How Does Other Siding Stack Up?

Fiber cement averages about $1.70 per square foot and is practically indestructible. Sources: SPG Marketing, R. S. Means, National Home Improvement Estimator

Wood: Prized by traditionalists, it's lightweight and easy to cut and work but vulnerable to rot, insects, fire, and splitting. Individual shingles are time-consuming to install and maintain. Expensive.

Clapboards average $4.70 per square foot; shingles, about $7.50
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