New siding will increase your home’s curb appeal. Aside from added beauty, this project will also improve your home’s protection against the forces of nature. With the right product and material, you can also save on your heating and cooling costs.
Here are some of today’s most popular siding options.
The most popular siding profile today is lap siding because it’s easy to install. This profile has siding boards that slightly overlap. It’s one of the most cost-effective siding options and is considered a classic pattern.
Dutch lap siding is like traditional lap siding, but it features a groove cut on top of each horizontal board. It will give your exterior more texture because every panel casts more shadow on the grooved panel beneath it.
Beaded siding has a bead at the bottom of every horizontal board, providing a more textured surface than traditional siding. You should consider this option when breaking your home’s composition.
Board and Batten
You may need to replace your siding due to storm damage or simply because you want to update the look of your home. Another siding profile you should consider is board and batten. It used to be popular in wood siding, but manufacturers today make them in various materials. Vertical boards are placed with battons that cover their cracks, creating a waterproof surface. The raised batten creates a shadow on the boards of the siding, forming a distinct texture across the surface.
Vertical panel siding is like a traditional lap, but in a vertical orientation. It appears flat, and installers pace panels on top of each other.
Contractors typically use shake patterns as accents on the exterior of homes. Back in the day, wood shakes cover the entire surface of the house, but today, they come in materials that resemble the appearance of natural wood. Popular shake patterns include square, round, staggered shakes, octagonal and hexagonal, and mitered corners.