Vertical or Horizontal Siding: Which is Best For Me?

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If you are preparing to have new siding installed on your Carolina home soon, you have probably found yourself immersed in inspiration photos both online and in magazines. Home decor resources offer a range of ideas that are intended to help get your creative juices flowing prior to the start of any remodeling project. They can also, however, sometimes make homeowners feel overwhelmed. If you can’t decide if vertical or horizontal siding is the best choice for your exterior renovation, you are in the right place. Below, you’ll discover information about both siding options that will help you make the perfect decision for you.

Consider aesthetics

When deciding between vertical and horizontal siding boards, the first thing you need to do is consider the aesthetics of the two styles. Because horizontal boards are more common, most people who seriously think about installing vertical boards are looking for an unconventional look. One perk of vertical siding boards is that they can make a house look taller. This is perfect for those who live in one-story abodes that tend to blend into the landscape.

Another option, if you like traditional horizontal siding, but still want to add visual interest, is to mix horizontal and vertical boards. Some North Carolina and South Carolina homeowners, for instance, choose to use vertical boards on prominent areas of their houses, such as dormer windows and bays but have horizontal boards installed everywhere else.

Think about installation

Although you might think that horizontal and vertical siding boards would be installed almost identically, there are actually some differences in the two processes. Vertical siding is more challenging to install, not only because contractors generally have less experience with it, but because it requires some extra steps. Furring strips, for instance, have to be put on underneath of vertical siding in order for it to be properly attached. These aren’t required for horizontal siding installation.

Know your budget

Have a good idea of how much you can afford to spend on your siding project before you commit to a particular type of siding installation. Because the installation of vertical boards is generally more involved, it also often costs more. If this is the look you really want for your house for the next twenty years or so, you might find the additional expense to be well worth it. If, however, you are on a tight budget, horizontal boards might make more sense for you at this time.

Evaluate longevity

Although it seems like the longevity of siding wouldn’t change based on horizontal or vertical installation, the way in which boards are hung can actually impact their durability. When siding is put up horizontally, for instance, the odds of rainwater seeping underneath of the boards and ultimately damaging your home’s walls is fairly high. This risk is negligible when it comes to vertical siding.

The team at Hatch Homes is proud to install siding for families throughout North Carolina and South Carolina. No matter what look you have in mind for your house, we can help you achieve it. Our crew has experience with a variety of siding types, including vinyl and fiber cement, so we are equipped to handle your job, no matter how complex it may seem. Give our office a call at your earliest convenience to schedule a no-obligation consultation.

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