Comparing Costs of Siding | Remodeling Library

cost of siding installationThere 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.

To get pricing on a siding project in your area.

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.

Fiber Cement

Competitively priced,
generally costing slightly more than vinyl siding. Estimate costs run
to per square foot.

to 6.5 per square foot.Cedar runs between .5

Plywood siding

Paint grade wood siding
can run between to less per square foot than hardwood

Aluminum siding

Aluminum siding runs
between 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.

Stone siding

Natural stone is priced
between $15 to $30 per square foot.

Stucco siding

Stucco pricing falls
between $4 to $9 per square foot. Sand and cement stucco is
less expensive, latex stucco is more expensive.

Wood Shingles and shake siding

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

brick siding costs cost of shake siding square foot.


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Question re installation of kitchen window

We have a 40"x24" window in our kitchen and as part of a kitchen remodel, are planning on replacing it with a 48" wide window.

What are some of the factors that should be considered when it comes to the selection of the window? The exterior is siding.

Also, any thoughts on what it would cost?

Shown below are some images of the existing window.

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