If you’re thinking about replacing your home’s siding, you’ve already wondered how much it’s going to cost.
You know it must be a large investment, but as you research more and more, you may notice a large price range is given. Why are some more expensive than others? How do I know how much my project will cost with a certain contractor?
When it comes to pricing your siding replacement project, there are many factors to consider. The size of your project, product type, quality of the product, and the quality of the contractor are just a few.
The cost of your siding project will come down to your overall goals, like what your budget is, how long you want your siding to last, and how well you want it to perform. So, you’ll want to find a contractor that will meet your needs and your budget.
Before going through the trouble to meet with a siding contractor about your project, it would be nice to know what their pricing is like, right?
At Southwest Exteriors, we specialize in high-quality siding replacements using James Hardie siding. Our professional installers follow James Hardie’s best practices for all parts of your siding installation. Once your installation is complete, a certified Hardie inspector will come out to ensure the job is done to the highest standards.
We pride ourselves in the quality of products we offer and the craftsmanship of our work, and we reflect that in our pricing.
Now, we know that we are not the least expensive siding contractor out there, and we know that if you’re presented with a price that is higher than what you’ve seen from other contractors, it can be a bit shocking, and you may wonder, “Why?”
We want to eliminate that anxiety of wondering about the cost before you meet with a Southwest Exteriors contractor so that you can feel more comfortable going into your consultation and siding project.
This article will outline exactly how much a siding replacement project costs with Southwest Exteriors and what factors determine that cost.
After reading, you will feel more comfortable and confident going into your consultation having a better idea of what your project may cost. Then, you will also have a better idea of whether we are the right contractor for you.
How much will a James Hardie siding replacement cost?
James Hardie is the leading manufacturer of fiber cement products like siding, soffit, fascia, and other siding accessories. Their products are proven to be durable against harsh weather conditions and made to be a lifelong solution for your home.
So let’s get right to it.
With Southwest Exteriors, the average cost for a James Hardie siding replacement is $48,307 but could range anywhere from $44,000-$54,000.
Now, we must define the bounds of this price because many factors can influence the specific cost of a siding replacement project. While this is a starting range for what we see as average, the specific pieces to the puzzle must be outlined so you can understand what all can affect this price.
How much siding does this price include?
This price is calculated using an average-sized, two-story home with 20 total squares of siding. One square of siding is a 10 ft. x 10 ft. area or 100 square feet. 20 squares would be 2,000 square feet.
10 squares would be upstairs, and 10 squares would be downstairs. This is important to differentiate because installing second-story siding increases the price for the degree of difficulty.
This price also includes 300 feet of James Hardie fascia and 300 feet of Hardie 1 x 3 drip edge, which is the standard size. Fascia is the area under the roofline that is similar to trim. A drip edge is a lining underneath the roofline above the fascia to prevent water from getting into the fascia.
What kind of siding does this price include?
This price is calculated with James Hardie cedar mill select horizontal lap siding, sized 8.25 in., which is the standard board size. This is the most common sized board we install, which is why it was chosen to create this price.
Hardie offers horizontal siding, vertical siding, and shingle/shake siding. Each of these different styles will affect the cost of your project. The sizing of the boards will also affect the cost. A smaller-sized board will increase the cost because there is more material waste and labor involved in cutting the boards to the proper size of your home.
What other siding accessories does this price include?
Many different parts to a full siding replacement influence the overall cost.
This price includes 20 squares of oriented-strand boarding, or OSB, a substrate to the siding. This is a barrier that goes underneath the siding to provide an extra layer of insulation to your home.
The price also includes 20 squares of HardieWrap, which is a weather barrier that goes over the OSB before the siding is installed.
Hardie trim and flashing
The price includes wrapping 15 windows and two doors with standard 1 x 4 trim wrap that is also a weather barrier to protect water from infiltrating around the frame of the windows and doors.
Flashing is also added to the top of each window and door to deter water away and off of the window, similar to the drip edge on the roofing.
What is included in the installation for this price?
For this price, the installation includes a full tear-off of the old siding, caulking all seams around the roofline, windows, doors, and garage, and our two-step prime and paint process with Sherwin-Williams Duration paint on all siding and fascia.
During the installation, we will also remove and reinstall any electrical boxes and exterior light fixtures. We will not remove any solar panels.
All old siding and materials will be taken away at the end of your project, so you don’t have to worry about any cleanup.
Added but optional painted areas
Because we want to provide you with the best siding replacement experience, we like to recommend painting other ancillary areas of your home.
The price presented includes five squares, or 50 square feet, of painting for other areas that we did not replace but you may want painted to match your new siding. For example, soffit, trim, any posts, or garage doors may be areas you want to be painted to match.
Ready for your James Hardie siding replacement?
Now that you have a better idea of how much a James Hardie siding replacement will cost with Southwest Exteriors, you can feel more comfortable and prepared for your consultation. You can also understand what all goes into the cost of a siding replacement.
As you search for the right siding product and siding contractor for you, it’s important to outline your goals and have realistic expectations for the cost of your project.
If you’re looking for the least expensive and fastest option out there, then you cannot expect it to be the highest quality siding replacement you’ve ever seen.
If you want a lifelong solution to replacing your home siding, then you need to expect to pay more for the high-quality products and services.
With Southwest Exteriors, we offer James Hardie fiber cement siding because of its quality and longevity. We only want to provide you with the best products on the market, and we back that with our professionally trained installers and lifetime warranty.
We know we are not going to be the right contractor for everyone. However, we want to be fully transparent with you about how much your project may cost when you work with us and why the price is what it is.