LP SmartSide Siding Cost vs. Hardie Fiber Cement Siding 2023

LP Smartside siding on a house

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.


Expect to pay between $9.50 and $15.50 per square foot to install LP SmartSide siding. For HardiePlank fiber cement siding, your costs will between $10.50 and $17.50 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.

Did you know? In 2023, the cost of both, engineered wood and fiber cement siding has fallen slightly compared to prior year, in spite of the ongoing inflation.

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.

HardiePlank LP SmartSide
Material Cost per sq.ft. $2.50 – $5.50 $2.50 – $4.50
Installation Cost per sq.ft. $8.00 – $12.50 $7.00 – $11.50
Total Cost Range per sq.ft. $10.50 – $17.50 $9.50 – $16.50
Average Cost per sq.ft. $11.50 – $15.50 $10.50 – $14.50
Cost to Value Recouped 69% – 86% 70% – 87%
Average Cost To Install Hardie Siding Typical Range: $9,350 - $14,210
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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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CertainTeed Siding Options, Costs, Pros & Cons – The Ultimate Guide

CertainTeed offers siding products in traditional vinyl siding; polymer shakes and shingles and manufactured stone veneer. All three products are reviewed in this guide along with cost information, styles and the technology CertainTeed uses to create some of the top-selling siding in North America.

Why CertainTeed

CertainTeed Corporation, a subsidiary of Global 500 company Saint-Gobain, is one of the top three manufacturers of residential siding products in the US. Founded in 1904 as the General Roofing Manufacturing Company and headquartered in Malvern PA, they are North America’s top seller of exterior building products.

CertainTeed is known for providing high quality, reliable, and innovative siding products. In this guide, we provide you with all the details on each type of CertainTeed siding.

CertainTeed Vinyl Siding

Quality vinyl siding has shown to be a good investment in your home, adding curb appeal and delivering about a 70% to 75% return on your investment. Vinyl is CertainTeed’s largest offering in the siding market featuring a wide range of styles, profiles, and colors within their 10 collections. Below we review each collection including all the style options and siding profiles.


CertainTeed Mainstreet horizontal vinyl siding

The MainStreet collection comes in 7 styles including Clapboard with wood grain texture in 4”, 5” and 8” options, a 3” Clapboard with a brushed finish, a 6.5” Beaded with a brushed finish, and Dutch Lap 4” and 5” siding with wood grain texturing.

MainStreet vinyl siding is available in 25 colors from light to moderately dark grays and browns. The MainStreet panels are .042” thick, which is standard for midgrade siding, and it has a 9/16” panel projection, which is the distance the profile stands out from the wall.

MainStreet is a good choice for homeowners looking for an affordable siding with all of the benefits of a premium siding.


CertainTeed Monogram vinyl siding

This is a step up in quality from MainStreet. One of the best features of the Monogram collection is the extended length of the boards. Boards are available in 16’, 20’, and 25’ lengths which will significantly reduce the number of seams per side of your home by about 50%.

Monogram features the rich look and deep texturing of natural cedar. CertainTeed offers it in 4” and 5” Clapboard and 5” Dutch Lap profiles. This premium CertainTeed siding is available in 32 solid colors and 7 blends. The blends nicely mimic the appearance of semi-transparent stains.

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