When it comes to siding, there’s more to cost than meets the eye. Cheaper material may have a shorter lifespan and higher maintenance costs, making it less cost effective than something you spend more on up front. One example is cedar siding, less expensive than vinyl, brick, or stone, but falling years behind in longevity. On the other hand, cedar is a great insulator, doing its fair share to keep those utility bills in check.
In assessing the pros and cons of each siding material, then, remember to look beyond the initial price tag and consider other factors, such as maintenance requirements, expected years of use, strength and durability, and level of impact on your home’s resale value. To help you out, we’ve recently included a helpful article on Siding Costs in our Home Improvement Library.
The article includes the average cost per foot for everything from plywood and fiber cement to aluminum and stucco. More than that, it includes a side by side comparison of each material in four categories: durability, appearance, maintenance, and cost.
Here are some of the highlights.
- Clapboard and cypress are two siding possibilities with costs on the lower end. Prices begin at around $1.33 per linear foot to around $2 per square foot.
- At prices of just $1 to $2 more, fiber cement and aluminum are also affordable buys, each with lower maintenance costs.
- Vinyl remains the least expensive siding material, and most vinyl manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty that can also be transferred to the next owner.
- Wood board and shingle rate high in appearance and durability, but the cost and maintenance requirements for these materials are also high.
- More expensive siding materials are natural stone, which costs about $15 to $20 per square foot, and brick and stone veneer, which cost $11 to $15 per square foot.
- Synthetic stone offers moderate prices, low maintenance, an attractive appearance, and high durability.