2022 Cedar Siding Cost | Pricing Per Square Foot

Jessica Stone
by Jessica Stone

If you want to improve the appearance and curb appeal of your home, one of the best projects you can do is to replace the siding on your home. Believe it or not, installing new wood siding on a house can result in a 77% rate of return on investment (ROI). Premium sidings such as brick, stone, and cedar can increase the ROI even more.

Wood siding is among the most popular types of sidings in North America, with cedar being one of the most common choices. This stunning natural wood is easy to install, incredibly versatile, and comes in a range of grades, textures, and variations. With so many types and variants of cedar siding out there, there is a wide range of costs associated with installing cedar siding.

Generally speaking, the cost of cedar siding can be categorized based on square footage, type of cedar, siding style, and wood grade. Although, the complexity of your home’s layout can also impact installation cost, as well as the removal and disposal of your old siding.

The average cost of cedar siding is $12,000 for materials and labor. Homeowners spend an average of $1.50 per square foot on cedar siding, but hand-split shakes cost $30 per square foot. It costs $5,600 to install 600 linear feet of cedar siding, and professionals charge $36 per hour for labor.

Continue reading for our comprehensive guide on cedar siding cost, so you can have a broader understanding of how to properly budget for this home improvement project.

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Overview of Cost of Cedar Siding

In simplest terms, the cost of cedar siding can be broken down based on the type of cedar, siding style, wood grade, and square footage. Though, depending on your contractor, they may use linear feet or a ‘square’ as the measurement to evaluate the cost of your cedar siding project.

Additional costs, such as the removal and disposal of your old siding, may also have an impact on the cost of your cedar siding installation. The following table outlines a brief overview of the average costs to install cedar siding.

Average Cost$13,500
Average Range$9,000 to $15,000
Low End Cost$6,000
High End Cost$45,000

Cedar Siding Cost by Square Foot

As previously mentioned, cedar siding comes in a variety of types, styles, sizes, and grades. For this reason, there is a very wide range of costs associated with this particular wood siding. For instance, knotty-grade cedar siding that has a rough finish will cost about $2.50 per square foot, while premium clear-grade cedar siding that has a smooth finish in shiplap siding or hand-split shakes can cost about $30 per square foot.

Your location and the location where the cedar was harvested also impacts costs. For instance, if you opt for western red cedar and you live on the East Coast, because of transportation costs, your costs will be over twice the amount of what they would be if you lived on the West Coast. To get the best price for your cedar siding, try to choose cedar that is local to your area.

Square FootageAverage Cost Range (Materials Only)
500 square feet$1,250 to $15,000
1,000 square feet$2,500 to $30,000
1,500 square feet$3,750 to $45,000
2,000 square feet$5,000 to $60,000
2,500 square feet$6,250 to $75,000

Cedar Siding Cost Per Square

Instead of measuring by square foot, you may hear your contractor mention ‘a square’ of siding. This is a professional term that describes 100 square feet of your exterior, or a 10 foot by 10 foot segment of siding. With that in mind, cedar siding costs an average of $250 to $3,000 per square.

To determine how many squares of siding your home needs, you’ll need to know its square footage. You can find your home’s square footage by measuring both the length and height of each side, subtracting any door or window openings from your totals. Once you have your square footage, you will divide this number by 100 to yield the number of squares of cedar siding your contractor needs for the project.

Cedar Siding Cost Per Linear Foot

You may also be asked to use linear feet as a measurement to evaluate your cedar siding project. This is simply just another measurement that describes the length of siding in feet. You can start off by measuring the length of siding in inches and then divide the final number by 12. This will give you the cedar siding your project needs in linear feet. The following table displays the average linear feet on the exterior of an average home and the cost of materials required for installing cedar siding.

Average Size in Linear FeetAverage Cost (Materials Only)
600 Linear Feet$1,200 to $10,000
1,000 Linear Feet$3,500 to $25,000
1,800 Linear Feet$4,000 to $38,000
2,400 Linear Feet$6,000 to $50,000

Cedar Siding Cost by Type

Cedar can be found in many areas of the country and comes in a few varieties and colors. Both the cedar’s location and color impact how it costs and looks. Oftentimes, it also impacts the types and grade of cedar siding available.

