No matter what your material preference is, siding serves two main purposes: protection and style. There are many options available based on different budgets.
Typical Siding Costs
- Vinyl: One of the least expensive and lowest-maintenance options, vinyl siding starts at about $.50 per square foot, which means you'll pay at least $500 per 1,000 square feet for the siding. Professional installation can cost $2 - $3 per square foot for both labor and materials, or $2,000 - $3,000 per 1,000 square feet.
- Aluminum: A longer-lasting option, aluminum siding is both fireproof and impervious to termites, but more susceptible to denting and corrosion. The siding alone costs around $2 - $3 per square foot, and professional installation usually costs $3 - $4.50 for both labor and materials. A 1,000 square-foot area can cost up to $4,500 or more to have siding installed professionally.
- Wood: Popular for its natural look and character, wood siding adds lots of style to a home, but at the cost of higher maintenance. To get the wood look at a lower price, plywood or engineered hardwood siding will cost you $2.50-$4 per square foot for a professional installation. Real wood siding comes at the higher cost of $5-$8 per square foot. A 1,000 square-foot are will cost $2,500-$8,000, depending on the quality of siding and whether it’s true wood, plywood, or veneer.
- Fiber Cement: The longest-lasting option with one of the lowest needs for maintenance, fiber cement siding can come pre-painted and carry a 15-year warranty that covers labor and materials. At a cost of $4.50-$11 per square foot to have installed, a 1,000 square-foot area can cost up to $11,000. But with one of the highest returns on investment, it's worth it.
- Do-it-yourself: Most siding is relatively easy to install, although many do-it-yourselfers leave siding installation to the pros to get that just-right look. You can find professional siding contractors on Kudzu.com.
Low-End Estimate for Siding
Vinyl siding on your home can cost as little as $500 for a 1,000 square-foot area.
High-End Estimate for Siding
Fiber cement siding on your home can cost as much as $11,000 for a 1,000 square-foot area.
Expert Advice on Choosing the Right Siding
Go with a product that's proven in your local market. Be careful with lifetime home siding warranties, as they still depreciate and can be very open-ended. It's usually a much better value to go with a 30-year siding warranty, because there is no depreciation and it’s transferable.
Go with a contractor that is part of a manufacturer's installation program so that you are registered with the manufacturer. This will make things easier if you have any issues in the future, because you won't have to worry about providing proof of when the siding was installed, by whom, and if it was installed to the specifications of the manufacturer.
What to Expect with Siding Installation
- Materials: Siding material (vinyl, aluminum, wood, or fiber cement), nails, caulk, chalk line, hammer, level, box cutter, saw
- Timing: Installing home siding can take as little as a few days or up to a couple of weeks to install, depending on the design of your home.
- Mess: The biggest part of the mess is the removal of the existing siding, and a dumpster is usually needed to gather all the material. Otherwise, you can look forward to sawdust, excess scrap, nails, and packaging materials, which will be caught by drop cloths and garbage bins.
Siding Repairs and Restrictions
- Repairs: If any damaged or rotting wood exists or is discovered when the old siding is removed, it will need to be repaired or replaced before the new siding is installed. These repairs can add significant cost to the overall price tag of the project. Some maintenance tasks can be worth the savings to do them on your own if you have the desire and know-how.
- Restrictions: Some areas may have limitations on what kind of siding you can install. Before deciding what type of siding you want, check with your HOA or historical society, and double check with the city planner on any other restrictions.