How to Figure Fiber Cement Cost for your DIY Project

How to Figure Fiber Cement Cost for your DIY Project

Installing your own fiber cement siding can be a great way to save money, but first, you need to know how much siding to order. That way, you have an approximate idea of the siding cost for your project.

Figuring how much fiber cement siding you'll need is similar to doing a take-off for any siding;: take the total exterior wall area of your home and subtract out the windows and doors to end up with a rough estimate of how many square feet of wall surface you'll cover.

How to Figure Approximate Fiber Cement Cost for your DIY Siding Project

You usually estimate fiber cement siding in squares. A siding square is the amount of siding needed to cover 100 square feet of wall area. It normally takes about 15 pieces (12 ft. long by 8 in. wide) of fiber cement to cover a square of wall area. Divide the total square feet of your home's exterior wall surface by 100 to arrive at the number of squares of siding you'll need, and add ten percent to account for waste.

Now that you know how many squares of siding you'll need, what about the fiber cement cost for your DIY siding project? Standard primed fiber cement siding averages about $120 per square.

Some other factors that may affect your cost include:

  • State sales tax
  • Delivery charges
  • Choosing a siding that needs to be ordered
  • Upgrading from primed to a pre-finished color
  • Upgrading siding style from standard clapboard

Fiber cement cost for your DIY siding project can also vary depending on what area of the country in which you live and the manufacturer you choose. But, using these guidelines should give you a rough cost estimate.

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