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What Is the Cost of Replacing Masonite Siding?

Wood has several advantages as a home siding. It can add a natural look, accepts paint in a variety of colors, and represents a familiar technology. However, it can prove to be too expensive for a limited budget. Masonite siding can offer many of the advantages of wood but at a lower cost.

Description

Masonite siding can be a cost-effective alternative to the exterior of this house.

Masonite siding, sometimes known as hardboard siding, is an exterior product composed of compressed wood fiber, wood chips, wax and resin.  While it naturally absorbs water that can make it swell, factory-applied sealant can minimize this effect. The surface can be textured to duplicate many types of wood, and it can take factory-applied paint in a variety of colors.  If it is installed and treated correctly, Masonite siding can last 25 years or more, making it a good value for those on limited budgets.

Prices

According to Cost Owl, at the time of publication, Masonite siding costs about $150 to $3 a square foot.  A home that needs 2,500 square feet of siding can cost from $3,750 to $7,500 in materials alone. Adding professional installation, bumps the cost up to between $7,500 and $11,000 or more, depending on the price of local labor. 

Labor

As of May 2010, the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows how wages for contractors differs by location, which can affect the total cost of replacing Masonite siding.  Mean wages for these professionals were $2993, which is useful for comparisons. For states, the highest wages were in Wyoming at a mean $3069 per hour and New Mexico at a mean $2637 per hour.  Mean rates are below average in Texas at $2739 per hour and North Carolina at $2485 per hour. For cities, San Francisco, California, tops the list at $4104 per hour, followed by Oakland, California, at a mean $41 per hour.  Mean wages are far lower in Longview, Texas, at $2297 per hour and Jacksonville, North Carolina, at a mean $2456 per hour.

Considerations

Masonite is available in a range of horizontal and vertical patterns, and can be painted like wood, if factory-applied colors don’t suffice.  The popularity of Masonite siding has declined recently, according to Cost Owl, due to recalls based on warranty breaches. The material is still a good alternative to wood, if installed properly according to manufacturer’s instructions.  This process includes pounding nails flush with the surface, instead of too deeply, which can allow moisture to penetrate. A solid coat of paint is necessary on all sides of the boards, including the cut edges. 

About the Author

Aurelio Locsin has been writing professionally since 1982. He published his first book in 1996 and is a frequent contributor to many online publications, specializing in consumer, business and technical topics. Locsin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scientific and technical communications from the University of Washington.

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