Cedar Siding Calculator instantly estimates the cost to install cedar wood siding, including all labor, materials, and removal of old siding.
The average cost of quality cedar siding is about $6-8 per square foot installed.
Cedar wood siding offers a naturally gorgeous look that fits many architectural house styles from Cape Cod to ultra modern. Cedar can also be painted, which greatly expands your design options. Moreover, cedar siding is a highly durable material, that also provides rot and termite resistance.
How Much Does Cedar Wood Siding Cost?
Real cedar is a premium siding material, so it costs at least twice as much as budget options, such as vinyl or aluminum.
Homeowners across the US report spending $6-7.5 per square foot on medium grade cedar lap style siding, including materials and installation. This is equivalent to spending $9,000-11,250 for cedar lap siding installed on a 1,500 sq.ft. simple Ranch/Cape style home.
Prices for Low B grade cedar wood materials can be as low as $3-4 per sq.ft. Top grade cedar siding materials can be as much as $8-12 per sq.ft..
Today, in the US, there are primarily two types of cedar wood that are used for siding: Western Red Cedar and Northern White Cedar. Western Red is the top choice and is more expensive; it costs about $4 – 6.5 per square foot (materials only). Norther White costs $1.5 – 3.5 per square foot. Some homeowners install Spanish Cedar siding, which is available in limited quantities and therefore costs more than local cedar wood. Prices start at $7.5 – 9 per square foot for materials.
Contractors charge $45-65 per hour to install wood siding. Labor rates vary greatly depending on location. If you live in a high-income area you may get price quotes that will be 15-25% higher than the national average. On the other hand, mid to low income areas have the advantage of lower contractor labor rates.
If you would like to paint or stain your cedar siding, the cost ranges from $2 – 4 per square foot, depending on size, complexity, number of stories, type of siding, etc. Most homeowners report spending about $3,100-4,500 to paint 1,500 sq.ft. of cedar lap siding.
We recommend getting at least 3-4 quotes from your local siding contractors, to get the best deal.
Siding Types And Prices Per Square Foot
There a number of different types of cedar wood siding, ranging from economical to high-end. Here is how much you will spend on each one. The estimate includes labor and materials.
Classic Lap Siding (Dutch, Shiplap, Channel) – this is the most economical wood siding style, because the installation process is fairly straightforward and fast. Of these, Shiplap siding is particularly easy to install, and DIY savvy homeowners typically like to work with it. $5-8.5 per square foot
Board and Batten – this is another economical siding style that has recently been gaining popularity. It is often installed on modern farmhouse and cabin style homes. Many homeowners also like it use it as an accent combined with lap siding. $4.5-8 per square foot
Clapboard Siding – highly popular among homeowners because it offers an unbeatable combination of aesthetics and a reasonable price. $6-9 per square foot. Clear grade of Red Cedar clapboard is the high-end option, and costs $11-15.5 per square foot
Shingles and Shakes – these are also considered premium siding types, prices at $8.5-16 per square foot , depending on the quality of wood. Cedar shakes offer a more rustic, “hand-made” look, and cost about 15% more than shingles.
Tongue and Groove – this sleek looking siding is becoming more widespread, as more homeowners lean toward modern architectural styles. Its often used on additions and in mixed siding style Transitional architecture. $6.5-11 per square foot.
What Will Impact Your Total Siding Cost?
There are a number of factors that will affect how much you will end up spending to replace your house siding.
1. Wood Grade: not all cedar wood is the same. Better grades of cedar can cost up to 50% more than lower grades. For example, the highest grade of cedar is Clear Vertical Grade Heart. This wood is completely free of knots, and is also naturally resistant to rot, decay and insects. This cedar grade is so naturally beautiful that you can just stain the boards with a clear coat for extra protection – no need to add any color stains or paint. This type of siding is ideal for a high-end house remodel.
As you go down in grades, the amount and size of knots, as well as other blemishes increases. At the same time, durability decreases. If you select a cedar wood with a lot of knots, you can paint it or stain it with a very dark stain, to hide the imprerfections.
2. House Footprint: if your house has a simple rectangular or square shape with just four corners, you will save a lot of money on installation. This will be a quick and easy job. However, if your house has many corners, cut outs, and other ornate architectural details, labor costs will be at least double compared to a straight forward install. Also, if your house has more than one storie, your installation price will increase by at least 25-35%
3. Your location: if you live in the western part of the US, where cedar grows and is available in abundance, you can save hundreds of dollars on the cost of materials. However, if you reside in other states, and especially in the North, you will pay as much as 30-40% more for cedar siding. Also, don’t be surprised to find out that cedar wood prices also fluctuate from year to year depending on supply availability.
Maintenance Costs And Considerations
Unlike many other siding materials, cedar along with other types of wood siding requires regular maintenance. This is because wood is more susceptible to moisture, rot and insect damage. While cedar is one of the most durable woods, it still requires maintenance, if you want it to last for many years.
For an average size house of about 1,500-1,800 sq.ft. you will spend about $2,000-5,000 on maintenance, depending on the complexity of your house and the scope of work.
Maintenance should be performed every 2-5 years depending on the climate you live in. This can include repainting and/or restraining your siding with fire and insect resistant paints and stains. Not only will this protect the wood, it will also keep your siding looking new and fresh.
Typically, if your siding has a clear finish, you should reapply it every two years. You should reapply semi-transparent stains every 3 years, and regular paint, every 5 years.
If you properly care for your cedar siding, it can last 20-35 years or more.
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