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Siding Costs

There are lots of ways to calculate the cost of siding materials. You should consider the cost of the life of the siding, the initial investment in materials and labor, maintenance costs down the road, as well as the impact a specific material will have on the resale value of your home. Is it a type that most buyers will find attractive? All aspects deserve consideration.

While siding costs vary widely from product to product, including grades of product (high-end to low-end), you’ll find a rough price comparison on siding material costs below.

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cost of siding installationIn general, the life of cedar siding, for instance, is shorter than those of aluminum and vinyl siding, as well as brick or stone, which outlast all other materials by many, many years. So, even though the initial expense of cedar siding might look great compared to the price of vinyl, the upkeep it requires will make it more expensive in the long run. On the other hand, cedar siding is a better insulator than vinyl or aluminum, and will keep your utility bills down in the summer and winter months. As you can see, there’s more to ‘cost’ than meets the eye.

Siding Material Cost Comparison


vinyl siding costsOf all the siding
available in today’s market, vinyl leads the way; installed, it
remains the least expensive siding material. Warranties are another
key point; most vinyl manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty that
can also be transferred to the next owner, thus creating a great
value and a great investment. Estimate costs run from $2 to $3 per
square foot.

Fiber Cement

Competitively priced,
generally costing slightly more than vinyl siding. Estimate costs run
$3 to $4 per square foot.

Hardwood siding

Cedar runs between $3.5
to 6.5 per square foot.cedar siding cost

Plywood siding

Paint grade wood siding
can run between $1 to $2 less per square foot than hardwood

Aluminum siding

Aluminum siding runs
between $3 to $5 per foot.

Brick and Stone Veneer

brick siding costsBrick and stone veneer
siding will run between $11 to $15 per square foot.


Real brick runs between
$6 to $12 per square foot however; replacing brick is much
more expensive and runs around $18 + per square foot.

Stone siding

Natural stone is priced
between $15 to $30 per square foot.

Stucco siding

Stucco pricing falls
between $4 to $9 per square foot. Sand and cement stucco is
less expensive, latex stucco is more expensive.cost of shake siding

Wood Shingles and shake siding

Pricing for shingles
and shake siding run between $5.12 and $7.40 per square foot.

Slate Shingles

Slate shingles have a
long life span of 75+ years, they defy extreme heat and cold, and the
material is fireproof. Slate shingles measure 12” to 20”
wide; 3/16” to 1” thick.

Prices start at $5 a
square foot.limestone siding

Cypress siding

Cypress beadboard
paneling is 1” x 6” and runs around $2 per linear foot.
1” x 4” paneling runs around $1.33 per linear foot.

Clapboard siding

Red Cedar Lap Siding is
6” deep x 1/2” thick and runs around $1.75 per square
foot; $2.05 per square foot
with one side planed smooth.

Siding comparisons chart

Material Durability Appearance Maintenance Cost of Materials
Wood board High Excellent High High
Shingle High Excellent High High
Vinyl High Fair Low Low
Fiber Cement High Excellent Moderate High
Steel Good Fair Low Moderate
Stucco (EIFS) Good Excellent Moderate Moderate
Brick High Excellent Moderate High
Stone High Good Low Moderate
Synthetic stone High Good Low Moderate

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