How Much Does It Cost to Replace Old Siding with Wood?
Wood siding protects your home and helps improve its curb appeal. Warped, cracked, rotted, or missing wood siding can let in moisture and expose your insulation and interior walls to the elements. The cost of replacing wood 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.
There are a lot of different options for wood siding, from fir-faced plywood to cedar shingles, and each has its own price point. However, horizontal lap siding made of cedar is the most common type of wood siding used today.
A typical 1500 square foot home that needs to have old siding replaced with new wood siding will cost $7-$10 per square foot of cedar horizontal lap siding. Wood siding can be replaced on your own, but larger projects almost always require a contractor.
- Materials: Wood siding comes in a variety of grains and species, which can greatly impact both the cost and the quality. Fir faced plywood is the least expensive option, averaging $3.88 per square foot ($5800), while redwood 1 faced plywood 2 averages $5.65 per square foot ($8500). Cedar horizontal lap siding is the most common option and averages $5.50-$7.30 per square foot ($7,500-$10,500). Cedar shingles 3, in its part, averages $6-$8 sq.ft. Additionally, vapor barrier sheathing 4 is installed underneath siding to reduce moisture entry and improve insulation will cost approximately $1 per square foot depending upon local climate demands. Other supplies and tools necessary to carry out the installation of the new siding will add $600-$700.
- Labor: A carpenter will typically charge $40 to $50 per hour, which tends to even out to about $1.62 per square foot of siding ($2500). Depending on the amount of siding and the detail required in your project, it can take a crew anywhere from two to 14 days ($650-$4,700) to replace your home’s wood siding. It should be noted that, for example, installing cedar shingles 3 will take approximately 30 hours more than to install cedar horizontal lap.
- Removal and disposal: The new siding would only be as good as what’s behind it, and this could lead to failure. A good installation needs to take the siding down to the basic structure of the home so that insulation or a vapor barrier 4 can be installed. Without removing the old siding, you don’t know what’s under it. Additionally, you cannot install new wood siding over old wood siding, so all the siding must come off. You can only install some types of vinyl 5 siding over existing wood, and only if the wood is in good shape. Removal and disposal feeswill add $2000.
Enhancement and Improvement Costs
- Some new wood siding options are treated with anti-mold and anti-rotting chemicals, which can preserve the life of the siding, but can cost an extra $1-$3 per square foot.
Additional Considerations and Costs
- 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.