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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2022 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 this year 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 $7.50 to $14.50 per square foot installed, or around $750 to $1,450 per square (100 square feet) installed, depending on the type of project, your home’s location, and project specific variables. This can translate to a total project cost range of $15,000 to $29,000 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 $16,576 according to the latest Hanley Wood Remodeling Costs-to-Value survey.

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 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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