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How do you choose between horizontal and vertical siding installation?

Feb 8

How do you choose between horizontal and vertical siding installation?

By Remodelling Homes St, Paul


Just when you thought you had enough decisions to make about how you live in your home, we're going to add another. Vertical or horizontal siding?

Yes, you have been debating which material to use - wood, fiber cement, or vinyl - and probably also tossed around different colors and shapes. There's another option. Now, you need to be able to distinguish between horizontal and vertical siding.

Vertical siding: the pros and cons

The benefits of going vertical

Although vertical siding is not common, it can be found in many homes. This installation is common in commercial buildings like offices, sheds, libraries, and schools. But it's not unusual for residential structures.

These homeowners are looking for something different in their aesthetic and vertical design is the perfect solution. It creates an illusion of length that will make your house stand out from others.

Vertical siding is simpler to clean. This means that if you are doing this often you will save time as well as money.

The pros and cons of vertical

Although it may not be obvious, vertical siding is much more difficult than horizontal. As a result, you'll have to spend more on labor than on horizontal siding. You will also need to have the experience of installing this type.

Also, vertical siding involves the installation of furring strips between each piece. This is not something you can do with horizontal siding.

When you sell your home, another layer of complexity will be added. Real estate is fickle. It can be difficult to sell a home that has vertical siding in a hard market. This can make it less attractive to potential buyers who are looking for homes with more conventional styles.

Different types of vertical siding

If you are interested in this style, there are options. Although wood siding may be appealing to some, vinyl siding doesn't suit everyone.

  • Vinyl siding for vertical applications

    It's popular for its versatility and cost-effectiveness. It's simple to put together, which can reduce labor costs. Additionally, it is very easy to maintain. It is possible for it to last between 30 and 40 years depending on the weather. Furthermore, it handles water more efficiently when it is placed vertically than it does horizontally.

    Pay attention to hailstorms and large winds that blow debris through, as it could damage your siding.

  • Vertical wood siding

    This durable material can add value to your home because of the unique look that many homeowners love. It can also be known as board-and-batten siding. This multi-dimensional profile is visually stunning. The material is elegant with its clean vertical lines, while the texture gives it a warm and inviting appearance.

    It is important to budget for this material, as it can be costly and it requires regular maintenance.

  • Vertical cedar siding

    Yes, cedar is also a hardwood, but it's so highly sought after that we have a separate section. Vertical cedar siding can be used to enhance the look of cedar shakes, shingles, and other cedar products. It's very easy to install which will save you money on labor and is resistant to cracking and cupping.

    You should treat the wood, as they are a prime target for woodpeckers. It's not as resistant to fire as other materials, so it is one of the more expensive siding materials.

  • Vertical fiber cement siding

    James Hardie manufactures vertical fiber cement siding, which is in high demand. It has a natural wood appearance, but it is far more durable. It's made of wood pulp (or fly ash), Portland cement, water, and is relatively simple to maintain.

    It is essential that you find a qualified contractor who has experience installing fiber cement siding. This can make it more difficult, which will increase the cost. It is also one of the most expensive siding materials currently on the marketplace.




Horizontal siding: The pros and the cons

Horizontalism: The pros

Horizontal siding has many advantages. This is an excellent option for those with tight budgets. It is easier than vertical siding and therefore cheaper to install.

Horizontal siding installs faster than vertical siding.

The pros and cons of horizontal

Siding made from horizontal planks is often thought to be durable but can be damaged by rainwater. Because moisture can build up and penetrate the siding strips, this is the main reason. This can lead to siding deterioration and eventually require replacement.

If the horizontal siding is made from wood, be aware that it can warp. This could lead to rainwater leaking underneath siding strips. This could also cause mold and mildew. Vertical siding doesn’t have to be concerned about this because water will reach the surface and drop to the ground right away.

The various types of horizontal siding

If homeowners choose horizontal siding, they have an advantage when it comes to materials. Horizontal siding has a higher demand than vertical. You will also see that horizontal materials are just as good as vertical. The material is just made differently.


  • Vinyl siding with horizontal design

    Vinyl siding has evolved a lot since its inception. This material is available in many different options for horizontal installation. While it is very easy to install, water can sometimes leak through the gaps if it is installed horizontally.

  • Horizontal wood siding

    It's not so long ago that nearly every component of your house, other than plumbing and electricity, was made of wooden materials. You can still enjoy the aesthetic appeal of wood today with a wide range of horizontal wood siding products available. However, horizontal installation is not as easy as vinyl because water can seep into places that it won't when it's placed vertically.

  • Cedar siding for horizontal trees

    Cedar siding is simply stunning. If you prefer a more traditional look, however, you can use the horizontal approach. Because cedar is not furred, the horizontal installation will cost you less than vertical.

  • Horizontal fiber cement siding

    HardiePlank is one of the most well-known types of horizontal fiber cement siding. It's made by James Hardie. It is much more resistant to water than wood so water buildup will be less of a problem. Installing horizontal fiber cement siding can be less costly than its vertical counterpart. Choose a reliable siding contractor
    Discuss your concerns with a professional. They should then be able to assist you in making the right decision about your home.


Look for a trusted siding contractor

Discuss your concerns with a professional. They should then be able to assist you in making the right decision about your home.



Remodeling Homes St, Paul

St. Paul, Mn

(651) 272 2640