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Wood Siding Installation Cost Guide

Wood siding is a common type of exterior residential material. It’s installed on top of the home's foundation and sheathing to protect it from elements such as moisture and heat. While other types of siding such as vinyl, aluminum and fiber cement exist, wood siding remains a longstanding favorite among homeowners who prefer a more natural look. Wood siding can also be combined with brick or stone for a beautiful appearance, allowing homeowners to add character to their homes while saving money on materials in the process.

The Costs

  • The maximum reported cost for 200 square feet of wood siding is $900.

  • The minimum reported cost for 200 square feet of wood siding is $700. 

Advantages of Wood Siding 

Before selecting wood as one's material of choice for any residential project, homeowners should make themselves aware of the pros and cons of wood siding, especially when compared to other siding materials, such as vinyl, aluminum and cement fiber.

Firstly, wood siding has a beautiful appearance that simply cannot be mimicked by other materials. The natural appearance looks great on just about any home, and wood is a naturally durable material. Furthermore, wood is perhaps the only siding material that actually begins to look better with age. This may be especially appealing for those who desire a rustic-looking home exterior.

Also, since wood is considered to be a higher-end option when compared to other materials, installing it can be a great way to add resale value and curb appeal to any home. Many buyers are drawn to homes with more character and upgraded options.

Disadvantages of Wood Siding

Of course, wood siding does not come without some potential drawbacks and concerns. For starters, there is typically some concern over the price of wood siding when compared to other options. It’s generally one of the most expensive siding materials, averaging between $1,100 and $2,000 for just 200 square feet installed.

Furthermore, wood is a naturally absorbent material, so it is susceptible to water damage over time. Eventually, this could lead to rotting, and replacement costs are quite high in these situations. Fortunately, special sealants can be applied every so often to protect wood from the elements.

Finally, since wood is also a naturally flammable material, this can be a concern for some homeowners. In order to bring a home with wood siding up to code, it’s common for homeowners to pay for a special fire-resistant sealant to be applied to the siding. On the bright side, in the event that a house fire does occur, wood siding will not release any harmful toxins into the air. This cannot be said of some other siding materials such as vinyl.

Additional Costs and Considerations

While the average reported costs of the wood siding itself are outlined at the top of the page, homeowners must realize that there are other expenses associated with having wood siding installed. In general, it’s best for homeowners to request a quote from a siding company in order to get a better idea as to what to expect. This can help homeowners better plan for the financial aspect of having new siding installed while also helping to avoid sticker shock once the project is complete. Furthermore, requesting a few written estimates from different local companies can be helpful in deciding which one to hire for the job.

When it comes to installation costs, homeowners should expect to spend between $150 and $170 for labor expenses alone. This is just for 200 square feet of siding, though most homes will require more than that. This cost reflects five hours of labor. Since most installation companies will charge by the hour, this can vary greatly based on the size of the project and the efficiency of the work crew. Furthermore, weather factors can come into play as well.

Aside from labor costs, most companies will also charge homeowners for expenses related to the necessary tools needed. Usually, this adds at least another $100 to the total job, but this can also vary from company to company.

It’s important for homeowners to know what to look for in a siding supplier and installation company. After all, having new siding installed on a home is a big investment for many homeowners. To get started, homeowners may want to ask for recommendations when it comes to local siding companies from neighbors, family, friends or coworkers. This can give them a better idea as to which companies may be worth looking into versus which ones to stay away from. Another way to find out opinions about local siding contractors is to read online reviews or talk to local pros in your area. Just make sure they are on a third-party website and not the testimonials on the company's website to ensure they are authentic.

From there, homeowners will want to narrow down their options further by looking for companies that not only have great reviews, but are highly experienced as well. The more experience a company has when it comes to installing wood siding, the better. After all, the last thing any homeowner wants is a botched installation job.

On top of reputation and experience, finding a company that has licensed and insured contractors is also a must. This can save homeowners a great deal of hassle, stress and expense down the road.

Finally, it’s never a bad idea to look for a company that offers a warranty on its wood siding. While most companies will not offer lifetime warranties due to the fact that wood siding is often susceptible to water damage and rotting, many will provide limited warranties of 10 to 30 years. This is something that can give homeowners a peace of mind with their purchases.

All in all, wood siding is generally a good choice for those who want a natural and unique appearance to their homes. While homeowners may need to spend a bit more and perform regular maintenance on it, many homeowners agree that it’s more than worth it in the long run.

Last updated on Jun 23, 2014

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