Type of CedarAverage Costs per Square Foot (Material Only)
Northern White Cedar$2.50 to $20
Western Red Cedar$2.50 to $30
Eastern Red Cedar$2.50 to $30
Alaskan Yellow Cedar$5 to $12
Spanish Cedar$6 to $15

Northern White Cedar Siding Cost

Depending on the treatment and grade, northern white cedar siding costs an average of $2.50 to $20 per square foot. White cedar is mostly available as a shingle, but some manufacturers also make hand-split shakes. When compared to other types of cedar, white cedar is lighter and, if left untreated, it usually has knot marks and brown grain.

Whereas, premium-grade and treated white cedar may be bleached to give it a more uniform color, with no knots and fewer marks on the surface. The size of the white cedar shingles and shakes will vary, with five to eight-inch reveals being the most common.

Western Red Cedar Siding Cost

Depending on the treatment, style, and grade, western red cedar siding costs $2.50 to $30 per square foot. In most cases, when you’re shopping around for cedar, western red cedar is the type that you’ll come across. It is the most common type of cedar siding, available in nearly every size and shape you can think of.

Western red cedar also comes in multiple grades – from incredibly rough and knotty to clear and smooth. All red cedar has a characteristic red color with brown grain. Like all other types of cedar, wester red is resistant to pests, fungus, and rot.

Eastern Red Cedar Siding Cost

Eastern red cedar costs between $2.50 and $30 per square foot, depending on the treatment, style, and grade. It is slightly less common than other types of cedar, but you’ll likely find it if you live near the East Coast. Selections tend to be a bit more limited with eastern red cedar than western red cedar.

Alaskan Yellow Cedar Siding Cost

Alaskan yellow cedar ranges from $5 to $12 on average. In the industry, you’ll usually find this type of cedar going by another name – cypress. Cypress is one of the hardest, densest, and most durable type of siding materials. It is known to last well over a century and is commonly reclaimed from old buildings and repurposed.

Because of its strength and hardness, Alaskan yellow cedar tends to be somewhat difficult to install. The material itself typically costs more to mill, produce, and install than most other types.

Spanish Cedar Siding Cost

Contrary to the name, Spanish cedar siding does not come from Spain. Instead, it comes Central and South America. It is very popular for use in millwork and cigar humidors, but is also used as a siding material. The cost of Spanish cedar siding is about $6 to $15 per square foot.

When compared to other types of cedars, Spanish cedar is pretty limited in terms of options and styles. It also tends to be more expensive and offers fewer grade options for siding. Most of the higher grade Spanish cedar is reserved for millwork and other interior applications.

Cedar Siding Cost by Style

Like all other types of wood siding, cedar can be made into many different styles and shapes. This makes cedar siding suitable for almost any type of architecture. Unfortunately, not every type of cedar can be found in every style, and some grades may only be suited for particular styles. However, you can mix and match cedar types to achieve unique styles – like combining shingles with lap siding to accentuate your home’s architectural features.

Siding StyleAverage Cost per Square Foot (Material Only)
Sheet$2.50 to $3
Dutch Lap$2.50 to $10
Shingle$2.50 to $20
Clapboard$3 to $15
Bevel$3 to $15
Board and Batten$4 to $18
Tongue and Groove$5 to $25
Channel Rustic$5 to $25
Shake$6 to $20
Shiplap$7 to $25
Log$8 to $30

Cedar Sheet Siding Cost

This type of cedar siding is a soft-cedar based plywood that is sold in sheets. It may be rough, grooved, or smooth in texture and can be used for covering barns and outbuildings or creating small sections of texture on a building.

Since it is plywood, cedar sheet siding has glues and other fillers that influence its behavior long-term. As such, it is typically seen as a low-grade material that features grains, knots, and irregularities. Cedar sheet siding costs about $2.50 to $3 per square foot on average.

