When installed by a professional or a highly capable DIYer, siding should last anywhere from 10 years all the way up to 50 years and even beyond in some cases. The best siding materials will keep harsh weather out, reduce energy costs and, of course, provide astonishing curb appeal.
However, even the highest-quality materials, installed by the brightest professionals can eventually wear down or suffer damage from severe weather. When that happens, you’ll need to take a hard look at replacing certain areas of your siding or even the whole system.
This guide is intended to help you wrap your head around the cost of various types of siding and the cost to replace them. So, let’s get started!
When to Replace Siding
When preparing your home for sale, replacing siding is one of the easiest ways to increase its curb appeal, thus its value. Of course, there are several other reasons you may want to replace siding, beyond just looks.
First, take a look at your home from a distance; 25-50 yards should do. Take note of any missing, discolored or faded siding strips. If it’s substantially noticeable from a distance, it may be time to replace at least the individual strips, if not the whole system.
Second, take an up-close look to spot damage. This will tell you about other things than just damage to the siding. For example, mold and mildew growth may mean you have experienced water infiltration. Tug on siding and see if the piece bends or warps easily, which will indicate that it needs to be replaced.
Lastly, look for major damage like large dents, holes or cracks. It’s recommended to conduct a complete overhaul of the siding system if more than half of it has this kind of damage.
Cost of Siding Repair
Below is a short description of specific types of siding and the costs you can expect to pay for the repair of each.
Wood Siding – With its gorgeous look and distinguished character, wood siding will help your home stand out. While it’s generally revered for its stylish beauty, wood siding does come with one crucial downside: price. Treated wood varies in price depending on the type of wood you choose, how it’s cut, and how you want it stained or painted. It’s also crucial to conduct regular maintenance on wood siding—it requires repainting or staining every three to five years, and needs to be protected from mildew and insects.
To repair wood siding, you can expect the installer to ask for approximately $50-$100 per hour, but may simply charge by section. For instance, most will ask for a set price per six foot section of wood siding repair or replacement, with the average price ranging from $100 to $150 per section installed.
Aluminum Siding – Introduced as a more affordable alternative to wood, aluminum siding offers several advantages. With its ease of installation, low maintenance requirements, and wide variety of color and style options, it’s easy to see why it’s a popular siding choice. However, there are downsides to using aluminum material, as it dents easily, installation is noisy and colors may fade over time.
Depending on the extent of the damage and the siding, repair costs to repair aluminum siding can greatly vary; on average, aluminum siding costs $3.50 – 4.75 per sq.ft.
Vinyl Siding – Vinyl siding has come along way since the 1970s, and now it’s the most popular type of siding in the U.S. As a more affordable and versatile siding material than wood or metal, vinyl is easy to install, requires almost no maintenance and won’t chalk or bleed color over time. Vinyl can be installed over existing materials, making it a nice retrofit option.
On average, homeowners can expect to spend between $400 and $600 for vinyl siding repair. Of course, there are many factors that can influence the actual cost. Aside from regional pricing trends, the type of siding can also influence repair and replacement costs.
Fiber-Cement Siding – Fiber-cement is a durable, eco-friendly siding option, that’s relatively new compared to the other materials on this list. While fiber-cement siding typically costs a bit more than vinyl and aluminum, it generally outlasts its competitors—often by decades—because it resists many common hazards, such as fire, wind, insects, rain and other elements. Fiber-cement siding can be used in all climates, but is particularly great for hot, humid regions.
To repair fiber-cement siding, it can cost a couple hundred dollars if completed by professional siding contractors, who charge on average between $50-$100 per hour plus materials. For materials, on average, you can expect to pay anywhere from $6.00 to $11.50 per square foot or $600 to $1,150 per square (100 feet)
Now that you know more about the costs of siding repair, you’re better positioned to optimize your budget. Remember to always inquire about extra charges or fees and always get a quote in writing to avoid payment issues once the work is done. While new siding isn’t overly cheap, a high-quality product, installed properly, can provide decades of use.
The best siding materials will make your home more beautiful and functional, by keeping the elements out, reducing energy costs and boosting the curb appeal. Whether you hire a professional to take on the task or do it yourself, never underestimate the value of siding repair.
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