Wood Siding Cost
Quickly estimate how much it will cost to install real wood siding on your house.
Alternatively consider installing engineered wood siding.
While its not significantly cheaper than real wood, it requires less maintenance and there is a much greater variety of style and color options available.
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How Much Does Wood Siding Cost?
Wood siding is one of the most beautiful, versatile and durable siding materials.
Because of the wide range of wood species and board styles available, wood siding cost can vary greatly, from affordable to high-end.
This siding is not limited to any particular architectural style. While it is often installed on Cape, Bungalow and Victorian Style homes, many contemporary houses also look stunning with wood siding.
Homeowners across the US report spending an average of $5.75-9.50/sq.ft including material and labor to install wood shingle or shake siding.
Note that this estimate is for low to average grade wood species. More expensive species such as cedar, or exotic varieties, can cost 40-75% more.
Thus, if you have a 2,000 sq.ft. house, your total siding replacement cost will be about $11,500-19,000.
Keep in mind that this estimate is for a simple, one storie house. Any architectural details, windows, doors, corners, etc. will increase your total installation house.
You should also factor in the cost to remove old siding, which can range from $1,000-3,500 depending on the material and the size of your house.
You can use our comprehensive Siding Calculator to compare the costs of different siding materials for your project.
Wood Siding Prices Based On Wood Species
One factor that will greatly impact your total installation cost is the species you select.
Spruce, Pine and Fir are considered the most budget-friendly options. Their pricing starts as low as $2-3/sq.ft. (does not include installation and accessories). However, keep in mind that these less expensive species are more soft, less durable and more susceptible to rot and termite infestation.
Cedar and Redwood siding are considered to be high quality wood species. Their pricing starts at about $4.5-6/sq.ft. (does not include installation and accessories). Both species are considered highly durable, weather and rot resistant. Also, they are naturally impervious to termites.
Exotic wood species are rarely installed, because they are very expensive and more difficult to source. They can cost as much as $12-25/sq.ft. On some high-end homes, these woods can be used as accent panels or other types of special architectural details.
Moreover, when in comes to the price of wood, you should know that it fluctuates from year to year. This is largely due to availability of a particular species, as well as supply and demand.
Finally, if you live in an area where there is an abundance of a particular wood species, you will be able to get it at cheaper price.
For example, the price of cedar, which is native to California is as much as 30% cheaper there, than it is in across the US, in the Northeast.
If you like the look of wood siding, but don’t want the hassle of difficult and costly maintenance consider installing fiber cement siding from top brands such as Nichiha and Allura, which do a wonderful job replicating the look and feel of real wood.
Cost Of Wood Siding vs Other Siding Materials
Overall, average quality wood siding is most similar in price to Hardie Board. It costs at least double the price of vinyl or aluminum siding.
However, wood is a lot cheaper than high end materials, such as stucco, stone, brick, or stone veneer. These siding options cost at least 2-3 times more than wood.
Thus, wood falls right in the middle of the price spectrum for the most popular siding materials. This is why so many homeowners feel that they are getting great value when they install wood siding.