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How Much Does Wood Siding Cost To Replace, Install, Or Repair?

Typical Range: $7,000 - $23,000

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Installing 1500 sq. ft. of new wood siding will cost an average of about $12,500. But it can range anywhere from $7,000 to $23,000 or more depending on the size and configuration of your home. For DIYers with the proper equipment, you’ll only pay about $5,000 for 1500 sq. ft. for the materials alone. Other cost considerations include removing and disposing of waste as well as staining and painting. Rates vary slightly by location.
Wood is a durable and environmentally-friendly option that looks beautiful when installed correctly. Since siding is a long-term investment, understanding the varieties of wood, styles, maintenance needs, and associated project costs are essential before beginning your project. Consult a professional to understand the specific costs and choices for your home.

Siding Costs by Wood Material

Wood siding usually ranges from $1 to $5 per sq. ft. plus installation charges of $2-$5 per sq. ft. The more complex the exterior layout of the home, the more waste and installation time. For complex layouts, expect to pay upwards of 25% more. The type of wood affects both cost and aesthetics. Wood varieties have different natural pest and rot resistances with varying maintenance needs.

Other Considerations:

  • Wood Measurements - Square foot vs. Board Foot vs. Linear Foot. Many contractors will price a job by the square foot, but if you’re buying siding yourself, it’s good know the difference. No matter which measurement is used, the overall cost remains constant.
  • Buying local isn’t just environmentally responsible. Locally sourced woods will almost always be cheaper. Shipping adds between $0.25-$0.75 per sq. ft., or $375-$1125 more for a 1500 sq. ft. project.
  • Most softwoods have moderate rot and insect resistance, though hardwoods excel at both.
  • Wood needs to be regularly painted or stained every 3-5 years. Painting your home’s siding costs an average of $2,800. Almost all types of wood can be purchased pre-primed in different styles such as smooth, rough, log and weathered.
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Wood Siding Costs Per Square Foot
TypeAvg Per Sq Ft
Cedar$3 - $10
Pine$1 - $5
Redwood$4 - $14
Cypress$1 - $5
Douglas Fir$5 - $15
Hardwood (Teak, Ipe, Cumaru)$4 - $15
Accoya$4 - $9
Masonite/Hardboard$1.50 - $3.50
Composite$3 - $7

Softwood

Softwoods are readily available and economically priced. However, most are less rot resistant than hardwoods and engineered woods. Careful and regular maintenance skirts rot issues.
  • Cedar – $3-$10 per sq. ft. – This is the most popular siding choice. Western Red and Eastern White are most often used. Cedar is particularly suitable for staining and has the highest rot resistance of all softwoods. If you want a natural look, go with cedar siding. Spanish has the highest rot resistance of all cedar species, but also the lowest availability.
  • Pine – $1-$5 per sq. ft. – This economical choice is commonly available in white, blue stain, knotty, and grey (barn wood style). Pine is available throughout the U.S. Pressure treated pine is very rot and insect resistant and is available in most locations up to twice the price of untreated pine.
  • Redwood – $4-$14 per sq. ft. – Very popular softwood in the Western U.S. with moderate rot resistance and less expensive when purchased in the western region.
  • Cypress – $1-$5 per sq. ft. – What redwood is in the West, Cypress is in the Southeast. Readily available and quite inexpensive.
  • Douglas Fir – $2-$6 per sq. ft. – Another economical softwood like pine available in most areas of the U.S.

Hardwood - $4-$15 per sq. ft.

