Siding is not only an aesthetic element of a home; it is also what protects it from the elements. Because of that, it needs proper maintenance and installation. Even with the greatest level of attention and care, though, it will eventually need replacement. Typically, the lifespan of siding is between ten to fifty years. Naturally, that life span depends on the materials selected, with options ranging from wood and brick to vinyl, aluminum, and various veneers or cement. All have their pros and cons.
Knowing when siding requires replacement and not repair is essential, but if your home is starting to look a bit run down and shabby, it may be time to consider an update. Single pieces or siding, or a small area in need of repair is always going to be far less expensive than a full replacement, and with average homes increasing in size, the price for siding work also goes each year upward. However, it must function and look good.
Siding replacement costs are always going to include removal and disposal of the existing materials, installation of house wrap, new siding, and the various elements of trim and molding to finish the job. There will also be the need to replace items such as fascia, frieze and rake boards, soffit, and even flashings.
Siding replacement: 1,600 sq.ft.
|Item||Unit Cost||Total Cost|
|Siding and materials||$3.50-$4.50 per square foot||$5,600-$7,200|
|Removal and disposal of old siding||$0.50-$1.00 per square foot||$800-$1,600|
|Labor Costs||$1.25-$1.50 per square foot||$2,000-$2,400|
|Total Cost||$5.25-$7.00 per square foot||$8,400-$11,200|
Other considerations and costs
- Each type of siding is going to have a long list of pros and cons. As an example, aluminum is energy efficient, goes on quick, does not need paint and available in many styles. On the downside, it can fade, easily dents, and is non-insulating. Be sure to consider such issues when calculating prices.
- Some materials also take far longer to install, regardless of price, and that too has to be calculated into the decision-making process.
- Some siding can also be fitted over old siding, such as vinyl installations.
- Options such as faux wood and stone can supply the look of real materials while installing easily and coming in at a fraction of the price.
- Siding replacement is not a DIY project.
- It is possible to cut costs by attempting some of the removal or handling the disposal process, but most contractors prefer to have control over the process.
- The chances for error and damages are too high to make this any sort of do-it-yourself improvement, and working with experts is best.
- Craftsman Estimator Costbook, complete series year 2019.
- Latest prices found on Home Depot and other vendor Web sites.
- Literature review of DIY Web sites.