LP SmartSide Siding Cost vs. Fiber Cement HardiePlank Siding

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 on a cabin style home

This guide covers the HardiePlank vs. LP SmartSide comparison from all angles that matter to a homeowner – Looks, durability, cost of materials and installation, and more. We’ll uncover the differences between the two to help you decide which one fits your project requirements better.

Cost

Expect to pay about $9.00 per square foot to install LP SmartSide siding. For HardiePlank siding, your costs will about $10 per square foot installed.

Note: LP’s SmartSide relative cost advantage is due to slightly lower material and installation costs thanks to its lighter weight.

The possible cost range is broad, however, based on factors spelled out below. This table breaks down costs for these two leading siding alternatives to natural wood.

HardiPlank LP SmartSide
Material Cost per sq.ft. $2.00-$4.00 $1.85-$3.75
Installation Cost per sq.ft. $5.50-$9.00 $3.50-$8.00
Total Cost per sq.ft. $7.50-$13.00 $5.35-$11.75
Average Cost per sq.ft. $9.85-$10.35 $8.65-$9.30
Cost to Value Recouped 83%-86% 82%-87%
LP SmartSide vs HardiePlank Siding Cost Comparison Table

As you can see in the table above, these are comparably priced materials, so unless you’re watching pennies very closely, this probably won’t be the deciding factor.

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Vinyl Siding Cost per Sq. Ft. 2018: Foam-Backed Vs. Hollow Siding

There’s nothing more unseemly than peeling paint or badly worn out siding on a house. We’ve all heard the suggestion that first impressions matter and when it comes to the exterior appearance of your home, that couldn’t be more true! 😉

vinyl-siding-on-a-cape-style-home

If your siding needs replacing, it’s best to do it as soon as possible. This is a job that is probably best left to professionals, unless it’s something you’ve done before, and you happen to have all the necessary tools including metal trim break, ladders and platforms, plus a handy and reliable friend willing to help. 😉

Basic Breakdown of Material and Labor Costs

On average, foam-backed vinyl siding will cost between $6.00 and $10.00 per square foot installed on a simple single-story house. So, for a typical house requiring about 2,000 sq. ft. or 2o “squares” of siding installed, your total cost will be between $12,000 and $20,000 for materials and labor.

Some homeowners may opt for a less-costly non-insulated siding option which would cost about $3.50 to $6.50 per sq. ft. to install on average or about 30% less than foam-backed option.

In addition to the cost of the job, you may also have to pay for the removal and disposal of the old siding. Lastly, you will need to take into the account the cost of obtaining a building permit from your local town hall. This cost will vary depending on your location.

Materials Basics

vinyl-siding-on-a-house

When installing a new vinyl siding on your house, you will have a few choices of materials ranging from basic to premium. In most cases, standard options should work just fine for most homes.

Cost of Materials:

Some contractors may charge more for the entire job including labor, if you choose to go with a premium option. On the low-end, your siding materials will cost about $1.00+ per square foot.

A standard, middle of the road option will cost about $1.50 per square foot. A more premium option will cost $2.00+ per square foot.

All else being equal, premium colors and styles or patterns will cost more. In addition to the cost of materials, you will also need to consider the cost of building permits, supplies such a snails, wrap, aluminum trim for windows, etc.

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