Hardwoods have a much higher rot resistance but can be harder to work with and are more expensive than readily available softwoods. Tropical options such as Teak, Ipe, Garapa, Massaranduba, and Camaru are gaining popularity for their incredible durability, very high resistance to rot and insects, and structural stability with environmental responsibility in mind. Hardwoods typically come in a lap style and are often installed using a rainscreen system. Rainscreen installation – typically costing about 50% more than traditional lap styles – floats the hardwood in a lap style away from the wall’s substructure with metal or wood hanger strips. This allows sufficient air flow behind the siding while also keeping moisture out. It extends the life of the structure and the siding. Rainscreen siding uses a complex layout with channels and overlaps on each edge of the board.
  • Teak – $5-$8 per sq. ft. – slightly less hard than north American Oak, this tropical hardwood is cheaper than most and easily sourced.
  • Ipe – $8-$15 per sq. ft. – Extremely dense, heavy, and hard. While difficult to work with it is one of the most rot, insect, and moisture resistant varieties. Often considered the best hardwood for exterior use.
  • Brazilian Teak (Caramu) – $6-$8 per sq. ft. – is near the hardness and coloring of Ipe with less expense. Brazilian Teak has over three times the hardness of traditional teak with double the lifespan and durability.
  • Garapa – $7.50-$9.50 per sq. ft. – An excellent alternative to cedar with similar gold tones it will outperform in any climate.
  • Massaranduba – $5-$8 per sq. ft. – Almost hard and durable as Ipe siding, it is a cost effective alternative though lighter and reddish in color.
  • Accoya – $4-$9 per sq. ft. – Though technically Radiata Pine, it’s gone through a process of acetylation which makes it nearly rot proof and structurally stable (it won’t warp or swell as much). The process uses fast growing and sustainable forests with a toxic-free process making it a top choice for those seeking renewable options without sacrificing quality.

Engineered

Engineered woods come in a wide range of quality standards. Be sure to consult a professional installer before choosing an engineered wood product.
  • Engineered Wood - $2.50-$6 per sq. ft. – This is usually made of wood, glue, and an embossed finish to simulate real wood yet are lighter than most woods, are highly rot resistant and often come pre-primed, reducing painting costs.
  • Masonite/Hardboard - $1.50-$3.50 per sq. ft. – Masonite is manufactured from wood fibers, resin, and often includes wax placed under heat and pressure. It looks like wood but with low maintenance and no swelling, shrinking, or warping.
  • Composite – $3-$7 – is a type of engineered wood that typically uses sawdust or chips along with glues and resin under heat and pressure creating a “composite’ material.
  • Plywood/ T1 11 – $1.50-$3.50 per sq. ft. – Plywood siding (T1 11) is an extremely economical choice due to lower installation costs.
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Grades & Wood Measurements

Wood grades describe the appearance of the wood. Because of this, they are not governed by building codes or local ordinances. Top associations include the National Lumber Grades Authority (NLGA), the West Coast Lumber Inspection Bureau (WCLIB), and the Western Wood Products Association (WWPA). Companies sometimes use grading systems for marketing purposes, though most tend to stay within established association grading systems. Expect to pay twice as much for a premium grade than mid or low grades. Always visually inspect materials prior to purchase.
The most common types are:
  • Premium Grades –$3-$10+ sq. ft. These grades are clear of defects and often made from heartwood. Typical grades include Clear, Heart, and Clear Heart. This is the best grade to use for a natural stained look where appearance and strength are required.
  • Other Premium and Mid Grades –$2-$6 sq. ft. These grades are usually referred to as “Select” grades and include “superior” and “prime.” However, many of these grades are manufacturer specific for marketing purposes.
  • Knotty Grades –$1-$3 sq. ft. The most economical grade includes Select Tight Knots (STK), Select Knotty, 2&Better, 3&Better. Most of these grades will need paint to cover defects and knots.
Though it is often discussed in square feet, don’t be surprised to find it sold by the board foot and linear foot. Regardless of which measurement is used locally, it’s easiest to figure the total project cost by square foot.
  • Board Foot (bf) is a measure of volume. One board foot is equal to one square foot that is one inch thick. This is particularly important when purchasing log siding.
  • Linear Foot (lf) is merely a straight-line measurement. Most wood siding sold in LF come in standard widths and thickness.

