The right type of siding can make the difference between an ordinary and an extraordinary exterior. In addition to the profile, color and material, the orientation — that is, horizontal or vertical — is a crucial design element. In today’s post, the siding contractors at Triangle Home Exteriors share insight on the differences between horizontal and vertical siding.
Horizontal siding, like clapboard, Dutch lap or beaded, complements various architectural styles such as Colonial, Cape Cod and Ranch, thanks to its timeless aesthetic. The horizontal lines create a wider look that adds a look of stability, which is why this type of siding is typically seen on single-story houses. Nearly every siding manufacturer offers horizontal siding products, which provides a greater selection that will fit any homeowners’ budget.
Vertical siding, such as board and batten, cedar shake or tongue and groove, brings an element of elegance and individuality to home exteriors. Vertical lines emphasize height, which makes it a great choice for modern style exteriors. That being said, vertical siding is a key element of Farmhouse-style homes, as well as used in combination with other siding types in Victorian, Gothic Revival and Tudor homes. Since the seams run parallel to the direction of rainwater runoff, it is at less risk of water penetration and moisture damage while making its outer surface more efficient at shedding rainwater. Being the less popular option of the two, fewer home exterior remodeling companies offer vertical siding.
Which Should You Choose?
The choice between vertical and horizontal siding is not a matter of one being better than the other. Rather, it largely depends on factors like the architectural style of your home, personal preferences and, in some cases, extraordinary amounts of rainfall in the area. Whether you choose the traditional elegance of horizontal siding or the sleek and modern character of vertical siding, the decision should align with your specific needs and design aspirations. You can also choose to have them both — combining the two is not unheard of, and has resulted in striking exterior designs.
Our siding and roof replacement contractors at Triangle Home Exteriors can help you come up with the exterior design that your home deserves. Give us a call at (919) 615-1101, or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation. We serve Raleigh, NC, and the surrounding communities.