Siding can be calculated in many different ways. From comparing life expectancy to comparing maintenance costs to the initial installation costs, calculating siding costs can be tricky and difficult at best. This article will attempt to explain pricing options and give a general estimate for square footage material costs. While many factors may change pricing such as removal of old siding, material availability and maintenance costs, these prices reflect today’s estimates of siding materials.
Vinyl The most widely used of siding materials, vinyl is the cheapest and longest lasting of all siding products. Many vinyl manufacturers provide a lifetime warranty that transfers to new homeowners if the home is ever sold. DIY installation costs run from $1-3 per square foot.
Hardie Board This cementious fiber board is the brand name version of cementious siding. Comparatively priced to vinyl, cementious fiber board costs are slightly higher that vinyl with an overall maintenance of 1-5 years. Costs are around $3-5 per square foot.
Cedar One of the most beautiful of siding choices, cedar may also be one of the most expensive. With yearly maintenance, repairs and installation costs, cedar can easily get expensive quick. Typical cedar siding prices run from $4- 7 dollars a square foot.
Aluminum A classic siding product, aluminum siding is not used as often because of vinyl’s price and warranties blow away aluminum siding. Because aluminum can easily be dented, scratched or bent, it tends to be a maintenance nightmare. Prices range from $3-6 a square foot.
Redwood A beautiful alternative to cedar, redwood siding is naturally rot and pest resistant. Because of its low resin content, it rarely splits or cracks. Because this wood only grows in western North America, it can be more expensive on the east coast if available at all. Costs generally run anywhere from $3.50- 8 a square foot.
Slate Shingles Slate as a siding material has probably been around as long as conventional wood siding. With a lifespan of 75 years or more, slate siding lasts maintenance free for a lifetime. This siding choice can be applied in any climate hot or cold, damp or dry and is completely fireproof. Prices range from $5-8 a square foot.
Wood Shakes Nominally made from cedar, shakes small size prevents cupping, twisting and bowing that other wood siding has problems with. A simple weatherproofing sealant or stain can provide years of maintenance free beauty. Prices range from $5-7 a square foot.