There are lots of ways to calculate the cost of siding materials. You should consider the cost of the life of the siding, the initial investment in materials and labor, maintenance costs down the road, as well as the impact a specific material will have on the resale value of your home. Is it a type that most buyers will find attractive? All aspects deserve consideration.
While siding costs vary widely from product to product, including grades of product (high-end to low-end), you’ll find a rough price comparison on siding material costs below.
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In general, the life of cedar siding, for instance, is shorter than those of aluminum and vinyl siding, as well as brick or stone, which outlast all other materials by many, many years. So, even though the initial expense of cedar siding might look great compared to the price of vinyl, the upkeep it requires will make it more expensive in the long run. On the other hand, cedar siding is a better insulator than vinyl or aluminum, and will keep your utility bills down in the summer and winter months. As you can see, there’s more to ‘cost’ than meets the eye.
Of all the siding available in today’s market, vinyl leads the way; installed, it remains the least expensive siding material. Warranties are another key point; most vinyl manufacturers offer a lifetime warranty that can also be transferred to the next owner, thus creating a great value and a great investment. Estimate costs run from $2 to $3 per square foot.
Competitively priced, generally costing slightly more than vinyl siding. Estimate costs run $3 to $4 per square foot.
Cedar runs between $3.5 to 6.5 per square foot.
Paint grade wood siding can run between $1 to $2 less per square foot than hardwood siding.
Aluminum siding runs between $3 to $5 per foot.
Brick and stone veneer siding will run between $11 to $15 per square foot.
Real brick runs between $6 to $12 per square foot however; replacing brick is much more expensive and runs around $18 + per square foot.
Natural stone is priced between $15 to $30 per square foot.
Stucco pricing falls between $4 to $9 per square foot. Sand and cement stucco is less expensive, latex stucco is more expensive.
Pricing for shingles and shake siding run between $5.12 and $7.40 per square foot.
Slate shingles have a long life span of 75+ years, they defy extreme heat and cold, and the material is fireproof. Slate shingles measure 12" to 20" wide; 3/16" to 1" thick.
Prices start at $5 a square foot.
Cypress beadboard paneling is 1" x 6" and runs around $2 per linear foot. 1" x 4" paneling runs around $1.33 per linear foot.
Red Cedar Lap Siding is 6" deep x 1/2" thick and runs around $1.75 per square foot; $2.05 per square foot with one side planed smooth.
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