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Replacing House Siding in 2020: How Much Does It Cost?

2020 Exterior cladding prices

If your home is showing its age, it may be time to renovate the exterior and start looking at your siding options. Calling on the expertise of a cladding contractor is definitely your best option. A facelift can not only make you fall in love with your home again, but can also help bring it into the modern era!

There are many siding options and solutions available to refresh the appearance of your home in 2020. Your choices should be determined according to your budget and in keeping with the architecture of your home or neighbourhood. 

Here’s the average cost of exterior siding.

Siding Material Average Cost – Toronto (GTA) Average Cost – Montreal
Vinyl $5.00 – $8.00/ sq. ft. $4.00 – $7.00/ sq. ft.
Aluminum $7.00 – $10.50/ sq. ft. $6.00 – $9.00/ sq. ft.
Engineered Wood $7.25 – $11.50/ sq. ft. $6.00 – $10.00/ sq. ft.
Fiber Cement $10.00 – $14.00/ sq. ft. $7.00 – $11.00/ sq. ft.
Acrylic / Stucco $9.50 – $15.00/ sq. ft. $8.00 – $11.00/ sq. ft.
Steel $13.00 – $17.00/ sq. ft. $10.00 – $12.00/ sq. ft.
Wood $13.00 – $18.00/ sq. ft. $10.00 – $13.00/ sq. ft.
Brick or Stone $30.00 – $43.00/ sq. ft. $25.00 – $36.00/ sq. ft.

Note that all prices indicated do not include insulation, but simply siding materials and installation costs.


Image Sources : James Hardie, CanExel, Maibec, Pinterest

Expenses related to exterior siding replacement

When it’s time to change your exterior cladding, keep in mind that there are various related costs. For instance, if you discover issues with the underlayment, and you have to replace one or more membranes, those are additional costs. You’ll also need to consider demolition costs, debris disposal costs, and other costs too.

If you decide to completely change the look of your home by switching from light to dark colours, you may also want to change your doors and windows to fit the new siding. Soffits, fascias, furring, gutters and lights also need to be considered. In addition, if you’re planning to go from vinyl to masonry, your foundation might not be thick enough to accommodate bricks that have greater depth. There are a lot of siding options, so it’s important to take the time to properly think about it.

"I'm here to help you with your exterior cladding project"

- Jonathan / Renovation Advisor at RenoAssistance

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Think about insulation when changing the siding material

When replacing the siding, remember to insulate your house properly before installing the new siding option. It’s easier to insulate an existing house from the outside than from the inside. In addition, this type of work could make you eligible for subsidies for improving energy efficiency. Discover more about the best insulation methods by taking a look at our blog posts.

Aesthetic and preventive work

If your siding material is still in good shape and you’d like to keep it, you’ll need to maintain it properly. Over the years, joints deteriorate, which means that it’s necessary to keep up with brick repointing. Don’t wait for bulging brick, to appear because in this case, there’s a risk of your wall collapsing. You should put your trust in qualified masonry contractors

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Does painting your brick save you money?

If your brick crumbles and you want to hide its deterioration, painting it is not recommended. Brick is permeable, therefore it lets moisture in from the outside and pushes moisture from the inside out. If you paint it, it’ll become watertight. Thus, it won’t let humidity from the inside make its way out. Your brick must always be able to breathe. Applying paint will only temporarily cover up more profound issues.

bricks painted grey

Time for a new look

Nowadays, there are many siding options available on the market making it easier to get the right design for your home. You can opt for natural materials (wood, stones, brick) or composites (CanExel, Maibec, imitation brick or stones) as siding. New eco-friendly products also exist. All these products are offered in a multitude of colours and styles that will suit your needs. Check out our article on the different types of materials available, their advantages and disadvantages, and their lifespans to learn more. 

While changing the cladding, some people also decide to change their home’s facade. This was the decision that was made by the Lalonde family. They used an architect to make a major change to the facades. The result is breathtaking!

The best exterior siding contractors

Whether you want to change your existing siding or install it on a new construction, we have the best siding contractors! How can we say that? Well, our audit is the best in the industry! We check their credit, criminal records, licenses, supplier relationships, references from past customers, and more. Our goal is to minimize the risks during renovations.

Once they pass our tests, they get our stamp of approval and become our 360° Verified Contractors. By contacting us you’ll be assigned to a Renovation Advisor who will guide you throughout your project. Our advisors have thousands of renovation projects under their belts, so they can advise you and help you understand the bids. In order for you to get a fair price, your advisor will gather up to 3 contractors to compete on your project. All at no cost, no obligation!

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Updated on: December 13th, 2019

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