Is your siding falling off your house? Does your soffit need an upgrade? Have you noticed cracks or chips in the panels?
No matter the reason for replacing your home’s siding, one of the first things you probably think about is how much it will cost.
Replacing your San Antonio siding can cost anywhere from $27,000 - $45,000 as a starting price for 1,500 square feet of siding.This range depends on siding type, project size, customizations, and more.
Southwest Exteriors has been a siding replacement company in San Antonio since 1989. We’ve helped homeowners across San Antonio and the Hill Country elevate their home’s looks and provide them with lasting siding.
Before replacing your siding, you need to understand what goes into the cost to find the right siding for your home and the best company to work with to fit your budget.
How Much Does It Cost To Replace My Siding In 2023?
The cost to replace your San Antonio siding in 2023 can start anywhere from $25,000 and upwards for 1,500 square feet of siding with no soffit and fascia replacement.
What Makes Up The Cost Of A San Antonio Siding Replacement?
The overall cost of your siding replacement project depends on the material of the siding, the square footage of the project, the condition of your current siding, customizations, and recommended additions.
Let’s break down each of these components so you can better understand how they make up the overall cost of your project.
1. Material Of Replacement Siding
Just like with any purchase, you have options to choose from. Let’s highlight the most common types of replacement siding, from least to most expensive.
Vinyl siding can cost $27,000-$37,000 for 1,500 square feet. This is for a standard area of square footage without soffit or fascia.
Vinyl is a popular material for home improvement projects like windows and siding. It is reasonably inexpensive and works fairly well against weather and wear.
It is also extremely customizable to fit your desired look.
Wood siding comes in on the more expensive side of $25,000-$35,000 for 1,500 square feet of siding. This is for a standard area of square footage without soffit or fascia.
Wood siding is a timeless option that has proven longevity and durability. With wood, you risk running into potential rotting and deterioration, but proper inspection and care can help you avoid these problems with wood siding.
The two most popular types of wood used for siding are pine and cedar.
Fiber Cement Siding
A fiber cement siding is on the upper end of siding costs, costing around $35,000-$45,000 for 1,500 square feet of siding. This is for a standard area of square footage without soffit or fascia.
Fiber cement is made of wood fibers, sand, and cement. It is one of the most durable siding types that will last decades with little maintenance required.
Fiber cement is also customizable to fit the look and aesthetic of your home and can also be engineered to fit your climate.
When choosing the type of material you want for your siding, it is important to factor in your goals for the project.
If you are looking for the least expensive option and aren’t concerned about the material's longevity, then a lower-end masonite siding might be best.
If you want to invest in a product that will last on the exterior of your home with minimal maintenance, then fiber cement might be your best option.
The material of the siding and the square footage of your home are the top contributors to the overall cost of a project.
2. Square Footage Of Your Home
With most home remodeling projects, the project's size will be your biggest contributor to the cost. The larger your home, the more siding is required in the project.
However, with siding, you must also factor in the corner of your home, otherwise known as gables and rakes.
A gable is a part of your roof that sticks out from the siding.
This highlighted area is a gable. It looks like it is attached to the original frame of the house. This adds extra square footage to your siding project as opposed to a home that is flat all around.
A rake is a part of the siding that intersects with the roofing.
This highlighted area is a rake. You can see how the right side of the highlighted area intersects the roofing on the bottom. This requires more panels and cuts to the panels, creating a higher waste factor and ultimately raising the cost of the project.
Most homes are not built like cardboard boxes. You can see in the design of these homes there are many corners and angled sides that require extra steps to be taken to replace the siding, which adds to your cost.
The reason it costs more when your home has more gables and rake is that it increases the waste factor of the project.
What is the waste factor in a siding replacement?
A house built like a box requires very little cutting and trimming of the siding to fit the home. With gables and rake, the edges start and end at an angle. This means that each piece of siding must be cut to the exact angle to fit the side.
Trimming each piece of siding creates a higher waste with what is cut off.
The same goes for the design of your home. If your siding goes up into a triangle shape, it is going to cost you more because more materials need to be trimmed down to fit, raising the cost and the waste factor.
To sum it all up, the larger the square footage of your desired siding area and the more complex the design of your home are the greatest factors that will influence the cost of your project.
3. The Condition Of Your Current Siding
Did you know that the condition of your current siding and substrate can lower the cost of your new siding replacement?
Compare it to your health and well-being. If you take care of yourself continuously throughout your life, you will likely run into fewer major health problems down the road.
The same goes for your siding. If you take care of it, it will stay in much better shape for longer. Then, your current siding or substrate may be used as a substrate for your new siding.
If the siding or wall is extremely deteriorated or damaged, it can cost you $2,000-$8,000 on top of the total cost of the project for labor and repair.
If your siding is in great condition but only needs attention in one area, that can lower your cost. Replacing a small area of a side as opposed to the entire side will obviously be less expensive.
The better condition your siding and substrate are in, the less a full siding replacement will cost you.
4. Added Customizations
With any home remodeling project, there is always room for customization, depending on the contractor you choose.
For siding, you can customize the board profile (how the board looks), size, style, and color.
There are three common types of board profiles: horizontal, vertical, and shake or shingle.
Horizontal and vertical refer to the direction in which the long, straight boards run
Both horizontal and vertical siding comes in a variety of types and styles as well
Shake or shingle siding consists of smaller shaped panels that are laid and stacked upon one another
Within those three categories, there are different styles depending on the manufacturer. With James Hardie siding, for example, you can choose smooth, colonial rough, kneaded cedar mill, beaded smooth, fish scale, or staggered edge shingle.
Any of these options of style can cost you 10-15% more per square foot of your project. However, a shake or shingle option can run 30-35% more.
The reason shake options cost more is for the installation labor. Because shake boards are shorter than horizontal or vertical, it takes longer and increases labor to install them.
Overall, the more complicated and elaborate the board profile, the more it will cost.
5. Recommended Additions
Along with customizations, there are recommended additions you include with your project to make it complete and help make it last longer. Additions to your project are not necessarily customizations, but they are optional (but recommended) to your project.
On top of the siding, you can also choose to have your soffit and fascia covered with the same siding.
Soffit is the underneath area between the edge of the roof and the wall.
Fascia is the front-facing trim of the roofing.
The yellow highlight represents the soffit.
The red highlight represents the fascia.
It is recommended to get your soffit and fascia included with your siding project to add extra protection to the siding against the climate, water, and deterioration to ultimately last longer.
You can also have your garage frame and the underside of window boxes covered with siding for the same level of extra protection.
Painting and touching up any exterior areas, like your garage door or patio ceiling, is also recommended when having your siding replaced. It is best to get all exterior done and repaired or replaced at once, so you do not have to worry about it short term.
While none of these additions are required to have your siding replaced, it is recommended to add extra protection to your siding and your home and make it last longer.
Having Realistic Expectations For Your San Antonio Siding Replacement
Now that you know how much a typical siding replacement can cost and what components make up that cost, you can have realistic expectations for how much your project will cost and what you need to budget.
It’s important to remember that cost and quality go hand in hand when it comes to a siding replacement. You cannot expect to pay the least amount of money and receive the highest quality siding replacement.
These five major factors directly affect the cost of your siding replacement:
Square footage of your home
The condition of your current siding and substrate
Once you outline your goals for each of these components of your project, you can create the right budget for your siding replacement and have realistic expectations for the cost, quality, and longevity of your project.
Now, we understand talking about cost and budgeting isn’t always the most fun thing. However, it is an important conversation to help you have realistic expectations for what you are looking to pay for your project and to know how much you should budget.