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Cement Board Siding Installation Cost Guide

Cement board siding, or fiber cement siding as it is also called, is a mixture of cement and cellulose fibers. It is made by combining sand, water, cement and cellulose to form strong boards or shingles. A coating is baked on for a colorful finish. Different manufacturers will have various processes, finishes and varieties of fiber cement siding, but typically, it is available in three styles: vertical, horizontal and shingle.

The Costs 

(Per 500 Square Feet)

  • Closeout: $850 to $1,100
  • Basic Grade: $1,100 to $1,500
  • Premium: $1,500 to $2,000
  • Designer Sourced: $2,000 to $2,600 

The cost averages have possible variations due to quality, vendor, region and season.

Advantages of Fiber Cement Board

Cement board is both insect and fire resistant. It will substantially obstruct a fire on the outside of a home. The industry also touts it as a sustainable product as it is man-made and doesn’t require the destruction of trees. It also has the benefit of looking more like wood than vinyl siding products, and it can be painted like wood. It is available in a wider selection of styles than vinyl. Finally, it holds up well against UV rays and harsh weather conditions such as hail.

Disadvantages of Fiber Cement Board

Unfortunately, fiber cement boarding can cost 10% to 40% more than alternative products such as vinyl in both material and labor costs. Because it is heavy, inflexible and awkward to handle, it is highly recommended to have it installed professionally. While some homeowners may find the ability to repaint the siding a plus, others may see the additional long-term labor of keeping up a paint job as a less-desirable characteristic.


Homeowners who like the look of fiber cement siding generally consider it an alternative to vinyl, aluminum or wood siding. Cement siding is capable of resembling wood siding to a great extent, and it comes with the added benefit that it doesn't attract insects as some wood does.

Additional Costs

Homeowners should get a wide variety of estimates on their home when looking into fiber cement siding. The estimates will depend on a many factors such as the footprint of the walls. Complex footprints potentially increase the labor cost significantly, and labor can range from $370 to as much as $800 per 500 square feet. The estimate can vary, depending if it was written during on a company's peak job season.

Final Verdict

Fiber cement board siding is a wonderful alternative to vinyl and real wood. While it is initially more expensive, it adds value to a home and allows a change of color down the road when it is time to repaint. Homeowners must weigh the initial cost to the long-term benefits, including its durability.

Last updated on May 18, 2016

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