How Much Does it Cost to Repair Siding?
$475 - $655
$475 - $655
Updated December 9, 2021Reviewed by Andy Kilborn, Expert Home Building and Remodeling Contributor.
2021 Notice: Material & Labor Prices are Surging
Demand for siding has grown over the past year. And, as a result, manufacturers are increasing materials prices. Prices have gone up 5% to 10% this year, and many parts of the country are experiencing long delivery times. If you're planning a siding project, we recommend starting as early as possible in the season, preparing for potential price fluctuations, and allowing extra time to order materials.
The average homeowner pays about $565 to repair siding. Contractors charge anywhere from $40 to $70 per hour for labor. Expect to pay an extra 5% to 14% in material and installation costs for complex configurations and patterns. Older siding might hold asbestos, which costs up to $10,000 to remove.
“When tackling siding repairs, make sure they are timely,” says Andy Kilborn, Angi Expert Review Board member and owner of Andy’s Handyman. ”A small problem can cause many other issues if it isn't addressed early.”
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|Typical Range||$475 - $655|
|Low End - High End||$475 - $655|
Cost data is based on actual project costs as reported by HomeAdvisor members.
|Type||Per Square Foot||For 200 Square Feet|
|Vinyl||$2 - $4||$400 - $800|
|Aluminum||$3 - $6||$600 - $1,200|
|Fiber Cement||$4 - $7||$800 - $1,400|
|Brick||$3 - $10||$600 - $2,000|
|Stone||$3 - $20||$600 - $4,000|
|Wood||$4 - $12||$800 - $2,400|
|Stucco||$2 - $4||$400 - $800|
While siding materials are highly durable and long-lasting, eventually they need repairs. We’ll go into the various costs and factors for each type of material below.
For 200 square feet, you’ll pay $400 to $800 for vinyl siding repairs. Vinyl, especially on older homes, fades in the sun. Because of this, it’s tough to match the color exactly.
You have a few repair options:
For visible areas, use a portion from an unseen wall to match colors exactly. Then repair the unseen wall with new materials.
Replace an entire wall or the whole home.
Paint the vinyl. Most paints do not bond well to vinyl, so take care when choosing.
Vinyl is the most popular material used in the United States due to its low cost and durability. But because it’s plastic, it fades from ultraviolet rays (UV). So, when it comes time for repairs, it’s often more aesthetically pleasing to simply replace. New vinyl siding installation costs $5,800 to $15,000.
Repairing 200 square feet of aluminum siding costs $600 to $1,200.
Repairs require replacing the damaged sections. For extreme amounts of damage or to keep the home uniform, consider that new metal siding installations cost $4,000 to $14,000. It’s very low-maintenance but prone to denting.
"For your peace of mind, consider asking the contractor to include a "holdback clause" which allows you to withhold a portion of the money owed (usually around 10%) until after you have thoroughly inspected the job."
Hans Uslar, Regional Sales Leader. James Hardie Building Products
Fiber cement siding, also called Hardie Board, costs $800 to $1,400 to repair. For extensive damage, install new fiber cement siding costing $5,500 to $18,000.
Stone or brick veneer siding repair costs $600 to $4,000 to repair a 200 square foot section. Manufactured or engineered veneers come in sheets for about 25% the price. Simple repairs, like redoing cracked mortar, might only cost $600 to $800.
Costs to fix wood, cedar or log siding depend on the type of damage and wood. Clapboard is among the oldest type of siding used in the United States.. Caulk and paint it every 3 to 7 years to keep it functional and looking good. Damage comes from dry rot, insects and weather causing warping and splitting.
Understand what it costs to repair or replace before you call a professional.
Fixing wood siding costs $600-$2,400.
Replacing wood siding costs $7,000-$23,000.
Installing cedar shake costs $9,000-$23,000.
Repairing stucco siding costs $600 to $2,000. The texture on a repair can’t be matched perfectly to the existing stucco, but professionals can get the repair to be very close to the original. You may also try a DIY approach with a stucco repair kit which runs $10 to $50 each. Once repaired, simply paint to match the wall color.
