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2021 Notice: Material Prices are Surging

Demand for siding has grown over the past year. And, as a result, manufacturers are increasing materials prices. Prices have gone up 5% to 10% this year, and many parts of the country are experiencing long delivery times. If you're planning a siding project, we recommend starting as early as possible in the season, preparing for potential price fluctuations, and allowing extra time to order materials.

How Much Does Metal Siding Cost?

The national average metal siding cost is $11,177, with typical projects ranging between $4,562 and $18,273. Depending on square footage, materials used and labor costs, you might pay as little as $525 or as much as $33,382.

With its superior rigidity and durability, metal is an ideal material to use for your home’s siding. It has low maintenance requirements and can withstand conditions that would buckle, warp and crack other materials.

On This Page:

  1. Metal Siding Cost Calculator
  2. Metal Siding Cost Per Square Foot
  3. Metal Siding Prices by Type
    1. Zinc Siding Cost
    2. Tin Siding Prices
    3. Copper Siding Prices
    4. Aluminum Siding
  4. Steel Siding Pricing
    1. Seamless Steel Siding Cost
    2. Steel Log Siding Prices
  5. Metal Siding Panel Pricing by Style
    1. Sheet Metal Siding Prices
    2. Corrugated Metal Siding Pricing
  6. Metal Building Siding Prices
    1. Steel House Siding Cost
    2. Barn Metal Siding Prices
  7. Metal Siding Cost Factors
    1. Metal and Steel Prices
  8. DIY Metal Siding Installation vs. Hire a Pro
  9. FAQs

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Metal Siding Cost Per Square Foot

Metal siding typically costs between $1 and $35 per square foot. Common choices include aluminum at $3 to $6 per square foot and steel which costs about $4 to $8 per square foot. Insulated versions of these increase the cost by about $1 per square foot.

Metal Siding Prices by Type

Metal Siding TypeCost Per Square FootAverage Total to Install*
Tin$1 - $3$1,400 - $7,200
Aluminum$3 - $6$4,200 - $10,800
Steel$4 - $8$5,600 - $14,400
Zinc$15 - $25$21,000 - $45,000
Copper$20 - $35$28,000 - $63,000

*These prices are for a typical single-family home that ranges from 1,500 to 2,500 square feet.

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Zinc Siding Cost

Zinc siding costs around $15 to $35 per square foot. It is a higher-end material that resists rust and corrosion and lasts longer than tin, aluminum, or steel.

Tin Siding Prices

Tin siding costs about $1 to $3 per square foot. While it is the most inexpensive option, it can be susceptible to dents and other damage.

Copper Siding Prices

Copper siding costs between $20 and $35 per square foot. Like zinc, copper is a higher-end material with superior resistance to rust and corrosion, but at a higher cost.

Aluminum Siding

The cost to install aluminum siding can range between $3 and $6 per square foot. Aluminum has no iron and therefore will not rust, but is still susceptible to scratches and/or corrosion. Consistent paint jobs will minimize these.

Steel Siding Pricing

Steel siding costs about $4 to $8 per square foot installed. Corrugated steel costs between $5 and $8 per square foot. Costs vary depending on the seamlessness of individual panels as well as the type of installation.

Seamless Steel Siding Cost

Steel panels can have exposed fasteners or concealed fasteners. Concealed fastener panels give a seamless look but are around twice the cost of exposed fastener panels.

Steel Log Siding Prices

Another popular way to install steel siding is by individual “log” style pieces, which cost around $5 per square foot. These recreate the look of a log cabin with much greater longevity than traditional wood.

Metal Siding Panel Pricing by Style

Panels cost about $15 each, while slats cost between $13 to $21 each, depending on the dimensions. The panels measure about 3 feet by 10 feet while slats measure 8 inches by 12 feet on average.

Sheet Metal Siding Prices

Sheet metal siding costs between $1 and $35 per square foot depending on the material. Tin, aluminum, and steel fall on the lower end of the range at $1 to $8 per square foot, while zinc and copper cost the most at $15 to $35 per square foot. Costs vary based on style, complexity, and whether or not you decide to paint.

Corrugated Metal Siding Pricing

The cost of corrugated metal siding varies based on the materials. Corrugated steel, for example, goes for around $5 to 8 per square foot.

Corrugated metal has grooves or ridges, giving it higher tensile strength and allowing it to withstand forces that would buckle other materials. It is also very dent-resistant and holds up well under extreme forces (such as large hail).

