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How Much Does it Cost to Install Siding?

Install Siding Costs
Average reported costs
$8,879
based on 4,798 cost profiles
Most homeowners
spent between
$4,952 - $13,167
Low cost
$900
High cost
$22,000
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  1. Vinyl
  2. Wood
  3. Engineered Wood
  4. Metal
  5. Fiber Cement
  6. Brick & Stone
  7. Liquid Spray On
  8. Insulated Siding

Siding is an important part of your house. It’s a shell that protects, insulates, and decorates your home all at the same time. How well it does this depends on which siding you choose, and there are many options.

Vinyl

Vinyl is made of two PVC layers extruded and bonded together to form the planks. The outer layer is very durable while the inner layer is often a less-durable mixture to keep the cost down.

Cost: about $2.00 to $7.00 per square foot

Pros

  • Resistant to rot and insects
  • Color is blended into the material, it won’t flake and is very resistant to fading
  • Can be made to look like other materials
  • Low maintenance and only needs spraying off with a garden hose to keep it clean

Cons

  • Doesn’t do well in high winds
  • Extreme weather and temperatures can cause bending and cracking
  • Sustained heavy rains can get behind it and cause mold

Considerations

Vinyl is easy to install and maintain. Installed correctly, the most common issues result from the siding being too tightly attached. It should have a side-to-side give of ½” to avoid warping and buckling. Mold and algae can form where high moisture areas are shaded, and poorly-installed flashing can allow moisture to leak in.

You Might Consider Vinyl If…

  • You don’t want to repaint your house every few years
  • You want a low-maintenance siding
  • You aren’t planning on selling (it will not increase home values)
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Wood

Wood siding offers a lot of character. Most often milled from sustainable resources, it’s very versatile and can be stained or painted in any color desired. Installation and repair are easy, and it comes in shingles, clapboards, drop siding, vertical boards, and wooden sheet siding.

Cost: about $3.00 to $10.00 per square foot

Pros

  • Warm, natural look
  • Ecologically friendly
  • Available in many styles and types
  • Takes staining and color easily
  • Easy installation and repair

Cons

  • High maintenance, requires regular sealing
  • Susceptible to insects, mold, and rot
  • Natural wood isn’t as insulating as other materials

Considerations

Wood is easy to install and repair, but the maintenance can be costly and time consuming. It requires treatment every year or two, more frequently if non-toxic, eco-friendly products are used. However, many homeowners consider the warm, natural look worth the effort.

You Might Consider Wood If…

  • You want a warm, natural look
  • You want to keep the classic look of a historic house
  • You want an eco-friendly option
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Engineered Wood

Engineered wood is made of wood product such as sawdust and wood “flakes” held together by a bonding agent. This creates a strong but lightweight material that is less expensive than natural wood.

Cost: about $2.25 to $5.30 per square foot

Pros

  • easy to install and repair
  • very eco-friendly as it uses some reclaimed wood waste
  • low-cost option for the warmth of wood

Cons

  • Requires the same maintenance as natural wood
  • Prone to moisture issues if not properly installed/sealed
  • Susceptible to insects and mold if not maintained properly

Considerations

Engineered wood is an affordable option to natural wood. You can get it pre-primed or pre-finished to save time on the installation. However, it requires the same maintenance as natural wood. Without this maintenance, it will deteriorate faster than natural wood.

You Might Consider Engineered Wood If…

  • You want the look of natural wood at a lower price
  • You want a more eco-friendly option
  • You want a material that is stronger than many natural wood materials
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Metal

Metal siding is most commonly available in aluminum, but corrugated steel siding is not without its charm. A very durable material, it’s immune to many insects and can withstand weather extremes. It can be stamped into many shapes and styles.

Cost:

  • Aluminum - about $2.00 to $4.81 per square foot, depending on market rates
  • Steel – about $4.00 to $8.00 per square foot, depending on market rates

Pros

  • Immune to many insects
  • Does very well in extreme climates
  • Aluminum withstands coastal conditions very well
  • Steel has a clean, modern look
  • Very low maintenance

Cons

  • Doesn’t hold paint well
  • Aluminum dents easily
  • Steel is prone to rust

Considerations

Aluminum can be coated with vinyl, which can be textured to imitate other materials. Both steel and aluminum can be coated with vinyl instead of paint to give your siding color. Though often associated with industrial buildings or mobile homes, metal siding can make a home look both warm and modern, especially when combined with trim made of other materials (such as wood).

You Might Consider Metal If…

  • You want a low-maintenance siding option
  • You want a very durable material
  • You live in an area of extreme temperatures
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Fiber Cement

Fiber cement is made up of sand, cement and wood/cellulose fibers. It’s very durable and can withstand intense storms, but it is very heavy and requires special tools and knowledge to install properly. The most popular fiber cement siding is Hardieboard.

Cost: about $0.75 to $5.00 per square foot, shingles cost $2.00 to $8.00 each

Pros

  • Is likely to last the life of your home
  • Soffits, trim, and fascia are also available in fiber cement
  • Very fire resistant
  • Cracks can be easily patched
  • Very easy maintenance

Cons

  • Requires professional installation
  • Very heavy, about 2 ½ pounds per square foot
  • It may crack as the building settles if installed on new construction

Considerations

Fiber cement requires professional installation that can cost as much as the material itself. Material produced before 1980 may have asbestos, which will require an asbestos abatement contractor. However, once installed, it is very durable and resistant to many factors that would destroy other materials, including fire.

You Might Consider Fiber Cement If…

  • You live in a high fire risk area
  • You want a durable and low-maintenance siding
  • You want the look of wood with the strength of cement
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Brick and Stone

For durability and strength, it’s hard to beat brick and stone. As a naturally insulating material, it can help lower your heating and cooling bills. It is, however, very expensive and requires the skill of a mason to install.

