House Siding Options, Plus Costs and Pros & Cons 2017

There are several different material options for house siding: wood, metal, stone, vinyl, brick, fiber-cement, stucco and more. But, looking at the materials for siding is just scratching the surface! Delving deeper, we see many more options and sub-options. The only limitations are your imagination. We’ll cover primary options plus a few sub-options in this guide. Special note: all cost related information is based mostly on the 2016-2017 information.

Material Category: Wood (4 Primary Options)

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The main options relate to how the material is installed, such as: bevel, shingles, board-and-batten, and split-log. There are numerous sub-options, as wood has several grains, many ways to cut / shape it, and thousands of color choices.

Within this category we include Engineered Wood. Also known as composite wood, man-made wood, or manufactured board. Natural wood obviously comes directly from timber, while the man-made version is manufactured from wood fibers, saw dust, and bonding agents. It’s a strong, light-weight and less expensive alternative. Instead of pieces cut from logs, the material is shaped to match the order for a job.

Wood Siding Costs Installed, Plus ROI

Natural wood material is relatively expensive, considering the cost of initial investment and the ongoing maintenance costs.

On average, natural wood siding costs between $5 to $10 per sq. ft. installed. This range depends on grain and grade mainly, as well as the style option. The costs will be higher in more affluent areas, as natural wood is considered a premium material

Engineered wood costs $3 to $8 per sq. ft. installed. The $8 is high end, and a more fair range is $3 to $5. This option generally requires a little less maintenance.

An average home in America is currently 2,250 sq. ft. From this point forward, when we say “average sized home” we are referencing that figure. Pricing for installation on an entire home will have a fairly wide range, but this is usually due to region, and variations in contractor pricing. If there are other factors, we will note those.

To install natural wood as cladding for an averaged sized home, it costs $14,000 to $27,000. With Engineered Wood, it is half that or $7,000 to $12,000.

ROI for Engineered Wood siding is nearly 79%, and higher than natural wood’s 77%, which is among the lowest for all siding options.

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Cedar Shake Siding Costs, Plus Pros & Cons: 2017 Cost Estimates

Wood siding encompasses many styles, shapes, grains and grades / quality. Here we’ll focus on the shakes and shingles for style and shape with cedar as the grain.

Cedar shakes and shingles are actually two distinct styles, even though people routinely reference them as if it were just one style. Both are shorter, vertical wood planks that are installed in an overlapping fashion. Shake is traditionally axe-cut while shingles are saw-cut. In today’s world, they are quite likely both sawn and shake is just made to resemble the appearance of an axe chipping at the surface. Shake, historically, tends to have wider butt ends than shingles.

Wood siding isn’t as popular as it once was, but cedar shake and shingles display the beauty of wood in a prominent way. It tends to be more expensive than other wood siding options, due mostly to labor, and has some advantages over other wood siding options.

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