How Much Does House Siding Cost?

by Team eLocal
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Siding installation is a costly home improvement project, but it significantly improves your home’s curb appeal. Plus, proper siding protects your house from the elements.

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So how much does siding cost, and where does all the money go? Find out more about the project cost and timeline to make plans for your renovation.

How Much Does House Siding Cost?

The average cost of siding installation for an average 1,600-square-foot home is $8,400 to $11,200. This includes the cost of the siding materials and the labor for installation. Several factors go into the actual cost of your siding project. The size of your home is one of the biggest factors. Naturally, larger homes mean more materials and more hours of labor for a higher price tag than smaller homes.

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How Much Does the Material Cost Per Square Foot?

The cost of the materials can vary greatly, depending on the material you choose, but it ranges from 1 to $13 per square foot, according to HomeGuide. Vinyl siding is usually one of the more affordable options, while custom-grade siding may have a higher per-square-foot cost.

Some siding materials cost significantly more. Aluminum and vinyl siding often costs between $3 and $11 per square foot. Fiber cement siding will often cost $5 to $11 per square foot for the materials.

How Much Do Contractors Charge for Labor?

The labor for siding installation typically costs between $1 and $2 per square foot. However, the siding material can impact the price of installation. Some materials are more difficult to install and come with higher labor costs. According to Fixr, fiber cement siding typically costs between $2 and $3 per square foot for installation, while metal siding often costs $2 to $4 per square foot.

What Are Some Other Cost Factors Involved?

Your location, the size of your home and the complexity of the project are major factors in the cost. Any extra work the contractors have to do will increase the total siding cost. Removing and disposing of the old siding usually adds about 50 cents to $1 per square foot. If your home has damage underneath the siding, such as rotting wood, the repairs will add to the total. You can also have extras added, such as additional insulation or outdoor electrical outlets, for an additional cost.

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How Long Does the Project Take?

Siding installation takes an average of 4 to 7 days to complete. However, the timeline depends on several factors, including the size of your house. The project will also take longer if the home has damage or structural issues that need to be addressed before the new siding can be installed.

Tips for Saving Money on Siding Installation

Installing siding yourself can be difficult, and you could make costly mistakes. Unless you have experience, siding installation is usually something you should have completed professionally. If you're on a limited budget, there are other ways to save money. Try these:

Choose Affordable Materials

Compare prices on different siding materials to find a more affordable option. You'll find a range of prices even within the same material. Some premium vinyl siding options cost the same as materials like metal or wood, for example. Don't forget to consider the cost of labor. More complicated siding materials also cost more to install.

Remove Old Siding Yourself

If you have vinyl, wood or metal siding and aren't afraid of a little work, you might be able to remove the old siding yourself to save a little money. Check with your siding contractor to make sure they're okay with you doing the work. Look for disposal options to make sure you don't end up paying more for disposal than the contractor would.

Shop Around

Get quotes from multiple siding contractors to find one who's reliable and affordable. Beware of super-low offers, which could indicate poor workmanship.

Financing

If you don't have a large sum of money to pay for new siding upfront, consider financing the purchase. Some siding contractors offer financing or payment plans. If that's not an option, you might take out a personal loan or home equity loan. You'll pay more overall with the added interest, but financing can get you the new siding you need while spreading the cost out over several months.

New siding can also save you money over time. It can improve the energy efficiency of your home, which helps cut your utility bills. It can also increase the value of your home, which is beneficial if you decide to sell.

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