Metal Building Siding Prices

Depending on the materials used, your metal siding cost can range anywhere between $1 to $35 per square foot.

Other costs to consider include painting every 20 years or so, which generally costs around $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot. Additionally, if you have old siding to remove, this can cost an extra $1 to $2 per square foot.

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Steel House Siding Cost

The cost of steel siding can range between $5,600 and $16,200. Steel is a prime choice for house siding because of its superior durability. Your steel house siding cost will vary based on the size of your home, the complexity of the project and whether or not you include insulation.

Steel House Siding Cost
House SizeTypical Steel Siding CostCost With Insulation
1,500 Sq. Ft.$5,600 - $11,200$7,000 - $12,600
2,000 Sq. Ft.$6,500 - $13,000$8,000 - $14,500
2,500 Sq. Ft.$7,200 - $14,400$9,000 - $16,200

Barn Metal Siding Prices

Depending on the dimensions, metal siding on a barn can cost between $1,200 and $18,800. The following are cost estimates based on the most common sizes of livestock and general multipurpose barns with a ceiling height of 12 feet.

Barn Metal Siding Prices
Barn SizeTypical Costs
600 Sq. Ft.

Tin: $1,200 - $3,600
Aluminum: $3,600 - $7,100
Steel: $4,700 - $9,400

1,200 Sq. Ft.Tin: $1,700 - $5,000
Aluminum: $5,000 - $10,000
Steel: $6,700 - $13,300
1,600 Sq. Ft.Tin: $1,900 - $5,800
Aluminum: $5,800 - $11,500
Steel: $7,700 - $15,400
2,400 Sq. Ft.Tin: $2,400 - $7,100
Aluminum: $7,100 - $14,100
Steel: $9,400 - $18,800

Metal Siding Cost Factors

The average cost to side a house varies per individual project. Along with materials, there are a number of other factors that will impact the final cost.

Factors that will affect the cost of your project include:

  • Removing existing siding: between $1 and $2 per square foot
  • Dumpster rental for debris disposal: between $150 and $300
  • Labor: between $40 and $50 an hour (some siding companies offer installation, but the rate is higher, between $80 and $200 an hour or so)
  • Any additional supports for a heavier material
  • Flashing: $1.10 per foot
  • Trim: $10 per 12 foot length
  • Door jamb trim: $11
  • J Channels (to finish off ends): $6.99 each
  • Corner caps: $13.50 each
  • Soffits: between $8 and $20 per linear foot installed
  • Gutters: $5 per linear foot, DIY

Soffits and gutters are normally considered part of a roofing project, but when you replace your siding, you might discover issues with these components. Failure of these can lead to issues with your siding, so they’re worth addressing at the time of installation.

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Metal and Steel Prices

Metal and steel are both common commodities. A commodity is a raw material or agricultural product. Due to the time it takes these raw materials to reach the store, price fluctuations in the market don’t immediately take effect. Your final price reflects how much the retailer paid for the materials, not their current market value.

DIY Metal Siding Installation vs. Hire a Pro

Metal is a heavy material that can be difficult to install without the proper help and know-how. For best results, it’s recommended that you find siding companies in your area to handle the installation for you.

FAQs

What are the advantages and disadvantages of metal siding?

When comparing siding materials, metal is one of the hardiest options with minimal maintenance requirements.

Advantages of metal siding:

  • It is fire resistant and highly unlikely to melt in most house fires
  • It is weatherproof
  • It can feature long sections for a seamless look
  • It is one of the most eco-friendly siding materials since it is often recycled and can be recycled again after removal
  • Metal requires little upkeep besides water and soap

Disadvantages of metal siding:

  • It is heavy and generally requires hiring siding contractors rather than a DIY approach
  • It is often considered a special-order product, taking up to 2 weeks or more for order fulfillment
  • Certain metals can dent easily when struck with hail or other objects

Is metal siding cheaper than vinyl?

Not always. The cost for vinyl siding installation ranges between $3 and $12 per square foot, whereas tin, aluminum, or steel cost between $1 and $8 per square foot. Copper and zinc are generally more expensive than vinyl, costing between $15 and $35 per square foot.

What’s the difference between aluminum and steel siding?

Aluminum is a lighter material than steel and costs less per square foot. It also generally costs less to install, as it is more flexible and easier to work with.

However, choosing steel may save you eventual siding repair costs because it is much more resilient than aluminum. An occasional coat of paint every 20 years maximizes its durability and resistance to corrosion.

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