LP SmartSide Siding Cost vs. HardiePlank Fiber Cement Siding in 2022

The top two engineered lap siding brands are the defending champion HardiePlank fiber cement and the up-and-coming contender LP SmartSide engineered wood siding.

LP SmartSide Siding
via Upside to SmartSide

This guide covers both products from all angles that matter to a homeowner – Looks, durability, cost of materials and installation, and pros and cons of each option. Let’s get started!

Cost and Return on Investment

Both LP SmartSide and HardiePlank are comparably priced materials, so unless you’re watching pennies very closely, this probably won’t be the deciding factor.

Return on investment or ROI, refers to the percentage of the total cost recouped at resale. This doesn’t take into account the enjoyment factor or energy savings.

For example, if the expected ROI on siding were 75% for a project that originally cost $10,000, then the installation of new siding would increase the home’s sale price by about $7,500.

  • HardiePlank cost: $2.50 to $5.00 per square foot for siding and all trim accessories
  • HardiePlank installation: $6.50 to $12.50 per square foot
  • HardiePlank total cost installed: $8.50 to $17.50 per square foot
  • HardiePlank / fiber cement siding ROI: 83% to 86%

Cost Comparison:

  • LP SmartSide cost: $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot for siding and all trim accessories
  • LP SmartSide installation: $5.50 to $12.00 per square foot
  • LP SmartSide total cost: $8.00 – 16.50 per square foot
  • LP SmartSide ROI: 82% to 87%

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Fiber Cement Siding Cost 2022: HardiePlank Installation Cost per Sq.Ft.

In recent years, fiber cement siding has emerged as a viable and a highly attractive alternative to the less costly and far 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 the US.

Cost Installed

On average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $9.50 to $16.50 per square foot or $950 to $1,650 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 workmanship warranty.

To put the above figures in perspective, a typical 2,000 sq. ft. HardiePlank or Allura lap fiber cement siding installation will cost between $19,000 and $33,000 to complete. This gives you a National Average cost of $26,000 to install approximately 2,000 sq.ft. of fiber cement siding on a typical single-family house in the US.

The actual price for the job will vary with the size of the house, overall level of job difficulty, accessibility, and your home’s location. All things being equal, booming metro areas will be much pricier than remote rural areas.

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Best Types of House Siding: Top Brands, Costs, Pros & Cons

We’ve put together a comprehensive residential siding guide to assist you in researching your options for replacement and new construction projects.

Kaycan DaVinci Sreciding

What’s Included: Seven possibilities ranging from affordable to upscale – Vinyl, steel & aluminum, fiber cement & composite, genuine wood, stucco, brick & stone and faux stone.

The information for each siding type includes:

  • Materials and installation cost
  • Tables that allow you to compare these materials at a glance in all key areas
  • An introduction to each material, its construction and options
  • Pros and cons such as durability/longevity, maintenance and repair requirements and appearance including the home styles that each siding types is best suited to
  • Final summaries that might help you make your decision
  • Tips for saving money on a siding project

Cost

Siding Type Materials Installation Total Cost per sq.ft.
Vinyl $2.75 – $4.50 $2.50 – $8.00 $5.25 – $12.50
Aluminum & Steel $3.00 – $6.50 $3.50 – $10.00 $6.50 – $16.50
Fiber Cement & Composite $3.50 – $6.50 $4.00 – $8.50 $7.50 – $14.50
Wood $2.50 – $8.50 $3.50 – $8.50 $4.15 – $17.00
Stucco $4.90 – $6.50 $3.00 – $8.50 $7.90 – $14.50
Brick & Stone Veneer $7.35 – $17.00 $6.30 – $10.00 $14.65 – $27.00
Faux Stone $6.15 – $20.00 $8.55 – $11.00 $14.70 – $31.00
Breakdown of costs by materials and installation

* The materials column in the table above includes siding, trim and the supplies needed to install it.

* The installation column in the table above reflects the cost of professional labor.

The last column is the total installed cost for comparison.


Note: Each siding type in the table above is normally available in a wide range of quality and style options that affect material costs. Installation ranges from easy to difficult due to onsite factors which affect installation cost. Your project’s geography and local economy will also have a major impact on costs.

Types of Siding Materials:

This table summarizes the information in this section:

Siding Type Options Weatherproof Durability
Vinyl Excellent Good 20-30 years
Aluminum & Steel Good Good 30-50 years
Fiber Cement & Composite Good Good 35-50 years
Wood Excellent Fair 50+
Stucco Fair Good 50+
Brick & Stone Good Excellent 75+
Faux Stone Good Good 30-50 years

The next section provides more details for each siding type, including its options and pros and cons.

Vinyl Siding

This is an extruded plastic material made from PVC resin for durability and resistance to the elements. The material is tinted in the production process, so the color goes all the way through.

There are three appearance options: Horizontal, vertical and shingle/shake panels.

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