Siding Cost Estimator
Calculate new siding cost based on house size, type of siding material, number of doors & windows, etc.
You can estimate the cost of installing vinyl siding, wood (cedar/pine) aluminum, or James Hardie siding. Price estimates include all materials and installation by a professional siding contractor.
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Siding Calculator aggregates and analyzes pricing from licensed siding contractors in different regions of the US. This means that when you select your location, you will get a quote for that particular region.
To get a general sense of siding installation costs, you can select the National Average Setting.
If you are ready to replace your old house siding, contact your local pros for FREE ESTIMATES!
How Much Is Siding For A House?
On average, the cost of replacing siding on a 2,000 sq.ft. simple ranch style house is $7,095 – $10,248 for vinyl siding, and $13,895 – 20,071 for James Hardie siding.
Removal of old siding will add anywhere from $1,000 to 3,000, depending on the amount and type of material being removed.
Aside from the cost of siding itself, there are other factors that will impact how much you will end up spending in total:
– Number of stories in your home
– Size of your house: the bigger the square footage, the more expensive your overall cost will be
– Architectural complexity
– Adding insulation
– Accessories: trim, fascia board, crown molding, etc These can add anywhere from $3-5 per square foot
– Wrapping window and door frames with flat-stock aluminum (copping)
– Pro you hire: licensed, established contractors charge more for their work
– Your geographic location: labor costs in more expensive cities tend to be 12-18% higher compared to lower income areas.
Siding Cost Per Square Foot
Among popular siding materials, vinyl siding is the cheapest, with prices starting at $2.5 per square foot. Its followed by aluminum and fiber cement, both of which are in the middle of the price spectrum, between $3.5 to 6 per square foot.
At the highest end are engineered wood, natural wood, stucco, brick and stone siding. Costs for these materials range from $7 to 20+ per square foot.
Check out this reference chart to get an idea how much the top siding materials cost per square foot.
|Siding Material||Price Per Sq.Ft. Installed||Average Lifespan|
|Vinyl||$3.5 – 4.75||20 – 25 years|
|Aluminum||$3.9 – 7||30 – 40 years|
|Fiber Cement||$6.5 – 9.8||30 – 50 years|
|Brick||$6 – 11||50-100+ years|
|Stone Veneer||$6 – 11||40 – 50+ years|
|Engineered Wood||$7 – 11||30 – 50 years|
|Cedar Shakes & Shingles||$7 – 10.3||20 – 30 years|
|Stucco||$7 – 10||30 – 50 years|
|Brick Veneer||$10.5 – 14||40 – 50+ years|
|Natural Stone||$15 – 30||over 100 years|
Siding Replacement Cost Near Me
How much you end up spending on your new siding will greatly depend on your location. This is because professional labor rates vary greatly across the states, based on local economic conditions and real estate prices.
Keep in mind that siding installation costs are also higher in the urban areas compared to rural areas, and the price difference can be as much as 30%
Check out the table below to see average siding replacement costs in different cities and states across the US.
|Location||Average Replacement Cost|
|New York City||$10,000 – 19,000|
|Boston||$9 – 17,500|
|San Francisco/Bay Area||$11,500-$20,000|
|Miami||$7,000 – 15,000|
|Washington D.C. Metro Area||$6,500-$15,000|
Siding Cost Based On House Size
The table below provides average siding replacement cost based on the size of the house. These price estimates are for vinyl siding.
|House Size||Siding Replacement Cost|
|1,000 square feet||$4,500 – 5,000|
|1,500 square feet||$5,500 – $6,000|
|2,000 square feet||$5,800 – $6,500|
|2,500 square feet||$6,500 – $7,000|
|3,000 square feet||$7,200 – $8,500|
|3,500 square feet||$8,000 – $9,600|
Cost To Hire A Siding Pro
Depending on where you live, professional siding installers will have different labor rates for their work. Large cities along the East and West coasts have some of the highest labor charges ranging from $55-75 per hour, depending on the type of siding being installed.
In the Southern and Midwestern states where the standard of living as well as the real estate prices are much lower compared to the coasts, contractor labor rates are also a lot more affordable. Siding pros in these areas charge $35-65 per hour to install siding.
Another factor that makes a difference in the final labor quote is whether or not this is a large or a small contractor. Typically large, well established contractors charge premium for their work and are not willing to negotiate because they are not looking for more business.
Mid-size companies usually offer the best value in terms of quality of labor vs price.
Pro Tip: make sure that you only hire a siding pro who has good references, and is licensed and insured.
Siding Replacement FAQ’s and Considerations
How Much Siding Do I Need?
To get an accurate price estimate, enter your ground measurements, number of levels, home type, number of doors & windows, old siding removal, house insulation type, and new siding material.
For best results, take your time to measure the house properly. Go from corner to corner with a tape measure, and get the Length and Width of your house. If you get sizes like 26′ 7″, it is best to round it up to 27′, otherwise the quote will be less than what contractor will give you.
Roof Slope: When measuring / estimating roof slope, you can either use your judgement or use a 2′ level + tape measure to get accurate reading. Go into your attic, position the level horizontally, one end against the rafter. Then measure the distance from the opposite end of the level, up to the rafter. Divide this distance by 2. This will be your slope.
