Choosing Between Vertical and Horizontal Siding Installation: Which is Right for You?

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Just when you thought you already had too many decisions to make when it comes to residing your house, we’re going to add another – vertical or horizontal siding?

Yes, you’ve been racking your brain on what type of material to use – wood, fiber cement, vinyl or cedar – and you’ve probably tossed around colors and shapes, as well. But now you have another option, and you need to know the advantages and disadvantages of horizontal and vertical siding.

The pros of going vertical

You might not see many homes with the siding installed vertically, but pretty much any type of siding material can be installed that way. Commercial buildings, such as office buildings, barns, libraries, schools and sheds seem to use this more than residential, but it’s not unheard of for a residential structure, either.

The homeowners that take this path are looking for something more unique in their aesthetic, and that’s exactly what the vertical design brings to the table. It has an elongating effect that will make your home stand out among the others.

When it comes to cleaning siding, vertical is easier, which means if this is something you have to do often, you’re going to save time and money with vertical siding.

The drawbacks of vertical

The installation procedure for vertical siding is somewhat complex, which means you have to make sure your contractor has plenty of experience with it. Furthermore, it can be more expensive to have installed due to the extra labor.

Vertical siding also involves installing furring strips between each piece, which is not something that has to be done with horizontal siding, and this adds to the materials expense.

The good in going horizontal

Cost is one of the leading pros in going with horizontal siding. If you’re on a tight budget, this is going to be a big plus for you. It’s easy to install, compared to vertical siding, which is one of the main reasons it’s cheaper.

The installation process is also faster with horizontal siding, so if you want to take on a fast and easy project that gives your home a facelift, horizontal siding is a good match for that type of project.

Where horizontal siding lacks

Horizontal planks of siding are often considered durable, but they do have a tendency to be damaged by rainwater. The main reason is because moisture will build up between the siding edges and get into the siding strips. Over time, this can cause the siding to become compromised and require complete replacement.

If you’ve chosen wood as your horizontal siding, know that it has the potential to warp, which can lead to rainwater leaking under the siding strips, which can also create a mold and mildew situation. Vertical siding doesn’t run this risk because the water will hit the surface and simply drop to the ground immediately.

Mixing it up

If your home has dormers, vertical siding is an excellent choice for accentuating that aspect of your home. The remainder of the home can use horizontal siding, and this is actually quite common because it looks great.

Attached garages are also areas that can utilize vertical siding while the rest of the home has horizontal siding in place. This hybrid method provides a unique look, as there is a transition from the two structural elements. Plus, some homeowners will choose a different color of paint for the vertical siding on the garage, and it doesn’t clash with the home (assuming the choice of colors compliment each other).

Choose a trusted contractor

Talk to a professional about your concerns and they should be able to help you make the decision that is right for your home.

At VIS Exterior, we’ve assisted many homeowners with their siding questions, walked them through all the options, and expertly installed just about every type of siding imaginable. We offer free inspections and give industry insights so our clients can go into a siding project armed with the knowledge required to ensure they’re getting exactly what they need. Reliability, quality and customer satisfaction are important to us, and it shows in our customer reviews. Contact us today and let’s discuss how to tackle your horizontal or vertical siding job.