There are many different kinds of home siding. Each one has a different price for materials and installation. Before starting any home siding project, it is important to be aware of all costs that might be accrued. Knowing the average cost of siding a home is very beneficial to anyone interested in replacing their current home siding.
Aluminum is one of the many materials that can be used to side a house. One of the greatest advantages of aluminum siding is that it does not corrode, cannot be eaten by termites and other parasites and can last up to 40 years. However, since aluminum must be painted, it can fade and peel. Aluminum siding usually costs approximately $2.50 to $3.50 per square foot plus insulation, attachments and labor.
Vinyl siding is one of the most popular forms of home siding on the market today. This is largely because it is inexpensive, does not have to be painted and is weather resistant. It is also easier to clean that most other sidings and is very easy to install and remove. Vinyl siding costs from $1.00 or less per square foot without a professional installer, and from $2.00 to $3.00 per square foot when professional installers are used.
Wood siding is a form of siding that is not used as much now as it has been in the past. However, many people prefer the wood look, and there are several different wood siding options to choose from. Pine, cedar and plywood are all popular choices. Wood siding is one of the most expensive forms of siding with prices from $2.50 a square foot for plywood to $8.00 for higher grades of wood.
Another form of siding that is less popular is cement siding. It is almost impossible to install cement siding without professional installation because it requires special cutting and hanging tools. Cement siding is also very heavy, which can put a strain on some house frames. Cement siding is the most expensive form of siding and can cost from $4.50 to $11.00 per square foot. Cement siding can be made to look like stucco, masonry, rocks or wood.
The cost of the siding alone is not the only cost that is involved in replacing siding on a home. Other costs include: removing the old siding or frame covering, preparing the frame for the siding and insulation, and weather stripping. All of the attachments for the siding have to be purchased as well, including nails, hangers, glues and corner finishers. The labor is an additional cost that should be taken into consideration. In general the cost of labor will be about the same price as the materials.