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How Much Does Siding Cost?

Date: February 16, 2023

It costs between $9,000-15,000 to install new siding for an average Milwaukee size home. The cost of these also varies depending on the type, materials used, and labor. 

Siding is an important home component and they offer superior protection depending on your needs but they also differ in several ways. The most common type of Siding is Vinyl Siding and LP Smart Side but there are also other types that are well-recognized for their durability and cost-effectiveness. 

Vinyl Siding

Vinyl siding is considered to be one of the most durable and cost-effective exterior options in the market nowadays. It costs around $4 to $5 per square foot on average. The estimated price does not include labor and other installation materials. It is a great option if you want a versatile exterior for your home. It is cheaper and available in different colors, shades, and textures making it ideal for any preferred house design. 

Most homeowners choose Vinyl Siding because of its durability. It does not need a lot of maintenance. You can just sweep it with a cloth or wash it with water when cleaning. It doesn’t rot, rust is not prone to pests like termites, and it is also scratch resistant which makes its colors last for a long time. 

Vinyl Siding cost by type 

  • Vinyl Shake Siding

This looks like real traditional wood siding with an embossed wood grain. It cost between $3 and $10 per square foot. It is one of the most popular types of siding because of its vintage and old-style look.

  • Clapboard Siding

One of the most popular vinyl siding types is horizontal and looks like long wooden planks. It is also commonly referred to as lap siding or bevel siding. It costs from $1 to $6 per square foot.

  • Vertical Vinyl Siding

Often used to highlight architecture, vertical vinyl siding is common in historic homes. It costs between $3 and $8 per square foot.

  • Board and Batten

Its costs range from $2.50 to $8. It is a popular siding style. It’s called ‘barn siding’ because it was a very popular exterior siding in the United States. 

  • Insulated Vinyl Siding

Insulated vinyl siding costs from $4 to $10 per square foot. It is an energy-saving type because of the insulation attached directly to the vinyl which helps you cut energy costs.

LP Smart Siding

LP Smart Siding consists of engineered wood. It costs around $4-$7 per square foot on average. This price does not include additional materials such as trim pieces, soffits, paint, etc. It is more expensive than vinyl siding because of its weight. 

Most homeowners opt to choose LP Smart Siding because it offers a natural cedar wood siding look with a deeper wood grain pattern. Like Vinyl siding, it is also one of the most durable home exteriors on the market. If you are looking for a more appealing and classic wood-grain finish, the LP Smart side is a great choice.

When it comes to quality and maintenance, the LP Smart Siding does not disappoint. It is durable and does not peel or chip easily. However, unlike vinyl, you are required to repaint and do some coating to protect it from being damaged. LP Smart Siding is also a great choice for all types of climates because it has good resistance to environmental wear and tear.

Hardie Siding

Hardie Siding costs between $5 to $10 per square foot. It is more expensive than Vinyl and LP siding because of the premium quality that it has. The cost also depends on the desired color and how the boards are painted. For example, you can choose a pre-primed one where you choose to paint your desired color or a factory-painted one where you can pre-order the siding color that you want.

The material of Hardie siding is fiber cement. It is non-combustible, resistant to water damage and rot, and able to withstand any climate. Unlike Vinyl, the material of Hardie, can not be easily bent and bow when exposed to changing temperatures. It is a great choice for a siding replacement because it can last up to 40 - 50 years.

Cost factors to consider

Aside from knowing the cost of each type of Siding, the final cost still varies depending on the different factors. It is important to know what these factors are so that you know what to expect when the time for installation comes. Here are some of them:

  1. Roof size and type - Each roof type has a required material and labor cost. It will help determine the overall cost if you are familiar with your roof type and roof size. The larger your roof, the more it will require a lot of materials and a longer installation time.
  1. Labor - note that most of the time, labor is not included in the price of the Siding. It also requires a professional’s expertise and it will always vary depending on the roofing company that you will hire. 
  1. Roof height and Pitch - Roofing companies consider the height and pitch of your roof when calculating the estimate or final cost. You may need more siding material depending on the height or pitch of your roof,
  1. Repair vs Replacement - remember that repair and replacement have different costs. For example, If you only need to repair a broken siding part, then you can expect a lower cost. But your estimate may become more expensive if the overall square footage needs to be replaced. 
  1. Roof Design - if you have a complex roof design with complicated peaks, then it may require an additional cost. The installation may take longer than usual and more materials will be needed. This will require you to pay for additional labor too. 

The costs of siding will always depend on the product purchased, materials, where it was purchased, and the roofing company that you will hire. As there can be a lot of factors, it’s always best to consult first with any professional roofing company so you can get the most out of your investment.

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