Spike's Calculators

To calculate the amount of siding you will need to cover a wall, you need to know the square footage of the wall and, if you plan to deduct for openings in the wall, the size of windows and doors. If there are only a few smaller openings in the wall, ignore them. You likely waste the same amount of material as you are saving.

wall length = 26 feet wall height = 9 feet window = 5 feet x 4 feet door = 3 feet x 6 feet 8 inches The siding we use here is a Fibre-cement board, 144 inches long and eight 1/4 inches wide. We will install it with a one and 1/4-inch overlap, giving it an exposed face of seven inches.

To calculate your wall's square footage, take the length of 26 feet and the height of 9 feet of the wall and multiply these by each other.

26 * 9 = 234

Your wall has a total area of 234 square feet.

5 * 4 = 20

The window opening is 20 square feet.

Convert the mixed units of feet and inches from the door to inches. Three feet = 36 inches. Six feet 8 inches = 80 inches

36 * 80 = 2880

Divide 2880 by 144 to convert the square inches to square feet

2880 ÷ 144 = 20

The door opening is 20 square feet.

Subtract the area of the total opening from the walls square footage;

234 - 40 = 194

You have to cover 194 square feet of wall area with siding.

12 ÷ 7 = 1.743

This siding has a lineal foot factor of 1.743.

194 * 1.743 = 338.142 rounded to 339

You will need 339 lineal feet of siding

339 ÷ 12 = 28.25 rounded to 29

You will need 29 boards of siding to cover the wall.

This amount does not allow for any waste!

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