Siding around a chimney costs the same as any other type to repair or about $500 to $1,000 depending on how large the chimney is and the materials it’s made from. Heat won’t affect your siding if you meet all minimum code requirements.
There are a few cost factors for siding repairs you should consider:
Accessibility: Add 20% to your budget. Damage to a second or third story takes longer to get to and more time to fix.
Age: Unless you’re going to paint repairs to match existing cladding, you’ll want to consider that sun and weather wear down colors, especially vinyl, over time. New materials probably won’t match what you already have. You’ll pay more for:
Paint to match for $1 to $3 per square foot.
Replacing an entire wall with new siding to minimize noticeable color differences. This method keeps old and new siding on different sides of the home and keeps the budget in control.
Regional pricing difference: The more you paid for your home, the more you’ll probably pay for repairs. Materials pricing doesn’t change much from place to place, except for locally sourced wood. But labor and overhead fluctuate with the cost of living across the country.
Termites and other wood-boring insects: No matter what type of material, you may have problems with the underlying structure. A professional pest inspection costs $50 to $300 and might save you from future repairs. Extent of Damage
The extent of the damage always dictates the extent of the repairs. The worse the damage, the more it’ll cost to fix. Some damage isn’t noticeable until the old siding is removed.
Framing damage: If cladding and studs can’t hold a nail, you need to replace the substructure first.
House wrap: For some older homes, most contractors will want to install building paper, such as Tyvek, over your wood sheathing for waterproofing. Make sure they include this in the bid.
While your contractor can complete other related work, like removal and disposal, they often don’t include them in the initial estimate. Make sure to ask your contractor if the project includes:
Removal of existing siding: $200-$1,000.
Structural framing modifications or repairs cost: $7-$20 per square foot.
Replacing soffits costs: $4-$30 per linear foot.
Removing asbestos siding costs anywhere from $700 to $10,000. Do not attempt to remove this yourself. If you have any concerns about your building materials, call an asbestos professional near you to have it tested.
Asbestos testing costs $200-$850.
Homes built between 1930 and 1980 may contain asbestos.
It isn’t harmful unless disturbed. When damaged, it’s best to have it removed completely.
"Don't just cover up an existing problem. To fix a damaged exterior, the old siding should always be completely removed."
Peter Ziminski, Technical Sales Manager. James Hardie Building Products
Repairing trim costs anywhere from $300 to $1,000. In some cases, your pro might include this in the estimate. Depending on the material it’s often easier to install new.
Painting siding costs $1,500 to $4,000 for the entire home. A 200 square foot section runs $200 to $700. In most cases, a pro can match the damaged sections to the rest of the home. You’ll typically need to find a local painter for the job.
Small holes and light damage might only run a few hundred, but once the repair bill hits $2,000 or more, you might consider simply replacing it. New siding installation costs $5,000 to $15,000.
Replacing your siding:
Adds decades to the life of your home.
Improves the visual appeal. It makes your home easier to sell.
Improves the resale value. You’ll get about 80% ROI on your siding investment. That translates to an average home value increase of $4,000 to $12,000.
Adds new protection from weather.
Can add insulation. Newer insulated vinyl products add a small amount of insulation, typically R-2 to R-2.7, lowering your heating and cooling costs. Consider other energy-saving improvements like new windows.
Remove the damaged sections at the nearest seam.
Repair any underlying damage.
Install weatherproofing materials, like house wrap.
Install new panels or boards to match the ones you removed.
Fixing dry rot costs anywhere from $500 to $2,500 or more. Fixing dry rot, a fungus, in wood requires removing the damaged wood, treating the existing wood with an anti-fungal and replacing the damaged wood.
It’ll cost $5 to $10 per square foot to repair or replace clapboard siding.
Wood, stone and brick tend to be the most expensive siding to fix because the material prices are higher and require specialized skill to install.
When maintained, brick, stucco and stone should all last 100 years or more. Some of the newer vinyl and fiber cement products should also last the life of a home, or around 100 years.