In recent years, fiber cement siding has emerged as a viable and attractive alternative to the less-costly and more common vinyl siding.
Hardieplank fiber cement lap siding on a house
In this guide, we’ll explore the costs and pros and cons of fiber cement siding for residential retrofits in 2019.
On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $7.50 to $13.50 per square foot or $750 to $1,350 per square to install fiber cement siding on a typical house. A square is equal to 100 square feet.
The cost of professional installation will include all the necessary materials, labor, permitting, debris removal and disposal, and warranty.
That being said, a typical fiber cement siding job (such as new HardiePlank or Allura lap siding) on average will cost between $15,000 to $27,000 to complete.
The actual price for the job will vary with the size of the house, overall level of job difficulty, accessibility, and location. All things being equal, booming metro areas will be pricier than remote rural areas.
Note: On residential retrofits and exterior remodeling projects, a typical fiber cement siding installation will involve the removal and disposal of existing siding, thus adding an additional cost to the project.
Pro Tip: All fiber cement siding installations should include a weather-resistant barrier to allow the building to breathe and help prevent mold and mildew growth.
Example of a Typical Job Estimate
For instance, at an average cost of $850.00 per square (100 square feet), it will cost about $17,000 to install about 2,000 sq. ft. or 20 squares of fiber cement siding on a typical two-story house.
Your home’s location and the company you choose to hire will have a major influence on the total cost of your project.
The price for fiber cement siding will vary depending on thickness of the panels – from 7/16 of an inch to one inch and the finish and styling chosen. Fiber cement siding such as HardiePlank® Lap Siding is sold in panels and traditional clapboards. Clapboards range from 4 inches to 12 inches wide. A standard length is 12 feet. The finish can be smooth, wood-grained or rough-sawn.
Fiber cement can also be shaped like siding shakes and shingles that are produced in strips or individual pieces. For instance, HardieShingle® siding is designed to replicate the look of cedar shingle siding often installed on Cape Cod-style homes, relaxed cottages, or ranch-style homes in a wooded setting.
Styles can include wood-grain and hand-split in 4-, 8- and 12-foot strips that are set in straight or staggered courses. Fiber cement in any configuration can be custom-fabricated for climate specificity.
Expect to pay from $150 per square (100 square feet) to $300 per square in material costs.
Hardie Plank Fiber Cement Siding on a Cottage style home
Installation will typically cost between $350 and $850 per square (100 sq. ft.), depending on the complexity of the job, your location, and the company you choose to hire.
Fiber cement siding is heavy — about 2.5 pounds per square foot — and delicate. It is also flexible.
Did you Know? Carrying fiber cement siding around a job site is a two-man job, so it will not crack; panels should always be transported vertically and not horizontally to again guard against cracking.
Toss in specialized tools and fasteners, unique cutting requirements and an expertise in not over-driving the fasteners into the studs, and the installation of fiber cement siding becomes a job best saved for professional installers.
ROI and Recouped Value
Last year, fiber cement siding installations resulted in an average of 80% to 85% in recouped value (cost-to-value return at a resale), making it one of the best-valued exterior remodeling upgrades of the year.
Today, you have more attractive house siding options than ever before. This buying guide details the top 10 siding materials to help you decide which type will give your home the look and durability you want, while staying within your budget.
Did you know? Most other online estimates of house siding costs are unrealistically low. Many other resources take the cost of the basic material and add the “base” installation costs to reach their total. — This approach fails to consider accessories like trim, supplies and fasteners that can add $1.50 to $2.50 per square foot.
Vinyl siding is made from polyvinyl chloride, or PVC, a plastic. It is blended with pigment to give the siding color. Acrylics are added for strength and fade protection.
The material is extruded into panels. Most panels are textured like rough-hewn wood siding, but smooth panels are produced too.
What we like:
Vinyl siding is known for its relatively low cost and durability. — That combination produces good value. The material lasts 20-30 years depending on its quality.
Vinyl offers excellent styles and color options:
Horizontal vinyl siding is made to look like wood boards from 3” to 8” wide in Dutch lap, beaded and clapboard styles.
Vertical panels are produced in board & batten and flat styles.
Architectural panels are formed like wood shingle and shake siding. Most products are offered in colors from white to deep browns and dark grays.
Vinyl siding is light and easy to install. — This helps cut down costs when hiring a professional and makes a DIY option more viable for handy homeowners.
Maintenance is minimal: Lightly power wash it to remove dust and dirt.
What we don’t like:
Vinyl lacks the authenticity of wood: In neighborhoods where homes are sided with wood, stone and brick, vinyl often looks inferior.
Plastic isn’t eco-friendly: While vinyl siding can be recycled, most of it ends up in landfills.
Warping, crackingand water penetration are frequent problems with bad installation.
The installed cost of basic vinyl siding is $4.25 to $7.50 per square foot when horizontal and vertical panels are used.
Architectural vinyl siding panels cost $2 to $3 more per square foot. Cost factors are the quality of the siding and the complexity of the house on which it is installed.
Vinyl siding has an ROI of 80%. The ROI is the percentage of the cost homeowners recoup when selling their home while the siding looks new and is in good condition.
Did you know? Vinyl siding is the most common house siding in the US and Canada. It accounts for nearly 30% of siding jobs. However, vinyl’s market share is slipping as other siding materials gain popularity and homeowners want a greener siding solution.