Cedar Dutch Lap Siding Cost

This is a very popular style of lap siding that is installed horizontally so that each course overlaps the one below. Dutch lap siding is different from horizontal lad siding, since it features a concave dip on the face at the top of each section. This design results in a shade as the pieces overlap. The cost of cedar Dutch lap siding ranges from $2.50 to $10 per square foot.

Cedar Shingle Siding Cost

Depending on the treatment, grade, and color that you choose, cedar shingles will cost between $2.50 and $20 per square foot. Shingles are rectangular siding pieces that are designed to be installed overlapping one another. The portion of the siding that is visible, called the reveal, is between five and eight inches high – depending on how much the shingles overlap.

There are many different options when it comes to cedar shingles, from rough, unfinished, and untreated with tons of texture and knots to stained, premium grade, and matched.

Cedar Clapboard Siding Cost

Clapboard is known as one of the oldest forms of horizontal lap siding in the United States. Each plank is shaped like a wedge, with the base slightly thicker than the top. When installed, the boards overlap perfectly to create a smooth and even installation. Cedar clapboards come in all grades and is typically a red cedar. The cost of cedar clapboard ranges from $3 to $15 per square foot, depending on the size, color, and treatment of the boards you choose.

Cedar Bevel Siding Cost

Depending on the grade, treatment, and color, cedar bevel siding ranges from $3 to $15 per square foot on average. It is relatively similar to clapboard, as the planks also have an edge shape that is thinner on the top than the bottom. However, the difference is that the bottom edges of these planks are beveled at a 45-degree angle, which results in more dimension and a unique look.

Cedar Board and Batten Siding Cost

Board and batten is, arguably, the oldest style of wood siding in the Americas. The installation involves wide boards installed vertically from top to bottom and thin furring strips – called battens – installed over the seams of these boards. Cedar board and batten siding comes in many grades and also both red and cypress options. It costs an average of $4 to $18 per square foot.

Cedar Tongue and Groove Siding Cost

With tongue and groove siding, one long edge is milled to create a groove and the other is milled into an extending tongue. To install this type of siding, the tongue of one plank is inserted into the groove of another. They can be oriented in any direction desired – whether it’s vertical, horizontal, or even diagonal. The cost of cedar tongue and groove siding is between $5 and $25 per square foot.

Channel Rustic Cedar Siding Cost

This style of cedar siding is milled similarly to tongue and groove, with a section of the thinner area continues outside of the groove to create a channel. The cost of channel rustic cedar siding is about $5 to $25 per square foot, depending on its grade.

Cedar Shake Siding Cost

Shakes and shingles are often confused, but the latter are thicker, larger, and more irregular than shakes. This happens because shakes are hand split, while shingles are milled. On average, cedar shake siding costs between $6 and $20 per square foot.

Cedar Shiplap Siding Cost

Shiplap is a form of lap siding that involves the planks overlapping underneath, rather than on the outside. On average, cedar shiplap siding costs between $7 and $25 per square foot.

Cedar Log Siding Cost

Log siding is an excellent technique for those who want the look of a log home, without actually using logs – whether they are split logs or quarter logs. Depending on the grain, type, and size, the cost of cedar log siding is about $8 to $30 per square foot on average.

Cedar Siding Cost by Wood Grade

All types of wood are given a specific grade based on their color clarity, appearance, and grain. Each type is usually grouped based on certain characteristics, but there also may be subtypes within each grade as well. Overall, when speaking of cedar siding, there are three primary grades: knotty, mid-grade, and premium.

Wood GradeAverage Cost Range per Square Foot (Materials Only)
Knotty$2.50 to $5
Mid-Grade$5 to $15
Premium$10 to $30

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Cedar Siding Installation Cost

The average labor costs to install cedar siding is about $36 per hour. However, many contractors will determine the total hours needed to complete the job and factor it into a total project cost. Some professionals may charge you by the square foot, but this tends to be less common due to accessibility and the complexity of home layouts.

Jessica Stone
Jessica Stone

Jessica considers herself a home improvement and design enthusiast. She grew up surrounded by constant home improvement projects and owes most of what she knows to helping her dad renovate her childhood home. Being a Los Angeles resident, Jessica spends a lot of her time looking for her next DIY project and sharing her love for home design.

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