Installation Prices by Siding Type

Installation can run anywhere from $1-$6 sq. ft. or more depending on the style and your home’s configuration. From shake and shingle to lap and log, wood wears many styles. Some require professional installation and vary in the amount of labor needed. More labor means more cost. Most contractors bid by the project, so it’s best to get 3-5 quotes before deciding on a contractor.
Wood Siding Installation Costs Per Square Foot
TypeAvg Per Sq Ft
Board & Batten$1 - $2
Lap$1.50 - $3
Log$1 - $4
Plywood & Engineered Wood$1.50 - $3.50
Shake & Shingle$2.50 - $6
Tongue & Groove$2 - $5
  • Board & Batten – $1 - $2/ sq. ft. – Hung vertically with one piece covering the seam of the butt joint of two underlying strips. This style is popularly reproduced with plywood and panel styles. One of the more accessible DIY types to install. Materials would run a DIYer about $2.50-$3.50 a sq. ft.
  • Lap (shiplap, Dutch, clapboard, bevel, channel) – $1.50 - $3/ sq ft – This popular option is typically cut from the less expensive softwoods such as pine and fir. Hardwood will increase the cost considerably. Lap siding gets its name from horizontal overlapping boards. Shiplap leaves a smooth surface while Dutch lap (also known as clapboard, horizontal lap, and bevel) use beveled horizontal boards. Channel is much like shiplap except with a longer tongue on one edge that leaves a channel between boards for a rustic look.
  • Log – $1 - $4/ sq. ft. – Log siding gives the appearance of a log home without using actual logs. Log is typically more expensive because of the volume of wood needed to get that log home appearance.
  • Shake – $2.50 - $6/ sq. ft. – Shake is almost exactly like shingles except they vary in size for a rustic look.
  • Shingle – $2.50 - $6/ sq. ft. – Almost always made from cedar, shingles look and act just like roofing shingles, overlapping each other in offset rows.
  • Tongue & Groove – $2 - $5/ sq. ft. – This style is very similar to lap style except it has a groove on one edge and a tongue on the other. The tongue fits in the groove, leaving a smooth appearance. Along with shiplap, this type is ideal for DIY installation.
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Costs to Remove & Replace Wood Siding

Professional removal can run between $2,000-$5,000 for 1,500 sq. ft. Since removing wood can be reasonably easy, it’s an excellent way for an ambitious DIYer to save some money. If you plan to do this yourself, contact your local waste disposal authority for specific fees and waste removal guidelines. Keep in mind that some new wood can be placed directly over older siding. Consult a professional to determine what needs to be removed.
Be aware that some houses painted prior to 1978 may contain lead paint. For homes older than 1977, your current siding may cover older asbestos siding that can be expensive to remove. In both cases, a professional lead or asbestos remediator will be required. Have a professional inspection before starting any demolition or removal. An asbestos test will run between $400-$800 while a lead test will average about $300. More often, only small sections need to be repaired or replaced. A typical job requiring just 100 sq. ft. would cost between $100-$300.

Wood Siding vs. Vinyl & Hardie Board

Wood looks great, is easy to install, and can be very cost efficient. However, technological improvements in production have made both vinyl siding and fiber cement (Hardie) siding popular and economical options. Wood may be easier to install, but it requires more upkeep than both vinyl and fiber cement. Wood requires an additional investment of about $2,500 in paint or stain about every 3-7 years while vinyl may never need paint. Wood can last the life a home when well maintained.
How do wood costs stack up against vinyl and Hardie board? (For 1500 sq. ft.)
TypeMaterialsLaborAvg Cost
Wood$6,000 - $8,000$2,000 - $5,000$10,000
Vinyl$3,000 - $4,500$3,000 - $7,000$9,500
Fiber Cement (Hardie Board)$5,000 - $7,000$2,500 - $6,500$10,000
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Maintaining Wood Siding

Wood is one of the most popular and durable materials. Properly maintained, it’s watertight and looks amazing. But keeping wood in excellent condition comes at a price.
  • Repair Damage Quickly – Siding provides a watertight seal against the weather. If not addressed quickly, small damages can soon lead to more extensive problems. Repairing wood siding costs about $1,000.
  • Get Regular Inspections – It’s easy to see the front of the home, but check everywhere for cracks, weathered wood, and peeling paint. Hire a pro to do an inspection every few years. They may spot small problems before they become large ones.
  • Paint or Stain Regularly – The best thing you can do for your wood is to keep it sealed. Paint and stain keep your wood from drying, cracking, and rotting. Stain every 4 years and paint every 3-7 (depending on quality and condition of the paint). Painting your home costs about $2,800.
    • Staining your home is much cheaper than painting – both materials and labor – at about $1.50-$4/sq. ft. Stain is far easier to apply, costs less, and doesn’t need a primed surface. It’s recommended for premium grades of siding where the natural look and texture of the wood can stand out.
    • Painting runs anywhere from $3-$6/sq. ft. when professionally done. Painting needs a primed surface, but it provides a uniform cover – particularly good for economy grades of wood.
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