An Overview of Popular Vinyl Siding Styles

An Overview of Popular Vinyl Siding Styles

Vinyl siding options have come a long way since the days when only a few colors and styles were available. In fact, today siding manufacturers offer dozens of styles, which are available in over 50 different colors.

Most Popular Vinyl Siding Styles

  • Horizontal clapboards. Available with 3-,4-,5-, and 6-inch reveals, clapboard siding is the most traditional-looking style of vinyl siding. You can also purchase clapboard siding with a contoured foam backing, which helps improve the durability and stiffness of the siding panel.
  • Beaded, ship lap, dutch lap clapboards. These styles of siding offer profiles that are very different from the beveled shape of standard clapboards. Although you install them just like other horizontal clapboards, you will notice a distinct difference in how each style looks, because of their different profiles.
  • Log siding. If you want the look of log siding, but want to avoid its costly maintenance, then vinyl log siding may be just what you are looking for. Real wood grain and an array of earth toned colors make this a popular vinyl siding style, and a perfect match to the real thing.
  • Shakes and shingles. Whether you want the rustic look of staggered split shakes, or the more refined aesthetic of straight edged shingles, there is a style of vinyl shakes or shingles to meet your needs. You can even get half-round or scalloped shingles, and many reveals and patterns are available.
  • Vertical board and batten. Manufactured to look like vertical cedar boards with overlaid battens, this style of siding looks great on its own or can be installed as a wainscot accent around the base of your home's exterior.

When considering popular vinyl siding styles for your home, try to choose a style that complements your home's architecture and the neighboring houses. Similar styles may be available from different siding manufacturers, so make sure to compare not only price, but material thickness, color selection, and product warranty for a true apples-to-apples comparison.

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