Example: If your distance is 14″, the slope is 7 over 12 or just 7. Follow the provided diagram.
Roof Types: If you have a FLAT or HIP roof, select “FLAT” option for Roof Slope. In either case, your house does not have gables, so now siding will be installed above roof base.
Gable Side (roof width): Make sure when entering house dimensions that the Gable Side is entered into appropriate field. Your gables will be calculated base on this dimension and roof slope. If you enter wrong measurement into this field, the calculation will be off.
Other options: Select number of floors in your home, job complexity (use your judgement, but if you have multiple bump-outs / built in bays, etc, of if your house is Victorian style with all kinds of decorative pieces, use medium or difficult option). Select new insulation type, and number of windows / doors to be wrapped with flat stock aluminum.
Removal of old materials: Note that old plastic / vinyl / aluminum siding must always be removed, before new VINYL siding is installed. Vinyl CAN be installed over wood siding. For other materials, you must always remove old siding down to wall flat boards.
Asbestos siding: If you have old asbestos shingles on your walls it is best to install new (vinyl) siding on top, without removing asbestos. Otherwise your cost of siding a house will be 3 times more that is estimated by our calculator.
Removing asbestos is VERY expensive and can only be done by certified contractors. The whole area should be then concealed to minimize / eliminate asbestos dust. Never let a regular siding contractor remove asbestos shingles.
How Long Does Exterior Siding Last?
The longevity of your new siding will be determined by a number of factors, such as:
– siding material you have installed: (vinyl siding has the shortest life span while brick siding lasts the longest)
– whether or not your give your siding regular maintenance, which can greatly extent its service life
– local weather conditions: if you live in a mild climate, your siding will last a long time without needing repairs. However, if you live in areas that get a lot rain, snow, temperature fluctuations, strong sun, etc, your siding will wear and tear a lot faster.
The table below provides general service life spans for top siding materials.
|Siding Material||Average Service Life Span|
|Vinyl Siding||15 – 20 years|
|Fiber Cement Siding||25 – 45+ years|
|Engineered Wood Siding||20 – 30 years|
|Real Wood Siding||20 – 40 years|
|Stucco||50 – 80 years|
|Brick Veneer Siding||50 + years|
|Real Brick Siding||100 + years|
What Is the Best House Siding?
Different siding materials fit the needs of different home owners. If you are looking for a beautiful high quality siding that will last over 20 years without requiring much maintenance, your best bet is to go with fiber cement siding is such as James Hardie or Allura.
If you are looking for something more economical but still good quality, CertainTeed vinyl siding is a great choice.
Siding materials, such as stucco, natural wood, brick veneer and brick are very expensive to install and are best suited for luxury properties. These premium siding materials also cost to more in maintenance and repairs. On the up side, they last a lot longer than other siding options.
How Do I Choose the Most Durable Siding?
In addition to general curb appeal and cost, its very important to consider how your regional weather conditions will impact the siding’s durability. Only the very top siding materials such as real stone and brick can withstand any type of climate. However, other siding materials have their weak spots that become particularly pronounced in particular weather zones.
If you home is located in a very mild climate, with low temperature fluctuations, you can safely install pretty much any siding type. IN fact, even cheap siding options will still do ok in this area, and will give you over two decades of service life.
The life span of most types of siding such as vinyl, stucco, fiber cement, real and engineered wood can be drastically reduced by prolonged exposure to moisture, strong winds, hail, snow and ice storms, heavy rain, high heat and severe cold, major yearly temperature fluctuations.
If your siding is not well suited for your climate, you will also need to spend a lot more money on regular repairs and maintenance. This is why investing more into a siding material that performs well in your location can actually save you a lot of money in the long run.
What Is the ROI of New Siding?
Siding replacement is one of the top exterior remodeling projects that bring in a great return on investment. Even if you install budget friendly vinyl siding you can expect as much as 70-75% returns.
Installing fiber cement, engineered wood or real wood siding brings as much as 80-85% ROI.
To give you more specific data, if your new siding costs $12,000, it will add around $9,600-9,800 to the resale value of your house.
Installing siding can be a very expensive project, especially if you are considering higher-end materials. Its important to consider the overall value of your home, as well as how long you plan to live in it to determine whether you will get a high ROI when installing a particular type of siding.
According to the National Association of Realtors, exterior renovations, such as new siding bring some of the best returns on investment, compared to other projects. According to research, you can recoup about 80-83% of vinyl siding cost, at resale.
Since vinyl siding products have significantly improved both in aesthetic appeal and durability over the last decade, vinyl is no longer perceived as the “poor man’s” siding material. Quality vinyl siding is a great fit for most moderate to average priced homes under $600,000.
In general, prospective buyers perceive Hardie siding to be more upscale and durable than vinyl, and are willing to pay more for it.
Wood siding offers overall lower returns, of about 70-75% Keep in mind that its also more expensive compared to other types of siding. This means that if you are considering siding replacement as a way to boost your home’s curb appeal, it may not be worth it to invest in natural wood materials.
Depending on your location, some siding materials may be perceived as more desirable and valuable than others. Its best to consult with your realtor to determine which siding will deliver the best return on investment at resale.
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