How Much Does Siding Cost To Install? – Forbes Home

On average, installing siding on a house costs $12 per square foot. For those choosing the most budget-friendly options, that cost may be reduced to $2 per square foot. More expensive materials can be priced at up to $50 per square foot. Common siding types include brick, wood, fiber cement, metal, vinyl and stone.

GRADE: The beginning half of 2021 has seen an unprecedented labor shortage as a side effect of the COVID-19 pandemic. In conjunction with this, demand for materials and construction jobs has skyrocketed. As a result, material prices may be higher than those reported in this article, and lead times may be longer than usual for both labor and materials.

Siding cost per square foot

When purchasing exterior siding for a house, you can determine the amount of material to order by calculating the square footage of its exterior. The larger the house is, the more expensive exterior siding will be. For an average 1,500-square-foot home, the cost of wood exterior siding, the cheapest siding material on the market, would cost you about $3,000.

But there are some unexpected additional costs to take into consideration: The shape of your house may influence the cost of exterior siding. Some siding materials, like vinyl, come in sheets of a specified length. That means cuts or other customizations may be needed depending on the profile of your home. The cost will increase as more customizations are needed.

Cost may also increase if you need to remove and replace the existing siding on your home, which would require extra labor costs. You can determine whether your current siding should be replaced by considering its age and wear. Be sure your siding doesn’t simply need a good cleaning before you fully replace it. You may only need to replace some areas, which would allow you to cut costs.

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Siding cost by material type

While the cost of siding material varies from seller to seller, their relative costs typically fall in line no matter where you shop: Wood tends to be the cheapest siding material, then vinyl, metal, fiber cement, brick and stone.

Each of these materials comes with its own set of hidden costs. Wood, for example, is a very cheap siding option. However, it does require regular maintenance, which ups its cost in the long run. More expensive materials, like brick and fiber cement, require little upkeep. Durability should certainly be taken into consideration when purchasing siding.

The ease of installation is also an important factor as labor costs can hit your wallet hard unexpectedly. Vinyl is typically the easiest and quickest material to install on a home’s exterior, while brick and stone installation is more labor-intensive. But no matter which siding material you choose, the cost of the actual material, not installation labor, should be where you spend the bulk of your money.

Siding Installation Cost

The cost to have siding installed largely depends on the type and amount of labor required by your contractor. Labor costs are different for each siding type, but in general, stone and brick siding cost the most to install. Vinyl siding is relatively easy to install, which keeps labor costs down. The labor cost of other siding materials falls somewhere in between.

Labor costs will vary depending on the size and shape of your house. Vinyl siding installation on a 2,000-square-foot house with a plain, rectangular shape and no eaves or turrets will run you about $10,000. If your house does have bends and curves, budget an extra $500. The exact price of customizations will differ, so ask your contractor for specifics.

Contractors who know how to install exterior home siding may charge either hourly or per project. Depending on the material you are having installed, one option may be cheaper overall. When more labor is required, like in stone siding installation, homeowners should choose a contractor who charges per project. And when less labor is required, like in vinyl installation, homeowners should pay an hourly rate.

Paying a contractor hourly for a labor-intensive project may hit your wallet harder than paying a flat fee when all is said and done. There could be unexpected hitches in the project that would require them to work longer hours, using their finesse to ensure your siding looks great. But for materials that don’t require a lot of handiwork, paying hourly is optimal. Likely, the project won’t take that long, and it may even take less time than they originally estimated.

Factors That Affect Siding Cost

In addition to the size of your home, material type, and installation, many additional factors could affect your siding costs.

Siding cost by location

Due to the rising cost of shipping materials and varying labor costs across the country, the location of your home can determine if the siding cost will be more or less than average.

Siding costs by design

The design of your home is also a factor when considering the cost of new siding. Is your home one story or two? Is it a standard box shape or has unique gables? More complex home designs require more siding, and the installation and material costs go up.

Condition of existing siding

When installing new siding to your home, it’s essential to consider your current siding. If it needs to be removed before installing new siding, this can be an additional cost. If your home is on the older side, you must be wary of any signs of rotten wood, termite damage, or uneven walls that could cause concern and additional costs before installing new siding.

When to Install Siding

Seasonality also affects siding installation labor costs. In spring and early summer, the peak season for outdoor labor, costs may be relatively high due to demand. Conversely, prices may decrease in the winter months, though the weather may impede working conditions.

Having siding installed in winter may be cheaper, but it can be more difficult if you live in a cold-weather climate. Materials like vinyl will contract when cold in the winter and expand when the temperatures are higher, so it’s imperative to find a contractor who understands how to work around this issue.

Some siding materials may also crack or otherwise deteriorate in low temperatures. They may require special care during winter installation, which is important to keep in mind. If you have siding installed in the winter, be sure your contractor is experienced.

bottom line

There are many siding types on the market, but only one is the right match for you and your needs—whether that’s vinyl, wood, metal, brick, stone, or cement fiber. Talk to your contractor or a nearby siding expert to learn about next steps. They will be able to provide you with specific pricing for your area and offer advice as needed.

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