How much does aluminum siding cost?
$6 – $10 cost per square foot installed
$12,000 – $25,000 average total cost (2,000 – 2,500 SF house)
Cost of aluminum siding
Aluminum siding costs $6 to $10 per square foot installed or $12,000 to $25,000 on average for a house of 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. The cost to replace aluminum siding depends on the home size and design, the panel thickness, and whether you use pre-painted or unfinished panels.
|Home size (square feet)||Average cost installed|
|900||$5,400 – $9,000|
|1,000||$6,000 – $10,000|
|1,200||$7,200 – $12,000|
|1,500||$9,000 – $15,000|
|1,800||$10,800 – $18,000|
|2,000||$12,000 – $20,000|
|2,500||$15,000 – $25,000|
|3,000||$18,000 – $30,000|
|3,500||$21,000 – $35,000|
|4,000||$24,000 – $40,000|
Average cost to replace aluminum siding
The following table shows the average cost to replace aluminum siding on a 2,000 to 2,500 square foot house.
|National Average Cost||$18,500|
|Average Range||$12,000 to $25,000|
*Cost data is from research and project costs reported by HomeGuide members.
Aluminum siding installation cost factors
Labor makes up 40% to 50% of the total cost to install aluminum siding, while materials, fasteners, and other supplies make up the remaining 50% to 60%.
|Factor||Cost per square foot|
|Materials & supplies||$3 – $4|
|Labor||$3 – $6|
|Total installed cost||$6 – $10|
Other cost factors include:
Home size & design – The larger your home, the more siding material and labor it requires. Labor costs are typically on the higher end for homes with multiple stories or complex architectural features.
Aluminum thickness & quality – Thicker, heavier-gauge aluminum panels cost more but are more dent-resistant and last longer.
Raw vs. color-coated – Raw, unpainted siding is cheaper than planks pre-coated with a paint finish. However, the extra cost for color-coated planks is typically lower than the added cost to paint your siding after installation.
Insulation – Adding insulation costs $1.00 to $4.50 per square foot, depending on the type, material, and R-value.
Siding repairs – Aluminum siding repair costs $3 to $6 per square foot or $300 to $600 on average if only a small area has damages. However, matching the original color may not be possible if the color has faded due to age and intense sun exposure.
Labor cost to install aluminum siding
The labor cost to install aluminum siding is $3 to $6 per square foot, depending on the panel type, home size, and architectural features. Old siding removal costs $0.70 to $2.00 per square foot extra. Before signing a contract to replace siding, confirm if your estimate includes disposal fees too.
Aluminum siding vs. vinyl siding and other types
The cost to replace siding is $4 to $13 per square foot on average, depending on the material. Aluminum siding prices are comparable to other mid-range options, including low-grade vinyl siding. However, vinyl siding typically outlasts aluminum.
|Material||Cost per square foot installed||Average total cost (2,000 SF house)|
|Aluminum siding||$6 – $10||$12,000 – $20,000|
|Brick siding cost||$8 – $18||$16,000 – $36,000|
|Cedar shake siding cost||$7 – $16||$14,000 – $32,000|
|Engineered wood siding||$7 – $13||$14,000 – $26,000|
|Fiber cement siding cost||$6 – $15||$12,000 – $30,000|
|Log siding cost||$5 – $15||$10,000 – $30,000|
|Metal / steel siding cost||$7 – $16||$14,000 – $32,000|
|Stone siding cost||$10 – $45||$20,000 – $90,000|
|Stucco cost||$7 – $17||$14,000 – $34,000|
|Vinyl siding cost||$4 – $12||$8,000 – $24,000|
Aluminum siding pros and cons
Aluminum siding is a pest-resistant and low-maintenance material. However, this metal damages easily and doesn't insulate as well as steel or vinyl siding.
Aluminum siding FAQs
How long does aluminum siding last?
Aluminum siding lasts 25 to 40 years on average with proper maintenance. The lifespan of aluminum is typically shortest in areas with warm climates, high humidity, extreme weather, or harsh sun exposure.
Can you paint aluminum siding?
Yes, you can paint aluminum siding. The average cost to paint aluminum siding is $1 to $4 per square foot of surface area. The paint finish typically lasts 10 to 15 years before beginning to fade and flake off.
If only a small area needs painting after repairs, matching the old color can be difficult. Consider removing planks from a less-visible part of the house to cover the repairs and putting newly painted planks in their place where the color difference won't be as noticeable.
How do you clean aluminum siding?
Clean aluminum siding at least once per year by spraying it with a garden hose and then gently scrubbing with a soft-bristled brush dipped in warm water and all-purpose cleaner.
Pressure washing aluminum siding costs $170 to $360, depending on the home size. Consider hiring an experienced pressure washing contractor who won't use too much pressure that can dent the siding during cleaning.
Where can I buy aluminum siding?
You can buy aluminum siding at home improvement stores like Home Depot, Lowe's, and Menards, or through specialty supply stores.
Is aluminum siding better than vinyl siding?
Aluminum is typically cheaper than quality-grade vinyl siding, but vinyl has a longer lifespan, requires less maintenance, and is more energy-efficient and durable. Vinyl siding also resists the dents and pitting that commonly occur in aluminum siding.
Getting estimates from aluminum siding contractors
Before hiring a professional aluminum siding installer near you, be sure to:
Get at least three estimates with similar siding quality to compare.
Choose licensed, bonded, and insured companies.
Read aluminum siding company reviews on HomeGuide and Google.
Review their portfolio of past projects featuring aluminum siding.
Ask for local references with contact information.
Confirm the estimate includes old siding removal and disposal.
Never pay in full before the project begins. Follow a payment schedule for work completed.
Save all the receipts and a copy of contract terms.
Questions to ask aluminum siding companies
Ask these important questions when deciding which aluminum siding company to hire:
How many aluminum siding jobs have you done in the past year?
Can I see photos of your past work?
Can you provide references with contact information?
Which aluminum siding thickness do you recommend for my home, and why?
How long will the aluminum siding last?
Does the estimate include old siding removal and disposal?
What other costs might come up during the project?
How long will the installation take?
Is there a warranty? If so, what does it cover?