Horizontal siding is the most well-known choice for homes, but vertical is quickly becoming popular on the market. Vertical siding looks stylish and isn’t too hard to install. It may be more expensive than horizontal, but if you’re willing to spend the money, it’s a beautiful addition to your home.
Here’s everything you need know about using vertical siding.
Selecting the Material
Vertical comes in a variety of materials, such as fiber cement, vinyl, stone veneer, composite, and wood.
Vinyl is one of the least expensive siding materials available on the market. It’s highly resistant to rot and insect damage, and it’s easy to clean.
Wood siding is slightly more expensive than other materials, but it’s pliable and customizable. It’s available in a variety of styles, which makes it easy to blend with other home features.
Fiber cement is a material that looks like wood, but at a much lower cost. It’s durable enough for most climates, and resists rotting and warping.
Composite material has the durability of engineered wood, with the low maintenance of vinyl. It’s great for humid environments due to its moisture resistibility.
Stone veneer looks like natural stone, but requires no grouting and is applied either to the interior or exterior of the home.
Vertical siding has more of a complex installation procedure than horizontal. It’s always best to trust a professional installation company with this project, but it’s possible to install with a bit of effort.
Furring strips are necessary to create a smooth surface. These resist water leakage and future damage. They’re placed horizontally before the installation of the siding.
Remember, you must install the accessories such as corner posts and window, door, and roof trims before installing the siding panels. Read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions on these products to install.
Every manufacturer will likely have instructions for each kind of siding, so always reference the instructions to verify that installation is done properly.
Vertical siding doesn’t have to be plain: It can be exciting to the eye with each style or method of installation. Here are some ideas:
Dual Style Siding
Dual style siding incorporates both vertical and horizontal. This makes the house look dynamic and adds movement.
Different Sizes of Panels
Wide panels can be combined with thinner panels to break up the pattern and enhance the height of the building.
Adding vertical siding around windows can draw attention, especially if they’re painted a bold color.
Make your house pop by using both bold and muted colors. Try combining dark blues with crisp whites.
Should I be worried about rot?
Rot usually only occurs when the siding is of poor quality, or not maintained or installed properly.
Is siding energy efficient?
Siding can add insulation to your home and prevent drafts, in combination with other forms of insulation.
What form of upkeep does siding require?
Power washing can help keep siding clean and looking its best.
How do I know what material is best?
Each material has different benefits and drawbacks. It’s beneficial to do research and choose a material that’s best for your home’s climate and needs.
Vertical siding is a great way to make a home more energy efficient, insulated, and look its best. If you need help choosing your vertical siding, contact us today.