Board siding can either be oriented horizontally or vertically. If you’re planning on getting new siding and can’t decide on which one to choose, read on as Austin Pro Siding, Windows & Roofing weighs the pros and cons of vertical and horizontal siding.
Vertical siding is typically seen on barnhouse-style homes, as well as on modern or contemporary style buildings. Its orientation allows rainwater to flow more efficiently, which helps reduce the risks of moisture infiltration through the seams. The most popular vertical siding style is the board and batten siding, which consists of alternating wide and narrow boards. The narrow boards, also known as batten, protect the seams between the wide ones from moisture infiltration.
It’s important to note that not all siding installers are trained to install vertical siding. This may limit your list of siding contractors to choose from — or may help you narrow it down. If you live in a community governed by an HOA, check your CC&Rs as some communities have rules against installing certain siding styles.
Most people are familiar with horizontal siding, particularly the traditional clapboard style. It is also the most simple style, consisting of overlapping boards that shed rainwater like shingled boards. Another popular style is Dutch lap, where the top side of each board has a ridge that allows the board below it to sit more flush, creating a flatter look with more pronounced shadow lines.
Some horizontal siding styles may be more susceptible to infiltration by wind-driven rain. As wind hits an exterior wall, it changes to an upward direction, which may push rainwater up the gaps. This is why proper installation methods must be observed: a good siding installer will take this factor into account and make sure the boards are properly sealed. Manufactured siding like vinyl are typically made with interlocking slots that help ensure proper installation and keep gaps to a minimum.
Which One Should You Get?
Ultimately, choosing between the two siding styles involves weighing the factors described above, as well as considering your home style and available options. You can also combine both siding styles to create visual contrast.
Learn more about these styles, as well as others such as shingle-style siding, by calling Austin Pro Siding, Windows & Roofing at (210) 906-0046. You can also fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment. We serve San Antonio and the surrounding communities.