New Wood Siding Installation
If you’re looking to improve the appearance of your home, one of the best remodeling projects that you can take on is replacing the siding on your home. Installing new wood siding on your home can yield a 77% rate of return on your investment (ROI). Depending on the type of siding you choose, premium sidings like stone, brick, and cedar shake can increase that ROI even further. Even if you’re not looking to sell your home anytime soon, new siding can have the added benefit of improving the insulation of your home, providing valuable savings on your monthly utility bills.
One of the most popular types of siding to install in North America is wood siding. Wood siding typically comes in a variety of styles including clapboard, lap siding, shakes, or shingles.
The price of wood siding varies depending on the type of wood used to side your home. Clapboard siding which typically uses split oak, pine, or spruce can cost $6-$12 per installed square foot. Whereas cedar or pine, which are typically more durable, cost $6-$8 per installed square foot. No matter which type of wood siding you select, when properly maintained it can last up to thirty years.
Types of Wood Siding
There are quite a few types of wood siding that you can install. The most popular types of wood siding include:
- Cedar Wood
- Cypress Wood
- Engineered Wood
- Fir Wood
- Pine Wood
- Spruce Wood
The cost and durability level of your wood siding goes hand-in-hand. For instance, cedar is a more expensive wood siding option because of the wood’s natural resistance to decay. Other decay resistant woods that are popular in the regions where they are produced include redwood on the west coast and cypress wood in the southeast and gulf coast. If you live in these areas, these woods might actually be more affordable to you than to homeowners in other parts of the country because they are easily accessible and lack the need for long-haul shipping costs, the price can be cheaper.
If the price of premium woods puts them outside of the reach of your budget, there are a wide variety of quality softwoods to choose from that are more affordable including pine and spruce wood siding. Just be aware that these woods are not as naturally resistant to decay so you will need to do more to maintain your siding. For instance, most suppliers of softwoods recommend back-priming and priming of cut ends, which can increase the installed cost per square foot initially, but will save you money on replacing panels due to rot over the years.
Clapboard Wood Siding Costs
Clapboard siding is made from split oak, pine, or spruce and gives your home a warm rustic look. It is sometimes referred to as lap siding, weatherboard, or bevel siding. Clapboard wood siding ranges in price from $6 – $10 per square foot. Wood clapboard siding installed on a 1,500 square foot home would cost around $12,000. Clapboard siding can be identified by its thickly cut overlapping boards. Boards are applied like shingles to the home’s exterior with the thin side underneath the thick edge, creating a wedge. Once installed, clapboard can be left unfinished or can be stained and painted– the latter is recommended for longevity.
Cedar Wood Siding and Shakes
Cedar wood siding has a natural resistance to decay and ability to stand up to moisture, cedar siding provides superior protection against rain, wind, snow, and sleet. Cedar wood siding costs anywhere from $6 to $12 per square foot. If you were to install cedar siding on a 1,500 square foot home you could expect to pay around $15,000. While the initial installation cost of cedar siding may be higher than other types of wood siding, cedar siding can save you money in the long term as you are less prone to have to replace shingles or panels due to rot.
Cedar siding can be applied in the form of horizontal lap panels, traditional shingles, or shakes. For a modern look, consider choosing tongue-and-groove panels. For a rustic look, check out “board-and-batten” styles. Your cedar siding will vary in color and grain depending on where the wood originates. In terms of environmental sustainability cedar biodegrades naturally, as will most any wood you select, but cedar trees grow rapidly further decreasing your home’s environmental impact.
Engineered Wood Siding Costs
If you are looking for an alternative to the high costs of installing natural wood siding on your home, then you may consider installing engineered wood siding. Engineered wood siding is cheaper than natural wood siding $3 to $8 per square foot. Engineered wood siding on an average 1,500 square foot home would cost around $9,120 in total installation costs.
Wood Siding Maintenance Tips
To maintain your wood siding, you’ll want to make sure that it is treated to resist fire and termite infestation. You’ll also want to stain or paint your siding every few years. Wood expands and contracts with normal changes in humidity and temperature. These fluctuations may cause paint finishes to chip or crack and over time puts stress on caulked seams around windows, doors, and at corners. If the caulk separates and fails to keep out moisture, rot can develop. Even types of wood that have a natural resistance to rot may decay if not properly protected from the elements. A house with wood siding must be repainted at least every five years, or as soon as the paint finish begins to deteriorate.
It’s also important to keep an eye out for spots that are cracked or show signs of rot to remove and replace those panels before the damage has a chance to spread. Making these relatively small financial and time investments in maintaining your siding can ensure that you enjoy attractive and durable protection from the elements for up to thirty years.