Compare Siding Prices per Square Foot


When you are choosing a siding material for your residential or commercial structure, there are many important factors to consider before you make your final decision. Here are a few questions you might want to ask yourself:

  • What are the material costs up front?
  • Will it improve the curb appeal of my home or property?
  • Will it increase the resale value of my property?
  • What does my siding say about me?
  • How long will my siding last?
  • How will it look good on my project?
  • Will it 'ugly out" before it wears out?
  • Can I combine different siding materials? (Can I at least splurge on the front facade, dear?)
  • What are the labor costs for different types of siding? 
  • Will my siding need constant maintenance?
  • What are the maintenance costs? 
  • Will my siding need constant maintenance?
  • Are their other benefits (or liabilities) with my siding choice?
  • What are my total life cycle costs of the siding?
  • Does it make sense to spend more up front, and pay less for maintenance and replacement down the road?

The cost of the siding material is certainly a key factor in your decision making process. Choosing the right siding material for you is an important decision and includes many factors in addition to material prices and initial material costs.

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Selecting a siding material is one of those options that has an extremely wide range of pricing. There are thousands of different siding material options to choose from. It can be a confusing and frustrating process. 

Typical siding materials vary in price from $5 per square foot to over $40 per square foot. Some super high end cladding materials can cost much more. However, siding cost is just one factor to consider. isn’t the only consideration to make.

From an aesthetics and first impression standpoint, the siding material that you choose for your home, building or other structure is usually the first thing that a visitor or passerby will see. "Curb appeal" is based on the location, grounds, and the outside of your property. 

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Most Common Exterior Siding Material Options 

  • "Synthetic stucco" (EIFS) - is an exterior insulation and finishing system and is a low cost exterior siding option. When installed properly, mold issues are minimized

  • Vinyl siding - is the most popular material for new siding and is priced from low to high, depending mostly on the thickness and quality of the vinyl. Available in many colors and textures. Higher priced vinyl siding has less tendency to crack and buckle.

  • Fiber cement siding - is a low cost paintable siding option. When installed properly, many mold issues are minimized.

  • Cedar Shakes, shingles and clapboard - are a medium cost, natural softwood siding option. Appearance, durability and performance varies depending on the quality of the materials and installation. A rain screen type of installation will help minimize mold and some of the rot and decay issues. Softwoods are typically not as durable as hardwood siding options and should be re-finished as needed to maintain appearance.

  • Synthetic Stone veneer - is a medium priced cladding option and is often used as an accent to other siding materials to improve curb appeal.

  • Cedar T&G siding - A & Better grade western red cedar siding boards are harder to find and very expensive at this time. 

  • Thermally modified T&G Hemlock siding - is an affordable option compared to cedar. the thermal modification makes it very stable and resistant to insects, rot and decay.

  • Fire retardant treated siding -  In many parts of the country, ignition resistant siding is now required.That rules out vinyl siding as an option. If you love the look of real wood, ThermaWood FR Hemlock (Hem-Fir) is an outstanding option to consider.

  • Hardwood siding - many durable high density hardwood species can be milled into a tongue and groove (T&G) pattern and installed easily with furring strips to create a simple rainscreen.

  • Wood Rainscreen siding - is a rapidly growing, medium to premium priced cladding option. Many softwood and hardwood siding species can be used. Using a well designed rainscreen system helps extend the life cycle of the structure, and improves the overall health, efficiency and sustainability of the home or structure. 

  • Pura NFC Siding by Trespa - is an HPL (High Pressure Laminate) is a medium to premium priced alternative to wood siding with the look of natural wood in a low maintenance cladding solution.  Engineered for durability and performance. Learn more here.

  • Metal Siding - is a medium to higher priced siding option. Durability and finish quality vary by brand. Denting and scratching may be problematic.

  • Natural Stone and Brick - are among the highest price cladding options and are typically used as an accent on one or more sides of the home or structure.

2024 Siding Price Comparisons for Common Siding Materials


A common practice in the siding industry is to "lowball" the cost of the actual siding and then charge much higher prices on all the accessories you will need to complete the job. To provide you with a more fair siding price comparison, this survey includes a typical amount of accessories that you need, including corners, some trim and fasteners. For easier comparisons, the siding prices are in square feet - not by piece or box. 

This pricing comparison chart should help you establish some "ballpark estimates" for siding materials to help you develop your building materials budget for your project. All siding costs will vary regionally. For more accurate pricing, always request a quote from your supplier or contractor.

Compare Siding prices per Square Foot for popular siding materials based on Price Survey February 2004



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