Is It Cheaper To Paint A House Or Put Siding On It?

Is It Cheaper to Paint A House or Put Siding on It

Whether you are finally wanting to revamp the outside of your home due to years of neglect or you just want a change, there are several options. What kind of material you have on your home now can make a difference as well.

It is cheaper to paint a house than it is to put siding on it. On average, it costs between $1,500 and $3,000 to paint your house while the siding installation will cost between $6,000 and $15,000. However, the siding lasts 20 years while the paint will only last between 5 and 7 years.

The exterior of your home is the first thing most people notice when they drive by or pull into your driveway. So, it only makes sense that we should all want our homes to look as nice as possible. Having chipped or faded paint or siding hanging off just makes your house look… bad. And nobody wants their home to look bad.

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Money Talks

The first thing to think about when deciding whether to paint or get siding is how much money you can come up with for the project. The initial cost is sometimes the deal-breaker as far as siding goes because if you cannot come up with at least $6,000 you may as well get out the paint.

Watch Out for Those “Great” Deals

Sometimes you can get a deal with the siding and get it for a really low price. However, you have to wonder why it is so cheap. Is it old or used siding? Is the company legit? Do they have a good reputation? You hear it so often on the news that people paid thousands of dollars to a company and they never finished the job. Don’t be one of those people.

Are You Planning on Moving?

Another consideration is how long you plan to stay in your home. Are you thinking about selling in a few years? Just throw a coat of paint on it and save your money for your next home then. If you never plan to move, you may want to consider siding as an option because it lasts longer.

Type Pros Cons

·        Faster installation (by professionals)

·        Lasts for 20+ years

·        Adds insulation

·        Lowers utility bills

·        Costs more

·        Water can get behind it and cause damage

·        It is prone to dents

·        Has to be done by a professional


·        It is much cheaper

·        You have unlimited color choices

·        You can do it yourself

·        You don’t have to add trim or other extras

·        It has to be repainted every five to seven years

·        Flaking, chipping, and fading is common

·        It takes longer because you have to do more than one coat

It is Really Up to You

The fact is the choice really depends on your individual circumstances. If you plan to stay in your home for 10 or more years and have the money to do it, go ahead and get siding. Not only will siding last longer, but it can also increase the value of your home if you do decide to move.

If You Are Doing It Yourself

If you plan to do the painting yourself and are working on a tight budget, you can paint your home for less than $500. Even if you do bite the bullet and do the siding yourself, just the cost of the siding can run you about $4,000 or more. It depends on the size of your home and what kind of siding you get.

Is it a No-Brainer?

You may be reading this and thinking, wow, why would I get siding when I can just paint for a few hundred bucks? Why spend that extra $4,000? The truth is if you have the money you should go ahead and get the siding. If you can afford the best, get the best. It will pay off in the long run whether you move or not. And who wants to get up there and paint every five years?

Let Your Buddy Do It

But what if you can get a decent paint job done by a friend or family member for under a grand? Is it still worth it to get the siding? Why not just let your friend paint the house and you can use that extra money for a vacation? Paint is a great option because you can get it in any color you want. And if you don’t have to do it yourself… why not?

One reason why that is not a good idea is that your friend or family member may not even know what they are doing. Also, they need to have insurance to protect you from a possible lawsuit if they have an accident or mess something up. And what if they do not finish the job? While it may seem like a good idea, it may cost you more in the long run.

How to Paint Your Own Home

You may be thinking that painting your own home sounds like a fast and easy job. Not to mention how much money you can save. But there is more to it than just buying some paint and slapping it on the house.

Painting Your Home Takes a Lot of Supplies

First of all, you are going to need more than just some paint. Here is a list of just some of the materials and tools you are going to need to paint your own home:

  • Exterior paint
  • Pressure washer
  • Paint sprayer
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ladder
  • Paint scrapers
  • Primer
  • Painter’s tape
  • Epoxy filler
  • Sanding block and sandpaper
  • Spackling knife
  • Spackle
  • Exterior caulk and caulk gun
  • Drop cloths
  • Plastic sheeting

Painting is More Work Than You May Think

Yes, you have to use a pressure washer on the house first. Then repair any damage and remove any loose paint or caulk with the sanding block. You will also have to prime any stains or knots in the wood. Use the plastic sheeting and tape to tape off all the areas you do not want paint on.

And you will need at least two coats of paint, which means you have to let the first coat dry in between. That is a lot of work and a lot of time. And this does not even include any other things like painting the trim and any other details.

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Related Questions

Why Not Just Use Wood Siding?

Vinyl is cheaper at an average of $7,000 compared to an average of $15,000 for wood. But the cost can be balanced out by the cost of maintenance because wood is more durable than vinyl. Wood siding can last up to 40 years if it is properly cared for while vinyl siding is only good for about 20 years or so.

In addition, wood is thicker and helps keep your utility bills lower. But not by much. And vinyl can crack, fade, and sag. However, wood attracts carpenter ants and bees, woodpeckers, and termites. And it really does cost a lot more. What it comes down to is what you like the best aesthetically.

What About Brick or Stone?

Brick is one of the most expensive materials to put on your home. But it is also the easiest to maintain. Brick costs about $15 per square foot. That means you will be paying over $22,000 just for a 1,500 square foot home. But it literally lasts forever, is the strongest material, and you never have to worry about painting or replacing the siding again. Ever.

Brick is also the best for heating and cooling bills. Of course. It is the strongest material and keeps out the elements better. Remember the Three Little Pigs? It takes a lot more than some wind or bad weather to hurt a brick house. And because of that, it adds a lot of value to your home.

Can I Cover Wood Siding with Vinyl Siding?

If your wood is in good condition, you can cover it with vinyl. However, it takes a lot more work. If the wood is beveled, the installers will have to use foam board and furring strips to make a flat surface for the siding. And if the wood siding does not have a moisture barrier, you will have to have one installed before they put the vinyl siding on.

Patricia Oelze

I am a DIYer who loves writing about anything home-related. When I am not writing, you can find me studying for my PhD in Psychology, photographing nature, and swimming at the lake with my grandkids.

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