How Much Does Fiber Cement Siding Cost?

Matt Marandola
Written by Matt Marandola
Updated November 8, 2021
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Fiber cement siding costs around $14,200 on average

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Fiber cement siding can give your home’s exterior the aesthetic of wood boards without the drawbacks of actual wood siding. Fiber cement siding comes in a multitude of colors, has a long lifespan, and holds up well against most anything that the weather may throw at it. The final cost of fiber cement siding depends on square footage, exterior design, and style, bringing the final price to anywhere from $6,600 to $21,750.

How Much Does Fiber Cement Siding Cost by Square Foot?

The total cost of installation for fiber cement siding is around $10 per square foot on average, including materials and labor. The cost may fluctuate based on the style, height, and customizations of the planks. Because of these factors, costs can vary anywhere from $4 to $15 per square foot.

How Much Does Fiber Cement Siding Cost Near You?

Labor, material availability, and delivery costs impact the final price of fiber cement installation. The style of homes common to that region will be another cost consideration.  

For example, it'll cost a lot less in materials and labor for fiber cement installation if the siding pros only need to tackle a one-story Florida- or ranch-style home. Compared to an intricate Cape Cod- or Victorian-style home, where there are more angles and two or more stories.

Common prices for fiber cement siding in these states are:

StateCost
New York$20,500
Connecticut$9,900
Florida$5,800
Michigan$10,900
Minnesota$17,400
Texas$8,500
Colorado$20,300
Washington$19,100

How Much Does Fiber Cement Siding Cost by Style?

There are three main times of fiber cement siding that you can choose from to match the aesthetic of your home. Fiber cement siding is available in panels, shingles, and planks. Each requires a different installation method, and each brings pros and cons to the table.

Fiber Cement Panels Cost

Fiber cement panels cost around $9 per square foot on average. Panels sizes affect the overall cost—the larger the panel, the more material is used.

Common dimensions for fiber cement panels and their cost are as follows:

SizeAverage Cost
2 feet by 8 feet$140 per panel
4 feet by 8 feet$250 per panel
4 feet by 10 feet$325 per panel

These panels often look closer to a flat wall and are better suited for a more sleek exterior look.

Fiber Cement Planks Cost

Fiber cement planks look more like wooden boards and offer dimension to the home. These planks are often the hardest projects to tackle, so labor costs tend to go up on this type of fiber cement siding. The planks are quite long, around 12 feet in length on average, so the job typically requires two-three people to tackle for one plank.

Expect to pay around $30 per fiber cement plank on average.

Fiber Cement Shingles Cost

Fiber cement shingles are the easiest to install and often have the most customization options since they’re the smallest of the styles. But because there are so many shingles to install, it does take quite a bit of time—typically around two to three extra days to complete the job.

The average cost of fiber cement shingles is around $6 per shingle.

Fiber Cement Siding Cost Breakdown

In addition to the fiber cement siding style, you’ll need to take into account labor costs, the siding brand, and any customization options. If you have previous siding installed, you’ll also need to consider the cost to remove it from the home as well.

Labor

Labor makes up around $6 per square foot of the total installation cost. The smaller the material used, the more time and labor are needed to complete the project. If you have a taller house, this may also increase installation times.

Brand

When researching fiber cement siding brands, you’ll want to keep a few items in mind, including color, fire rating, warranty, and impact durability.

Customizations

Customizations vary from the texture and shape of the fiber cement siding to how much overlap you’d like between the planks and shingles. Other cost considerations for customization include the surface color, since you may need to paint over a lighter fiber cement siding to achieve the color you’re looking for.

The average cost to paint the exterior of a home is around $3,000. If you do decide to paint, you’ll want to repaint your fiber cement siding every 10 years or so.

Removing Siding

To remove the previous siding on the home, expect to pay around $2,000 on average. This includes inspecting the cladding under the previous siding, removal of the siding, and proper disposal.

How Much Does Fiber Cement Siding Cost to Do Yourself?

If this is a project you decide to DIY, you need to bring in at least one other person to complete the job. Beyond the cost of the fiber cement siding, you’ll also need these items to get the job done:

ItemCost
Pneumatic shear$1,250
Saws and other cutting tools$150 per tool
Sharp cutting blade$75
Nail gun$150

Because of the large scope of the project, it’s best to hire a siding contractor to tackle the job. Even with two pros tackling the job, it’s going to take at least a week to finish. Contractors with a team can expedite installation by working on multiple sections at a time. 

FAQs About Fiber Cement Siding

How long will fiber cement siding last?

Fiber cement siding will last around 50 years or so because of its durable material. You can perform these common fiber cement maintenance tips to optimize the siding’s lifespan.

Is fiber cement siding a good investment?

Fiber cement siding is a good investment as it typically has a high ROI if you ever decide to sell. Because of its durability, it may also save you in maintenance costs over the years to come.

What are the disadvantages of fiber cement siding?

Fiber cement siding tends to have a lower R-value than other sidings on the market because it is a thinner barrier. This may impact its insulation capacity during colder weather.

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