Fiber Cement as a siding option continues to be quite a popular choice. A review of U.S. Census data for new single-family houses sold in America shows Fiber Cement garners nearly a quarter of all siding materials. Brick, Wood and Vinyl are on a downward trend while Fiber Cement continues to gain in popularity. Stucco is, perhaps surprisingly, the #1 siding option in America where its popularity in the Western portion of the U.S. is enormous, but so is Fiber Cement in that region. The two materials in 2015 combined for a whooping 92% of the overall market out west.
Fiber Cement is commonly referred to as James Hardie, which is the company that originally created this plank board. It’s also called Cement Board, as the materials are made of cement, wood pulp, clay and sand. Fiber Cement is relatively heavy, quite sturdy and will last up to 100 years, while its surface usually needs repainting every 20 to 40 years.
Pricing Information – Part 1
Due to its weight, Fiber Cement routinely requires two workers to install each piece. For this reason, along with the idea that waste adds great expense to the project, the material is not well suited for DIY installation. There are essentially four styles of Fiber Cement: lap siding is the most common, shake and shingle, vertical panels, and artisan lap, which equals architectural grade of lap siding.
Fiber Cement lap siding costs $6.00 to $10.00 per sq. ft. installed. The other styles usually exceed $11.00 per sq. ft. Sticking with lap siding, the overall project cost for installing cement board on a typical two bedroom American home is $15,000 to $25,000. As there are numerous factors that impact the price, we will help explain that, but first let’s break down the costs. Note: this is a ballpark estimate example based on the national average cost of materials and job tasks.
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Are you in the process of getting your home ready for sale? If so, here is how to get your home ready for the show time!
Some home improvements won’t break the bank, or your spirit, but will make a major difference in your home’s sale price.
Top selling real estate agents agree: there are some inexpensive yet impactful projects that can make all the difference for the seller.
These are Smart and Cost-Effective Renovations You Can Make Inside and Out
Let’s start inside.
- Cleaning is a Must
Believe it or not, a sparkling house can get you $10,000.00-$20,000.00 more. De-clutter your house first. Then, use old rags, vinegar-and-water, baking soda, and elbow grease to offset the cost of extras like oil soap, linseed oil, or new mops. If you use pros, the cost will depend on the number of bedrooms/baths, starting at around $200.00.
- Install Fiberglass Insulation in the Attic
Your agent will know if it’s necessary in your market. The cost averages $1.50-$3.50 per square foot, and you should get all of your money back plus 8%. Buyers like energy efficiency.
- Refinish Any Existing Hardwood Floors
Refinishing can cost $3.00-$5.00 per square foot, so it could get expensive for large floors. You will break even on this investment, but remember that old floors can be a serious turn-off and/or lower the offers.
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Replacing a front door to a home is a popular home remodeling project in recent years. Why? Because it offers great curb appeal and even better return on your investment.
There are some important material considerations for maximizing the cost-value and ROI. And of course, an entry door may include more than just the front of your home.
Cost Information – Part 1
When it comes to replacing your windows, wood is the more expensive material, but not so with doors. There are primarily three material types for main entry doors: wood, steel and fiberglass. Aluminum, vinyl and glass doors are less popular for main entrances, yet for storm doors and sliding doors they tend to be the most cost effective options.
Door installation can be a DIY project, though that depends a bit on the project and the door type. What generally takes the average homeowner five to seven hours to install takes a crew of two experienced contractors less than 2 hours to install.
For a single, steel front entrance door, the average cost ranges from $500 to $1,250 installed. Wood jumps up on the low end to $850, but on average it ranges $850 to $1,250 installed. Fiberglass costs about $750 to $1,500 on average for installation.
You’ll certainly see prices much higher than this, for doors alone. While also seeing prices for doors that are under $500, but the above information assumes middle of the road on door quality and about 2 hours of time for a quality contractor to do the work.
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