Cost:

  • Brick - about $6.00 to $12.00 per square foot
  • Brick veneer – about $11.00 to $15.00 per square foot
  • Stone – about $15.00 to $30.00 per square foot

Pros

  • Very durable
  • Naturally insulating
  • Luxurious appearance
  • Fire-, rot-, and insect- proof
  • Virtually maintenance-free

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Very heavy, it requires a very strong foundation
  • Can put strain on the joints of your house
  • Must be installed by a professional mason

Considerations

Brick and stone have a classic, luxurious look. It can help keep your house warm in the winter and cool in the summer. However, this long-term saving might not be enough to offset the up-front cost. Unlike other materials, it can’t be installed over the top of existing siding. However, unless you live in an earthquake zone, there is rarely, if ever, a need to replace it.

You Might Consider Brick or Stone If…

  • You want a luxurious but natural look
  • You want an incredibly durable siding
  • You want one of the best insulating materials available
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Liquid Spray On

Liquid spray on siding, or liquid vinyl as it’s called, is a spray of high-quality PVC polymers and resin used to coat the exterior of a house. It isn’t a siding itself so much as it is a coating for existing siding. It can be applied to any surface, but may not be suitable for wood as it won’t let the wood breathe.

Cost: about $3.00 to $6.00 per square foot installed

Pros

  • Rich colors that are resistant to fading
  • Virtually no maintenance is required beyond a regular hosing off
  • Excellent insulating properties
  • Flexible and resistant to cracking

Cons

  • Can facilitate mold-growth beneath wood surfaces
  • Still untested for longevity
  • Must be applied by a professional because any leaks could help mold growth underneath

Considerations

Liquid spray on siding is as yet untested for longevity. Though many manufacturers offer a 25-year warranty, the truth is that the material hasn’t been around long enough to test this time span. Also uncertain is how it affects home values. However, aside from its unsuitability for wood coating, many people have been happy with it so far.

You Might Consider Liquid Spray On Siding If…

  • You like the lines of your current siding but want to improve its insulating qualities
  • You want color that will resist dulling and fading
  • You want an eco-friendly option to traditional vinyl siding
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Insulated

Insulated siding refers to siding material, usually vinyl, that has a polystyrene foam backing. This foam adds to the insulating value of the siding and helps it resist denting and cracking. It also provides a degree of soundproofing.

Cost: insulating foam adds another 30 to 50% to your total cost

Pros

  • Provides strength and rigidity to existing siding
  • Increases insulation qualities
  • Adds a bit of soundproofing

Cons

  • Adds 30 to 50% to the cost of your siding
  • Needs to be installed by a professional
  • Currently commercially available only for vinyl and, more rarely, aluminum

Considerations

Insulated siding increases your insulation R value by about 3 points. This is a modest energy savings, but when combined with other measures, it can be the difference between good savings and great savings. Though it was first assumed to be a trap for moisture, it actually helps dry out moisture that gets behind your siding.

You Might Consider Insulated Siding If…

  • You want to get every ounce of energy savings out of your house possible
  • You live in a noisy area and want to reduce the noise levels a bit
  • You want affordable siding that is resistant to dents
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Phil Beyer More than 1 year ago
am a senior and need a fair and qualified contractor. am on a fixed income so budgeting is very important. no surprises
Jeff Martin More than 1 year ago
follow up.... if a contractor dosent make you fell completely informed about the project. then he/she is not the contractor your wanting. don't settle for what sounds good, know that the contractor you choose is fully satisfying your needs, and not just trying to sell the job.
Jeff Martin More than 1 year ago
I have repaired and installed on new homes and older homes for over 10 yrs. I'm sorry to tell you but there is no way to see under the sideing for rot, there for no contractor can tell you there will be no extra charges.. .. rot happens 80% of the time under windows and and along fireplace,but this can not been seen tell the sideing is removed, you also might have insect infestation this will cause lots or repare, these are factors a contractor cant see. hope this helps you.. Thank you from Martin Painting.
Mark Bartholomew 11 months ago
Remember also that one Contractor might not seal cuts in Hardie, or flash each joint.  So a "good deal"  now, may not look so good in 5-10 years of water exposure.
Brian Estebez More than 1 year ago
no offense but i have had estimate no where near what you guys recommend so in my eyes the estimations are completely off for SF.
Tim Eagen More than 1 year ago
I need some to give me a bid and turn a house that need to be insulated vinyl siding with no hidden costs....
David Alexander More than 1 year ago
give me a call my name is  David Alexander iv'e installed vinyl siding por 28 years I will give you the best price that's a money back promise text me back with specs thanks

Cathy Katayama More than 1 year ago
I am a first time owner and I need the cost to be secure in my decision and the help of this web site help me know what I need to spend and what is not
Grace Smith 9 months ago
Very helpful
Mark Bartholomew 11 months ago
Vinyl siding is "cheap" but not very good. Use Hardie siding if you plan on keeping your home.
Dana Swenson More than 1 year ago
Looking to update my house to look nicer, it's about 1200 square feet. What would the cost be to get the outside in stucco? Like prices for traditional stucco or synthetic stucco
kenneth Fitzgibbon More than 1 year ago
Recently vinyl sided to ranch style homes.Average 1400s/f both projects came in at $ 7,400 including shutter (6 pr)
Joseph Werner More than 1 year ago
I need a contractor to give me an estimate using 4 x 8 select Sierra Hardie 8 inch OC panel.
Jonna Sargent More than 1 year ago
I should also state that I went with insulated vinyl siding....
jody cherneski More than 1 year ago
i need someone to get together with me in order to discuss options, recommendations, time frames involved, and costs associated with the job.