Most homes have horizontally installed siding. That’s the conventional layout and one that’s often preferred. Some homeowners, however, may opt for vertical siding just for the sake of having an atypical home exterior design. Curb appeal aside, either horizontal or vertical siding are good choices, but they have their respective pros and cons. We’ll go over the benefits and drawbacks of each.
Horizontal siding seems to be the default option. There is a major perk by going for this conventional design. Installation is almost always cheaper, making it ideal for homeowners on a budget. It also only takes about half the time to set up compared to vertical siding.
Horizontal siding, though, is more prone to water damage. Since rain falls vertically, it is easier for the droplets to get into the gaps and cause mold and mildew growth. Owners must also pay careful attention to ensure water and cleaning solutions don’t make their way in between the slats when they’re scrubbing the panels.
Vertical Siding is more resistant to mold since water slides right off the slats instead of getting into the gaps. Some also prefer the look of vertical slats, believing they complement nicely with their home’s windows and shutters.
The drawback with vertical siding lies in the installation, which is more laborious and time consuming. This is because the installation requires furring strips on the ends of each siding piece. The furring strips protect the home against water leakage and keep the panels levelled. It’s also what makes installation pricier due to the extra parts and time involved.
We Install Either Horizontal or Vertical Siding
Ready to upgrade your home? Leave it to Exteriors Unlimited to update the siding for better curb appeal. You can check out our gallery, which includes both horizontal siding and vertical siding, and even a combination of the two for some of our projects.
Edited by Justin Vorhees
Siding Installation for Spokane Homes and Businesses
Serving Spokane, Spokane Valley, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, Cheney, Sprague, Reardan, Spangle, Rockford, Fairfield, Edwall, Ford, Clayton, Deer Park, Colbert, Chattaroy, Mead, Airway Heights, Davenport, Ritzville, Nine Mill Falls, Rosalia, Oakdale, Tekoa, Colfax, St. John, and Endicott Springdale, Elk, Post Falls and Coeur d’Alene since 1984