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Siding

Replacing your siding is like giving your house a facelift. It does wonders to the physical look and increases the longevity of your house. Because it can do so much, replacing your siding is another project that you want to put time and thought into it.

Where to start

Take a long look at your current siding. Is it worn? When was the last time it was replaced? Is it peeling, curling, rotting or chipping? Do you like it? The answers to these questions will help you begin looking for the right kind and contractor.

Process

When replacing siding, remembering the following two major requirements will make your project successful.

  • Siding requires a building permit.
    • You will need to apply for a building permit because you are replacing a structural element.
    • To learn more about permits visit our building codes and permits page.
  • You must replace your house wrap.
    • A new house wrap must be applied before your new siding is applied.
    • An inspection of this newly applied house wrap must be completed by the City. Pictures are not accepted as a substitute to an inspection.
    • For more information about house wrap requirements, see our house wrap form

Materials

  • Wood
    • Advantages: Natural, easy to install or repair.
    • Disadvantages: Requires maintenance. If left untreated, can deteriorate.
    • Est. price: $4 - 7 per square foot.
  • Vinyl
    • Advantages: Lowest priced option out there, installation known to all.
    • Disadvantages: No installation value.
    • Est. price: $2 - 3 per square foot.
  • Fiber Cement
    • Advantages: Look of wood but less expensive.
    • Disadvantages: Professional installation.
    • Est. price: $3 - 5 per square foot.
  • Stucco (EIFS)
    • Advantages: Low maintenance and many design options.
    • Disadvantages: 3 layer process, Must have good water protection .
    • Est. price: $4 - 9 per square foot.
  • Brick
    • Advantages: Distinctive appearance, long lasting and low maintenance.
    • Disadvantages: Professional installation.
    • Est. price: $6 - 12 per square foot.
  • Stone
    • Advantages: Distinctive appearance, long lasting and low maintenance.
    • Disadvantages: Professional installation, expensive.
    • Est. price: $15 - 30 per square foot.
  • Metal
    • Advantages: Durable, fireproof.
    • Disadvantages: Limited colors, poor insulation value.
    • Est. price: $3 - 5 per square foot.