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Question DetailsAsked on 3/2/2015

Is Hardy Siding or Stucco more expensive for outdoors

I currently have wood siding that may or may not have anything behind it, except for studs. I would like to have either stucco or hardy siding placed over the wood if possible. The home is not insulated, which may cause a problem.

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Except maybe in a few areas with real cheap labor for stucco installation because it is the common finish and labor is really cheap, like parts of the southwest and Texas say, I would be surprised to see stucco cheaper than concrete plank - though if you mean Hardy Siding brand specifically that will reduce the price difference. Generally speaking, concrete fiber plank will run in the $3-6/SF range say - stucco starting at about the $5-6/SF and up to $20/SF depending on finish, but commonly $6-12/SF ballpark.

Note that while residing is a very good time to install insulation, if desired. However, generally to avoid window and door issues (siding sticking out past the trim), you would have to remove the existing wood siding. Also, putting new siding over wood can be iffy if there is not a standoff - an airgap to allow airflow and runoff of any infiltrated water, otherwise you can get mold and rot on the surface of the wood siding.

You can find some discussions on siding issues, types of siding, and ballpark costs in the Home >Siding link in BRowse Projects, at lower left.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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