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Cost of Wood or Fiber-Cement Siding Installation






Wood or Fiber-Cement Siding Installation Cost



The cost of wood or fiber-cement siding installation will increase or decrease based upon a number of factors. This article is intended to provide you a checklist of questions to ask yourself and your contractor. This key will serve as your guide: $0 = no additional cost, $ = standard cost, and $$ = increased cost.

Where do I need siding?

$ - Standard, two story home

$$ - When a detached garage also needs siding

What type of siding do I want?

$ - Clapboard/Beveled

$$ - Fiber-Cement

$$ - Shakes/Shingles

$$ - Board-and-Batten

$$ - Split logs and full logs

What type of wood do I want?

$ - Engineered wood

$ - Pine, Spruce, Cypress, or Douglass Fir

$$ - Cedar, Redwood, and other wood with natural rot resistance

Does the wood or fiber-cement need to be painted?

$ - When wood is pre-stained.

$ - When wood or fiber-cement needs to painted or stained.

Does the siding need to be treated?

$ - When siding is left untreated.

$$ - When siding is treated to prevent insects, rot, or water damage.

$$ - When siding is treated with a fire-retardant coating

Does my current siding need to be removed?

$0 – When new siding is installed over the existing siding.

$$ - When the existing siding needs to be removed.

Do I want insulate the home?

$ - When just siding is installed

$$ - When house is wrapped to provide additional insulation

When will the siding be installed?

$ - When siding is installed in the late fall or early winter.

$$ - When siding is installed during peak season (spring or summer).

Will the contractor have to do any custom work?

$$ - When trim and moldings are needed.

$$ - When fascias and soffits are needed.

$$ - When accommodations need to be made for odd-shaped windows.



ASK THE PRO:

1. How long do you expect installation to take?

2. What type of wood or fiber-cement would you recommend?

3. Are you properly licensed and insured?

4. Does the siding come with a warranty?

5. Will you come to my house in order to repair any issues within a certain period of time?

6. Before installing the siding, will you ensure that my house is not in need of any additional repairs?

7. Does my existing siding need to be taken down or can you install the new siding on top of it?

8. Does the quote include permit inspection fees (if required)?

9. Is cleanup included in the cost estimate?

10. What type of maintenance will the siding require?

11. How will the weather in this area affect the siding?



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