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Vertical or Lap Siding: Which Is Right For You?


Vertical or Lap Siding: Which Is Right For You

There’s more than one way to design your home’s siding — but which is the right choice for you?

When you think of siding, you probably think of horizontal lap boards that run along the walls of the home. This is certainly the most common form of siding, but it is not your only option. Another popular form of siding is vertical boards. This creates a distinctly different look from lap siding, and probably only one will be the right choice for your home. The question is which one? Let’s break down the difference between vertical and lap siding to determine which works best for your home.

Lap Siding

Again, lap siding is the most common type of siding that you’ll see. It runs horizontally along your home and blends in seamlessly with the rest of the neighborhood. That doesn’t mean your home has to be boring and cookie cutter. Lap siding comes in a variety of materials, colors, and styles. It’s sometimes used alongside more striking elements like stone or wood. But lap siding is more traditional and tends to work best with traditionally designed homes. Some of the benefits include:

  • Easier installation than vertical siding that could save you money on the costs of labor
  • Moisture resistance to protect the insulation of your home
  • A classic look that you know won’t go out of style any time soon
  • Equal in quality and durability to vertical siding made with the same material

Vertical Siding

Vertical siding is the same principle of interlocking siding boards, but tilted at a new angle. Instead of running from side to side of your home, vertical boards run from top to bottom. This can be a great look for a quirky craftsman home or a more contemporary home. Choose a deep or dark color for a more homey look, and something light and airy for a more modern look. Some of the benefits of vertical siding include: 

  • Boosts your curb appeal by breaking expectations in a pleasant way
  • Low maintenance and easy to clean as opposed to lap siding
  • The illusion of height for one-story or smaller homes
  • Accentuates architectural features like gables and trim 

So which is right for you? Both vertical and lap siding have their advantages. Contact Jancewicz & Son today for more information or a free estimate on your recent siding installation.


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