If you’re in the market for new exterior siding, you’re probably wondering what your options are as well as how much the installation process will cost you.
Fortunately, there are plenty of cheap siding options for your house to choose from, and we’re going to give you an overview of all of them.
Average Siding Installation Costs
Siding on its own is priced per square foot but varies depending on the material. For example, vinyl siding ranges from around $7.50 to $9.50 per square foot while stucco ranges from $7 to $9 per square foot.
On average, new siding will cost you anywhere from $5,400 to $16,000. However, there are several factors that affect the overall price of installation aside from the materials including:
- The size and shape of your home
- Your location
- The process of removing or laying over old siding
- The contractor
- The installation estimate
- Site cleanup
- Whether or not you live in a regulated community
Signs It’s Time to Replace Your Siding
Exterior home maintenance is equally important as interior home maintenance. It’s essential that you replace damaged exterior before that damage turns into a more costly structural issue.
While you should opt to have a contractor conduct a thorough evaluation of your home’s exterior, you can also look for these common signs that it’s time to replace your siding:
- You have spots that are warped, cracked, or rotting
- There’s fungus, mold, mildew, or moss
- There’s visible blistering or bubbling
- It’s noticeably faded
- You have to repaint frequently
- You’re noticing higher energy bills each year
- Loose wallpaper or peeling paint inside of your home
Also, if you’re thinking about moving, new siding can increase the value of your home dramatically — even if there was nothing wrong with your existing siding. After all, you only get one chance to make a good first impression.
8 Types of Cheap Siding for Houses, Businesses, Barns and More
Now let’s talk about the types of cheap siding options you can choose from — and what you can expect in terms of costs and more.
1) Vinyl Siding
Vinyl siding is the number one material right now for residential siding, and for good reason. It’s low cost and low maintenance. Vinyl siding is also versatile, as it can come in many designs to suit all kinds of aesthetics, including:
- Vertical planks
- Shake and shingle
- Split log
- Bevel designs
You can get two types of vinyl installation as well: Hollow-back and insulated. Hollow back is on the cheaper end ($7.50 to $9.50 per square foot), while insulated ranges from $10.50 to $15.50.
2) Fiber Cement Siding
Fiber cement siding (also known as James Hardie) is a type of plank board that’s actually made of wood pulp, cement, clay, and sand mixture. It’s as durable as vinyl and can last between 50 and 100 years — although it may require repainting every now and again.
Each square foot of traditional fiber cement siding can cost between $10.50 and $17.50. However, other styles like simulated shakes will likely cost over $13 per square foot.
3) Genuine Wood Siding
Genuine wood or natural wood is relatively costly when you factor in maintenance. However, genuine wood siding will run you the same as fiber cement — between $10.50 and $17.50 per square foot.
The grain and grade of the wood, as well as the style requested, will also factor into this cost.
4) Engineered Wood Siding
Engineered wood, also known as mass timber, is a mix of wood pulp, scrap wood, and real wood. It’s very durable and essentially the same thing as genuine wood (to a fault). It can also be installed in a wide range of styles, including split log.
Engineered wood siding typically runs anywhere between $10.50 and $16.50 per square foot, and you can usually find it on the lower end of the price range.
5) Aluminum Siding
Aluminum siding is a type of metal siding, and it’s notorious for its durability. As long as you keep up with the maintenance, it’ll last you well over 50 years, thanks to its rust resistance.
Aluminum siding is one of your cheapest siding options, costing between $1.75 and $7. However, its installation costs tend to drive the prices up.
6) Stucco Siding
Stucco siding essentially comes in one form option-wise. Although being a “textured” material, there are plenty of sub-options that allow you to play around with the aesthetic. Stucco is generally a mix of sand, cement, and lime — which equate to plaster, and it holds up well to all kinds of weather.
On average, you can expect to pay between $10.50 and $18.50 per square foot of stucco.
7) Stone Veneer Siding
Stone has a timeless aesthetic thanks to its natural look, and it can work as an accent siding or a whole-house siding. Stone veneer is a composite that is incredibly weather resistant since it’s made of:
- Iron oxides
- Certain aggregates
- Portland cement
Aiming to be the more affordable version of stone siding, stone veneer will cost you between $14 and $22 per square foot.
8) Brick Siding
Much like stucco, the cost for brick siding ranges between $12.50 and $22.50 per square foot.
Brick siding is often referred to as brick veneer, and you can opt for full brick veneer or thin brick veneer. However, thin brick isn’t usually recommended as it’s not as durable and greatly reduces the insulation factor associated with traditional brick siding.
Install Affordable Siding Options With Ease
When it’s time for new siding, it’s time for new siding. The last thing you want to do is wait until the damage gets worse.
Get in touch with our experienced contractors today to learn about your most affordable and beneficial options. We even offer financing plans through Service Financial to make the process that much more affordable for you.
Whether you’re looking for high-end James Hardie cement, brick, or vinyl for your next exterior siding, Dearmworx can handle the job.