remove existing siding, prime the area, and dispose of old siding.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Insulated aluminum or steel siding will increase your material costs by $1 per square foot, but it creates a more energy efficient home and deadens the sound of metal siding, since it can be noisy when rain hits it, for example. The cost for a 1,500 sq.ft. will be approximately $1,500​. 
  • Both steel and aluminum siding come in different thicknesses. Thicker varieties (0.024 for aluminum and 26 gauge for steel) are more durable, but also slightly more expensive.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Homes with multiple stories or architectural details like uniquely shaped windows, shutters, or porches, typically require higher labor costs because it takes more time to work around those details. Plan to add a day of labor costs ($400) and time to your project if your home is more detailed.
  • Metal siding fades over time and has a chalky appearance that will require to be repainted periodically. It also dents easily, so you will have to factor its maintenance costs.
  • 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.
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1 Vapor barrier: A protective cover, commonly made of polyethylene, used for damp proofing walls and floors

Cost to replace 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%
Indianapolis, IN
+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%
Overton, TX
-1%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%

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