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Costs of Clapboard Siding


Perhaps the most traditional out of the siding options, clapboard siding is a classic choice to enhance the value and curb appeal of your home.

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What is Clapboard Siding?

Used since the colonial era, clapboard siding is also known as bevel or lap siding due to its slightly slanted, classic siding appearance. Since one side of the clapboard siding is thicker than the other, this slanted siding is ideal for homes in areas that experience a large amount of rainfall, and its configuration is well-suited to shed rainwater and protect your home.

How Much Can I Expect to Pay?

Traditional clapboard siding is crafted from hard woods like cedar and pine. As wood has increased in price and decreased in availability over time, alternative materials like synthetics have appeared in the clapboard siding market. These choices are generally cheaper and easier to maintain than traditional wood varieties, as traditional hard woods like cedar and pine are generally close to double the price of synthetics according to local suppliers.

Pricing for wood clapboard siding varies according to the type of wood, cedar typically being the most expensive hardwood for clapboard siding. While pine is a cheaper choice, average costs for an 1,800 exterior square foot home range from $12,000 to $14,000. However, these prices are also subject to environmental variables such as timber quality and availability, which can impact the final pricing. Installation costs will also vary by provider, and it's best to get at least three price quotes on your project before making any decisions.

Clapboard siding is also often available in an engineered wood option, which is more affordable than traditional hardwoods. Typically, engineered wood alternatives are available for $1,000 to $3,000 cheaper than hardwood clapboard siding, and vinyl choices are generally even more affordable.

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