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2020 Vinyl Siding Cost vs. Fiber Cement Vs. LP SmartSide Siding

You have just spotted the first telltale signs of peeling paint from your house’s wood siding. It won’t be long now until the dreaded house painting becomes a must-do. Unless, 2020 is the year you finally re-skin the house in vinyl siding.

Vinyl siding – actually polyvinyl chloride plastic resin that is heated and extruded into sheets – has only been around for about 50 years and was developed as a cheaper alternative to metal siding back in the 1950s.

Vinyl’s reputation for “cheap” was honestly earned as plasticized siding was susceptible to cracking and sagging. Colors were limited and those colors faded. Even well-cared for vinyl siding looked like… well… vinyl siding.

But in recent years, the two most important components of vinyl siding – the quality of materials and the expertise of installation — have made giant leaps forward.

Today about one-third of new American homes are built with maintenance-free (almost) vinyl installed as cladding.

Vinyl has been rated in various surveys to last anywhere from 60 to 100 years so this will likely be the last investment you make in your house’s siding.


What to Expect in Terms of Costs?

So how much will it cost to cast those paint brushes aside and put new vinyl siding on your house?

The short answer is anywhere from $6.50 to $12.50 per square foot installed, or around $650 to $1,250 per square (100 square feet) installed, on average. This can translate to a total cost of $13,000 to $25,000 for an average two-story house or 2,000 square feet of new vinyl siding installed.

vinyl siding on a cape style home Vinyl Siding on a Cape Cod style home installed by Siding & Windows Group

In a remodeling contractor survey done by Hanley Wood, the mid-range vinyl siding cost for a typical home (1,250 sq. ft. of siding installed) in the US was about $14,300 according to the Hanley Wood Remodeling Costs report for 2020.

The survey also reports an average cost-to-value return (average percentage of cost recouped at the time of resale) of about 75% for a new vinyl siding job.

That being said, your total cost for a new vinyl siding job will depend on a couple of factors; primarily the grade of materials (low-end, mid-range, or high-end), the quality of installation, and of course your home’s geographic location, accessibility, level of difficulty, etc. Let’s explore this further:


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Cedar Shake Siding Cost in 2020: Pros & Cons of Cedar Siding

Western Red Cedar trees are well known for their great heights, huge trunk diameters and in turn being decay resistant. All this makes for one of the more durable home siding options with unmatched natural beauty.

Cost Basics

The average cost to install cedar shake siding ranges from $8.50 to $14.50 per square foot, depending on job complexity and location.

You can expect to pay between $17,600 and $26,500 for a contractor to install new cedar shake siding on a typical house. Add an extra $1,000 to $3,000 if needing your old siding removed and disposed of.

Install Roof Shingles

$7,500
Average price
Install Metal Roof

$14,500
Average price
Install Flat Roof

$8,225
Average price

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Stylistic Considerations and Pricing Factors

Western Red Cedar

Besides Western Red Cedar, Northern White Cedar provides the lumber that are transformed, by sawmills, into shake. It used to be shakes were axe cut by hand and shingles were the lumber that went the route of saw mill cutting. Not anymore. For the most part, all cedar shakes are produced using power equipment.


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LP SmartSide Siding Cost vs. HardiePlank Fiber Cement Siding in 2020

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 60% for a project that originally cost $10,000, then the installation of new siding would increase the home’s sale price by about $6,000.

  • HardiePlank cost: $2.50 to $4.50 per square foot for siding and all trim accessories
  • HardiePlank installation: $5.50 to $10.50 per square foot
  • HardiePlank total cost installed: $8.00 to $15.00 per square foot
  • HardiePlank / fiber cement siding ROI: 83% to 86%

Cost Comparison:

  • LP SmartSide cost: $2.00 to $4.00 per square foot for siding and all trim accessories
  • LP SmartSide installation: $5.00 to $10.00 per square foot
  • LP SmartSide total cost: $7.00 – 14.00 per square foot
  • LP SmartSide ROI: 82% to 87%

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