If your current siding is deteriorating, you’re likely looking for a long-lasting, low-maintenance option to keep your exterior looking great for decades.
James Hardie® siding is an attractive option for homeowners in the Twin Cities due to its extreme durability, weather resistance, and long-lasting beauty. Chances are, there’s only one significant reservation you have about this popular siding option—the price.
The fact is, the exact cost of having Hardie siding installed depends entirely on countless variables, like your home’s size, location, and current condition. Learn more about these factors below to begin budgeting for your exterior remodel!
Is James Hardie Siding Expensive?
Hardie siding is made from a durable blend of cement, sand, water, and cellulose fibers. While fiber cement siding is more expensive than other types of siding, like vinyl and composite siding, it’s less pricey than more costly options, like stucco and stone. It’s also easier to maintain.
Even the cost of this homeowner-approved siding will vary from house to house depending on various factors—making it difficult to nail down an exact price for your siding installation.
However, you can estimate the cost of your Hardie siding installation when accounting for the following factors:
Factors that Impact the Cost of Your James Hardie Siding Installation
1. Square Footage
Your home’s size will drastically impact the cost of your siding installation. Homes with more extensive square footage will require more materials, resulting in a higher price.
Additionally, your home’s layout will make a difference in the cost of your installation. For example, if you have a two-story house, it will be more difficult for your contractor to install the siding on the second floor, which will result in higher labor costs.
Your home’s location will play a critical role in determining your siding installation cost. Siding costs vary from state to state, but they also differ from city to city.
Houses with intricate detailing should expect to pay more for their siding replacement than those with a straightforward design. Contractors must cut each board to fit securely on your home, and homes with lots of exterior features to work around, like turrets, dormers, and windows, may slow down the process.
The installation cost is one of the most significant variables in the siding replacement process. Ask yourself these questions before your installation:
- Are there many trees, shrubs, or landscaping features that block access to my home?
- Is my home’s current siding in decent shape, or will my contractor have to bring in extra equipment and materials to remove it?
- Do I have a large home with lots of unique exterior detailing?
- Is my house located in the city, where it can be easily accessed, or will the installation crew need to drive several miles each day to reach my home?
- Will I hire an expertly trained James Hardie Elite Preferred Contractor to complete my installation? (We think this is an investment worth making!).
Your answer to these questions will all impact the cost of your siding replacement. Exteriors that are large, detailed, aren’t as accessible, and are in poor condition will require extra work from your contractor, resulting in a higher cost.
Hardie siding comes in tons of unique styles and colors that allow you to create the perfect look for your home. These styles include:
- HardiePlank lap siding
- HardieShingle siding
- HardiePanel vertical siding
The siding style you choose for your home will impact the cost of your project.
Additionally, James Hardie offers soffit, trim, weather barriers, backer boards, and other high-quality products you can add to your installation for an additional charge.
6. Siding Colors
Hardie siding comes with two options for how you get the perfect siding color. You can either have your boards installed primed for paint or invest in James Hardie’s ColorPlus® Technology—a baked-on finish applied in a controlled factory setting that resists chipping, peeling, and fading.
Although ColorPlus Technology comes with a higher price tag, it’s a worthwhile investment. You’ll never have to think about repainting your siding, which will save you money in the long run, and you won’t have to worry about the hassle of painting your siding and choosing a shade after it’s initially installed.
Make a Lifelong Investment in Your Home with James Hardie Siding
It’s true—Hardie siding isn’t the cheapest exterior material on the market.
However, homeowners across the Twin Cities agree this material’s long-lasting durability, low-maintenance upkeep, and beautiful appearance make it worth the cost! Learn more about Hardie siding and discover the benefits of installing this popular material with our experienced team at Beissel Window & Siding.