Hardie Siding Calculator | Estimate Your Hardie Board Price

Use this Hardie Board Siding Cost Estimator to quickly calculate how much you will pay for your new house siding.

Out of all fiber cement siding options, James Hardie is most famous for durability, beauty and style options.

Many homeowners across the US, also appreciate the safety they get with Hardie siding, as it is both fire and storm resistant.

While this high-end siding comes at premium cost, it is an ideal investment that will greatly improve the value and curb appeal of your house.

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Homeowners report spending between $8-12 per sq.ft. on James Hardie siding, including labor and materials.

This means Hardie Board costs $9,600-14,400 installed on 1,200 sq.ft. ranch style home. This house siding cost is comparable with other top fiber cement brands, such as Allura USA, or Nichiha Siding as well as engineered wood by LP Smartside.

Compared to the cost of vinyl siding, Hardie is 30-50% more expensive, depending on whether you are installing basic or premium quality vinyl.

The reason for such a wide spread in Hardie Plank prices depends on a number of factors. These include:

1. Contractor labor rates: professional siding installation rates vary greatly from region to region. If you live in an expensive city such as New York or San Francisco, you can end up paying as much as 30% more for labor than the national average. On the other hand, if you live in an area with more moderate incomes, contractor labor rates will reflect that, and will also be lower.

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2. House structure/number of stories: if your house has many architectural details, windows, more than one storie and other irregularities, contractors will charge significantly more for labor.

3. Painted vs. unpainted boards: if you choose to have factory pre-painted Hardie boards they will cost more than the unpainted option.

4. Cost of trim: if you choose to buy trim from Hardie, you will end up spending a lot more money than if you go for unbranded “house” trim. The quality difference is minimal, but the price difference can be very significant.

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Typically, the cost of labor to install Hardie Plank is 30-40% higher than the cost to install vinyl siding. There are a number of reasons for such a drastic price difference.

1. Hardie is very heavy: it takes a lot more time, effort and a bigger crew to install HardiePlank than lighter siding materials.

2. Difficult to cut: contractors need to have a lot more experience to properly cut Hardie siding, as compared to vinyl.

3. Difficult to fasten: similarly, HardiePlank requires more experience and effort during the fastening process, than vinyl.

Is the high Hardie Board price justified?

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There is a lot of debate whether paying such steep prices to have Hardie installed is actually worth it. After all, there are many other great house siding materials out there, that offer both durability and great looks.

However, James Hardie is a leader in the fiber cement siding industry, and for a good reason. The company exclusively manufactures siding and invests a lot of money into research.

Thus, they are constantly working on improving their products’ durability, longevity, and resistance to harsh weather. As a result, you as a homeowner get the assurance that you are paying for a top quality product that has years of testing and regular improvement behind it.

Moreover, according to research conducting by the Remodeling Magazine, installing Hardie Board siding offers top notch return on investment. In fact, its one of the highest ROI’s you can get compared to all other remodeling projects.

Homeowners who invested into this siding material, report recouping 80-87% back. Additionally, houses clad with Hardi board are perceived by perspective homeowners as being more attractive and durable than similar homes that have a different siding. This fact often helps sell the homes faster and at better price.

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Finally, HardiePlank boasts some of the best warranties in the industry. This aspect is very important when you are investing a lot of money into a major house update.

Here are the warranties on some of Hardie’s most popular siding options.

  • Color – 15 years
  • Lap Siding, Shingles, Panels, Soffits – 30 years
  • Trim – 15 years
  • Weather Barrier, Flashing, and Seam Tape – 10 years
  • Cement Board – Lifetime
  • Cement Board for Exterior Use – 10 years

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2 comments on “Hardie Siding Calculator | Estimate Your Hardie Board Price

  1. Astounded

    This estimator is 1/2 to 1/3 the cost of about 8 siding estimates I received on my home in Wisconsin, so not helpful. Also, why is siding twice as expensive in Wisconsin as it is in Washington when the actual house value in Wisconsin is roughly half of that in Washington?

    1. Leo B

      @ Astounded,

      What you are describing is very “subjective” so to say, and I know for a fact that the prices that you get from the calculator, are in-line with average among most contractors in US, including local price variations due to location (which is why we have “Region” selector in our long format siding calculator).

      I was a siding contractor, sub contractor, as well as hired contractors / subs to work for me, and install vinyl siding on my own home. I know this business very well from many different angles.

      The huge discrepancy you describe is most likely because your inputs do not correctly describe your house type, height, and many other variables that make the price go up or down.

      Basically, if you look at “average contractor price” for vinyl, it is about $400-600 / square installed with materials – a realistic price practically anywhere in US.

      Hardie Plank would go for about $800-1000 per square for unpainted, and about $30-50 more per square for factory-painted siding.

      And so on and so forth.

      Now the important thing here is to keep in mind that these are “independent contractor prices”. If you get quotes through Home Depot / Lowe’s /Costco / Sears / Sams Club / BJ’s and other national chains that UPSELL home-improvement services, your price will instantly DOUBLE, because now you have a General Contractor that runs such programs on behalf of these big chains (middle man), salesmen commissions (about 10%), office manager and stuff, etc. You also have a percentage (I would guess 15-20% of the job total) that goes to the chain, and then the cost of actual materials and installation performed by INDEPENDENT SUB-CONTRACTOR that is working for the middle man.

      Here is a more in-depth look and how this works: https://www.remodelingcalculator.org/vinyl-siding-prices/#chains

      On top of that you have contractors that sell “premium” where in fact they are no different than most regular contractors, but they bid at about the same level as big-box chains.

      Bottom line – there are SO MANY variables that could make our “estimate” much lower or higher that quotes that you get that I cannot say either way which is more correct. You would have to provide a lot more information about your house and materials you are getting quotes for, so we can compare correctly.

      PS – when you say Washington – do you mean DC or State? Also which siding do you refer to when you say “why is siding twice as expensive in WI vs WA”? Is that just material or total cost?

      Cheers, Leo