Differences Between Horizontal and Vertical Siding
Though it may seem as if the differences between horizontal and vertical siding are incredibly simple and obvious (i.e. one runs horizontally along the lines of a building and the other runs vertically), there is a lot more to the story. Let’s take a few minutes to understand these differences and recognize which is the best solution for your building or remodeling needs.
While you may be in the very earliest stages of a project, such as just now beginning to plan a remodel or construction, you still need to consider all of the variables. As a simple illustration of this, just ask yourself if your siding is to be wood, vinyl, or another material. What sort of insulation and R-value will it have? What about colors and textures?
As you already see or know, deciding how to hang the siding is just one of the options. It may, initially seem like a minor detail, and yet it does make a big difference in the appearance of the property.
Horizontal siding is the iconic or “classic” way to for builders and homeowners to position the material. Simple, fast and easily done, it can save a lot of time and money. Yet, there are a few downsides that most don’t hear much about. For example, it is more prone to water damage over time, and it can also become dislodged more easily and allow water and damage. It is not as easy to clean as vertical siding, though both involve a time-consuming process.
Vertical siding gives a property a more modern and edgy appearance, and is possible with almost any common siding material. As indicated, it is easier to clean but it is a bit more complex to install and usually requires furring strips that create a water tight mount.
So, if you are curious about the differences between horizontal and vertical siding, they are simply that vertical can take more time and have more material costs. However, vertical siding gives a property a unique look and is far more waterproof and easier to clean. If you are going for “classic” and affordable, go with horizontal, but if you want edgy and easy to clean, vertical may be for you!