Metal Siding Repair Cost

How much does it cost to repair metal siding?

Metal siding is fairly resilient to damage, but it occasionally does need to be repaired or replaced. The most common damage to metal siding is denting. Some dents can be repaired without having to replace the whole siding; if the dents are limited to a few boards, then a hole is drilled into the siding, a screw inserted and the dent punched out. Afterwards, the hole is patched and painted to match. The whole process is therefore extremely affordable, as no new siding is needed. Only if the damage extends over several boards at once (for example, if a tree fell against the siding and banged in a five foot section), would you need to replace the whole siding. Depending on the extent of the repairs, you may be able to do them yourself, but hiring a professional is always recommended.

Repair costs vary based on the size and location of the damage, the age of the siding, and the climate and weather, but the average repair of 170 sq.ft. damaged metal siding on a 1500 square foot home is $755-$1207. Costs will be much lower if only a few boards need to be replaced.

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 170 sq.ft. home would cost $595 to $807 for the material, if replacing the whole siding.
  • Labor: installers (typically a carpenter) charge $40-$50 per hour to repair metal siding. Depending on the nature of the repairs, it can take half a day to a full day (4 to 8 labor hours - $150-$400​) to make the repairs.

Enhancement and improvement costs

  • Pre-colored aluminum siding tends to fade over time, so a replaced section likely won't match the rest of the siding. If this is the case, you may want to replace all of the siding or paint it all the same color.
  • If the original metal siding was insulated, the insulation may have been damaged as well, since this is generally dropped in behind the siding, and would need to be replaced. This could add an extra $1 a square foot to the total materials cost, and potentially increase the amount of time necessary to make the repair.

Additional considerations and costs

  • Aluminum fading is a real problem, especially since it doesn’t just fade, but it actually comes off as a chalky residue. Therefore, installing new siding in just one section would make the rest of the house look a lot worse.
  • 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 an additional day of labor costs ($400) and time to your project if your home is more detailed.
  • In order to replace a single board, sometimes a few rows need to be removed to get at the damaged section. Generally, the non-damaged boards can be re-installed, being only the damaged board replaced. However, if the damage is really widespread, the entire section will need to be replaced. 
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Labor cost by city and zip code

Compared to national average
Albuquerque, NM
-14%
Amarillo, TX
-15%
Antioch, TN
+18%
Athens, GA
-9%
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%
Claremore, OK
-30%
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%
Fargo, ND
-1%
Fayetteville, NC
-20%
Freedom, PA
-1%
Greensboro, NC
-9%
Henderson, NV
+10%
Hollis, NY
+35%
Houston, TX
+24%
Indianapolis, IN
+6%
Killeen, TX
-27%
Knoxville, TN
+10%
Los Angeles, CA
+11%
Marietta, GA
+10%
Merced, CA
-25%
Miami, FL
+1%
Minneapolis, MN
+25%
New York, NY
+77%
North Las Vegas, NV
+7%
Oklahoma City, OK
-12%
Philadelphia, PA
+40%
Phoenix, AZ
0%
Port Saint Lucie, FL
-18%
Reno, NV
0%
Salt Lake City, UT
-6%
San Diego, CA
+11%
San Marcos, TX
-14%
Seminole, FL
-14%
Smyrna, GA
+10%
Watertown, CT
+19%

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